We are only five months in and already television addicts have been spoilt rotten this year. So far, we have been blessed with HBO’s Big Little Lies, Marvel’s Legion, Ryan Murphy’s Feud, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and plenty more. Lucky for us, the trend of excellent TV doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon.
Check out our top 8 list of new and upcoming television series, so that you can get stuck into an exciting new title, or, perhaps, rekindle with an old flame.
8 new and upcoming television series you need to see:
1. Twin Peaks – May 21
The show that helped shape primetime television is finally returning to screens.
Twenty-five years later, the series, which served as inspiration for a slew of shows such as Bates Motel, Broadchurch, The Killing, Riverdale, and Wayward Pines, will be revived with its third and final season. With Twin Peaks and the coffee-loving special agent set to return this month, you have t-minus 18 days to re-watch, or perhaps catch up, on the first two seasons.
Watch Twin Peaks season 3, May 21 on Showtime, or May 22 on Stan in Australia.
2. Handmaid’s Tale – Now
Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale is an unsettling adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. The series takes place in Gilead, a totalitarian society formerly known as the United States. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), one of the few remaining fertile women, is forced into sexual servitude in a drastic attempt to repopulate the world.
This terrifying thriller will introduce you to an all-new kind of fear.
Watch Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu now or on SBS Demand in Australia (soon).
3. Fargo season 3 – Now
If you haven’t already gotten yourself hooked on Fargo, it is time to start.
The third season of FX’s Fargo is set around three towns, Minnesota, St. Cloud, Eden Valley and Eden Prairie, and features some stellar performances from Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and David Thewlis.
This season, the American black comedy/crime drama is set in 2010 making it the most contemporary in the franchise. We suggest you check out season one and two if you haven’t already. But with an all-new cast and story, there is no reason not to kickstart you addiction with season 3.
Watch Fargo on FX now.
4. American Gods – Now
Starz’s American Gods brings Neil Gaiman’s fantasy series to life with no shortage of blood.
The show, which has a slight Game of Thrones feel, follows Shadow Moon, an ex-con who is recruited by a mysterious man ‘Wednesday’, shortly after losing his wife. As their journey begins, Shadow encounters a hidden and dangerous America where magic is real.
But a storm is coming – a battle for America – as the New Gods (the Gods of Technology and Media) develop an overruling power, Wednesday attempts to unite the Old Gods to defend their existence and rebuild the influence they’ve lost.
Watch American Gods now on Starz.
5. Genius – Now
Genius is a National Geographic biopic that explores the life of Einstein. The period drama explores how the rebellious and imaginative patent clerk couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate but could unlock some of the universe’s biggest mysteries.
Starring Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn, Genius will introduce you to Einstein like you have never seen him before.
Watch now on National Geographic.
6. Dear White People
Despite the initial backlash, spurring the hashtag #NoNetflix after the series’ trailer was dropped online, Dear White People managed to score itself a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The 10-episode Netflix show, created by Justin Simien, is based on off Simien‘s film released in 2014. The series takes place in a predominantly white Ivy League college where a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.
Watch season one of Dear White People on Netflix now.
7. Anne With an ‘E’ – May 12, 2017
Netflix’s Anne With an ‘E’ reinvents the classic Anne of Green Gables novel. Set in the 1890s, the coming of age story follows an outsider who fights for love, acceptance, and a place in the world.
The series centres around an orphan girl named Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), who, after years of abuse, is mistakenly sent to live with an ageing sister and brother.
The thirteen-year-old transforms the lives of both her guardians and the entire town.
Watch on Netflix on May 12, 2017.
8. The Keepers – 19 May, 2017
Netflix is bringing another crime documentary into the word following the success of the Making a Murderer. The Keepers will explore the unsolved murder of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, who worked as an English and drama teacher at Archbishop Keough High School.
On November 7, 1969, Cesnik disappeared. Her body was discovered on January 3, 1970, near a garbage dump Lansdowne, Maryland. Former students at Archbishop Keough High School believe there was a cover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that the priest at the school, A. Joseph Maskell, was guilty of sexual abuse.
Watch The Keepers 19 May, 2017.