Streaming TV: Shows to Watch for This Winter

Kevin Spacey
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Kevin Spacey

Winter sucks. Luckily, streaming services and their ever-expanding libraries are here to help. From original programming (House of Cards), to acquired programming (Sherlock), to movies you forgot existed (hello, The Emperor’s New Groove!), here’s a guide to who’s premiering what during this most hibernatory of seasons, and what you might want to watch before it’s gone.


Los Cowboys
Jan. 26, Hulu (Original)
The sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles might not seem a likely place for passionate practitioners of the art of Charreria (Mexican rodeo), but the young Latino Angelinos in this real-life dramedy make it work.

Magic City
Feb. 1, Netflix (Acquired)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Ike Evans, owner of 1950s Miami’s palatial Miramar Playa hotel. Ike decides to get in bed with the Mob. By the end of the show’s two-season run, Ike really regrets that decision.

Feb. 1, Netflix (Acquired)
Previously only available on DVD and random local channels you may or may not receive, America’s most beloved comedy—or at least its most-watched one—hits the web, so everyone (with a Netflix login) can share the experiences of the 4077th MASH during the Korean War.

Feb. 1, Netflix (Acquired)
All three seasons of Starz’s vivid sword-and-bloodstained-sandals drama (plus prequel miniseries Gods of the Arena) drop at once. The word “epic” gets thrown around far too often these days, but Spartacus, about the eponymous gladiator and his ill-fated rebellion, truly deserves such a descriptor.

Feb. 13, Amazon Prime (Original)
In this adaptation of Michael Connelly’s book series, Titus Welliver plays Harry Bosch, an LAPD detective with a lot of baggage—including a charge for murdering a serial killer—and an almost pathological desire to close his cases however he can.

New Worlds
Feb. 16, Acorn TV (Original)
If, after watching an immaculately groomed version get his freak on in Fifty Shades of Grey and binging Season 2 of Netflix’s The Fall, you find yourself still jonesing for more Jamie Dornan, British streaming service Acorn TV presents you with “scruffy outlaw” Dornan in this four-part miniseries that splits its time between America and war-torn England in the 1680s.

Hawaii Five-0
Feb. 24, Netflix (Acquired)
Seasons 1-4 of CBS’ reboot, starring Alex O’Laughlin, Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim, and Battlestar Galactica‘s Grace Park, provide you with something to put on in the background while getting some cleaning done.

Behind the Mask
Feb. 26, Hulu (Original)
The San Francisco Giants’ Lou Seal and the female performer behind Gilbert Arizona High School’s the Tiger are among the mascots getting the spotlight this season.

House of Cards
Feb. 27, Netflix (Original)
Season 1 ended with Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) scheming his way into the vice presidency. Season 2 ended with him scheming his way into the presidency. Season 3, no doubt, will end with him scheming his way into becoming emperor of North America.

March 10, PlayStation (Original)
The comic book series about the detectives who investigate cases that involve people with superhuman abilities comes to life with a cast that includes Sharlto Copley, Eddie Izzard, and Michelle Forbes.

March 17, Yahoo! Screen (Original)
After being canceled by NBC, the Greendale gang gets a new life online. Yvette Nicole Brown’s Shirley and Jonathan Banks’s Professor Hickey will be gone, but say hello to Paget Brewster’s consultant Frankie Dart and Keith David’s inventor-student Elroy Patashnik.

Sin City Saints
March 23, Yahoo! Screen (Original)
This workplace comedy follows a basketball expansion team, the Silicon Valley tech mogul who owns it (Andrew Santino), and the league lawyer who constantly butts heads with him (Trophy Wife‘s Malin Akerman). Bonus: Tom Arnold as a casino host.

Expiring soon:

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Feb. 2, Netflix
Get it while you can, Bronies and parents with small children.

Jem and the Holograms
Feb. 2, Netflix
One would think Gen-Y nostalgia would be enough to keep this mid-80s gem (sorry) streaming somewhere, but alas, it looks like producer Hasbro is ending its relationship with Netflix.