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Netflix: Shows to Look Forward to in 2016

The reboot of a classic family sitcom, the sophomore seasons of a number of 2015 hits, and the beginning of a highly anticipated historical series are some of the highlights the world’s top provider of streaming entertainment will be bringing our way this calendar year. Here’s a detailed look at the most intriguing of these options:

Fuller House (Premiere Date: February 26th)

Fuller House

The classic family sitcom of TGIF fame returns with a familiar premise as two of Danny Tanner’s daughters (the Olsen twins are not slated to return) and annoying friend Kimmy Gibler raise DJ’s three boys after the death of her husband. Here’s the teaser trailer for the “new” show:

House of Cards Season 4 (Premiere Date: March 4th)

The series that turned Netflix into an original programming giant enters a presidential election season (which may provide us with better candidates than our real life election) with plenty of marital drama to match coming from the Underwood home. Here’s a mock presidential campaign video promoting the new season:

Daredevil Season 2 (Premiere Date: March 18th)

Daredevil Season 2

2015 was the year Netflix convinced us they could successfully enter the superhero genre. Jessica Jones was a huge hit towards the end of 2015. And Daredevil was so well-received that the streaming giant moved plans for a second season ahead to this year.

And now Season 2 adds Punisher and Elektra (let’s hope it’s better than the Jennifer Garner version of the heroine) to the stable of Marvel characters fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 (Expected Premiere Date: Spring)

In a banner year for Netflix, Kimmy Schmidt deserves as much claim as any other series the streaming giant put out in 2015. And per the agreement Netflix made with NBC, Season 2 will be back for another 13 episodes of hilarity as Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) continues her reintroduction back into society following 15 years living underground. And as a bonus, does any show on television have a catchier theme song?

If that song is in your head now, then you’re welcome!!!

The Crown (Premiere Date: Sometime in 2016)

The Crown

Six seasons are planned for this biographical series about Queen Elizabeth (or Princess Elizabeth as she is called at the start of the series) and her rise to the British Crown. The first season will focus on post World War II England with John Lithgow playing Winston Churchill. Here’s the trailer for the much-anticipated historical drama:

Honorable Mentions:

Narcos (Season 2)

Orange is the New Black (Season 4)

Arrested Development (maybe, Season 5)

Luke Cage (debut season)

 

“Honorable Mentions” were more from my lack of knowledge about those shows as opposed to some ranking placing them below the others. If you have any knowledge to drop or have a show you’re really excited about that’s not mentioned, feel free to discuss in the comments.

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