5. “Chef’s Table” Volume 5 (available September 28)
Why Should I Watch? Not much is known about the fifth season of David Gelb’s Netflix docuseries, but the phallic-shaped image above is an odd choice for a first look after Season 4 faced criticism for featuring too many male chefs. The four-episode, pastry-themed season only featured one woman to three men, and such gender imbalance has become a trend. Hopefully, the new episodes will skew toward inclusivity, while keeping the gorgeously shot, carefully structured profiles of restaurants and their chefs.
Bonus Reason: Seriously. Look at that image. What is that? And why does it look like Groot’s penis?
6. “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” (available September 14)
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Why Should I Watch? Well, he’s Norm Macdonald, and he has a show. If that idea piques your interest, your ’90s nostalgia, or fond, long-dormant memories of “The Norm Show,” well, there’s your answer. If not, that could be an answer, too.
Bonus Reason: OK, if the host isn’t enough, perhaps his guests are: The talk series’ first seasons welcomes Drew Barrymore, David Spade, Judge Judy, David Letterman, Jane Fonda, Chevy Chase, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Keaton, Billy Joe Shaver, and Lorne Michaels. Macdonald’s sidekick, Adam Eget, also helps out in each episode, as Netflix tries to find a late-night format that works for their anytime service.
7. “Atypical” Season 2 (available September 7)
Why Should I Watch? The first season of “Atypical” featured a knockout performance from Keir Gilchrist. Playing an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum, Gilchrist infused specificity and life into a character who could’ve been defined by his disability. Instead, Sam is a compelling lead in a simple high school story with a solid cast around him. What Sam is looking for is universal, and his show is, too.
Bonus Reason: Jennifer Jason Leigh! For all the rightful hype surrounding Gilchrist, it’s nice to see Leigh getting consistent work in a medium tailor-made for her talents. There’s a big gap between her characters in “Atypical” and “Patrick Melrose,” but she makes them both exciting people to follow.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Quantico” Season 3 (available on September 2)
“Van Helsing” Season 2 (available on September 5)
“Wentworth” Season 6 (available on September 5)
“Once Upon a Time” Season 7 (available on September 6)
“Cable Girls” Season 3 (available on September 7)
“Marvel’s Iron Fist” Season 2 (available on September 7)
“Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters” Season 2 (available on September 7)
“Call the Midwife” Series 7 (available on September 10)
“Blacklist” Season 5 (available on September 12)
“Ingobernable” Season 2 (available on September 14)
“The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” Season 2, Part A (available on September 14)
“Inside the Freemasons” Season 1 (available on September 15)
“American Horror Story: Cult” (available on September 18)
“The Walking Dead” Season 8 (available on September 23)
“Norsemen” Season 2 (available on September 26)
“El Marginal” Season 2 (available on September 28)
“Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father” (available on September 28)
“Reboot the Guardian Code” Season 2 (available on September 28)
“Skylanders Academy” Season 3 (available on September 28)