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The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017

Updated October 14, 2020 15.6k votes 1.7k voters 14.7k views54 items

List RulesOnly 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
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

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

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

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    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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    Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Gypsy

    Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

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    Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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    The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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    The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

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    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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    American Gods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

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    The Orville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Science fiction

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

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    The Brave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Brave

    Mike Vogel, Anne Heche

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

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  • 12
    GLOW is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    GLOW

    Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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    Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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    The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Gifted

    Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker

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

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

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    A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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    The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Defenders

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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    Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Midnight, Texas

    François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Supernatural

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

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    SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    SEAL Team

    David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

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    SWAT is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    SWAT

    Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%

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    13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-Drama, Period drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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    Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Young Sheldon

    Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

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    Taboo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

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    Legion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2017
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    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

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

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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