2019 Midseason TV Preview – Streaming (JFC, Netflix. That’s A Lot of Shows)

Carmen Sandiego (Netflix)

Carmen Sandiego is back and ready for a new crop of international capers packed with thrilling adventure and intrigue. This fresh take presents an intimate look into Carmen’s past where viewers will not only follow her escapades but also learn WHO in the world is Carmen Sandiego and WHY she became a super thief.

Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard

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Premieres Monday, January 18th

Russian Doll (Netflix)

A woman gets caught in a mysterious loop, repeatedly attending the same party and dying at the end of the night, only to awake the next day unharmed.

Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, Charlie Barnett

Premieres Friday, February 1st

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse

Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro

Premieres Friday, February 15th

Sex Education (Netflix)

Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic.

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling

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Premieres Friday, January 11th

Black Earth Rising (Netflix/BBC)

The story centres on Kate Ashby, who works as a legal investigator in the London law chambers of Michael Ennis. When Kate’s adoptive mother Eve takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader, the story pulls Michael and Kate into a journey that will upend their lives forever.

Starring: Michaela Coel, John Goodman, Tamara Tunie, Noma Dumezweni, Harriet Walter, Danny Sapani, Tyrone Huggins, Ronald Guttman, Lucian Msamati, Abena Ayivor, Malou Coindreau

Premieres Friday, January 25th

Kingdom (Netflix)

While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Starring: Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doo-na, Ryu Seung-ryong, Kim Sang-ho, Huh Joon-ho, Jeon Seok-ho

Premieres Friday, January 25th

Siempre Bruja (Netflix)

After a witch time-travels to avoid being burned at the stake, she must adjust to life in present-day Cartagena — but once a witch, always a witch.

Starring: Angely Gaviria, Dylan Fuentes, Valeria Henriquez, Sofia Araujo, Carlos Quintero, Duban Prado, Lenard Vanderaa

Premieres Friday, February 1st

Informer (Amazon/BBC)

Character-driven thriller about Raza, a young second-generation British-Pakistani man from London who is coerced by Gabe, a counterterrorism officer, into informing.

Starring: Nabhaan Rizwan, Paddy Considine, Bel Powley, Sharon D. Clarke, Jessica Raine, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Jessica Tucker, Arinzé Kene, Mim Shaikh, Arsher Ali, Olivia Popica, Nell Hudson, Paul Tylak, Reiss Jeram, Kaine Zajaz, Sunetra Sarker

Premieres Friday, January 11th

Pen15 (Hulu)

PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen.

Starring: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

Premieres Friday, February 8th

Shrill (Hulu)

Annie is a full-figured woman who wants to change her life — but not her body; she is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.

Starring: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens and John Cameron Mitchell.

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Premieres Friday, March 15th