Well, January is pretty much over. Crazy, huh? Time’s certainly gone fast, and we’ve already made our way through what is usually always a very busy month for television. And while most of us are gearing up for the upcoming premieres of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, there were a few notable television series that premiered this month that deserve a bit of recognition. They might not be the biggest of shows that we’re used to, but they’re definitely worth a shot if you find yourself enslaved by Australia’s unforgiving summer heat.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Holiday Special)

It may be called cheating to count this one, but nonetheless Sherlock’s one-off episode, dubbed the Abominable bride, which takes place in 1890s England, is a great way to appease that Sherlock fix we’ve all been craving. It may not have hit home for some, but what I like about this episode is that it appeals to a selection of different people: those who watch and love the Sherlock television series (like myself), and those who haven’t actually seen any of the television series as of yet. It feels like a standalone episode crammed into an hour and a half of Sherlock excellence, and it’s immensely enjoyable.

It’s frustrating that we’re still left waiting for the actual continuation of Sherlock (aka season 4), but The Abominable Bride is still an enjoyable ride through a differing side in the world of Sherlock. Definitely worth your time.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 11 Premiere)

My friends continually go on about It’s Always Sunny. I’m constantly barraged by quotes and gifs from the show, and there’s a reason as to why – it’s pretty damn hilarious. It also takes a good show to make it to its eleventh season without biting the bullet, so there’s credibility here. Heck, none of the main cast have left either – which showcases just how much staying power this show has eleven years on.

If you like Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, Workaholics, or anything that’s remotely reminiscent of that style of humour, you’ll probably like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The 100 (Season 3 Premiere)

Almost like It’s Always Sunny, if I was given $1 USD (because, let’s face it, the AUD is terrible at the moment) every time I heard or saw something about The 100, I’d be able to convert that cash into Australian dollars and go on a good old cruise. The show, while taking a while to really get into its stride, is starting to flex its muscles as a keystone in the current run of television drama.

Nuclear warfare destroyed civilisation, and The 100 is set 97 years following those events as 100 people are sent back to Earth in the hopes of re-populating the planet. It’s sci-fi, of course, and pretty damn good sci-fi.

January’s always been a pretty great month for television premieres, and 2016’s inaugural month certainly didn’t disappoint. February looks big, and I’m pretty damn excited to see what comes next.