20 New TV Shows Premiering in 2018 (That We Actually Care About)
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and more for the nerdy crowd.
Looking for the latest TV to watch — or ideally, binge? While 2017 brought us some incredible new shows like The Gifted, Mindhunter, and Dark, 2018 will bring us even more new series to add to our queue.
Of course, who knows which new shows will turn out to be duds (*ahem* Inhumans), but this list has some promising prospects.
Netflix reigned supreme in 2017 when it comes to exclusives, but Amazon and Hulu have really entered the fight now. And we’ll see a handful of new streaming services in 2018, including the Sony’s new DC-focused service.
This list of 2018 premieres should have something for everyone.We’ll keep this list updated as new premiere dates are announced.
UPDATE 5/31/2018: Added Strange Angel
Drawing inspiration from the classic sci-fi stories of one of the genre’s masters, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Amazon is calling the show an “anthology series”—each episode will stand on its own.
Supporting the dazzling visuals is a star-filled cast: Brian Cranston, Janelle Monáe, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, and Timothy Spall all make an appearance. There are 10 directors and 10 writers for each episode, which should give the series an interesting and varied style.
While some may call this a Black Mirror ripoff, let’s not forget that Philip K. Dick was here first. This format should do his classic storytelling justice, and we won’t have to wait very long to see if Amazon pulls it off.
The latest DC series comes from executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) — Black Lightning is in good hands.
Based off of the classic comic (and drawing a lot from the source material), Black Lightning follows high school principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his days fighting crime as a superhero ten years ago to spend more time with his family and serve the community in a new way. But the day has come for the lightning-wielding hero to return; a gang known as “The One Hundred” threatens to take over the city, and Jefferson Pierce must once again don the mantle of Black Lightning. But can he manage to hold his family and his community together at the same time?
Pierce may not be the only one in the family with the powers—his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) just might join him in his quest to fight crime.
The first season contains 13 hour-long episodes and premiers after The Flash on January 16.
Corporate is a dark comedy about the corporate slaves in an international company called Hampton DeVille. The show stars creators, writers, and executive producers Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman as two executives-in-training just trying to survive in this corporate machine of a company.
The show promises to hold no punches. In the first episode, “The Void,” the show’s stars must stop an employee they just fired from leaping to his death.
The first four episodes of this grim, unsubtle comedy are available to stream on Comedy Central’s website, and the 10-episode season premieres on Comedy Central on January 17.
Counterpart, Starz — January 21
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, The Spider-man Trilogy) stars as Howard Silk, a U.N. agency employee working in Berlin who learns that a version of himself from an alternate reality has appeared in our world. During the Cold War, a separate reality was created, nearly identical to ours. But there are differences, and those in the alternate reality feel that they are owed something by our world. When a dangerous assassin crosses over and begins hunting people down, Howard must do whatever he can to protect the next target—his wife. And he will probably need some help from the other Howard Silk, his counterpart.
Created by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), Counterpart should be a solid action/thriller with a healthy dose of sci-fi. Each season will be 10 episodes long, and a second season has already been ordered.
The Alienist, TNT — January 22
The Alienist is a murder mystery set in 19th-century New York that has nothing to do with aliens. What is an alienist? A psychiatrist, essentially. In this case, Dr. Laslo Kriezler (Daniel Brühl) works with crime reporter John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sarah Howard (Dakota Fanning), an NYPD secretary.
Based on Caleb Carr’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Alienist takes like a stark and stylistic look at the early days of forensic investigation. This period piece has some outstanding visuals and should be a breath of fresh air for the mystery thriller genre.
Britannia, Amazon Prime — January 26
Set in 43 C.E., Britannia follows the Roman invasion of Celtic Britannia, a land filled with powerful Druids and warrior women.
The ten-episode show sets itself up as not-fantasy-but-pretty-close, and it may give Game of Thrones fans something to gnaw on while they wait for 2019.
Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) plays Veran, the head of the Druids, opposite Kelly Reilly (True Detective) as a Celtic princess and David Morissey (The Walking Dead) as the leader of the Roman army.
The first trailer looks like a blast. Britannia looks like it will have some incredible setpieces and costume design. Writer and creator Jez Butterworth (Spectre) could be onto a totally new approach to historical dramas.
All ten episodes will be released on Amazon Prime on January 26.
Altered Carbon, Netflix — February 2
Altered Carbon is a dark, cyberpunk sci-fi set in a future where humans can transfer their consciousnesses into “sleeves”—or new bodies.
Takeshi Kovacs, played by Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, Suicide Squad), is a prisoner whose consciousness is transferred into a body on another planet by Laurens Bancroft, a politician portrayed by James Purefoy (Rome). Bancroft was murdered, but his most recent “backup” doesn’t include memories of the murder itself. Now it’s up to Kovacs to investigate.
Based on the 2002 sci-fi novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon could be something special—or it could get lost in the sea of recent futuristic shows and movies.
*Update 1/22/18: We’ve gotten our grubby hands on season 1, and we were blown away. Altered Carbon is everything we love about sci-fi. Check out our full (spoiler-free) review here.
Our Cartoon President, Showtime — February 11
Inspired by Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s animated Trump character, Our Cartoon President will create bizarre caricatures of everyone in the White House and the Trump family. “No one is safe,” Showtime has said. Characters from both sides of the aisle as well as the media will be treated to cartoon renditions in this animated satire.
Let’s just hope it manages to succeed where Comedy Central’s Lil’ Bush failed. The other Trump-satire, The President Show (also on Comedy Central) has been passable thus far—Our Cartoon President will reveal whether or not there’s room for two presidential comedies.
The first season will feature ten 30-minute episodes released weekly. Stephen Colbert is Executive producing.
Stargate Origins, Stargate Streaming Service — February 15
MGM’s new streaming service, Stargate Command, will bring us the newest entry to the Stargate franchise, Stargate Origins.
This prequel series will focus on Catherine Langford (portrayed by Ellie Gall) and her adventures following her father’s discovery of the Stargate.
The trailer, showcasing several shots of what looks to be 1930s Egypt, gives off some intense Indiana Jones vibes, which may not be a bad thing at all.
Hopefully, this 100-minute series is more than a promotion for Stargate Command.
Final Space, TBS — February 26
Comedian and filmmaker Olan Rogers is bringing us an animated sci-fi comedy that has potential to be great—if it can be more than a Futurama look-alike.
There’s plenty of room in the sci-fi comedy genre, however. And from what we know about Final Space so far, it looks like it will be more plot-driven and less episodic. The series stars creator Olan Rogers as Gary Space, an astronaut who lives in the shadow of his heroic father’s legacy. Rogers also plays Mooncake, an adorable alien capable of destroying planets. The cast also includes Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Tika Sumpter (Southside with You), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Tom Kenny (Spongebob), John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time), and others. Conan O’Brien is an executive producer.
Final Space is a part of TBS’s recent push toward animated series.
Hard Sun, Hulu — March 7
The post-apocalyptic genre has been well-explored in recent tv and film, but what about pre-apocalyptic? Hard Sun is a crime thriller set five years before an impending calamity of massive scale. Executive producer Neil Cross (Luther) is behind the show, which stars Jim Sturgess (21, Cloud Atlas) and Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans, Sunset Song) as two detectives with differing views. They become the center of a dangerous battle over information about the event that endangers life on Earth.
It will be interesting to see how this show works with its self-imposed five-year time limit. What will happen when “Hard Sun” draws near? Will the show turn post-apocalyptic and carry on?
This unusual, (very) high-stakes drama will certainly be worth a look. With only six episodes in the first season, it should be a fast and intense ride.
The Oath, Crackle — March 8
From executive producer 50 Cent and G-Unit Film and Television Inc. comes a gritty drama about gangs within the police force.
The show follows Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) and his son Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and their involvement with the cop gang known as The Ravens. They are joined by Arlen Escarpeta (The Magicians), Cory Hardrict (American Sniper), Katrina Law (Arrow), and J. J. Soria (Animal Kingdom). We don’t know much more about the story just yet, but this look at the alliances and corruption within the police should be intense.
Creator and showrunner Joe Halpin served as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy and brings years of police experience to this gritty drama. The Oath will premiere on March 8, and first season’s 10 episodes will air on Sony’s free streaming service, Crackle.
Krypton, Syfy — March 21
In another DC prequel series, Superman fans will get a look at the hero’s homeplanet before its destruction.
Cameron Cuffe stars as Superman’s grandfather, Seyg-El, in his fight to repair his family name and save the world. Returning to the world of Superman is executive producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel).
Krypton should give fans a Superman story that’s closer to the comics than Smallville was. Hopefully the show’s setting is able to draw in new fans as well. The special effects certainly look dazzling enough so far, but strong characters are what will carry this prequel mini-series forward.
Read more about Krypton on the official site.
This one was expected in 2017 when we last wrote about it, but now we have a solid premiere date.
Based on Dan Simmon’s 2007 horror novel, The Terror follows the 1845 expedition of Captain Sir John Franklin to the arctic. With the legendary Ridley Scott as executive producer, this fictionalized adventure is going to be desolate and terrifying.
In Dan Simmon’s version of the expedition of the HMS Terror, the crew of Captain Francis Cozier (Jared Harris) are hounded not only by the dangers of survival in the arctic but also by a mysterious monster.
The historically accurate white-male-dominated cast may prove to be an obstacle for some, but the first clips look promising. With Ridley Scott behind the show, it will certainly be worth checking out. The two-hour premier will air on March 26.
Read more about The Terror on AMC’s official site.
Siren, Freeform — March 29
Unfortunately, this isn’t a Splash remake. Siren is a fantasy drama about the Ocean town of Bristol Cove, where mermaids are at the center of the town’s culture.
The first trailer gives us a taste of what’s to come—the town’s dark history of killing mermaids, some mysterious mermaid shenanigans, and a mermaid who might not have any speaking lines. From the ABC press release, we know that there will also be mermen, as well as a whole “tribe” of merpeople.
Emily Whitesell (Finding Carter) will be showrunner and executive producer, and Eric Wald and Dean White are behind the show’s story and will be executive producers. Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) plays Ben, a Marine Biologist, who must try to understand why a mermaid, Eline Powell (Anita B.), has emerged from the ocean.
It will be interesting to see how Siren manages to do something fresh with a classic mythological creature—or not. Siren premieres on March 29 with a two-hour episode, and the first season will be 10 episodes long.
Read more about Siren here.
The Crossing, ABC — April 2
When dozens of refugees appear on the coast of Oregon claiming to be from a war-torn future 180 years away, it raises some questions.
That’s the core mystery of ABC’s The Crossing, which has some intense LOST vibes. The show stars Steve Zahn (War for the Planet of the Apes, Sahara) as sheriff Jude Ellis as he investigates the migration and the people it has brought to the small town of Port Canaan.
Natalie Martinez plays Reece, who is what’s known as an Apex — a genetically enhanced human with extraordinary abilities. In the future, she had been a soldier trained to eliminate members of the “Common” class, but since the Crossing, her only focus has been finding her daughter, Leah.Show creators Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie are known for their work as producers for Matador and Surface. If The Crossing can keep viewers interested after the initial mystery is solved, it could be interesting — but it all hinges on that big reveal.
Lost in Space, Netflix — April 13
The age of reboots is bringing us a new, modernized Lost in Space, which will release on Netflix on April 13. The first season will be 10 episodes long.
Like the original series, this reboot focuses on the Robinsons, who have crash landed on a strange planet. Toby Stephens (The Machine) plays John Robinson, husband of Maureen Robinson (Molly Parker, Deadwood). Will Robinson is portrayed by Maxwell Jenkins, and the classic character Robot makes a return as an alien life form.
From the trailers so far, it looks to be more drama and action than comedy, but hopefully the show can capture some of the classic camp of the original series. The show is written and developed by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and Zach Estrin is serving as showrunner. You can read more on Lost in Space here.
The Rain, Netflix — May 4
Netflix’s first Danish original series is The Rain, a drama about two siblings finding their way in a world that has been forever changed by a deadly virus. When the virus struck five years earlier, their father brings them to a bunker for safety. After leaving the bunker to find help, he doesn’t return for five years.
By then, the siblings decide to emerge and are quickly taken in by a band of teenagers who introduce them to the new, desolate Scandinavia. The virus still runs rampant, and it transmits itself through carriers—and through the rain that falls from the sky.
The Rain was created by Jannik Tai Mosholt (Borgen, Rita), Christian Potalivo (Dicte, The New Tenants), and Esben Toft Jacobsen (The Great Bear, Beyond Beyond). In the lead roles are Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes), Alba August (Below the Surface), and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair). The entire first season will be made available on May 4.
Reverie, NBC — May 30
Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, Bullet to the Head) stars as former hostage negotiator Mara Kint, who has been recruited to save people trapped in the virtual reality known as Reverie. In this highly immersive space, users can revisit old memories or create a place all their own. But some people have chosen not to leave, and it’s up to Mara to try to get them out. When the user has total control, another person inside their Reverie could be dangerous.
Series creator Mickey Fisher (Extant) will act as executive producer, alongside Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey, according to Deadline. The ten-episode season premieres on May 30.
Cloak & Dagger, Freeform — June 7
Based on the comic book superhero duo, Cloak & Dagger is the newest Marvel TV series, is expected to premier in 2018.
It follows two teenagers, Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt), who both have dark and troubled pasts but come together when they develop strange powers. Cloak and Dagger has a chance to be a great coming-of-age story, but it could also develop into something much bigger.
Cloak and Dagger will be Freeform’s first Marvel series, and Joe Pokaski (Heroes) will serve as showrunner.
Strange Angel, CBS All Access — June 14
Black Swan writer Mark Heyman is adapting George Pendle’s book, which shares a name with the show, into a drama series following the brief life of rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons. Ridley Scott (The Martian, Alien) is executive producing.
Jack Reynor (Grassland, Macbeth) stars as the young Jack Parsons, a former janitor whose ideas of space travel propelled him to become a pioneer in the field of rocket science in 1930s America. Alongside his scientific ambitions was his life as follower of occultist Aleister Crowley. Fueled by the controversial teachings of Crowley, Parsons tests his own limits as well as the limits of science in his pursuit to reach the stars.
Joining Reynor are Bella Heathcoate (The Neon Demon), Rupter Friend (Hitman: Agent 47), and Peter Mark Kendall (Girls). The first season contains 10 episodes, which will be released weekly on the CBS streaming service.
2018, Date TBA
Castle Rock, Hulu — TBA 2018
J. J. Abrams (LOST, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Bad Robot Productions (Westworld) are bringing us an interesting look into the Stephen King multiverse.
From the Hulu press release: “A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland… Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”
Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and Dustin Thomason (Lie to Me) are executive producing with J. J. Abrams We don’t know much about this ambitious show yet, but it’s sure to please fans of Stephen King’s massively popular novels and movies.
Titans, Unnamed DC Comics service — TBA 2018
A new Teen Titans show is on the way, and this time it’s not a cutesy animated spin-off.
According to Deadline, Titans will air on a new streaming service specifically for DC shows—time will tell how this works out for Warner Bros.
We know that the cast will include Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson (or Robin), Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven.
Whether or not people will be willing to pay for a DC streaming service is yet to be seen, but hopefully Titans will make a strong addition to the lineup of DC shows.
Disenchantment, Netflix — TBA 2018
There’s a new animated series coming from mastermind Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama), and this time, it’s set in a medieval fantasy world.
According to the Netflix press release, Disenchantment is set in the fantasy world of Dreamscape and will follow the “hard-drinking” princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson), her elf friend, Elfo (Nat Faxon), and the demon Luci (Eric Andre).
We don’t know much more than that, but do we need to? The show will be released in 2018, 10 episodes at a time, and it’s animated by Rough Draft Studios, known for their work on Futurama.
Read more about Disenchantment here.
- We will update this list as more premiere dates are announced.
- Let us know in the comments which geek TV shows you’re looking forward to checking out in 2018!
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