Previewing the best of Spring TV

Everything you should watch this season that isn’t Game of Thrones

Stars of this spring TV season include Natalie Morales and Bill Hader.
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Spring has sprung, and with it comes a host of new and old shows to grace our screens. As exams approach, we can all take comfort in knowing there’ll be new stories to binge while pretending to study in Stauffer.

From Veep to The Twilight Zone, here are the shows you should have on your radar in the upcoming spring season. 

Veep, Mar. 31

The final season of everyone’s favourite HBO comedy about disgraced American ex-President Selina Meyer will premiere with the pomp and circumstance Julia Louis-Dreyfus always deserves.

The show’s seventh season was delayed due to Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer diagnosis, but now in remission, the actor will return to our screens this coming Sunday with another gut-busting foray into satirical politics. 

No topics are off-limits, in true Veep form—anti-vaxxers, post-partum depression, and the glass ceiling are on the docket, and that’s only what I can glean from the trailer. These are accompanied, as usual, by the beloved profanity and insult-slinging that makes Veep one of the funniest shows on TV.

Barry, Mar. 31

Right before Veep hits our screens, Barry will make its second-season debut on HBO. The show’s first season was an equal mix of quirky and creepy, which made for a deeply enthralling viewer experience. 

Titular character Barry, played by Bill Hader, is tempted away from his life as a hitman after he takes an introductory improv class in L.A. Scenes of gruesome murder are interspersed with awkward romance and bad acting as socially-awkward Barry grapples with the double-life he’s created. 

The first season ends on a cliffhanger, which I won’t spoil for any new viewers, but its resolution in the upcoming season will certainly have fans on the edge of their seats.

Abby’s, Mar. 28

Lovers of NBC sitcoms like The Office, Parks and Recreation, or The Good Place are in for a treat, because another Mike Schur-produced show is here.

Abby’s, created by Superstore writer Josh Malmuth and starring Parks and Rec alum Natalie Morales, follows a woman who owns an illegal bar in her backyard. A cast of regular patrons filter in and out of her unlicensed establishment, where cell phones are banned and customers have to earn their place at the bar. 

While the show is filmed on an open, outdoor set in front of a live audience—which I personally find annoying since I don’t like when shows tell me what I should find funny—Abby’s star cast and crew makes it promising.

What We Do in the Shadows, Mar. 27

This cult-favourite film of the same name by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords co-creator Jemaine Clement has been adapted for the smaller screen, and promises a whole new host of creepy comedy.

The show follows a group of vampire housemates who encounter both supernatural and everyday problems while living in modern-day Staten Island. Whether you’re a fan of the 2014 mockumentary film or a new viewer excited for the hype, tune in for wacky hijinks and cringe-worthy dialogue courtesy of Waititi and Clement, who are New Zealand’s national treasures.

The Twilight Zone, Apr. 1

Another adapted supernatural show, this time hosted and produced by Get Out creator Jordan Peele, will premiere online on CBS All Access this Monday.

This isn’t an April Fool’s prank—the infamously spooky adaptation of 1959’s The Twilight Zone will have a new slate of disturbing stories acted out by an equally impressive celebrity cast. Stars like Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Taissa Farmiga will feature in standalone episodes, and fans can expect to see them plagued by all manner of paranormal events.

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