Here Are 41 New And Returning TV Shows That Are Worth Checking Out This Fall

Inspired by Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the series tells the origin story of Mildred Ratched. Ratched starts in 1947 with Mildred arriving in California and beginning to work at a psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun. While she looks like a dedicated and perfect nurse on the outside, we’ll soon learn that there is more to Mildred than meets the eye. The series was executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Sarah Paulson.

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Charlie Carver, Alice Englert, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Brandon Flynn, Sophie Okonedo, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Baby Yoda, Mando, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga are ready for their next adventure, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be huge. Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off, with our favorite crew narrowly escaping the hands of the evil Moff Gideon. Basically, the rest of 2020 has been saved by Baby Yoda.

Based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Bly Manor is set in 1980s England and follows Henry Wingrave, who ends up hiring a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew, who reside at Bly Manor. While this season won’t have any connection to The Haunting of Hill House, apparently there will be Easter eggs fans should look out for.

Starring: Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, T’Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Tahirah Sharif, and Catherine Parker.

The Boys is officially back with Season 2. Picking up where Season 1 left off, the new season begins with Homelander trying to increase his control at Vought, while Hughie, Mother’s Milk, Frenchie, and Kimiko are in hiding and Butcher is nowhere to be found. Aya Cash, Goran Visnjic, and more join the cast for a wild new season.

Created by Misha Green and adapted from Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus, his Uncle George, and his friend Leti as they road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America while searching for Atticus’s missing dad. Also, each episode focuses on a different horror story, which makes the show even more thrilling week after week. While the series premiered in August, this is one show you will want to keep up on until the finale.

Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Courtney B. Vance, Abbey Lee, and Jamie Chung.

When it airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

The critically acclaimed series returns this fall with Olivia Colman’s second season as Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown Season 4 will touch upon some of the most iconic moments and people in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, including Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. Alongside Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies, Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin join this already remarkable cast.

After its final season was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Supernatural officially returns for its final seven episodes this fall. This means that the SERIES finale will air in November and will include a retrospective called Supernatural: The Long Road Home that will detail the show’s incredible and historic run. TBH, we’re still not emotionally prepared to say goodbye to the Winchesters.

After a monumental Season 4 finale, This Is Us finally returns with Season 5 this fall. The new season picks up after Randall and Kevin’s explosive fight, Kate and Toby deciding to have another baby, Rebecca deciding to partake in a clinical trial, and Madison telling Kevin she’s pregnant. Also, in the future, we learned more about Jack Jr.’s life. Similar to other shows this season, This Is Us will tackle the coronavirus pandemic too.

We Are Who We Are follows two American teens who live on a US military base in Italy. The show explores friendship, love, and identity as it emphasizes what it’s like to be a teenager and how these stories are universal to everyone. We Are Who We Are is directed by Luca Guadagnino, who earned an Academy Award nomination for directing Call Me By Your Name.

Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Scott Mescudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier, and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Away follows Emma Green, a US astronaut who prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars. As their mission in space intensifies, dynamics are tested and pushed to the breaking point as the crew not only deals with the mission, but also being away from their loved ones. The series was executive produced by Jason Katims, who was behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

Julie and the Phantoms follows Julie, who lost her passion for music after her mother’s death. Just when she’s struggling to find her voice again, the ghosts of Sunset Curve — a ’90s band whose members mysteriously died before their big break — show up in her mom’s old music studio and help get Julie out of her funk. As their friendship grows, they start the band Julie and the Phantoms.

This hit comedy finally returns this fall with Season 7. However, before the new season starts, Black-ish will air an election-themed special on Oct. 4 that is partially animated. The two-part episode will also be directed by Matthew A. Cherry, who won an Academy Award this year for his short Hair Love.

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle return in this hilarious and underrated series that we just wish more people would talk about. The equally terrific second season continues to show Maya and Anna as they navigate through their teen years while trying not to embarrass themselves too much.

After being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fargo Season 4 is finally coming. The new season is set in 1950s Kansas City and follows two criminal groups who are trying to control the economy and fight to preserve the American dream. Fargo Season 4 features Jason Schwartzman, Chris Rock, E’myri Crutchfield, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, Glynn Turman, and Jessie Buckley.

After Season 4 was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, One Day at a Time returns, but this time it makes its network TV debut on CBS. The Alvarez family continues to talk about not only their own family dynamics, but the world around them in a refreshing and funny way.

This critically acclaimed anthology series returns with Season 2 and features four new cases and new suspects. Similar to Season 1, this new season tells some incredible stories and, once again, revamps the typical police procedural.

This hilarious new comedy follows a “powerful and problematic” single mom living in London, who is struggling to balance being a mom to a tween, her current boyfriend, and her ex. The series was created by and stars comedian Katherine Ryan.

Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, the series follows Keef, a cartoonist who is finally on the verge of success when an unexpected incident changes everything. Now, with a new outlook on life, Keef navigates the new ideas that challenge him, while also trying not to ruin everything he’s already worked for.

Based on the novel You Should Have Known, this new limited series follows Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living their best lives. However, a sudden and violent death sets off a chain reaction where secrets are exposed and Grace must now deal with dismantling her perfect life in order to create another one for her family.

The adventures on Star Trek: Discovery continue when Season 3 starts streaming this fall. After following Commander Burnham into a wormhole, the new season finds the USS Discovery crew arriving in an unknown future far from home. Now, the crew must navigate this new world as they work together to try and restore hope to the Federation.

Based on the bestselling book and movie, The Right Stuff takes a look at the beginnings of the US Space Program and the memorable story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury 7. The series will not only showcase the astronauts, but also their families, who were also thrust into the public eye.

Starring: Patrick J. Adams, Colin O’Donoghue, James Lafferty, Aaron Staton, Micah Stock, Michael Trotter, Patrick Fischler, Eric Ladin, Nora Zehetner, Shannon Lucio, and Eloise Mumford.

Season 2 of His Dark Materials picks up after Lord Asriel opened a bridge to a new world. Ultimately, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown world where she meets Will, a young boy who is running from his past and hopes to start fresh. Together, Lyra and Will learn that their destinies are intertwined as they embark on an epic adventure together. Also, Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby join the already stacked cast for Season 2.

After their previous season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Superstore returns with Season 6 and picks up right where it left off. America Ferrera’s final episodes will air as Amy decides to leave her beloved Cloud 9 store for a new job in California.

The groundbreaking drama returns for a monumental Season 22 this fall. The new season continues to follow Det. Olivia Benson and her team as they investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. Also, this season will not only feature the coronavirus pandemic, but it will also dedicate episodes to discussing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D. all return this fall with brand-new episodes after the coronavirus pandemic ended their previous seasons early. The new seasons continue to follow Chicago’s finest during their daily jobs as they help people. Also, the new seasons kicks off a monumental three-season renewal for each of the shows.

Created and written by Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, the series follows a group of comic book fans who bond over their obsession over a seemingly fictional comic called Utopia. Soon, the group unearths hidden meanings in the pages and realize that the dangers in the book are coming to life in the real world.

Starring: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Farrah Mackenzie, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Jessica Rothe, Desmin Borges, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Sasha Lane, Christopher Denham, and Cory Michael Smith.

This new series follows a flight attendant who wakes up one morning in the wrong hotel and in the wrong bed with a dead man right next to her. She has no idea what happened and now must piece together the events and figure out what went wrong. The Flight Attendant is based on the book of the same name and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, Colin Woodell, T.R. Knight, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, and Nolan Funk.

Based on the historical fiction book of the same name, The Good Lord Bird follows a group of Kansas freedom fighters, led by John Brown, and a young slave who travel across the US in the 1850s in an effort to end slavery. This show was supposed to premiere earlier this year, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell, Joshua Caleb Johnson, McKinley Belcher III, and Rafael Casal.

Created by Darren Starr, Emily in Paris follows Emily, an ambitious twentysomething who unexpectedly gets her dream job in Paris where she’s tasked with helping a French company revamp their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with adventure, challenges, new friends, and, of course, new romances.

Starring: Lily Collins, Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Camille Razat, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, and Kate Walsh.

Part 2 of The Spanish Princess begins this fall and continues the story of Queen Catherine and Henry VIII. Beloved by their people, they work together to create an England that is strong, proud, and able to withstand any threat from abroad. Meanwhile, Catherine struggles to produce an heir, which puts her marriage and the throne at risk.

This two-part series tells the story of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump. Part One will follow the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the impact on the 2016 election, while Part Two follows the first months of the Trump presidency.

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Holly Hunter, Peter Coyote, Steven Pasquale, Oona Chaplin, Scoot McNairy, William Sadler, T. R. Knight, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Brian d’Arcy James, and more.

The new series picks up shortly after the end of Power, as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with his entire world changing following his father’s death and his mother’s arrest. While trying to help his mom, Tariq tries to balance school, his personal life, family, his drug operation, and so much more. This spinoff features some familiar faces from the Power universe, as well as some incredible new characters.

Starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige, Shane Johnson, Gianni Paoloa, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Clifford “Method Man” Smith, and Melanie Liburd.

Based on the novel of the same name, The Queen’s Gambit follows Beth Harmon, a young girl in the late 1950s who soon discovers she has an incredible talent for chess, all while dealing with complications from living in an orphanage. The series explores Beth’s addiction and her personal demons as she hones her chess craft and pushes the boundaries in a traditionally male-dominated field.

The Walking Dead Season 10 was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, so the highly anticipated finale will finally air this fall. The season finale will feature the return of Lauren Cohan as Maggie after her brief departure from the show. Also, this season will include an addition six episodes that will air in early 2021.

Fear the Walking Dead returns with Season 6 this fall. Picking up where Season 5 left off, Morgan is in serious danger after being shot and left for dead while a hoard of walkers approaches. Meanwhile, the rest of the group was taken by Ginny and seemingly separated.

The third installment in The Walking Dead universe, The Walking Dead: World Beyond focuses on the first generation raised during the apocalypse. The series highlights the heroes and villains that come out of this new world and how they are changed forever after growing up alongside walkers.

Starring: Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston, and Julia Ormond.

This new anthology series is based on a collection of short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters and follows all sorts of paranormal and mystical encounters. From mermaids to fall angels, Monsterland has it all.

Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Charlie Tahan, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Marquis Rodriguez, Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Kelly Marie Tran, Mike Colter, and Adepero Oduye.

This anthology series is set 15 years in a future where everyone is able to find their perfect match based on a scientific test and discovery. Ahead of Season 1 of Soulmates, the series was already renewed for Season 2.

Starring: Sarah Snook, Kingsley Ben-Adir, David Costabile, Sonya Cassidy, Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman, Bill Skarsgård, Betsy Brandt, Shamier Anderson, and many more.

This comedy-meets-soap opera follows the Monreauxes, a super rich Southern family who made their money from a Christian television network. When their dad and founder shockingly and suddenly dies, their mother now has to deal with her children wanting the empire for their own selfish reasons.

Starring: Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young, Melia Kreiling, Steve Harris, and Aaron Lazar.

The Third Day chronicles the lives of a man and a woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times. Split into three parts, the series first follows Sam, a man who is drawn to the island where he encounters a group of islanders who want to preserve their traditions. Then, the show follows live events in London after the events in the first part. And finally, the third part follows Helen, an outsider who goes to the island seeking answers.

When it premieres: Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

This beloved animated comedy returns with Season 11 this fall and honestly, thank god. It’ll be nice to surround ourselves with the incredible Belcher family as they continue to run their hamburger restaurant and get up to all kinds of hilarious trouble.


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