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Ten new Netflix original series that we can’t wait to watch in 2016

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

We’re always telling you about the best things coming to Netflix every month, but what about the most exciting things coming to the popular chilling companion this year? With the streaming service doubling its amount of original programming in 2016, there are plenty of brand-new shows we can’t wait to catch. From new Marvel superhero fare to a highly anticipated adaptation of a gothic children’s book series, these are the ten new shows we’re most looking forward to.

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1. Stranger Things
Originally titled "Montauk," this hour-long supernatural drama from Matt and Ross Duffer stars Winona Ryder as a working-class single mom whose son disappears under mysterious circumstances. In addition to giving Ryder what sounds like a meaty role, we can't wait to see what kind of creepiness the Duffer brothers have in store for us after their spooky Wayward Pines.

2. The OA
We're excited for this show even though Netflix hasn't released a single detail about its plot (though it's believed to have some mystery elements.) The reason? It's the first television offering from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the team behind The East and The Sound of My Voice. Whatever the series ends up being, it's sure to be thought-provoking, original and more-than-a-little weird.

3. The Crown
Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen) is back to analyze royalty once again with this new show written exclusively for Netflix. The show will consists of 13 hour-long episodes that tell the full story of the British royal family. 

4. Lady Dynamite
Sometimes, there is justice the world. Brilliant comedian Maria Bamford finally gets her due with this new mockumentary that's being compared to Louie. The first season will be released later this year, and includes similarly hilarious guest stars like Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, June Diane Raphael and Tig Notaro.

5. Marvel’s Luke Cage
Sure, Daredevil was fine. But this fall's Jessica Jones was the best television series Marvel has done yet. Considering what a large role Mike Colter's Luke Cage played in that show, here's hoping this new superhero tale (Another one! Yay...) will be just as ambitious.

6. Fuller House
This Full House reboot will probably not be good, but it's such a weird idea you can be sure we'll be watching at least a few episodes. How have the actors aged? Will they be recreating the opening credits with carefully placed trees in front of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen? And any chance to see John Stamos outside of a greek yogurt commercial is more than welcome. Who knows, we still may get that surprise Olsen twins cameo.

7. The Get Down
Baz Luhrmann directing a television series about the '70s New York music scene? Why not! Set to be released later this year, Netflix's first musical drama is set in The Bronx and chronicles the early days of hip-hop, disco and punk.

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events
This hilariously dark children's book series is practically begging for an adaptation, but all hope seemed lost after the bungled 2004 film. Luckily, Netflix has come to the rescue with this new television series, a format that seems more appropriate for the story anyways. The show may not have Meryl Streep, but as long as it doesn't cast a hammy Jim Carrey it should be a step up from the last go-around.

9. Love
Netflix has already ordered two seasons of this new show from Judd Apatow, his first since Declared was cancelled in 2003. The series will focus on the relationship of Gus and Mickey (Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs) as it goes through various ups and downs, and will premiere the week of Valentine's Day on February 19.

10. Chelsea Does
Chelsea Handler is hitting the ground running after leaving E! for her new home at Netflix. In addition to hosting a regular talk show, Handler will also be producing this four-part documentary series, which sees her taking a witty look at marriage, racism, silicon valley and drugs. 

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