I watch TV shows for a living — here are my 7 most anticipated shows for 2024

Most anticipated shows of 2024 including "Slow Horses" and "House of the Dragon."
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Before the holiday break, the streaming coverage team here at Tom's Guide put together a list of our most anticipated TV shows for 2024. And while I agree with a lot of the list, I personally have a top seven for the TV shows that I am most anticipating this year,  that pretty easily rise to the top.

Full disclosure, there are a few shows that aren't on here that would make the cut but that I'm just not 100% sold are arriving in 2024. In particular, if I knew that "Severance" season 2 and "The Bear" season 3 were arriving on some of the best streaming services this year, they'd be on this list without a doubt. But I'm just not convinced they'll be ready in time due to the work stoppages that happened during 2023.

But without further ado, here are my seven most anticipated shows for 2024.

'Slow Horses' season 4 (Apple TV Plus)

I claimed that 'Slow Horses' was the best TV show I watched in 2023, so it probably doesn't surprise you to see it on this list. The Apple TV Plus spy thriller based on the Mick Herron "Slough House" books and starring Gary Oldman is an utter delight to watch and just gets better with every episode. Now that I know that season 4 is coming by the end of 2024, it's immediately my most anticipated show of the year.

Premieres late 2024 on Apple TV Plus 

'True Detective' season 4 (HBO)

"True Detective" is back for a fourth season and HBO's anthology crime series looks darker than ever. This season, we're headed to "Night Country" aka the cold unforgiving darkness of the Alaskan winter. Starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Alaskan detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, "Night Country" is reportedly influenced by serial killer movies Seven and Silence of the Lambs. The trailer look sinister — if not downright creepy — so I expect those comparisons to be apt.

Premieres Jan. 14 on HBO and Max

'Masters of the Air' (Apple TV Plus)

I loved "Band of Brothers" and I loved "The Pacific." So it only makes sense that I'm eagerly anticipating this Apple TV Plus series. "Masters of the Air" follows the 100th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, during their combat missions against Nazi Germany. It also is created as a companion piece to those other Steven Spielberg-produced World War II miniseries.

Plus, Masters of the Air features a massive ensemble cast with some heavy hitters in key roles. With Austin Butler as Major Gale Cleven, Barry Keoghan as Lt. Curtis Biddick and Ncuti Gatwa as 2nd Lt. Robert Daniels, don’t be surprised if this limited series is one of the year’s biggest shows.

Premieres Jan. 26 on Apple TV Plus

'Shogun' (FX/Hulu)

It's tough to call a miniseries the next "Game of Thrones" but that's exactly how I view this revival of 'Shogun." Set in feudal Japan and starring Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, a fictional version of the real Tokugawa Ieyasu, "Shogun" promises plenty of violence, political machinations and men (and women) talking in rooms, all of which were what made "Game of Thrones" great. The show also stars Cosmo Jarvis as Pilot Major John Blackthorne and Anna Sawai as Lady Toda Mariko, both of whom may ultimately swing the balance of power in Japan.

Premieres Feb. 27 on FX (via Sling or Fubo) and Hulu

'House of the Dragon' season 2 (HBO)

Just because I'm hyped for a show like "Game of Thrones" doesn't mean I'm not just as excited for the real thing. Season 1 of "House of the Dragon" had everything we missed from Westeros, including incredible performances, sex, blood and violence — and, of course, dragons. As long as HBO sticks to that script for season 2  I'll be eagerly awaiting the return of Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen), Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen) and Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower). Based on the first trailer, my hopes are high.

Premieres early summer on HBO and Max

'Fallout' (Prime Video)

The "Fallout" TV series is coming at just the right time. After "The Last of Us", it's clear that a video game adaptation can be done right. And with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy at the helm, I'm confident that they can nail this show for Prime Video. They’ve stated over and over again that the goal is to create a show based on "Fallout" themes rather than adapting existing game storylines. Plus, we get Walton Goggins as The Ghoul, which may be my most anticipated performance of the year.

Premieres April 12 on Prime Video

'X-Men ‘97' (Disney Plus)

X-Men '97 logo

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I love cartoons, something that was honestly sparked by watching shows like "X-Men: The Animated Series." So when I heard that Marvel was not only reviving the series but bringing back most of the original voice cast, I was immediately excited for "X-Men ‘97." While we don’t know what storylines the show will cover, all I know is Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops and more are back in animated form, and that’s enough to get me excited.

Premieres early 2024 on Disney Plus

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Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.