As happens every so often, this Sunday is a night when many important shows are airing or premiering at the same time. So which should you watch? What will best suit your tastes? Here, let us tell you.
If you spent more on movie tickets in December than you did on Christmas presents you should most certainly watch the Golden Globe Awards, which start at 8 p.m. on NBC. Not only will you get to see the movies you spent hours with get rewarded — Anne Hathaway will likely warble her way to a win for Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty could triumph despite all the controversy — but there's TV, too! Yes, the 86-or-so oddballs who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association combine TV and film awards into one glittery, drunken evening. It's the most fun awards show of the season, likely made more so this year by the fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting. Oh, so you should probably watch this if you're a mainstream-ish comedy nerd, too. Even if you haven't seen everything, it's fun to watch celebrities dress up in nice clothes and, uh, massage each other for a few hours, right? Start your work week with a champagne hangover and give the Globes a watch.
If you spent all year reading think-pieces on women's blogs then you're probably already going to watch the second-season premiere of youth sensation Lena Dunham's Girls, on HBO at 9 p.m. Ditto if you read a lot of TV sites, or really any websites. Man did people talk a lot about Girls in 2012! (We are just as guilty as anyone else, we know.) So now that the show is coming back, you'll need to watch this live to properly participate in all the Tweet-debate and Tumblr musing as it happens. Girls would likely also be the right choice for those who just can't stomach all the glitz and silliness of awards shows. There's decidedly no glitz on this series, though there is plenty of arrogance and self-involvement and insecurity, just like in Hollyweird. This is a tonally small affair, but of course the larger conversation has made it important appointment television for those who fancy themselves in-the-know about what the kids in Brooklyn are up to at any given moment. After Girls, be sure to stay tuned for the second-season premiere of Mike White's Enlightened, the funny-sad series that went mostly overlooked last year, but features stellar acting (from lead Laura Dern and others) and heartbreakingly good writing. Have yourself a downbeat little evening on HBO instead of giving in to all that celebrity noise.