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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in October, and the Best Reasons to Watch

Netflix is pushing a slew of scary series just in time for Halloween, but there's more than frights to feast on this month.

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Kiernan Shipka Netflix Season 1

Yes, it’s a show about a teenage witch. And yes, she’s in a blood feud with the devil. And sure, technically, this show is probably a better watch around Halloween. But the best thing about the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is its atmosphere


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5. “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” (available October 28)

Why Should I Watch? Netflix has struggled to get a talk show off the ground. “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” was cancelled after less than five months. “The Break with Michelle Wolf” made it less than three. “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” debuted to abysmal reviews last month, and the world is already starting to forget the two seasons of “Chelsea” that started this whole process. Can Hasan Minhaj be the answer? “The Daily Show” alumnus is sticking in his wheelhouse, tackling the week’s most pressing news stories every Sunday night. But we won’t know whether he’s Netflix’s John Oliver or just another great comedian who couldn’t draw a crowd until it debuts.

Best Reason: Have you watched “Homecoming King”? Minhaj’s stand-up special may have won him his new Netflix gig, after winning over critics before snagging a Peabody Award this year. Between his stand-up, his work on “The Daily Show,” and that killer Correspondents Dinner routine, Minhaj is an exciting voice and one well-deserving of his own show.

6. “Gotham” Season 4 (available October 1)

GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie in the “A Dark Knight: No Man’s Land” season finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Giovanni Rufino / FOX

Ben McKenzie in “Gotham”

Giovanni Rufino / FOX

Why Should I Watch? As “Gotham” prepares to wrap its series in Season 5, now is your last chance to keep pace with one of the DC Universe’s most exciting, well-executed, and tonally sound entries. Led by the indomitable Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon and his stalwart partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), the Fox drama found solid footing in its serialized storytelling in its second season and never looked back. Each year is framed around one overarching event, but the narrative steadily pushes forward as a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) grows older and the villains rise to overthrow his city. There’s a well-blended mix of outrageous comic book elements (Jerome “The Joker” gets one wild origin story) and deep-rooted drama (like when Jim goes to prison for a crime he did commit), making this series the kind of superhero spinoff worth watching.

Best Reason: The all-around production, from the sets to the costumes to the hair and makeup, is simply stellar. To be done on a broadcast budget over so many episodes per season only makes each element more outstanding. No wonder it’s an Emmy winner (plus 11 total nominations) — you can’t look away.

7. “The Haunting of Hill House” Season 1 (available October 12)

The Haunting of Hill House

Michiel Huisman and Timothy Hutton in “The Haunting of Hill House”

Steve Dietl/Netflix

Why Should I Watch? It’s October. Halloween is coming. You know you want to be scared, and Netflix has more than just “Chilling Adventures” to satisfy your horror cravings. “The Haunting of Hill House” puts a modern spin on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, focusing on five siblings who grow up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which “forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts” —  that less than subtle tease from the press notes means figurative nightmares abound, but there’s no shortage of specters popping out of the shadows, either. Hopefully, this drama can resonate on both wavelengths.

Best Reason: Carla Gugino. For those well-versed in the “Roadies” star career, you’re likely already aware she’s in one of Netflix’s better movie offerings: the 2017 Stephen King adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.” That more than makes up for tricking us into watching “Wayward Pines” (and that mess wasn’t her fault anyway), and it would be nice if she could find a TV series worthy of her talents. Maybe horror is her calling after all.

The Rest of Incoming TV

“Meateater” Season 7 (available October 2)
“Creeped Out” Season 1 (available October 4)
“Life Things” Season 2 (available October 5)
“Super Monsters Save Halloween” (available October 5)
“Super Monsters” Season 2 (available October 5)
“Little Things” Season 1 (available October 6)
“Disney’s Sofia the First” Season 4 (available October 8)
“Terrace House: Opening New Doors” Part 4 (available October 9)
“Salt Fat Acid Heat” (available October 11)
“Schitt’s Creek” Season 4 (available October 11)
“Tarzan and Jane” Season 2 (available October 12)
“The Boss Baby: Back in Business” Season 2 (available October 12)
“Octonauts” Season 4 (available October 15)
“Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever” Limited Series (available October 19)
“Hip-Hop Evolution” Season 2 (available October 19)
“Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 3 (available October 19)
“Great News” Season 2 (available October 25)
“Castlevania” Season 2 (available October 26)
“The Degenerates” (available October 30)
“Goldie & Bear” Season 2 (available October 31)

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