13 of the Best New TV Shows to Watch This Fall
Fall is in the air and with the new season comes a whole slew of new TV shows. Viewers have a lot to look forward over the next few months, from Netflix’s next Marvel show to a new Kiefer Sutherland starrer on ABC to a batch of new comedy dramas from HBO — including the long-awaited Westworld. Here are the 13 best new fall TV shows to watch this season.
1. High Maintenance, September 16
Vimeo’s popular pot-themed series will make its small-screen debut on HBO this fall. Created and written by husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Sisters), High Maintenance centers on “The Guy,” a nameless pot dealer who delivers his product to an eccentric group of characters in New York City. As the friendly Brooklyn dealer travels in and out of his clients’ apartments, the varied dynamics of their lives are revealed — from the strange and offbeat to the predictable and mundane. Each episode focuses on a new set of customers (usually young professionals) as they procure their stash. The show will air on Friday nights at 11 p.m. EST.
2. The Good Place, September 19
NBC‘s upcoming fantasy sitcom may have a wacky premise, but it boasts a great cast and creative team. Hailing from a Parks and Recreation co-creator, the show features the small-screen return of two favorites, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.
It follows a woman who wakes up in the afterlife after getting struck and killed by a tractor trailer. When she’s told she is in “the good place” because of a specific good deed, she realizes she has been mistaken for someone else and must decide between staying in the afterlife or returning to her routine life on Earth. Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden will co-star in the series, which debuts on Monday night, before moving to its regular Thursday night slot at 8:30 p.m. EST.
3. This Is Us, September 20
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K. Brown star in this ensemble dramedy, about a group of people — some of whom share the same birthday, among other commonalities — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways. It’s an unapologetically cheesy, but nevertheless satisfying story that could fill the void left by NBC’s family drama, Parenthood.
Written by Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, the show also co-stars Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones. The series is set to air Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST this fall.
4. Designated Survivor, September 21
24 fans have been eagerly awaiting Kiefer Sutherland’s next project for quite some time, and now, it’s finally here. Written by David Guggenheim (Safe House), ABC‘s conspiracy thriller will star Sutherland as a lower level United States cabinet member who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address that kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession.
It’s described as “a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.” Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci, and Adan Canto co-star. The drama airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST this fall.
5. Pitch, September 22
Fox’s hour-long baseball series stars Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome, Tut) as a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major league. The drama, which co-stars Ali Larter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, and Dan Lauria, has been earning strong buzz in the lead-up to its premiere. The network even teamed with Major League Baseball for the series, so fans can expect it to have unprecedented access to its logos, stadiums, and more. The show will air on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST.
6. The Exorcist, September 23
A modern reinvention inspired by William Peter Blatty’s original book, Fox’s The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller that follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession as they confront the face of true evil. Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Geena Davis co-star in the drama, which will air on Friday nights this fall.
7. Luke Cage, September 30
Netflix’s highly anticipated next Marvel series will star Mike Colter as a wrongly accused man who gains super-strength after a sabotaged experiment. Though he tries to remain under the radar, the hero is soon pulled out of the shadows and begins a battle to protect his neighborhood of Harlem — all while also attempting to confront his own past. Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, and Mahershala Ali will also co-star in the series.
8. Westworld, October 2
There’s a lot to look forward to in HBO’s upcoming adaptation of the 1973 film of the same name. Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the show chronicles the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.
It features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Rodrigo Santoro among others. J.J Abrams will executive produce the series.
9. Divorce, October 9
Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in this frank portrait of the dissolving of a marriage, which co-stars Thomas Haden Church as Parker’s ex-husband. Sharon Horgan, who co-writes and stars in Amazon’s fantastic Catastrophe, penned the upcoming dramedy, so there’s reason to have high hopes for the show. Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, and Tracy Letts co-star in the series, which airs on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
10. Insecure, October 9
Co-created and co-written by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the upcoming eight-episode comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Rae will star in the HBO series while also working as an executive producer. Melina Matsoukas will direct, while Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will act as showrunner. The show will air on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. EST.
11. Chance, October 19
Over three years after the conclusion of House, Hugh Laurie is officially returning to TV drama with Hulu’s latest promising entry, Chance. Based on Kem Nunn’s novel of the same name, the upcoming series will star Laurie as Dr. Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption, and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision over a patient who suffers from multiple personality disorder, Eldon finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective.
12. The Crown, November 4
Netflix shelled out big bucks for this upcoming original decades-spanning drama, based on Peter Morgan’s play The Audience. It follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain. It will delve into two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, romances, and machinations behind the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and John Lithgow will co-star in the series.
13. Undercover, November 17
The six-part BBC drama hails from Peter Moffat, the creator of the U.K. series that HBO’s recent hit, The Night Of, is based on. It stars Sophie Okonedo as Maya Cobbina, a British lawyer conducting a long-term legal fight to prove the innocence of U.S. death row inmate Rudy Jones.
When Maya is nominated to become the first black woman to be England’s top public prosecutor, the position is jeopardized by her husband’s secret past. The miniseries stirred up a ton of chatter when it aired overseas earlier this year, so there’s a good chance that stateside viewers will be just as captivated when it premieres on BBC America this fall.
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