1. Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex
Where you have seen her before: Party Down, New Girl, and True Blood
Showtime’s new series peers into the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Caplan plays the “smart, forthright, resourceful, and sexually uninhibited” Virginia Johnson opposite the “shy and socially awkward” Dr. Masters. You get history, you get sexy times, and you get to imagine that Janice from Mean Girls went back in time. You can watch the first episode right here.
Sunday on Showtime starting Sept. 29.
Lizzy Caplan: your sexy AND smart crush.
2. Toni Collette in Hostages
Where you have seen her before: United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, and About a Boy
The 15-episode series will feature a singular narrative: Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) is a surgeon who is ordered to botch the president’s surgery or her family will be killed. Needless to say, this show is going to have a lot of angry scowling and yelling. If you’ve watched any of Collette’s previous work you know that only she could pull this off flawlessly. Seeing her in this new powerful role is going to be a real treat.
Mondays on CBS starting Sept. 23.
Toni Collette: the crush you love while clutching your pillow.
3. Anna Faris in Mom
Where you have seen her before: Scary Movie series, The House Bunny, and Just Friends
Anna Faris and her adorable voice is reason enough to sit through anything. Bonus? This show gives you a great supporting cast featuring Allison Janney. Actually, maybe Allison Janney is the one you should be crushing on? That horribly important decision is totally up to you. Just be excited for the weird, wacky, and absolutely wonderful Faris we all know and love.
Mondays on CBS starting Sept. 23.
Anna Faris: the crush who makes you laugh so hard you cry.
4. Adelaide Kane in Reign
Where you have seen her before: Teen Wolf
Adelaide Kane stars in the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. If you don’t watch for the action, betrayal, and superstitious magic — at least watch for the costumes. Kane is going to win you over with both her accent and historical badassery.
Thursdays on CW starting Oct. 17.
5. Adelaide Kane: your historical-lady crush.
6. Eliza Taylor in The 100
Where you have seen her before: This Australian actress is new to our television screens.
Eliza Taylor stars in this new series about 100 (obviously perfect-looking) teens sent to be the first people on Earth many years after a nuclear apocalypse. It’s the perfect show to fill that Hunger Games-sized hole in your heart because Eliza can certainly kick as much ass as Katniss — if not more. If you were sent back to Earth after the end of the world, you would want to go with her.
Eliza Taylor: your postapocalyptic crush.
7. Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones
Where you have seen her before: The Grudge, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Cruel Intentions
Buffy fans, rejoice: Sarah Michelle Gellar will be back on your television screens playing the daughter of an ad exec (Robin WIlliams). Gellar’s type-A personality and no-nonsense attitude will win you over in the first five seconds.
Thursdays on CBS starting Sept. 26.
Sarah Michelle Gellar: your ’90s throwback crush.
8. All the ladies in The Witches of East End
Starring: Julie Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, and Mädchen Amick
In this drama, based on the best-selling book series by Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Ormond plays the mother of two women who have yet to discover they possess magical powers. All the actresses seem to represent strong and mysterious characters, perfect for putting you in the Halloween spirit.
Sundays on Lifetime starting Oct. 9.