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10 Reasons Why January Is TV's Best Month

It's time to watch again! January is packed with new premieres and anticipated returns.

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1. "Buckwild"

Via http://MTV

Date: Debuts January 3 on MTV

High Concept: Jersey Shore meets Honey Boo Boo meets Jackass

Secret Weapon: Live weaponry

Breakout Star: Shain the happiest trash sligher

Hipster Touchstone: Trucker hats by the truckful.

Drinking Game: Drink every time someone on the screen isn't drinking.

2. "Downton Abbey"

Via http://PBS

Date: Season 3 begins January 6th on PBS

High Concept Premise: Dynasty meets Brideshead

Secret Weapon: Evil Footmen

Breakout Star: Hipster Lady Edith

Hipster Touchstone: Bike culture pandering

Drinking Game: Sip one toddy every time Matthew disapproves

3. "Vanderpump Rules"

Via http://Isabella%20Vosmikova/Bravo

Date: Series premieres Jan 7th on Bravo

High Concept Premise: Real Housewives meets Cheers

Secret Weapon: Giggy

Breakout Star: Brandi Glanville antagonist Scheana Marie

Hipster Touchstone: Foodie pandering restaurant setting

Drinking Game: Two appletinis when someone adjusts their mini-dress in the middle of a fight.


4. "Justified"

Via http://FX

Date: Season 4 begins Jan 7th on FX

High Concept: Adam 12 meets Deliverance

Secret Weapon: Patton Oswalt joins the cast as "Constable Bob Sweeney"

Breakout Star: Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder

Hipster Touchstone: The massive amounts of redneck culture make Kentucky all but indistinguishable from Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Drinking Game: Take seven shots of bourbon every time a load of Oxycontin crosses into the county.

5. "Enlightened"

Via http://HBO

Date: Season 2 begins Jan. 13th on HBO

High Concept: IT Crowd meets Pedro Almodovar

Secret Weapon: Post-irony

Breakout Star: Timm Sharp as the creepy boss

Hipster Touchstone: Mike White, actor

Drinking Game: Sip a jasmine tea every time Levi doesn't want to change.


Via http://HBO

Date:Season 2 premieres Jan. 13th on HBO

High Concept: Eloise meets Drugstore Cowboy

Secret Weapon: The entire media

Breakout Star: Zosia Mamet

Hipster Touchstone: Itself

Drinking Game: Take four swigs of cabernet stolen from parents' liquor cabinet every time someone self-sabotages while making a joke about self-sabotaging

7. "The Carrie Diaries"

Via http://The%20CW

Date: Debuts Jan. 14th on the CW

High Concept: Gossip Girl meets Gossip Girl

Secret Weapon: The CW's retread branding juggernaut

Breakout Star : AnnaSophia Robb does Carrie Bradshaw proud

Hipster Touchstone: Indochine reference in the pilot

Drinking Game: Two smoothies every time Carrie and friends allude to catch phrases from their future.

8. "American Idol"

Via http://Fox

Date: Season 12 debuts Jan. 16th on Fox

High Concept: The American Music Awards meets the Presidential campaign

Secret Weapon: Inertia

Breakout Star: After 12 years has Randy Jackson's day come at last?

Hipster Touchstone: They would have you believe, Nicky Minaj.

Drinking Game: Chug a six pack of O'Douls if you ever see Ryan Seacrest blink.

9. "The Following"

Via http://Fox

Date: Debuts Jan. 21st on Fox

High Concept: Helter Skelter meets the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Secret Weapon: Actually scary

Breakout Stars: Hidden serial killer cult members

Hipster Touchstone: Created by Kevin Williamson

Drinking Game : Drink when Kevin Bacon drinks, but pretend it's water.

10. "The Americans"

Date: Debuts Jan. 30th on FX

High Concept: Homeland meets Mad Men

Secret Weapon: Felicity is a spy

Breakout Stars: Cars and hair, 1981-style

Hipster Touchstone: Brief Urban Cowboy reference

Drinking Game: Shot of Stoli every time Russell and Matthew Rhys try out their Russian accents