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February TV Preview (2024)

The month ahead will bring new takes on Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Shogun, plus the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and more.
by Jason Dietz — 

To help you plan your viewing options, our editors have selected the most interesting TV and movie titles debuting at home in February 2024, listed in order by premiere date.


tbd Genius: MLK/X

Returning anthology series (S4)
Premieres February 1 on Nat Geo
Also streams February 2 on Disney+ and Hulu

Genius MLK/X

Richard DuCree/National Geographic

A rare scripted series for the National Geographic channel, Genius is an anthology profiling a different historical figure each season. This fourth season, which will also air its opening episode on ABC (while the entire season will stream on both Disney+ and Hulu), actually tells two separate civil rights-themed stories over the course of its eight episodes. One centers on Martin Luther King Jr. (played by Kelvin Harrison Jr.), while the other finds Aaron Pierre starring as Malcolm X. Note that early reviews are mixed.


tbd Mr. & Mrs. Smith

New drama series
Premieres February 2 on Prime Video

Mr. & Mrs. Smith S1

David Lee/Prime Video

First ordered in 2021, Amazon's series adaptation of the 2005 Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie action film was originally a collaboration between Atlanta's Donald Glover, Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and writer Francesca Sloane (Fargo), with the first two also starring as the title characters. Waller-Bridge dropped out of the project due to creative differences, but Glover remains as co-creator and star, while PEN15's Maya Erskine takes on the Angelina Jolie role opposite Glover. They play a pair of spies whose cover involves them posing as a married couple—though their living situation becomes more complex when a genuine attraction develops between them. John Turturro, Paul Dano, Michaela Coel, Parker Posey, Sarah Paulson, Sharon Horgan, Alexander Skarsgård, Ron Perlman, and Wagner Moura also appear in the series. All eight episodes will be available to stream on day one.


tbd Orion and the Dark

Streaming animated movie
Premieres February 2 on Netflix

Orion and the Dark

DreamWorks Animation

A DreamWorks Animation production but exclusive to Netflix, Orion is the second animated feature to come from acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) following 2015's excellent Anomalisa (though unlike that film Orion is geared to younger audiences). Like the Emma Yarlett children's book it is based on, the new film finds an elementary school kid named Orion (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) terrified of the dark—until the dark itself (Paul Walter Hauser) shows up to take him on a journey to confront his fears. Filling out the voice cast are Angela Bassett, Aparna Nancherla, Nat Faxon, Natasia Demetriou, Carla Gugino, Colin Hanks, Ike Barinholtz, and—saving the best for last—Werner Herzog.

Orion and the Dark isn't the only animated children's book adaptation streaming on February 2nd. Headed to Paramount+ that same day is The Tiger's Apprentice, which finds Lucy Liu, Henry Golding, Sandra Oh, Michelle Yeoh, and Brandon Soo Hoo lending their voices to a film based on Laurence Yep's book series.


tbd Curb Your Enthusiasm

Returning comedy series (S12)
Premieres February 4 on HBO and Max

Curb Your Enthusiasm S12

John Johnson/HBO

Nearly 24 years after it first debuted, Larry David's HBO hit is finally ending with this 12th season. Guests this season include a mix of old and new faces, including Ted Danson, Richard Lewis, Vince Vaugn, Tracey Ullman, Dan Levy, Sharlto Copley, and Sean Hayes. Episodes air weekly, culminating in the series finale on April 7. And, no, we don't know how it ends: Critics have seen nine of the 10 episodes but not the finale.


tbd The New Look

New drama series
Premieres February 14 on Apple TV+

The New Look

Apple

Ben Mendelsohn stars as Christian Dior in a new historical drama series that focuses on the origins of the modern fashion industry in Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII. Created by Todd A. Kessler (Damages), who also directs alongside Helen Shaver, Julia Cucournau, and Jeremy Podeswa, The New Look also stars Juliette Binoche, Maisie Williams, John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer, and Claes Bang—plus Glenn Close in a guest role—and features a soundtrack of modern covers of period-appropriate songs produced by Jack Antonoff. The first three (of 10) episodes stream on day one.


tbd The Vince Staples Show

New comedy series
Premieres February 15 on Netflix

The Vince Staples Show

Netflix

Rapper Vince Staples plays a version of himself in a scripted comedy series loosely based on his life from his childhood in Long Beach, California to the present day. (Additional actors play Staples at various points in his childhood.) Staples, whose prior acting experience includes a recurring guest role on Abbott Elementary, created the series alongside Maurice Williams and Ian Edelman (both veterans of Kid Cudi's Netflix series Entergalactic), while producers include Kenya Barris (black-ish). The season runs just five episodes, but they will all be available to stream at once.


The Dynasty: New England Patriots

Limited series
Premieres February 16 on Apple TV+

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

Apple

Apple's (ironically rather inflated) 10-part look at one of the NFL's most successful teams is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Benedict and features the involvement of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Sports fans can look forward to a second Apple title this month: The four-part soccer documentary Messi's World Cup: The Rise of a Legend streams on February 21.


tbd Life & Beth

Returning comedy series (S2)
Premieres February 16 on Hulu

Life & Beth S2

Alyssa Moran/Hulu

You'd be forgiven if you can't quite remember this Amy Schumer-led dramedy: Its first season aired two years ago. But critics liked the series, which finds Schumer playing a Manhattan wine salesperson undergoing an early mid-life crisis who relocates to Long Island and begins a relationship with a farmer played by Michael Cera. Both stars are back for this second season (as are recurring co-stars Laura Benanti and Michael Rapaport, among others), while Season 2 guests include Jennifer Coolidge, Amy Sedaris, Margaret Cho, Colin Quinn, and Tim Meadows. All 10 episodes will be available to binge on day one.


tbd Constellation

New drama series
Premieres February 21 on Apple TV+

Constellation

Apple

In Apple's eight-part conspiracy thriller, Noomi Rapace plays an astronaut who survives a disaster in space, only to return to Earth and discover that "key pieces of her life seem to be missing." (Sounds like an easy diagnosis: Space Madness.) Jonathan Banks, James D'Arcy, Julian Looman, Barbara Sukowa, and William Catlett also star, and they'll be working for a strong trio of directors including Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad), Joseph Cedar (Footnote), and Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). The series itself comes from Peter Harness, who has written for shows such as Doctor Who and Wallander. Though episodes will stream weekly, the series kicks off with a trio of episodes on the 21st.


tbd Avatar: The Last Airbender

New fantasy drama series
Premieres February 22 on Netflix

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2024) S1

Robert Falconer/Netflix

Netflix's highly anticipated fantasy adventure is a live-action remake of the popular Nickelodeon animated series of the same name, and is similarly set in a world of four nations, each dictated by a single "element" (Earth, Water, Fire, Air)—with the titular Avatar having the unique ability to control all four elements and maintain balance in the world. (The Airbender franchise is unrelated to James Cameron's Avatar films.) Though it is billed as being authentic to the original, the Netflix series will no longer feature contributions from original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino after the pair dropped out of the project due to creative differences. (How could a live-action take on this story possibly go wrong? Oh—right.) The sprawling ensemble cast includes Gordon Cormier, Daniel Dae Kim, Utkarsh Ambudkar, George Takei, Danny Pudi, A Martinez, Ken Leung, Amber Midthunder, and Arden Cho. All eight first-season episodes stream at once.


tbd The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy

New animated sci-fi comedy series
Premieres February 23 on Prime Video

The Second Best Hospital in The Galaxy

Prime Video

Already renewed for a second season, Amazon's latest adult animated series (previously titled The Hospital) comes from Cirocco Dunlap, who has written for Netflix shows Big Mouth and Russian Doll. The sci-fi comedy follows a pair of intergalactically renowned surgeons voiced by Keke Palmer and Stephanie Hsu, and they are joined in the voice cast by Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne, Kieran Culkin, and singer Sam Smith. All eight episodes stream on day one.


tbd The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

New horror series
Premieres February 25 on AMC and AMC+

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

Gene Page/AMC

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira reprise their Walking Dead roles of Rick and Michonne, respectively, in the latest spinoff from AMC's ever-growing zombie franchise. (This is the seventh TWD series to date, and more could be coming in the future.) Terry O'Quinn, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Pollyanna McInstosh also star. Worried about overkill? Season 1 runs just six episodes.


tbd Shōgun

Limited series
Premieres February 27 on FX and Hulu

Shōgun

Kurt Iswarienko/FX

In development since 2018, FX's 10-episode limited series adaptation of James Clavell's epic novel (previously adapted into an Emmy-winning 1980 NBC miniseries) finally arrives this month with its first two episodes available on February 27 (like all remaining episodes) on both FX and Hulu. Shōgun is set in feudal Japan in the year 1600 as a civil war is brewing. While Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) is fighting for power (and his life), a potential ally arrives in the form of English captain John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis), captain of a mysterious European vessel that has shipwrecked near a local fishing village. Uniting the two is translator Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), a married Christian noblewoman torn between her faith, her loyalty to her disgraced father, and her new relationship with Blackthorne. The series adaptation comes from newcomer Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks (Top Gun: Maverick, Counterpart), who replaced some of the original writing team after FX rejected early drafts and ordered an overhaul.


tbd Elsbeth

New drama series
Premieres February 29 on CBS

Elsbeth

Elizabeth Fisher/CBS

The second spinoff from CBS hit The Good Wife (following the recently concluded Paramount+ series The Good Fight), Elsbeth finds Carrie Preston reviving her attorney character of the same name from both prior series. In this new series (again from Robert and Michelle King), she relocates to New York, where she does work for the NYPD. Wendell Pierce and Carra Patterson also star, while Season 1 guest stars include Jane Krakowski, Retta, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Blair Underwood, and Linda Lavin.


tbd The Tourist

Returning drama series (S2)
Premieres February 29 on Netflix

The Tourist S2

BBC/Two Brothers

Originally expected to be a single-season limited series (especially since it concluded its story), the Jamie Dornan-led Australian thriller moves from Max to Netflix for its unexpected second season, which has already received solid reviews from UK critics. (Never watched Season 1? It's streaming now on Netflix as well.) In addition to changing networks, The Tourist has also changed locations, moving from Australia to Ireland, where Dornan's Elliot and Danielle Macdonald's Helen living a leisurely life on the road until the former is once again confronted with secrets from his past. Reviewers seem to like this second season's greater emphasis on black comedy.