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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017 

Molly Gander
Updated November 5, 2019 9.1k votes 2.1k voters 127.2k 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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CBS, CBS All Access

Actors: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh

Number of Seasons: 2

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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Actors: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, + more

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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Actors: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

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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Actors: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, + more

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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The CW

Actors: K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, + more

Number of Seasons: 4

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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Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, + more

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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Actors: Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce

Number of Episodes: 8

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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Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, + more

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

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 Showtime

Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

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 Netflix

Actors: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, + more

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 NBC

Actors: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, + more

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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Actors: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, + more

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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Actors: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, + more

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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Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, + more

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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Actors: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Eka Darville, + more

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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Actors: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira, Skyler Gisondo, Liv Hewson

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Premiered Feb. 13 - Metacritic score: 67

Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more
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Actors: 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 ABC

Actors: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, + more

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 ABC

Actors: Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, + more

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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Actors: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Britney Young, Sydelle Noel, + more

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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Actors: Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Amber Stevens West, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar

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 CBS

Actors: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, + more

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Premieres September 25

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro. The series is a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series, following the ...more
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Actors: Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott, Abby Miller, Dohn Norwood

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

Premieres August 2

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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Actors: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Genres (Tv): Drama

Premieres October 13

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more
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Actors: Jon Bernthal

Genres (Tv): Crime