The networks are trying to launch, or relaunch, major action series in February. The 24 franchise gets a reboot with an entirely new cast, and the Taken movie series spins out into a TV prequel. Switching gears, TV also brings coverage of LGBT issues with both a drama and a documentary. Hulu also continues to distinguish itself as a destination for movies. This month brings a selection of 1990s and early-2000s classics, including Shakespeare in Love, The Machinist and Revolutionary Road.
24: Legacy, Season 1 (Feb. 6)
Fox's real-time international action franchise reboots with a new cast. Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead) returns from an anti-terrorism mission overseas, but the terrorists are close behind. He has 24 hours to save himself and stop attacks around the country.
APB: Season 1 (Feb. 7)
The formula for this series— a crime-ridden city revolutionized with sci-fi policing — goes back to RoboCop. In Fox's new procedural, a tech billionaire who's also an actual rocket scientist suffers a terrible loss. This motivates him to invest heavily in outfitting Chicago's faltering 13th Precinct with the wildest new crime-fighting tech.
Lawless Oceans: Season 1 (Feb. 8)
This National Geographic docuseries is a real-life crime investigation with an almost impossible task. Starting with only a grisly YouTube video of four people murdered in the middle of the ocean, investigator Karsten von Hoesslin sets out to find the killers, and encounters the violent, crime-ridden world of the seas along the way.
Taken, Season 1 (Feb. 28)
This prequel to the Liam Neeson action film series shows the former CIA agent Bryan Mills from 30 years earlier, when he was just becoming an agent. Luc Besson, co-creator of the films, returns for this NBC series, with Clive Standen (Vikings) playing the younger version of Liam Neeson's character from the movies.
When We Rise (Feb. 28)
This ABC miniseries follows the frightening and often violent struggle for gay rights from the 1970s to the present day. Many characters in the drama are inspired by prominent people who lived through the movement.
The Boondocks: Complete Series (Feb. 18)
Devious Maids: Season 4 (Feb. 8)
Golden Girls: Complete Series (Feb. 13)
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Season 10 (Feb. 6)
K.C. Undercover: Season 2 (Feb. 12)
MasterChef Junior: Season 5 (Feb. 10)
The Mindy Project: Season 5B (Feb. 14)
Murder in the First: Season 3 (Feb. 4)
The Only Way Is Essex: Season 17 (Feb. 1)
Outback Wrangler: Season 2 (Feb. 12)
UnREAL: Season 2 (Feb. 8)
The Voice: Season 12 (Feb. 28)
Movies and Specials
Chocolat (Feb. 1)
The way to the heart is through the stomach in this 2000 comedy. Juliette Binoche plays a confectioner who moves to a dour, religious French town and tempts the residents with her sweet creations. The stellar cast also includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina.
From Dusk Till Dawn (Feb. 1)
Quentin Tarantino makes more than the usual cameo in this exploitation film directed by Robert Rodriguez; Tarantino stars opposite George Clooney. The two play a pair of ultraviolent Texas brothers who escape to Mexico with hostages, only to wind up in a vampire bar where the humans must band together and fight till dawn. Juliette Lewis and Harvey Keitel co-star.
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (Feb. 7)
The girl/boy division doesn't work for a lot of people today, whose sense of identity doesn't match their biology. Others feel like they are neither a "he" nor a "she." In this National Geographic special, Katie Couric investigates the early days for a new social movement of people who don't feel like they fit the descriptions on their birth certificates.
The Machinist (Feb. 1)
Christian Bale won well-earned acclaim for playing the emaciated, extreme insomniac in this 2004 psychological thriller. His character, Trevor Reznik, a loner in a zombie-like state from a lack of sleep, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy that may or may not be real.
Margin Call (Feb. 4)
Set at the beginning of the Great Recession, this 24-hour drama takes place at a financial firm that has made a fatal investment in mortgage-backed securities and has to find a way out. What could have been boring business chatter instead becomes an existential drama with a cast including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci.
Revolutionary Road (Feb. 1)
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite on the metaphorical sinking ship of a stalled marriage in 1950s suburbia. On the surface, the middle-class parents have a perfect life, but in truth, they are feeling more and more lost and isolated — a dull malaise building to an explosion.
The Running Man (Feb. 1)
In the dark, totalitarian future of … 2017, a crumbling, decadent world has become obsessed with a sensational game show in which convicts are hunted to the death. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a wrongly accused cop out to beat the system, and former Family Feud host Richard Dawson shines as the fictional show host Damon Killian.
Sabrina (Feb. 1)
Audrey Hepburn draws the affection of two ultrarich brothers in this 1954 romcom by Billy Wilder. David (William Holden), the rascal playboy, goes for her first, but the dour Linus (Humphrey Bogart) soon finds himself falling in love, too.
Shakespeare in Love (Feb. 1)
This Elizabethan romcom imagines a fictional love affair between a young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and aspiring actress Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow), which inspires his play "Romeo and Juliet." The 1998 film cleaned up at the Oscars, with seven wins, including for Best Picture; Best Writing, Screenplay; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Paltrow); and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth).
The Station Agent (Feb. 1)
Before becoming a megastar on Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage starred in this dramedy about a loner who, despite his best efforts, gets drawn into the complicated lives of his neighbors in a new town.
The American President (Feb. 1)
Black Hawk Down (Feb. 1)
Escape from Alcatraz (Feb. 1)
The Firm (Feb. 1)
Girl, Interrupted (Feb. 1)
Hoosiers (Feb. 1)
Pretty in Pink (Feb. 1)
There Will Be Blood (Feb. 1)
Vanilla Sky (Jan. 1)
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