29 sci-fi and geektastic TV shows coming soon to 2017

Check out the most exciting shows from the fall TV lineup on TV and streaming services.

Richard Trenholm
Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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1 of 30 Jan Thijs/CBS

'Star Trek: Discovery'

They say we're in a golden age of television -- which means we're looking forward to more big shows on the small screen. Here's a selection of the sci-fi, fantasy and other geek-friendly new shows beaming into your TV before the end of 2017.

To kick off, Star Trek makes its long-awaited return to television. Sonequa Martin-Green (centre) and Michelle Yeoh (right) boldly go in "Star Trek: Discovery", on CBS All Access and Netflix from 24 September.

The Defenders
2 of 30 Sarah Shatz/Netflix

'The Defenders'

Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil and Luke Cage join forces for gritty Marvel team-up "The Defenders", on Netflix now.

3 of 30 Netflix

'The Punisher'

Marvel and Netflix team up again for "The Punisher", expected in November.

4 of 30 ABC


The next big Marvel TV show won't debut on TV: the first two episodes of "Inhumans" will be shown in Imax theatres on 1 September before it debuts on ABC on 29 September.

5 of 30 Amazon

‘The Tick’

With superhero movies dominating the box office, there's never been a better time for the return of big blue bumbler the Tick on Amazon on 25 August, starring Peter Serafinowicz

6 of 30 Fox


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

7 of 30 Fox

'The Orville'

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

8 of 30 Fox

'The Gifted'

The X-Men movie universe spills over into TV in "The Gifted" on 2 October, following a family on the run when they discover the kids have mutant powers.

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
9 of 30 Channel 4/Amazon Video

'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. 

10 of 30 Marvel/Hulu


Teen drama with a superpowered twist as "Marvel's Runaways", six unusual kids, unite against a common foe: their parents. The series premieres on Hulu on 21 November.

'She's Gotta Have It'
11 of 30 David Lee/Netflix

'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 in November.

12 of 30 Sonja Flemming/CBS

'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. 

13 of 30 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.

14 of 30 Brandon Hickman/Hulu

'Future Man'

A humble janitor swaps his mop for a games console as a world-beating gamer -- only now he has to take on other worlds when mysterious visitors from the future put him in charge of stopping an invasion. Hulu's "Future Man" streams from 14 November.

15 of 30 Eike Schroter/ABC

'The Crossing'

In ABC's "The Crossing", Steve Zahn is the small-town sherif shocked to discover newly-arrived refugees are seeking asylum from a deadly war... in America's own future. 

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

17 of 30 Erica Parise/Amazon

'Jean Claude Van Johnson'

Amazon's series sees Jean-Claude Van Damme playing himself -- except it turns out the muscles from Brussels is actually a secret agent.

18 of 30 Skip Bolen/CBS

'SEAL Team'

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

19 of 30 CBS


Inspired by the 1970s TV series and 2003 feature film, the "S.W.A.T." team are back in action on CBS on 2 November.

20 of 30 NBC


"Person of Interest" star Sarah Shahi heads into virtual reality in NBC thriller.

21 of 30 Merrick Morton/Netflix


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".

22 of 30 Netflix

'American Vandal'

A disturbing crime leads to a grave miscarriage of justice ... sort of. If you were gripped by true crime sensations "Making a Murderer" and "Serial", then prepare to chew your fingernails once again on 15 September over the burning question posed in Netflix satirical comedy "American Vandal": who drew all those dicks on all those cars?

23 of 30 Emanuela Scarpa/Netflix


"Suburra: The 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.

24 of 30 CBS

'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.

25 of 30 Steffan Hill/BBC


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling secretly wrote the Cormoran Strike detective stories under the name Robert Galbraith. A new BBC adaptation looks to recreate the magic.

26 of 30 Robert Voets/Netflix


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

27 of 30 Ryan Green/ABC

'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.

28 of 30 BBC/Euston Films/Nicky Johnston

'Hard Sun'

Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn are hard-boiled cops in a pre-apocalyptic drama -- that is, "Hard Sun" is set in a world that hasn't quite ended yet. "Luther" creator Neil Cross is behind this intriguing BBC drama.

29 of 30 Elizabeth Fischer/ABC

'Alex Inc'

Based on the podcast StartUp, this ABC comedy sees "Scrubs" star Zach Braff playing a radio journalist who takes a chance and founds his own company, with the help of "Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli.

30 of 30 Spaceship

'Kiss Me First'

Tallulah Haddon, enigmatic breakout star of "Taboo" and indie movie "Spaceship", takes the lead 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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