The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 28, 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. Note: Leah is suffering from a severely strained/possibly broken hand, so this is shorter than usual (typing is hard).


New Year's Eve 2016

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest/Pitbull's New Year's Revolution

Thursday at 8:00pm on ABC and FOX, respectively

Why: However you like your New Year's Eve smarm, broadcast television has a program for you! On the one hand you have the man that gave you the Kardashian phenomenon (Ryan Seacrest), and on the other hand you have the guy who calls himself Mr. Worldwide for reasons unclear to everyone but him (Pitbull). Whether you like it or not, it will become 2016 with or without their help. If you're in on New Year's Eve — like I will be — your options for original programming are somewhat limited, but hey, it's either that or watch the Twilight Zone marathon and get creeped the eff out. Your call.

Prepare to talk about: Ugh, Ryan Seacrest; ugh, Pitbull; eek Twilight Zone; time and its inevitable march forward.


Sherlock: S4E1

Sherlock (Special)

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

Why: It's the Sherlock you love, this time with more old-timey costumes! So... like the Sherlock you didn't know you loved, basically. It's still got your internet boyfriends Benedict Cumberbatch and the Hobbit, AND it has tophats. This special is called "The Abominable Bride" which sounds more like a Doctor Who episode, but whatever, amirite? Something will happen but the good guys will probably win.

Prepare to talk about: Whether Sherlock is better with period costumes. That's pretty much it.


Downton Abbey: S6E1

Downton Abbey (Season Premiere)

Sunday at 9:00pm on PBS

Why: Ah! The tale of the Crawleys and their cohort is coming to an end. What fresh tragedies shall befall them? (Probable spoiler: All of them. All of the tragedies.)

Prepare to talk about: How it must have sucked to get dressed up for dinner every night just to see your own family, ugh; how the misery parade is tough to watch; how you want — nay, DESERVE — a servant.



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


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Dec 28, 2015 12:12PM EST

ALL OF THE TRAGEDIES! Man, this show sucks now.

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