With shows like Breaking Bad coming to an end and classics like The Wire already binge-watched, it's time to add a handful of new programs to your appointment viewing list. Here's a few that are definitely radar-worthy set to begin airing in 2014.
Gotham: Set in Gotham City, this is a gritty police show featuring a young Jim Gordon and an 11 year old Bruce Wayne that explores the corruption of Gotham before there ever was a Batman. The first season is based around the murder mystery of Bruce's parents and the guy who co-created Rome is the brains behind the project. Set for Fox this fall.
Believe: This show is a collaboration from J. J. Abrams (you know him) and Alfonso Cuaró (the guy who just directed Gravity) about a wrongfully convicted felon who is asked to protect a child who may or may not have special powers. On NBC later this year.
Fargo: Based off the hit Cohen Brothers movie of the same name, this Minnesota based black comedy will star Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thorton and Bob Odenkirk in a police procedure that's inspired by the original story, but doesn't retell it. Later this year on FX.
The Leftovers: You know Damon Lindelof? The co-creator of LOST and in-demand Hollywood screenwriter who has touched everything from the Star Trek reboot to World War Z? He's got a new show coming to HBO, based off a novel by Tom Perrotta, that focuses on a rapture-like event that wipes out the majority of the world’s population instantly. Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler star.
True Detective: It's pretty simple: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson wouldn't do TV unless there was something really special about the script. Out in mid January on HBO, this cop drama is already getting a ton of critical buzz.
Better Call Saul: Even though Breaking Bad ended perfectly and there is no need to take advantage of its built in audience with a spin-off, the fact that so many of the major behind-the-scenes players that helped make Breaking Bad great will be involved with this is a good reason to believe this isn't Joey 2.0.
The Flash: If you're not watching the show Arrow on The CW, you're sincerely missing out. Based off the DC Comics character Green Arrow, it tells the story of a Batman-like vigilante and is honestly the best superhero drama to ever come out of television. It's less Smallville and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., more The Dark Knight. In December '13, they introduced The Flash in a two episode arc and are currently developing the character into its own show for this fall.
About A Boy: This half hour NBC comedy is based off the Hugh Grant movie from a few years ago, where an immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. Though that alone doesn't sound too exciting, the fact that Jason Katmis, the writer behind two of TV's best shows ever (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) created the program is reason alone to get excited.
Extant: This 13-episode mini series will air this summer and stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who struggles to adjust to regular life after years of being in the stars. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is producing.
Silicon Valley: It's a single camera comedy from the dude who created Office Space and it will be on HBO. Pretty safe to say this will be good.