Looking for more ways to procrastinate this semester? Check out these new shows that just dropped this spring. No matter your taste in television—whether you prefer family dramas or murder mysteries—there’s definitely an original series that’s just waiting to be binged on.
Here are six shows debuting this season that are worth giving a try.
1. Life Sentence (9pm, March 7th, CW)
Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars plays Stella, a girl who has recently been cured of her terminal cancer and must live with the consequences of her past reckless behavior. Just like every CW dramedy, this show comes with plenty of surprises, an attractive cast, and many heartwarming moments that will surely make you smile.
2. Splitting Up Together (9:30 pm, March 27th, ABC Family)
In this wholehearted comedy, Jenna Fischer from The Office and Nashville’s Oliver Hudson play two recently divorced parents who decide to continue to live together for the sake of maintaining their family. Through the ups and downs of single parenting, they may find that the divorce will only bring them closer than ever before…but probably after several seasons.
3. Killing Eve (8 pm, April 8th, BBC America)
Adapted from the novels written by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve follows a much more suspenseful plot. Sandra Oh from Grey’s Anatomy stars as Eve, a bored, pay-grade M15 security officer who is desperate to become an actual spy. In her first mission, she is charged with hunting down Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer), a psychopathic, international hit woman. Along the way, the two fierce and intelligent women become obsessed with tracking each other down.
4. Rise (9pm, March 13th, NBC)
Directed by Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims, this drama follows the plot of a nonfiction book written by Michael Sokolove. After seventeen years of teaching at Levittown’s Truman High, the drama teacher, Lou Volpe, wants to revive the drama department and encourage students to find what inspires them and drives them to be creative. Inspired by a real theater program in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this show will emotionally and physically hit close to home.
5. The Looming Tower (February 28th, Hulu)
Adapted from Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks, this Hulu Original takes a look at how tension between the CIA and FBI may have hindered the government’s ability to prevent the tragedy of the attacks and the war in Iraq. While the miniseries may not resolve what had happened in the past, its parallels to today’s political issues make the show a relevant contributor to important conversations that are still ongoing, years after the book was originally published.
6. Seven Seconds (February 23rd, Netflix)
In this Netflix Original, Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old black cyclist, dies in a hit-and-run accident by a white police officer. As a result, the boy’s family and their prosecutor are left to grapple with the weight of the case and what it means for the black community. In the aftermath of the accident, the city is high in racial tension, and the viewers are left to wonder if Brenton will ever receive the justice he deserves. By exploring the effects such violence can have on a society, we can make connections and gain insight into similar tragedies that are happening today.