4. “American Vandal” Season 1 (available September 15)
Why Should I Watch It? “Who drew the dicks?” That’s the question Netflix is counting on to drive millions of subscribers to its new true-crime satire, “American Vandal.” The fictional half-hour faux-docuseries follows an aspiring documentarian/high school student who investigates the expulsion of a senior who was accused and convicted of drawing penises on 27 faculty cars. Considering the widespread popularity of truthful true-crime series like “Making a Murderer” and “The Jinx,” this genre seems ripe for parody and “Who drew the dicks?” is the perfect question to get there.
Best Episode: We’re not going to spoil the fun, but finding out who actually drew all the dicks is quite a treat. And no, that doesn’t mean the convicted senior is innocent. It just means the investigation’s findings are delivered… well.
5. “Portlandia” Season 7 (available September 9)
Why Should I Watch It? “Portlandia” is almost over, you guys! Now is the time to soak up the comedic brilliance of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, while there are still new episodes on the way. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, and then you’re just watching repeats without hope for original content. And where’s the fun in that? (OK, there’s still a lot of fun in that, but come on! Get in the spirit! Watch some “Portlandia” to celebrate the end!)
Best Episode: Since Netflix is dropping Season 7 in September, now’s the time to catch up before the final episodes are released on IFC in 2018. With that in mind, “The Story of Toni & Candace” has never been more timely. The women who strictly run the feminist book store got an origin story in the Season 5 premiere and retire in Season 7 episode, “Separation Anxiety.” Given the iconic stretch of episodes with these characters, it’s safe to assume they’ll be back one way or another in Season 8. So bone up on your feminist history and enjoy becoming a better person.
6. “Big Mouth” Season 1 (available September 29)
Why Should I Watch It? Well, first off, “Big Mouth” is created by Nick Kroll and his real-life best friend Andrew Goldberg (“Family Guy”), which lends an appealing personal backstory to this animated coming-of-age tale. Throw in additional voice actors Maya Rudolph, John Mulaney, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Jason Mantzoukas, and boom — that’s reason enough to try it out.
Best Episode: We haven’t had a chance to watch the screeners yet, but this teen TV show is only 10 episodes at a half-hour per pop. Try it out, binge a little, and let your adult self enjoy reminiscing with your inner child.
7. “The Walking Dead” Season 7 (available September 8)
Why Should I Watch It? Ah, Season 7. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but the pre-Negan days of the “Dead” sound pretty good right now. It’s not that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is bad (he’s good!) or that the show has drastically changed since his arrival (still sad!), but the brutality of Negan’s reign has left a black mark ever since he first busted out his beatin’ stick. He’s affected the show just enough, and it’s worth remembering what it was like before his bat-swingin’ arrival. But here we are, with Season 7 sitting before us; just a click away from a cringe- if not vomit-inducing binge. Godspeed good souls. This one’s tough.
Best Episode: Anything but the Season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” Unlike evocative, emotional, and exhilarating season openers — like “No Sanctuary” in Season 5 — this one is a torturous exercise in overextended patience. You wait, and wait, and wait to see who Negan bashes over the head with his nail-infused club, and the payoff is far from worth it. If you’ve already seen it (or know what happens), skip to Episode 2.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light” Season 1 (available September 1)
“LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale” Season 1 (available September 1)
“Maniac” Season 1 (available September 1)
“Narcos” Season 3 (available September 1)
“Outside Man” Volume 2 (available September 1)
“The Blacklist” Season 4 (available September 7)
“Fire Chasers” Season 1 (available September 8)
“Greenhouse Academy” Season 1 (available September 8)
“Spirit: Riding Free” Season 2 (available September 8)
“Offspring” Season 7 (available September 13)
“VeggieTales in the City” Season 2 (available September 17)
“Fuller House” New Episodes (available September 22)
“Dark Matter” Season 3 (available September 25)
“Club de Cuervos” Season 3 (available September 29)
“Real Rob” Season 2 (available September 29)
“Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip” Season 1 (available September 29)
“The Magic School Bus Rides Again” Season 1 (available September 29)
“Murder Maps” Season 3 (available September 30)