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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016

Updated November 5, 2019 53.9k votes 4.1k voters 114.3k views52 items

List RulesUpvote 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!
  • The X-Files1

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

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

    Season finale aired: February 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 60
    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more

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  • Lucifer2


    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

    Season finale aired: April 25, 2016; Metacritic score: 49
    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series...  more

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  • Luke Cage3

    Luke Cage

    Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali

    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,...  more

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  • Legends of Tomorrow4

    Legends of Tomorrow

    Victor Garber, Brandon Routh

    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...  more

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  • Maya & Marty5

    Maya & Marty

    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...  more
  • The Great Indoors6

    The Great Indoors

    Joel McHale, Stephen Fry

    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...  more

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  • Samurai Jack7

    Samurai Jack

    Phil LaMarr, Mako

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

    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...  more

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  • Fuller House8

    Fuller House

    Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Season premiered: Feb 26, 2016; Metacritic score: 35
    Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom created by Jeff Franklin, and a...  more

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  • Colony9


    Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies

    Genres (Tv)Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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

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  • Shadowhunters10


    Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

    Season finale aired: April 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 45
    Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series created by Ed Decter...  more

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  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders11

    Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

    Gary Sinise, Alana de la Garza

    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...  more
  • American Crime Story12

    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama, Anthology

    Season finale aired: April 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 90
    American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series by Scott Alexander,...  more

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  • Preacher13


    Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural

    Season premiered: May 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 75
    Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg,...  more

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  • Houdini and Doyle14
    Season premiered: May 2, 2016; Metacritic score: 52
  • Prison Break15

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

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

    Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The...  more

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  • Westworld16


    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    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...  more

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  • Lethal Weapon17

    Lethal Weapon

    Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford

    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...  more


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  • The Shannara Chronicles18

    The Shannara Chronicles

    Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

    Season finale aired: March 1, 2016; Metacritic score: 52
    The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series created by...  more
  • Timeless19


    Malcolm Barrett, Claudia Doumit

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science Fiction, Action

    Timeless (NBC, 2016) follows the adventures of an unusual trio; a history professor (Abigail...  more


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  • 11/22/6320


    James Franco, Sarah Gadon

    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...  more

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  • Second Chance21

    Second Chance

    Matthew Perry, Kiel Martin

    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...  more
  • Designated Survivor22

    Designated Survivor

    Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Knope

    Genres (Tv)Political Thriller

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

    Designated Survivor (ABC, 2016; Netflix, 2019) is an American political conspiracy drama...  more

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  • This Is Us23

    This Is Us

    Stefanie Malouf, Eris Baker

    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...  more

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  • The Good Place24

    The Good Place

    Kristen Bell, Ted Danson

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Fantasy comedy

    Season premiered: September 19, 2016; Metacritic score: 78

    The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael...  more

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  • Bull25


    Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodríguez

    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...  more


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