Yesterday, we posted our Winter 2016/2017 American Television Preview, looking at the months of December, Janaury, and February. Today, for our weekly Top 10 Tuesday feature, we have decided to rank our top 10 picks from the Winter season. As usual, these are our personal picks, if you disagree with our choices, post yours in the comments. This list is also based on shows that we already know the release windows of. As time goes on we will update our Winter preview, but we will not update this top 10 list.
As fans of his work in general, but more importantly his role in Peaky Blinders, we are excited to see this new series starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), as a man who returns to Britain from Africa in order to seek revenge for his murdered father. Tom Hardy? Check. Revenge? Check. Taboo is shaping up nicely.
We quite liked the first season of Colony, largely for its depiction of a brutal occupation with a genre twist. The events that ended season 1 look to be paying off with season 2, as we start to get answers about this force that oppresses Earth in the series. Carlton Cuse (LOST) is the man behind the series, so we expect every answer to come with 10 more questions. We are okay with that, as we are along for the ride. That being said, hopefully we will finally get a clear shot of those alien hosts in season 2.
08. Man Seeking Woman
Man Seeking Woman is not only a piece of much needed levity in the dreary Winter season, but 1 with a surreal edge that we fell deeply in love with. Taking universal anxieties about dating and turning them into literal monsters, robots, aliens, and time traveling hi-jinks, Man Seeking Woman is a hilarious and surreal comedy that we cannot wait to revisit.
07. Shut Eye
We have been waiting a fair bit to see what Burn Notice‘s star Jeffrey Donovan would do to follow up his fun spy series. Now we know. Donovan is starring in Shut Eye, a comedic drama about a store front Psychic who acquires real psychic abilities after being assaulted by the Gypsy family who controls the psychic game in town. Store front Psychics, Gypsy organized crime, and Michael Westen himself in his next series role have made us excited for Hulu’s new series.
With only 3 episodes per season, and years of nothing between these too short seasons, Sherlock is an event series that fans have to patiently bide their time for. With the recent surges in the careers of its stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (Fargo), Sherlock fans have been put on the back burner for long enough. Thankfully, the 4th season of the detective series is coming on New Years day. Another 3 episodes of Sherlock will be fun, for sure, but the possibility that these might be the last episodes of the series makes our anticipation bitter sweet.
05. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
previously adapted as a movie, with mixed reviews, starring Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective). The Lemony Snicket series of books is finally being done right, as a Netflix original series. This time, the sadly orphaned Baudelaire siblings are being terrorized by Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) as Count Olaf, their geographically closest living relative who wants to steal their inheritance. The intelligent, but decidedly unlucky, Baudelaire children must now escape Olaf’s evil clutches, while learning about a secret society with deep ties to their family.
One of the best new series of last year, Humans told a story about sentient robots, called synths, on the run from the horrors of humanity. Hunted as programmed anomalies that must be wiped clean, this family of synths, discover a potential means of gifting sentient thought to other synths, an act that could disrupt a society dependent on synths for labor, amusement, and perversion. The first season explored the connections between synths and their owners, while developing the larger narrative. Season 2 seems to be more about the awakening of other sentient robots. Humans will be a welcome return to our TV schedule.
03. The 100
The 100 has had 3 spectacular seasons so far, and we look forward to what will come in their 4th. Season 3 dealt with the artificial intelligence, A.L.I.E., who wished to upload the consciousness of as many humans as possible to the orbiting space station our protagonists descended from. Following the events that ended season 3, Clarke must find a way to protect her people from the nuclear fallout of reactors around the world melting down after being abandoned for nearly 100 years, threatening to make the planet inhospitable once more. Skaikru just can’t catch a break.
02. The Expanse
The Expanse is, in many ways, SyFy’s return to form. A series that is more reminiscent of Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, than The Asylum’s Sharknado. The series about a brewing war between 3 groups of humans divided by space travel, proved to be a critical hit with its first season. Season 2 promises further great developments, as the crew of the Rocinante, now joined by Belter Detective Josephus “Joe” Aloisus Miller, try to survive the machinations of powerful people. Powerful people on all sides of a brewing war between Earth, Mars, and the often mistreated Belters, who mine the Asteroid belts.
01. The Magicians
Our top pick? Why The Magicians of course. After last year’s absolutely stunning season finale, we are eager to return to Fillory and see what our reluctant heroes must endure in order to find a way back to Earth. That isn’t all, however, as they must find a means of defeating the seemingly omnipotent Beast. Meanwhile, Julia has betrayed them, in order to use The Beast as a means of securing revenge on the god who ripped her world apart. Revenge and survival seem to be the larger themes at play for the second season of this more adult take on magical schools and fantasy realms. We cannot wait.
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