The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of February 23, 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.


Parks and Recreation: Series Finale

Parks and Recreation (Series Finale)

Tuesday at 8:00pm 10:00pm on NBC

Why: The most adorable show that you (probably, looking at the ratings) never watched is ending! What will happen to the citizens of Pawnee, Indiana? Will April make it to a big city to meet her fellow eyerollers? Will Leslie become President? Will Ron Swanson immerse himself in a vat of pork? WHO KNOWS?!

Prepare to talk about: How this one-time Office clone came into its own and, let's face it, became the superior show; what Amy Poehler will do next; how NBC has basically nothing left in its comedy store; which Ron Swanson quote is your favorite.



House of Cards: S3E1

House of Cards (Season Premiere)

Friday at 3:00am on Netflix

Why: So, I've recently been informed that the political machinations are about as realistic as anything that has ever happend on one of the myriad My Little Pony series, but WHO CARES? Frank and Claire Underwood are the only people in Washington who manage to get it DONE, and for that they should be applauded and envied.

Prepare to talk about: Whether anyone will ever really be able to bring down the Underwoods (ugh, I hope not); whether being President was really worth giving up that delicious BBQ; whether the Underwoods make smoking look cool (spoiler: yes); whether you'd vote for Frank.



Battle Creek: S1E1

Battle Creek (Series Premiere)

Sunday at 10:00pm on CBS

Why: Because it's from the guy behind Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and it stars the guy from those (late, great) Allstate "Mayhem Like Me" ads as a conflicted cop! But more than that, Sundays are totally dead until power players Game of ThronesVeep, Silicon Valley, and Mad Men come back. 

Prepare to talk about: Whether it's as good as Breaking Bad; how it's about time Dean Winters ("Mayhem") got a starring role (sigh, he was so good on Oz... remember Oz?); whether the whole "conflicted police offer" thing has been done or if you're still feeling it.



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



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Feb 23, 2015 1:47PM EST

Sundays are totally the WALKING DEAD. Get it? I made a funny.

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