Here’s a look at the shows that will be wrapping up their latest seasons in February.
1. Top Chef
The 12th season of the cooking competition reality show Top Chef will crown its winner on February 2 as the remaining contestants head to Mexico to compete in their final challenge. This season of the show has been set in Boston and features judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, Richard Blais, and of course, host Padma Lakshmi. This long-running Bravo show has found unexpected appeal in watching people cook under challenging circumstances and time constraints.
After all the success that Amazon had has with its comedy original series Transparent, its first original drama premieres and wraps up on February 13 in that strange way that streaming series do when they release an entire season at once. The show is based on the best-selling mystery novels by Michael Connelly about detective Harry Bosch and will be available for Amazon Prime members on the website’s Prime Instant Video streaming service. The show will follow Bosch, played by Titus Welliver, as he cracks cases for the LAPD. In the first season, Bosh will be on the trail of a serial killer who confesses to killing a child, escapes police custody, then goes on a bloody rampage across the city.
3. Transporter: The Series
This Canadian television continuation of the Transporter film series follows the continued adventures of Frank Martin, a courier who will deliver anything for a price and lives by three rules that he constantly breaks. Chris Vance takes over the lead role from Jason Statham, and Hungarian actress Andrea Osvárt plays a former CIA agent and his love interest. The show wraps up its second season on Valentine’s Day. In the season finale, Frank is manipulated in delivering a cyber weapon that could destroy the infrastructure of an entire country in order to save the life of a former lover, which results in Caterina quitting. While she’s gone and Frank is facing off with his arch rival Bernard Dassin, Caterina makes a big discovery.
The 15th season of CSI will end on February 15. The long-running series has produced several spinoffs, including the upcoming CSI: Cyber, and consistently scores high ratings among the older demographic. Each episode follows the team of forensic experts from Las Vegas as they solve mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes. This season, Patricia Arquette and Sharon Osbourne have been guest stars on the show. Longtime fans of the series should be sure to tune in for this finale, as TVGuide reports that a character who has been on the show since Season 1 will be killed by the Gig Harbor Killer in the season finale.
5. Downton Abbey
On February 22, the fifth season of the highly popular PBS/BBC period drama Downton Abbey will end with the residents of the Abbey attending the unveiling of the town war memorial. The show follows an aristocratic English family living during the early 20th century. The series follows how major historic events — such as the sinking of the Titanic, World War I, and the outbreak of the Spanish flu, among others — affected the British upper classes. In the fifth season the world of the Abbey is in 1924, and there’s still plenty of highly watchable drama to go around. Critics have said the show is too melodramatic, but fans say that this is the point. Downton Abbey is like a historically accurate guilty pleasure with better acting than you’d find on any soap opera. The latter seasons haven’t gotten quite as good reviews, but critics still say its one of the best forms of escapist TV available.
This British crime drama set in 1953 Cambridgeshire follows local vicar Sidney Chambers, who begins a side career as an amateur detective with the help of the cantankerous Detective Inspector. It wraps up its first season on February 22 with an episode in which Sidney attempts to solve the murder of a local policeman rather than deal with his church-related duties, including those for Amanda and Guy’s upcoming wedding. The show has gotten decent reviews, with a 70 Metascore on review aggregator Metacritic, and has already been renewed for a second season. TV critics said that the first season is original and inventive despite being in the tired crime drama format, and that fans of British TV would love this new series.
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