The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 25, 2016

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 Magicians: S1E1&E2

The Magicians (Series Premiere)

Monday at 9:00pm and 10:00pm on Syfy

Why: Magic! Sex! Depression! Welcome to Brakebills University (ugh, in the books it was Brakebills College, but WHATEVER), where you can get your Masters in magic — if you don't get killed first. The latest entry on Syfy's prestige drama slate, this one has some serious literary pedigree, plus some really good looking people. The first of the two episodes was given a sneak preview in December, and it seems like about half of the first book's plot gets burned through in 45 minutes... and there are only three books, so I assume this show has got some tricks up its sleeve (lololol me).

Prepare to talk about: How all the magicians seem miserable; how you wish the Fillory books were real; what kind of name Quentin Coldwater is, anyway; whether a Masters in magic is a good investment.

 

The Flash: S2E11

The Flash

Tuesday at 8:00pm on The CW

Why: Reverse-Flash is back, baby! And he's still just fast and evil, instead of slow (which is what Reverse-Flash should mean, but that ship sailed a while ago, ugh), but this time he's not being played by Tom Cavanaugh, but some other dude. WTF, Flash! You're better than this. Pay Tom Cavanaugh the big Reverse-Flash bucks (or whichever currency Reverse-Flashii take) to get him to return. Wait, but apparently he's not the Earth-Two Reverse-Flash, he's just the Reverse-Flash. Got that? My brain hurts.

Prepare to talk about: Just how many really, really, really fast people are there in the multiverse? Seems like a lot! We have Flash, Reverse-Flash, Zoom, and Earth-Two Reverse-Flash? This isn't seeming like a very difficult thing to accomplish anymore.

 

Grease: Live!

Grease: Live!

Sunday at 7:00pm on FOX

Why: Let's get something straight: Grease, though incredibly beloved, is not exactly a good musical, neither from a song perspective (it's no My Fair Lady, guys), and certainly not from a message perspective (good girl goes bad to be cool and that's just the end of that; it's like reverse Degrassi). However, it has a mostly non-objectionable cast, and you probably want to do the hand jive, so yeah! Watch it. Or hate-watch it! You were born to hand jive!

Prepare to talk about: Those summer nights.

 

 

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

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Jan 25, 2016 12:58PM EST

That was really enjoyable to read, thanks Leah!

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Jan 25, 2016 12:29PM EST

@kikibrouns Thanks :)

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Jan 26, 2016 7:54PM EST

That joke at the end of the Magician's paragraph made me laugh so hard! (I'm such a nerd) I have some real hope for the series. Grease: Live! could go either way, but with all of the good will attached to the original I hope that it's as amazing as the fans want it to be. Great job as always on this list! (Though personally I wish there was an article on the return of Suits this week. The show is finally tackling the premise it's been based on up until this point!)

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Jan 31, 2016 2:30PM EST

At least there are no kittens on the list this week :)

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