The Biggest TV Shows to Watch in 2017
We learned a lot from the 2016 television season. Negan hit a homerun on The Walking Dead, the season finale of Game of Thrones was incredibly epic, and Westworld made us dust off our copies of Red Dead Redemption. What do we have to look forward to in the new year? Well, we're taking a look at the biggest shows that you need to watch in 2017. Here they are in the order of their premiere date.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee, and Frank come back to FXX for the 12th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The NSFW trailer for the upcoming season shows the gang will be involved in all sorts of mayhem, like getting back on television, stripping, and being all-around sociopaths.
It's Always Sunny returns to FXX on Wednesday, January 4.
We've seen some really interesting trailers for the upcoming FX series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), who is also one of the creators. The show is set in 1814 and follows a man who has been all around the world. He returns home to inherit his father's company, but he learns he has enemies everywhere. There seems to be a supernatural element to the series, and all-in-all, it looks dark and brutal.
Taboo comes to FX on Tuesday, January 10.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
When we learned that the film A Series of Unfortunate Events--based on the novels--was being remade for Netflix as a TV show, we were a bit skeptical. However, the recent trailer was a ton of fun. The show will follow three children whose parents die. The kids are sent to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), who wants to steal their inheritance and devises ways to try and kill them.
A Series of Unfortunate Events hits Netflix on Friday, January 13.
The Expanse (Syfy)
The Expanse is one of the best things to come to Syfy since Battlestar Galactica. The show is set in the future where humans have colonized the solar system, and as you would expect, there is tension between Earth, Mars, and workers in the asteroid belt. The first season started off a bit rough, since there was so much to follow, but it was a dynamite season and a highly-underrated television show.
The Expanse returns to Syfy on Wednesday, February 1.
24: Legacy (Fox)
When 24 first debuted back in 2001, it was something completely new. The 24-episode season took place in real time, covering a day in the life of Jack Bauer, a counter-terrorist agent. Now, there's a new terrorist threat, and the show will follow Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, The Walking Dead), a member of an elite squad of Army Rangers.
24: Legacy comes to Fox on Sunday, February 5.
FX is taking a stab at turning a character from Marvel's X-Men universe into a series. Legion, which premieres in February, follows David Haller. He lives in a psychiatric hospital because of his schizophrenia. However, he quickly learns that he's been lied to, and he's a mutant. The trailers have been very interesting, and we're curious if Legion will stick to its comic roots, which has Haller as the child of a famous X-Man.
Legion premieres on Wednesday, February 8 on FX.
Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix)
If everything goes to plan, Netflix will put out three different Marvel series this year. The first is Iron Fist, based off the Marvel comics character of the same name. The show will follow Danny Rand, a martial arts expert who can call upon the mystical powers of the iron fist. A few other familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make their appearance in this new, action-packed show.
Iron Fist will premiere on Netflix on Friday, March 17.
Doctor Who (BBC)
It's been a year since we last saw the Doctor. The series took a year off after the 2015 Christmas special, and the wait has been rough for fans. Luckily, Season 10 of Doctor Who is right around the corner. In April, Peter Capaldi returns in his titular role with a new companion, played by Pearl Mackie. This will be the last season that longtime showrunner Stephen Moffat will be involved with. While the 2016 Christmas episode has already aired, we won't get Season 10 for a few months.
Doctor Who comes back to the BBC sometime in April.
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
The newest Star Trek show takes place a decade before the original television series. This is the first series made specifically for CBS' newest streaming service, CBS All Access. We don't know a whole lot about the first season, aside from there are Klingons and Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) will star on the show.
Star Trek: Discovery's first episode will appear on CBS in May. Future episode will be available on CBS All Access.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 was one of the most ingenious shows on television during the '90s. It's a bunch of people watching a bad movie and making fun of it. It was simple, but it worked incredibly well. The series ran from 1988 until 1999, spending the majority of its life on Comedy Central. Now, after a successful Kickstarter--which was the largest in the history of the site in the Film & Video section-- a new season of the show is returning, and it was recently picked up by Netflix.
MST3K comes to Netflix in early 2017.
Silicon Valley (HBO)
The fate of the company Pied Piper is always in a state of flux on Silicon Valley. HBO's comedy about a startup trying to get its feet off the ground is one of the funniest and most depressing shows on television. Now, the compression-based software company has moved into the realm of video chat, after Erlich and Big Head bought control of the company. Hopefully, this upcoming season has even more antics from Jian Yang, who is known for prank calling Erlich, sometimes from the same room.
Silicon Valley will come back to HBO in late spring or early summer.
Twin Peaks (Showtime)
It seemed like it was never going to happen, but finally Twin Peaks is returning to television sometime this upcoming summer. Creators David Lynch and Mark Frost have returned, and where this newest season is headed is shrouded in mystery, much like the rest of the series. The latest promo we've seen features Lynch eating a donut. We don't know too much about the upcoming season, aside from former cast members, like Kyle MacLachlan, returning to the show.
Twin Peaks will premiere in the middle of 2017 on Showtime.
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Outcast, based on the comic book series by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, will return in 2017. The horror series follows Kyle Barnes, a loner who has the ability to exorcise demons from their hosts, and Reverend John Anderson, whose mission is to rid the world of demons. The first season felt more like an alien-invasion story more than anything else, and it was incredibly suspenseful with a ton of twists and turns. Much like most of Kirkman's work, it's just as much about people and their relationships as it is about the horror around them.
Outcast returns to Cinemax this summer.
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Netflix aired six new episodes of the British science fiction series this past year, and there's still six more to come in 2017. While it isn't a straight-up horror show, Black Mirror does delve into the possible horrors of technology. The series is incredibly smart and well-made, even if a few of the Season 3 episodes felt way too similar to earlier ones. All we know about the new season is that Jodie Foster will direct one episode.
Black Mirror is currently in production, but it should air in late 2017.
Channel Zero (Syfy)
Syfy's new horror anthology, Channel Zero, had a good start with its first season. The show adapts stories from Creepypasta into a full season. With the second season, Channel Zero is taking on "No-End House." The story is about a home with nine rooms someone must explore, each more terrifying than the last. If someone can make it until the end, they win $500. Much like how the first season took liberties with the original story "Candle Cover," we can expect some Channel Zero to flesh out the "No-End House" story quite a bit more.
The second season of Channel Zero will air sometime in 2017 on Syfy.
Preacher, based off of the Vertigo comic series of the same name, will be returning in 2017. The first season veered a bit way from the source material, but Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan won over audiences with their take on it. Season 2 should be a bit crazier, considering Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy will be heading to New Orleans, as the expanded 13-episode season is set to film there in early 2017.
Preacher will return to AMC in the second half of 2017.
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The last season of Game of Thrones was amazing and ended with an incredibly epic battle. There are only two seasons left of the HBO series, and while we heard rumblings that it wouldn't come back until 2018, a recent teaser proved otherwise. There hasn't been a lot of info aside from that, and while it's a bummer GoT won't be premiering in its normal spring slot, at least we're getting new episodes this year.
Winter is here, when Game of Thrones returns to HBO this summer.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Strangers Things was one of the two new series this year, the other being Westworld, that took the internet by storm. The show that mixed science fiction, horror, and '80s nostalgia was brilliant and intriguing. Season 2 will take place a year after the first season and creators Matt and Ross Duffer said it will be "darker and weirder."
Stranger Things comes back to Netflix in 2017, but it looks like it will premiere more towards the fall season.
The Defenders (Netflix)
The Defenders will be The Avengers for the Marvel Netflix characters. This eight-episode miniseries will bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fight, and Luke Cage as a street-level, crime-fighting group. In addition, both Elektra and Misty Knight will appear on the show. Little is known about the show, but if you loved what Netflix has done with Marvel, you're probably going to want to watch this.
While there isn't a release date for The Defenders set, it will premiere sometime in 2017.
Jon Bernthal killed it (literally and figuratively) as the Punisher during Season 2 of Daredevil. Lucky for fans of his work, Netflix decided to give Punisher his own series. Supposedly, we'll be getting the first season in late 2017, which means Netflix will be pumping out three Marvel shows next year. Because we're so far away from the release of the first season, there is very little information at this time.
The Punisher gets his own series on Netflix in the latter half of 2017.