The 10 Best TV Shows Returning in 2017
While 2017 will be bringing us a cadre of exciting television debuts, there are also plenty of returning commodities to balance out the influx of new shows. The roster of series coming back for additional seasons is packed with compelling stories. There’s a good reason each respective network green-lit the shows on this list for another run of episodes: the best stories are the ones worth telling in multiple chapters. Thankfully, that’s exactly what we’re getting this year with these 10 TV shows.
1. The Magicians, SyFy (January 25)
SyFy has gradually (and sneakily) made the transition from “that network that makes the Sharknado movies” into a full-fledged player in the world of compelling television. The Magicians was part of that transformation last year, giving us a violent, brutal alternative to the world of Harry Potter.
Based on Lev Grossman’s novels of the same name, the series follows the students of Brakebills University, the foremost institution for magical education in the world. Season 2 kicks off in late-January, with the entire first season available to binge on Netflix now.
2. Rick and Morty, Adult Swim (early 2017)
Rick and Morty burst onto the scene two years ago as a breakout hit from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. The only downside is that in order to produce the best possible product, the show has operated on a bit of an inconsistent schedule. We still don’t know when the long-promised third season will arrive, but all signs seem to point toward sometime in the next couple months. For now, we know they’re entering the final stages of animation; it’s merely a question of when we’ll finally get some concrete information on the premiere.
3. The 100, The CW (February 1)
The 100 started off as a run-of-the-mill teen apocalypse drama, a la The Hunger Games. In the years since its debut though, it’s become one of the best shows on television, period. Its three seasons have shown us a world where survival is the only goal, while leaving viewers to wonder just how far they’d go to stay alive. If you haven’t gotten on board yet, we highly recommend catching up before the February 1 premiere, with all the current episodes of the series available to stream now on Netflix.
4. The Expanse, SyFy (February 1)
Remember that striking transformation for the SyFy network we were talking about earlier? The Magicians wasn’t the only catalyst for that back in 2016. The Expanse was equally (if not more) responsible for it, entering the fray as a dense, hard science fiction story set in the outer reaches of our solar system. Many liken the groundbreaking series to Game of Thrones, and it’s hard to disagree with them in that assessment. Season 2 arrives first-thing this February, so be sure you’re all caught up, lest you fall behind on one of TV’s most intriguing fledgling series.
5. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO (February 12)
Over the last three seasons of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver has become one of the foremost sources of intelligent and informative investigative journalism in the entertainment sector. Beyond that, he’s become a voice our political scene simply can’t function without, making Last Week Tonight‘s February premiere a welcome return. Plus, Donald Trump will have been in office for almost a month, so there certainly won’t be any shortage of talking points.
6. Master of None, Netflix (April 2017)
There aren’t many people that could have guessed that the man who played Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation would go on to be TV’s smartest social scientist. Master of None‘s first season on Netflix took us on a journey of self-reflection, revealing the highs and lows of the millennial generation. From an episode dealing with the way we see our parents, to a striking depiction of sexism in America, Master of None was downright brilliant. Next up for the series will be Season 2, arriving this April.
7. Better Call Saul, AMC (April 10)
It’s tough to blame anyone for being a little skeptical in the lead-up to Better Call Saul‘s debut season. Breaking Bad was always going to be a tough act to follow, and a spinoff series starring Bob Odenkirk had all the trappings of a network trying to capitalize on a popular series. What we got instead was an incredibly realized story of a character no one could have predicted would be so god damn interesting.
AMC has yet to provide us with an exact date for the Season 3 premiere, but a recent teaser (above) featuring a certain terrifying meth kingpin seems to indicate that things are about to get even better.
8. Doctor Who, BBC America (April 15)
The coming season of Doctor Who will be monumental for a couple reasons. First, it features the Doctor’s first new companion since Clara Oswin showed up at the end of the Matt Smith era. Second, it’ll be showrunner Steven Moffat’s final season, before handing the reins over to Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall. Moffat has also promised something huge to close out his tenure, so keep an eye out when Doctor Who picks up this spring.
9. Game of Thrones, HBO (July 16)
Of all the shows on this list, none are generating as much discussion as Game of Thrones. The HBO series is one of the most-watched series on TV, and after a stellar sixth season, fans are buzzing about what’s to come. We’ll unfortunately have to wait until summer for some answers, although if you believe one Redditor, we may already know what happens. Regardless, it’s going to be a long year waiting for Season 7.
10. Stranger Things, Netflix (October 31)
Stranger Things became a breakout hit the second its full first season arrived on Netflix last year. That being so, there are still plenty of questions left to answer for the Duffer brothers’ series.We’ll have to wait until Halloween for those answers, but it’s at least exciting to get our first taste of new footage, having aired a teaser during the Super Bowl.
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