What to Watch Friday: House of Cards Returns, Banshee Spirals, Bill Maher Geeks Out and More

house-of-cards325On TV this Friday: Netflix deals a new season of House of Cards, Banshee tries to save a life, Helix stages a rescue and Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik hangs with Bill Maher. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

House of Cards (Netflix) | Season 2 premiere: In an event better than New Year’s Eve, Netflix is streaming all 13 episodes of the political drama’s new season, now. Who needs a Valentine when you have hours of Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey)? (Watch a trailer.)

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8 pm Winter Olympics (NBC) | Tonight’s events include figure skating, alpine skiing and freestyle skiing.

8 pm Cold Justice (TNT) | The crime-solving duo head to Vigo, Ind., where they investigate the 1998 murder of a 19-year-old woman.

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9 pm Great Performances (PBS) | In this PBS special that celebrates the best in the arts and entertainment, The National Theatre celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with guests Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and Helen Mirren (The Queen).

9 pm Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN) | Jane Seymour talks about her time on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Singer-turned-television writer Adam Ant (Chuck, EastEnders) discusses his musical past.

9 pm Enlisted (Fox) | Repeat to Revisit: Need a reason to get hooked on this charming army comedy? Catch this encore of the pilot episode and thank us later.

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10 pm Banshee (Cinemax) | Lucas makes a deal to save Jason while Gordon and Deva’s lives begin to spin out of control.

10 pm Helix (Syfy) | Hatake saves Walker from Sutton’s band of soldiers.

10 pm Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) | Maher sits down with famed science guy Bill Nye and The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik. We wonder if Maher will bring up that kiss?

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Justin says:

    Just Helix for me tonight.

  2. Naazneen says:


  3. enri says:

    House of Cards & Banshee

  4. Phillip Flaky Blakey says:

    Hee Haw Reruns!!

  5. EJ says:

    Adam Ant has written for EastEnders?

  6. Steve says:

    House of Cards

  7. watched the 1st episode of season 2s house of cards. gonna watch some more of that, plus some bill maher.

  8. Bill says:

    Just Banshee

  9. Bill Cord says:

    Probably would watch House of Card if it was on Direct TV.

  10. Peg says:

    None of the above. Catching up on DVR recordings.

  11. Gerry says:

    Wouldn’t watch Bill Maher if you paid me

  12. Gerry says:

    Actually a lousy night for tv, Haven not on, and there is nothing else worth it.

  13. Mary M says:

    Hey Jerry
    I am with you. No wonder Bill Maher’ s initials are B.M and I DO have HBO.

  14. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’m already on House of Cards second episode. I’m wondering how many people have finished it by this point. I’m pretty impressed the spoiler for the first episode hasn’t gotten out yet. At least not on any site I’ve looked at.