Winter TV preview: 9 new shows to watch, from 'Pam & Tommy' to 'The Afterparty'

USA TODAY Staff

Winter brings cooler weather, hot chocolate and naturally, more TV watching. The spread of the coronavirus only adds to the shut-in nature of the first months of 2022.

So naturally, we're here to help, with a selection of the most notable new (and some returning) series premiering before the first day of spring. The list includes the return of  NBC's O.G. "Law & Order," an intriguing Apple TV+ series from Ben Stiller, HBO Max's first original DC Comics spinoff starring John Cena, and the eagerly awaited series on Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex-tape scandal. 

There's also a new spin on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and the final seasons of Netflix's "Ozark," Showtime's "Billions" and BBC America's "Killing Eve." Have a look.

Jules (Hunter Schafer, left) and Rue (Zendaya) in the first season of HBO's "Euphoria."

'Euphoria' 

HBO (returning Sunday, 9 EST/PST)

Sam Levinson's button-pushing teen drama is finally back for a second season, nearly three years after its highly stylized first outing. Fresh off a historic best drama actress win at the 2020 Emmy Awards, Zendaya takes her recovering drug addict Rue to harrowing new depths, as the teenager reels from parting ways with ex-girlfriend Jules (Hunter Schafer) in Season 1. The series continues to mine heavy issues of addiction, sexuality, abuse and body image, but with all the dark humor, glittery makeup and hypnotic needle drops that you came to love in Season 1. – Patrick Ryan

John Cena's title character is a murderous super-jerk who works for the government and needs more than a little redemption in HBO Max's "Peacemaker."

'Peacemaker' 

HBO Max (Jan. 13)

Marvel superhero shows have found a streaming home on Disney+, but DC Comics gets its first high-profile HBO Max outing with James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” spinoff. Patriotic super-jerk Peacemaker (John Cena) and rookie agent Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) are assigned to a black-ops government team tasked with saving the world from a mysterious threat in an action-packed workplace comedy that weaves in hair metal, eagle sidekicks, bad dads – and many four-letter curse words.  – Brian Truitt

Albert Rutecki, far left, Rick Glassman and Sue Ann Pien star as 20-somethings in "As We See It."

‘As We See It’

Amazon (Jan. 21)

Roommates and longtime friends Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien) are navigating life in their 20s on the autism spectrum. They long for the milestones they describe as “normal”: friendships, romance, successful careers and living independently. The heartwarming series from Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") will have viewers rooting for our protagonists and their life coach (Sosie Bacon), who helps the trio achieve the lives they dream about. – Erin Jensen 

Sam Richardson plays one of many potential suspects in the comic murder mystery "The Afterparty."

'The Afterparty'

Apple TV+ (Jan. 28)

A famous singer (Dave Franco) plunges to his death in his cliffside villa at an afterparty he's hosted for his 15th high school reunion. Who among the guests (including Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao and Ben Schwartz) is the culprit? A detective (Tiffany Haddish) aims to find out in this comic whodunnit sure to please fans of movies like "Knives Out." Each of the eight episodes is told from the point of view of a suspect. – Gary Levin

Kristen Bell's performance in the satirical "Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window" goes down easy like a fine wine.

‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’

Netflix (Jan. 28)

Let’s be honest: Some of the “Rear Window”-inspired movies are, well, as predictable as they are laughable, and “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is (thankfully) in on the joke. So pour a glass or wine (or the bottle) and get ready to devour this satirical crime mystery. Kristen Bell stars as the rain-averse Anna, who relies on red wine to cope following a bizarre tragedy. Her life is stalled by grief, and she can only muster the strength to watch the world around her from her window where she witnesses what she believes is a murder across the street. – Erin Jensen

Lily James as Pamela Anderson in "Pam & Tommy."

'Pam & Tommy'

Hulu (February 2)

"Cinderella" Lily James' incredible transformation to model Pamela Anderson, along with Sebastian Stan's to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, alone make Hulu's eight-episode drama about the tabloid-frenzy around the couple's love story and stormy relationship must-see viewing. Director Craig Gillespie ("I, Tonya") reteams with Stan, who  played Jeff Gillooly in the 2017 Tonya Harding biopic, in the new drama, centered on the stars' 1995 sex tape scandal. Producer Seth Rogen portrays Rand Gauthier, the disgruntled employee who stole and distributed the tape.  – Bryan Alexander

Adam Scott stars in Apple TV+'s "Severance."

'Severance'

Apple TV+ (Feb. 18)

If you were gripped by Amazon's "Homecoming," then you'll dig this creepy new sci-fi thriller starring Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") as a grieving man in the mysterious corporate sector of Lumon Industries, whose employees undergo a controversial surgical procedure that wipes memories of their personal lives during work hours, and vice versa. The slow-burn drama is directed by Ben Stiller, who reunites with "Escape at Dannemora" actress Patricia Arquette, playing Scott's austere boss. Britt Lower ("Man Seeking Woman") also co-stars as a disoriented new recruit. – Patrick Ryan 

Sam Waterston returns to "Law & Order" for his 17th season.

'Law & Order'

NBC (Feb. 24; Thursdays at 8 ET/PT)

The return of "Law & Order," after a decadelong hiatus, might be just the thing we need to spin the world back on its axis in 2022. Much has changed since "Law & Order" went off the air in 2010 after 20 seasons – spawning a TV family of spinoffs, "Chicago" and "FBI" series from producer Dick Wolf. But Sam Waterston remains ever stalwart as the show's conscience, returning  as District Attorney Jack McCoy, and Anthony Anderson is back as Detective Kevin Bernard, joining newcomers Hugh Dancy, Jeffrey Donovan and Camryn Manheim. – Bryan Alexander

Has Courteney Cox gone mad or is she depressed? The actress stars in "Shining Vale" as a troubled writer who sees ghosts, including one played by Mira Sorvino.

‘Shining Vale’

Starz (March 6; Sundays, 10 EST/PST)

Courteney Cox meets some interesting new “Friends” in a comedy with moments of fright. Cox stars as once-successful writer Pat Phelps, grasping for inspiration for her next novel, whose personal life is also in disarray. Her teenage children take her for granted and she and her husband (Greg Kinnear) are trying to move past her affair with a handyman. When the family moves from Brooklyn to the suburbs, Pat begins seeing ghosts (including a 1950s housewife  played by Mira Sorvino). Is Pat possessed? Or is her depression manifesting these spirits? – Erin Jensen

Also worth checking out...

  • "Dollface" (Hulu, Jan. 11)
  • "Ozark" (Netflix, Jan. 21): Final season.
  • "Billions" (Showtime, Jan. 23): Final season.
  • "The Gilded Age" (HBO, Jan. 24): "Downtown Abbey" creator's take on 1882 New York. 
  • "Reacher" (Amazon, Feb. 4): Adaptation of Lee Childs' novels.
  • "Inventing Anna" (Netflix, Feb. 11): Shonda Rhimes' series about Russian scam artist Anna Sorokin (Julia Garner) and the journalist who pursues her.
  • "Bel-Air" (Peacock, Feb. 13): A new dramatic version of Will Smith's NBC sitcom.
  • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon, Feb. 18)
  • "American Song Contest" (NBC, Feb. 21): A U.S.-centric "Eurovision," with contestants from each state.
  • "Killing Eve" (BBC America, Feb. 27): Final season.