It’s a new year which means new television for audiences to enjoy. And with the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading across the world, there’s no better time to settle down on the couch in front of the TV and discover your new favorite series. To help you with that, we’ve come up with a list of 10 exciting new shows airing this year.
What: After crash-landing on Earth, an alien takes on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor and wrestles with the moral dilemma of his secret mission.
When: January 27th
Why: Alun Tudyk playing an alien solving murders in a small town – need I say more? One of the best trailers we’ve seen this year – this show seems to have the perfect balance of comedy, sci-fi, and mystery. Also, it’s based on a Dark Horse comic so you just know it’s going to be great.
What: Chronicles the life of Robyn McCall, a woman with a mysterious background and single mother to teenage daughter Delilah, who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.
When: February 7th
Why: At the moment, the television market seems to be over-saturated with reboots so when this was announced people were skeptical. However, Queen Latifiah is a great casting choice in the lead and more than capable of carrying the show, and it looks as if she’ll bring something different to the role. And fortunately the trailer is very promising – full of the fights scenes, weapons and explosions you would expect from The Equalizer.
What: Set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, the series focuses on Clarice Starling as she returns to the field.
When: February 11th
Why: Hannibal had his own show, now it’s Clarice’s turn. The Silence of the Lambs showed that Clarice Starling is a complex character that audiences love so it’ll be interesting to see how the series peels back even more of her layers. From the trailer, Rebecca Breeds looks like she’s going to do a fantastic job and she’s already got Jodie Foster’s voice and mannerisms down. Plus, while there’s a lot of Hannibal references the promo seems to show that this series can stand on its own so it will be for old and new fans alike.
What: Follows the life of wrestling star and actor Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock.
When: February 19th
Why: Who doesn’t love The Rock? Johnson is heavily involved with this which will bring the level of accuracy and authenticity this needs. From the promo, it looks like a lot of fun and the exact show necessary to brighten up 2021.
Superman & Lois
What: Clark Kent / Superman and Lois Lane deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.
When: February 23rd
Where: The CW
Why: The original power couple, it never gets old following the adventures of Superman and Lois. The CW consistently delivers good superhero shows and judging from the short promo released, this one looks to be no different. Added bonus, according to reports, David Ramsey will guest star as his Arrow character Diggle as well as directing an episode.
The Falcon & The Winter Soldier
What: Falcon and the Winter Soldier team up as they battle the anarchist group the Flag-Smashers in an adventure that takes them across the world and puts their abilities to the test.
When: March 19th
Why: Falcon and Winter Solider. Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait. Jokes aside, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s chemistry was one of the fan’s favorite things in the MCU so putting them together for a TV show seems like a smart move. The trailer looks great with lots of action and stunts that audiences will love. And with 2020 seriously lacking in Marvel films, this series looks like it will more than make up for it.
What: Mark Grayson, the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet, begins to develop powers of his own after his 17thbirthday and enters into his father’s tutelage.
When: March 26th
Where: Amazon Prime
Why: The voice cast has a ridiculously high amount of talent and fan favorites in it. The list includes Mark Hamill, Sonequa Martin-Green, Seth Rogen, Sandra Oh, and Mahershala Ali, to name but a a few. Leading the pack is J.K. Simmons and Steven Yeun as the father-son duo. To make things even better the show is based on a comic book by Robert Kirkman who always delivers incredible characters and stories without fail.
Shadow and Bone
What: In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country.
Why: It’s based on the book trilogy by Leigh Bardugo which means it already has a rich world and fleshed out characters as a foundation. Netflix aren’t giving too much away with this one, a trailer is yet to be released, but they tend to excel in the fantasy genre so hopefully this series will be no different.
What: Two agents from two different continents, and two different mindsets, must work together as a team when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind.
Why: The concept itself was intriguing enough to get us interested. The trailer only served to amp up the excitement. It looks like a classic sci-fi/supernatural mystery that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Also, the show was created by J.H. Wyman who was an executive producer/writer on Fringe so we’re in good hands.
What: The thousand-year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
Where: Apple TV+
Why: It looks like Apple blew their entire budget to make this. The sets, the cinematography, the effects and the costumes were all highly impressive, and that was just from the promo. The entire thing just felt epic. Plus, anything based on Isaac Asimov’s works is going to be thought-provoking and entertaining.