Top TV Shows 2023: 60 Must-Watch Series From This Year

Top TV Shows 2023: 60 Must-Watch Series From This Year
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2022 was such a good year for TV shows, can 2023 possibly top it? So far, so good. We’ve had a bunch of new and highly anticipated returning series hit our screens this year, and there are still a few more to come before the end of December.

Here are some of the 2023 TV shows you should look out for in the remainder of the year as well as where you can catch up on some of the top shows from the past 11 months.

What new shows are coming out in 2023?

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

Release date: November 17

The cult classic Scott Pilgrim gets another life in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an anime adaptation that features the voice cast of the 2010 live-action film. The series will tell a similar story to the film, following Scott as he falls in love with Ramona Flowers and must fight her seven evil exes.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Release date: November 17

While you wait for Godzilla and Kong to return in their sequel smash-up next year you can get your fill of monster mayhem in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

The 10-episode series is set in the same Monsterverse and takes place after the climactic Godzilla battle in San Francisco. Two siblings are following their father’s footsteps to understand their family’s connection to the secret organisation known as Monarch, which takes them down a rabbit hole into the world of monsters.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV+

Fargo – Season 5

Release date: November 22

Fargo, the hit anthology series based on the classic Coen Brothers movie, is entering its fifth season. This time the story is set in Minnesota and South Dakota in 2019 and follows a seemingly typical Midwest housewife whose past begins to catch up with her. Season 5 stars Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Joe Keery.

Where to watch in Australia: SBS On Demand

Squid Game: The Challenge

Release date: November 22

While we wait for another season of Squid Game, Netflix has come up with the idea to turn the competition into a legitimate reality series (minus all the murder).

Participants will compete in the same games seen in the TV series, like Red Light Green Light, to try and win a $4.56 million cash prize. It’s all very meta.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

The Artful Dodger

Release date: November 29

Another of Disney+’s major local Australian productions arrives this November, this time with a continuation of a beloved story. The Artful Dodger is a follow-up to Oliver Twist, starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) as Jack Dawkins, a pickpocket who transitions his skills to become a surgeon in 1850s Australia.

Where to watch in Australia: Disney+

Power Book III: Raising Kanan

Release date: December 1

The Power universe continues to expand and we’re now up to Power Book III: Raising Kanan. Season 3 of the thrilling crime underbelly series finds Kanan grappling with notions of right and wrong and confronting an existential crisis that threatens his identity.

Where to watch in Australia: Stan

The Crown – Season 6

Release date: Part Two (December 14)

The Crown returns for a split season this year in what will be its final crop of episodes. Imelda Staunton returns to play Queen Elizabeth II, exploring the years leading up to and following Diana’s fatal car crash. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship will also be featured.

Stream Part One on Netflix.

Reacher – Season 2

Release date: December 15

One of Prime Video’s top TV shows, Reacher, returns this December for its second season. The series is an adaptation of Lee Child’s successful novel series with Alan Ritchson starring as the titular military police investigator, Jack Reacher. In Season 2, Reacher receives a coded message that members of his former army unit are being mysteriously murdered, and he must race to investigate.

Where to watch in Australia: Prime Video

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Release date: December 20

It is a good year for book adaptations with the YA classic Percy Jackson also getting another shot at the screen treatment thanks to Disney+. The series has an all-new cast but will tackle the same story as the first book, in which Percy learns he is a Demigod and is accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt.

Where to watch in Australia: Disney+

What If…? – Season 2

Release date: December 22

Marvel is rounding out a big year with a new season of its multiversal animated series What If…?. The show explores what would happen if different choices were made in the MCU and the second season features notable characters like Scarlet Witch, Shuri, Thor, Black Panther and many more (but perhaps not the versions you recognise).

Where to watch in Australia: Disney+

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Vikings Valhalla – Season 2

The Vikings continue to raid in season 2 of Vikings Valhalla which follows Leif, Harald and Freydis around Scandinavia as they become fugitives after the fall of Kattegat.

Stream it now on Netflix

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is one TV show you won’t want to miss in 2023, regardless of whether you’ve played the video game or not.

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic America that has been ravaged by a pandemic that turns those infected into gruesome zombies. The story follows a hardened survivor, Joel, who is tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across the country.

The Last of Us is one of the best stories ever told in a video game, and has become the same on television.

Read our episode recaps here.

Stream it now on BINGE

That ’90s Show

If you need a little nostalgia, That ’90s Show will give it to you. The sequel to the classic sitcom That ’70s Show takes place 25 years later in 1995, following the daughter of Eric and Donne Forman, who is visiting her grandparents for the summer and bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids.

Stream it now on Netflix

Wolf Pack

If you ever wanted to see Buffy the Vampire Slayer deal with werewolves, now is your chance. Wolf Pack stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in a new series from the creator of Teen Wolf, that explores the ramifications of a Californian wildfire that awakens a supernatural creature.

Stream it now on Paramount+

Poker Face

Rian Johnson’s (Knives Out) next project is another high-stakes murder mystery, this time starring Natasha Lyonne. Poker Face is a 10-part series with an epic cast lineup including Adrien Brody, Ron Perlman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Stream it now on Stan

You – Season 4

Penn Badgley’s charming serial killer is back for another season as Netflix continues its adaptation of Caroline Kepnes’ You book series.

The fourth season sees Joe start afresh in a new city after getting away with murder once again. We can go ahead and assume the saying ‘new city new me’ probably doesn’t apply in this case.

Stream it now oNetflix.

Carnival Row – Season 2

Carnival Row brings a unique crime thriller angle to the fantasy genre as inspector Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) investigates a series of murders in a world where humans and creatures live together. The second and last season promises impossible dilemmas and soul-defining tests for each of the characters.

Stream it now on Prime Video

The Mandalorian Season 3

The third season of The Mandalorian sees Mando and Grogu on another galaxy-hopping adventure that takes them back to Mandalore and into conflict with those who want the darksaber.

Stream the TV show now on Disney+.

Sex/Life – Season 2

Sex/Life follows a love triangle between a woman, her husband and her past flame who suddenly re-enters her life. In season 2, Billie navigates new challenges and “fresh desires” as she lusts after the life she wants. Sounds like it will be another spicy season.

Stream it now on Netflix

Daisy Jones & The Six

In an adaptation of a book that rose to viral acclaim, Prime Video’s Daisy Jones & The Six is a musical-drama series telling the rise and fall of a fictional rock band in the 70s.

Stream it now on Prime Video

Ted Lasso – Season 3

It was a tough year without our favourite beacon of optimism, Ted Lasso, but that’s all changed now that season 3 is on our screens.

The third (and possibly final) season of Apple TV+’s hit comedy will see Ted and the AFC Richmond team go up against their friend-turned-foe, Nate Shelley, as they fight for the top spot in the championship.

Stream the TV show now oApple TV+

Shadow and Bone – Season 2

The adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA fantasy series continues in Netflix’s second season of Shadow and Bone. The new season introduces characters new and old as Alina and Mal flee the persecution of General Kirigan (who is still very much alive).

Stream it now on Netflix

Class of ’07

Prime Video’s new comedy series Class of ’07 is just insanely relatable for anyone who went to an all-girls school in Australia. The series follows a group of old classmates who are stranded at their high school during their ten-year reunion after an apocalyptic tidal wave submerges everything around them. Truly the worst reunion you could imagine.

Stream it now on Prime Video

Yellowjackets – Season 2

Yellowjackets raised plenty of questions in Season 1, and we’re still yet to find out how the stranded women’s soccer team go from teenage girls fighting for survival to cult-like clans murdering each other in the wilderness. Season 2 of this TV show brought some answers but also raised an equal number of questions.

Stream the 2023 TV show now on Paramount+

Succession – Season 4

The war within the Roy family continued in Season 4 of Succession, which saw the sale of Waystar Royco move forward. Of course, not everyone was happy with that outcome and further division is sewn within the family, until one person eventually rises to “succeed”.

Stream the 2023 TV show now on BINGE

Riverdale – Season 7

Riverdale is back for its seventh and final season and it might be the wildest one yet. Season 7 sees the gang back in high school, thanks to some alternate timeline shenanigans that will no doubt have zero explanation. Will we still be watching? Absolutely.

Stream the 2023 TV show now on Netflix

The Last Thing He Told Me

Jennifer Garner returns to the TV screen in The Last Thing He Told Me, an adaptation of Laura Dave’s mystery thriller that also happens to be one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks.

In the series, Garner plays Hannah, a woman who must forge a relationship with her rebellious stepdaughter in order to find out the truth behind why her husband disappeared.

Stream the 2023 TV show now on Apple TV+.

Love & Death

Elizabeth Olsen’s latest role places her as an alleged axe murderer in the true crime series Love & Death. Olsen plays Candy Montgomery, a churchgoer who lives a small-town life in Texas with her husband and friends. But all that changes when somebody picks up an axe.

Stream the 2023 TV show now on Binge.


If you’ve been itching for a new spy thriller, look no further than Citadel. The action-packed series stars Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas as two agents for the massive spy corporation Citadel. But after the agency falls and their memories are erased, they must re-learn their pasts to stop a new rising crime syndicate.

Stream the new TV series now on Prime Video.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Jumping off the success of its hit period romance Bridgerton, Netflix has commissioned a spin-off series starring a young version of Queen Charlotte.

The series will reveal how Queen Charlotte rose to her position of prominence and power. Golda Rosheuval, Adjoa Andoh, and Ruth Gemmell will all reprise their roles and be joined by new cast members playing their character’s younger counterparts.

Stream it now on Netflix.


Adapted from Hugh Howey’s popular novel series, Silo is a new gritty dystopian show that sees all of humanity living underground in a city-sized silo. After a series of murders grips the community, they begin to unravel the secrets of the silo and question the regulations that put them there in the first place.

Stream the new series on Apple TV+.

The Great

A third season of The Great has arrived. Huzzah! The comedic take on the history of Catherine the Great and her marriage to Peter III has been a delight thus far, and in Season 3, the couple continues to battle for the throne.

Watch the new season now on Stan

Prehistoric Planet – Season 2

Fans of dinosaurs absolutely cannot miss the new season of Prehistoric Planet. Apple TV+’s groundbreaking innovative docuseries combine the best of nature documentaries with cutting-edge technology and scientific research, to paint an accurate picture of what life would have looked like for dinosaurs in prehistoric times. The new season has even more dinosaurs and new environments to explore – including some familiar Australian locations!

Watch the new season on Apple TV+

The Clearing

Many Australians are familiar with the Family, a new-age religious group that inducted children at a secluded property in Victoria. The Clearing is a new psychological thriller series inspired by that true story, starring Teresa Palmer, Guy Pearce and Mirando Otto. It dives into the darkness of real-world cults and examines one of Australia’s infamous and rare female cult leaders.

Stream the 2023 TV show on Disney+

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese is one of the most exciting shows on this list not only because it’s an adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s excellent graphic novel, but it also recruits a stellar cast to bring it to life. Everything Everywhere All At Once Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan both star and Stephanie Hsu and Ronny Chieng also make guest appearances.

Stream it on Disney+

Black Mirror – Season 6

Ready for a new existential crisis? Good, because a new season of Black Mirror is here to provide just that.

The new crop of episodes about the dark side of technology dropped in June with stories starring Aaron Paul, Annie Murphy, Ben Barnes, Rory Culkin, Salma Hayek Pinault and many more.

Stream it now on Netflix.

Secret Invasion

Marvel is continuing its hot streak of Disney+ shows set in the MCU with a big line-up planned for 2023. The first series is Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

The series adapts the iconic Marvel comic book storyline that sees the shapeshifting Skrulls adopt the identity of powerful players around the world in their infiltration of Earth. Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke and Ben Mendelsohn also star.

Stream it on Disney+

The Afterparty – Season 2

The laughs and murders continue in The Afterparty, which sees Aniq and Zoe attend a wedding only for a family member to turn up dead. They enlist the help of their friend, Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish), whose investigation turns up all kinds of perspectives from a unique group of wedding guests, all told through a different genre.

Stream it on Apple TV+

The Bear – Season 2

Aussies had to wait a little longer for season 2 of the smash hit series The Bear, but finally, it has arrived. Season 2 explores what Carmy and Sydney’s dream restaurant looks like, and serves up plenty more addictive drama and surprise cameos.

Stream it on Disney+.

The Witcher – Season 3

The third season of The Witcher will tackle the next book in the series, The Time of Contempt, in which Geralt is still trying to protect his ward, Ciri, from the dangerous forces who seek her power. Yennefer is also along for the ride to help Ciri with her magical training.

The second half of season 3 will bid farewell to lead actor Henry Cavill before Liam Hemsworth takes over the role of Geralt.

Stream all of Season 3 now on Netflix.

Twisted Metal

2023 is shaping up to be the year of the video game adaptation. The latest is Twisted Metal which sees the car combat game turned into a post-apocalyptic action-comedy. Anthony Mackie stars as a delivery driver named John Doe who transports a mysterious package across a dystopian wasteland with the help of Quiet (Stephanie Beatriz), a badass car thief.

Stream it all on Stan.

Special Ops: Lioness

From the creator of Yellowstone, Special Ops: Lioness stars Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana and Morgan Freeman in a thrilling crime drama. The story follows the Lioness Engagement Team – a top-notch group dedicated to taking down a terrorist organisation from the inside.

Watch it on Paramount+

Good Omens – Season 2

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, Good Omens is back for a second season with everyone’s favourite unlikely duo – the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) gracing our screens once again. This season the duo deal with the arrival of a new archangel, Gabriel, played by Jon Hamm.

Stream the TV show on Prime Video

Heels – Season 2

Set in the small-town world of professional wrestling, Season 2 of Heels follows the fallout between brothers, Jack and Ace Spade, as they attempt to keep their family wrestling business alive and stop their personal lives from falling apart.

Start watching on Stan.

Heartstopper – Season 2

The YA queer romance series Heartstopper has brought us another batch of heartwarming episodes. The series follows the romance between high schoolers Nick and Charlie, based on the comics by Alice Oseman.

Watch it on Netflix.

Only Murders in the Building – Season 3

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TV shows 2023. Image: Disney+

Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin’s trio of lovable podcasters can’t seem to stop getting into trouble. The next season of Only Murders in the Building sees them wrapped up in another murder mystery after a new friend dies suspiciously. Who did it? Start placing your bets.

Stream it on Disney+


After having brief appearances in The Mandalorian, the famous Star Wars character Ahsoka finally has her own show. The series is a Rebels reunion with Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren also appearing in live-action alongside Rosario Dawson’s Jedi knight. Together they will be tracking down rumours of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s re-emergence.

Stream it on Disney+

The Wheel of Time – Season 2

The second season of Prime Video’s other hit fantasy show is back. The Wheel of Time adapts Robert Jordan’s long-running fantasy novels that star women as the wielders of magic. In the Season 1 finale, the identity of the prophecised Dragon Reborn was revealed, and in Season 2, we catch up with our group as they are split apart, each on their own adventures that bring them into contact with new characters and groups in this mystical world.

Watch it on Prime Video

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon

If you’re wondering how on Earth Daryl Dixon made his way from the U.S. to France, you’re not alone, and the new The Walking Dead series is going to explore how exactly that happened. Plus, we’ll get to see how the zombie apocalypse has impacted those over in Europe.

Watch it on Stan

Morning Wars – Season 3

Morning Wars (aka The Morning Show) may have had a misstep with its COVID-19-focused second season, but things are shaping up to be bigger than ever in Season 3. The main challenge for UBA this time is a new tech titan (played by Jon Hamm) who takes an interest in the network and causes all sorts of new alliances to be formed and tested.

Watch it on Apple TV+

Sex Education – Season 4

The fourth and final season (sad) of Netflix’s hit teen series Sex Education is here. The new season brings back all of your favourites as well as a few new cast members, including Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy.

Stream it now on Netflix

American Horror Story: Delicate

American Horror Story is back for its 12th season (!!). Subtitled Delicate, the new season sees AHS regulars like Emma Roberts and Sarah Paulson return, as well as newcomers Cara Delevigne and Kim Kardashian. The story follows an actress who dreams of starting a family, but begins to suspect something may be targeting her and her pursuits of motherhood.

Stream it on Binge

The Continental

Can’t get enough of John Wick? Then you simply have to watch The Continental. The 3-part series on Prime Video is a prequel to Keanu Reeves’ hit movie franchise and follows a young Winston Scott and his journey to becoming the proprietor of the New York branch of The Continental – a hotel haven for assassins.

Stream it on Prime Video

Gen V

While we’re still waiting for news on the next season of The Boys, we do have the college spin-off show Gen V to entertain us in the meantime.

The series is set at Vought’s school for young adult superheroes who embark on Hunger Games-style hazing rituals to achieve the college’s top ranking. Naturally, there’s plenty of blood, sex and ethical boundary-pushing as well.

Stream it now on Prime Video.

Our Flag Means Death – Season 2

Our Flag Means Death is a charming comedy series following a pampered 18th-century aristocrat who abandons his privileged life to become a pirate. Season 2 will continue to explore the relationship between Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) and Captain Blackbeard (Taika Waititi).

Stream it now on Binge.

Loki – Season 2

The second season of Marvel’s sci-fi time-travel-bending series Loki has arrived. The new season sees Tom Hiddleston’s variant deal with the ramifications of the death of He Who Remains, which has altered the trajectory of the multiverse.

Stream it now on Disney+

The Fall of the House of Usher

The latest horror drama from Mike Flanagan is The Fall of the House of Usher, which adapts Edgar Allan Poe’s short story. The story follows the CEO of a pharmaceutical company who must reckon with his shady past after his children begin dying mysteriously.

Stream it now on Netflix

Lessons in Chemistry

An adaptation of the book of the same name, Lessons in Chemistry is a fictional drama following Elizabeth Zott (Brie Larson), a female chemist in the 1950s, and the prejudice and sexism she faces trying to make it in the science world. Eventually, she finds success by accepting a job as a host on a cooking show where her unique recipes strike a chord with housewives around the nation.

Stream it on Apple TV+

Upload – Season 3

The sci-fi comedy series Upload takes place where humans have the option to upload their consciousness to a virtual afterlife when they die. In season 3, we follow Nathan after he has been downloaded into a new body and is ready to finally explore his relationship with Nora, however, little does he know a backup copy of his consciousness has been activated in Lakeview.

Stream it now on Prime Video

NCIS: Sydney

The news that the ultra-successful crime procedural NCIS was heading to Australian shores caused quite a stir. Now it’s arrived.

NCIS: Sydney follows a team of U.S. NCIS agents who are paired with the Australian Federal Police to create a multinational taskforce to keep naval crimes in check.

Stream it now on Paramount+

Networks and streamers have a habit of dropping their new series without much warning, so keep checking on this list throughout 2023 for more upcoming TV show release dates.

Looking for something on a bigger screen? Here’s what’s coming to cinemas in 2023.

This article on TV shows for 2023 has been updated since its original publish date. 

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