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6 Returning Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2014

The new year is upon us, which also means that some of our favorite shows are returning with brand new seasons. Here are the top 6 shows whose comeback we are most excited about.

1. Orphan Black

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Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning, a woman who returns home only to discover that she has several clones and that her life is in danger. The first season of this BBC America science fiction series was pretty fantastic, with a gripping plot, various twists and turns, and plenty of action-packed moments. Orphan Black relies heavily on Maslany’s acting abilities, for her to play several different characters who all look like her but speak differently, carry themselves differently, and have completely different personalities. But, honestly, she is so talented at what she does and the biggest snub of award season was that she wasn’t even nominated for an Emmy. If you haven’t caught up on Orphan Black yet, there’s still time. Marathon the first season (10 episodes) before the season 2 premiere on April 19, 2014.

2. My Mad Fat Diary

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Set in ’90s England, My Mad Fat Diary centers on a 16-year-old girl named Rae (Sharon Rooney) who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital after attempting to take her own life. While struggling with mental health and body image issues – issues that she attempts to keep a secret – Rae makes a whole new group of friends: Archie, the boyish musician keeping a secret of his own, Finn, the brooding bad boy who Rae initially dislikes, Chop, the clownish party animal, and Izzie, the sweet yet ditzy redhead. There’s also Chloe, Rae’s childhood BFF, who’s grown into more of a bitchy frenemy. It’s Rae’s complexities, her honest diary entries, and her relationship with her friends and family that makes My Mad Fat Diary such a must-see.

3. Hannibal

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The criminally underrated Hannibal, the brainchild of Pushing Daisies’ Bryan Fuller, is loosely based on Red Dragon, the first book in author Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series. If you’re at all familiar with the books or movies, then you know that Dr. Hannibal Lecter – first portrayed by Brian Cox in the 1986 movie Manhunter – is a cannibalistic serial killer who aids the police both before and after his inevitable incarceration. In the TV series, Hannibal is played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Hugh Dancy plays FBI profiler Will Graham, a very troubled character who – thanks to Hannibal – ends up locked away in a mental hospital at the end of the first season.

4. Shameless

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Shameless last left off with Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) presumably getting killed, Veronica and Kevin starting a family, Ian running off to the army with a stolen ID, Frank on the brink of turning a new leaf after a close brush with death, and the ever-diligent family matriarch Fiona hopefully getting a fresh beginning with a new career. What’s next for the Gallaghers? Only season 4 will tell. This show has delivered consistently great performances, particularly from Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, and Joan Cusack, but – as with Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany – hasn’t been acknowledged all that much by the Emmy awards.

5. Game of Thrones

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The fourth season of Game of Thrones will cover the second half of George R. R. Martin’s third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series – A Storm of Swords. Season 3 ended with Sansa and Tyrion marrying, House Stark’s forces being demolished, Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa getting killed during the infamous Red Wedding, a haggard-looking and hand-less Jamie reuniting with his sister-lover Cersei, and freed slaves celebrating Dany and proclaiming her “Mhysa.” Season 4 will introduce Oberyn Martell aka the Red Viper and if you’ve read the books, then you know more shit is about to go down.

6. Teen Wolf

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We have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Teen Wolf, a show about a high school kid named Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) who encounters a werewolf and then becomes one himself. His best friend, the very human Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), quickly became a fan favorite in season 1. Together, Scott and Stiles have faced arrogant lacrosse players, werewolf hunters, a human-mutant lizard creature, Druids, and a pack of bloodthirsty Alphas consisting of twins who transform into one giant werewolf. Jeff Davis, whose fondness for dub-step action sequences can only be matched by the amount of women and people of color he’s killed off, has hinted at the introduction of other supernatural creatures – namely a kitsune, a nine-tailed fox from Japanese mythology.