Friday Night TV Makes a Strong Case for Staying In With “Enlisted,” “Helix,” “Hannibal” and More

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With DVRs, On Demand, online streaming and other various ways of watching your favorite TV series these days, it’s not too hard to find a reason to go out instead of stay in on a Friday night, but there’s a reason to consider doing just the opposite. With so much good Friday night TV at the moment, why not stay in and watch a couple of shows instead? Note: Many series will be running repeats during the Olympics, so use the time to catch up.


Sure, there are plenty of procedural dramas on TV these days, just on CBS alone, but the pairing of “Hawaii Five-0″ and “Blue Bloods” this season puts together two such series with strong family vibes that have each been on for a few years and show no signs of slowing down. If you’re looking for shows that occasionally have recurring storylines but could still be understood without watching each week for your Friday night viewing, CBS is the network for you.


In the beginning of the season, “Grimm” was paired with the very disappointing “Dracula,” but “Hannibal” takes over the 10 p.m. time slot when it returns for its second season on February 28 after the Olympics. You can use the weeks until then while the Olympics are on to catch up on what you’ve missed with both, because these two shows are going to make for a great night of TV monsters, both based in myth and fairy tale and about the man with the very real, very recognizable name.


It was just recently announced that “Bones” is returning to its Monday night time slot in March, but for the next couple of weeks, you can catch repeats at 8 p.m. However, the very funny comedies “Enlisted” and “Raising Hope” will still be part of Friday night TV, joined by “Kitchen Nightmares” beginning February 28. “Enlisted” has shown with just a few episodes that it is one of the best new comedies of the 2013-2014 season, and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was moved out of the Friday night time slot at some point in the future, but right now, it’s worth staying in to watch it.


For the past month, new episodes of “The Carrie Diaries” and repeats of “Supernatural” took over on Fridays, and while the CW will be airing repeats while the Olympics are on, beginning March 21, the network will once again be making a case for you to tune in on Fridays for new episodes. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” returns for its second cycle (with repeats airing February 14 through March 14), and I suspect it will be just as funny as the first season was. “Hart of Dixie” also moves to a new night in March with the new series “Star-Crossed” taking its old time slot.


Syfy has always made its case to keep you hooked on Fridays with “Haven” (which will have 26 new episodes airing in the fall and in 2015), but while that’s on hiatus, consider checking out the new series “Helix,” which, with just a few episodes, has made for some very intriguing TV that should have you thinking for the rest of the weekend.

What’s your must-see Friday night TV show?

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Meredith, a freelance writer, watches more TV shows than should be legal (and knows everything about them). Her favorites include "Supernatural" and "Orphan Black.”

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