This fall is full of both new and returning TV shows of all varieties. From comedies to dramas and everything in between, there is definitely a fall TV show for everyone!
This fall’s TV lineup is filled with new and returning shows that have me excited to cozy up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn after dinner. Old favorites, including Modern Family, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy, are all back this season. New series include medical dramas, superhero tales and some hard-hitting dramas based on true stories. Other fall TV trends include reboots and tons of premieres from nontraditional producers, like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
While I’m not including them in this list, there are also more than a few series that won’t premiere until midseason that look great. ABC’s For the People and NBC’s Rise both have talented writers and producers behind them, with some big names on-screen as well!
If you’re looking for recommendations on the best TV this season, here are seven fall TV shows you should be watching:
American Horror Story
Season 7 of American Horror Story is one of the first shows to premiere this fall. The season is titled “Cult,” and will be set in Michigan and based on the 2016 presidential election. The Cult cast will include Lena Dunham and Emma Roberts, which is sure to entice fans who didn’t love season 6 back to the series. Catch American Horror Story on September 5 on FX.
The Big Bang Theory will air alongside Young Sheldon, a new show that depicts the life of 9 year old Sheldon growing up in Texas. Jim Parsons (the Sheldon we know and love) is the executive producer and narrator of this new series. Critics are already calling it charming, but also not as funny as its predecessor. It does have one big leg up over The Big Bang Theory: Iain Armitage is adorable. Watch Young Sheldon this fall on CBS, starting on September 25th.
This Is Us
Last year’s breakout hit is obviously back for a second season this fall. We will find out how Jack dies this season, which is enough drama to last us for a while. But if the critically acclaimed first season is anything to go by, there will be far more emotion involved. With executive producer Dan Fogelman promising “some big whoppers of plot twists,” we’re sure to need about a million tissues to get through the season. Tune in to the drama on NBC September 26th.
Bones’ David Boreanaz is back on network TV this fall as Jason Hayes, leading a team of Navy SEALs. According to Civic Science, SEAL Team is highly anticipated by audiences, me included. That’s for good reason; the show will be packed with action as we follow the SEALs’ professional and personal lives. Watch SEAL Team (also starring Max Thieriot, Neil Brown, Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Paré) on CBS starting September 27th.
Will & Grace
All of Will & Grace’s original stars are back in one of this fall’s TV reboots (The CW’s Dynasty, Star Trek and Curb Your Enthusiasm are all back this year as well). This season (and the next, which is already a guarantee), may not be exactly what we remember from the early 2000s. For one, times have changed and this means commenting on today’s political landscape, and not the one of 10 years ago. The series finale from Season 8 will also be ignored, as Will and Grace are back in their shared apartment. Whether this fall reboot is worth watching can only be determined by catching the first episode on September 28 on NBC.
Okay, so the reviews of Marvel’s Inhumans aren’t looking so good. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. I have a feeling there are going to be some people who actually really like this show. Marvel and ABC have worked together in the past, creating successful shows like Agents of SHIELD. If you want to check it out, either because it sounds interesting or you want to see the train wreck in person, Inhumans in on ABC starting September 29th.
Donald Glover’s Atlanta was a hit last year for HBO. This fall, The Mayor is taking inspiration from Chance the Rapper (and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs who is an executive producer on the show). Brandon Michael Hall plays a young rapper who runs for mayor in his town for the publicity. And then he wins. Lea Michele is also part of the cast, which has me excited! Watch The Mayor this fall, beginning October 5, on ABC.
With DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR and the DISH Anywhere app, it’s easy to record tons of fall premieres, even when you’re on-the-go between work, soccer practice and the grocery store. What fall TV shows are you watching and recording this year?