2016 has been an interesting one for our favourite TV shows. From CW’s The 100 causing quite the stir with the death of Commander Lexa, to Glenn’s death on The Walking Dead — we’ve had one emotional year.
It seemed like nothing would ease our hearts after heartbreaking deaths and character disputes — but nothing quite fills the TV screen sized hole in our hearts quite like a new show!
New characters, new plot lines, new relationships — this year was full of them. While not every new show from this year left an impending mark on us — these 10 shows did with their fantastical stories, relatable characters and all around whirlwind of a first season.
It should come as no surprise that we here at ANDPOP love Timeless. The show follows a historian, a soldier and a scientist as they follow a man whose stolen a time machine and goes into the past to try and change history, which ultimately changes the future they once new. Each episode is set in a different time in history and will give fans of all ages either nostalgia or new knowledge.
Cast: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Sakina Jaffrey, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph
This Is Us
Another show that’s no stranger to ANDPOP readers, without giving away the twist in the pilot, This Is Us follows a husband and wife who have triplets. As the show goes on we see how their lives unfolds in the most sentimental way possible. Packed with relatable characters and palpable chemistry in relationships friendly and romantic, this show is a must watch.
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan
In a world where the wealthy elite pay massive bucks to spend time in Westworld, where they can act without consequence — murder and sex being the common acts — the line between human beings and unsettling life like “hosts” who welcome in buyers is a complicated one. Packed with massive twists and turns, this show deals with artificial intelligence and human nature in a way that will toy with your mind.
Cast: Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Hemsworth
Not that we have to give much description on this hit Netflix series, but if you somehow managed to avoid all the hype around this series…
Set in the 80s Stranger Things follows the story of a young boy goes missing, leaving his mother Joyce Byers and best friends try to find out what happened that night.
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery
Donald Glover can do no wrong and his FX series Atlanta is proof of that. The show follows Alfred aka Paper Boi, an upcoming rapper in Atlanta and his cousin Earn, who becomes his manger. The show is intelligent, unique and entertaining in a way few shows can compete with.
Cast: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz
For all you historical fans, The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II pre-reign and how her life changes once her father dies. The series follows Elizabeth II, her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It’s a historical buffs dream come true wrapped in one well directed and filmed Netflix series.
Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow, Jeremy Northam, Victoria Hamilton, Jared Harris
The Night Manager
This mini BBC/AMC series has been given quite the round of acclaim for good reason. The multi-Emmy nominated show follows a hotel night manager in Cairo, Jonathan, as he gets recruited by an intelligence operative to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard, his girlfriend Jed and associate Corkoran. If you’re looking for a quick series to fall in love with that won’t entail multiple seasons coming afterwards, this show is a must watch.
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman, Alistair Petrie, Hovik Keuchkerian, Michael Nardone
Earpers were relieved to hear this Syfy show was renewed for a second season back in July — and it’s totally understandable. This Western Supernatural show follows Wynonna as she battles demons with her unique abilities to bring them to justice. The show is also based on the comic books of the same name.
Cast: Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley
One of the more recent shows to grace us is Brazil’s 3%. This new Netflix series follows a world where at the age of 20 you can undergo tests to see if you’re part of the elite 3% that will go to the “offshore.” With its diverse cast and it being a much-needed sci-fi thriller, you’ll be thanking Netflix that it brought it to the rest of the world.
Cast: João Miguel, Bianca Comparato, Michel Gomes, Rodolfo Valente, Vaneza Oliveira, Viviane Porto, Sérgio Mamberti, Zezé Motta, Jay Preston, Celso Frateschi
Eyewitness follows two teenagers in a secret relationship whose lives gets flipped upside down when they witness a triple homicide. Keeping a relationship a secret in a small town is hard enough, but now they have to keep themselves alive and away from the killer who is now on the hunt for them. Between the leading couple and the fact its based on a Norwegian show, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping for a season two pickup.
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Tyler Young, James Paxton, Gil Bellows, Warren Christie