A new year is upon us, and the golden age of television continues to thrive. A lot of great shows will have new seasons to look forward to (Game of Thrones! The Walking Dead! Stranger Things!), but let’s focus on brand new 2017 tv-series. With Netflix being sneaky-peaky as they are, there probably will be some surprises along the way, but this is the current top 10 (in no particular order) of new tv-series to keep an eye out for. More of a movie person? Be sure to check our article on upcoming films in 2017 too!
If you love X-Men, you will love Legion, since they come from the same source material. The trailers look very promising and weird, so this will be one trippy tv-series. Legion follows David Haller (Dan Stevens) who is believed to have schizophrenia and has been in and out of several psychiatric hospitals since his youth. After a strange encounter, it comes to light that there is more than meets the eye and Haller’s mental condition may not be an illness at all. In comic book world, Haller is (spoiler alert) the son of Charles Xavier. It remains to be seen how Legion will follow this and if there are any tie ins to the films at all. What we’ll certainly see is a lot of action and a lot of crazy powers, as Legion is one of the strongest mutants out there.
Legion will air on FX starting February 8th.
2. American Gods
Based on one of the best and certainly best known novels by Neil Gaiman (if you haven’t read it yet, go buy a copy NOW), American Gods features a story about the war between the Old Gods and the New, American Gods. The show will focus on Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a convict who is offered a job by a man calling himself Wednesday (Ian McShane). Wednesday is such an interesting character in the book, hopefully the tv-series will do him justice. The Old Gods’ power is slowly waning and Gods like Odin, Anansi, Chernobog, Anubis, Loki and Kali are in battle with new and modern Gods with names like Technical Boy, Media and (written for the series by mr. Gaiman) Vulcan.
American Gods will air on Starz starting April
3. Iron Fist &
4. The Defenders
Netflix has some seriously awesome Marvel Shows, with DareDevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage already streaming. So, Iron Fist has a lot to live up to. Iron Fist will focus on Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a young billionaire who went missing fifteen years ago and now returns to New York City to reclaim his legacy. He can call upon the power of the Iron Fist.
With Iron Fist also being introduced, the path is clear for the next Netflix/Marvel tv-series: the Defenders. This show will see Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand team up to form the superhero team The Defenders. Sigourney Weaver was cast as the (as yet still unknown) villain.
Iron Fist will air on Netflix starting March 17th
The Defenders will air on Netflix starting somewhere in 2017
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Another almost guaranteed hit from Netflix, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events starts in January, so can be watched real soon. The trailer looks very promising with Neil Patrick Harris starring as Count Olaf, a nasty man who wants his recently orphaned nieces and nephew dead to claim their inheritance for himself. Olaf goes through a lot of trouble to kill them, but the children are always one step ahead of their uncle. If the series indeed prove popular, they could go on for a while, as the source material consists of thirteen books. All eight episodes of this first season will be released on the same day, so be prepared for some bingewatching.
A Series of Unfortunate Events will air on Netflix, starting January 13th
6. The Handmaid’s Tale
2017 is a great year for book adaptations, as the Handmaid’s Tale is originally a novel by Margaret Atwood. It is set in a nearby dystopian future and features very current themes of female subjugation and power run amok. Maybe this is the best show to see in 2017 regarding themes. The cast is an assemble of great actors, including Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, and Alexis Bledel (who we recently saw in the Gilmore Girls revival). It tells the tale of Offred, a Handmaiden who is assigned to bear children for an elite couple, as most women are in this distant and bleak future. An underground organization meanwhile wants to overthrow the crazy totalitarian state they live in.
The Handmaid’s Tale will air on Hulu, starting April 26th
7. Star Trek: Discovery
With Star Trek being hip and happening again thanks to J.J. Abrams and his movie franchise reboot, it was only a matter of time before a new Star Trek tv-series would be in the works. Discovery has no tie-in with the films however and stands completely on it’s own. It’s the first Star Trek series to air since 2005. The show will take place roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek tv-show. Not only will Discovery feature a female lieutenant commander as main protagonist, but it’s none other than the kickass Sonequa Martin-Green of Walking Dead fame (though what this will mean for her WD-character remains to be seen…).
Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS, starting May
8. Emerald City
Another world Hollywood always comes back to, is the land of Oz. With several films, tv-shows and cameo’s in other series like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time, Dorothy and her friends are always a joy to watch. Where Emerald City is different, is that it features a grown-up Dorothy when she first sets foot in Oz. The trailer shows this will be a darker, grimier Oz than we know (no singing Munchkin’s have been spotted so far) with more things not coming from the source material, Frank L. Baum’s books. If you should put money on any of these ten shows to be flop, sadly, this is where you should put your money. Still, maybe it will proof to be excellent popcorn-tv.
Emerald City will air on NBC, starting January 6th
This is the show with the biggest names. Taboo is produced by Ridley Scott and stars Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy! That alone should be reason enough to start watching Taboo. The least fantasy/sci-fi series on this list, for sure, Taboo is set in pre-Victorian London. It sees Hardy’s character James Delaney coming back from the dead to seak vengeance after the death of his father. He will even take on the East India Company to get his revenge. Tom Hardy and his father have created these miniseries together with screenwriter Steven Knight. Taboo will consist of eight hour-long episodes. Be sure to expect lots of tension, action and intrigue.
Taboo will air on FX (US) and BBC One (UK), starting January 7th (FX) and 10th (UK)
BONUS: 10. Twin Peaks
As this is TECHNICALLY not a new show, Twin Peaks should not be on this list for new 2017 tv-series. But since the last episode of the original series aired about 25 years ago we will let it slide. If you’ve watched Twin Peaks (it’s on Netflix so you can easily access it), you’ll know this is a very strange and weird show to say the least. David Lynch has gotten almost all of the old gang together for this new season so we’re in for a wild ride for sure. It will be fun to see what the characters of Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan are up to in 2017. Not much is known yet about this Twin Peaks series so we’ll have to wait and see.
Twin Peaks will air on Showtime, starting in May