As 2017 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back on a lot of things. One standout has been the year in TV, a year which featured 450+ scripted shows airing across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. You can take a look at Collider’s TV Editor Allison Keene‘s best of the best in TV here and Chris Cabin‘s own Top 25 list. But for me, the focus will be on top-notch animated series debuts you may have missed in 2017. That narrows down the list significantly since shows like Trollhunters, The Simpsons, and Dragon Ball Super are merely continuing their epic run from year to year. Instead, I’ll put the spotlight on new shows that are worth your attention.
Rather than give you a ranked list, which is kind of silly considering the wide range of stories on display here, I’ll be breaking down the 2017 debuts by audience age. Kids who love Vampirina definitely aren’t ready to jump straight into Castlevania, unless their parents are awful/incredibly cool. I’ll also be including some honorable mentions that entered the scene this year but didn’t make as big a splash as the others. So with that being said, let’s get into the best animated series debuts of 2017 that you might have missed!