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Quality over quantity.
The company vowed to double its original series output in 2016, and this year it’s set to debut Marvel‘s next series, Luke Cage, and the much-anticipated Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, as well as new seasons of favorites like BoJack Horseman, House of Cards, and Grace and Frankie. But, as the Daily Dot’s Nico Lang pointed out, the company needs to keep its focus on quality, which doesn’t necessarily translate with middling Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider vehicles.
But there’s hope. Here are a few original series that look promising this year.
1) Chelsea Does (Jan. 23)
Comedian Chelsea Handler returns to TV in this four-part documentary, which will allegedly explore “marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs.” Handler’s new talk show is also set to debut on Netflix this year.
Netflix fave Will Arnett plays Chip, “a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, California, who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination.” The show is co-executive produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. We can only hope magic tricks are involved.
3) The Get Down
Baz Luhrmann’s musical look at New York in the ’70s—on the edge of the punk, rap, and disco movements—has reportedly been in the works for a decade now. While you wait, go watch 2015 standout Dope, starring The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore.
4) Marvel’s Luke Cage
Netflix continues to expand the Marvel Universe with its third title, zeroing in on Jessica Jones star Mike Colter, aka Luke Cage. He told the L.A. Times that the show “is going to have soul, it’s going to have intensity, it’s going to have dark parts to it. I think what’s going to make it unique is also the musicality of it.”
Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) star in this Judd Apatow creation about love and dating. It must be worth it, because Netflix gave it the green light for two seasons.
6) Lady Dynamite
A TV series helmed by Maria Bamford is a gift to us all. The show is touted as a “mockumentary” of the comedian’s life, the “story of a woman who loses—and then finds—her s**t.” Fellow comedians Sarah Silverman and Tig Notaro are slated to guest star.
7) Fuller House
Photo via Saeed Adyani/Netflix
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.