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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 The X-Files 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
Legends of Tomorrow 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. When Vandal Savage ...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 Luke Cage 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
Lucifer 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
The Great Indoors 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
Samurai Jack 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 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 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
Preacher AMC Season premiered: May 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 75 Based on the DC Comic Book series, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who is on a mission to find God.

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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Fuller House Netflix Season premiered: Feb 26, 2016; Metacritic score: 35
Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–95 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian and ...more

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Shadowhunters 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
American Crime Story FX Season finale aired: April 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 90 A spin-off of Ryan Murphy's American Horror story, American Crime Story is a true crime anthology series. Season 1 (2016, FX), The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the 1996 murder trial of O. ...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 Colony 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #12 | Scott Vanwesterhuyzen added The Magicians BBC One Season finale aired: April 11, 2016; Metacritic score: 60 The Magicians was a British family entertainment television show, first broadcast throughout January 2011 on BBC One. The show features magicians performing a number of magic tricks with guest ...more

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11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #16 | Patrick Furlong added 11/22/63 Season finale aired: April 4, 2016; Metacritic score: 69

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Stacy Gartner added Prison Break 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) 16 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #14 Westworld 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) 17 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) 18 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #15 Second Chance 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) 19 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
paulo-júnior added The Shannara Chronicles 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) 20 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Lethal Weapon

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

Lethal Weapon is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama TV series that is based on the action films of the same name created by Shane Black.

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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added Designated Survivor

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

On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom ...more

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Houdini and Doyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #20 Houdini and Doyle Season premiered: May 2, 2016; Metacritic score: 52

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added This Is Us

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) 25 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) 26 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added Bull

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

Bull (Gold, 2015) is a British television sitcom created and written by Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts. Rupert Bull (Robert Lindsay) tries to run an antiques shop, but knows nothing about ...more

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LanaYoshii added The Good Place

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

(NBC, 2016) Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has been killed in an accident and entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that ...more

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
The Exorcist

Season premiered: September 23, 2016; Metacritic score: 62

The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is portrayed as a sequel to the 1973 film of the same name

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Shades of Blue NBC Season finale aired: March 31, 2016; Metacritic score: 58
Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Billions Showtime Season finale aired: April 10, 2016; Metacritic score: 69
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby ...more

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Notorious Notorious (ABC, 2016) is based on real-life criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live news producer Wendy Walker.

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Pitch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Pitch

Season premiered: September 22, 2016; Metacritic score: 69

Set in the confines of Major League Baseball, Pitch (Fox, 2016) sets its focus on a young pitcher, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), noted for her screwball pitch. She becomes the first woman to play ...more

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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Frequency Frequency (The CW, 2016) is a sci-fi drama series inspired by the 2000 film of the same name. In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) discovers that she is able to speak to her ...more

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Conviction is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Conviction Conviction (ABC, 2016) is an American legal drama television series. Former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is blackmailed into heading the Conviction Integrity Unit, a department ...more

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The Catch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #23 The Catch ABC Season finale aired: May 19, 2016; Metacritic score: 59

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Game of Silence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #27 | securityjones added Game of Silence Show TV Season premiered: April 12, 2016; Metacritic score: 57 Suskunlar, is a Turkish television drama, broadcast on Show TV in 2012.

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Animals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #33 | LanaYoshii added Animals Season finale aired: March 29, 2016; Metacritic score: 54 Animals is a television documentary.

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American Housewife is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
American Housewife American Housewife (ABC, 2016) chronicles the daily life of an average wife and mother who tries to stand out among the housewives and their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, ...more

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Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Vinyl HBO Season finale aired: April 17, 2016; Metacritic score: 71
Vinyl (HBO, 2016) is an American period drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. A New York music executive (Bobby Cannavale) in the 1970s ...more

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The Real O'Neals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Of Kings and Prophets abc Season finale aired: May 24, 2016; Metacritic score: 62
The Real O'Neals is an American single-camera sitcom. A Catholic family whose matriarch takes her family's reputation seriously deals with gay, anorexic and possibly atheist children, and a ...more

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Hunters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #28 | LanaYoshii added Hunters Season premiered: April 11, 2016; Metacritic score: 34

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Delete is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #34 Delete Season premiered: May 20, 2016; Metacritic score: 85

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Powerless is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Powerless Powerless (NBC, 2017) is a sitcom series set within the world of the DC Universe. It is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America—with the twist being that it ...more

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Feed the Beast is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
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Season premiered: June 5, 2016; Metacritic score: 46

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Love is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
LOVE Netflix Season premiered: February 19, 2016; Metacritic score: 72 Love (Netflix, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring ...more

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Flaked is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #26 Flaked Season premiered: March 11, 2016; Metacritic score: 43 Flaked (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell. A recovering alcoholic (Arnett) faces reality after a life changing accident in ...more

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Teachers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
voting closed at #35 | Kimberly Boyer added Teachers NBC Season premiered: Jan 13, 2016; Metacritic score: 66 Teachers is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC. The show ran for six episodes until its cancellation on May 2, 2006. Loosely based upon a UK series of the same name, it was ...more

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The Girlfriend Experience is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
The Girlfriend Experience Season premiered: April 10, 2016; Metacritic score: 78 Law student Christine Reade (Riley Keough) lands an internship at a firm and struggles to balance her workload, expenses, and classes. When her close friend reveals that she has been working as ...more

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Kevin Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
Kevin Can Wait

Season premiered: September 19, 2016; Metacritic score: 39

Kevin Gable is a newly retired Nassau County police officer living in Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, who looks forward to spending time with his wife and three kids and with several other ...more

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The Family is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2016
The Family ABC Season finale aired: May 15, 2016; Metacritic score: 58
The Family (ABC, 2016) is an American thriller television series created by and executive produced by Jenna Bans, former ShondaLand regular writer. The series follows a family in Red Pines, ...more