While the fall season has changed a great deal in the streaming age, the months of September through December do feature a flood of both new and returning series across every platform.
Below is our guide to fall premiere dates, which will be updated with reviews and more information as the season progresses. Happy fall TV!
Tuesday, September 5
“American Horror Story: Cult” (FX, 10 p.m.). From our review:
It’s not hard to see how Ryan Murphy arrived at his premise for “AHS” Season 7. To say that many Americans have been living out their own personal horror story isn’t an overstatement — not with border closings, hate speech, and potential treason all enabled by the White House — but the new season manages to undermine the left’s legitimate fears and amplify the right’s monstrous traits all in one frenzied mess of an allegory.
Wednesday, September 6
“You’re the Worst” Season 4 (FXX, 10 p.m.). From our review:
Through their physical separation and independent performances, Cash and Geere help “You’re the Worst” become more of a black comedy than a romantic comedy in Season 4. It’s a study of fragility and insecurity from two people who act as if such things don’t exist — not for them. Not these two tough, hard-hearted lugs. Fiercely independent minds aren’t easily swayed, and Falk is patient in drawing each character out of their shells, but efficiently injects laughs while doing so.
Friday, September 8
“BoJack Horseman” Season 4 (Netflix). From our review:
By the end of the season, we know these characters, and this show, far better than ever before. “BoJack’s” signature tropes — the background visual jokes, the animal puns, the brutal moments of sadness — remain reliably consistent, but the show turns the focus largely inward, ensuring that some of the more outlandish plots support and highlight the more emotional storylines.
“One Mississippi” Season 2 (Amazon). From our review:
Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series has a laid-back Southern pacing that sucks you in, like the warm waters of the river it’s named after; the episode arcs are deliberate, clear, and eloquent, much like the radio show Tig’s character hosts and the real-life Tig contributed to (“This American Life”); but most of all, the six-episode sequel season is beautiful in its intentions and construction — a loving ode to a life made better by acknowledging the past to improve upon the future.
Saturday, September 9
“Con Man” (Syfy, 10 p.m.)
Sunday, September 10
“The Deuce” (HBO, 9 p.m.). From our review:
Such dedication to the humanity of every member of this expansive cast helps make “The Deuce” a unique experience. Much like Simon’s previous projects, from “The Wire” to “Treme” to “Show Me a Hero,” his writing ennobles the overlooked members of society: the working class, the beat cops, the night workers, the homeless, and the men and women who are just trying to get by. Along with co-creator and longtime collaborator Pelecanos, the scripts are as researched and evocative as ever.
“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3B (AMC, 9 p.m.)
“The Orville” (Fox, 8 p.m.). From our review:
So many “Orville” scenes just die in the moment, because MacFarlane’s comedy instincts as a writer (he wrote the pilot, at the least) means that he can’t avoid writing in jokes. But this show does genuinely want to be a sci-fi adventure, so the comedy is either played completely deadpan, or not played at all. After watching the actual show, its intentions became clear: Seth wanted to cosplay being captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. And Fox let him do it.
“Outlander” Season 3 (Starz, 8 p.m.). From our review:
However, this might be the most brilliant touch of Season 3: Because “Outlander” is still deliberately a love story, audiences can go in with the expectation that the show’s central couple will see eventually each others’ faces, in one way or another. But here’s what keeps “Outlander” forever gripping: Nothing ever happens easy. And nothing ever happens the way you’d expect, or when you might think. The end result is a rapturous experience — a blend of fairy tale and real life that defines the best, most authentic love stories, the ones that keep us on the edge of our seats.
“Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories” (Adult Swim, Midnight)
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” (Sundance, 9 p.m.) From our review:
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” somehow manages to dive even deeper. It’s richer. Wider. Darker. Campion, along with co-director Ariel Kleiman and co-writer Gerard Lee, has crafted a monumental latticework of emotional threads, seamlessly weaving together dozens of different character into an intimate epic that — over the course of six hour-long episodes that fly by in a flash — touches upon everything from sex work and surrogacy to patriarchy in the digital age and the instinctive push towards parenthood. But most of all, this extraordinary work of character-driven crime fiction is a story about bodies, and the stories that bodies tell us.
Tuesday, September 12
“The Mindy Project” Season 6 (Hulu). From our review:
This is where “The Mindy Project” challenges the idea of what a rom-com means for television. The end game may not be the viewers’ favorite couple finally getting together for good. Instead, it may be about personal happiness first with the promise of couplehood second.
Wednesday, September 13
“South Park” Season 21 (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.). From our review:
One year removed from the 2016 election has given “South Park” the perspective it needs, as Trey Parker and Matt Stone wasted no time in taking aim at how America harbors white supremacy in a biting Season 21 premiere.
“Broad City” Season 4 (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.). From our review:
“Broad City” is still the sharp-witted, inventive, and outrageous comedy built on unbreakable pillars of friendship. Abbi and Ilana still smoke, drink, and party whenever they can — which is often — but there’s a notable shift in tone this season. The cold February during which the new episodes were shot evokes a more subdued reality, if not a stark one. Their adventures are more grounded as the mounting challenges of adulthood creep into their lives.
Thursday, September 14
“Better Things” Season 2 (FX, 10 p.m.). From our review:
“Better Things” is a challenging, deeply rewarding, and ultimately miraculous experience because of how it draws extra attention to what matters and curtly dismisses what doesn’t. Both elements are typically communicated via frank remarks either profoundly moving or very, very funny (sometimes both) and each episode captures Pamela Adlon’s unique blend of stubborn — and often inappropriate — love in such a way you’ll wish more people acted as brashly genuine as she does. Hell, you may even start acting that way yourself.
“Riviera” (Sundance Now)
Friday, September 15
“American Vandal” (Netflix). From our review:
All of these elements hew so closely to what counterparts like “The Jinx” or “Making a Murderer” do in their respective series that it’s impossible to dismiss this as a hastily-assembled ploy to cash in on their popularity. You don’t need to be familiar with its many references to find the story underneath compelling. (“American Vandal” chooses its fourth-wall breaks carefully: When Peter explains to someone that his project is “kinda like ‘Serial,’” the reaction is priceless and entirely understandable.)
Sunday, September 17
“The Vietnam War” (PBS, 8 p.m.). From our review:
A tale for modern audiences, whether or not they were alive to remember evening news bulletins or tide-changing headlines, “The Vietnam War” cannot right the wrongs of history, but it does as much as any biography of the era to comprehend them. Starting from the region’s colonial history and extending through the ramifications of postwar life, Burns and Novick strive for an all-encompassing look at what made the Vietnam War, what sustained it, and the ways it never really ended for many of the soldiers who fought in it.
“El Chapo” Season 2 (Univision, 10 p.m.)
“Vice Principals” Season 2 (HBO, 10:30 p.m.). From our review:
Season 1 of “Vice Principals” ended with a shocking twist. After successfully blackmailing their way into co-principal chairs, former VPs and power-hungry madmen Neil Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walton Goggins) were riding high — until their rides were sent sky high. Smoke furled from their flaming engines, and when Gamby went to investigate what happened in the school parking lot, a masked shooter put two bullets in his chest. Such an unexpected event makes for an easily identifiable trajectory in Season 2: Who shot Neil Gamby?
Monday, September 18
“The State” (Nat Geo, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 19
“Conan Without Borders: Israel” (TBS, 10 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 20
“Channel Zero” (Syfy, 10 p.m.)
“The Good Place” Season 2 (NBC, 10 p.m.). From our review:
Good news (or mixed, depending on your level of coulrophobia): those garish paintings are just a handful of the many Good Place details that make their return in Season 2. But despite those returning characters and scenic details, “The Good Place” has magically managed to reinvent itself. With an impressively accelerated speed and with a keen eye to some monumental character shifts, “The Good Place” has come out the other side of its game-changing finale even stronger than ever.
Thursday, September 21
“Gotham” Season 4 (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Friday, September 22
“19-2” (Acorn TV)
“Fuller House” Season 2 (Netflix)
“Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.). From our review:
“Mike Judge Presents Tales From the Tour Bus” is both exactly what it sounds like and so much more: Blending live-action archival footage with animated sequences of interviews and reenactments, Judge brings in various collaborators of the country music artists spotlighted in each half-hour episode and animates the stories they tell. When Johnny Paycheck’s former bandmates talk about him showing up for a court date shirtless, a hand-drawn version of Paycheck sits in front of the judge, middle fingers raised to the sky, and naked from the waste up.
“Transparent” Season 4 (Amazon). From our review:
Much has been made about what category — and therefore what genre — “Transparent” fits into; a counterproductive twist, considering the series’ purpose is about being yourself and fighting to protect what makes you you, no matter what. To decry or detract from the series because it’s not funny enough to be a comedy or not long enough to be a drama seems especially silly after watching Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and her striver family seek acceptance for being beautifully, wonderfully weird; for standing out; for not fitting into boxes.
Sunday, September 24
“Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS, 8:30 p.m./CBS All Access). From our review:
“Star Trek: Discovery,” the first new “Trek” series in 16 years, feels welcomely familiar and also surprisingly fresh, bringing together established iconography and new ideas for a series that, based on the first three episodes screened for critics, exists in a space where nothing, including the status quo, is safe. This is a story about exploration and adventure, but also a story in dialogue with the core values of this franchise, and what those values require of these characters.
Monday, September 25
“The Big Bang Theory” Season 11 (CBS, 8 p.m.)
“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.). From our review:
The series almost immediately reframes his life in “The Big Bang Theory” as a grand success story, but that doesn’t change how this prequel series will be seen. Like a family permanently stuck in a dining room debate, viewers have to live in the moment with Sheldon, and that experience (so far) feels as heartbreaking — and fulfilling — as watching Jimmy McGill become Saul Goodman on “Better Call Saul.”
“Kevin Can Wait” Season 2 (CBS, 9 p.m.)
“Me, Myself & I” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.)
“The Brave” (NBC, 10 p.m.). From our review:
“The Brave” may chronicle the actions of courageous men and women, but, as a series, it’s anything but. The pilot is a paint-by-numbers kidnap-and-rescue story with an unrealistically happy ending, and the military drama only approaches any kind of haunting authenticity with an ending as dark and terrifying as it is likely not to come true.
“The Good Doctor” (ABC, 10 p.m.). From our review:
Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, an autistic surgeon looking for a new start at San Jose’s St. Bonaventure Hospital. Because of Shaun’s disorder, it’s hard for him to find a job worthy of his exceptional talents. Luckily, he’s got a higher-up in his corner: Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) has known Shaun for years and spends the pilot episode making a passionate case for hiring Shaun, as the skeptical hospital board members sit and wait to interview the titular good doctor themselves.
“Scorpion” Season 4 (CBS, 10 p.m.)
“The Opposition With Jordan Klepper” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.). From our review:
By having a nightly series that takes on the idea of being against everything, the show can illustrate why, more than ever, there’s a growing need to stand for something. Through the first half hour, “The Opposition” has the first part down. Whether it achieves the second half of that idea remains to be seen.
Tuesday, September 26
“Lethal Weapon” Season 2 (Fox, 8 p.m.)
“NCIS” Season 15 (CBS, 8 p.m.)
“The Mick” Season 2 (Fox, 9 p.m.)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 5 (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)
“Bull” Season 2 (CBS, 9 p.m.)
“This Is Us” Season 2 (NBC, 9 p.m.). From our review:
“This Is Us” remains an occasionally cloying melodrama, but the Season 2 premiere exhibited honest emotional reactions much more than manipulated ones. Better yet, it’s set up a season that should do the same. Happy second birthday, “This Is Us.” You’re growing up just fast enough.
“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” (NBC, 10 p.m.). From our review:
That the new spinoff imitates both its parent and its cousin (or whatever you want to label the relationship between the original “Law & Order” and “American Crime Story”) isn’t the only aspect keeping this limited series from feeling fresh, but it’s the only glaring impediment to a juicy, well-acted, and timely true crime story.
“NCIS: New Orleans” Season 4 (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 27
“The Blacklist” Season 5 (NBC, 8 p.m.)
“Empire” Season 4 (Fox, 8 p.m.)
“The Goldbergs” Season 5 (ABC, 8 p.m.)
“Speechless” Season 2 (ABC, 8:30 p.m.). From our review:
So let this serve as a reminder, a motivating tool, or some brand new information (hopefully not the latter): “Speechless” isn’t just another sweet family comedy. It’s a very, very funny one, too.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Season 19 (NBC, 9 p.m.)
“Modern Family” Season 9 (ABC, 9 p.m)
“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.). From our review:
Through two episodes, creator Benjamin Cavell’s new CBS series establishes itself as a serviceable entry in the growing canon of troops-on-the-ground TV shows, surpassing NBC’s entry “The Brave” and adding just enough visual flair and human connection to make David Boreanaz fans happy.
“Star” Season 2 (Fox, 9 p.m.)
“American Housewife” Season 2 (ABC, 9:30 p.m.)
“Chicago P.D.” Season 5 (NBC, 10 p.m.)
“Criminal Minds” Season 13 (CBS, 10 p.m.)
“Designated Survivor” Season 2 (ABC, 10 p.m.)
“Liar” (Sundance, 10 p.m.). From our review:
You may have a perception in your head of what kind of show “Liar” is, based on SundanceTV’s advertising — an intriguing descent into different perspectives on one fateful night, when two attractive single people go on a date that ends up having massive repercussions.
“Rosehaven” (SundanceTV). From our review:
Sometimes the best TV couples aren’t actually couples. They seem to know exactly what each other is thinking at any given moment. They can anticipate exactly what the other person needs to make them happy, calm them down, or give them a much-needed metaphorical kick in the ass. It’s love without romance, friendship without tension. And it’s that precise kind of authentic foundation that Season 1 of SundanceTV’s “Rosehaven” is built on.
Thursday, September 28
“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 (ABC, 8 p.m.)
“Superstore” Season 3 (NBC, 8 p.m.)
“Will & Grace” The Return (NBC, 9 p.m.). From our review:
The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the
seriesSeason 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.
“Great News” Season 2 (NBC, 9:30 p.m.). From our review:
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in.
“Chicago Fire” Season 6 (NBC, 10 p.m.)
“How to Get Away With Murder” Season 4 (ABC, 10 p.m.)
“Nathan For You” Season 4 (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
“The Rundown With Robin Thede” (BET, 11 p.m.)
“StartUp” Season 2 (Crackle)
Friday, September 29
“Big Mouth” (Netflix). From our review:
“Big Mouth” is the most sensitive television show ever made to feature a mustachioed five-foot tall dick trying to dunk a basketball.
“Club de Cuervos” Season 3 (Netflix)
“The Magic School Bus Rides Again” (Netflix)
“Real Rob” Season 2 (Netflix)
“Tin Star” (Amazon)
“Marvel’s Inhumans” (ABC, 8 p.m.). From our review:
TV or film-wise, based on what’s being shown in IMAX right now, “Inhumans” is legitimately the worst Marvel adaptation of the year (yes, even beating out “Iron Fist”). In fact, as far as terrible Marvel adaptations go, you might have to go all the way back to Roger Corman’s unreleased 1994 “Fantastic Four” film to best it.
“The Exorcist” Season 2 (Fox, 9 p.m.)
“MacGyver” Season 2 (CBS, 8 p.m.)
“Hawaii Five-0” Season 8 (CBS, 9 p.m.)
“Blue Bloods” Season 8 (CBS, 10 p.m.)
“Z Nation” Season 4 (Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Saturday, September 30
“Saturday Night Live” Season 43 (NBC, 11:30 p.m. ET). From our review:
No, Ryan Gosling doesn’t have a meth detour in this episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but in terms of coming back strong, you could probably do a better job than get someone who can’t make it through a sketch without breaking. Yes, this is one of those episodes. Specifically, a first-day-of-school type episode where — all of a sudden — the class hottie decides he’s going to be the class clown.
“Versailles” Season 2 (Ovation, 10 p.m.)
Sunday, October 1
“Bob’s Burgers” Season 8 (Fox, 7:30 p.m.)
“The Simpsons” Season 29 (Fox, 8 p.m.)
“Ghosted” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.). From our review:
There’s a blunt charm to the exposition dump throughout “Ghosted’s” 22-minute pilot that probably shouldn’t come across. Characters relentlessly badger each other for information. Introductions are made without set-up, and the inexplicable is explained in just a few words. So much emotional backstory is spat out so quickly that it’s hard to see the first episode as anything more than set up. But hey, it’s still fun. Why? For the reasons you already know — all two of them.
“Family Guy” Season 16 (Fox, 9 p.m.)
“The Last Man on Earth” Season 4 (Fox, 9:30 p.m.). From our review:
Like watching two sea-doos slowly arcing through the ocean on an unlikely, yet inevitable collision course, “The Last Man on Earth” Season 4 premiere offered a few tantalizing possibilities, but ultimately felt stuck on a predictable path.
“Wisdom of the Crowd” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.)
“NCIS: Los Angeles” Season 9 (CBS, 9:30 p.m.)
“Poldark” Season 3 (PBS, 9 p.m.). From our review:
For Season 3, “Poldark” had to pull itself out of the mire of bitterness and betrayal that plagued the end of last season, when the series’ hero tarnished his sterling character with infidelity. The central romance suffered as a result, and still stings in the hearts of both his faithful spouse and viewers.
“Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC, 10 p.m.). From our review:
One of the cardinal sins a TV drama can commit is showing its audience how hard it’s trying. Sometimes that ends up as a symptom of a series desperately trying to dress up a simple premise with some overly aggressive trappings. That’s not necessarily the case for ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” a new 10-part limited series with a meta-conceit and enough inherent drama to keep audiences hooked.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 9 (HBO, 10 p.m.). From our review:
From the second the opening bars of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” rang out, it was as if no time had passed; and for the most part, that’s a good thing. Despite a six-year gap between Season 8 and Season 9, Larry David’s attack on uncomfortable social customs felt right at home in 2017. Some things never change, and David is certainly one of those things.
Monday, October 2
“Lucifer” Season 3 (Fox, 8 p.m.)
“9JKL” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.)
“The Gifted” (Fox, 9 p.m.). From our review:
“The Halcyon” (Ovation, 10 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 3
“The Middle” Season 9 (ABC, 8 p.m.)
“Fresh Off the Boat” Season 4 (ABC, 8:30 p.m.)
“Black-ish” Season 4 (ABC, 9 p.m.)
“The Mayor” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.). From our review:
Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world, and it’s OK to believe in it.
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC, 10 p.m.)
“Queen Sugar” Mid-Season Premiere (OWN, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, October 5
“Rillington Place” (Sundance Now)
“SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween” (Crackle)
“Scandal” Season 7 (ABC, 9 p.m.)
“Ghost Wars” (Syfy, 10 p.m.)
“Van Helsing” Season 2 (Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Friday, October 6
“Suburra” (Netflix). From our review:
“Suburra” begins with two haunting and indelible images: the deserted St. Peter’s Basilica, as the camera backs slowly and forebodingly away from it, and then two minutes later, a frenetic, writhing, and illicit drug-fueled orgy. It’s this juxtaposition of the public veneer of Rome and its seedy underbelly that combine and form one sprawling world of corruption.
“Once Upon a Time” Season 7 (ABC, 8 p.m.)
“Superstition” (Syfy, 10 p.m.)
Sunday, October 8
“The Collection” (PBS, 10 p.m.)
“Madam Secretary” Season 4 (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Monday, October 9
“Supergirl” Season 3 (The CW, 8 p.m.)
“Valor” (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 10
“The Flash” Season 4 (The CW, 8 p.m.)
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Season 3 (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 11
“Chance” Season 2 (Hulu)
“Riverdale” Season 2 (The CW, 8 p.m.)
“Dynasty” (The CW, 9 p.m.)
“Mr. Robot” Season 3 (USA, 10 p.m.). From our review:
For a certain kind of brain, diving into a new season of “Mr. Robot” is truly fun. This might be an odd thing to say about a show mired in an increasingly quasi-apocalyptic reality, one rife with suspicion and mystery, but creator Sam Esmail’s imagination has always given the show a lively energy, and the first six episodes reveal an intense game plan along with a number of new dynamics.
“The Shannara Chronicles” Season 2 (Spike, 10 p.m.)
“Queers” (BBC America, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, October 12
“Supernatural” Season 13 (The CW, 8 p.m.)
“Arrow” Season 5 (The CW, 9 p.m.)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)
Friday, October 13
“Lore” (Amazon). From our review:
“Lore” tries to have it both ways, but you can tell its primary purpose is educational: This series wants to be informative.
“Mindhunter” (Netflix). From our review:
Through two of the first 10 episodes, it’s unclear what kind of long-term potential “Mindhunter” has beyond the morbidly fascinating conversations between analysts and murderers. But its mission is pure, aesthetic outstanding, and hook undeniable.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 3 (The CW, 8 p.m.). From our review:
Now as the show approaches its Season 3, the events of Rebecca Bunch’s (Rachel Bloom) past loom larger than ever over her life and everyone caught in her obsessive orbit.
“Jane the Virgin” Season 4 (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Saturday, October 14
“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” Season 2 (BBC America, 9 p.m.). From our review:
It’s a familiar feeling for viewers reentering the world Max Landis adapted from Douglas Adams’ source material because just as with last year, this season is not content to unspool a story quietly, logically, or with any sort of restraint.
Sunday, October 15
“The Durrells in Corfu” Season 2 (PBS, 8 p.m.)
“Berlin Station” Season 2 (Epix, 9 p.m.)
“Good Behavior” Season 2 (TNT, 10 p.m.)
“White Famous” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). From our review:
“White Famous” fixes the first problem by focusing on an up-and-coming black actor (played by Jay Pharoah), but brings in a slew of new ones, all while creating a carbon copy of “Californication” that’s as flat as Duchovny’s abs and half as interesting.
Monday, October 16
“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” Season 2 (VH1, 10 p.m.)
“Acceptable Risk” (Acorn TV)
Tuesday, October 17
“Hit the Road” (DirecTV/AT&T, 10 p.m.)
“Loudermilk” (DirecTV/AT&T, 10:30 p.m.). From our review:
Following the day-to-day exploits of recovering alcoholic and former music critic Sam Loudermilk, the show makes its home in the damp climes of Seattle. As Sam navigates his way through recovery, helping those in his support group do the same, there’s a similar unorthodox way to how our antihero motivates the people around him.
Wednesday, October 18
“Freakish” Season 2 (Hulu)
Friday, October 20
“The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” (Netflix)
Sunday, October 22
“Graves” Season 2 (Epix, 10 p.m.)
“The Walking Dead” Season 8 (AMC, 9 p.m.). From our review:
The horrifically Photoshop-ed ads for this season promise “all out war,” and to its credit, “Mercy” delivers on that promise. There’s no brooding, no dawdling — the team fortifies their battle wagons and then heads off to confront Negan.
Tuesday, October 24
“At Home With Amy Sedaris” (truTV, 10:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 25
“Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*” (YouTube Red)
Friday, October 27
“Stranger Things” (Netflix). From our review:
Season 2 takes a while to get going, and there are more growing pains other than additional setup, but the first season’s lively spirit perseveres for a largely thrilling adventure that’s hard not to enjoy.
“Blindspot” Season 3 (NBC, 8 p.m.)
Monday, October 30
“Superior Donuts” Season 2 (CBS, 9:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 31
“Major Crimes” Season 6 (TNT, 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 1
“Stan Against Evil” Season 2 (IFC, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, November 2
“Back” (Sundance Now)
“Mom” Season 5 (CBS, 9 p.m.)
“Life in Pieces” Season 3 (CBS, 9:30 p.m.)
“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Friday, November 3
“Alias Grace” (Netflix). From our review:
Brace yourself: You’re going to want to binge “Alias Grace.”
Sunday, November 5
“The Girlfriend Experience” Season 2 (Starz, 9 p.m.). From our review:
Lodge Kerrigan writes and directs the first half of Season 2 while Amy Seimetz handles the second in a challenging, provocative, and innovative experience.
“Shameless” Season 8 (Showtime, 9 p.m.)
“SMILF” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). From our review:
Occasionally, it can feel like an ill-fitting short gets tossed into Shaw’s first TV show, but the serialized majority of the story nevertheless marks the arrival of an adventurous and compassionate vision.
Tuesday, November 7
“The Long Road Home” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.)
“Teachers” Season 2B (TV Land, 10 p.m.)
“Damnation” (USA Network, 10 p.m.). From our review:
A parable centered on economic strife, the newest Depression-era drama has an interesting show buried under layers of insisted importance.
Tuesday, November 14
“Future Man” (Hulu). From our review:
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg bring cinema’s past to TV’s present in a series that’s not worried about breaking ground for future.
Sunday, November 19
“Search Party” Season 2 (TBS, 10 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 21
“Marvel’s Runaways” (Hulu). From our review:
With the exception of “Jessica Jones,” this might be the most notable example of a show premiering with a fully-realized sense of its unique voice.
Wednesday, November 22
“Godless” (Netflix). From our review:
There are posses of gunfighters roaming through small towns, tense shootouts in dirty saloons, and sweeping vistas of such a scale you’ll wish you could see it in a cinema. It’s a western, and a damn fine one at that.
Thursday, November 23
“She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix). From our review:
At its best, Spike Lee’s Netflix series depicts the reality women — particularly black women — live in every day.
“Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars” (PBS, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 29
“Vikings” Season 5 (History, 9 p.m.)
Friday, December 1
“East Los High” Series Finale (Hulu)
Wednesday, December 6
“Shut Eye” Season 2 (Hulu)
“Happy!” (Syfy, 10 p.m.). From our review:
“Happy!” isn’t a show to be taken super seriously so much as it’s meant to shock, entertain, provoke, and astound.
Friday, December 8
“The Crown” Season 2 (Netflix). From our review:
And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant, and altogether less engaging set of historical accounts.
Tuesday, December 12
“Judd Apatow: The Return” (Netflix)
Wednesday, December 13
“The Fake News with Ted Nelms” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
“The Librarians” Season 4 (TNT, 8 p.m.)
Friday, December 15
“Wormwood” (Netflix). From our review:
It’s a ruminative look at an unsolvable crime that nevertheless manages to solve one piece of the puzzle.
“El Chapo” Season 2 (Netflix)
“Jean Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon)
“The Ranch” Part 4 (Netflix)
“Trollhunters” Part 2 (Netflix)
Sunday, December 17
“A Christmas Story Live” (FOX, 7 p.m.)
Monday, December 18
“The Daily Show’s The Yearly Show 2017” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.)
“Gunpowder” (HBO, 10 p.m.)
“Hello, My Twenties!” (Netflix)
Tuesday, December 19
“15: A Quinceañera Story” (HBO, 7 p.m.)
“The Indian Detective” (Netflix)
“I Am Sam Kinson” (Spike, 10 p.m.)
“Russell Howard: Recalibrate” (Netflix)
Thursday, December 21
“Peaky Blinders” Season 4 (Netflix)
Friday, December 22
“72 Dangerous Animals — Latin America” (Netflix)
“Fuller House” Season 4 (Netflix)
“The Last Post” (Amazon)
“The Toys That Made Us” (Netflix)
Monday, December 25
“Cable Girls” (Netflix)
“Murdoch Mysteries” (Acorn TV)
Tuesday, December 26
“Todd Barry: Spicy Honey” (Netflix)
Friday, December 29
“American Masters: Bob Hope” (PBS, 9 p.m.)
“Bill Nye Saves The World” Season 2 (Netflix)
“Black Mirror” Season 4 (Netflix)