It’s not February’s fault that it’s the shortest month. From a TV perspective, those two fewer days aren’t the only thing working against it. The death throes of Oscar season are a monster devouring everything in its path, one that’ll have life for another six grueling weeks. And then, its fellow awards behemoth prepares to tear through March when the Emmy march begins anew.
So February is the closest thing that the TV world gets to a breather. (Also worth noting: sports are still toying with the network schedule, too.) Even then, the new show spigot isn’t completely closed. There are fewer heavy hitters and sure things this month than usual, but there’s still a solid block of brand new shows hitting streaming services and airwaves over the coming weeks.
A lot of these shows are drafting off of well-worn subgenres, but this isn’t the adaptation-drenched collection that these monthly roundups usually are. Sure, there are some book adaptations and some spinoffs, but the most colorful, eye-catching offerings of February might just get as close to original as TV allows these days.
As usual, these roundups (like the one we did last year for the then-upcoming January shows) traverse network and cable and streaming and all those confusing areas in the middle. If somehow, none of these pique your interest, there’s also our broader list of Anticipated 2023 TV. For now, here’s February.
“The Ark” (February 1, Syfy)
Set in the 22nd century, as humanity looks to other planets for survival, the first big mission goes awry, leading those aboard the Ark One to figure out a solution. Christie Burke, Richard Fleeshman, Reece Ritchie, Stacey Read, and Ryan Adams lead the cast of crew members charged with keeping themselves and hope alive. “Stargate: SG-1” creator Jonathan Glassner and “Geostorm” director Dean Devlin are co-showrunners on the series.
“Gunther’s Millions” (February 1, Netflix)
Aurelien Leturgie and Emilie Dumay lead this investigation of a 30-year canine financial empire, began when a member of royalty bequeathed her entire fortune to her German shepherd. This four-part series takes a look at the legend surrounding that infamous will, as well as the one steward of the estate who used that doggy wealth for lavish and legally suspect ends.
“Freeridge” (February 2, Netflix)
The co-creators of “On My Block” offer up this spinoff, centered on a new quartet of kids making their way through life in Los Angeles. Here, Bryana Salaz, Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Ciara Riley Wilson, and Tenzing Norgay Trainor star as friends who have to work through their own family tensions and high school pressures to lift a curse that the four of them unexpectedly share.
“Dear Edward” (February 3, Apple TV+)
Colin O’Brien stars as a boy who ends up as the only survivor of a plane crash that claims the rest of his immediate family. With few people left to turn to, Edward bonds with the other people living with the guilt and grief after the tragedy. Based on Ann Napolitano’s 2020 novel, the show reunites the “Friday Night Lights” tandem of creator Jason Katims and co-star Connie Britton.
“Murf the Surf” (February 5, MGM+)
“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” director R.J. Cutler presents this four-part overview of the life and exploits of Jack Roland Murphy, who led one of the country’s most infamous jewel heists. The doc series charts not only the theft itself, but the way that Murphy and his ragtag crew became a sensation for a bunch of reasons they didn’t intend.
“My Dad the Bounty Hunter” (February 9, Netflix)
Laz Alonso, Yvonne Orji, Priah Ferguson, and Yvette Nicole Brown lead the voice cast for this Netflix animated series, which follows a pair of siblings who sneak onto their dad’s work trip, only to find out his secret job as an intergalactically infamous bounty hunter. The series comes from Patrick Harpin and Oscar-winning “Hair Love” co-director Everett Downing.
“Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence” (February 9, Hulu)
Fulfilling the federal mandate to have at least one college-related true crime story every month, this series drafts off the viral 2019 article in The Cut that outlined some mysterious happenings at the New York campus nearly a decade prior. All of it details a long-running scam perpetrated by a grifter who held a dangerous amount of years-long control over Sarah Lawrence students. The three episodes of the series will be available to stream at once.
“Full Swing” (February 15, Netflix)
The second Netflix series in as many months to go behind the scenes of global tournaments, this one dives into the private lives of PGA golfers. Some of the sport’s biggest stars are in the spotlight away from the spotlight at the four men’s majors and all the way through the end of the PGA season. Like January’s “Break Point,” this series boasts the same executive producers as Netflix sensation “Formula 1: Drive to Survive.”
“Animal Control” (February 16, Fox)
The latest frontier in exhausting all possible professions for workplace comedies, this new series stars Joel McHale, Vella Lovell, and Ravi Patel. The show, from Rob Greenberg and “Wedding Crashers” writer Bob Fisher, is set in the wild world of Seattle, as various members of the city’s Animal Control team have to contend with unexpected critters and each other.
“The Low Tone Club” (February 22, Disney+)
This inspirational Spanish-language series features singer Carlos Vives as a music teacher with some outside-the-box methods. When the school leadership puts him in charge of a group of underperforming high-school-age students, he’ll have to use his knowhow to up their musical instincts and get them to perform as a group. The entire 10-episode season will be available on premiere day.
“The Consultant” (February 24, Prime Video)
In this series drawing on Bentley Little’s novel, Christoph Waltz stars as a consultant who starts to do work for a gaming app. Wouldn’t you know it, his motives aren’t particularly pure and the consequences of his decisions leave the company’s employees fighting for more than just their jobs. The pilot episode, written by series creator Tony Basgallop, is also one of Matt Shakman’s last directional efforts before taking on the new Marvel “Fantastic Four” movie.
“Liaison” (February 24, Apple TV+)
The latest show to mix spies and romance, this Apple series stars Eva Green and Vincent Cassel as a pair of people whose professional and personal lives mix against a backdrop of political intrigue and espionage. Sound vague? Well, that’s just good tradecraft.
“The Reluctant Traveler” (February 24, Apple TV+)
On the list of recent Emmy-winning actors who could lead an Apple travel show, Eugene Levy might not be at the top of the list. But here he is, going around the world in this eight-episode series taking him to some decently extreme climates and fascinating local interests. Different installments will find him, among other places, wandering Scandinavia, South Africa, and islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
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