We all love to get lost in a good TV show series from time to time, but with so many new shows coming out nowadays it can be difficult to sift through the mediocre content. It's highly disappointing when you sit through a few episodes of a series hoping that it will start to pick up only to find out halfway through the season that it's just not “your thing.” To help you avoid the hassle of wasting your time on shows that just aren't that great, we've listed the top 5 most popular TV shows that debuted in 2016:

1. Timeless

If you're tired of wasting time flipping through the channel guide, check out the new show Timeless on NBC. It's a unique spin on time traveling, with actors Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, and Goran Visnjic playing a trio of determined individuals who travel back in time to combat criminals and protect the course of history as we know it. Whether you're a history buff or a fan of time travel, this show has plenty of entertainment value to offer.

2. Pure Genius

Sarah Watson and Jason Katims are the stars of this interesting new series on CBS that follows a Silicon Valley tech giant as he teams up with an experienced surgeon to launch a hospital that takes a whole new approach to healthcare and medicine. Overall, Pure Genius is a fun show for anybody who works in the medical or tech fields and/or is interested in the quickly growing future of healthcare technology.

3. Class

Sci-fi fanatics and fans of the Doctor Who series will find Class to be an enjoyable show as it follows the everyday affairs of the students of Coal Hill School. This BBC television series is skyrocketing in popularity and gathering great ratings and reviews from viewers. Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, and Sophie Hopkins lead the cast as the key students in a show that is proving to be one of the biggest UK TV shows of 2016.

4. Chance

Chance is a top-notch thriller taking the year by storm with an 8.3 rating on IMDb and a strong following. Lisa Gay Hamilton, Greta Lee, and Paul Adelstein star in this captivating series that is bound to continue for at least a few seasons. In a nutshell, it's about a forensic neuro-psychiatrist who finds herself caught up in a dangerous world of police corruption and mistaken identity.

5. Goliath

Goliath came out earlier this year and has since attracted an average rating of 8.4 stars from several thousand raters on IMDb. With an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, and Maria Bello, and a plot that is sure to capture the attention of anyone looking for a good drama, this is a show that's definitely worth checking out. The plot revolves around a disgraced lawyer (Thornton) who stumbles upon a case that could bring redemption to his career by helping him exact revenge on the firm that expelled him.  

Why Not Watch Them All?

If you've got enough time on your hands, why not watch the first episode of all of the above and decide from there which one is your new favorite? Other honorable mentions that came out this year include 24: Legacy, Man With a Plan, American Housewife, Frequency, Conviction, Luke Cage, and Westworld. 

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