2023 was a fantastic year for television. New series and continuations of our favorite shows came out despite the setbacks caused by the writers’ and actors’ strikes over the summer. Though some projects got pushed back, the television shows that were released before and after were some of the best TV we’ve seen. Comedy dramas came in strong, with AppleTV+’s Shrinking, Netflix’s Beef, and Peacock’s Poker Face. We saw two different types of action with the gory and raunchy Gen V, which is Amazon Prime’s series that takes place in the same world as The Boys. Then we saw beloved video game characters Joel and Ellie make it to the live-action television adaptation with Game of Thrones alumni Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay.
What makes for good television is the story, the actors, and the visuals. The combination of all of those can make or break a show’s longevity. If the story and acting sucks, the show is most likely going to get swallowed in the streaming swamp. With so many streamers now competing for subscriptions, it is sometimes hard to keep up with what’s coming out and when. That being said, the shows that are flops don’t tend to last past a season — if they even make it to a streamer.
Then, there are the shows that are so darn good they get renewed before the season is even over! Those are the shows that are worth the hype of tuning in on. As we all have different preferences in genres, actors, and even streamers, we compiled a list that featured genres that most people would be attracted to. Since the shows on this list are completed, you can binge-watch the ones that you haven’t seen yet.
Take a look below at our top five picks of the best new shows that debuted in 2023: