1. “BoJack Horseman” Season 4 (available September 8)
Why Should I Watch It? “BoJack Horseman” transcends animation, comedy, and any other genre you want to put it in. Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s story of a horse looking for significance in all the wrong places — Hollywoo to be literal, fame and fortune on a figurative level — delves into deadly serious topics like drug overdose, depression, and alcoholism while still finding time to make endless animal puns and elicit deep belly laughs. It’s goofy, fun, exciting, poignant, and profound, often all at once. Don’t miss “BoJack.”
Best Episode: Though there are no spoilers in her review, IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller watched all 12 episodes of Season 4 and says “maybe [Episode] 2” is the best of the lot. She also noted “they are all my children,” in a rather creepy bid to imply every episode is quite good. Enjoy.
2. “Call the Midwife” Season 6 (available September 18)
Why Should I Watch It? We’ve gone over this before: “Call the Midwife” is like a good cleanse: You’re never hungry for something else, and you feel so much better once it’s over. The long-running BBC drama is about a group of midwives and nuns who work out of a nursing convent in London during the 1950s, but it’s so much more than that. Warm-hearted and efficiently told, the camaraderie of the group remains a priceless commodity — even with the original protagonist, Jenny (Jessica Raine), gone since Season 4.
Best Episode: You gotta love a traditional British Christmas special. From “Downton Abbey” to “Sherlock” to “Doctor Who” and more, many popular U.K. series feature bonus episodes for the holidays that are longer than your average entry. As good as some of these have been — “Doctor Who” deserves a special nod for its specials — you haven’t really seen what a Christmas special can be until you’ve seen a “Call the Midwife” Christmas special. That’s right, “Downton”! These ladies are coming for your crown! Enjoy.
3. “Gotham” Season 3 (available September 21)
Why Should I Watch It? Ah, “Gotham.” These episodes — and plenty more from the previous two seasons — remain the best post-Nolan “Batman” entertainment out there, persisting despite the blemishes cast by “Batman vs. Superman” and “Suicide Squad.” Our introduction to a young, ambitious Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie) leans a bit too heavily on episodic structuring early on, but the magnificent (Emmy-nominated) production design and strong breakout performance from Robin Lord Taylor (as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot) make the journey more than worthwhile. It’s the best Batman we’ve got, and that’s no sleight to “Gotham.”
Best Episode: Subtitled “Mad City” for its first 14 episodes, before switching over to “Heroes Rise” for its final installments, “Gotham” Season 3 perfects the serialized arc it began near the end of Season 1. While great for a binge, it does make it tricky to pick out a best episode, so we’ll cheat and go with with the two-part season finale, “Destiny Calling” and “Heavydirtysoul.” Call me a romantic, but watching Gordon struggle between his love life and protecting his city is a dramatic dilemma that works every time. And Season 4 looks to be oh so good.