Between the series set to resume or return with new episodes in the new year and the new comedies and dramas making their debut, there's a lot to keep track of this month. Fortunately, we've been paying close attention to what's on deck to premiere this year, and there are a few shows that are high on our list of anticipated series. Of the new comedies and dramas set to premiere in the next couple of months, these are the shows we're most excited about and hopeful for, ordered by premiere date.

1600 Penn
Created by: Josh Gad, Jon Lovett
Starring: Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, Bill Pullman
Premiering: Thursday, January 10 on NBC.

1600 Penn has an advantage or a disadvantage over the other shows on this list, depending on how you look at it. NBC released a preview episode in December, to introduce U.S. audiences to the comedic first family. Though a clunky introduction to its characters, the preview episode was full of laughs, capably setting up a strained stepmom trying to cement her place within her new family, a bumbling, awkward twenty-something with a huge heart, and a pregnancy cover-up. There’s a lot going on in the family way.

The preview has introduced us to a family with all the right pieces, and when 1600 Penn snuggles in to NBC’s schedule this month, I really believe the writers have the skill sets to be able to utilize each of these pieces effectively, and with longevity. If anything, the crew couldn’t ask for a better cast to lean on, from Josh Gad to Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman. Here’s hoping that even if 1600 Penn doesn’t give us an intricate view of White House politics, it will give us a unique family with a unique set of problems, and comedic moments that will keep us laughing all the way down the fiscal cliff.

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