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The Most Anticipated TV Shows of March 2023

Donald Glover's new show bows as The Mandalorian, Succession, and Yellowjackets return.
  • Swarm, Unprisoned, Succession, and Yellowjackets (Photos: Prime Video/Hulu/HBO/Showtime; Primetimer graphic)
    Swarm, Unprisoned, Succession, and Yellowjackets (Photos: Prime Video/Hulu/HBO/Showtime; Primetimer graphic)

    March is coming in like a lion this year — the returns of The MandalorianSuccessionTed Lasso, and Yellowjackets promise plenty of epic face-offs (not literally, though you never know with Lottie), family squabbles, and corporate intrgue. This month is equally packed with compelling debuts, including Bob Odenkirk's follow-up to Better Call Saul, the long-awaited Daisy Jones and the Six adaptation, and a new show from Donald Glover that explores fandom. 

    As we all get ready to "spring forward," we know your time is precious, so the Primetimer staff is highlighting the shows that are most deserving of your attention this March.  

    The Mandalorian Season 3 (Disney+)

    Premieres March 1

    After a two-and-a-half-year absence, our favorite father-son duo is back and about to embark on their biggest adventure yet. Though we watched Din (Pedro Pascal) send Grogu for Jedi training with a very familiar face at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2, the new season actually picks up not long after their reunion in The Book of Boba Fett. (Again, it's been a while since the Season 2, so if you need a quick refresher, we've got you covered.) And it looks like the darksaber Din won after his fight with Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) starts to weigh heavily on him — or maybe that's just Bo-Katan's (Katee Sackhoff) presence. The recent glut of series may have tamped down excitement for Star Wars offerings, but this trip to Mandalore promises an exciting and extensive look at a world that fans have only glimpsed so far. Plus, we could very well learn how Baby Yoda managed to Anakin's deadly attack on the Jedi temple on Coruscant. — Danette Chavez

    Daisy Jones and the Six (Prime Video)

    Premieres March 3

    Based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s electric novel of the same name, Prime Video’s Daisy Jones and the Six navigates the epic highs and lows of a fictional ’70s rock band. Told in a documentary style, the limited series brings together the enigmatic Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and The Six, a classic rock band headed by tortured heartthrob Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). They create dreamy music magic reminiscent of the tunes of Fleetwood Mac as they grapple with fame, drugs, conflict, and loss in the midst of a tumultuous period. Dianna Shen

    Top Chef: World All-Stars (Bravo)

    Premieres March 9

    For its 20th season, Top Chef shines a spotlight on the global reach of its venerable brand. World All-Stars gathers alumni chefs from 11 international versions of Top Chef, including Germany, Canada, Thailand, and the Middle East. U.S. viewers will recognize Dawn Burrell from Top Chef: Portland and Top Chef: Houston winner Buddha Lo, who are among the four Stateside alums. The news eason takes place in both London and Paris, and hosts Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, and Tom Colicchio will be joined by a variety of global guest judges. When Top Chef did an all-star season in 2020, it was a roaring success. This is a show that has always done well by its returning contestants. With the best of the best from around the world competing, this could be an incredible season. — Joe Reid

    Unprisoned (Hulu)

    Premieres March 10

    Disney's Onyx Collective, a new intiative that platforms creators of color and other underrepresented groups, got off to a great start with the Oscar-winning Summer of Soul documentary. With debuting series like Unprisoned, the rising content brand is making serious headway on TV as well. This Hulu comedy boasts heavy hitters like Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo in the cast and veteran producer Yvette Lee Bowser as its showrunner. Based on the life of author Tracy McMillan, Unprisoned follows a father (Lindo) and daughter (Washington) who find their way back to each other after years of estrangement, brought on only in part by his imprisonment. The series poignantly explores the effects of mass incarceration on families, but it's also poised to place just as high a demand on Washington and Lindo for comedies as dramas. — Danette Chavez

    Ted Lasso Season 3 (Apple TV+)

    Premieres March 15

    AFC Richmond is back on the pitch for what is likely to be their final run. After an intense Season 2 finale, the third season of Ted Lasso will deal with the repercussions of Nate’s (Nick Mohammed) contentious exit from the team. As Nate heads off to work for Rupert (Anthony Head) at West Ham United, Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) and Beard (Brendan Hunt) are stepping up as assistant coaches. Meanwhile, Ted (Jason Sudeikis) struggles with juggling his professional and personal responsibilities, Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) returns to her mission of destroying Rupert, and Keeley (Juno Temple) is navigating both being the boss of her own PR firm while maintaining her relationship. As chaos continues to unravel both on and off the field, it’s clear that Apple TV+’s kindest series is gearing up for an unforgettable conclusion. — Dianna Shen

    Swarm (Prime Video)

    Premieres March 17

    What happens when fandom goes too far? Donald Glover and Atlanta writer Janine Nabers explore the very dark, and, by the looks of the trailer, very bloody side of obsession in their new horror-thriller series. So far the few details and images from the series are fairly ominous and mysterious, making it that much more intriguing. What we do know is that Swarm follows Dre (Dominique Fishback), who is eerily devoted to a Beyoncé-like pop star. Joining her are multi-hyphenate Chloe Bailey as Dre’s sister and Snowfall’s Damson Idris as Dre’s boyfriend. Behind the scenes is a crew that’s mostly from Atlanta as well, meaning we can expect the same surreal, genre-bending style, telling an antihero through the lens of a contemporary Black woman. — Brianna Wellen

    Lucky Hank (AMC)

    Premieres March 19

    Bob Odenkirk is anything but lucky in his follow-up to Better Call Saul. Based on Richard Russo’s 1997 novel Straight Man, Lucky Hank stars Odenkirk as Hank Devereaux, Jr., the chairman of the English department at an underfunded university in a working-class town. As Hank tries (and largely fails) to navigate the chaos within his department and in his personal life, his wife Lily (Mireille Enos) begins to question her own career as the vice principal of the local high school. While Odenkirk’s turn as Saul Goodman leaned into the drama of the Breaking Bad universe, Lucky Hank will approach his character’s midlife crisis from a more comedic angle, with genre veterans Diedrich Bader (Veep), Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley), and Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!) joining as supporting players. – Claire Spellberg Lustig

    Up Here (Hulu)

    Premieres March 24

    It probably wouldn't be accurate to say that we're in a golden age of musical romantic comedy on television, but with Schmigadoon! headed into its second season and Up Here also on the way, we're at least in an age of musical romantic comedy. This Hulu series comes from award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who together have won Oscars for Frozen and Coco. They developed Up Here with Steven Levenson — who won a Tony for writing Dear Evan Hansen and earned an Oscar nomination for tick, tick… BOOM! — and brought on Hamilton's Thomas Kail to direct the pilot. So the pedigree is pretty bulletproof. Mae Whitman (Good Girls) and Carlos Valdes (The Flash) star as two seemingly ordinary pepole falling in love in 1999 New York City. The supporting cast is, unsurprisingly, stacked with musical theater talent, including Tony winners Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime), along with John Hodgman and In the Heights' Andrea Burns. — Joe Reid

    Yellowjackets Season 2 (Showtime)

    Premieres March 24

    Expectations couldn’t be higher for Yellowjackets Season 2. In its first season, Showtime’s survival thriller-slash-coming-of-age drama offered a fascinating exploration of the ways in which trauma consumes our lives, even decades after the fact. This new season continues the story of the '90s teens stranded in the wilderness and their adult counterparts (played by Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, and Juliette Lewis), while also expanding to introduce present-day versions of Van (Lauren Ambrose) and Lottie (Simone Kessell). It’s undoubtedly good news that Van survives the soccer team’s cannibalistic time in the woods, but Lottie’s return is less-than-ideal for our Core Four, as the Season 1 finale suggested Lottie is leading a cult that’s now threatening the plane crash survivors. On the scale of weird Lottie behavior, this probably ranks lower than offering up a bear heart to the gods, but it’s worth sleeping with one eye open, regardless. — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    Succession Season 4 (HBO)

    Premieres March 26

    The Roys are back, but this time things are a little different. The sharp divide between the Roy siblings and their father over the sale of Waystar Royco means that the fight is no longer about being Logan’s “number one boy” but about taking him down altogether. But how long can that betrayal last? Who will be the first to crack? According to the Season 4 trailer, there will be plenty of opportunities for even more drama along the way: Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Shiv’s (Sarah Snook) crumbling relationship, Connor (Alan Ruck) and Willa’s (Justine Lupe) elaborate wedding, and conflicts that are, as Tom says to Greg (Nicholas Braun), “Like Israel and Palestine, Greg, but much harder and much more important.” Series creator Jesse Armstrong recently confirmed this season will be the series’s last, meaning it will be the most explosive yet. — Brianna Wellen

    Great Expectations (FX/Hulu)

    Premieres March 26

    Don’t be fooled by the many “proper” adaptations on PBS or the BBC: Charles Dickens novels are lurid thrill rides that were explicitly written to keep audiences gasping with anticipation for whatever would befall his characters next. Based on the trailer, FX’s adaptation of Great Expectations will be leaning into the melodrama. There are fight scenes, sex scenes, and a pig on a leash. There’s a comment about young Pip (Fionn Whitehead) sloshing through rivers of blood and a moment where his crush, the orphan Estella (Shalom Brune-Franklin), seethes that she will use her sexuality as a weapon against all men. Most importantly, there’s Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham, the most notorious jilted bride in all of Western literature. Wearing her ruined wedding dress, she radiates both power and fury, and watching her chew up the scenery of her ruined old mansion should be a thrill. — Mark Blankenship

    The Power (Prime Video)

    Premieres March 31

    Naomi Alderman’s novel, about all the women in the world suddenly developing the ability to shoot electricity out of their hands, starts as a thrilling, quasi-superhero adventure before turning into a sinister reminder that anyone can become a fascist if given the chance. If this series adaptation can balance those two elements, then it could be thrilling. Since it’s created by Raelle Tucker (True Blood, Jessica Jones) and stars Toni Collette as a mayor who tries to manipulate world-shaking events in her favor, there’s reason to hope it will be as (ahem) electrifying as its source material. — Mark Blankenship

    More March TV premieres

    Wreck (Hulu): Series premiere, March 1
    Survivor (CBS): Season 44 premiere, March 1
    True Lies (CBS): Series premiere, March 1
    Sex/Life (Netflix): Season 2 premiere, March 2
    Grand Crew (NBC): Season 2 premiere, March 3
    Chris Rock: Selective Outrage (Netflix): Comedy special, March 4
    History of the World, Part II (Hulu): Series premiere, March 6
    Perry Mason (HBO): Season 3 premiere, March 6
    MH370: The Plane That Disappeared (Netflix): Series premiere, March 8
    School Spirits (Paramount+): Series premiere, March 9
    Moonshine (Amazon Freevee): Series premiere, March 10
    Outlast (Netflix): Series premiere, March 10
    Gotham Knights (The CW): Series premiere, March 14
    Shadow and Bone (Netflix): Season 2 premiere, March 16
    Extrapolations (Apple TV+): Series premiere, March 17
    Marie Antoinette (PBS): Series premiere, March 19
    Restaurants at the End of the World (NatGeo): Series premiere, March 21
    The Night Agent (Netflix): Series premiere, March 23
    Love Is Blind (Netflix): Season 4 premiere, March 24
    Rabbit Hole (Paramount+): Series premiere, March 26
    Mae Martin: SAP (Netflix): Comedy special, March 28
    The Big Door Prize (Apple TV+): Series premiere, March 29

    TOPICS: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Daisy Jones and the Six, Great Expectations, Lucky Hank, The Power, Succession, Swarm, Ted Lasso, Top Chef: World All-Stars, Unprisoned, Up Here, Yellowjackets