The best OWN shows you haven’t been watching

A primer for Oprah's new viewers

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Now that you know where to find Oprah Winfrey's network on your TV channel lineup (a highly publicized, exclusive Lance Armstrong confessional will do that to a network), it's time to take a look at the shows you've been missing out on all these (OK, two!) years.

Here's a rundown on the best OWN shows you haven't been watching, and a few that are set to debut.

"Oprah's Next Chapter"

Admittedly, some of you have been watching, and a lot more of you tuned in for the worldwide broadcast of the Armstrong interview. But if you haven't been a regular viewer of OWN's flagship series "Oprah's Next Chapter," then you've missed Oprah's sit downs with everyone from Justin Bieber to David Letterman. The series kicked off a year ago with a trippy two-parter at Steven Tyler's New Hampshire home, and since then, Oprah has had a slumber party with Paula Deen, toured George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, walked on fire with Tony Robbins, and even nabbed the first interviews with the late Whitney Houston's family following her death. Coming up: Oprah will chat with LL Cool J.

"Home Made Simple"

If you miss TLC's groundbreaking do-it-yourself home improvement show "Trading Spaces," look no further; its perky host is back with a team of experts to help you give your home a fresh re-do. On "Home Made Simple," Paige and her posse even channel Martha Stewart with a plethora of projects. Who says HGTV has cornered the market on home design shows?

"Golden Sisters"

A viral YouTube video launched this unlikely reality series about three senior sisters who tell it like it is. On OWN's "Golden Sisters," 80-something-year-old Mary Bartnicki and her sassy twin sisters Josie and Teresa dish the dirt on everything from pop culture to, yes, sex. Just cover your grandma's ears!

"Oprah's Lifeclass"

Remember all of those words of wisdom Oprah gave us on the finale of her talk show? Here they are on "Oprah's Lifeclass" expanded in a setting that reads like a college course. There's even homework, but somehow learning O's life lessons doesn't feel like work; in fact, it's almost comforting. Can we repeat this course?

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

We know, we know, another OWN series with "Oprah" in the title -- but those are the ones that do the best! Besides, what else are they supposed to do with all of those vintage of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" clips? Everyone loves an update story, so this show digs through the archives to let viewers know what happened to some of the most memorable guests from the Queen of Talk's 25-year talk show career.

"Our America With Lisa Ling"

Investigative journalist Lisa Ling is a subculture dweller. Since her OWN network debut in 2011, Ling has hung out with faith healers, swung with swingers, gone all "Fifty Shades of Grey" on us to explore the real world of BDSM (look it up), and given us a look at heroin in the heartland. Coming up: Speed dating senior citizens. Mainstream journalism this is not!

"The Haves And The Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor"

Oprah's good friend Tyler Perry is in the house with the network's first pair of scripted series' due to debut in May. But how will a scripted show fare on a network that's been heavy on the docu-series and reality? That's worth staying tuned for!

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