It’s 2016, everyone and my resolution this year was to stay exactly the fucking same: no getting up from my bed, keeping my Netflix account on lock, and staying woke to the massive amount of television series premiering this year. If things go well, I’m looking to break my binge-watching record … a nice week-long bedridden stint a la Lennon and Ono should do it. Fingers crossed, pray for me!
Maybe your sedentary lifestyle isn’t as hardcore as mine, but you should definitely stay tuned to the coming months of television cause there are some good shows guaranteed to have you calling in sick for work. Here are a few that we can’t wait to see.
Director/Creator: Baz Lurhmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby)
Who’s in it: Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Jaden Smith, Giancarlo Esposito
The gist: Set in the 1970s, The Get Down will follow the lives of several Bronx teens during the cusp and birth of disco, hip hop, and the burgeoning art scene.
Why we want to see it: The best part about a Baz Lurhmann creation are the bold aesthetics that knowingly come attached. Judging from the first trailer, that well-known vivaciousness will be just as strong in this as his previous works. There’s also the fact that Lurhmann has been developing the concept for The Get Down for ten years, so that investment will undoubtedly make for an incredibly polished series.
Oh, and our generation’s prophet Jaden Smith has a recurring role in it too, so there’s that.
Who’s in it: Zach Galifianakis
The gist: After pursuing his dream of becoming a professional clown – and then failing – Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) settles with a job as a local rodeo clown.
Why we want to see it: The premise is charmingly off-kilter, and nearly every affiliated movie and television with the three show-runners have gotten me frighteningly close to pissing my pants in laughter. I associate them with intelligent humor, and Baskets looks to be wry and refreshing.
Creator: Chris Carter (The original X-Files)
Who’s in it: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
The gist: Agents Mulder and Scully reunite (presumably years after the initial show ended) to work together in investigating paranormal cases. AKA aliens, guys. ALIENS.
Why we want to see it: If you’re NOT excited, I don’t want to talk to you. The X-Files is the leading cause of why the ’90s generation is a collective believer of paranormal activities. We get to worship Mulder and Scully again. We get to hear the theme song AGAIN. And while this isn’t necessarily a reboot or revival (it’s a miniseries so we’re only guaranteed six episodes), Duchovny has stated that he wouldn’t mind a further continuation of the series if this run is successful. Plus, I could look at Gillian Anderson’s beautiful lesbian face alllll day. I WANT TO BELIEVE.
Who’s in it: Tig Notaro, Casey Wilson, John Rothman
The gist: Inspired by her own life events, One Mississippi stars Tig and her family, who she encounters and visits after the death of her mother (who they decide to take off life support).
Why we want to see it: Well, we technically have seen it already: One Mississippi‘s pilot premiered last fall on Amazon Video (you can watch it here) and has been picked up for this year. If you’re not familiar with Notaro, brace yourself. It’s a lot of dark humor ahead, but Notaro has finessed her skills in that department: One Mississippi will be as engaging and hilarious as it is bleak.
Creator: Jeff Franklin (the original Full House)
Who’s in it: Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin … and basically the rest of the original Full House cast … minus the Olsen twins. Zero Olsens were harmed in the making of this show.
The gist: D.J. Tanner-Fuller, now all grown up and a mother of three has recently been widowed. Enter her sister and her childhood best friend to help her pick up the pieces and take care of her kids. REHASH MUCH?
Why we want to see it: The second ’90s revival pick on our list thus far, this will either be a Saget-filled shitshow, or the greatest thing to have ever graced Netflix EVER. Narcos and House of Cards, step aside please, ’cause the mother-effing Tanners are back. Squeaky-clean nostalgia is back in style, it seems.
(There is a complete and utter lack of photos and videos for this show at this point. Deal with the terrible image above.)
Who’s in it: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins
The gist: Two vice principals at Lincoln Hill School vie against each other to gain the ever-prestigious ranking of high school principal.
Why we want to see it: If it’s anything like McBride’s Eastbound and Down, it’ll be hilarious as shit. What’s even more exciting is that Goggins has claimed that the humor and premise of Vice Principals “makes Eastbound & Down look like Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Whatever the hell that means. Looking forward to it!
Director: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs)
The gist: Loosely based on the comics with the same name, Tales from the Crypt will follow… well. Tales from the crypt.
Why we want to see it: This reboot was just announced last week with a flurry of mixed reactions — all justifiably linked to the director of the reboot (Come on, guys! The Happening was such a good movie!). News has already leaked that the original crypt keeper will not star in the show, and that the season will follow a storyline very much like how American Horror Story is set up. Good news? Not sure yet, but as a fan of horror, the reboot news is still well-received.
Did we miss any? Prolly. Let us know what you’re looking forward to – no, seriously. I don’t want to move from my couch this year.