16 Movies & TV Shows That Should Be on Your Radar in 2017

Alaisha Key | Jan 11, 2017 TV

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2017 is finally here! That only means one thing: out with the old, and in with the new -- entertainment, that is. And if you're anything like me, you cannot wait to watch a few things from the very, very long lineup of new shows and movies that are set to debut or, better yet, ready to view RN.

To ring in the new year, we've rounded up some of this year's TV shows and films that are sure to either be your next binge-watching obsession or your next date-night pick. 

From old favorites that are getting a 2017 reboot to a slew of must-see blockbusters hitting the big screen, these are the ones that you definitely don't want to miss. 

  • Girls


    Sadly, 2017 marks the last of our five-year love affair with the ladies of Girls. Yes, we'll miss their comical yet all too real adventures in life and love as these twentysomethings try and fail and try again at this thing called adulting. But as much as we're dreading that final goodbye (and realizing that we won't get our weekly dose of Lena Dunham), there's no question that the sixth and final season is one fans won't want to miss.

    Be sure to tune in to HBO on February 12 to see how Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and Shosh (Zosia Mamet) fare as their stories come to a close. Like the trailer says, this is "their last chance to almost get it right."

  • Hidden Figures


    We all know that women rule. But in Hidden Figures, audiences really get to see just how three badass, African-American women change the game during the Civil Rights era. By providing the mathematical know-how, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) help NASA conquer the space race. Based on the true stories of their hardships and triumphs, this must-see film is in theaters now, and you don't want to miss it.

  • Beauty & the Beast


    The tale as old as time is getting a real-life makeover this year. And Emma Watson's version of Belle has us excited to see this remake on screen. Apparently, our beloved character is saying goodbye to the corset and has also acquired a new occupation (bonus!). On March 17, lovers of the original get to see if the new film stays true to the age-old love story.

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  • Scandal


    Mega-hit Scandal returns to ABC with its sixth season on January 26 -- so, gladiators, it's time to assemble. The results are in, and it's time to find out who won the race for the White House. And, according to the trailer, the first 10 minutes will throw viewers for a loop. Shonda Rhimes never fails to bring the suspense, so tune in. #TGIT is back.

  • Big Little Lies


    Based on the best-selling novel, this HBO miniseries explores the lives of three moms and their collective struggles and the secrets that they deal with on the daily. With an air of mystery (and maybe even a murder) -- and with Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman starring as the leads -- this drama looks like it's going to be a good one. So tune in February 19 to discover what Big Little Lies is all about.

  • Wonder Woman


    Gal Gadot dons the red costume and breaks out the lasso of truth as she takes on the mantle of DC's beloved comic book heroine in Wonder Woman. The film comes to the big screen in June 2017, and Gadot is poised to take the crown as the shero of the summer. 

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  • Logan


    Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine one last time in Logan. The final flick is set in an apocalyptic world of sorts where most mutants have been killed. But somehow Wolverine and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are still around, and on March 3, Wolverine will make his last stand. We can't wait to see how his story ends.  

  • Stranger Things


    Last year, the world fell in love with Netflix's Stranger Things. But as season one wrapped, it only left us with more and more questions: What really happened to Barb (Shannon Purser)Will they ever get Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) back? While an official date hasn't yet been set, we know that we'll be waiting (impatiently) for the 2017 release and our chance to hopefully see the gang back together again.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events


    It's likely that either you (or your kids) are familiar with the Baudelaire children's peculiar circumstances from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Well, get ready, because their journey is about to unfold on the small screen -- and from the looks of things, it won't disappoint. It comes to Netflix on January 13, so be sure to tune in to this mysterious yet unfortunate story that we're hoping will entertain the whole family. 

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  • Bones


    One of TV's favorite crime fighting couples is retiring from primetime after 11 seasons. We're sad to see Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) go, but we can't deny that season 12 will probably be the best one yet -- with some new cases to test the squints' skills more than ever. The premiere aired on Fox on January 3, so the adventure has already begun. Don't miss a minute more.  

  • Patriots Day


    The tragic bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon shook the nation. And while many watched from a distance, Patriots Day takes a stab at showing the aftermath of such a horrible event. As one of the heavier films of the year, it focuses on how a community comes together to make the streets safe again. You can catch this one on the big screen on January 13.  

  • The Good Fight


    The Good Wife may be over, but your favorite attorneys are still at it, and there's plenty more drama to go around. The story continues on in the spin-off, The Good Fight. And for those who want to take a look, the show will stream on CBS All Access in February.

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  • Emerald City


    The Wizard of Oz has had various reincarnations, but the latest, Emerald City, introduces us to an edgier Oz that's on the brink of war and a new Dorothy (Adria Arjona) to take up the cause. Magic, science, munchkins, and a girl from Kansas are currently colliding Fridays on NBC.

  • Doubt


    Katherine Heigl returns to the small screen in Doubt as an outspoken defense attorney whose client is accused of murder. Whether he's guilty or not remains to be seen. The jury is also out as to whether a romance is in order for the counsel and the accused. Laverne Cox rounds out this cast, so clearly Doubt makes the list of shows to watch, airing February 15 on CBS.

  • Fifty Shades Darker


    The worldwide phenomenon's second installment, Fifty Shades Darker, makes its way into theaters on February 10. As Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) figure out where their relationship is or isn't going, new secrets are revealed along the way. And things definitely take a turn for the dark. Just in time for Valentine's Day, this next chapter will have fans of the first film swooning.  

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  • The Defenders


    Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and -- the newest -- Iron Fist (Finn Jones) join forces in Netflix's The Defenders, set to be released this year. While that may be all that we can gather from the trailer, how these four vigilantes cooperate in one city is something that just has to be seen. 

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