Now that 2015 is in full swing, it’s time to start getting excited about the upcoming shows that will be coming to our screens this February. The TV schedule offers up a selection box of returning series and new dramas, meaning that you don’t need a social life this winter, so draw the curtains and snuggle up to the below picks.

1) House of Cards – Season 3
house-of-cards-01First up is Netflix original drama House of Cards which is based around the unscrupulous Frank Underwood and his thirst for power. He is matched in his villainy by his wife Claire, played by Robin Wright. The show was the first online only TV series to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globes (nine and four respectively) and is a big cult hit.

The show returns to Netflix on the 27th February (get that day off booked now!) and true to form, all the episodes will be released at the same time. This is pretty good news for those of us who are all binged out on season two. Speculation has already started on the Internet about what we can expect from season three, with certain quarters even putting forward the theory that Frank himself will meet his demise. The series is based on a British show of the same name and if it follows that show closely enough then we really cannot predict where the storylines will lead.

2. The Walking Dead – Season 5 Part 2
February also heralds the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is returning for part two of its fifth season. Adapted from a comic book series, the show focuses on the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are trying to escape from zombies, whilst at the same time searching for a safe haven. If it can keep up the drama of the first half of the season, then the show promises plenty to keep viewers hooked.

It’s been a particularly painful mid-season hiatus this time around. The first half of the season teased a lot of questions that fans simply HAVE to know the answer to and the last episode ended on a dramatic note. Loyal viewers have been promised something fresh this season with star Andrew Lincoln stating in a featurette that it feels like they’re “moving into a new show”. That’s enough to get you excited, right?

3. 12 Monkeys – Season 1
12-monkeys-promotional-photoThe plot of Syfy’s upcoming 12 Monkeys is centred on a time traveller from a post-apocalyptic future, who is brought into the present day by his mission to locate and eradicate a deadly plague that threatens to destroy the human race. According to the show’s timeline, the plague caused the death of 93.6 % of the world’s population in 2043.

The show is based on a 1995 film of the same name directed by Terry Gillam, which was in turn based on Chris Marker’s short film La Jetee. The show has been in development for nearly two years and Syfy have been trying to build buzz around the show, releasing nine minute trailers and partnering with Philips to release an app which gives the show control over viewers’ lights (yes, really) See for yourself on the 27th February.

4. Grey’s Anatomy – Season 11
February 11th sees the return of Grey’s Anatomy for its eleventh season. Not that serious fans really need to be told this. If you’ve stuck with the show for all eleven seasons, you’ll know the drill but as a recap: Grey’s Anatomy focuses on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors at Grey’s Sloan Memorial Hospital.

The show is renowned for its blend of soapy storylines and workplace drama, which has been its calling card, and this season doesn’t appear to deviate from this formula. Fans have been left waiting to see what is unravelling with this season’s storylines, especially in regards to what is happening with April and Jackson’s baby. The season promises dangerous times ahead for one particular character and plenty of new challenges so make an appointment with your sofa to get your Grey’s fix!

5. Better Call Saul – Season 1
better-call-saul-promotional-photoBetter Call Saul hasn’t even aired yet and it’s already being called the new Breaking Bad. Fans of the series have been eagerly anticipating the spin-off in order to fill the Breaking Bad shaped hole in their lives. The show centres around Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), the sharp small town criminal lawyer to the citizens of Albuquerque, six years before his first appearance in Breaking Bad.

It has been confirmed that Better Call Saul will feature some familiar Breaking Bad faces – although sadly not Walter White and Jesse Pinkham. The series will no doubt have a Breaking Bad feel to it, but it will also have to stand up as a show in its own right if it wants to step out of the shadow of its predecessor. We’re pretty sure that this is a challenge Better Call Saul seems ready to meet. We really can’t wait for the show’s premiere on the 8th February.

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