By EW Staff
January 05, 2021 at 06:00 AM EST
What to Watch

We know TV has a lot to offer, be it network, cable, premium channels, or streaming platforms including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and others. So EW is here to help, guiding you every single day to the things that should be on your radar. Check out our recommendations below, and listen/subscribe to our What to Watch podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts, or via your own voice-controlled smart-speaker (Alexa, Google Home).

History of Swear Words

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Netflix

Series Debut
Get ready for a foul-mouthed education! Hosted by Nicolas Cage, History of Swear Words dives deeply into the curse words we know and love. It's time to get to know d---, b----, damn, and other swear words a little better. From etymology experts looking at the how the meanings have changed over time to the comedian making jokes and sharing how we use them culturally. With the help of comedians including Joel Kim Booster, Jeff Jefferies, London Hughes, and more, Cage will be your tour guide through history, a fun experiment, and lots and lots of jokes. —Alamin Yohannes

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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist


Season Premiere
How do you move on after losing a loved one? Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist returns for season 2 to explore just that, as Zoey (Jane Levy) and the rest of her family grieve Mitch (Peter Gallagher) and attempt to find a "new normal." It's been about six weeks since season 1's finale and Zoey hasn't heard a "heart song" since her father's funeral. But her decision to rejoin the world turns the volume back up as Zoey begins to hear music again in one of the biggest performances the show has ever done. As for what will happen with the Zoey-Max-Simon love triangle? You definitely won't want to miss the final scene of the season 2 premiere. —Sydney Bucksbaum

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The Real Housewives of Dallas

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 9 p.m. on Bravo

Season Premiere
The carnival has officially left town, and the women of Dallas are now welcoming new housewife Dr. Tiffany Moon — just in time for the global pandemic. The new addition to the Real Housewives franchise is already taking center stage, both as fan-favorite matriarch Dee Simmons' "favorite daughter" (sorry, D'Andra), and as the main person castmate Brandi Redmond directs an apology to when addressing a video that viewers resurfaced this summer showing her mocking an Asian accent. —Marcus Jones

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This Is Us


This Is Us returns tonight, ready to answer a few questions that may have been percolating in your brain over the last seven weeks of hiatus. Chiefly among them are: What happened to Kate when/after she became pregnant? What is the rest of the painful story that she was in the middle of telling her husband, Toby?  "It's a really important episode in learning a little bit more about the whole psychology of this woman," says TIU executive producer Elizabeth Berger. Adds executive producer Isaac Aptaker: "This isn't going to be a lingering mystery. We pick up immediately into that conversation with Kate and Toby right when we come back from the break." Break's over in a few hours, but there's always more heartbreak to come on This Is Us. —Dan Snierson

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What ELSE to Watch

Check local listings

PBS American Portrait (four-part docuseries debut) — PBS

8 p.m.

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Lion KingABC

Gordon Ramsay's American Road Trip (two-hour special) — Fox

9 p.m.

Chopped: Grudge Match (tournament debut) — Food Network

10 p.m.

The Proof Is Out There (series debut) — History

Nurses (new timeslot) — NBC


Audrey: More Than an Icon (doc) — Digital/VOD

Traces (U.S. series debut) — BritBox

*times are ET and subject to change