The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 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.


The Late Late Show with James Corden: S1E1

The Late Late Show with James Corden
(Series Premiere)

Monday (Tuesday) at 12:30am on CBS

Why: The later the show, the weirder/better it is. This is just a fact! There's a reason Letterman and Conan were great (they both started at 12:30am) and Leno was terrible (it still hurts!), and while I have no supporting evidence aside from my estimable gut, I know it to be true. Also, James Corden is adorable! Have you watched Gavin & Stacey yet? No? Well, then go do that immediately and then you'll understand.

Prepare to talk about: Whether Corden is the appropriate replacement for the delightfully idiosyncratic Craig Ferguson; whether he's too much of an unknown in the US; how he's better than Seth Meyers (then again, who isn't? OK, other than Leno. We all hate Leno!); how there needs to be another season of Gavin & Stacey like, right now.


Pretty Little Liars: S5E26

Pretty Little Liars (Season Finale)

Tuesday at 9:00pm on ABC Family

Why: PLL has crazy-long seasons, but every episode is nutso enough to be a season finale... which means the REAL season finales are usually even more insane! Do you even SEE the orange jail uniforms in that picture? Jail! Whaaaaat? Stuff's gonna get crAzy (see what I did there?)!

Prepare to talk about: Which SHOCKING SECRETS are revealed; who's "A" this time around? Do we even care about "A" anymore or do we just watch Liars for its shenanigans and strange devotion to the whole "A" thing, because seriously, it's played out; there are other letters of the alphabet and other macadamias in Pennsylvania! I know! I used to live there!



Call the Midwife: S4E1

Call the Midwife (Season Premiere)

Friday at 9:00pm on PBS

Why: Because this show makes me you cry, but in a good way! Plus, it fills the classy British hole in your heart left by Downton Abbey's hiatus—and it's a better show anyway. Plus, the little one whose name is impossible to remember is becoming a nun! That's kind of exciting. This show makes it seem pretty easy to join and leave the sisterhood (remember when Shelagh was Sister Bernadette?), and it makes living with nuns look fun! Who'd-a thunk it?

Prepare to talk about: Chummy: Is she the greatest or the best?; Sister Evangelina: Is she the second greatest/best? Whether you miss Jenny and her MAN DRAMA (I don't); whether this show makes you sob or merely cry.



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


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Mar 20, 2015 5:44PM EDT

PLL is going all OITNB. Can one of them please pick up a Crazy Eyes?

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