Gillian Anderson stars as a police inspector on the trail of a sociopathic killer (Jamie Dornan, soon to debut as Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey).
UPDATE: Agent Carter's brief run was praised by fans and critics alike, and despite so-so ratings, ABC is bringing it back for a second season, to premiere in 2016. Babylon (Sundance TV, January 8) Danny Boyle's dark satire follows an American public relations whiz (Brit Marling) hired to improve the sagging public image of London's Metropolitan Police Department. (Don't worry — the rest of the cast, including Adam Driver and Allison Williams, are staying put.) UPDATE: Girls' ratings have more or less plateaued — after four seasons, you probably know if you're a fan or not. Shameless (Showtime, January 11) For four seasons, Showtime's underappreciated dramedy has followed the ups and downs of the blue-collar Gallagher family, led by the deadbeat patriarch Frank (William H. Season five picks up shortly after Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the most responsible member of the family, is released from prison, getting back to life as usual as she sorts through her family's various dysfunctions.
It's edgy, well-timed material, and the series wears its ambition on its sleeve, with a massive ensemble cast splitting perspectives between the PR team and the cops. The fourth season made bold choices by splitting up its protagonists into distinct narratives, and a flash-forward in the finale indicates that the schism will continue. UPDATE: Shameless continues to quietly amass buzz and acclaim, with William H.
UPDATE: The Fall's second season was a hit abroad, and Netflix's unquenchable thirst for exclusive programs means it will always have a home in the United States.
The series will return for a third and final season, set to air sometime in 2016. 12 Monkeys (Syfy, January 16) Nearly 20 years after its premiere, Terry Gilliam's cultishly beloved sci-fi movie makes its way to the small screen, with X-Men alum Aaron Stanford stepping in for Bruce Willis in the main role.
UPDATE: After seven seasons, Parks & Recreation ended its run with a string of terrific episodes, culminating in a series of flash-forwards revealing the ultimate fates of its characters. Broad City (Comedy Central, January 14) Comedy Central's wonderfully loopy series returns for a second season, as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson navigate the travails of living in New York in your twenties.