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The when: Season 4 premieres Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 pm/ET.

Why watch?: The beauty of

Medium is its appeal to family-driven drama fans and crime/mystery buffs alike - without being cheeseball. The show centers on soccer mom-psychic-medium Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette). Each episode shows her struggle to maintain a happy and healthy marriage and home life while using her gifts to work with the Phoenix District Attorney's office to solve gruesome murders. Allison has visions of crimes that come to her in nightmares or abstract dreams and then there's the really creepy spirits that can appear out of nowhere. We could probably do without the uninvited spirits, but wouldn't you like to see into the future? Or, be able to talk to dead relatives? We would. Also, Medium does a fantastic job weaving in a very authentic feeling family into the procedural weekly murder cases. There is great chemistry between Allison and Joe (Jake Webber), and the three daughters. Seriously, you should watch it for the middle daughter, Bridget (Maria Lark), alone. She's hysterical. Who's who: Allison is married to yummy engineer Joe, and together they're raising three precocious daughters: Ariel, Bridget (who share their mother's gift!) and Marie. She reports to DA Manuel Duvalos, and works closely with the brooding and skeptical Detective Lee Scanlon to solve cases. What's next: Expect some fallout from last season's stunning three-part story about a grisly serial killer nicknamed, "The Re-capitator." Also, Joe was a victim in a deadly office shooting that left him with PTSD, and wanting to seek compensation from his employer. By the end of the season finale, Joe's been fired, and we don't know if he'll go forward with lawsuit for wrongful termination. As an added incentive to watch this season, Anjelica Houston joins the cast this season, playing an investigator who works with Allison on new cases. (For more Medium preview, click here.) Say what?!: Medium is based on real life psychic-medium Allison DuBois, who works with the Phoenix Police, is married to an engineer named Joe, and has three daughters. She has been featured on Oprah and has written the best-selling books, Don't Kiss Them Goodbye, and We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us. She's also a total babe. What do you say? Tell us why you see Medium in your TV schedule future this winter. - Erin Fox More Strike Survival guidance from " Medium Preview: Allison Forms a New Alliance " Movies-on-TV: Ken Fox's Picks for the Week of Jan. 7 " Do NBC's Gladiators Deserve a Fighting Chance? " Showtime's The L Word: Why You Should Go that Way " HBO's The Wire: Why You Should Tap into It " What to Watch: Your Guide to January Premieres