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Great TV? That May Cost You a Bit (But Not Always)

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Some of television's best doesn't come cheap.

Beginning with the launch of the final season of AMC's Mad Men and HBO's triple-threat April 12 season premieres of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep, pay-cable and -streaming services have a choke-hold on much of our must-see TV. That grip only gets tighter with upcoming premieres of Inside Amy Schumer (Tuesday, April 21, Comedy Central), Ripper Street (Wednesday, April 29, BBC America), Orange is the New Black (Friday, June 12, Netflix) and True Detective (Sunday, June 21, HBO). And not leaving anything to chance, Orphan Black will launch its third season premiere Saturday, April 18 by simulcasting on five cable platforms: AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance and WE.

Here's some good news for those who have cut the cord: Some top notch broadcasts are slated for "free" TV as well. On Monday, April 27, Idaho Public Television airs Dick Cavett's Vietnam, featuring rare clips from the legendary 1960s and 70s series. Fox debuts its much-anticipated miniseries Wayward Pines from director M. Night Shyamalan on Thursday, May 14. After 33 years of late night TV, David Letterman says his final good night Wednesday, May 20 on CBS and the delicious, diabolical Hannibal returns for a third helping on Thursday, June 4 on NBC.