The Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2024 Offer Something For Everyone


Between the pandemic and dual Hollywood strikes, it’s been a while since the new year’s television slate has been able to move forward unhindered. But so far, 2024 is off to a promising start—with a long list of new and returning titles to look forward to. There’s a political satire miniseries from the Succession team starring Kate Winslet; a look into the salacious world of midcentury New York high society with Feud: Capote vs. The Swans; a Colin Farrell vehicle set in Gotham City’s criminal underworld; and a Kathryn Hahn-starring WandaVision spinoff, to name a few. Below, the most highly anticipated television series of 2024:

The Brothers Sun

Starring: Justin Chien, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Song Li, Highdee Kuan, Joon Lee

Premiere Date: January 4, 2024

Streamer: Netflix

Michelle Yeoh in The Brothers Sun

Netflix

Although Michelle Yeoh’s most notable roles have typically been on the big screen, the actress is also known to dip her toes in television; after last year’s American Born Chinese, the Disney+ series in which she played a mythical god, she’s returning with Netflix’s dark crime comedy, The Brothers Sun. Per the logline, when the head of a powerful Taiwanese triad is shot by a mysterious assassin, his eldest son, legendary killer Charles “Chairleg” Sun (Chien) heads to Los Angeles to protect his mother, Eileen (Yeoh), and his naive younger brother, Bruce (Li)—who’s been completely sheltered from the truth of his family until now.

True Detective: Night Country, Season 4

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kali Reis

Premiere Date: January 14, 2024

Streamer: HBO Max

Jodie Foster and Kali Reis in True Detective

Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO

HBO’s True Detective was a hit when it landed in 2014, giving us Matthew McConaughey’s now-infamous monologue about time being a flat circle. The subsequent two seasons weren’t quite as well-received, but the anthology crime series is set to make a comeback with none other than Jodie Foster in the lead detective role. (It’s also the first installment of the series not to feature scripts written by Nic Pizzolatto; the six episodes were penned by Issa López instead). Set in the dark and spooky Ennis, Alaska, eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves—and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

Cristóbal Balenciaga

Starring: Alberto San Juan, Bélen Cuesta, Josean Bengoetxea

Premiere Date: January 19, 2024 in the U.K., Ireland and Spain; US date TBD

Streamer: Disney+

Alberto San Juan in Cristóbal Balenciaga

Disney+

Disney+’s Spanish Original series will tell the story of iconic fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, born in the Basque region of Spain in 1895. Per a description, the series will begin with the designer presenting his first Parisian Haute Couture collection in 1937, leaving behind a successful career in his ateliers in Madrid and San Sebastian dressing the Spanish elite and aristocracy. However, the designs that had set the trend in Spain don’t quite work in the sophisticated fashion empire that Paris has become, where Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy are the benchmark of Haute Couture. Guided by his obsession for control in all aspects of his life, Cristóbal Balenciaga will define his style and eventually become one of the most important designers of all time.

Griselda

Starring: Sofía Vergara, Alberto Guerra, Christian Tappán, Martín Rodríguez, Juliana Aiden Martinez

Premiere Date: January 25, 2024

Streamer: Netflix

Sofia Vergara in Griselda

Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

If you were a fan of Narcos, you may want to give this one a shot. Griselda chronicles the life of savvy and ambitious Colombian businesswoman, Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. Blanco is played by Sofía Vergara, a native Colombian herself who transformed for the role.

Masters of the Air

Starring: Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann

Premiere Date: January 26, 2024

Streamer: Apple TV+

Ncuti Gatwa in Masters of the Air

Apple TV+

Masters of the Air, based on the Donald L. Miller book of the same name, is a truly long-awaited series: not only was its production and release delayed a few years due to the pandemic, but the show itself serves as a companion to the critically acclaimed Band of Brothers (released back in 2001) and (less well-received) The Pacific (2010). The Apple TV+ series follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group Air Force pilots as they conducted raids over Nazi Germany, and portrays the psychological and emotional price paid by the young men conscripted into the war.

Expats

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Brian Tee, Sarayu Blue, Jack Huston, Ji-young Yoo

Premiere Date: January 26, 2024

Streamer: Prime Video

Expats, which is adapted from Janice Y.K. Lee’s 1998 novel, The Expatriates, follows three American women, Margaret (Nicole Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo), whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy. Per a logline, the series interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred. Brian Tee, who plays Margaret’s husband Clarke, and Jack Huston, who plays Hilary’s husband David, also star in the series.

Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, Season 2

Starring: Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Chloë Sevigny, Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Tom Hollander, Treat Williams

Premiere Date: January 31, 2024

Streamer: FX/Hulu

Chloe Sevigny in Feud, season 2

Pari Dukovic/FX

The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s Feud series dives into the salacious drama of midcentury New York City society’s most elite women—Truman Capote’s “swans.” Tom Hollander plays Capote, who ingratiated himself into the inner circle of rich, powerful, and glamorous women: Barbara “Babe” Paley (Naomi Watts), Slim Keith (Diane Lane), C.Z. Guest (Chloë Sevigny), and Lee Radziwill (Calista Flockhart). After becoming their closest confidant, Capote betrayed them by turning their darkest secrets into thinly veiled fictional fodder published in Esquire. The fallout from the piece was disastrous for both the swans and Capote, leading to his banishment from the society he so loved—and sending him into a dark place from which he ultimately never recovered.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Starring: Donald Glover, Maya Erskine

Premiere Date: February 2, 2024

Streamer: Prime Video

Maya Erskine and Donald Glover in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Amazon/MGM

Given that the 2005 film version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith delivered one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history (resulting in Brangelina), the television reboot has a lot of hype to live up to. But the Donald Glover-led series promises to be its own thing, with Glover stating in an interview that the story focuses on the modern-day conundrum of marriage, and whether it’s truly worth it anymore.

Abbott Elementary, Season 3

Starring: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter

Premiere Date: February 7, 2024

Streamer: ABC/Hulu

Quinta Brunson and Chris Perfetti in Abbott Elementary, season 2

Photo by Gilles Mingasson/ABC

The beloved elementary school-set series has made a bonafide star out of its stellar ensemble cast, not least of all creator Quinta Brunson, who has won several awards and been nominated for many more for her work on the show, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. Now that the strike is over, season three is set to return, and given that we left season two on a cliffhanger regarding Janine (Brunson) and Gregory’s (Tyler James Williams) romantic relationship, hopes are high for where the third installment will take us.

The New Look

Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche, Maisie Williams and John Malkovich

Premiere Date: February 14, 2024

Streamer: Apple TV+

Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior in The New Look

Apple TV+

The New Look focuses on iconic fashion designers Christian Dior (Mendelsohn), Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche), and their contemporaries (including Pierre Balmain and Cristóbal Balenciaga) as they navigated the horrors of the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris while simultaneously launching modern fashion as we know it today. The series will also have an incredible soundtrack; produced by Jack Antonoff, it features covers of popular early to mid-20th century songs performed by artists including Bleachers, Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, Matty Healy (The 1975), Beabadoobee, Nick Cave, Perfume Genius and more.

Shōgun

Starring: Anna Sawai, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis

Premiere Date: February 27, 2024

Streamer: Hulu

FX’s most ambitious project to date, Shōgun is an adaptation of James Clavell’s 1975 bestselling novel of the same name. The 10-episode limited series is set at the dawn of a century-defining civil war in 1600 Japan, as Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) goes toe-to-toe with the Council of Regents who have united against him. A mysterious European ship led by an English pilot (Cosmo Jarvis) is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, and his appearance tips the scales of power and changes the course of history. Featuring a cast of highly decorated Japanese actors, the epic war saga is a vibrant look into an era long gone.

The Regime

Starring: Kate Winslet, Andrea Riseborough, Matthias Schoenaerts, Hugh Grant, Martha Plimpton

Premiere Date: March 3, 2024

Streamer: HBO Max

Photograph by Miya Mizuno/HBO

Another series led by a silver screen icon, The Regime stars Kate Winslet as the chancellor of a modern European regime as it begins to unravel. From the executive producers of Succession, The Regime will have the same witty dialogue and satirical take on people who have been in power for perhaps a bit too long

Palm Royale

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Ricky Martin, Amber Chardae Robinson, Carol Burnett, Kaia Gerber

Premiere Date: March 20, 2024

Streamer: Apple TV+

Kristen Wiig in Palm Royale

Apple TV+

Palm Royale is both a period piece and a comedy with a dazzling ensemble cast—what’s not to look forward to? Loosely based on the book Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel, the 1969-set Palm Royale follows socialite Maxine Simmons (Kristen Wiig) as she tries to “secure her seat at America’s most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society. As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, Palm Royale asks the same questions that still baffle us today: ‘Who gets a seat at the table?’ ‘How do you get a seat at the table?’” In addition to Wiig, Palm Royale stars Laura Dern, Allison Janney, and Kaia Gerber.

Ripley

Starring: Andrew Scott

Premiere Date: April 4

Streamer: Netflix

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley

Netflix

Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn was a clear homage to the 1955 novel (and 1999 film starring Matt Damon) The Talented Mr. Ripley. Now, that IP will be turned into a new Netflix miniseries, with Irish actor Andrew Scott (All of Us Strangers, Fleabag) in the titular role. Directed and written by Steven Zaillian (who wrote Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman), the series follows Ripley, described as “a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York.” Per a logline, Ripley is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son (Johnny Flynn) to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and murder. Dakota Fanning also stars in the suspenseful series.

Fallout

Starring: Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Kyle MacLachlan

Premiere Date: April 12, 2024

Streamer: Prime Video

After the runaway success of Last of Us, there’s another video adaptation in the works: Fallout is based on the classic series about the end of the world, first launched in 1997 (with its most recent iteration released in 2018). Set in a post-apocalyptic, retrofuturistic landscape, the denizens of luxury fallout shelters must return to the surface and face the remnants of the world they left behind. Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets) leads the cast as one such Vault-dweller whose optimistic spirit is tested when faced with the harsh reality of how the other half lives.

The Sympathizer

Starring: Xoa Huande, Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Oh

Premiere Date: April 14, 2024

Streamer: Max

This A24 and HBO collaboration is an adaptation of Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Set during the Vietnam War (and specifically the Fall of Saigon in 1975), the satirical espionage thriller follows ‘The Captian (Hoa Xuande), a half-Vietnamese, half-French spy embedded in a South Vietnamese community in exile in the United States.

Under the Bridge

Starring: Lily Gladstone, Riley Keough, Vritika Gupta, Chloe Guidry

Premiere Date: April 17, 2024

Streamer: Hulu

Under the Bridge is based on author Rebecca Godfrey’s book about the 1997 true story of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk (Gupta) who went missing on her way to a friends’ party. As Godfrey (Keough) and local police officer (Gladstone) try to solve the crime, they are taken into the hidden world of the young girls accused of the murder.

Hacks, Season 3

Starring: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder

Premiere Date: May 2, 2024

Streamer: HBO Max

Photograph by Karen Ballard/HBO Max

The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Hacks will return for a third season this year. The end of season two saw comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and comedy writer Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder) successfully rehabilitate their careers with the success of a stage show, but left us on a cliffhanger when Deborah fired Ava. Where do we go from here? Will the two women succeed individually, or bring their delightfully dysfunctional partnership back together?

Bridgerton, Season 3

Starring: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie

Premiere Date: May 16, 2024 (Part 1); June 13, 2024 (Part 2)

Streamer: Netflix

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan in Bridgerton, season 3

Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Bridgerton has been a huge hit since Shonda Rhimes first brought it to Netflix in 2020, so it’s no surprise fans can’t wait for its third installment. This season focuses on Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), who has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). The story focuses on their friendship, potential love affair, and all the usual Regency-era drama (and fashion), as always, narrated by the all-knowing Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews).

House of the Dragon, Season 2

Starring: Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke

Premiere Date: June 16, 2024

Streamer: HBO Max

Game of Thrones is the HBO gift that keeps on giving, including another season of its wildly successful prequel series, House of the Dragon. Season two of the Targaryen civil war drama will pick up where it left off, with Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) feuding with her old friend Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) over who is the true ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Expect plenty of battles, wigs, twisted romantic relationships, and of course, dragons.

Becoming Karl Lagerfeld

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Arnaud Valois, Théodore Pellerin

Premiere Date: June 7, 2024

Streamer: Hulu

After being honored by The Costume Institute at the Met last year, Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy continues to be explored with a new show, Becoming Karl Lagerfeld. The six-episode mini-series, based on Raphaëlle Bacqué’s 2020 biography Kaiser Karl, charts the German designer’s prolific, six-decade career, beginning with his rise to fame in the 1970s when he took over the then-struggling House of Chanel. Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) plays Lagerfeld as he reinvigorates Chanel, starts his own eponymous label, and becomes the creative director of Fendi—in addition to having a romance with French socialite Jacques de Bascher (Théodore Pellerin) and a rivalry with fellow couturier Yves Saint Laurent (Arnaud Valois).

Agatha: Darkhold Diaries

Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Aubrey Plaza, Joe Locke, Patti LuPone, Sasheer Zamata

Premiere Date: Late 2024

Streamer: Disney+

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in WandaVision

Photo courtesy Marvel

After the massive success of the Elizabeth Olsen-starring WandaVision, Kathryn Hahn’s breakout character from the series (Agatha Harkness) is getting her own spinoff. Per a logline, “In the first episode, we see Agatha Harkness (Hahn) finally break out of a spell she has been trapped in. She can’t wait to go back to her old murderous ways only to find that she is powerless. The only way forward for her is to embark on a perilous quest to get her powers back with the help of an unlikely friend or two.” Additional cast of the Marvel limited series include Patti LuPone as the 450-year-old Sicilian witch Lilia Calderu, Aubrey Plaza as the witch Rio Vidal, Joe Locke as familiar Billy Kaplan, and Sasheer Zamata as sorceress Jennifer Kale.

The Penguin

Starring: Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti

Premiere Date: Summer 2024

Streamer: HBO Max

Colin Farrel in The Penguin

Photograph by Macall Polay/Max

After the success of 2022’s Oscar-nominated Banshees of Inisherin, Colin Farrell is jumping straight into another intense role with The Penguin. Set in the aftermath of 2022’s The Batman and the flooding of Gotham City, The Penguin focuses on Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot (Farrell) as he rises to power in Gotham’s gritty criminal underworld.



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