The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 26, 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.


Jane the Virgin: S1E11

Jane the Virgin

Monday at 9:00pm on The CW

Why: Because this show is delightful, and despite the incredible amount of drama/stuff that happens each episode, you can jump in without having seen it before and be totally caught up in the amount of time it takes to read this sentence. Also, there's a reason Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her role here (hint: she's the best).

Prepare to talk about: Whether Jane should be a teacher or a writer (subquestion: CAN WOMEN HAVE IT ALL?); what's up with Sin Rostro (translation: WITHOUT A FACE) and who could it be; how Joanna Kerns (of Growing Pains fame) directed this episode and what she's been up to for the last 20 years!


The Americans: S3E1

The Americans (Season Premiere)

Wednesday at 10:00pm on FX

Why: Forget Game of Thrones, forget Mad Men (and oh, how it pains me to write such words, because I love Mad Men so damn much), The Americans is the undisputed best show on television. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have so much chemistry as married Soviet spies in Reagan-era America, it'll soak your pierogies.

Prepare to talk about: How true believer Elizabeth wants to bring daughter Paige into the fold; and what Philip will do to keep that from happening; how Frank Langella is joining the cast as their new handler; what'll happen to the Jennings when the Soviet Union collapses in a few years (whoops, sorry for the spoiler).



Super Bowl XLIX & Kitten Bowl II & Puppy Bowl XI

Super Bowl XLIX & Kitten Bowl II & Puppy Bowl XI

Sunday at 6:00pm on NBC, at 12:00pm on Hallmark, and  at 3:00pm on Animal Planet, respectively

Why: I dunno, people care about sports stuff, apparently. It's your call: watch two insufferable teams play each other for the right to call themselves champions of a league that is so corrupt we might as well call it the (We Give) No F**ks League, OR you can watch kittens and puppies romp.

Prepare to talk about: Katy Perry's inevitable Taylor Swift diss during her halftime performance; how dogs are better than cats; how cats are better than dogs; how the Patriots cheated their way to the big game (sorry, Dad, it's true).



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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