Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series

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1. Alcatraz (2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.

Stars: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra

Votes: 37,661

2. Awake (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette

Votes: 19,920

3. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Chloe is a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate. She causes trouble for her naive small town roommate, June, and Chloe's best friend, James Van Der Beek.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock, Eric André

Votes: 32,483

4. Falling Skies (2011–2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.

Stars: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Will Patton

Votes: 82,831

5. New Girl (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone

Votes: 172,037

6. Ringer (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Bridget is six months sober and starting to get her life back on track when she becomes the sole witness to a professional hit. She flees to New York, telling no one. In New York, Bridget ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 19,589

7. Smash (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Musical

There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Stars: Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle

Votes: 15,637

8. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 77,341

9. The Following (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry

Votes: 81,165

10. The Mindy Project (2012–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.

Stars: Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Chris Messina

Votes: 27,078

11. Nashville (2012–2018)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Follows the lives and tragedies of rising and fading country music stars in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson

Votes: 21,994

12. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 97,167

13. Political Animals (2012)

TV-14 | 360 min | Drama

A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together.

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 5,696

14. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 186,741

15. The Bridge (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.

Stars: Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger, Thomas M. Wright, Ted Levine

Votes: 16,989

16. Masters of Sex (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears

Votes: 32,914

17. The Michael J. Fox Show (2013–2014)

30 min | Comedy

A comedy inspired by the life of Michael J. Fox.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Katie Finneran

Votes: 4,959

18. Ray Donovan (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Katherine Moennig

Votes: 69,512

19. Under the Dome (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small actual town of Chester's Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townspeople must discover the secrets and purpose of the "dome" or "sphere" and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other and animals too.

Stars: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford

Votes: 97,396

20. Extant (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An astronaut struggles to learn how she became pregnant while on a thirteen-month-long solo space mission.

Stars: Halle Berry, Pierce Gagnon, Grace Gummer, Tyler Hilton

Votes: 22,706

21. Gotham (2014–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 198,524

22. Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Follows some players in the 80s technological revolution that lead to information society.

Stars: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé

Votes: 24,971

23. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 67,334

24. Outlander (2014– )

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 97,030

25. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney

Votes: 102,634

26. The Strain (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 72,064

27. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 69,981

28. Aquarius (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who's slowly building his cult.

Stars: David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont

Votes: 10,224

29. Blindspot (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza

Votes: 61,388

30. Minority Report (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington DC one of the three PreCogs attempts to lead on a normal life while still suffering from visions of the future. Will they be able to hold it together or mentally breakdown and give up?

Stars: Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Nick Zano, Daniel London

Votes: 9,349

31. The Muppets. (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Family

Jim Henson's lovable Muppets return to the small screen in this mockumentary-style series that follows their personal and professional lives.

Stars: Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Peter Linz

Votes: 5,287

32. Scream Queens (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A semi-anthology series that centers on characters being terrorized by a serial killer in different locations, including a university and a hospital.

Stars: Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer

Votes: 31,878

33. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood

Votes: 99,026

34. UnREAL (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 42 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brennan Elliott

Votes: 12,390

35. Atlanta (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.

Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 41,636

36. Better Things (2016– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent.

Stars: Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward

Votes: 9,816

37. Designated Survivor (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn

Votes: 65,172

38. The Good Place (2016– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil

Votes: 66,471

39. One Mississippi (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy, Drama

This semi-autobiographical dark comedy starring Tig Notaro follows her as she returns to her hometown after the sudden death of her mother. Still reeling from her own declining health ... See full summary »

Stars: Tig Notaro, John Rothman, Noah Harpster, Stephanie Allynne

Votes: 2,954

40. Pitch (2016–2017)

60 min | Drama, Sport

A young pitcher becomes the first woman to play in the Major Leagues.

Stars: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, Mo McRae

Votes: 5,172

41. This Is Us (2016– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz

Votes: 79,453

42. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 361,435



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