After a bit of a slow start to the year, TV comes out swinging this month, with plenty of new and returning series on deck — including FX’s first Marvel property, a zombie comedy from Netflix, and the final season of Girls. And that’s on top of one-off events like the Super Bowl (and concurrent Puppy Bowl) on February 5; the Grammys on February 12; the Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, on February 25; and, of course, the Oscars, on February 26. Start marking your calendars now — it’s going to be a busy month.
2/3: Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
This new zombie comedy is a familiar look for Netflix: A fairly lighthearted romp through white, suburban Southern California. Married real-estate agents Sheila and Joel Hammond (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) find their ho-hum lives torn apart when Sheila suddenly starts craving raw meat — first in packaged, then human, form. Barrymore and Olyphant dial up their characters’ earnestness, which provides an occasionally funny but sometimes forced contrast to the flesh-eating mayhem.