My Top 10 Shows for January

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As I have been doing since the beginning of the 2016-2017 TV season, I have been posting my top lists of programming options on the major and cable networks as well as online since September.

January isn’t to be outdone by the preceding months, as it has just as much fun programming choices as its predecessors.

Here are my top 10 choices for January:


The fourth season of Sherlock will be back with another New Year’s Day episode entitled The Six Thatchers, airing (of course) on January 1 at 9 PM on PBS. Sherlock Holmes is back on British soil as Doctor Watson and his wife Mary prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents.


The second season of Shadowhunters will return to Freeform on January 2 at 8 PM followed by the two-hour series premiere of Beyond, which focuses on Holden (Burkely Duffield), a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.

On January 5, Nashville will air its fifth season two-hour season premiere on its new home on CMT at 9 PM.

The winter premiere of The Fosters will air on Freeform on January 31 at 8 PM followed by the season premiere of the final season of Switched at Birth at 9 PM.


The final season of Grimm will get underway on NBC on January 6 at 8 PM.


The two-hour debut of the new NBC series Emerald City will debut on January 6 at 9 PM. The series finds 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) swept up into the eye of a tornado, being transported to another world – a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force.


The eight-episode Netflix streaming series A Series of Unfortunate Events will debut online on January 13. The series is based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) [Patrick Warburton], who recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf (the ever-amazing Neil Patrick Harris) will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.


On January 15, the eight-episode PBS mini-series Victoria will debut at 9 PM for two hours. The dramas follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman from Doctor Who) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with her first prime minister and intimate friend, Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell from The Man in the High Castle) and her courtship with and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).

The full calendar of programming options for January will be posted a few days before New Year’s Day. Please don’t miss it!

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at

1 Comment

  1. Cay

    December 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Super excited for Lemony Snicket and what I’ve seen of Emerald City has been surprising good (and I hated the classic movie and the books!).

    Also stoked for Grimm!