Fall TV Preview 2018: New and Returning Shows

The 2018 fall TV season is here! Figure out what to watch and when to watch it with our helpful guide.

Watching television has been a year-round activity for awhile now. Still, fall is when things get serious. The networks roll out a whole new host of pilots and series and the cable channels and streamers decide to bring some heat of their own. 

The 2018 fall TV season looks to be no different. A lot of returning favorites like Big Mouth (Netflix), The Deuce (HBO), and Lethal Weapon (Fox) debut new seasons while fresh offerings like Kidding (Showtime), Maniac (Netflix), and The First (Hulu) try to find their place in a crowded TV landscape. 

Here, in chronological order of debut, are the most intriguing new and returning shows of the 2018 fall TV season.


Mayans M.C. 

September 4 | FX

Sons of Anarchy was charismatic showrunner Kurt Sutter’s pièce de résistance. The long-running hour-long FX drama had all the elements that Sutter clearly values: a bunch of badass, but still kind of charming dudes, Shakespeare allusions and allegories, and wickedly intricate plotting. Yes, for seven seasons the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original was the busiest organization on planet Earth. 

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Since Sons of Anarchy bowed in 2014, however, Sutter has had a hard time finding a worthy follow-up. Now he’s deciding just to go back to the source. Mayans M.C. is a Sons spinoff that follows the titular Mayans Motorcycle Club. J.D. Pardo stars as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a former Stanford student in a Latino family who joins the Mayans after a personal tragedy. Mayans M.C. will take viewers right back into the twisted world of crime and engine that we all enjoyed so much. – Alec Bojalad

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 13 

September 5 | FX

FX can now claim It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as the longest-running live-action sitcom in television history. The show celebrated the milestone by sending off one of the pillars of Paddy’s Pub, Dennis, to fulfill his fatherly responsibly and raise his bastard child in North Dakota. With actor Glenn Howerton committed to a second season of his NBC showA.P. Bio, fans wondered whether Dennis would return for Always Sunny season 13. 

Dennis will be back in some capacity, and the Gang will look continue its late season resurgence. Through 13 seasons, Always Sunny has remained a remarkably consistent show. We’d even argue that the later seasons, with its depraved continuity and infectious recurring characters, are the show’s finest. Let’s see what condition the bar is in without the man who (barely) holds it all together. – Chris Longo

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Iron Fist Season 2

September 7 | Netflix

It’s not a stretch to say that the first season of Iron Fist was nobody’s favorite Marvel Netflix collaboration. It’s still not clear just how they could have so badly bungled what should have been an easy layup after the success of shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, but Marvel wasted no time in working on redeeming Danny Rand (Finn Jones), evolving the character in The Defenders, and allowing him a promising (and fun!) guest appearance on the second season of Luke Cage.

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Iron Fist Season 2 looks to complete the picture. Trailers have been promising, showcasing more hard-hitting fight scenes, teasing the possibility of an actual superhero costume, and generally feeling more in line with the tone we expect from Marvel’s Netflix efforts. A new showrunner (Raven Metzner), the return of season one’s best villain (Sacha Dawan as Davos), and the introduction of Alice Eve as Typhoid Mary are all promising developments, as is the return of Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. Marvel has delivered three solid sophomore seasons so far, and hopefully Iron Fist follows suit. – Mike Cecchini

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The Deuce Season 2

September 9 | HBO

The first season of George Pelecanos and David Simon’s dramatization of the rise of the American porn industry in the 1970s featured some of the defining characteristics of Simon’s previous productions, The Wire and Treme: an ensemble cast and a cross-section of society explored from multiple perspectives concurrently. However, with some big names in the cast and a breezier storytelling approach, it was his most instantly welcoming series yet without sacrificing any of the novel-like density of his previous works. 

As The Deuce is a period drama, Simon has a plan in mind for how every year will build, so there’s little reason this shouldn’t be a solid escalation of what the premiere season set us up for. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if the series focused more on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character, who easily has the most engaging storyline. – Joe Matar

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September 9 | Showtime

At one time an extremely promising and inventive new director, Michel Gondry’s work has been, well, spotty, to be charitable. And Jim Carrey hasn’t done anything too noteworthy for a while except occasionally remind us how full of himself he is. But it’s not for nothing that, when the two joined forces, out came Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindan enduring modern classic. 

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Of course, they had some help from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, but this new drama about a Mister Rogers-type figure having a life crisis behind the scenes looks promising. Gondry remains a creative, if inconsistent, director and Carrey can be an amazing dramatic actor; they just need the right material. Hopefully, Kidding will give them that. Just try to ignore the fact that Carrey is supposed to be a beloved children’s TV presenter while looking like Evil Cooper from the Twin Peaks reboot. – Joe Matar 

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse

September 12 | FX

Through seven tenuously connected seasons, FX’s American Horror Story franchise has built up quite an impressive internal mythology. Actors and sometimes even characters recur through many different horror stories set in many different eras. Now with the show’s eight season, subtitled Apocalypse, American Horror Story is trying something it’s never done before: a crossover.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse will combine characters and elements from two previous seasons: season 1, Murder House; and season 3, Coven. AHS favorites Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will headline this season along with old friends Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks. Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott will return as well. What could a Coven and Murder House crossover possibly be about? Why, the end of the world, of course.

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BoJack Horseman Season 5 

September 14 | Netflix

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Don’t ask me how a show about a talking horse became the most accurate depiction of depression on television, just accept that it is. The simultaneously hilarious and soul-crushing Netflix animated series will return for its fifth season, but perhaps a lighter touch will be accompanying it this time around. Last season ended on an unusually optimistic note with former sitcom star – that can soon be seen on Comedy Central.

Bojack forming a genuine, touching bond with his long-lost sister and Bojack’s former agent Princess Carolyn booking him a gig on the new series that she’s producing, Philbert. That being said, Bojack could just as easily slip back into the self-hating, narcissistic spiral that he frequently finds himself in. Either way, expect to laugh, cry, and marvel at all of the animal-based sight gags. – Nick Harley

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The First

September 14 | Hulu

From Beau Willimon, the creator that brought you Netflix’s House of Cards, comes this American-British drama series about a five-person team of astronauts sent to establish the first human colony on Mars, and the people they leave behind. 

The First, which hits Hulu on September 14th, stars Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Oded Fehr, James Fansone, Hannah Ware, Anna Jacoby-Heron, and Melissa George. The eight-episode first season is an ambitious effort for the streaming content service still looking to catch up to Netflix’s subscription base and cultural influence. With both Willimon and Penn on board, it could be Hulu’s next big hit. – Kayti Burt

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

September 17 | Nickelodeon

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Every generation deserves its own interpretation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right? Nickelodeon has been the home of the now considerably older than teenage franchise for quite some time, and recently wrapped up a critically acclaimed (and beloved by fans) TMNT series, and now they’re rebooting with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a stylish, colorful, and 2D animation version of the legend.

Ant Ward (of Nickelodeon’s most recent TMNT) and Andy Suriano (who worked on character design on the similarly stylish and colorful Samurai Jack) are bringing a kinetic new style to the sewers of NYC, with a voice cast that includes Omar Miller (Ballers), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst), Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries), WWE Superstar John Cena, and Eric Bauza. – Mike Cecchini

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The Good Place Season 3 Release Date

The Good Place Season 3

September 19 | NBC

Just two seasons into its run, NBC’s The Good Place has proven time and time again it has no fear of switching things up. 

Now season 3 is going to an entirely new place altogether: planet Earth. Creator Michael Schur has confirmed that the experiment begun in season 2’s brilliant finale will continue through to season 3. Eleanor, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) have all been sent back to Earth so that Michael (Ted Danson) and Neutral Zone judge Gen (Maya Rudolph) can determine once and for all if humanity is capable of redemption…or at least if these four knuckleheads are capable of it. 

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The Good Place is both one of television’s finest comedies and most trenchant philosophical exploration. There’s no reason to expect that season 3 will be anything other than…well, Good. – Alec Bojalad

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September 21 | Netflix

Director Cary Fukunaga proved that television could be more than just a writer’s medium after helming all of HBO’s transcendent first season of True Detective. Dripping the proceedings in a Southern Gothic coat of doom and gloom and dazzling audiences with show-stopping displays of his technical proficiency, Fukunaga’s filmmaking style was one of the show’s biggest appeals. His involvement was the first reason we got hyped about Netflix’s new series Maniac, but then we heard about the cast. Featuring the reunion of Superbad co-stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, as well as Justin Theroux and the legendary Sally Field in supporting roles, Maniac has just as much jaw-dropping talent in front of the camera as behind. 

Maniac follows Annie Landsberg (Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Hill), two troubled strangers drawn to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that promises to repair any ailment of the mind with no complications or side-effects. Needless to say, things don’t go entirely as advertised. Fukunaga is really given the room to flex his talents as the mind-bending season goes deep into the psyches of our protagonists, spanning decades and different realities altogether. All 10 half-hour episodes are currently streaming on Netflix.  – Nick Harley 

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September 24 | NBC

Lost concluded its excellent six-season run almost a decade ago and the network’s have long given up trying to find the next big buzzworthy sci-fi show. Still, every now and again, one of them decides to take another crack. NBC’s Manifest is one such attempt. 

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Manifest comes from iconic director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and has a properly intriguing and spooky premise. A commercial flight of passengers suddenly disappears and then reappears five years later with all of the occupants seemingly unharmed. The show will examine the mysterious circumstances of this paranormal event and also what it means for human beings to unexpectedly get a second chance at life. – Alec Bojalad

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The Gifted Season 2

September 25 | Fox

The first season of X-Men TV show The Gifted ended with a rift in the mutant community. On one side: the Hellfire Club, including Polaris (Emma Dumont), Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White), the Frost Sisters (Skyler Samuels), and new character Reeva Page (Grace Byers). On the other side: the Mutant Underground, including Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind), Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer), Caitlin Strucker (Amy Acker), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), Blink (Jamie Chung), and Eclipse (Sean Teale). 

Loved ones are separated by the ideological schism, which promises to make the second season of this solid superhero series a dramatically rich one. – Kayti Burt

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Lethal Weapon Season 3

September 25 | Fox

Lethal Weapon was never supposed to work as a TV series. Most thought that was because recreating the iconic action film franchise for a television audience seemed to be a fool’s errand. How could anyone fill the enormous shoes of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover by trying to reinvent the roles of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh? Well, it turns out that the legacy of the films wasn’t the main reason that a Lethal Weapon TV series was doomed to be a disaster, it was because neither of the series’ stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans wanted to do the series to begin with and they absolutely could not stand each other.

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At least that’s according to an account from now ex-star Crawford, who was fired from the series due to reports of bad on-set behavior and hostility between cast and crew. How Lethal Weapon was able to become an often fun, elevated procedural with impressive action set-pieces despite all of this bad blood is pretty astounding. Now reliable action-comedy star Sean William Scott is being brought in to replace Crawford as a completely new character and Wayans has said in interviews that season three is “definitely a lot lighter in tone and we’re having fun — on and off set.” Never essential viewing, we’ll be keeping a closer eye on Lethal Weapon this year to see if the new hire can keep this train on the track or if further problems, on screen or off, will derail this little engine that could for good. – Nick Harley

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South Park Season 22

September 26 | Comedy Central

The days of South Park being an “equal opportunity offender” aren’t exactly over, but in recent seasons creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have turned the microscope inward. To mixed results, South Park, set to begin its 22nd season, is more self-aware than ever before. The show has analyzed its role in “PC” culture, pondered its ability to change its humor, and attempted to make amends for minimizing the role of women (and girls) in the show for basically the entirety of its run. 

Again, some of it has worked. Season 19 was the best season in a decade. But since they nailed serialization with the introduction of PC Principal, they’ve had two seasons in a row that can be forgotten – rxcept the Member Berries, of course. We’ll see if South Park continues its tortured Garrison as Trump or if it can somehow return to its glory days. This season could be a referendum on whether or not the show actually still works in 2018. – Chris Longo

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Into the Dark

October 5 | Hulu

Blumhouse Productions has become a horror powerhouse by spinning low-budget scares into box office gold. Now Blumhouse is bulking up its TV arm, aiming to replicate their spooky success on the small screen with high-profile projects like HBO’s Sharp Objects and the TV adaptation of The Purge. Keeping the thrills coming, Blumhouse Television is bringing horror anthology series Into the Darkon Hulu. Into the Dark will release new bone-chilling, feature-length episodes on the first Friday of every month, with each episode inspired by a holiday from the month of its release.

The first episode, “The Body,” is set on Halloween night. There’s no telling what other talent Blumhouse TV will be able to attract to these feature-length streaming forays, but we can’t wait for a year’s worth of Blumhouse’s crowd-pleasing terrors.  – Nick Harley

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The Man in the High Castle Season 3

October 5 | Amazon

The Man in the High Castle became quite chaotic towards the end of its second season with the German conspiracy at its core, but with a global war narrowly avoided, the stage is set for a shift in the power structure among the American Reich, the Pacific States, and the resistance fighters. A surprising link between Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos) and Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) will lead the pair to work out once and for all the mystery of the films while John Smith (Rufus Sewell) and his family struggle with the restrictions of the Nazi high society in New York.

Thankfully, Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) will have more to do in season 3 as he is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco, and he and Juliana will finally have a chance to reach a turning point in their relationship. The Neutral Zone will enter the limelight in the coming season as well with Jason O’Mara joining the cast to play Wyatt Price, who fled the war in Europe and whose family immigrated to New York from Ireland as refugees, then fled west again ahead of the Nazi invasion. Wyatt has learned to survive as a hustler, trading in various black market goods and services, and he should be an interesting character to add to the mix this season. – Michael Ahr

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Big Mouth Season 2

October 5 | Netflix

Netflix has unexpectedly become one of the go-to places for quality animation. After ushering in excellent shows like BoJack Horseman, and F is For Family, it once again rolled the dice on an animated series – this time an animated series about puberty.

Big Mouth comes from the combined comedic talents of Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, obviously), Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy), Mark Levin (The Wonder Years), and Jennifer Flackett (Wimbledon). The four creators harken back to their formative years to tell the stories of teens Nick (voiced by Kroll), Andrew (voiced by John Mulaney) and all their friends as they embark upon the terrifying miracle that is growing up. 

All the kids and their respective Hormone Monsters return for Season 2 this fall. This time around they’ll be joined by The Shame Wizard, as voiced by the venerable David Thewlis. – Alec Bojalad

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Star Wars Resistance

October 7 | Disney XD

Although Star Wars Rebels came to a shocking end earlier this year, another animated series has arrived to Disney XD to take its place. Star Wars Resistance ditches the Prequel era in favor of a new generation of rebel heroes fighting against the evil First Order. The series takes place six months before the start of The Force Awakens, offering us a rare look at the days before Rey went on her epic adventure across the galaxy. Resistancstars pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean), who is recruited for a top-secret spy mission by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) into the heart of the First Order. 

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Poe’s not the only character you’ll recognize on the show. Gwendoline Christie will also reprise her role as Captain Phasma and Rachel Butera will voice General Leia. Oh, and cute little BB-8 is along for the adventure as well. Along with a new cast and setting, Resistance also sports a new, anime-inspired art style that sets it apart from anything that’s come before. – John Saavedra

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The Walking Dead Season 9

October 7 | AMC

Yeah, it’s been a rough few seasons for The Walking Dead. The war between Rick’s team and Negan’s Saviors lasted for what seemed like 40 interminable years with over 8 trillion rounds of ammunition fired that barely hit anyone. But that war is finally, mercifully over and The Walking Dead is ready to move on to other things.

For one, The Walking Dead is now under new stewardship once again. Scott Gimple, showrunner for the last four years of the show, has graduated to a new czar-like position in the Walking Dead extended universe and writer Angela Kang steps into his shoes as showrunner. Kang has been a writer for the show through thick and thin so maybe she’ll know how to turn this ship around. Season 9 will also feature the much-buzzed about time jump from the comics and find our characters in a relative time of peace, facing different, far more complex challenges than a big guy with a barbwire bat. 

Then again, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan will be leaving the show at some point this season so uh…watch at your own risk, we guess. – Alec Bojalad

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The Flash Season 5

October 9 | The CW

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Over the course of its four seasons, you could say that there’s a pattern developing with The Flash. Remember how Star Trek fans used to say that only the even numbered movies were good? Well, in Central City, odd numbered seasons have been solid, while even numbered seasons have been…less so. So with The Flash entering its fifth season, we should be on solid ground, right?

The series is continuing its “no speedster villains” policy from season four, with Chris Klein joining the crew as the menacing Cicada. But perhaps more exciting is the introduction of Barry and Iris’ adult daughter from the future, the speedster known as XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Legacy has always been a key component of Flash comics, and now it looks like the TV show will follow suit– Mike Cecchini

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Black Lightning Season 2

October 9 | The CW

Amongst the pantheon of CW superhero shows, Black Lightning sets itself apart as a series willing to address real world problems. Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning (Cress Williams) doesn’t just deal with superpowered supervillains, he deals with police brutality, institutional racism, and our country’s disturbing history of experimenting on its African-American citizens.

The first season of Black Lightning was, refreshingly, not an origin story for protagonist Jefferson Pierce, who came out of retirement as Black Lightning rather than building the identity anew. It was an origin story for his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), who learned about their superhero legacy as their own powers began to manifest. The second season, which kicks off October 9, will no doubt see more Pierce family team-ups, both on the superhero field and off, on this show that highlights family and community as the greatest strengths of all. – Kayti Burt

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Riverdale Season 3

October 10 | The CW

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After two seasons of delicious primetime soap shenanigans of the highest quality, Riverdale shows no signs of losing steam. The CW’s current crown jewel returns for its third season, which will see the repercussions of Archie’s arrest for murder, Cheryl and Betty joining the Southside Serpents, and Veronica’s ongoing power struggle with dad Hiram. 

With the promise of a pulpy noir aesthetic for Season 3, as well as a Breakfast Club-inspired flashback episode featuring Anthony Michael Hall, Riverdale’s third season seems poised to hold onto the mantle of TV’s most delightfully addictive series. – Kayti Burt

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October 12 | DC Universe

“Fuck Batman.”

What, you need more? OK, fine. Greg Berlanti (he of the entire Arrowverse of DC superhero shows) and Geoff Johns (whose work on superheroes of the page and screen similarly speaks for itself) have teamed up to bring a decidedly adult take on the Teen Titans to live action for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service.

Titans follows a 20-something Dick Grayson, no longer under Batman’s leather wing, striking out on his own as a crimefighter, both as a police officer by day and Robin by night. He assembles a team that should look familiar to fans, including Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven. Titans is the first of a whole new multiverse of DC TV shows, and before the 12 episode first season ends, we’re going to meet the Doom Patrol (also destined for their own series) and likely more familiar DC heroes and villains. – Mike Cecchini

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The Romanoffs

October 12 | Amazon

What a weird, potentially wonderful premise! The Romanoffs isn’t the straight historical drama you might expect from the title, but rather a contemporary anthology series that tells the stories of different people around the world who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family, the House of Romanov Each episode will have a different cast, location, and story.

Written, directed, and produced by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, The Romanoffs was one of the hottest series properties of the past few years, with Amazon winning a bidding war to acquire it. The eight-episode first season has a massive $70 million budget and a long cast list, which includes: Aaron Eckhart, Christina Hendricks, Jack Huston, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Paul Reiser, Corey Stoll, Noah Wyle, and Radha Mitchell, among many, many others. The Romanoffs hits Amazon Prime Video on October 12th. – Kayti Burt

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Haunting of Hill House

October 12 | Netflix

Everyone likes a good ghost story. And few ghost stories have stood the test of time like Shirley Jackson’s 1959 classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. Jackson’s haunted tale about a group of four people from different backgrounds searching for the paranormal in the titular 80-year-old mansion has been adapted into two different films – one in 1963 and one in 1999. Now it’s coming to television as a 10-episode series thanks to Netflix.

The Haunting of Hill House will star Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Carla Gugino, and Henry Thomas as part of the crew investigating Hill House. The series will be directed by Netflix’s go-to horror fan, Mike Flanagan (HushOculusGerald’s Game). Will it be possible to sustain the proper level of horrific tension for ten full episodes? If any story can do it, it’s this one. – Alec Bojalad

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Supergirl Season 4

October 14 | The CW

A Supergirl film may be in the works at WB and DC, but don’t think that means we’ve forgotten about Melissa Benoist’s fiercely earnest portrayal of the Girl of Steel. Supergirl returns for a Season 4 this month with Jesse Rath joining the main cast as Brainiac 5, April Parker Jones as new character Colonel Haley, and Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty. Look for a focus on the themes of fear and hate this season, as Agent Liberty and his group, The Children of Liberty, work to spread anti-alien sentiment across National City and beyond.

Supergirl has always been at its best when embracing the immigration/refugee story integral to its narrative, and the fourth season seems poised to dive back into that contemporary issue. With Tyler Hoechlin also set to reprise his role as Superman in the CW’s big superhero crossover event, there is plenty to look forward to in the Supergirl universe this season.  – Kayti Burt

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Arrow Season 7

October 15 | The CW

Oliver Queen’s secret identity is no longer a secret. As if that’s not bad enough, he’s in prison. Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, that means he’s locked up with a bunch of criminals that he actually put there. Arrow Season 7 isn’t going to make things easy on Green Arrow.

The longest running superhero show on TV (and one of the longest running superhero shows ever, come to think of it) has a new showrunner (Beth Schwartz) and a bunch of new villains to go along with returning big bad Richard Dragon (Kirk Acevedo). Perhaps most exciting of all, Arrow will be the focal point of this year’s big DC TV crossover in December, which will introduce Ruby Rose as Batwoman. We’ll get a reliable dose of the best stunts and fights on TV every week when Arrow returns. – Mike Cecchini

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Legends of Tomorrow Season 4

October 22 | The CW

Legends of Tomorrow has undergone quite an evolution over its first three seasons. Initially a heavily-serialized affair, exploring the nerdiest corners of the DC Universe via its team of time-traveling misfits, Legends adopted a more episodic approach for season two, amped up the humor, and introduced even more obscure characters. That should have been enough, but then it decided to just go even crazier in season three, embracing absurdity at every turn, and letting the chemistry of its ensemble carry it through the timestream.

Season four will see the Legends taking on magical, mystical, and mythological threats, and they’ve adjusted their roster accordingly. Fan favorite urban sorcerer John Constantine (Matt Ryan) will be a regular member of the Waverider crew, bringing his trademark wit and attitude to the party each week. Legends is no longer a superhero show in the strictest sense of the word, and instead often feels like a syndicated genre relic from another time, a brilliant show that once existed but that you somehow never heard of when it first aired. That’s a very good thing. – Mike Cecchini

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Castlevania Season 2

October 26 | Netflix

The first season of Netflix’s Castlevania animated series was nothing short of a miracle. Sure, mega nerd filmmaker Adi Shankar and brilliant writer Warren Ellis were behind the show, but making a faithful (and good) video game adaptation would not be an easy task. Many others before them had failed miserably. But as sure as Dracula will always rise from the grave to haunt Wallachia once again, Castlevania became the first successful game-to-screen adaption of our time. 

Based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the series follows Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), the last remaining member of a clan of monster hunters, as he takes on Dracula’s forces before Wallachia succumbs to the vampire lord. Along the way, he teams up with Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso), a powerful witch, and Alucard (James Callis), the son of Dracula, the weirdest entourage of heroes ever put on screen. While the first season was just a taste of what Castlevania could do — running only four episodes — the second season promises eight episodes of bloody goodness. – John Saavedra

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

October 26 | Netflix

Our biggest complaint about Riverdale to date has been the distinct lack of a certain teenage witch. That oversight will finally be rectified on October 26th when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina makes its eagerly awaited debut on Netflix. To be clear: By no means is this a reboot of the 1990s TGIF sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, but rather a dark and decidedly adult adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack’s comic of the same name (One that sadly has been on hiatus due to Aguirre-Sacasa’s commitments to overseeing the Archie television universe). Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka stars as Sabrina Spellman, a good-hearted young woman who desperately tries to balance her ordinary life with the fact that she is a novice witch. 

The cast also includes Lucy Davis (The Office) and Miranda Otto (the Lord of the Rings films) as her scheming sorceress aunts, Ross Lynch as her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle, and Doctor Who’s Michelle Gomez as Madame Satan, a character whose evil-sounding name doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the sinister deeds she is capable of. Originally planned to air on the CW as a companion show for RiverdaleChilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s airing on Netflix allows the show to get violently witchy and weird. In other words, we can’t wait. – Chris Cummins

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Stan Against Evil Season 3

October 31 | IFC

After ending season two on a cliffhanger, Stan Against Evil has to find a way to restore its universe before it can get into some monster-of-the-week fun. Stan (John C. McGinley), with the help of Evie (Janet Varney), has finally put the passing of his wife behind him, which means the show is ready to explore new, gorey territory. 

To do so, series creator Dana Gould enlisted a dynamite group of guest stars, including Maria Bamford, Scott Adsit, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Koechner, and Matt Braunger. Season two was an improvement over the first season, so we’re expecting big things from the third installment of IFC’s horror comedy. If the first trailer is any indication, season three is going to be a blast. – Chris Longo

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Outlander Season 4

November 4 | Starz

Your favorite time traveling historical romance is back! When we pick back up with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in Season 4, they are trying to make a home for themselves in colonial America—North Carolina, to be specific, where the locals have a contentious relationship with the British ruling class. 

But don’t think this show has forgotten about the 20th century! While her parents live and love in colonial times, Brianna (Sophia Skelton) searches for historical proof that Claire and Jamie were reunited, with the help of the ever-loyal Roger (Richard Rankin). When they discover something unexpected, they begin to seriously consider traveling back in time themselves. – Kayti Burt

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