The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 14, 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.


Adele Live in New York City

Adele Live in New York City

Monday at 10:00pm on NBC

Why: Because hello from the other side / She must have called a thousand times / To tell you she's sorry for everything that she's done / But when she calls you never seem to be home / Hello from the outside / At least she can say that she's tried / To tell you she's sorry for breaking your heart / But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.

Prepare to talk about: How much everyone loves Adele, including you, because you're not immune to Adele's charms! No one is! She's just the coolest and she has a great voice and "Hello" is your new jam, obviously. It's the world's jam.


The Expanse: S2E1&2

The Expanse (Series Premiere)

Monday and Tuesday at 10:00pm on Syfy

Why: Because it's been a long-ass time since Syfy (of all channels!) had an honest-to-god space opera, and this one, based on the book series of the same name, is GREAT. It's intriguing, creepy, space-y, sexy, AND MORE. There aren't any aliens, but trust me, it's got a good story that can be sustained across multiple seasons.

Prepare to talk about: Just what happened to Julie Mao; whether you'd be a Earther, a Martian, or a Belter; whether you'd be up for zero gravity sex; what's up with Detective Holden's hair; space: still the final frontier.


Luther: S3E5

Luther (Special)

Tuesday at 9:00pm/BST on BBC One and Thursday at 9:00pm on BBC America

Why: Idris Elba is one of the sexiest men alive, and he's back playing Luther, the tormented detective you love most (seriously, this stuff is way better than Sherlock #hihaters). OK, it's not a full season, just a feature-length special, but it has 100% more Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and cannibalism than previous series. No word on where Ruth Wilson's Alice might be, though.

Prepare to talk about: Where's Alice?! Who's eating people in London?! How if Idris Elba isn't going to be the next James Bond, they should just shut down the franchise altogether; how much you miss Rose Leslie on Game of Thrones (sorry about the spoiler!).



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Dec 14, 2015 12:16PM EST

Luther is back yeeees! My life really needed more Idris Elba

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