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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016 

Molly Gander
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Updated November 5, 2019 32.1k votes 4.1k voters 114k views 66 items

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.

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.
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

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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

Actors: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, + more

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

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

Actors: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Sci-Fi

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

Actors: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, + more

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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

Actors: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Susannah Fielding, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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

Actors: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Action, Science Fiction, + more

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 B... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
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Actors: Gary Sinise, Alana de la Garza, Daniel Henney Tyler, James Williams, Annie Funke

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, Crime drama

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

Actors: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Genres (Tv): Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural, Horror, Action

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

Actors: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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)

Actors: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 55

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

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

Actors: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bruce Greenwood, + more

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

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

Actors: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Amanda Righetti, Tory Kittles, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Season finale aired: March 17, 2016; Metacritic score: 69

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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

Actors: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-fi

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

Actors: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 81

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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

Actors: Maya Rudolph, Martin Short

Genres (Tv): Variety

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

Actors: Matthew Perry, Kiel Martin, Joseph Maher, Randee Heller, Adam Sadowsky, + more

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 21

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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
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Actors: Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, + more

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

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

Actors: Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster, Dante Brown

Genres (Tv): Action, Comedy, Police procedural

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

Actors: Malcolm Barrett, Claudia Doumit, Matt Frewer

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction, Action

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

Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Knope, JaNae Armogan, Tanner Buchanan

Genres (Tv): Political Thriller

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

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Mystery

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 NBC

Actors: Stefanie Malouf, Eris Baker, Peter Bonilla

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

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 Apocaly... 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 Bull

Actors: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodríguez, Geneva Carr

Genres (Tv): Drama, Legal

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