Get ready to bingewatch: When does your favorite show return in 2019?
We’re nearly into the summer of 2019. How did that happen? We’re dropping this here to remind you about some great shows that have already returned to our TVs this year and we wouldn’t want you to miss a second of them. On your marks – get set – bingewatch.
Television is becoming more dependable every year. Networks are finally starting to keep their ears open to fan reactions, which is why you’ll see the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this January. We’ve also seen animated comedy become better than ever – tune in to Fox on Sunday 6th for a direct comparison between the fresh and consistent Bob’s Burgers and the embarrassingly drawn-out 31st season of The Simpsons.
Superheroes are even finally getting their due on the big and small screens with Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow making their returns early this year after the Christmas break.
You’ve opened your stockings and digested your Christmas dinner, but we know you’re still hungry to know if Eleanor Shellstrop will ever get to the Good Place, or whether Riverdale will finally get good again. Film Daily’s got you covered with an extensive preview of all your favorite shows confirmed for 2019’s winter and spring television lineup.
X-Men adjacent superhero series about a group of misfit teenagers who find themselves alienated from society when they unlock powerful mutant abilities. Don’t expect Deadpool or the Wolverine to turn up in the background, but the action drama is a nice accompaniment to the more dynamic Legion in the interim before Fox’s absorption into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Enjoy it for the brief time executive producer and public pest Bryan Singer still has a career.
Buddy-cop action thriller based on Shane Black’s film series of the same name, this time trading out Mel Gibson and Danny Glover for Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford as Riggs & Murtaugh. Following bad behavior on set, Crawford has been kicked for a new character portrayed by Seann William Scott (American Pie), who was introduced last September.
The Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI continues its fourteenth season of tracking psychopaths and serial killers with forensics, psychology, and the occasional shoot-out.
A crack team of Navy special operatives struggles to cope with the trauma of warfare and the responsibilities to their family back home. Starring Angel himself, David Boreanaz, as the team’s emotionally compromised chief.
The sitcom everyone loves to hate continues its twelfth season like a car crash you can’t look away from. And, if that’s not enough torture for you . . .
The Big Bang Theory’s high school prequel manages to be even more acidic, featuring the atheistic adventures of nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he learns to become the most infuriating person in existence.
This enrapturing crime thriller became a new obsession for many viewers way back in 2013 and, after a slightly longer break than we’re used to, The Blacklist is finally returning for its sixth season early this year. James Spader portrays Raymond Reddington, an ex-Navy officer who turned to a life of crime, eluding capture for many years.
Now he’s working for the FBI, voluntarily surrendering with a list of dangerous criminals and information regarding their worldwide operations in exchange for immunity. He has just one condition: he works exclusively with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). We can’t wait to see what tricks Red has up his sleeve this year.
The NYPD is transformed into a Shakespearean dynasty in this strangely compelling police procedural headed by Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.
Charlie Day’s brand new sitcom about a retirement community promises geriatric guffaws, dated references and a couple of broken hips. It might not be a worthy successor after It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s departure, but it’ll do for now.
Finally an informed and humorous take on immigration that isn’t centered on pointing fingers and perpetuating stereotypes. Loosely based on the life of TV chef Eddie Huang and leveraging the semi-autobiographical, conversationally narrated style of Everybody Hates Chris, it shot straight to the top of our favorite sitcoms.
Alongside hilarious young newcomer Hudson Yang as Eddie’s younger self, Randall Park (Ant-Man and the Wasp) stars as his America-obsessed father, while Constance Wu has made herself a revelation thanks to her withering yet vulnerable performance as the family’s tough matriarch.
Wu has been at the forefront of both the first American sitcom with a primarily Asian cast since 1994, and the most successful Asian-led American film ever (Crazy Rich Asians), and we can’t wait to see what this upcoming season has in store for her character and the rest of the Huang family.
Reboot of the popular crime procedural that originally ran all the way from 1968 to 1980, now featuring crossovers with the resurrected Magnum P.I. and MacGyver, because who doesn’t want all the shows your dad used to watch share a televisual universe?
Another of the aforementioned reboots of shows from the 70s and 80s your dad has definitely seen every episode of. Call us when the explosive remake of Columbo that’ll probably star KJ Apa is announced.
Dated sitcom premise sees banal veteran fishmonger Tim Allen (Toy Story 3) as a standalone Dad, the owner of a sporting goods store who struggles to retain his manliness in a female-dominated family.
Wholesome family comedy about the challenges and pitfalls of making a home with a disabled son. J.J. (Micah Fowler) suffers from a condition that literally leaves him speechless, as well as leaving him with mobility challenges, but that doesn’t stop the DiMeos from being one of the most supportive and hilarious families on television. Stars Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) as J.J.’s resilient mother, Maya.
Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and The Simpsons (Fox)
Fox is dropping all their animated delights in one concentrated burst this January, with this Sunday seeing the return of long-running staples The Simpsons and Family Guy, alongside Loren Bouchard’s wholesomely crass, dry, and effortless exercise in showing the rest of the adult animation world how it’s done.
Tuning in each week to see how Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin will humiliate themselves is always tempting, but we usually have our money on Bob’s Burgers taking the week for the wittiest scripts, most infectious gags, and often the best low-key guest star.
On the other side, The Simpsons is currently recovering from the recent swell of criticism for the character of Apu, and the frankly appalling responses from everyone on the Simpsons team not named Hank Azaria. Meanwhile, Family Guy will take its weekly stab at being as offensive as possible to everyone it possibly can, therefore offending nothing but our intelligence in the process.
Any atheist living in the modern world’s biggest fear is, of course, what to do when God sends you a friend request. Brandon Michael Hall and Violett Beane continue the search for the Facebook messiah every Sunday.
Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, an ex-CIA analyst who quits her job to become perhaps the best Secretary of State America has ever had. Tune in to find out why this January.
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More crime-solving, fast-talking, car-chasing, shades-sporting good times from everyone in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, now with three cities to take your pick from.
Claire Randall is enjoying her second honeymoon after surviving the horrors of WWII, in which she served as a nurse. Suddenly, she’s transported all the way back to 1743, marries a Scottish warrior to survive, and struggles to retain her life and freedom during the war against the Jacobites. Holy time travel!
Get Out star Lil Rel Howery continues to struggle with his place in life after discovering his wife is cheating on him with his own barber.
Brushes with fame and fortune eventually get tiresome when it’s 24/7, as Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West found out when a pop star moves into their home.
The passengers on a mysteriously vanished flight are brought back to the real world with five years gone in a flash. Is this series on its way to becoming the new Lost? Find out when the first season continues on Monday.
Innovative sitcom that, along with Fresh Off the Boat, proves racial comedic material can be hella smart when poised just right. Anthony Anderson stars as Dre Johnson, an African-American advertising exec whose upper-middle-class wife and kids feel disengaged from his urban roots.
Since 2014, the award-winning show has been pitting class and race commentary against the tried & tested single-camera comedy format, a perfect lighter side dish for hard-hitting shows about the black experience such as Atlanta and Insecure. Features Laurence Fishburne flexing his best comedic chops as Dre’s father, as well as the brilliant Tracee Ellis Ross as Dre’s anesthesiologist wife raised by hippies.
For fans who can’t get enough of the Johnson family, look no further than Grown-ish, the sitcom starring Yara Shahidi as Zoey, the eldest daughter who leaves her family for college and discovers growing up ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. The second season of the spinoff premiered on January 2nd.
The all-American family are still living their lives following the gaping absence left by Dan’s wife Roseanne. Find out if the Conners are still holding it together on Tuesdays.
Yet another family sitcom continues this January, this time taking it back to the 1970s to follow the testosterone-dominated lives of an Irish-Catholic couple and their eight sons in suburban Los Angeles.
Dr. Max Goodwin (The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold) is still trying to change the world of medicine in America’s oldest public hospital, and we’ll see whether the full series order back in October can keep the pulse of this show pumping.
After a life-changing accident, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) picks himself back up onto his feet and enlists in the LAPD. Pursuing his dream of becoming a big-time cop, he quickly realizes being the department’s oldest rookie is not without its challenges, especially coming from a background of small-town construction.
The young recruits can’t see past the mid-life crisis, and Nolan’s brushes with violence and death are frankly non-existent. His experience is limited, but what he lacks in skill he makes up in determination and resilience.
Unfortunately The Rookie isn’t quite Castle, but Fillion is still able to turn on his endearing natural charm at a moment’s notice, and The Rookie is thankfully a relatively fresh premise that suitably shakes up the tired old cop formula. The wait after 2016 saw Fillion’s star vehicle end was rather excruciating but, if nothing else, it’s a joy to see him back on our screens on a weekly basis again.
Also stars Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan) as an aspiring detective, and Richard T. Jones (Criminal Minds) as Nolan’s tough watch commander who thinks he belongs anywhere but the police.
Lena and Martin’s marriage is crumbling and the only thing that seems to be putting fire back into their relationship is filing for divorce. Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Nashville) star as the couple who really should have just gone through with marriage counselling.
Chicago is the worst place to live on Earth according to this three-way series exploring the city’s biggest disasters that all return this January.
Series creator Adam F. Goldberg is finally getting close to recounting his entire childhood as the sixth season of this family sitcom continues on ABC.
Award-winning sitcom struggles to keep things fresh as it leaves its mid-life crisis and moves well past its sell-by date for a tenth and final season.
Yet another bumbling single dad predictably learns what it means to be a good parent and a decent human being in this hackneyed family sitcom. Stars Saturday Night Live favorite Taran Killam.
The best sitcom on television continues co-creator Michael Schur’s tradition of smart, topical and inclusive workplace comedies that are always one of the best things on television whenever they’re airing.
This time an optimistic, driven precinct in the New York Police Department faces crime with brains, brawn, and terrible one-liners. Meanwhile, the city’s bureaucratic forces threaten to break apart a team that refuses to stay down and do anything except the right thing.
In a media landscape and the very real world of cop-related controversies, it’s incredibly refreshing for a sitcom to take a three-dimensional stance on the world of law enforcement. For once not solely characterized as racist monsters or patriotic supermen, the 99th Precinct possess fully fleshed-out, idiosyncratic personalities all with their own moral parameters & hangups.
Featuring one of the most diverse casts on TV, two of the most compelling detectives ever in Santiago and Diaz, as well as poignant commentary on race and LGBTQI rights in the judicial system, the show’s political awareness shines as its greatest strength while still remaining hilarious every week. Thank the stars NBC decided to save it from cancellation limbo.
Another of Michael Schur’s ingenious creations this time takes his happy-go-lucky, whimsical brand of comedy away from the traditional workplace setup and traps it within a vicious, fantastical world that wants nothing more than to torture its human characters for eternity (spoiler alert!).
When Eleanor Shellstrop wakes up in the afterlife known as “The Good Place”, all seems heavenly for a few brief moments until her house seems designed to infuriate her, her neighbor is a mega-rich, pretentious nightmare, and she realizes that they’ve mistaken her for someone else entirely.
Fast-forward a couple seasons and we find out all of that was an elaborately designed simulation under the control of Michael, an omnipotent architect who’s now befriended the hapless group of human subjects and made it his duty to protect them from the malevolent order of demons who want their blood – and get them into The Good Place for real this time.
The Good Place asks the big questions on free will, relativism, and the human capacity for good while remaining digestible and frequently hilarious. Stars Kristen Bell (Frozen) as Eleanor, as well as Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper (Paterson) and Ted Danson (Hearts Beat Loud) as Michael, who may be the best comedic TV character this side of 2010.
Ice-T still tries to pretend he belongs anywhere near a television set while the team deals with grisly murders and complex forensics as this lumbering old laborer continues its twentieth season from last September.
Allison Janney diligently returns each week for dysfunctional mother-daughter scenarios despite having taken home an Academy Award. Its treatment of alcoholism, domestic violence, and cancer have a surprisingly deft touch, but it still doesn’t quite deserve its stellar cast which also includes storied talent like Anna Faris (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight).
Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) channels The Illustrated Man in this supernatural detective thriller in which a mysterious woman appears in the middle of the street, tattooed with the clues of ongoing & future crimes.
Musical series starring Rachel Bloom about a mentally unhealthy lawyer who moves back to her hometown to pursue her teenage crush to mixed results at best. We were all on board during the brilliant first couple seasons of this refreshing mix of music, comedy, and mental health evaluation that even managed to say a few really smart things about stigma and the unfortunate effects of dating while mentally ill.
While we’re still in love with the music, aesthetic, and a few of the show’s main cast, we’re mainly just watching out of habit now as the show keeps losing its edge and going for straight-up dumb stances in more recent episodes.
Rebecca Bunch’s arc might have shifted all over the place, from evil villain to self-destructive romantic, sex pest to self-improvement addict, but our attention hasn’t been able to keep up. Luckily, Bloom’s songs are still on point, the production value is top of the line for The CW, and we still care enough about Darryl, Heather, and (sometimes) Paula to keep us tuning in each week.
A group of Harvard alumni who have become a tight unit of inseparable and romantically entangled friends. Refusing to admit they may have just peaked in college, the neurotic group of writers, socialites, and careerists regress back to their loud, obnoxious, and irresponsible college selves whenever they get together.
The new show from Netflix stars Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as a dysfunctional couple who hate what their friends bring out in them but can’t help leading the pack at every opportunity. It sounds like the sort of biting show that acts as a reality check for anyone desperate to relive the glory days of their late twenties but in reality it’s packed with embarrassing parties, secret affairs, and a whole host of normally funny comedians putting themselves through humiliation and misery.
Directed and co-created by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) with Francesca Delbanco, season 2 will up the ante as Max and Felix’s engagement party threatens to fuel even more misguided nostalgia, repressed resentment, and unhinged bad behavior.
The early life of TV personality Doctor Phil serves as the inspiration for this comedic take on courtroom psychology. Some of it sounds pretty smart and the rest of it . . . well, take a look at the title.
An autistic surgeon (Freddie Highmore) might have difficulty with social interaction, but he’s the best there is at the operating table. After mixed reviews, the series was lucky to get a second season, so make sure to tune in on Mondays if you want it to continue.
Yet another tired remake from the Dad-core bargain bin, this time stripping Thomas Magnum of his moustache and everything else that made him cool in the first place. Keep up with the first season on Mondays if you really have to.
Cedric the Entertainer is still 100% done with the white antics of his new nextdoor neighbor, played by Max Greenfield (New Girl). It’s not exactly a Steve McQueen movie, but the commentary on race and class is usually enough to raise a smirk.
A team of hot doctors struggles to cope with the tradition-shattering approach of their third-year resident internist, who remains convinced his unconventional methods are the best way forward.
The ropey special effects get ever so slightly better each season, even if the acting, soap opera subplots, and villain of the season’s evil plans get more idiotic, but The CW’s Arrowverse still remains essential viewing for comic book fanatics.
Sure, the disparate universes and loud absences of certain characters will have you pining for an MCU-style do-over but, for now, seeing a rough approximation of the Justice League duke it out with alien threats, evil societies, and occasionally other versions of themselves in a time-hopping, identity-swapping, universe-bending world that spans four series of television now is plenty of bonkers superhero action for us.
Will this year finally see Black Lightning’s official inauguration into the main series?
Complex adoption drama about a successful white family who decides to adopt an African-American baby abandoned outside a fire station. Sterling K. Brown stars in a breakout role as Randall Pearson, who becomes the adoptive triplet of Jack and Rebecca when they discover he was born on the exact same day. Flashbacks throughout the series explore the lives of the siblings as children, featuring startling revelations about their parents, both adoptive and biological, before and after Randall was abandoned.
If, like us, you’re prone to bottling up your feelings during your day-to-day before splurging on them all in a single weekly emotional binge, it’s likely you usually need some encouragement from a movie or TV show to get the waterworks going. This Is Us seems designed just for that, a 40-minute instalment of television scientifically attuned to the parts of our brains that have us ugly crying in our beds surrounded by snotty tissues.
For those who don’t make a habit of wallowing in a sea of misery, feel free to avoid this one, but we’ll be tuning in to the rest of season three this month for more shocking reveals & gut punches.
Potentially stunning opening debut for the second go around at Melinda Metz’s Roswell High series, a gripping, bestselling sequence of novels in which attractive, pent-up teens discover extraterrestrial secrets about both their legendary hometown and themselves.
This time the series gets a topical makeover, with the more modern take centering around the daughter of undocumented immigrants who discovers that all that stuff about Roswell in the 1940s might not have been a hoax after all.
Brand new American football drama continues kicking up dirt and kicking our asses all over the field into the new year.
Hot and heavy adaptation of the ongoing Archie comics that sees the Riverdale gang face off against conspiracies, gang warfare, drugs, and serial killers. Riverdale is perhaps the most beautiful series on television both in terms of its cinematography & production design as well as Greg Berlanti’s outright refusal to cast anyone even vaguely unattractive in any of his shows.
This season has seen proceedings take a turn for the ridiculous, as Archie gets thrown into the most brutal juvenile detention center in the United States and Jughead unlocks a town secret involving poisonous hallucinogens and fantasy role-play. Something tells us all the eggs were put into Sabrina’s basket this year, as the very, very loose spinoff has retained all the on-point aesthetics while leaving all the eye-roll-inducing screenwriting to the next town over.
A tight group of friends continues mourning following the loss of one among their ranks in this first season of a fresh ode to friendship & resilience.
More surgery, intense medical training, and broiling sexual tension from ABC’s critically acclaimed, longest-running primetime series.
Anyone who came out of Widows thirsty for more refined badassery from Viola Davis should look no further than How to Get Away with Murder, one of Shondaland’s most stylish, morbidly compelling shows of recent memory. Annalise Keating, a law professor at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, finds herself unwittingly entwined in a murder plot that involves a number of her students.
How to Get Away with Murder is one of those rare shows that informs as much as it entertains, taking a scalpel to the legal process and unspooling the secrets, tricks, and psychologies that make lawyers experts at their craft – as well as, unfortunately, the perfect candidates to get away with murder undetected.
Davis gives an absolute powerhouse of a performance and the sharp, complex plotting has managed to keep its claws in us for its entire five-season run. We can’t wait to find out what the second half of this series has in store.
The boys are back in town for the fourteenth time, cruising through our screens fighting demons, ghosts, ghouls, and monsters with their 1967 Chevy Impala and a supporting cast of supernatural friends. This ongoing season sees the gang struggling with a bunch of new changes such as the arrival of Jack Kline (Alexander Calvert), the Nephilim son of Lucifer who is struggling to cope with demonic powers.
Though a slight cut in episodes has left season 14 as the shortest since season three was butchered by the Writers’ Strike, we’re certain creator Eric Kripke has something super special in store for us, as the upcoming thirteenth episode set to air on February 7th will be the series’s 300th in total.
Expect this monumental anniversary to include the life-altering developments, soul-crushing character moments, and generous heaps of bloodshed we’ve come to expect from the show’s tentpole episodes.
Stars, as always, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester, as well as the occasional guest appearance from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) as the boys’ estranged, monster-hunting father.
Grace (Jane Fonda, Book Club) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are perfectly well adjusted, even if they don’t happen to like each other. When both retired cosmetic mogul Grace and hippie art teacher Frankie’s husbands suddenly announce they’re gay and leaving their respective wives for each other, the two rivals refuse to let their newfound divorced lives bring them down.
Instead, they roll with the punches and form an unlikely bond. No, it’s not quite to a T when it comes to LGBTQI representation, but Grace & Frankie is still the best show about two funny women learning to age and grow gracefully among changing tides.
Rebooted version of one of the cattiest soap operas of all time, now with even more added claws. Stars Elizabeth Gillies (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) as the heiress to her billionaire family’s fortune who learns to deal with her business mogul father’s new marriage. Did someone say guilty pleasure?
Get empowered with this refreshing take on motherhood as this new comedy drama follows Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw), a single mom from an unconventional Bostonian family who’s breaking all the rules when it comes to parenting. This scrappy, semi-biographical take on female sexuality and child-rearing has kicked off with a strong start so far, so make sure you’re tuning in when season two drops this month.
Rebooted version of the classic fantasy series that features two sisters who unlock unprecedented magical powers following the brutal murder of their mother. Once they discover a third lost sister, they become The Charmed Ones, a trio of witches who possess The Power of Three, unique gifts destined to protect the world from demonic forces.
The first season continues this January, though the possibility of a second is still up in the air.
Spin-off of the supernatural sensation The Vampire Diaries, following Danielle Rose Russell continuing the role she originated on The Originals. In this series, Hope Mikaelson, the descendant of powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines, learns to control her unpredictable abilities at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
Tina Fey’s second sitcom after 30 Rock to take a heightened look at popular culture and New York City follows Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, a vessel of sunshine and optimism who has just spent the last 15 years in a hole in the ground. After escaping from an evil yet strangely charming cultist (Jon Hamm), she begins life anew, determined not to let her inexperience and naivety stand in the way of her dreams.
This last chunk of episodes leading up to the series finale continues on from last summer, which saw Kimmy reunited with her lost backpack, Titus (Tituss Burgess) pitching a new TV show, and Lilian (Jane Krakowski) in mourning.
Classic sitcom resurgence proves its cast can still hit home runs every week. Eric McCormack, Debra Massing, Megan Mulally and others all return from the original eight-season run, which has now been renewed for tenth and eleventh seasons.
Matt LeBlanc (Friends) learns that staying at home to look after the kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He soon discovers that behind every innocent child lies an evil genius, and must learn to adapt to his new responsibilities and lay down the law.
Katie Otto can’t quite fit in with her neighborhood of wealthy housewives and their pretentious children when she and her very normal family move to Westport, Connecticut. She fights to balance her down-to-earth sensibilities with her new life in this exuberant family sitcom starring Katy Mixon (Hell or High Water).
The horror drama staggers on while more and more viewers switch to its far superior spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. For those still invested in the apocalyptic exploits of Frank Grimes, keep your eyes open for three AMC-produced original films centered on his character, the first of which has announced production to start sometime this year.
If you’re just in it for the zombie-killing, at this point we can only recommend waiting for the upcoming sequel to The Last of Us.
Remember to mark your calendars with the triumphant final hurdle for our favorite gang of demon hunters, vampires, and nightclub owners as the slickest, sexiest fantasy show is sadly leaving our screens this year.
That is, unless the #Shadowfam has anything to say about it. Fans have rallied their support behind the show ever since its cancellation came way too soon, and though we’ve been promised an epic two-part finale to wrap up loose ends, Shadowhunters fans won’t rest till we get another season.
Fresh new Shondaland series following the early careers of the Mother Court’s newest lawyers as they take on cases for the oldest district court in the nation. It doesn’t quite have the same intrigue as How to Get Away With Murder, but it sure works to fill the long waits between seasons.
Action-heavy drama following two sexy firefighters whose brewing romance is just as hot as the fires they put out. Tune in for heroic deeds and sweaty foreheads both in and out of the workplace during the second spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy.
A quirky group of supermarket employees struggles to maintain a straight face dealing with retail nightmares including crazy customers, minimum wage, and ridiculous corporate expectations. Relatable to anyone who’s experienced the horrors of the service industry.
Stars America Ferrera (How to Train Your Dragon) as the store’s most longstanding employee, despite her best efforts.
This thrilling first-response drama led by a star cast that includes Angela Bassett (Black Panther) and Connie Britton (American Horror Story) successfully balances the intense and traumatic work by on-scene paramedics, police, and firefighters with their personal lives, family trouble, and romance, when they have time for it.