The 16 Best New TV Series Of 2016

2016 has been quite a year. It’s been a year of loss, of great devastation and heartache. As we close out the year, we’ve found ourselves grappling with many things both as a nation and as individuals. However, it has also been a year of dazzling television. From The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story to Donald Glover‘s Atlanta here are the 16 best new TV series of 2016.

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ABC
Kiefer Sutherland's return to television has been a major hit. Designated Survivor is a thrilling  political drama about a politician thrust into the role of the President after the majority of the United States government is wiped out during the State of the Union. Sutherland is immediately engrossing in this sometimes over the top but aways evocative series.
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Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in this whimsical comedy about a not-so-nice woman who accidentally ends up in Heaven after she's hit by a truck. The show is much more than your typical network sitcom, Instead, it stretches beyond , asking philosophical questions and keeping the audience on its toes. It's also funny AF.
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Starz’s 13-episode television series, which surrounds the life of second year law student, Christine Reade (Riley Keough), who while working hard to excel at her new position in a prestigious law firm, simultaneously gets swept away in the danger and eroticism of being an escort.Told in short vignettes that depict a  crisp but bleak Chicago, the series follows Christine as she discovers her power, and most importantly what she truly wants out of life.  The Girlfriend Experience boasts unimaginable wealth, power, and obsession and like most driven millennials, Christine wants what she wants, when she wants it. 

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Stranger Things (Netflix)
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Netflix
This past summer, Stranger Things quietly came ripping through our lives changing everything we knew about TV and even Netflix Originals. Its impact on pop culture and television has been unprecedented. The series follows Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) a mother living in Indiana in 1983 who launches a terrifying investigation into the disappearance of her 12-year old son. It's iconic, truly.
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Luke Cage (Netflix)
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Netflix
In Netflix's third Marvel series after Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage. The series follows the events that occur post- Jessica Jones upon Luke's return home to Harlem. However, Cage soon finds that he might not be welcomed when he encounters the diabolical Conttonmouth (Mahershala Ali)and his cousin Mariah (Alfre Woodard). If that doesn't peak your interest, the show has an amazing '90s hip-hop themed soundtrack that most definitely will.
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20 years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted for double homicide, the story and the trial is still a sensation. From the mind of Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story gazed back at a time not so unfamiliar to us. On the cusp of Trump's America it was a haunting reminder of just how race, class, gender, wealth and fame are intricately interwoven into the landscape of America. The series took home several Emmys for its retelling of the case that shocked the world.
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The Crown (Netflix)
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Netflix
This lush dramatization of Queen Elizabeth II’s years on the throne begins with her wedding day and moves forward through her father's death and her coronation. It's a gorgeous character study of a woman who had to put aside her own personal feeling for crown and country. Claire Foy stars Queen Elizabeth II while John Lithgow slays as Sir Winston Churchill.
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Fleabag (BBC)
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BBC
This witty and raw comedy about a woman grappling with the deaths of both her mother and best friend is perhaps one of the most real representations of a woman on TV. Writer/performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in the titular role as a woman trying to balance her emotions with witticisms and horrid behavior much to the chargirn of her father, setepmother and sister. It's television at its best.
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Visionary director Ava DuVernay's stunning adaptation of Natalie Baszile's novel tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings who return to Louisiana to harvest their father's sugar cane fields after his death. Ralph Angel is a single father and ex-con desperate for a new opportunity for himself and his son. Nova is a journalist and activist who has her own secrets that might go against what she preaches, and Charley, is a CEO and wife of an NBA player who can't seem to stop trying to run the show. The amazing series grapples with family, race and class in the modern day South.
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HBO
A murder mystery for the 21st century that invokes, cultural and political overtones, The Night Of  had viewers gasping until the very end. The miniseries follows Pakistani-American college student Nasir "Naz" Khan who is charged with a horrific crime after encountering an innocent woman. It's a dark and twisted drama that is perhaps very close to home for many minorities in this country. 
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Though we failed as a country to get a woman in the white House and we are now stuck with Drump, Samantha Bee has still be blessing us as the only woman in late night. Samantha Bee is hilarious, rightly pissed off and willing and ready to unleash hell on misogynists and uninformed conservatives alike. (No shade but she honestly should have been the host of The Daily Show).
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Insecure (HBO)
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HBO
Black women are often overlooked on television. However,  Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae just shattered the mold with her stunning HBO debut, Insecure. The series follows the fictional Issa and her BFF Molly as they navigate their late- 20's in Los Angeles, California. A flawlessly fresh and humorous show, the series looks at Black womanhood, relationships, and the workplace with a new perspective.
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Underground (WGN America)
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WGN America
If you’ve studied slavery at all, then you know just how detailed and intricate the Plantation South was during the antebellum period. Underground is set in Georgia in 1857, just a few years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, and several years after the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act were passed. These two pieces of legislation made the lives of runways and free Black people even more difficult. The series excels in not just displaying the intricacies of a vast cotton plantation, but also in presenting every character that lived within the confines of the land; each individual having their own role to play and path to follow. Underground is so much more than a slave story, it’s a masterful thriller about the underground railroad and the heroic men and women who would do anything to gain their freedom.
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Westworld (HBO)
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HBO
The small-screen remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film has been a stunning sensation. In the series, humans can attend a park and act out any of  their desires free of consequences  The masterful series despite its shootouts and immense technology is truly about the human condition. You have plenty of time to catch up before the series returns in 2018.
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This Is Us (NBC)
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NBC
A tear-jerker with plot twists that no one could have seen coming, This Is Us has been a standout among fall TV this year. The drama fallows three siblings  trying to deal with obstacles and success in their lives. Moving backward and forward in time, the audience get a chance to actually grow up with the family from their origins in Pittsburg to their journey to Los Angles and New York City. The spectacular writing and acting will make you want to call and hug your own family.
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Atlanta (FX)
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FX
Donald Glover's hilarious experimental 30-min comedy follows the down and out Earn and his cousin, up and coming rapper Paper Boi in modern day Atlanta. The show doesn't follow a linear timeline but always has something expected from a student in white face to Black Justin Bieber. It's a hilarious commentary not just on ATL but on Black men and the culture.

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