The mid-season lineup of new television programming that hits around January each year has traditionally been considered a dumping ground for second string content used to prop up network schedules after the inevitable cancellations and hiatuses of fall programming. While this practice still holds true on the old networks, early winter is starting to become a haven for new quality content, particularly shows with shorter, more focused seasons (True Detective, one of the biggest shows of last year, falls into this category). It also helps that streaming services like Netflix play by their own rules and drop new shows throughout the year. Sometimes, it may feel like there are not many new shows to watch in the early months of the year, but these 10 shows are proof to the contrary and stand as the best new shows of 2015…at least, so far.
We live in a culture that places too much importance on looking young, especially when it comes to women. Younger, a comedy-drama produced by TV Land, stars Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old divorcee who reenters the workforce only to find that companies don’t want to hire someone her age and undergoes a makeover to pass herself off as 26. At first glance, Younger may look like just another low brow show made to poke fun at how out of touch older adults are, but it’s actually a surprisingly intelligent program that highlights the double standards between men and women’s looks and how older women are often thought of as disposable people. It helps that it’s a charming show in general, too.