The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017 

Molly Gander
Updated November 5, 2019 9.1k votes 2.1k voters 127.3k views 57 items

List Rules Upvote the new TV shows premiering in 2017 that you are most excited for. List includes shows premiering on major networks, cable TV, premium channels, and streaming platforms.

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The golden age of television doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon. Need proof? These upcoming TV shows of 2017 show that the quality of television keeps improving. Featuring a variety of genres, including sitcoms, fantasy, and period dramas, this year's lineup of TV series is sure to satisfy everyone from families to comic book fans to just plain TV lovers. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu continuing to produce outstanding content, TV networks are stepping it up with better shows featuring A-list actors and award-winning showrunners.

On this list of the most anticipated TV shows of 2017, you will notice many film actors making the jump to television. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley star in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. In spring 2017, Pierce Brosnan returns to television with AMC's The Son, a western drama series

Upcoming 2017 shows that are expected to top this list include Netflix's and Marvel's Iron Fist, the latest series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the return of David Lynch's cult classic Twin Peaks on Showtime, which features many of the original cast; and Ryan Murphy's latest anthology TV series, Feud, starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

There are lots of great new TV shows premiering this year. But it's up to you to decide which are the most anticipated TV shows of 2017. Take a look at these trailers, and vote your personal picks up to the top of the list.

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Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Action adventure, Drama

Premieres Sept. 24

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

Premiered Apr. 30 - Metacritic score: 77

American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Premiered Apr. 26 - Metacritic score: 92

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Psychological thriller, Drama

Premiered Feb. 8 - Metacritic score: 82

Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more
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K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes

Genres (Tv): Teen Drama, Mystery

Premiered Jan. 26 - Metacritic score: 68

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Premiered Feb. 19 - Metacritic score: 75

Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more
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Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Oona Chaplin

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Premiered Jan. 10 - Metacritic score: 67

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

Premiered Jan. 13 - Metacritic score: 81

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). The Baudelaire ...more
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Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Premiered May 21

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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Marvel's Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham

Genres (Tv): Action/adventure, Martial arts, Mystery fiction, Superhero

Premiered Mar. 17 - Metacritic score: 37

Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 2017) is web television series developed Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial ...more
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Michelle McKenzie added Fran├žois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley

Genres (Tv): Drama, Supernatural

Premiered July 25 - Metacritic score: 50

Midnight, Texas (NBC, 2017) is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Monica Owusu-Breen, based on the book series by Charlaine Harris. On the run from his past, young ...more
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Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

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

Premieres October 2

The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more
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Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Premieres July 21

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more
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Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

Premieres September 10

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more
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Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Premieres August 18

The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more
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Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Premiered Feb. 13 - Metacritic score: 67

Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa ...more
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Snoop Dogg

Premieres October 24

The Joker's Wild (TBS, 2017) is an American television game show, a reboot of the 1970s game show. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the game show features streetwise questions, problem solving, and trivia.
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The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

Premieres September 25

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more
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Marvel's Inhumans Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan

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

Premieres September 29

Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, 2017) is American superhero series based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. After a military coup, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), his wife Medusa (Serinda Swan), ...more
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Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Premiered June 23 - Metacritic score: 81

GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an ...more
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Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Amber Stevens West

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premieres October 1

Ghosted (Fox, 2017) is an American supernatural sitcom created by Tom Gormican. Cynical skeptic Leroy (Craig Robinson) and genius "true believer" in the paranormal Max (Adam Scott) are ...more
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Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Premieres September 25

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series. Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) ...more
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Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

Premieres August 2

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates ...more
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Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller

Premieres October 13

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...more
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Chris Laferte added Jon Bernthal

Genres (Tv): Crime