10 TV Shows You’ll Want to Binge Watch in 2017
The arrival of DVD box sets, DVR units, and now streaming services have revolutionized the way in which viewers consume television. Gone are the days when you were forced to make it home in time for the live airing of your favorite show or be sure to remember to set up the timer on your VCR (yup, remember those?). Instead, what was once experienced piecemeal can now be taken in as quickly as the viewer desires. It’s now common practice to watch an entire season of a series over the course of a weekend, with Netflix original content perhaps the best example of this recent phenomenon.
The year ahead will no doubt only see this trend continue to strengthen and develop, as sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu continue to develop new and exciting series. However, for this list, we’re looking at a variety of new series premiering this year on a combination of traditional networks, cable networks, and streaming services. So let’s take a look at the shows we’ll be talking about in 2017.
1. The Young Pope (HBO, January 15)
This provocative new drama series stars Jude Law as the youngest man to ever be named Pope of the Catholic Church. The show — from creator Paolo Sorrentino — weaves in elements of black comedy among its gifted cast, also including Diane Keaton and James Cromwell.
2. Riverdale (The CW, January 26)
The CW may already have several DC Comics shows on its schedule, but now the network is taking on the characters from Archie comics. Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and even Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats fame) are featured here.
3. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix, February 3)
Drew Barrymore hasn’t often dabbled in television, but this original horror-comedy is proving to be a rare exception. She stars alongside Timothy Olyphant as a real estate agent who becomes a zombie with a hunger for human flesh.
4. Legion (FX, February 8)
Noah Hawley previously created Fargo for FX and transformed Joel and Ethan Coen’s film into a critically acclaimed series. Now, Hawley applies his distinct voice to the X-Men universe. Dan Stevens stars as David Haller, a mentally unstable mutant who may possess impressive powers. Though the series is separate from the films (so far), early buzz is that the show will add an exciting dimension to the source material.
5. Planet Earth II (BBC America, February 18)
The original Planet Earth aired over a decade ago, and now at last another installment of the British nature documentary is heading to the airwaves. David Attenborough returns to narrate these six new episodes, with composer Hans Zimmer providing the music.
6. Big Little Lies (HBO, February 19)
The popular Liane Moriarty novel gets the miniseries treatment here, with a star-studded cast led by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Written and created by David E. Kelley, all seven episodes of the show are directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
7. Feud (FX, March 5)
Ryan Murphy is already the man behind hit anthology series American Horror Story and American Crime Story. Now he introduced a third show to that list with this drama. The first season will center on the rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).
8. Iron Fist (Netflix, March 17)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues building toward this fall’s superhero team-up, The Defenders, with this fourth introduction of one of its street-level Netflix heroes. Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) stars as Danny Rand, who develops mystical powers and becomes the titular hero.
9. Twin Peaks (Showtime, May 21)
After more than 25 years, this Mark Frost and David Lynch series is returning with much of the original cast back onboard. Story details are (of course) remaining a mystery, but we can’t wait to see if this revival can match the hype surrounding its return and maintain the high standard set by the original series.
10. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, TBD)
While we know a lot about this CBS All Access series — which marks the return of the franchise to the small-screen — we still aren’t sure when it will debut. Rest assured, we’ll be not-so-patiently awaiting what co-creators Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman have in store for its devoted fanbase.
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