1. The return of your favorite TV shows
Whether it’s a much-anticipated season premiere (Community, Downton Abbey, Suburgatory) or the end of the impossibly cruel winter recess, the result is the same. Our friends are baaaaack!
Date(s): Now through early March. Check out the full list here.
2. New movies on Netflix
Feeling like you’ve exhausted your Netflix options? Good news! The company just added 26 titles into their collection for the new year.
Date(s): January 1
6. More specifically, awards show hosts
With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back for the Golden Globes, and Ellen DeGeneres returning to host the Oscars, the shows are pretty much guaranteed to be killers.
7. Opposite Day
This holiday is definitely NOT cool and definitely NOT a perfect excuse for pranking people.
;) ;) ;)
Date(s): January 25
8. Billy Joel’s open-ended residency at Madison Square Garden
Yes, much of Billy Joel’s career has been relegated to no-repeat-workday radio, but he’s the piano man. “And So It Goes”? Poetry.
Date(s): Once a month, indefinitely, starting January 27 (tickets here)
11. Sochi Olympics
The Winter Games have been surrounded by controversy, with concerns over public saftety, behind-the-scenes corruption, and not least of all Russia’s anti-gay laws dominating much of the conversation. Still, everyone knows winter sports are the best, and those watching will have two weeks of skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling to enjoy.
Date(s): February 6 — 23
- Athletes probably won't break records at the Rio Olympics. In most events, top performers have already reached the limits of human biology, scientists say.
- Some Bernie-or-Busters protested Hillary Clinton's DNC speech, but a tightly organized plan — from chants to secret allies — kept heckling off TV.
- Sixteen people have died after a hot air balloon crashed in Texas.