Fall is a time for new beginnings, and that feeling of starting fresh extends beyond just school. Not only are there fall fashion and fall beauty trends to start trying out, there is also a whole new slew of TV shows you’ll need to start watching. Or at least think about watching.
The new fall TV shows premiering within the next two months are a mix of random reboots, promising shows from some of our favorite creators and directors, and ideas that just seem pretty awful. There’s a lot going on, and it can be overwhelming. What should you try watching? What’s going to be such a dud that it won’t even last one full season? What is worth your time? I’ve picked 18 new shows that look like they could be contenders as your new favorite. From thrillers to romantic comedies to dramas, there’s something for everyone.
Oh, and keep in mind that the fall season has some surprises: FOX’s hit New Girl won’t be back until January (literally holding back tears), and a lot of new shows aren’t premiering until the mid-season. In the meantime, here are 18 new fall shows that will give you something to be excited about.
1. Scream Queens: September 22 on Fox
What Is It? The show is about a sorority, crazy sorority girls, and new college students. It sounds cliche and boring, but there’s a catch: people are being murdered. Scream Queens mixes comedy with drama with terror – and it looks like it’s going to work. Plus, it stars celebrities like Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, and guest stars including Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas.
Watch If: You are a devoted fan of Ryan Murphy shows like Glee and American Horror Story – he’s the mastermind behind this one, and it almost reminds me of a mix of the two shows.
2. Supergirl: October 26 on CBS
What Is It? Supergirl is about Superman’s cousin, Kara, who is 24-years-old and has been hiding her super powers on Earth for the last decade – but now she’s finally going to unleash them to become a true hero. Considering this is one of the few shows that is focusing on a female superhero, I hope it lasts.
Watch If: You like anything superhero and supernatural related.
3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: October 12 on The CW
What Is It? A romantic comedy and a whimsical musical mixed together. It’s about a girl named Rebecca who is acting a little too obsessive about her college ex-boyfriend – she’s essentially stalking him to California in the hopes that they’ll get back together. While I don’t love the “crazy ex-girlfriend” stereotype this perpetuates, I’m hoping it will be a little something more once it airs.
Watch If: Rom-coms are your favorite kind of movie and you want to watch something light and funny.
4. The Grinder: September 29 on Fox
What Is It? A show about an actor who played the lead in a TV show drama about a law firm. When his show ends, he moves back home to his family and decides to actually join their law firm – despite the fact that he never went to school for it before. If this show didn’t star Rob Lowe, I would be skeptical – but he’s a gem, and this looks pretty great.
Watch If: You love stories about family drama, and if Rob Lowe’s Chris Traeger was one of your favorite characters in Parks and Recreation.
5. The Bastard Executioner: September 15 on FX
What Is It? Created by Kurt Sutter, who also created the hit Sons of Anarchy, this is a new medieval drama about a former knight in the 14th century who is forced to become an executioner. It’s definitely not for the weak of heart.
Watch If: You’re a big fan of period pieces like Game Of Thrones and want to watch something gritty.
6. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris: September 15 on NBC
What Is It? A live show full of skits, stunts, pranks, musical shows, audience interaction, giveaways, and tons of surprises, all hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
Watch If: You’re a fan of Neil Patrick Harris. If you don’t like him, I doubt you’ll be able to stand this show.
7. The Muppets: September 22 on ABC
What Is It? This reboot will be a documentary-style show about the personal lives of The Muppets. Sounds ridiculous? Then you’ve never been charmed by The Muppets. This is more for adults than kids, and will probably be hilarious.
Watch If: You love spoof shows or movies, and are ready to have a laugh.
8. Late Show with Stephen Colbert: September 8 on CBS
What Is It? Stephen Colbert is taking David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show, and we couldn’t be more excited. Hey, if it couldn’t be a female (for who knows what reason), at least it’s Stephen Colbert.
Watch If: You’re a fan of talk shows (duh), and you love hearing some real talk about serious issues that will actually make you pay attention.
9. Heroes Reborn: September 24 on NBC
What Is It? Remember the show Heroes from 2006? Yes, this is about that show. It’s a 13-episode series that uses the plot from the show’s first season. If you’re not familiar, it’s about ordinary people realizing they have extraordinary abilities.
Watch If: You were a fan of Heroes from the beginning, or if you love supernatural storylines.
10. Code Black: September 30 on CBS
What Is It? A medical drama that was inspired by the real documentary of the same name. It takes place in the busiest ER in the country, and is a firsthand look at how doctors and nurses work in an emergency room. It looks exciting, dramatic, and extremely interesting.
Watch If: You love medical dramas but have been craving something with more of an edge than just complicated love stories.
11. Grandfathered: September 29 on FOX
What Is It? A family comedy and drama about a guy who suddenly finds out he’s a dad – and also a grandfather. The best thing about this show? It stars Jon Stamos, who is endlessly charming, and Josh Peck, who we’ve missed since the days of Drake & Josh.
Watch If: You still miss Jon Stamos and you love to watch grown men try to figure out how to be mature.
12. Quantico: September 27 on ABC
What Is It? A drama about a group of 20-somethings training to work in the FBI. It seems like it’s just another rom-com drama type of show, but there’s action in there too – a threat is among them. Not only does this look interesting, it’s also awesome that an Indian actress is one of the leads.
Watch If: You can’t stop watching action movies, and you don’t mind staring at gorgeous celebs.
13. Flesh and Bone: November 8 on Starz
What Is It? An 8-episode mini-series on Starz about the physical and mental demands in the world of ballet stars. It looks intense and emotional, and it’s always interesting to explore the lives of ballet dancers. It also comes to us from the writer and executive producer of Breaking Bad, so that’s a good sign.
Watch If: Black Swan is one of your favorite movies and you don’t have time to dedicate to a season-long show.
14. Life In Pieces: September 21 on CBS
What Is It? Another family comedy… but this one is doing things different. It’s basically four short films: three of them focuses on a family member, and the last one focuses on how all the siblings interact together.
Watch If: You love shows about families, but you’re getting sick of the Modern Family take on things.
15. Wicked City: October 27 on ABC
“Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.
What Is It? A story about a serial killer and murder case from the 1980’s on the rock and roll scene of the Sunset Strip in LA. It’s about the alliances formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers, and club-goers to solve murder cases. It also stars Ed Westsick, who we’ve missed as Chuck Bass.
Watch If: You love murder mysteries but want to see things from a different angle.
16. Limitless: September 22 on CBS
What Is It? Yes, this show is based on the movie Limitless starring Bradley Cooper. It has the same concept – a mind-enhancing drug that changes lives. Bradley Cooper does make an appearance in the beginning to pass the drug onto someone new. Just like the movie, it looks fast-paced and action-packed.
Watch if: You like action, adventure, and mind-bending stories.
17. Blindspot: September 21 on NBC
What Is It? A young woman is discovered naked in Times Square, covered in mysterious and intricate tattoos with no memory of how she got there or who she is. There’s one clue – the name of an FBI agent on her back. The FBI soon discovers that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth.
Watch If: You like thrillers that will keep you guessing – and female leads.
18. The Catch: ABC (Coming Soon)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oANG1XrLqA
What Is It? A trilled based on a strong, successful woman who is a fraud investigator. The catch? (Pun intended) She’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiance. Between cases she takes, she struggles to find him so it doesn’t ruin her career.
Watch If: You’re a Shonda Rimes fan – she created this (no surprise, since it involves a strong female lead).
And three returning shows you absolutely MUST tune into it:
Jane The Virgin: October 12 on The CW
What Is It? If you didn’t start watching Jane The Virgin last year, you’re missing out. While the show seems like it would be horrible – a 23-year-old virgin gets artificially inseminated with another man’s sperm, leaving her a literal pregnant virgin – it isn’t. It’s amazing. It’s funny, charming, sweet, and just approaches every sensitive topic so well. Plus, it’s a Latina cast, which is awesome.
How To Get Away With Murder: September 24 on ABC
What Is It? If you didn’t start watching this Shonda Rhimes thriller last year, you’re a crazy person. HTGAWM is addicting, a mystery that keeps you guessing and feeling shocked. It’s totally engrossing and has the best cast.
The Mindy Project: September 15 on Hulu
What Is It? This is just your daily reminder that although FOX totally screwed up by getting rid of The Mindy Project, it is returning for season four on Hulu. And we get to see Mindy with her baby!
Which of these new TV shows are you going to try to watch? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments!