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Welcome to The Top 5, where every week, we list five things for a given topic. These topics can range from “5 Things We Liked About The Power Rangers Teaser Trailer” to “5 Things We Want (Or Don’t Want) In Ben Affleck’s The Batman.”

Of course, because everyone has an opinion, there is sure to be some disagreements, which is why, despite the title “The Top 5,” very rarely are these actual “best of” articles. Instead, they’re meant to provide entertaining insight, and to stir a discussion, and give everyone a chance to speak their mind. 

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Now, on with today’s topic!


TOP 5 RETURNING TV SERIES WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2017


It’s not easy picking your favorite TV shows of any given year. Weare currently living in the golden age of television. In the past five-plus years, we’ve seen the trend of the industry turning from episode TV to long form serialized content. This has brought about the rise of such shows as   Boardwalk EmpireSopranos, and Breaking Bad.

More than ever, fanboys and fangirls are being pelted with more quality stories on the small screen than is ever possible to consume. While this upcoming year of TV is bound to bring even more shows into the fray, we thought we’d run down a list of some of our favorite shows and let you know what we’re really looking forward to.

Warning: this post contains minor spoilers.


GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7

Summer 2017


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When we were last left with this show, poor Theon sailed with his sister alongside of Dany to conquer Westeros. I won’t even get to the spoilers here, but we must assume Dany will be meeting with Jon Snow very soon. The question we all are wondering is who their target will be: Cersei or The Night King? My gamble is on the White Walkers as they are perceived as the immediate threat — winter is coming, after all. This will take a full effort of all parties involved, and likely a marriage (of aunt and nephew) to secure the deal.

What happens next, providing Jon and Dany defeat the frozen undead? Obviously, it will be a battle for the Iron Throne, probably in the final season. I have always wished Varys would somehow claim the throne, but I think Sansa may have the best bet, although Cersei, with Zombie-Mountain, will be a harsh rival. However, with Dany’s dragons, Snow’s Valerian steel, and all their supporters — I think the final Season 8 will be something to behold.


FARGO SEASON 3

Spring 2017


Fargo is one of those shows that was a tough sell. How could a show based on a movie actually work? Not only did it work, but it was magnificent. The first season with Sherlock’s Martin Freeman was genius, so I figured the second season would be, ahem (Lisa Simpson voice) “meh.” Nope.

The second season with the Gerhardts was even better. Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine)  and Dodd Gerhardt (Jeffery Donovan) may be my two favorite characters ever invented for the small screen, so Season 3 has a lot to live up to. In Season 3, Ewan McGregor will be playing twins alongside of Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave). Little is known about this season, apart from its airdate. But based on what we’ve seen so far of the show, we have no doubt that it will rock everything we have seen thus far.


BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 3

Spring 2017


 

Ok, you must be a Breaking Bad fan to fully enjoy this show. For the past two seasons we’ve had a chance to see the evolution of leading man Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman, and we have enjoyed his hopeful relationship with Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and his brother, who is as agoraphobic as I am. If you thought we were anywhere near the end of Saul’s backsliding journey, you were sadly mistaken.

The GREAT Giancarlo Esposito will reportedly be returning as Breaking Bad villain Gus Fring, The Chicken King, and hopefully we’ll get to see the humble beginnings of the relationship between Gus, Mike, and Saul (Jonathan Banks) that affected Breaking Bad so much. In addition, Bryan Cranston has said he either wants to direct or be a direct part of the show. I mentioned months ago that it would be fun to see the two characters run into each other at a grocery store and have no idea their future relationship. Cranston recently echoed these thoughts, so we may get to see that.


THE PUNISHER

Sometime in 2017


Before you ask. Yes, I went with this over The Defenders. Also, yes, technically, it’s not a continuation, but if you look at all the Marvel Netflix TV shows as one big show, we’ll give it a pass. My long time hope for this character is that they will adapt Dillon/Aaron’s “Bullseye vs. Punisher” arc from the PunisherMAX comic. Yeah, yeah, high hopes — I get it. But, how f**king cool would this be?

We last saw Punisher in Daredevil Season 2, and he came to the rescue of Daredevil at the end of the series. He needs his own villain, and you should go read the new Bullseye comic from Marvel — it’s amazing — perfect fit. I will pay Netflix all I own to see this run. We also know that Microchip, played by David Lieberman, will show up thanks to a mysterious DVD Frank found at the end of the run. Billy Russo (Jigsaw, played by Dominic West in Punisher Warzone) is listed for at least four episodes, and several corrupt DEA agents will be portrayed. He may decide to go after the cops, but it is still not yet fully known.


STRANGER THINGS SEASON 2

Fall 2017


Who knew that a brand new and relatively undersold series like Stranger Things would manage to become one of the biggest things to come out of last year? Despite coming out of Netflix with practically no momentum, the series went on to become a hit sensation, securing its place in the pop culture zeitgeist in 2016. Not only did the adults give amazing performances, but most impressively, the cast of young actors were able to hold their own. Like a good Stephen King novel or Steven Spielberg flick, it managed to capture the feel of growing up in a specific era, giving audiences nostalgia for a bygone point in time.

In 2017, we’re expecting Stranger Things‘ reign over Netflix to be taken to the next level. The kids will be older, their relationships ever-evolving. Like the Harry Potter franchise before it, half the fun of the series will be seeing these kids mature over the years, and we can’t wait to see what the Duffer Brothers have in store for us down the line. Halloween can’t get here soon enough.


What shows are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments down below!