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10 'Hobbit' actors appearing on television this year

With the recent DVD release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the time has finally come to say goodbye to the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s epic Hobbit trilogy. The amazing Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchises have taken 20 years to complete—considering Peter Jackson’s original trilogy idea was The Hobbit and two Lord of the Rings sequels back in 1995.

These films have shaped the cinematic landscape for almost two decades, leaving a legacy of scope and drama that will impact film making for generations to come. This legacy is due in no small way to the amazing actors that have graced these films. Now that The Hobbit has wrapped, many of its actors have moved to television, taking on comedy, fantasy, time travel, historical fiction and more.

Here is our list of where to see many of these leading men—for free—in the upcoming year!

10 Hobbit actors you can see on television in the 2015/2016 season

1. Lee Pace (Thranduil the Elf King)

Lee Pace took theaters by storm in 2014 playing both megalomaniac Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy and Elven King Thranduil in The Hobbit. Lee can now be seen in AMC’s ’80s computer drama Halt and Catch Fire. In Halt, Lee plays former IBM executive Joe MacMillan, a man determined to reverse-engineer the personal computer and take on IBM. Halt and Catch Fire returns to AMC on May 31 for its second season. You can also catch up with Lee in our nostalgia recaps of Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies.

2. Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield)

While Armitage has played a variety of characters in his career, giving life to both heroes and villains (Lucas North in MI-5/Spooks, Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood), he is about to take on his most villainous role yet. Armitage will play Francis Dolarhyde, the great Red Dragon, in the upcoming season of Hannibal. Be sure to keep up with our Hannibal recaps when the show returns to NBC on June 4.

3. Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Wizard)

Sir Ian, when not raising money for charity or causing trouble for the X-Men, is currently starring in the British sitcom Vicious. Vicious stars Sir Ian and Derek Jacobi, and features humor, arguing, and everything else you’d imagine a gay British couple might fight over after 50 years together. Keep up with our Vicious recaps and look for season three in June 2015 on PBS.

4. Graham McTavish (Dwalin)

While Dougal MacKenzie, Graham’s character in Outlander, might not be as axe-wielding as Dwalin, he is the right hand of a Scottish Laird. He is also planning an uprising against the British, the Jacobite Rebellion, which history tells us will change the course of Scotland forever. Catch Graham in the first eight episodes of Outlander (on demand) and in the final eight episodes, starting April 4 on Starz.

5. Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins)

Martin most recently graced our televisions in the gritty FX adaptation of Fargo, scoring himself an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination. We will see him next in the highly anticipated fourth season of Sherlock. While Sherlock is set to return in the spring of 2016, it’s possible we could see Freeman on Christmas Day for the Sherlock Christmas special. We may also see Freeman in the BBC series The Eichmann Show, which aired in the UK earlier this year, but does not yet have a U.S. air date yet.

6. Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Sauron)

As if we needed another reminder that Sherlock is on hiatus, it is still valid to say we will be seeing Benedict on our TV screens this year. It will just be at the very, very end of this year. The Sherlock Christmas special should air Christmas day … unless that’s just the UK air date.

7. Aidan Turner (Kili)

Aidan Turner may have stolen the heart of Tauriel in The Hobbit, but he is now stealing the hearts of men and women in the UK. Turner stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry another man. Look for Poldark on PBS in June 2015.

8. Manu Bennett (Azog)

In Arrow‘s second season, Manu Bennett wreaked havoc on Starling City as Deathstroke. Now that Deathstroke is in prison, Manu is free to take on other roles, such as Allanon in MTV’s new fantasy epic The Shannara Chronicles. Bennett will star alongside fellow Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies. Shannara premieres on MTV in July 2015.

9. Ryan Gage (Alfrid)

If you enjoyed watching Alfrid weasel his way out of official duties in The Hobbit, you’ll love seeing Ryan Gage as King Louis on BBC America’s The Musketeers. I still think seeing Gage with all the treasure stuffed into his dress is the funniest scene in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While The Musketeers just concluded its second season, it can be viewed on demand or purchased on online platforms. Keep up with Ryan Gage in our Musketeers recaps, and look for season three early next year on BBC America.

10. James Nesbitt (Bofur)

Nesbitt may have provided some great comic relief in The Hobbit with his jokes about napkins and doilies, but James is also known for his incredible roles in drama. Nesbitt has starred in numerous British television shows (Babylon, Jekyll, Cold Feet), and was last featured in the U.S. on Starz’s hit show The Missing with Ken Stott, another awesome Hobbit actor (who played Balin). James was also featured in the British Channel 4 show Babylon, which aired on the Sundance Channel this past spring. While both The Missing and Babylon have concluded their first seasons, James’ episodes are available on demand.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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