Ah! Another year in the glorious Golden Age of Television. 2017 feels like a fresh start (we’re TOTALLY gonna work out every day and get straight A’s this year). And with a fresh new start, comes a fresh new batch of TV– the TV that will comfort you when you’re stressed AF and need a major study break, the TV that will bring you closer together with your friends as you slightly pee your pants from laughing too hard (hello, Foursome season 2), and the TV that will comfort you when you, in fact, realize you have not worked out once so far this year. The 2017 slate looks promising, filled with some stellar new shows, some sad series finales, and some favorites that are just now hitting their stride. So here it is, everything you need to be watching this year!
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Foursome (December 2016, Youtube Red)
High school can be rough, like really rough–especially when you have a slight fear you’re totally undateable and your older brother is a literal man repellant. Welcome to Andie’s life. Season 2 of Foursome picks up with a new school year and a new and improved hot, confident Andie… or so she thinks. The YouTube Red show is somehow even funnier and more outlandish than the first season and oh so #relatable. The killer cast, including Jenn McAllister and Logan Paul, keeps you *literally* laughing out loud throughout every episode. It’s like a comedy sex ed class complete with your best friends and crush.
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t@gged (2017, go90)
t@gged follows a group of friends who are being targeted by an anonymous source (Monkeyman) through cryptic and violent video messages. A teen drama meets at-the-edge-of-your-seat-thriller, t@gged explores the dangers of social media in a world of anonymity. Season 2 picks up with the girls hoping they have forever said goodbye to Monkeyman only to realize they have unleashed The Zoo, a whole world of dangerous and revengeful enemies hiding behind their screens as different animals. With excellent writing and a killer female-driven cast (Lia Marie Johnson, Lulu Antariksa, Katelyn Nacon), you’ll breeze through the first season in a few days. Catch up on go90 here.
Betch (January 11th, go90)
If you’re not watching Betch, welllll you’re missing out on everything good in life. This sketch comedy show is like SNL with a younger female skew. Oh, and each week they have killer/hilarious guests–Liza Koshi, Jay Versace, Jenn McAllister, just to name a few. We highly suggest checking out Liza Koshi’s Duck Face sketch to get you started (and to save you from the eternal embarrassment of taking an outdated selfie).
Chasing Cameron (December 2016, Netflix)
Chasing Cameron is an honest look at what it’s like to become one of world’s most influential social media stars. The Netflix Original Series follows Cameron as he sets out on his first MAGCON international tour with fellow influencers Taylor Caniff, Aaron Carpenter, Blake Gray, Willie Jones and Trey Schafer. And let’s just say, things get REAL.
Okay, yes. Technically Guidance season 2 has already come to an end, but it’s SO GOOD we couldn’t keep it off the list. If high school dramas are your thing, this steamy season is an absolute must watch. Season 2 kicks of with a gunshot at the school dance, and the rest of the season puts all the pieces together.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (January 13th, Netflix)
Dark, whimsical and a bit twisted, we cannot wait to watch Netflix’s adaptation of one of our favorite childhood book series. The series has eight total episodes, and critics are already raving; Variety boasted, “What’s best of all about ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is how every element of it — from the performances and set pieces to the detailed production design and steady pacing — come together to form a complete, considered vision.”
Shades of Shay (Fullscreen, early 2017)
Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell landed her very own reality show titled Shades of Shay. The show will cover Mitchell’s career transition as PLL comes to an end as well as personal aspects of her life. The show is also promising a behind the scenes look at shooting the final season of Pretty Little Liars. Shades of Shay will be available on Fullscreen’s VOD service (yes, this means you’ll be paying $5.99 a month).
Beyond (January 2nd, Freeform)
If you’re into Syfy and teen drama (we’re looking at you Stranger Things fans!) this one’s for you. When Holden wakes up from a 12-year coma, he soon realizes he has new “unusual” abilities. Once Holden finally acknowledges his new powers, he must come to terms with their sometimes destructive tendencies. Although Beyond will air on Freeform, the first season (all 10 episodes) is available on Hulu.
Victoria (January 15th, PBS)
The costumes! The set design! The accents! We love a good period piece, and Victoria just might be your new favorite. Starring Jenna Coleman, the PBS series follows a young Queen Victoria during her first three years on the throne.
The Magicians (January 25th, Syfy)
Season 1 more than lived up to our expectations of a grown up Harry Potter meets Narnia. Season 2 will continue with our protagonists fighting The Beast, and we can’t wait to watch.
Riverdale (January 26th, The CW)
A super dark version of Gossip Girl? We are SO there. Riverdale is a grittier, more atmospheric adaptation of the Archie Comics. The show stars K.J. Apa as Archie, and let’s just say, we’re very much looking forward to getting to know him (*swoon*).
Powerless (February 2nd, NBC)
Powerless stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a quirky and lovable insurance adjuster who specializes in coverage for “normal people” who may experience damage from crime-fighting superheroes. The first ever DC Comics comedy sounds fresh, fun, and hilarious. Think The Office meets comics…we’re so there.
Girls (February 12th, HBO)
Lena Dunham’s Girls is sadly coming to an end, and this final season is a must watch. Dunham revealed to Nylon magazine that this last installment will “definitely [tackle] some topics that are complicated,” and we can’t wait to see what they are.
Doubt (February 15th, CBS)
Doubt is literally making history here, and you won’t want to miss it. Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) will be the first transgender person to star as a transgender character on network TV. The legal drama follows a successful lawyer at a boutique law firm who finds herself falling in love with her client who may or may not have committed a heinous crime.
Pretty Little Liars (April 17th, Freeform)
Let’s all take a moment of silence for Pretty Little Liars’ last season (*bows head down, closes eyes*) Okay! Now that that’s taken care of, it’s true, PPL will be airing its last ten episodes this Spring. But don’t worry, they have promised to answer ALL of our unresolved, burning questions as we say goodbye.
Famous In Love (April 18th, Freeform)
Calling all Bella Thorne lovers! Our favorite fiery gal plays August, your average college girl who gets her big break in a huge Hollywood film. The series follows August as she navigates Hollywood, her growing fame, and her undeniable connection with her male co-stars. The series is already being likened to Gossip Girl, so it sounds like the perfect weekly girls’ night to us.
And, just one more because obvi….
The Bachelor (January 2nd, ABC)
Us as a contestant on The Bachelor:
Nick: “Will you accept this rose?”
Us: “Um… do you have any pizza?”
Anyway, we digress. No TV watching season would be complete without The Bachelor, and Nick’s season promises some major drama. We’re looking at you, Corinne. To make things more interesting this year, we suggest doing a Bachelor fantasy league with your friends.
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