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The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017 

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List Rules Only brand new TV shows and online series that premiered between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

This list contains information about the best new shows of 2017, ranked from best to worst by user votes. 2017 was an amazing year for new television series. Suspenseful crime shows, hilarious comedies, and dramatic miniseries all kept fans entertained from January 1 – December 31, 2017. Whether you prefer Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, or network television, the new 2017 TV shows were top tier.

What shows will you find on this best new shows of 2017 list? Twin Peaks: The Return has to be near the top. David Lynch and Mark Frost recruited the original cast of Twin Peaks to join them over 25 years after its conclusion for a 2017 limited run on Showtime. Disturbing and dramatic, Twin Peaks: The Return kept viewers engaged from beginning to end. The Orville was another good 2017 premiere.

The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, won eight Emmy Awards for its debut season in 2017. Other great new tv shows of 2017 include Riverdale, Ozark, and The Deuce.

What are the best new 2017 series? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and please add any good shows we may have missed.

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Genres (Tv): Action, Superhero, Crime drama, Conspiracy thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

Gypsy (Netflix, 2017) is an American psychological thriller web television series created by Lisa Rubin. A NYC clinical psychologist (Naomi Watts) oversteps personal and professional boundaries ...more
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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

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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The Brave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Mike Vogel, Anne Heche, Demetrius Grosse

Genres (Tv): Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) is Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency working with ...more
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GLOW is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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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A Series of Unfortunate ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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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Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley

Genres (Tv): Drama, Supernatural

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

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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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré

Genres (Tv): Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more
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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell

Genres (Tv): Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to ...more
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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
princ3ss.13 added Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. A 1960s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she has a ...more
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

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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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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