The television year of 2023 has begun and we’re excited about all of the new TV shows coming out. This January, HBO Max premieres its new apocalyptic drama based on a video game, Peacock gets a new series from Rian Johnson (Knives Out), and Jason Segal and Harrison Ford hit the small screen in a series about therapy.
Shrinking (Apple TV+)
New episodes stream on Fridays — starting January 27
Starring Jason Segal as a grieving therapist who begins to break the rules by telling his clients exactly what he thinks, this new 10-episode comedy series was co-created by Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs). Not much else is known about the new show except that it also stars Harrison Ford, Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, and Michael Urie — which is a great enough reason to check it out next week.
The Last of Us (HBO Max)
New episodes stream on Sundays
Based on the 2013 video game of the same name, this new apocalyptic drama stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Twenty years after a fungal outbreak destroys modern civilization, Joel (Pascal) is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella) across America. Though only the first episode is currently streaming, I am hooked by the mystery of why Ellie is a game-changer for the Fireflies — the rebellion group fighting against military oppression.
Poker Face (Peacock)
New episodes stream on Thursdays
From the writer of Knives Out and Glass Onion comes Rian Johnson’s new mystery-of-the-week series. Streaming on Peacock, the new comedy-drama stars Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) as Charlie — a casino worker turned detective after she goes on the run. The 10-episode series will feature over 30 guest stars including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrien Brody, Stephanie Hsu, and Benjamin Bratt. Interestingly, the show will follow the classic “howcatchem” structure where the commission of the crime is described or showed in the very beginning of each episode. The first four episodes debuted on January 26.