The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 12, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: S10E1

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season Premiere)

Wednesday at 10:00pm on FXX

Why: Because a comedy this mean and weird shouldn't have lasted as long as it has (this will be its tenth season), in a world where TV is supposedly all about relatability. Then again, most people are awful, so maybe this show is TOTALLY relatable! Also, it takes place in Philadelphia, which is the greatest city in America.

Prepare to talk about: Which one of the gang you are (if you don't know, just take my answer: I'm a noxious version of Dennis without the venality!); how some of their ideas make a sense when you sit down and really think about 'em; how it's weird that Rhea Perlman has never been on the show (but also make sure to remark that she's great on The Mindy Project).


12 Monkeys: S1E1

12 Monkeys (Series Premiere)

Friday at 9:00pm on SyFy

Why: Because the movie was terrific (and hey, it ALSO took place in Philadelphia), even if came out almost 20 years ago, and SyFy really wants to make this its prestige piece. OK, it's lacking in Brad Pitt, but it makes up for it in concept (time travel to stop a plague before it happens). 

Prepare to talk about: If it lives up to its silver screen namesake; whether you'd want to survive a worldwide epidemic that basically wipes out humanity (sure, you'd be alive, but there'd be, like, zero amenities); how Brad Pitt's character (Goines) is a LADY in this new version. Yes, a LADY!



Saturday Night Live: S40E11

Saturday Night Live              (Midseason Premiere)

Saturday at 11:30pm on NBC

Why: Because Kevin Hart is hosting, and he's one of the biggest stars in the world (plus—stop me if you're sensing a pattern—he's from Philadelphia); meanwhile, Sia is the musical guest and she's weird as hell! Should be fun!

Prepare to talk about: Your favorite sketch (if you don't watch it, just say "the one with Kate McKinnon... you know, that one," because she is the best and no one will argue); how weird Sia is and how she either did or did not sing "Chandelier" which is a legit terrible song; how Kevin Hart is consistently funnier than SNL.



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of She used to live in Philadelphia. You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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Jan 14, 2015 6:13PM EST

Great job, Leah

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