It’s a small (but welcome) comfort to know that even as pandemonium sweeps the global stage, we can at least cross our fingers in anticipation of one happy relief: 2017 is shaping to be a great year for TV.

  • Legion (FX) – Created by Fargo producer Noah Hawley, Legion is a Marvel adaption which centers around the blossoming of schizophrenic mutant David Haller’s unearthly powers. The cast is augmented by a sharp performance from Aubrey Plaza, and top-notch visual effects render Legion a 2017 must-see.
  • Taboo (FX) – Mad Max star Tom Hardy plays the son of a pre-industrial London shipping magnate who mysteriously defies death in Africa. Resurfacing in the city with wild stories and a righteous agenda, he seeks to unmask the truth behind his father’s shipping dynasty.
  • Veteran A-listers and silver screen MVPs such as Jude Law, Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore have already freshened 2017’s TV menu, blending their spice of fierce and subtle personality with irresistibly delicious plot concepts to cook up a potluck of TV treats too tasty to resist. In case you haven’t yet sampled the new entertainment entrees, here’s a few of 2017’s finest so far.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) – A satisfyingly bizarre adaptation of Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)’s famed novels, this story follows the sometimes tragic, and often hilarious misadventures of the Baudelaire children who, after losing their parents in a fire, stumble into the care of the nefarious Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
  • Riverdale (The CW) – Riverdale isn’t afraid to bend its source material into something a bit more twisted than the trivial high-school happenings of its source material; it peppers a sizeable pinch of murder and intrigue into the narrative of legendary comic series Archie.
  • The Young Pope (HBO) – There’s never before been an American pope, let alone one as youthful, darkly charming and downright conniving as Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo, aka Pope Pius XIII. The Young Pope examines the scandalous underbelly of the papal day-to-day from a vantage point similar Netflix’s House of Cards.
  • Planet Earth II (BBC) – The first Planet Earth was a runaway hit with documentary lovers everywhere, who are treated to another round of as-yet unseen glimpses into nature’s most beautiful and ruthless undertakings. As an added bonus, Sir David Attenborough reprises his role as the people’s narrator.