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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016  

Molly Gander
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List Rules Upvote the new TV shows premiering in 2016 that you are most excited for. List includes shows premiering on major networks, cable TV, premium channels, and streaming platforms.

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If you're caught up on all your favorite new TV shows, fear not - many TV series await viewers in 2016. From new sitcoms to gripping dramas and thrilling sci-fi TV shows, the new year has something for everyone. Big stars like Jane Lynch, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and even Zach Galifianakis are coming to television with new shows in 2016 - and there are plenty of other shows that are coming out soon that are sure to be big hits.
 
We've gathered the current slate of new TV shows that are debuting in 2016 below and we want to know which new TV shows you're anticipating the most. Is it the latest Netflix comic book series, Lucifer? Maybe you're looking forward to the reboot of everyone's favorite sci-fi series, The X-Files? Or, perhaps you can't wait to see Martin Scorsese's latest TV foray, Vinyl, on HBO. These upcoming shows have something for everyone.
 

There are plenty of new comedies and fresh takes on old favorites hitting the bunny ears (or streaming devices) in 2016. From Fuller House to Samurai Jack, some of your childhood favorite shows are being rebooted as big shows coming out in 2016, for a whole new generation to enjoy.
 
There are lots of great upcoming new TV shows premiering in 2016 and we want to know which of the series below you think are the most anticipated TV shows of 2016. What will be the biggest show of 2016? Vote below!
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #1 Fox
Season finale aired: February 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 60
The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
CW
Season finale aired: May 19, 2016; Metacritic score: 58
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more
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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #3 Netflix

Season premiered: September 30, 2016; Metacritic score: 75

Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Fox
Season finale aired: April 25, 2016; Metacritic score: 49
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
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The Great Indoors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Joel McHale stars in this sitcom about a grizzled adventure reporter that manages a team of millennials at a magazine. The Great Indoors (CBS, 2016) follows Jack (Joel McHale), who has made a name for himself as an adventure reporter for the magazine Outdoor Limits. His days of exploring the world end when the ...more
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Cartoon Network
One of the coolest characters in Cartoon Network history is back after a decade away.
Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more
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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added
Season finale aired: May 25, 2016; Metacritic score: 28 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, 2016) is an American police procedural series created by Erica Messer. It is the third show in the Criminal Minds franchise. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added AMC
Season premiered: May 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 75 Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more
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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Netflix
Season premiered: Feb 26, 2016; Metacritic score: 35
Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian ...more
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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Freeform (ABC Family)
Season finale aired: April 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 45 Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more
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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
FX
Season finale aired: April 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 90 This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more
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Colony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #7 USA Networks
Season finale aired: March 17, 2016; Metacritic score: 69
Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more
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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Patrick Furlong added
Season finale aired: April 4, 2016; Metacritic score: 69 11.22.63 (Hulu, 2016) is an American science fiction thriller miniseries developed by Bridget Carpenter, based on the book by Stephen King. A recently divorced English teacher (James Franco) ...more
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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Stacy Gartner added Fox Broadcasting Company
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #14 HBO

Season premiered: October 2, 2016; Metacritic score: 73

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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Maya and Marty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
carlybobarly added Maya & Marty NBC
Season premiered: May 31, 2016; Metacritic score: 48 Maya & Marty is an American television variety show that is co-hosted by comedians Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.
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Second Chance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #15 Fox
Season finale aired: March 25, 2016; Metacritic score: 47
Second Chance is a short-lived American television sitcom, created by David W. Duclon and Gary Menteer, which aired on Fox from September 26 to November 28, 1987. The series was then revamped ...more
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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
paulo-júnior added
Season finale aired: March 1, 2016; Metacritic score: 52 The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...more
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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Lethal Weapon

Season premiered: September 21, 2016; Metacritic score: 56

Lethal Weapon (Fox, 2016) is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama television series developed by Matt Miller and based on the film series. A slightly unhinged cop (Clayne Crawford) is ...more
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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Timeless
Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more
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Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added Netflix

Season premiered: September 21, 2016; Metacritic score: 72

Designated Survivor (ABC, 2016; Netflix, 2019) is an American political conspiracy drama television series. On the night of the State of the Union address, an incident claims the lives of the ...more
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Houdini and Doyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #20
Season premiered: May 2, 2016; Metacritic score: 52
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added

Season premiered: September 20, 2016; Metacritic score: 76

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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You, Me, and the Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #19 You, Me, and the Apocalypse NBC
Season finale aired: March 31, 2016; Metacritic score: 71
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Bull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added

Season premiered: September 20, 2016; Metacritic score: 40

Bull (CBS, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Phil McGraw and Paul Attanasio, based on the early days of talk show host Dr. Phil. Psychologist and trial science expert Dr. ...more