‘Fuller House,’ ‘Luke Cage’ Headline Original Shows Streaming In 2016

More shows are coming to streaming services in 2016, headlined by a reboot two decades in the making and the third Defenders installment, Time reported this week.

The list of shows coming to streaming services run the gambit from comedies to dark dramas with several options in between these extremes. Here is a look at the shows streaming services will offer in 2016.

Fuller House

Fuller House Shows Streaming In 2016
A photo of the original cast of Full House. The show is rebooting in 2016 as Fuller House starring many of the original cast members seen in this photo. [Photo via Lori Loughlin/Instagram]
Fans of Full House, a sitcom that ended an eight-year run in 1995, jumped for joy in April 2015 when this reboot was announced by Netflix. Fuller House stars many of the names of the original series with Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Bob Saget (Danny), Lori Loughlin (Becky), Dave Coulier (Joey), John Stamos (Jessie), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmie) reprising their roles for a 13-episode season.

The premise of Fuller House is that D.J. returns home to seek help from sister Stephanie and best-friend Kimmy in raising her three boys. But don’t expect to see Michelle in any of the episodes anytime soon. When Fuller House begins streaming on February 26, 2016, viewers aren’t expected to see either Olsen twins reprising their iconic role.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage
Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage in both Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage show. [Image by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images]
Luke Cage – the third in Netflix’s Defender series about Marvel’s superhero group – is another of the shows streaming in 2016. Mike Colter plays the titular character after his debut in the role this year for Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Viewers should expect a similar dark, realistic tone that was portrayed in the Jessica Jones series, according to The Inquisitr.

Luke Cage will delve more into the back story for Jessica Jones’ boyfriend. Colter’s character wasn’t born with superhero powers, and it was only after he was experimented upon and wrongfully imprisoned that he gained his durability. After this series, only the Iron First – another of the shows set for late in 2016 – remains before the Defenders unite in 2017.


James Franco stars in 11.22.63, an eight-part mini-series premiering Presidents’ Day on Hulu. [Photo via James Franco/Instagram]
Hulu is home to another one of the shows streaming debuting this winter as 11.22.63 hits the service on February 15, 2016. As the infamous date in the title suggests, this is a story about the time leading up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. James Franco stars in this drama as a high-school English teacher that travels back in time in an attempt to stop the shooting.

The eight-part mini-series is based on the best-selling novel by horror author Stephen King. J.J. Abrams – who helped create 2015’s biggest movie event with Star Wars: The Force Awakens – lends his hand to the series.

The Path

Aaron Paul The Path
Michelle Monaghan and Aaron Paul, who star in the upcoming Hulu series The Path. [Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images]
Aaron Paul is returning to star in his first series since Breaking Bad as The Path is another of the shows streaming services will offer this year. The series is about a family under the influence of a powerful cult leader. Hulu is releasing The Path on March 30, 2016 for its subscribers.

With executive producer Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) at the helm, the show adds fellow NBC alums Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) to the mix. Michelle Monaghan from True Detective rounds out the top-billed actors for the streaming offering.

Sneaky Pete

Giovanni Ribisi Sneaky Pete
Giovanni Ribisi is set to star in Sneaky Pete, an Amazon original series coming later this year. [Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images]
Giovanni Ribisi is set to star in Sneaky Pete, one of only a handful of shows coming to Amazon in 2016. In it, Ribisi will play a con man who steals a former cellmate’s identity to gain employment in the man’s family business. The pilot has already been made available on Amazon, but a date hasn’t been set for the streaming series.

Joining Ribisi in Sneaky Pete is Breaking Bad‘s star Bryan Cranston. Cranston is producing the show as well as providing a few guest appearances, adding some extra incentive for watching Sneaky Pete.

What do you think of the shows that are heading to streaming services in 2016? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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