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It’s been the most wonderful time of the year… unless you hoped to watch anything but reruns!

The presents are opened, and the ball has been dropped. Now, can we get back to the business of watching our primetime soaps?

It seems like it’s been a year, doesn’t it, since we last got new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, etc. (It’s only been since last year, but you know what we mean.) Luckily, all of our favorites will soon be back with fresh installments.

Read on for the dates of their winter premieres, then check out a photo gallery that ranks the greatest primetime soaps of all time.

Chicago This, That and the Other Thing

All three of NBC’s hit procedurals set in the Windy City return on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Chicago Med is first at 8/7c, followed by Chicago Fire at 9/8c and Chicago P.D. at 10/9c.

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Lies" Episode 911 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Here’s a picture of Halstead. Just ’cause we miss him.

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Grey’s Anatomy

We’ll say goodbye to Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith — and potentially hello to a Simone/Lucas romance — when ABC’s long-running medical drama scrubs back in for Season 19B on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9/8c.


Seattle’s loss will be Boston’s gain.

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Law & Order: SVU

Following the midseason premiere of Law & Order at 8/7c, NBC will unspool 2023’s first new episode of SVU at 9/8c. Law & Order: Organized Crime follows at 10/9c. And clarity on Benson and Stabler’s feelings for one another? Will we ever get that?

A Million Little Things

It’ll be the beginning of the end for ABC’s heartfelt serial on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10/9c. Its upcoming fifth season will also be its last.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS - “lesson learned” – Gary, Maggie, Eddie and Anna go on a double date where Anna has an awkward encounter with Peter. Meanwhile, Eddie struggles to reconnect with fans at a music convention on an all-new episode of “A Million Little Things,” airing WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman)JAMES RODAY RODRIGUEZ

We’ll soon have one fewer Little Thing to worry about.

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New Amsterdam

Is there a doctor on the TV? Yes, a bunch of them as of Tuesday, Jan. 3, when NBC’s tear-soaked sudser comes back to finish its fifth and final season. The last episode, if you haven’t heard, airs on Tuesday, Jan, 17.

The Resident

Was a kiss just a kiss? We’ll find out the significance of Conrad and Billie’s fall-finale smooch when the Fox drama gets back to playing doctor on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

You want us to kiss and tell what happens next?

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Station 19

Maya’s fate, as well as the outcome of the Travis vs. Dixon mayoral election, will be revealed when the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff sounds the alarm anew on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9/8c.


We’ll have to wait a while to find out what happens after the New Year’s Day winter finale — in which Beth and Jamie both seemed to decide to murder each other. The series won’t return with the back half of its super-sized Season 5 until summer.

“We’ll keep an eye out in this direction.”

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Click on the new photo gallery below to see where (and if!) these shows ranked when we counted down the all-time greatest primetime soaps.