All the New and Returning Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Coming in 2016

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Saturday, 09 January 2016 - 10:01AM
All the New and Returning Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Coming in 2016
The sci-fi and superhero landscape is growing exponentially every year (especially the superhero shows), and now we have a plethora of new shows, everything from action-packed, fun-loving comic adaptations like Legends of Tomorrow to dark and gritty outings like Preacher and Westworld. Add to that all of the returning shows, and we get a whopping 34 shows to choose from. Here are all of the new and returning sci-fi and comic book shows to watch out for in 2016:


Supergirl - January 4, CBS
Excitement level: 7/10


Supergirl returned this week for the second half of its first season, and while it still has a few kinks to work out, it's a fun, lighthearted superhero show that is a more than worthy addition to the landscape, even if we didn't need more female superheroes. The latter half of the season will see Kara fight her evil aunt, Astra, and deal with the ramifications of the reveal that Hank Henshaw is actually Martian Manhunter.


Limitless - January 5, CBS
Excitement level: 2/10


Limitless the movie was a forgettable trifle riddled with plot holes, and the series doesn't fare much better. We always love to see Jennifer Carpenter, but otherwise, it's difficult to care about anything on this utterly generic show.


Heroes Reborn - January 7, NBC
Excitement level: 3/10


Heroes Reborn returned last night, and is just as pedestrian as ever. Our hopes that the miniseries would make up for the final few seasons of Heroes are pretty much dashed, and now we're just watching out of masochistic loyalty.


iZombie - January 12, The CW
Excitement level: 8/10


We can't get enough of this fun, spunky, offbeat show, which is sort of like the weird love child of Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The latter half of the second season will see Liv and Major continue to navigate their on-again, off-again relationship, and deal with the consequences of that whole zombie cure debacle.


Second Chance - January 13, Fox
Excitement level: 1/10


Second Chance, aka Frankenstein, aka The Frankenstein Code, aka Lookinglass, has the most generic, boring name we can think of (although it is, granted, less stupid and confusing than Lookinglass), and from the promotional materials, it's an all-too-appropriate name for this procedural take on Mary Shelley's classic novel. Who wants to bet that this is the Minority Report of 2016?


Colony - January 14, USA
Excitement level: 5/10


Colony looked a little lackluster at first, but there are a few things to be excited about. We always love to see Josh Holloway, who hasn't found a role worthy of him since Lost, and Sarah Wayne Callies is a familiar face who probably can't be held responsible for how annoying Lori was. The premise also sounds pretty interesting, with a mysterious alien invasion vaguely evoking a Nazi takeover, but the first few reviews have been mixed, so we'll just have to see.


The Flash - January 19, The CW
Excitement level: 9/10


The Flash set impossible standards for itself in its groundbreaking first season, but it continues to knock it out of the park. In the latter half of the second season, we'll see Barry continue his attempts to combat Zoom, Robbie Amell's return as Deathstorm (which will bring Killer Frost into the mix), and an Arrow crossover when Diggle comes to fight the returning King Shark.


Agent Carter - January 19, ABC
Excitement level: 9/10


Agent Carter was as much of a trailblazer as its main character, paving the way for other female-led comic book shows like Supergirl and Jessica Jones. Agent Carter is one of the best "superhero" shows out there, and we can't wait to see Peggy and Jarvis's adventures in L.A., which will include a new love interest for Peggy, the return of the nefarious Dottie, and the first encounters with supervillain Madame Masque, who is a regular this season.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow - January 19, The CW
Excitement level: 8/10


Legends of Tomorrow stars Arrow/Flash fan favorites Caity Lotz as White Canary, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, Brandon Routh as Atom, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave, Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, Falk Hentschel as Hawkman, and Franz Drameh as Firestorm, as well as Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill as another time traveler and Casper Crump as main villain Vandal Savage. We're a little concerned that this show is overstuffed with superheroes, but hopefully we'll be so busy enjoying the superpowered craziness and the time travel hijinks that we won't have time to care.


Arrow - January 20, The CW
Excitement level: 8/10


With Felicity shot and Damien Darhk still at large, we left off on a huge cliffhanger in Arrow's midseason finale, and the recently released set photos both spoil the resolution to that cliffhanger and make us even more excited for what comes next.


Star Wars Rebels - January 20, Disney XD
Excitement level: 9/10


With the release of The Force Awakens, all devoted Star Wars fans should be watching this show in order to be acquainted with the new canon. Plus, the latter half of the second season will contain the moment we've all been waiting for: Ahsoka's showdown with Darth Vader.


The 100 - January 21, The CW
Excitement level: 9/10


The 100 ended last season on a huge, morally ambiguous cliffhanger, and now our favorite characters will all have to deal with the consequences. The third season trailer looks ridiculously action-packed, and we couldn't be more excited for the upcoming season of this criminally underrated show.


The X-Files - January 24, Fox
Excitement level: 11/10


Words can't express how excited we are for The X-Files to come back. We saw the first episode at NYCC, and it definitely had its flaws, but it had all of the elements it needed: paranoia, social commentary, humor, the poster, the flashlights, and most importantly, Mulder and Scully. We'll want an explanation for why the world apparently didn't end in 2012 like it was supposed to, but we're glad it didn't, because it means we get to hang out with these two again.

And if you can't wait, check out our Science of the X-Files series, which will provide daily coverage of the real science behind the original series, courtesy of science advisor to the original show and the new miniseries, Anne Simon.


Lucifer - January 25, Fox
Excitement level: 8/10


Lucifer is based on the beloved Vertigo comic character, but with the premise changed significantly. Now, it's a police procedural in which the devil helps cops catch murderers while running a piano bar in Los Angeles (always the stand-in for hell on television). It sounds too stupid to be real, and yet the pilot was kind of great, and by far the most well-received by fans when we saw it at San Diego Comic Con preview night" href="http://www.outerplaces.com/science-fiction/item/9298-ranking-the-pilots-of-sdcc-preview-night" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">San Diego Comic Con preview night (more well-liked than Supergirl, even, which was a pretty decent pilot). It was funny, witty, and cheekily self-aware, with an irresistible performance from star Tom Ellis.


You, Me, and the Apocalypse - January 28, NBC
Excitement level: 6/10


6/10 seems low for a show that stars The Office's Jenna Fischer and Rob Lowe as a priest, but we just haven't heard much about it. We really want it to be good, because it has a stellar cast, but this apocalypse comedy is sort of a question mark. Luckily, Last Man on Earth has demonstrated that the apocalypse can be a great source of comedy, so we'll be cautiously optimistic about this one.


The Walking Dead - February 14, AMC
Excitement level: 7/10


Our usual excitement for The Walking Dead has been tempered by a mostly lackluster sixth season; aside from the Wolves' brutal attack on Alexandria, the action this season has mostly fallen flat, and the whole hiding-under-a-dumpster fakeout didn't help any. Still we're begrudgingly getting excited for it to come back, if only because Negan is coming soon, and TWD owes us a major character death.


11/22/63 - February 15, Hulu
Excitement level: 6/10


I probably should be really excited for 11/22/63, since it stars James Franco and is based on a highly acclaimed Stephen King novel, but I don't really know what to make of it so far. Alternate history worked for The Man in the High Castle, though, and if it is good, it will show that Hulu is nipping at the heels of Amazon and Netflix, and streaming services are officially taking over the world.


Gotham - February 29, Fox
Excitement level: 3/10


We've become a little bit immune to Gotham's craziness by now, but even so, Jim Gordon killing someone in cold blood was going against the character and mythology in ways that will be difficult to recover from. They're lucky they have such a great cast and production values, otherwise this show would be long dead by now.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - March 8, ABC
Excitement level: 8/10


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended on a huge cliffhanger, and whether you love it or hate it, Zombie Ward should be a game-changer. Between Ward's apparent death, Coulson's grief over Price and his revenge killing of Ward, and continuing Inhuman hijinks, this show is a must-see for any Marvel fan.


Daredevil - March 18, Netflix
Excitement level: 10/10


12 Monkeys was one of the most pleasant surprises of last year, turning Terry Gilliam's classic time travel movie into a well-acted, consistently enjoyable adventure. When we left off, Cassandra was severely injured and sent to the future, multiple major characters were killed off, and the Army of 12 Monkeys have the time machine and 12 mysterious infants that are going to destroy the world. We can't wait to see where it goes next.


Orphan Black - April, BBC
Excitement level: 9/10


Season three of Orphan Black had its ups and downs, but it's still one of the best shows on television, featuring the ever-wonderful central performance(s) by Tatiana Maslany. And with the addition of a mysterious, Deep Throat-esque new clone this season, as well as further exploration of Beth Child's backstory, we're guessing the aftermath of the boy clones will be a return to form.


Outlander - April, Starz
Excitement level: 8/10


After a highly acclaimed first season, Outlander is back in April, and we'll get to see Jamie and Claire travel to France in order to infiltrate the Jacobite movement and save the future of Scotland. And for fans of the books, it will also likely feature an appearance from Jamie and Claire's time traveling daughter, Brianna.


Mr. Robot - Spring, USA
Excitement level: 9/10


Mr. Robot had a somewhat silly premise and a terrible marketing campaign, but unexpectedly became one of the most acclaimed new shows of last season. We don't have many plot details for season two, but creator Sam Esmail promises this season will be even darker than the first, which is something we can definitely get on board with.


Fear the Walking Dead - Spring, AMC
Excitement level: 5/10


I feel entirely neutral about this show. There was nothing terrible about it, but nothing particularly great about it, either. The acting is top-notch, of course, but the characters are too thin to do it justice. I'd rather watch Kim Dickens on a better show and Alycia Debnam-Carey on The 100.


Preacher - Spring/Summer, AMC
Excitement level: 9/10


Preacher is finally coming to AMC, and from the early promotional materials, it's going to be more faithful than we ever could have hoped for. AMC has had pretty good luck, with dark, gleefully violent comic book adaptations, so expect this one to be amazing.


BrainDead - Summer, CBS
Excitement level: 6/10

The premise of BrainDead- that alien parasites have taken over the brains of Congress- is kind of hilarious (and would explain a lot), but it's also very silly. This show will either be amazing or terrible, and we're hoping for the former.


Luke Cage - Fall, Netflix
Excitement level: 8/10


Other than a few set photos, we don't have much to go off of when evaluating Luke Cage, except for Luke Cage himself. Mike Colter was a welcome presence in Jessica Jones, showing all of the charisma and intensity that the Hero for Hire should have without pulling focus from the main character. Now, it's his time to shine, and Defenders fans can't miss it.


Doctor Who - TBA, BBC
Excitement level: 9/10


We technically don't know if Doctor Who is coming back this year or next, but keep hope alive, Whovians. After Clara's poignant death and River Song's triumphant return in the Christmas special, we can't wait a whole year for this show to come back.


The Leftovers - TBA, HBO
Excitement level: 10/10


The Leftovers is returning for its third and final season sometime this year, and we're going to be so, so sad to see it go. It went from a high-quality but highly flawed show in its first season to being one of the best shows on television in the second, exploring fascinating questions about existentialism, depression, and the afterlife. After a season that included a ten-minute cold open that took place in prehistoric times and a portrayal of the afterlife as a luxury hotel that forces you to push little girls down wells, we have no doubt that it will go out with a bang.


Legion - TBA, FX
Excitement level: 8/10

Legion and Hellfire are both currently in production, and we technically don't know if either will air this year. But Legion is the more likely of the two, as the pilot is already written and Fargo's Rachel Keller just signed on to play the female lead. It also happens to be the show we're more excited for, especially after Simon Kinberg called it "the Breaking Bad of superhero shows."


The Man in the High Castle - TBA, Amazon
Excitement level: 9/10


If Netflix doesn't take over the world, it will be Amazon, as they are killing it with their original programming. The pilot of The Man in the High Castle was their most-watched and best-reviewed original show ever, even including Golden Globe winner Transparent, and is a more than worthy adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel.


Person of Interest - TBA, CBS
Excitement level: 9/10


This well-written, well-acted show started off as a procedural and became one of the most complex and sophisticated fictional dystopias about artificial intelligence. But unfortunately, no one has heard of it, and it's probably going to end after its fifth season (boo-hoo). If it does, we have complete faith that it will get an ending it deserves, and you won't want to miss it.


Powers - TBA, Playstation Network
Excitement level: 2/10


I completely forgot this show existed until now.


Westworld - TBA, HBO
Excitement level: 9/10


The cast alone should get you excited for this show: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Jeffrey Wright, the list goes on and on. HBO is nothing if not known for high-quality, prestige genre shows, and Westworld will likely be no exception.
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