Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey in Season 2 of <i>Bridgerton</i>
Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey in Season 2 of Bridgerton (Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

You want corsets and carriages and Regency romance? There’s plenty of all that coming your way in the weeks ahead. And alongside the period dramas, spring 2022 sees the long-awaited return of some of the biggest and most critically acclaimed shows of the past decade. Mark your calendars, here’s when all your faves return.

Outlander

Well, the Frasers are all reunited together in the past and everything’s just lovely in Fraser’s Ridge, North Carolina. Ooh, except it’s 1700-something and soon there’s going to be a revolutionary war! Meanwhile, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is a spy now, or possibly a double agent? And he has to hunt down his godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix), and Claire (Caitriona Balfe)…well, she’s “determined to keep her family safe by any means necessary.” I mean, as long as Sam Heughan takes his shirt off a lot, I’m sure this season is going to be amazing. Returns March 6 on Starz.

Sanditon

So, here’s the thing about Sanditon: Jane Austen never finished writing it! Still, even though Season 1 ran out of book to adapt, this PBS Masterpiece series persists! Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) returns to the titular seaside resort town for more mannered romance and drawing room drama. Returns March 20 on PBS.

Atlanta

It’s been three years since the second season of Donald Glover’s acclaimed series ended. So, what’s the highly anticipated Season 3 going to look like? Well, it’s going to take place mostly on Paper Boi’s (Brian Tyree Henry) European tour, with Earn (Glover), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) trying to adjust to success and life away from Atlanta. Returns March 24 on FX.

Bridgerton

Society Gossip Girl Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews) is back to torment the lovelorn and horny amongst Regency era England’s upper crust. Rége-Jean Page may be out of the picture, but young Viscount Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) seem poised to take center stage in Season 2. And what exactly is Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) up to in this teaser? Streaming March 25 on Netflix

Bob Odenkirk in Season 6 of <i>Better Call Saul</i>
Bob Odenkirk in Season 6 of Better Call Saul (Photo: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Better Call Saul

As this Breaking Bad prequel enters its final season, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) inches ever closer to becoming the unscrupulous small-time criminal defense lawyer Saul Goodman. Meanwhile, as Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Mike (Jonathan Banks), Nacho (Michael Mando) and and Lalo (Tony Dalton) battle it out, Kim (Rhea Seehorn) endures an existential crisis. Returns April 18 on AMC

Bill Hader in Season 3 of Barry
Bill Hader in Season 3 of Barry (Photo: Merrick Morton/HBO)

Barry

Season 3 of this Emmy winning comedy finds reluctant hitman Barry (Bill Hader) going deep. In an effort to leave his life of violence behind and focus on his newfound passion for acting, he’s forced to delve into his own psyche to figure out why he’s so good at killing. Returns April 24 on HBO and HBO Max.

Stranger Things

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer promise the biggest season of nostalgic sci-fi action ever in what they recently announce would be Stranger Things’ penultimate season. Season 4 is going to be so big they’re dividing it in two, with the first four episodes dropping in May and five more coming this summer. What we know so far: now in high school, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is off in California looking forward to seeing all her old friends in Hawkins, Ind., during spring. I assume “all her old friends” includes the monsters of The Upside Down. Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour is still imprisoned in Russia. Streaming May 27 on Netflix

Natasha Lyonne in Season 2 of <i>Russian Doll</i>
Natasha Lyonne in Season 2 of Russian Doll (Photo: courtesy of Netflix)

Russian Doll

Let’s do the time loop again! Set four years after the events of Season 1, the long-awaited new season of Russian Doll finds Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) facing their pasts via “an unexpected time portal,” according to Variety. Streaming this spring on Netflix.

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