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LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — SEASON 16 (Netflix)
Dick Wolf’s sex-crimes spinoff keeps rolling along, with Mariska Hargitay still front and center as Olivia Benson, who’s now a foster mother as well as the squad’s boss. Peter Scanavino joins the cast as rough-around-the-edges Det. Sonny Carisi, and there are return appearances by former co-stars Dann Florek and Tamara Tunie as well as recurring player Andre Braugher. The new lineup of guest stars includes Marcia Cross, Harry Hamlin, Peter Gallagher, Armand Assante, Robert Vaughn, Robert Sean Leonard and Peter Hermann (Hargitay’s real-life husband). Under the expert supervision of exec producers Warren Leight (the Tony-winning playwright of Side Man) and Homicide: Life on the Street vet Julie Martin, SVU remains one of TV’s most arresting dramas.
NCIS: SEASON 12 (Netflix)
The mothership of the naval-crimes franchise keeps sailing along as TV’s top-rated drama, with the core cast remaining intact and fan favorites like Muse Watson (as the deceased mentor of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Joe Spano (as Gibbs’ FBI frenemy) and Robert Wagner (as the ne'er-do-well father of Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo) reappearing. Before the show returns for Season 13 next month, you can get caught up all the way to a cliffhanger, in which a teenage recruit of an Isis-like terrorist organization puts Gibbs’ life in jeopardy. Will he survive? What do you think? NCIS without Gibbs would be like SVU without Benson: DOA.
MR. PICKLES: SEASON 1 (Hulu)
Adult Swim’s typically twisted toon follows the titular pickle-loving border collie who uses his supernatural powers to kill, mutilate and hump his victims, not necessarily in that order. Listen for Brooke Shields as the mother of Mr. Pickles’ best friend, a disabled young boy named Tommy, and other recognizable voices along the way include Tracy Morgan, Amy Sedaris, Iggy Pop and the Kids in the Hall’s Dave Foley.
STRANGE EMPIRE: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
And you thought Deadwood was dark: This Canadian-produced Western follows three women — a grieving mother (Cara Gee), an autistic surgeon (Melissa Farman), and a married madam (Tattiawna Jones) — fighting to survive on the Alberta-Montana border in the 1860’s after most of the men of their town are murdered. Was the culprit a Native American tribe or the madam’s bloodthirsty-pimp husband, John Slotter (pronounced “slaughter”)? Oh, it’s strange, all right.
ATLANTIS: SEASON 2, PART 1 (Netflix)
BBC canceled the family-friendly fantasy after its second season, but if you didn’t catch it on BBC America, here’s your chance. A present-day Jason (Jack Donnelly) mysteriously travels to the mythical kingdom of Atlantis, where his path crosses with the likes of an out-of-shape Hercules (Game of Thrones victim Mark Addy) and a sooth-saying Oracle (Truly, Madly, Deeply’s Juliet Stevenson). Too bad she couldn’t foresee the show’s doomed future.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.