8 TV Shows Coming Back With New Episodes in September

Summer is a no man’s land for television, with only the rare exception like Netflix’s much-hyped sci-fi series Stranger Things to tide TV junkies over until the fall. Since the summer blockbuster season was particularly dire this year, viewers like myself are already aching for summer to end so autumn TV shows can begin. Let’s ignore the brand new series for now and focus on the returning ones whose season premieres are just now on the horizon. Here are eight TV shows we’ve missed that will be airing new episodes this September.

1. You’re the Worst

One of FX’s best comedy series (which is really saying something when it comes to this particular network) returns to the airwaves just before September, on Wednesday, August 31. The third season of the prickly, yet lovable You’re the Worst picks up right where the second season left off, with Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) continuing their turbulent relationship in spite of their own unresolved issues. After dealing with depression last year, Gretchen will start seeing a therapist, played by Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley. Ben Folds will guest star as a new client for her work in music PR.

2. Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex has been both a critical and commercial success for Showtime, boasting strong characters and themes as well as the attention to period detail that made the similarly-themed Mad Men such a success. Season 4 begins on Sunday, September 11 and finds Bill and Virginia expanding their practice in the turbulent year of 1968.

3. American Horror Story

FX’s horror anthology hit returns for its sixth season on Wednesday, September 14 (a particularly loaded date for cable premieres), but the theme and subtitle for the latest season is still a well-guarded secret. The trailers released so far are reportedly all just misdirection, with one exception. The cast is reason enough to get excited, featuring new and returning faces like Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, and Lady Gaga, among others.

4. Documentary Now!

IFC has carved out a strong niche as premium cable’s top provider of offbeat comedic offerings, and Documentary Now! is one of their greatest achievements so far. The series from Bill Hader and Fred Armisen features a new, uber-specific parody of famous documentaries, earning it critical praise and audience devotion despite the network’s typically low viewership. The new season starts Wednesday, September 14 and will feature parodies of documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Stop Making Sense, and The War Room.

5. South Park

In its 18th and 19th seasons, South Park reinvented its entire dynamic by introducing a stringent continuity that turned both seasons, particularly the latter, into a single serialized story. The show still has all the hot-button issues and vulgar humor fans have come to expect. The 20th season premieres Wednesday, September 14, which means creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are still in the midst of producing the episodes. Will they revert back to their old way of doing things or retain the serialized structure? Either way, there’s no shortage of topics for the show to make fun of in this election year.

6. Gotham

The third season of FOX’s pre-Batman Batman series, Gotham premieres Thursday, September 22. There are still a lot of great Batman villains left to explore in this new context, and this year will see the introduction of, among others, Benedict Samuel as the Mad Hatter, Maggie Geha as Poison Ivy, and Jamie Chung as love-interest Vicki Vale’s journalist aunt, Valerie Vale.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One of network television’s best comedy offerings returns to the airwaves on Tuesday, September 20 for another season of lighthearted crime solving and precinct antics. The stellar cast led by Andy Samberg and the incomparable Andre Braugher, is enough to warrant revisiting Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but if you need extra incentive, this year’s guest stars include other comedy heavyweights like Ken Marino and Maya Rudolph.

8. Transparent

And in the world of streaming media, Amazon Prime’s most buzzed-about series to date will be returning earlier than years previous (September 23) for its third season. The show promises more witty banter and emotionally damaged drama from the dysfunctional Pfeffermans. The new season finds Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura contemplating gender confirmation surgery and promises plenty of flashbacks to give viewers extra insight into their favorite characters. Expect an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner, in keeping with the series’ progressive focus on transgender issues.

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