Sci-fi, fantasy and geektastic TV shows for 2017

From "Star Trek: Discovery" to "Twin Peaks" to "The Handmaid's Tale", these are the new and rebooted shows blowing up your TV screens in 2017.

Richard Trenholm
1 of 59 Jan Thijs/CBS Interactive

'Star Trek: Discovery'

These are the big sci-fi, fantasy and geek-friendly TV shows lighting up your screen in 2017. Click through to see the year's biggest hits and the shows still to come.

Boldly going on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix around the world, "Star Trek: Discovery" sees Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green board a new starship shortly before the events of the original series of "Star Trek". (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

2 of 59 Marvel/Hulu


In "Marvel's Runaways", a teen drama with a superpowered twist, six unusual kids unite against a common foe: their parents. The series premieres on Hulu in November.

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This Marvel TV show isn't on TV to start: The first two episodes of "Inhumans" were specially filmed for giant Imax theatres for a 1 September debut before appearing on ABC on 29 September.

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Craig Robinson and Adam Scott are normal folks with paranormal problems in Fox sitcom "Ghosted", creeping on air from 1 October.

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'The Orville'

Seth MacFarlane spoofs Star Trek in this Fox comedy from 10 September. 

6 of 59 Hulu

'Future Man'

"Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson plays a janitor recruited to save the human race in this Hulu original show. Seth Rogen is one of the producers.

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On 13 October, Netflix goes inside the minds of terrifying killers in "Mindhunter", based on the true-life story that inspired books and films like "Silence of the Lambs". The show is produced by Charlize Theron and David Fincher

8 of 59 Erica Parise/Amazon

'Jean Claude Van Johnson'

Amazon's series sees the muscles from Brussels' Jean-Claude Van Damme playing himself -- only the famous action star has a secret. He's really a spy! Check out the pilot on Amazon before the full series arrives.

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Inspired by the 1970s TV series and 2003 feature film, the "SWAT" team takes up arms in this CBS reboot on 2 November.

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"Person of Interest" star Sarah Shahi heads into virtual reality in this high-tech NBC thriller.

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling secretly wrote the Cormoran Strike detective stories under the name Robert Galbraith. A new BBC adaptation looks to re-create the magic.

12 of 59 Bloomsbury

'Queen of Shadows'

Hulu plays its own game of thrones with "Queen of Shadows", a forthcoming adaptation of the best-selling "Throne of Glass" series of fantasy novels by Sarah J. Maas.

13 of 59 Emanuela Scarpa/Netflix

'Suburra: The Series'

"SuburraThe Series" is a Netflix crime thriller set in Rome, blurring the lines between church, state and organized crime. It's a prequel to the novel and film of the same name and spans 20 turbulent days in Italian history, streaming on 6 October.

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Netflix goes "Dark" with this German supernatural drama exploring the double lives and fractured relationships among four families.

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'Wisdom of the Crowd'

Jeremy Piven plays a visionary Silicon Valley tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder in "Wisdom of the Crowd". It's on CBS from 1 October.

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
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'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams'

An anthology of surreal short stories based on the work of legendary author Philip K Dick and featuring an all-star cast, "Electric Dreams" will be shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and Amazon Video elsewhere. 

17 of 59 Fox

'The Gifted'

The X-Men movie universe spills over into TV in "The Gifted", following a family on the run when they discover the kids have mutant powers.

18 of 59 Channel 4

'Lego Masters'

Teams of all ages compete to show off their master builder skills in this Channel 4 contest. Guest judges include Richard Osman, Bill Bailey and Dara O'Briain.

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'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World'

Jason Ritter is a regular guy who must change his ways if the world is to survive in ABC drama "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" on 3 October.

20 of 59 Sonja Flemming

'Young Sheldon'

Meet Sheldon Cooper, resident genius/pain in the ass from "The Big Bang Theory", at the age of 9. Find out what life was like for "Young Sheldon" in this CBS spin-off from 25 September. 

21 of 59 Elizabeth Fischer/ABC

'Alex Inc'

Based on the popular podcast StartUp, "Alex Inc" sees "Scrubs" star Zach Braff playing a radio journalist who takes a chance and founds his own company. "Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli helps out in this ABC comedy.

22 of 59 Skip Bolen

'SEAL Team'

Former "Buffy" and "Angel" star David Boreanaz seals the deal as part of an elite fighting force in CBS drama "SEAL Team".

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"Marvel's Iron Fist"

The fourth Marvel comics hero got his own Netflix show in "Iron Fist", starring Finn Jones from "Game of Thrones" as a martial arts expert cleaning up New York.

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Netflix gets high on its own supply from 25 August in "Disjointed", starring Kathy Bates as the owner of a cannabis dispensary.

25 of 59 Amazon

'The Tick'

With superheroes dominating the big and small screens, there's never been a better time for the return of big blue bumbler the Tick on Amazon on 25 August. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz and you can check out the pilot episode early. 

'She's Gotta Have It'
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'She's Gotta Have It'

Spike Lee updates his 1986 debut film "She's Gotta Have It" into a 10-part modern-day Netflix series.

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'Kiss Me First'

Tallulah Haddon, enigmatic breakout star of "Taboo" and indie movie "Spaceship", takes the leas in this E4 and Netflix co-production based on the novel by Lottie Moggach. "Kiss Me First" weaves the tale of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. 

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"Watership Down"

John Boyega lends his voice to an animated version of Richard Adams' classic children's book "Watership Down", which follows a group of rabbits on a perilous journey. Let's hope this new take from the BBC and Netflix won't traumatise an entire generation like the 1978 version did.

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"Hard Sun"

Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn are hard-boiled cops in a pre-apocalyptic drama -- it's set in a world that's about to end. "Luther" creator Neil Cross is behind this intriguing BBC drama.

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'The Punisher'

Jon Bernthal dons the skull T-shirt for Netflix after his version of the violent Marvel comics character proved popular in "Daredevil".

31 of 59 Sarah Shatz/Netflix

'The Defenders'

The Marvel superheroes of Netflix join forces. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist form an all-star team in the eight-episode miniseries "The Defenders", streaming now. Charlie CoxKrysten RitterMike Colter and Finn Jones are joined by Sigourney Weaver.

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'American Gods'

An ex-con befriends the Norse god Odin in a clash between deities old and new in this hit show on Amazon. "Hannibal" mastermind Bryan Fuller expanded the story beyond Neil Gaiman's novel to give Starz and Amazon one of the year's most talked-about shows.

33 of 59 Tommaso Boddi

'Anansi Boys'

Following the success of "American Gods", Neil Gaiman's spin-off novel updating African mythology is set to be adapted by the BBC.

34 of 59 ABC

'Twin Peaks'

Many of David Lynch's crazy characters graced our TV screens again in a return to the 1990s series "Twin Peaks", and even decades later we still don't know what's going on.

35 of 59 Hulu

'The Handmaid’s Tale'

Streaming site Hulu scored possibly the most talked-about show of the year with its adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale". Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men" and "Top of the Lake" plays the lead in a story of women subjugated in a totalitarian state.

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Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk star in NBC's superpowered sitcom based on DC comics. It's about a branch of millionaire/vigilante Bruce Wayne's company dealing with the aftermath of damage caused by superheroes.

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'Emerald City'

"Emerald City" is a gritty, grown-up return to Oz visualised by director Tarsem Singh, starring Florence Kasumba (pictured) as the wicked witch of the East and Vincent D'Onofrio as the wonderful wizard.

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Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza star in this stylish, mind-bending FX show about Marvel comics character Legion. It's created by Noah Hawley, who brilliantly adapted "Fargo" for TV. A second series has been confirmed.

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Tom Hardy creates and stars in this heavyweight historical drama on the BBC and FX.

40 of 59 NBC

'The Blacklist: Redemption'

Famke Janssen is top of the list in this spin-off from crime drama "The Blacklist". Ryan Eggold brings his character Tom Keen from the main show.

41 of 59 Fox

'24: Legacy'

"Walking Dead" star Corey Hawkins has a bad day in the reboot of Fox's clock-watching action show "24", which debuted with the 2017 Super Bowl.

42 of 59 Amazon

'Z: The Beginning of Everything'

Christina Ricci plays real-life heroine Zelda Fitzgerald in "Z: The Beginning of Everything" on Amazon.

43 of 59 The CW


After a successful update on the comics page, Archie Andrews appears in live action form on the CW with his chums Betty, Veronica and Jughead.

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'The Worst Witch'

A new version of the beloved magical tale, with "Game of Thrones" star Bella Ramsey as schoolgirl witch Mildred Hubble.

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Gor blimey guvnor! Sony's Crackle streaming service resurrected Guy Ritchie's London-based 2001 crime movie "Snatch" (pictured) for this cockney carve-up starring diamond geezers Rupert Grint, Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick.

46 of 59 Joe Lederer/Netflix

'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton and Joan Cusack star in Netflix's adaptation of the deliciously twisted Lemony Snicket books.

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Hulu and ITV produce "Harlots", a tale of rivalry in the world of 18th-century brothels. Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay (pictured) star.

48 of 59 Paramount Pictures

'Zoolander: Super Model'

Crackle continues the adventures of the world's most really, really, ridiculously good-looking model, Derek Zoolander. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson lend their voices to this animated show.

49 of 59 Disney

'Big Hero 6: The Series'

The junior superheroes of the movie "Big Hero 6" go from the big screen to Disney XD.

50 of 59 Maarten de Boer

'Mystery Science Theatre 3000'

Felicia Day (pictured) and Patton Oswalt are mad scientists forcing Nerdist podcaster Jonah Ray to watch terrible old movies in a reboot of the '80s/'90s comedy series.

"Community" creators Joel McHale and Dan Harmon are in charge for a reboot that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter before it was picked up by Netflix.

51 of 59 Sony

'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series'

The mouth-watering early adventures of wacky inventor Flint Lockwood from the successful movie and kids' book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" come to the small screen.

52 of 59 Bill Nye

'Bill Nye Saves the World'

Bill Nye, science guy, turns talk show host for Netflix. He's helped out by model Karlie Kloss, science YouTuber Derek Muller, comedians Nazeem Hussain and Joanna Hausmann, and Emily Calandrelli from "Xploration Station".

53 of 59 History


"Vikings" star Clive Standen is the younger version of the character played by Liam Neeson in three movies. We expect much neck-snapping.

54 of 59 Amazon

'I Love Dick'

"Transparent" creator Jill Soloway adapted Chris Kraus' 1997 novel "I Love Dick" for Amazon for a full series, following a pilot episode shown on Amazon Video in 2016. Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn star in this story of a married couple who both fall for the same (suggestively named) man.

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Netflix series "Girlboss" is based on the real-life rise of Sophia Amoruso, the mastermind behind fashion brand Nasty Gal.

56 of 59 Hulu

'Dimension 404'

Hulu takes a galaxy of stars including Megan Mullally, Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Hyland to "Dimension 404", a new sci-fi anthology series from Rocketjump's Dez Dolly, Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold.

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'Lego Elves'

Netflix builds the animated adventures of Lego's Elves line of toys.

58 of 59 Fox


Justin Kirk is a tech billionaire who takes over a troubled Chicago police precinct in "APB". But can tech toys take on the bad guys?

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'Time After Time'

Based on the novel and 1979 movie, ABC's time travel romp sees HG Wells pursue Jack the Ripper to present day America.

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