Because There's So Much New TV and So Little Time: 14 TV Shows and Miniseries You Can Finish in February


There is, it pains us to note, entirely too many TV options. A person simply can’t finish it all! If a series is good, it’ll often be popular, which means it’ll run for years and years. By the time you get around to watching it, it’s too late to catch up, and everything’s been spoiled. And just when you’ve finally reached the series finale and are excited to go back to your real life, Netflix will go and resurrect the thing, so you can never really be done with Arrested Development or Gilmore Girls or Wet Hot American Summer. They just keep going and going. You try your luck with the prestige-y TV shows that run only 10 or 12 episodes a season, but the episodes themselves are so long—and sans commercial breaks—that you end up chained to your couch for the better part of your waking hours.

What’s a TV addict/compulsive completist to do?

Fortunately, there are some TV shows a person can knock out in the shortest month of the year—ones that ran for a bit and then ended, definitively, never to return. If you watch an episode a day of any one of these 14 programs, they will be over and done with by March. We promise! And, really, what’s an episode a day? We know you can do it. We believe in you.

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Bored to Death (24 episodes) – streaming on HBO Go and Amazon Prime

Bored to Death was an odd little comedy starring the unlikely Variations on the White Man trifecta of Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson. Reeling from a devastating breakup, Jonathan Ames (Schwartzman), a mystery writer, decides to moonlight as a private detective in and around his upscale Brooklyn neighborhood. The mysteries, as you might imagine, only get wackier from there. Most interesting are the clients Ames encounters along the way, especially Kristen Wiig as a jealous girlfriend. Meanwhile, Galifianakis, as a comic book writer, is in a relationship with Heather Burns on and off. And Heather Burns should really be in more things.

The series was created by real-life novelist…Jonathan Ames. If you’re thinking, Huh, that’s funny and sort of intellectual, well, that’s Bored to Death for you.