2016 brought major moments to the small screen, leaving us with a slew of new favorite TV shows, like the campy Stranger Things and the futuristic western Westworld. Then, of course, there was The Crown, People Vs. O.J., and even that killer sixth season of Game of Thrones. How can last year’s lineup be topped?
Well, the 2017 slate might just bump 2016 off its throne, with a mix of new and returning programs that will fill up our DVRs and streaming queues in the months to come. Kicking off in January are several newbies worth a tune-in, like the 1837-set Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman as the newly crowned Queen Victoria (which should tide us over until The Crown's unscheduled return). Then, the final seasons of Girls and Pretty Little Liars will certainly test our emotions this year—not to mention the shortened season of GoT, too.
Check out our most anticipated TV premieres of 2017 below.
1. Emerald City
Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore! NBC is taking on the Land of Oz with this modern retelling of the classic story. Gorgeous newcomer Adria Arjona will take on the role of Dorothy. (Jan. 6, 9 p.m. ET on NBC)
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"The Young Pope is fantastic. I met Pope Francis once with my husband, and he's a very intense person. The show is so transgressive and original and incredibly creative."
We got our first dose of royalty with The Crown and now we’re diving back into monarchy life with a young Queen Victoria just after she is crowned in 1837. (Jan. 15, 9 p.m. ET on PBS)
Based on the iconic Archie comic, this modern spin takes a look at the darkness brewing under the surface of the seemingly perfect town of Riverdale. (Jan. 26, 9 p.m. ET on CW)
5. Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix’s newest original series stars Drew Barrymore alongside Timothy Olyphant as husband and wife realtors in a Southern California town, whose lives unexpectedly turn upside down. (Feb. 3, all episodes available on Netflix)
6. 24: Legacy
Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer may not be in this 24 spinoff, but we’re looking forward to seeing Eric Carter (played by newcomer Corey Hawkins) race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack from happening on U.S. soil. (Feb. 5, after the Superbowl on FOX)
It’s our favorite foursome’s final season and we can’t wait to see all the awkward shenanigans they get into one last time. Most importantly, will Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) finally make up? Will Marnie (Allison Williams) figure herself out? Can Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) please go back to Japan? She totally belongs there, right?! (Feb. 12, 10 p.m. ET on HBO)
8. Big Little Lies
Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, this dark comedic drama tells the story of three mothers of first graders whose lives begin to unravel to the point of murder. The show stars a roster of A-listers, like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgard. (Feb. 19, 9 p.m. ET on HBO)
9. Pretty Little Liars
It’s the final season for Liars and we hope to find out once and for all who "A" really is. We’re expecting loads of drama … and hopefully some answers. (Apr. 18, 8 p.m. ET on Freeform)
10. The Handmaid's Tale
Based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name, this new series stars Elisabeth Moss (bye, Peggy Olson) as handmaid named Offred who, like all other women in the Republic of Gilead, is a concubine for the ruling class. She’s forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate the destitute world that she lives in. (Apr. 26, midnight on Hulu)
11. Making History
We’ve been patiently waiting for Leighton Meester to return to the small screen (we miss you, Gossip Girl) and she’s finally back in this new time-traveling comedy. Adam Pally plays a computer science professor who travels back to the 1700s and falls in love with a colonial woman played by Meester. (Spring 2017 on FOX)
12. American Gods
This epic fantasy series imagines a world where all gods are not in heaven, but actually down on Earth with us. A battle between the old gods and the new (technology, media, money) ensues. (2017 on Starz)
13. Master of None
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s hilarious and heartwarming comedy returns for a second season this year. They’re heading to Italy, so expect lots of pasta and even more scenes with Ansari’s adorable parents. (2017, all episodes on Netflix)
14. Game of Thrones
This season of the HBO series only has seven episodes and will air later in the year — how dare you, GoT! But, rumors are swirling that this shorter season will pack one hell of a punch, with just as much drama (if not more) than the previous 10-episode seasons. Give us more Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons! (2017 on HBO)
15. Stranger Things
While little has been announced about Season 2 of Stranger Things, we do know that all the kids are back for round two. That means Eleven, Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, Nancy, Steve and Jonathan will all return (no word on Barb yet!). (2017, all episodes on Netflix)