Spring 2016 TV Guide

Given that Springtime is typically when one of the most-watched shows on all of television returns to the airwaves, let’s just get this out of the way: Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24th.

There. Now that that’s taken care of, the Spring 2016 TV schedule has a plethora of new & returning favorites to keep your eyeballs fully entertained for the 167 hours per week that you’ll be free from being sucked into the madness that is Westeros.

New Spring 2016 TV To DVR

One of the shows I’m most exited about this spring premieres on Sundance on March 2nd. Hap and Leonard, starring The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams and The Following’s James Purefoy, along with Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, is based on the series of novels of the same name, and has already received promising early reviews.

Image via Sundance TV

As a fan of House, AMC’s miniseries The Night Manager, debuting in late April & starring Hugh Laurie, was immediately appealing on casting alone—seeing the trailer a half-dozen times during season 6B of The Walking Dead made this a must-record.

Other new network & premium shows/specials to be sure to hit Record on this Spring include PBS’s A Year in Space, A&E’s Damien (a six-part The Omen sequel), a look at the El Chapo/Sean Penn disaster interview on Reelz on March 10th, and Showtime’s Dice, a semi-autobiographical series based on the life of Andrew “Dice” Clay. Popular newsmag Vice is launching their own network this Spring as well, which will be programmed by Spike Jonze. Not to be outdone, Netflix has several new series/movies/specials premiering this season, including the first two seasons of the British series Cuckoo, the sketch comedy series The Characters, Will Arnett’s new comedy Flaked, and the long-awaited return of childhood favorite Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday on March 18th.

Returning Favorites

Besides for the aforementioned GoT, Spring 2016 will find us returning to the Frank Underwood White House in House of Cards on March 4th, the Bates Motel on March 7th, and near the end of the Cold War with The Americans on March 16th. A few of 2015’s best new shows will once again grace us with their presence this Spring, including Fox’s Empire and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. One of the best of 2014—HBO’s Silicon Valley—will debut just after GoT on 4/24.

Also coming back this Spring: Orphan Black, a brilliant BBC America show (one of my favorites on TV, in fact) I discovered after 2 seasons on the air, returns April 14th (the same day as Fox’s Bones); SyFy’s 12 Monkeys airs 4/18; and AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead premieres on April 10th.

The complete Spring 2016 TV guide, as it now stands, is below. All times are in CST unless otherwise noted.

3/1/2016Ink MasterSpikeReality competition9p
3/1/2016The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity EditionLifetimeReality9p
3/1/2016Tour GroupBravoReality/Travel9p
3/2/2016Hap and LeonardSundanceDrama9p
3/2/2016Balls DeepVicelandReality10p
3/2/2016Lab Rats: Elite ForceDisney XDSci-fi/Comedy7:30p
3/2/2016The Real O'NealsABCComedy7:30p
3/2/2016A Year in Space (Special)PBSDocumentary/Science7p
3/2/2016Greatest Animal Commericals Countdown (Special)CWSpecial7p
3/2/2016Extra Virgin AmericanaCookingReality8p
3/3/2016F*ck, That's DeliciousVicelandReality/Food9p
3/3/2016Late Night SnacktruTVComedy10p
3/3/2016Adam Devine’s House PartyComedy CentralComedy11:30p
3/3/2016Looking for Lowry (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
3/3/2016Mary MaryWEReality8p
3/3/2016The FamilyABCDrama8p
3/4/2016Paranormal LockdownDest. AmericaReality9p
3/4/2016House of CardsNetflixDrama12:01a PT
3/4/2016Say Yes to the DressTLCReality8p
3/4/2016Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (Special)PBSDocumentary8p
3/4/2016BoschAmazonDrama12:01a PT
3/5/2016First Time FlippersDIYReality8p
3/6/2016Long Lost FamilyTLCReality9p
3/6/2016Once Upon a TimeABCDrama7p
3/6/2016The Last Man on EarthFoxComedy8:30p
3/6/2016I Am CaitE!Reality8p
3/6/2016Saints & SinnersBounce TVDrama8p
3/7/2016CuckooNetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/7/2016RuPaul's Drag RaceLogoReality competition8p
3/7/2016Bates MotelA&EDrama/Horror8p
3/7/2016A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
3/8/2016Chrisley Knows BestUSAReality9p
3/8/2016Of Kings & ProphetsABCDrama9p
3/8/2016Little Big ShotsNBCReality7p
3/8/2016Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABCDrama8p
3/8/2016The 4%: Film's Gender ProblemEpixDocumentarytbd
3/9/2016UndergroundWGN AmericaDrama9p
3/9/2016The Internet Ruined My LifeSyfyReality9p
3/9/2016The Carmichael ShowNBCComedy9p
3/9/2016The Victoria's Secret Swim SpecialCBSSpecial8p
3/10/2016In Search of Frida Kahlo (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
3/10/201660 Days InA&EReality8p
3/10/2016El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle (Special)ReelzDocumentary8p
3/11/2016The Characters NEWNetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/11/2016FlakedNetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/11/2016David Tutera's CelebrationsWEReality8p
3/12/2016Party Over HereFoxComedy10p
3/12/2016Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Gril (Special)HBOMusic8p
3/13/2016Life or DebtSpikeReality9p
3/13/2016Naked and AfraidDiscoveryReality9p
3/13/2016And Then There Were None (Miniseries)LifetimeDrama8p
3/14/2016Ebola: The Doctor's Story / Body Team 12 / Orphans of Ebola (Movie)HBODocumentary shorts8p
3/15/2016Faking ItMTVComedy9:30p
3/15/2016The Willis FamilyTLCReality9p
3/15/2016If Loving You Is WrongOWNDrama9p
3/15/2016L.A. Clippers Dance SquadE!Reality9p
3/15/2016Bad Girls Club: Twisted SistersOxygenReality7p
3/15/2016Bride & PrejudiceFYIReality8p
3/16/2016The AmericansFXDrama9p
3/16/2016Criminal Minds: Beyond BordersCBSDrama9p
3/16/2016Donnie Loves JennyA&EReality9p
3/16/2016Happy ValleyNetflixDrama12:01a PT
3/16/2016Schitt's CreekPopComedy7p
3/16/2016VH1 Family Therapy with Dr. JennVH1Reality8p
3/16/2016MTV Woodie AwardsMTVSpecialtbd
3/17/2016Real World: Go Big or Go HomeMTVReality9p
3/17/2016Mandela, My Dad and Me (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
3/17/2016Man vs Child: Chef ShowdownFYIReality competition7p
3/17/2016Bajillion Dollar Propertie$SeesoComedy12:01a PT
3/18/2016Yukon MenDiscoveryReality9p
3/18/2016DaredevilNetflixDrama12:01a PT
3/18/2016Jimmy Carr Funny Business (Special)NetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/18/2016My Beautiful Broken Brain (Movie)NetflixDocumentary12:01a PT
3/18/2016Pee-wee's Big Holiday (Movie)NetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/19/2016For Peete's SakeOWNReality8p
3/19/2016Dr. Oakley Yukon VetNat Geo WildReality8p
3/20/2016Ice Age: The Great Egg-ScapadeFoxAnimation/Family6:30p
3/20/2016The Passion (Special)FoxMusical/Live event7p
3/21/2016Teen Mom 2MTVReality9p
3/21/2016Dancing With the StarsABCReality competition7p
3/21/2016Everything Is Copy (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
3/22/2016Friday Night Tykes: Steel CountryEsquireReality9p
3/22/2016Good BonesHGTVReality10p
3/22/2016The Art of Organized Noize (Movie)NetflixDocumentary/Music12:01a PT
3/23/2016The Carbonaro EffecttruTVReality/Comedy9p
3/23/2016Little Women: Terra's Little FamilyLifetimeReality9p
3/24/2016Sisters in LawWEReality9p
3/24/2016The CatchABCDrama9p
3/24/2016Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
3/24/2016Cameron Esposito: Marriage Material (Special)SeesoComedy12:01a PT
3/25/2016Atlanta PlasticLifetimeReality9p
3/25/2016Spring Broke (Movie)ShowtimeDocumentary8p
3/27/2016Thicker Than WaterBravoReality9p
3/28/2016My Haunted HouseLMNReality9p
3/28/2016Trailer Park BoysNetflixComedy12:01a PT
3/28/2016The Haunting Of...LMNReality8p
3/28/2016Only the Dead See the End of War (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
3/29/2016Hack My LifetruTVReality9p
3/29/2016Like a BossOxygenReality8:30p
3/29/2016Living With FunnyOxygenReality8p
3/29/2016Deadliest CatchDiscoveryReality8p
3/30/2016LopezTV LandComedy9p
3/30/2016Quit Your Day JobOxygenReality9p
3/30/2016The PathHuluDrama12:01a PT
3/31/2016Rush HourCBSDrama9p
3/31/2016The Brilliant Brontë Sisters (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
4/1/2016Wynonna EarpSyfyDrama9p
4/1/2016Binge ThinkingVH1Game show10:30p
4/1/2016Uncommon Sense with CharlamagneVH1Talk/Comedy10p
4/1/2016The RanchNetflixComedy12:01a PT
4/3/2016Call the MidwifePBSDrama7p
4/3/201651st Academy of Country Music Awards (Special)CBSSpecial/Live event7p
4/3/2016The Story of God with Morgan FreemanNat GeoDocumentary8p
4/3/2016iHeartRadio Music Awards (Special)TBS/TNT/truTVSpecial/Live eventtbd
4/4/2016Southern CharmBravoReality8p
4/4/2016Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
4/5/2016America's Greatest MakersTBSReality competition8p
4/6/2016Walk the PrankDisney XDComedy7:30p
4/7/2016Game of SilenceNBCDrama9p
4/7/2016The Genius of Roald Dahl (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
4/7/2016The Odd CoupleCBSComedy7:30p
4/8/2016CatastropheAmazonComedy12:01a PT
4/9/2016Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
4/9/2016Nikki Glaser: PerfectComedy CentralComedytbd
4/10/2016Talking DeadAMCTalk9p
4/10/2016The Girlfriend ExperienceStarzDrama7p
4/10/2016House of LiesShowtimeComedy8p
4/10/2016Fear the Walking DeadAMCDrama/Horror8p
4/10/2016MTV Movie AwardsMTVSpecial/Live eventtbd
4/11/2016The Real Housewives of DallasBravoReality9p
4/11/2016The DetourTBSComedy8p
4/11/2016Jackie Robinson (Miniseries)PBSDocumentary8p
4/12/2016The Mindy ProjectHuluComedy12:01a PT
4/13/2016The Last PanthersSundanceDrama7p
4/14/2016Orphan BlackBBC AmericaDrama/Sci-fi9p
4/14/2016Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
4/14/2016American GritFoxReality competition8p
4/15/2016Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNetflixComedy12:01a PT
4/16/2016Case Closed with AJ BenzaReelzReality9p
4/16/2016Confirmation (Movie)HBODrama7p
4/17/2016#RichKids of Beverly HillsE!Reality9p
4/17/2016House of Darkness (Movie)LMNDrama7p
4/17/2016White Hot (Movie)HMMDrama8p
4/18/201612 MonkeysSyfySci-fi/Drama8p
4/18/2016Class Divide (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
4/19/2016The Night Manager (Miniseries)AMCDrama9p
4/20/2016Time Traveling Bong (Miniseries)Comedy CentralComedy9:30p
4/20/2016DeadbeatHuluComedy12:01a PT
4/21/2016Comedy KnockouttruTVComedy/Reality9:30p
4/21/2016Vivaldi: Mystery of the Four Seasons (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
4/22/2016Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (Special)NetflixComedy12:01a PT
4/23/2016Electronic Music Awards & Foundation (Special)FoxSpecial/Music7p
4/24/2016Silicon ValleyHBOComedy9p
4/24/2016Rebellion (Miniseries)SundanceDrama8p
4/24/2016Game of ThronesHBODrama/Fantasy8p
4/25/2016Turn: Washington's SpiesAMCDrama9p
4/28/2016René Magritte: The Man in the Hat (Movie)OvationDocumentary6p
4/29/2016Special Correspondents (Movie)NetflixComedy12:01a PT
4/30/20162016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Special)HBOSpecial/Music7p
5/1/2016Penny DreadfulShowtimeDrama9p
5/2/2016Houdini & DoyleFoxDrama8p
5/2/2016Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
5/5/2016Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st CenturyOvationDocumentarytbd
5/6/2016Grace and FrankieNetflixComedy12:01a PT
5/9/2016Every Brilliant Thing (Movie)HBODocumentarytbd
5/20/2016Lady DynamiteNetflixComedy12:01a PT
5/26/2016Red Nose DayNBCSpecial/Variety8p
5/30/2016So You Think You Can DanceFoxReality competition7p
5/30/2016Roots (Miniseries)(various)Dramatbd