When we say “Netflix and chill” this year, we’re going to mean it literally.
And while we’re at it, cancel anything on our calendars that involves going outdoors too. Why would you want to do anything else in the coming months with this solid lineup of shows premiering on the small screen?
From dark comedies to supernatural thrillers and plenty of superhero shenanigans, this is the year TV will take a wild and whimsical leap off the deep end, in a good way of course. And while we’re obviously still waiting on the return of Game of Thrones and Rick & Morty, this list highlights some of the most exciting, never before seen, brand spanking new series that are coming your way.
Powerless (NBC), 2 February
While superheroes are great at kicking evil in the ass, it’s funny how no one seems to bat an eye when half the city usually gets destroyed in the process. Powerless addresses this problem in the first comedy series set in the DC Comics universe. Instead of focusing on the cape-clad heroes, the show focuses on an insurance company that handles claims caused by superhero collateral damage — which is pretty damn extensive if you count the number of explosions in every Avengers movie.
So the dude whose car got wrecked because a building fell on it, or the lady whose house got blown up in the name of “saving the world”, finally have someone fighting in their corner. Starring Vanessa Hudgens and comedy greats like Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, the team in Powerless might not be the heroes we want, but they’re the heroes we desperately need.
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix), 3 February
The adorable Drew Barrymore stars as Sheila, a suburban mum who develops a taste for human flesh when her heart suddenly stops beating, in this upcoming Netflix horror-comedy. In a Dexter-ish turn, the family decides to go vigilante, feeding her insatiable hunger by only killing people who deserve it.
The trailer is equal parts gross and hilarious, with lots of blood and dark humour — at one point Sheila even quips that her new diet boosts productivity and confidence, “I can parallel park in one move now!” With Better off Ted creator Victor Fresco at the helm, this one’s going to be a wild ride.