If there’s been one bright spot in this trash volcano of a year, it’s been all of the amazing things happening in the world of film and television. I love, love, love TV and all the good it’s done this past year. We’re getting more representation than ever, people are speaking up against unfair practices, and there’s tons and tons of content to binge watch to your heart’s content. Some people are calling it the new golden age of television, although that’s not for us to say… but it can certainly feel that way. So, obviously 2017 is going to be stacked with new, awesome TV shows, right? Whether it’s a major network or on a streaming channel, TV has got your back through good times and bad. And since we’re in for another bumpy ride in 2017, it’s best to stack your TV schedules accordingly just to keep your sanity.
From what I saw in previewing these new shows, it seems that television is into taking something you know, turning it on it’s head, and showing you the dark underbelly… like it’s doing with your childhood faves like The Wizard Of Oz and Archie comics. Of course, there’s some good old fashioned light hearted comedies in there, but there are also shows with classic dirty cable humor to keep it real, and things that are so super secret that I couldn’t even tell you major plot points if I wanted to (and I want to). Personally, new TV is what I look forward to most out of every year and since 2017 is basically here already, consider this your pregame for the main event. And honestly, the main event is just the gift that keeps on giving. These are nine new and awesome TV shows you should definitely watch in 2017.
The MickAnyone who watches It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia has probably raged in quiet because Kaitlin Olson (AKA Dee on the show) isn't a bigger deal as an actress. Well, now she has her own show! Olson plays the loud, crass Aunt Mickey to her spoiled niece and nephew who live in Connecticut, where she's recently relocated to raise them on her own after her sister flees the country to escape from the law. This looks hilarious. The cast is killer and I could honestly watch Kaitlin Olson do anything. If you aren't up on her brilliance, now is a good time to start.Watch The Mick on FX starting January 1st
Emerald CityThe Wizard Of Oz got dark and dramatic, you guys. Dorothy still goes to Oz, except now there's no magic in the Emerald City - there's a rebellion starting, and we're all dealing with very real life and death stakes. Honestly, I had no clue what to make of it the first time I watched the trailer, and then the second thought I had was, "What a great idea, I can't wait." I don't think Dorothy's going back to Kansas, I think she's going to stay and fix whatever's gone wrong.Watch Emerald City starting January 6th on NBC
One Day At A TimeYour parents probably loved this show growing up in the '70s. Well, good news for you and them, it's back, remake style. It's been remade for today with the original creator, so it still has the original show's heart. It centers around a single mom/veteran living in Los Angeles with her children and her mother. It sounds like a basic family studio comedy, and you know what, it is. But what makes it shine is the comedy mixed with the sincerity and how much these characters truly love each other.Watch One Day At A Time on Netflix starting January 6th
A Series Of Unfortunate EventsFor those of you who love this movie or the books: we have Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, oh my god. For the rest of you who don't know: three freshly orphaned children get an eccentric, seemingly cruel caretaker and uncover family secrets along the way. Magical realism of course has to happen or it wouldn't be Lemony Snicket. This somehow looks dark and family friendly at the same time and I'm into everything that's happening in the trailer. Whether you were already fans or this looks newly exciting, I think we're all in for a treat.Watch A Series Of Unfortunate Events on Netflix Starting January 13th
RiverdaleArchie comics got a teen drama twist and now it's on the CW. That's the long and the short of it. So, that goody-goody comic you used to read now has dead bodies, giant bags of cash, darkness, corruption, and a toooon of attractive people in this cast. The trailer was giving me some Pretty Little Liars vibes in that it all centers around one friend's murder. This doesn't look like the comics we're all used to. It looks different and fresh and I'm here for it.Watch Riverdale on the CW on January 26th
Santa Clarita DietI can't release spoilers for this show, even though I want to. All I can say is that it centers around Drew Barrymore's character and her husband, two ordinary realtors living in the suburbs of Los Angeles, until she goes through a dramatic change, spiraling their idyllic lives towards mayhem and death... but in a funny, okay way. I really can't say anything else other than that I'm completely excited and you should be, too. Watch Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix starting February 3rd
LegionDavid Haller has been told he was sick his whole life. Turns out, his multiple personalities key into different super powers and the government is trying to manipulate these people with special powers and the ones they can't control, they kill. Oh, and Aubrey Plaza's in it, too, Parks And Rec fans! The trailer looks like a wild ride and since this came from Marvel and FX, I expect nothing less. This looks like equal amounts psychological thriller and superhero series with awesome characters.Watch Legion on FX on February 8th
Room 104The exact plot of this is so secret there aren't even pictures yet released from this show. The Duplass brothers created this anthology comedy for HBO centering around an average American hotel and the people who specifically pass through room 104. And that's all we got. Seriously. They're keeping this one way under wraps, but these guys always bring it and most of my favorite shows are HBO, so I guess we just have to trust? Who knows. I'll definitely tune in, though.Watch Room 104 on HBO in 2017
Dear White PeopleIf you've seen and loved the movie, get hyped for the series coming to Netflix, you guys. It holds the same premise: at an Ivy-league college that's mostly white, a group of mostly black students encounter discrimination of all kinds and in the meantime deliver some the best dialogue I've ever heard - but that's just the movie. I'm so excited to see what they do with a series and where they take it.Watch Dear White People on Netflix starting in 2017
Which shows are you excited to see? Let us know in the comments!
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