The brand new TV shows you should be watching right now

Hands up who's watching the hot new thing in TV right now? You're joking, right? We barely have time to keep up-to-date on all the great returning series, never mind watch all the brand new season 1 shows on offer. How are we supposed to work out which new shows we should be checking out? Why with the helpful list below of course... (see what I did there?) The GR+ team knows how hard it is to stay on top of all the great TV available so while we get you ready for Game of Thrones season 7 and Stranger Things season 2, we've also been watching loads of brand new, season 1 series to work out which will be the next big thing. From American Gods to The Keepers, below are the best shows airing right now that you don't want to miss. Don't forget, we're just talking about brand new shows here - if you want to know what's the best TV of the year (season 1 or otherwise), check out the most anticipated upcoming TV shows of 2017

Loving a new series we've missed? Let us know in the comments below. 

Santa Clarita Diet 

Where can I watch it? All on Netflix all day long!

Drew Barrymore riffs on her romcom image in this dark Netflix Original as a Californian real estate agent who enjoys the sweet succulent taste of human flesh. According to the series she's not a zombie, per se, but more of a cannibal. Whatever she is, her husband is an understanding sort who happily goes along with her newfound dietary requirements. Said spouse is played by Justified's Timothy Olyphant, who's got great chemistry with Barrymore as they try to find horrible people to eat guilt-free. It's a bit like Dexter without the maudlin edge, and definitely worth your time. Gem Seddon

American Gods

Where can I watch it? The show is currently airing on Starz in the US, and Amazon Prime in the UK.  

It's been a long time coming, but at last, a small-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods is upon us! His iconic story tells of a war between the old gods and the new, and what's most exciting about this series is who's behind it: Hannibal's Bryan Fuller. Judging from the episodes we've seen so far, it's got enough blood and guts to keep the Thrones fans happy but the sex is most decidedly above and beyond the HBO classic. Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, and Crispin Glover take on the guise of some of the gods, and are joined by some talented newcomers too. Check it out and see if this is your new TV obsession. Gem Seddon

13 Reasons Why

Where can I watch it? All 13 (funny that) episodes are available on Netflix now.

A controversial teen drama, this is the gradually unfolding tragic story of a  girl who has committed suicide. Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) speaks from beyond the grave in a package of tapes that are being sent around the school year to those who she blames for her unfortunate circumstances. Moral Marmite - is this the best way to represent teen suicide? - the series follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he makes his way through the tapes, listening like an ultra grim podcast where you know exactly what's going to happen at the end. It's not for everyone with its grim subject matter, but 13 Reasons Why delivers a horribly intriguing experience that you'll want to see through to the bitter end. Louise Blain

The Handmaid's Tale

Where can I watch it? In the US, you can get the whole season on Hulu, but in the UK it's just started airing on Channel 4.

Everyone loves a post-apocalyptic vision of the future, but let me tell you: no dystopia you've ever seen is like The Handmaid's Tale. Based on the classic Margaret Atwood novel, the series takes place in a future where most woman can't procreate and so the still fertile ones are forced into a life of slavery to sire offspring for rich couples. Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, whose name refers to the person she belongs to: Fred. She's joined by a couple of Netflix regulars: Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel and Orange is the New Black's Samira Wiley, and so far the series is both harrowing and gobsmackingly good. Gem Seddon

The Son

Where can I watch it? Watch it now on AMC in the US and AMC UK and BT TV in the UK. 

The Son was hailed as the return of Pierce Brosnan and marked the former Bond star's TV debut as he took on the role of Eli McCullough, a ruthless Texas rancher. There's a distinct wild west feel to the show which might appeal to Westworld fans, but the main storyline is actually set later on in American history, focusing on the oil industry. There's some cowboy and indian-style flashbacks, which chart McCullough's unconventional upbringing, but it's his calculating thirst for wealth and power which will scare you the most. Yes, his Texas accent is a bit dodgy but you'll forget all about that when you watch him scheming... Lauren O'Callaghan

The Keepers

Where can I watch it? All seven episodes are streaming now on Netflix.

We already knew that Netflix knows a good documentary when it sees it - hello Making a Murderer - but The Keepers takes true crime reporting to another level. The Keepers is the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun who was found dead in 1969, and whose murder has never been solved. Incredibly, a number of students from the Catholic school where she was teaching - now in their 50s and 60s - have been investigating the case and the sexual abuse scandal that revolved around a Priest also teaching at the school. There's no disguising that it's exceptionally traumatic watching but handled with effortless respect for the strong victims who can finally talk freely about their experiences, it's utterly gripping viewing. Louise Blain 


Where can I watch it? It's currently airing on NBC in the US and Sky 1 in the UK. You can also catch up on Now TV. 

Welcome to The New World! Remember when America was just a handful of European settlements which were at war with the Native Americans? No, me neither, but that's what this new show is about. Specifically about the most famous settlement of Jamestown and the women who were sent to marry the men there. About 18 months after Jamestown is built, Jocelyn, Alice, Verity, and a host of other women travel to meet their future husbands who have effectively bought and paid for them. As you can imagine, the new world if full of dangers for the women... and that's not even including their spouses. If you think this is a period drama though, you're wrong, there's enough violence here to keep even the most blood-thirsty of fans happy. Lauren O'Callaghan