The end of the television season is upon us and soon the only thing left on your DVR will be the 31 episodes of House Hunters: International that have accumulated while you watched The Flash and the final season of Mad Men. Sure, we’ve still got a handful of episodes of Game of Thrones, and summer will bring all sorts of new programs to look forward to, but right now, the best thing about the current TV schedule is that its lack of enticing programming is really getting us jazzed about what’s ahead. And now is the perfect time to ease yourself into the warmer months by sipping lemonade and binge-watching shows that don’t have anything to do with superheroes. Below, we’ve compiled a checklist of nine soon-to-be returning shows that deserve your eyeballs, so grab the remote, fluff up the sofa pillows, and start cramming!
COMMITMENT: 12 half-hour episodes that will take you on a journey (plus one special for extra credit)
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: On the surface, this animated series looks like a sophomoric story about a drunk horse. And at times, it is. But throughout the course of the first season, it becomes an earnest look at fleeting fame, the emptiness of Hollywood, alcoholism, and depression. YEAH, I KNOW, I was shocked, too. But it works really well, and its serialized nature will have you clicking “Play Next Episode” about 11 times. Don’t worry, it isn’t always depressing. The vibrant half-animal world provides plenty of sight gags, and the voice work from Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, and Paul F. Tompkins is fantastic. It’s a must watch for anyone looking for a Hollywood satire with anthropomorphic animals.