There are obviously a ton of highly anticipated TV shows and sequels in the pipeline this year. There's Masters of the Air coming to Apple TV+ this month, a Mr. and Mrs. Smith reboot (Amazon Prime) and Abbott Elementary Season 3 (Disney+) across early February, and 3 Body Problem (Netflix) on 21 March. That's just the first three months of the year, guys.

Our hearts are personally on Severance and Silo, even though the mind knows better than to expect seeing their new seasons this year. In the meantime, there are a handful of already confirmed installations, with HBO Max taking the most of the picking. The trailers aren't just teasers. These shows are certainly dropping this year, the only uncertain thing is the exact date, which are to be announced in due time. Get excited.

House of the Dragon Season 2

The redeeming spinoff from the messy conclusion that was Game of Thrones returns. With allegedly more dragons this time (“You’re going to meet five new dragons,” says showrunner Ryan Condal), the second season will likely pick off from the impending civil war and perhaps even trouble in uncle-husband-niece-wife paradise.

The Sympathizer

C'mon, that's how a trailer should be done. Give a little premise, but not spell out the entire plot in two and a half minutes. Name drop A24 under Executive Producers alongside the Downeys, and casually mention direction by Oldboy's Park Chan-wook. Plus, RDJ doing the most? Sold.

The Boys Season 4

With the surprise cameos in Gen V season 1, it's reasonable to expect crossovers between the two narratives. Besides the familiar antiheroes reaching for their capes again, new faces joining the cast are Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Rob Benedict and Elliot Knight; characters yet to be revealed.

The Bear Season 3

We didn't need the accolades to convince us what a gem the hit FX series is, but in case you needed reminding; it bagged a total of six awards at the 2023 Emmys. Best comedy series, lead actor in a comedy series (Jeremy Allen White), supporting actor in a comedy series (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and supporting actress in a comedy series (Ayo Edebiri). So yeah, can't wait to see Carmy get out of that fridge.

The Penguin

Whatever your verdict on Matt Reeves' The Batman was, no one can deny Colin Farrell's performance as the titular villain. Oh wait, did you just find out that was the actor under all those unrecognisable layers of prosthetics? We don't blame you. To his credit, the voice and mannerisms also played a part. Which is why we can only anticipate how the eight-parter on the Gotham gangster will play out.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind many hit shows—The Lego Movie; Cocaine Bear; Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse—return with a second season of The Afterparty. Like the last season, expect a murder at the titular afterparty and everyone at said afterparty looks guilty as hell. Aside from the playful dynamics among the ensemble cast, each episode focuses on a different character’s account of that fateful evening, all told through the lens of popular film genres and specific visuals to complement the storyteller’s perspective.

Last season, all eight episodes were directed in the style of an action movie; a musical; a teen drama; an animation; a police procedural; a children's show; a romantic comedy; a psychological thriller. For the second season, we are getting 10 episodes and from the trailer for the second season, it looks like we'll be getting genres like noir; a period drama; formalism (think the style of Wes Anderson) and... TikTok?

Three characters from last season will appear in this second season. We'll see Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish), who is called in to investigate a murder at the behest of Aniq (played by Sam Richardson) and Zoë (Zoë Chao). The star-studded cast retains its Hollywood gleam with the addition of Elizabeth Perkins; Zach Woods; Paul Walter Hauser; Poppy Liu; Anna Konkle; Jack Whitehall; Vivian Wu; John Cho and Ken Jeong.

The first two episodes of the second season will premiere on Wednesday, 12 July. After that, an episode will be aired every Wednesday until 6 September.

The Afterparty's second season will be shown solely on Apple TV+.