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10 New and Returning Shows We Can't Wait to Watch in February 2023

There's so much more on the February TV menu than just the Super Bowl.
  • Connie Britton in Dear Edward, Jabari Banks in Bel-Air, Penn Badgley in You, and Gina Rodriguez in Not Dead Yet (Photos: Apple TV+/Peacock/Netflix/ABC; Primetimer graphic)
    Connie Britton in Dear Edward, Jabari Banks in Bel-Air, Penn Badgley in You, and Gina Rodriguez in Not Dead Yet (Photos: Apple TV+/Peacock/Netflix/ABC; Primetimer graphic)

    We're getting the chip and dips ready, but February TV has so much more to offer than just the "Big Game." ABC leads broadcaster efforts with the debut of a scintillating new drama and the return of Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, while Netflix brings back everyone's "favorite" erudite sociopath in You Season 4. This month is also packed with homecomings, as the Party Down crew serves again (minus Lizzy Caplan, alas) and Apple TV+ reunites Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims with FNL star Connie Britton. There's even something for watchers of true-crime and cult docuseries, as Hulu bows Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence

    Here are Primetimer's most anticipated shows of February:

    Dear Edward (Apple TV+)

    Premieres February 3


    Jason Katims is back, baby! And he's coming for your tear ducts. The executive producer behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood returns to TV with a show about the lone survivor of a terrifying plane crash, and the grief-stricken loved ones of all the casualties. Based on Ann Napolitano's best-selling novel, the series stars Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling as the aunt of the young survivor (that'd be the titular Edward), whose sister perished in the crash. Even more exciting, though, the show stars Connie Britton, making for a reunion with her Friday Night Lights showrunner. The series promises human connection by the boatload and a strong supporting cast that includes Amy Forsyth (Coda; The Gilded Age) and young Colin O'Brien as Edward. — Joe Reid

    Not Dead Yet (ABC)

    Premieres February 8


    Nearly four years after Jane the Virgin signed off The CW, Gina Rodriguez returns to network television in Not Dead Yet. Created by This Is Us alums David Windsor and Casey Johnson, the ABC sitcom stars Rodriguez as Nell Serrano, a down-on-her-luck obituary writer who begins seeing the ghosts of her subjects, each of whom offers life advice and helps their floundering host move forward after a devastating breakup. While Rodriguez carries the show, the real draw here is the talented group of guest stars who play Nell’s ghostly visitors — including Martin Mull, Rhea Perlman, Telma Hopkins, and Mo Collins — and an exceptionally funny supporting cast led by Hannah Simone (New Girl) and Lauren Ash (Superstore). — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    You Season 4, Part 1 (Netflix)

    Premieres February 9


    Joe (Penn Badgley) is back with a whole new look in a whole new place, but his violent obsession with finding “the one” remains. This time around Joe takes on the persona of Professor Jonathan Moore in London, where Marienne (Tati Gabrielle) still haunts him even as he finds himself tangled in a murder mystery — and it appears that for once, Joe is not the murderer. You has been following similar beats for the past three seasons, but Season 4 promises to put a twist on the format while still staying true to the series’s dark tone. And while Gabrielle remains, the move across the pond means an otherwise brand new cast of characters to love to hate: Lukas Gage (The White Lotus) as an obnoxious trust fund American, Tilly Keeper (Eastenders) as his socialite girlfriend, and Charlotte Ritchie (BBC One's Ghosts, Call the Midwife) as an art gallery manager who catches Joe’s eye. — Brianna Wellen

    Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence (Hulu)

    Premieres February 9


    The private liberal arts college in Yonkers, New York, became the setting for a sex cult in the 2010s, centered around the ex-con father of one of the students. That's the incredible true story being uncovered in the three-part Hulu documentary from the producing team of Liz Garbus, Jon Bardin, and Dan Cogan (Harry & Meghan). The series features interviews with the victims of con artist Larry Ray, as well as firsthand video and audio recordings from within the cult. If this all makes you think of HBO's The Vow, that's probably good news (a lot of people were obsessed with The Vow!) and bad news (a lot of people got sick of The Vow!) for Hulu. Garbus has a strong pedigree, having directed docs like There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane and two episodes of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, and Stolen Youth has an effectively sinister energy, so we'll be watching. — Joe Reid

    Hello Tomorrow! (Apple TV+)

    Premieres February 17


    On the most superficial level, Hello Tomorrow! promises to be one of the most beautiful shows of the year. The trailers and promo images for this half-hour drama depict a revised version of the 1950s, where classic cars and June Cleaver dresses exist alongside self-tying ties and robots that take out the trash. It’s all so exquisitely designed — like a living version of the future, as imagined by people from the past — that simply gazing at the show may be its own reward. But that’s also part of the point. Underneath this perfect veneer, there’s a heavier story about a salesman (played by Billy Crudup) trying to convince his fellow Americans to buy timeshares on the moon. It’s obvious this dream will come with dark consequences, along with insights on the drastic things people do to feel optimistic about the future. Crudup is joined by top-drawer actors like Hank Azaria, Alison Pill, and two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, while You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk is an executive producer – Mark Blankenship

    The Company You Keep (ABC)

    Premieres February 19


    Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim are bringing the romance back to ABC's primetime lineup in this new drama based on the Korean Broadcasting System series My Fellow Citizens!. Ventimiglia stars as Charlie Nicoletti, a handsome grifter who runs cons with his family (aww), including his sister Birdie (Sarah Wayne Callies). On paper, Emma Hill (Kim) couldn't be more different: she's a CIA agent with an illustrious family, including a senator brother who's running for re-election. But these two hotties have heartache in common, not to mention their commitment to (and issues with) their respective clans. The Company You Keep promises plenty of schemes and double crosses, but Ventigmilia and Kim's chemistry is the real draw — they can send the temperature rising with just a conspiratorial look. — Danette Chavez

    Bel-Air Season 2 (Peacock)

    Premieres February 23


    This smart reimagining keeps the basic premise of the original NBC sitcom: west Philadelphia teen Will (Jabari Banks) moves to Bel Air after one not-so-little fight, finding a new home with his rich aunt, uncle, and cousins. But the Peacock series turns up the drama and inverts some of the dynamics, like making Carlton (Olly Sholotan) the leader of the social pack, not some uptight square. In Season 1, the upscale enclave of Bel Air offered as many challenges as opportunities for the Banks family, but by the end, Will was getting ready to leave his West Coast refuge. When Season 2 premieres, we'll find out whether he's sticking around, if he'll reconcile with his father Lou (Marlon Wayans), and (hopefully) just what's going on between Viv (Cassandra Freeman) and Reed (Michael Ealy). — Danette Chavez

    Outer Banks Season 3 (Netflix)

    Premieres February 23


    Welcome back to Poguelandia, where once-dead fathers are alive and well and teenage problems like calculus and prom are long since forgotten. The search for the lost Royal Merchant treasure continues in Outer Banks Season 3, but this time, John B (Chase Stokes), Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline, fresh off a breakout role in Glass Onion), and the rest of the crew have a veteran guide: Big John Routledge (Charles Halford), who disappeared nine months before the pilot (or so John B thought). But the Routledge family reunion may be the only positive turn of events for this group, as the season also introduces a new villain, sees a vengeful Rafe (Drew Starkey) go rogue, and raises questions about John B and Sarah Cameron’s future. Will the Pogues be able to cheat death, yet again, or will their risky behavior finally catch up to them? — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    The Consultant (Prime Video)

    Premieres February 24 


    Based on Bentley Little’s dark thriller of a novel, The Consultant is a half-hour drama that acknowledges how quickly corporate policy can become a literal nightmare. It stars Christoph Waltz as Regus Patoff, who’s hired to streamline the business model of a struggling software company. Soon enough, the employees realize he has vicious ways of correcting people who don’t follow his rules. That juicy premise sounds even more promising because of Waltz, who has turned smooth-talking menace into a career. – Mark Blankenship

    Party Down Season 3 (Starz)

    Premieres February 24


    The gang is back in their pink bow ties, and it seems not much has changed in season 3. This six-episode run is going with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, getting most of the Party Down caterers back into their old, hilarious routine. Ron (Ken Marino), Henry (Adam Scott), Roman (Martin Starr), Kyle (Ryan Hansen), and Constance (Jane Lynch) find themselves once again passing out hor d’oeuvres alongside newcomers Zoë Chao and Tyrel Jackson Williams, while Lydia (Megan Mullally) seems to be the only one moving on to greater things. But that’s just as well, because it’s a delight to see this crew miserable and snarky as ever while serving guest stars like Jennifer Garner, Nick Offerman, Quinta Brunson, Judy Reyes, and James Marsden. — Brianna Wellen

    TOPICS: Dear Edward, ABC, Apple TV+, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Prime Video, Bel-Air, The Company You Keep, The Consultant, Hello Tomorrow!, Not Dead Yet, Outer Banks, Party Down, Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence