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    Updated on Sep 13, 2020. Posted on Sep 10, 2020

    41 TV Shows Premiering And Returning This Fall That Are Worth Watching

    From The Mandalorian to The Haunting of Bly Manor and everything in between.

    1. Ratched

    Netflix

    Inspired by Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the series tells the origin story of Mildred Ratched. Ratched starts in 1947 with Mildred arriving in California and beginning to work at a psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun. While she looks like a dedicated and perfect nurse on the outside, we'll soon learn that there is more to Mildred than meets the eye. The series was executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Sarah Paulson.

    Starring: Sarah Paulson, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Charlie Carver, Alice Englert, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Brandon Flynn, Sophie Okonedo, and Vincent D'Onofrio.

    When it premieres: Sept. 18 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    2. The Mandalorian

    Francois Duhamel / Lucasfilm / Disney+

    Baby Yoda, Mando, Cara Dune, and Greef Karga are ready for their next adventure, and we're pretty sure it's going to be huge. Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off, with our favorite crew narrowly escaping the hands of the evil Moff Gideon. Basically, the rest of 2020 has been saved by Baby Yoda.

    When it returns: Oct. 30 on Disney+.

    3. The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Eike Schroter / Netflix

    Based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Bly Manor is set in 1980s England and follows Henry Wingrave, who ends up hiring a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew, who reside at Bly Manor. While this season won't have any connection to The Haunting of Hill House, apparently there will be Easter eggs fans should look out for.

    Starring: Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Tahirah Sharif, and Catherine Parker.

    When it premieres: Oct. 9 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    4. The Boys

    Amazon Prime Video

    The Boys is officially back with Season 2. Picking up where Season 1 left off, the new season begins with Homelander trying to increase his control at Vought, while Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and Kimiko are in hiding and Butcher is nowhere to be found. Aya Cash, Goran Visnjic, and more join the cast for a wild new season.

    When it returned: Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime Video.*

    *Note: Unlike last season, new episodes will be airing weekly after the first three.

    Watch the trailer here.

    5. Lovecraft Country

    Eli Joshua Ade / HBO

    Created by Misha Green and adapted from Matt Ruff's novel, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus, his Uncle George, and his friend Leti as they road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America while searching for Atticus's missing dad. Also, each episode focuses on a different horror story, which makes the show even more thrilling week after week. While the series premiered in August, this is one show you will want to keep up on until the finale.

    Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Courtney B. Vance, Abbey Lee, and Jamie Chung.

    When it airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

    Watch the trailer here.

    6. The Crown

    Netflix / Via youtu.be

    The critically acclaimed series returns this fall with Olivia Colman's second season as Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown Season 4 will touch upon some of the most iconic moments and people in Queen Elizabeth II's reign, including Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. Alongside Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tobias Menzies, Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin join this already remarkable cast.

    When it returns: Nov. 15 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    7. Supernatural

    Colin Bentley / The CW

    After its final season was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Supernatural officially returns for its final seven episodes this fall. This means that the SERIES finale will air in November and will include a retrospective called Supernatural: The Long Road Home that will detail the show's incredible and historic run. TBH, we're still not emotionally prepared to say goodbye to the Winchesters.

    When it returns: Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on The CW.

    8. This Is Us

    Ron Batzdorff / NBC

    After a monumental Season 4 finale, This Is Us finally returns with Season 5 this fall. The new season picks up after Randall and Kevin's explosive fight, Kate and Toby deciding to have another baby, Rebecca deciding to partake in a clinical trial, and Madison telling Kevin she's pregnant. Also, in the future, we learned more about Jack Jr.'s life. Similar to other shows this season, This Is Us will tackle the coronavirus pandemic too.

    When it returns: Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on NBC.

    9. We Are Who We Are

    Yannis Drakoulidis / HBO

    We Are Who We Are follows two American teens who live on a US military base in Italy. The show explores friendship, love, and identity as it emphasizes what it's like to be a teenager and how these stories are universal to everyone. We Are Who We Are is directed by Luca Guadagnino, who earned an Academy Award nomination for directing Call Me By Your Name.

    Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Scott Mescudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier, and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

    When it premieres: Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/9 CT on HBO.

    Watch the trailer here.

    10. Away

    Diyah Pera / Netflix

    Away follows Emma Green, a US astronaut who prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars. As their mission in space intensifies, dynamics are tested and pushed to the breaking point as the crew not only deals with the mission, but also being away from their loved ones. The series was executive produced by Jason Katims, who was behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

    Starring: Hilary Swank, Josh Charles, and Talitha Bateman.

    When it premiered: Sept. 4 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    11. Julie and the Phantoms

    Eike Schroter / Netflix

    Julie and the Phantoms follows Julie, who lost her passion for music after her mother's death. Just when she's struggling to find her voice again, the ghosts of Sunset Curve — a '90s band whose members mysteriously died before their big break — show up in her mom's old music studio and help get Julie out of her funk. As their friendship grows, they start the band Julie and the Phantoms.

    Starring: Madison Reyes, Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada, Booboo Stewart, and Cheyenne Jackson.

    When it premiered: Sept. 10 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    12. Black-ish

    Lara Solanki / ABC

    This hit comedy finally returns this fall with Season 7. However, before the new season starts, Black-ish will air an election-themed special on Oct. 4 that is partially animated. The two-part episode will also be directed by Matthew A. Cherry, who won an Academy Award this year for his short Hair Love.

    When it returns: Oct. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 CT on ABC.

    13. Pen15

    Erica Parise / Hulu

    Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle return in this hilarious and underrated series that we just wish more people would talk about. The equally terrific second season continues to show Maya and Anna as they navigate through their teen years while trying not to embarrass themselves too much.

    When it returns: Sept. 18 on Hulu.

    Watch the trailer here.

    14. Fargo

    FX / Via youtu.be

    After being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fargo Season 4 is finally coming. The new season is set in 1950s Kansas City and follows two criminal groups who are trying to control the economy and fight to preserve the American dream. Fargo Season 4 features Jason Schwartzman, Chris Rock, E’myri Crutchfield, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, Glynn Turman, and Jessie Buckley.

    When it returns: Sept. 27 on FX.

    Watch the trailer here.

    15. One Day at a Time

    Pop / CBS / Via youtu.be

    After Season 4 was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, One Day at a Time returns, but this time it makes its network TV debut on CBS. The Alvarez family continues to talk about not only their own family dynamics, but the world around them in a refreshing and funny way.

    When it returns: Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on CBS.

    16. Criminal UK

    Colin Hutton / Netflix

    This critically acclaimed anthology series returns with Season 2 and features four new cases and new suspects. Similar to Season 1, this new season tells some incredible stories and, once again, revamps the typical police procedural.

    Starring: Kit Harington, Kunal Nayyar, Sharon Horgan, and Sophie Okonedo.

    When it premieres: Sept. 16 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    17. The Duchess

    Simon Ridgway / Netflix

    This hilarious new comedy follows a "powerful and problematic" single mom living in London, who is struggling to balance being a mom to a tween, her current boyfriend, and her ex. The series was created by and stars comedian Katherine Ryan.

    Starring: Katherine Ryan, Steen Raskopoulos, and Rory Keenan.

    When it premieres: Sept. 11 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    18. Woke

    Joe Lederer / Hulu

    Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, the series follows Keef, a cartoonist who is finally on the verge of success when an unexpected incident changes everything. Now, with a new outlook on life, Keef navigates the new ideas that challenge him, while also trying not to ruin everything he's already worked for.

    Starring: Lamorne Morris, T. Murph, Blake Anderson, Rose McIver, and Sasheer Zamata.

    When it premiered: Sept. 9 on Hulu.

    Watch the trailer here.

    19. The Undoing

    Niko Tavernise / HBO

    Based on the novel You Should Have Known, this new limited series follows Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living their best lives. However, a sudden and violent death sets off a chain reaction where secrets are exposed and Grace must now deal with dismantling her perfect life in order to create another one for her family.

    Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Édgar Ramírez, Noah Jupe, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni, and more.

    When it premieres: Oct. 25 on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

    Watch the trailer here.

    20. Star Trek: Discovery

    Michael Gibson / CBS

    The adventures on Star Trek: Discovery continue when Season 3 starts streaming this fall. After following Commander Burnham into a wormhole, the new season finds the USS Discovery crew arriving in an unknown future far from home. Now, the crew must navigate this new world as they work together to try and restore hope to the Federation.

    When it returns: Oct. 15 on CBS All Access.

    Watch the trailer here.

    21. The Right Stuff

    Disney+ / National Geographic / Via youtu.be

    Based on the bestselling book and movie, The Right Stuff takes a look at the beginnings of the US Space Program and the memorable story of America's first astronauts, the Mercury 7. The series will not only showcase the astronauts, but also their families, who were also thrust into the public eye.

    Starring: Patrick J. Adams, Colin O’Donoghue, James Lafferty, Aaron Staton, Micah Stock, Michael Trotter, Patrick Fischler, Eric Ladin, Nora Zehetner, Shannon Lucio, and Eloise Mumford.

    When it premieres: Oct. 9 on Disney+.

    Watch the trailer here.

    22. His Dark Materials

    HBO

    Season 2 of His Dark Materials picks up after Lord Asriel opened a bridge to a new world. Ultimately, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown world where she meets Will, a young boy who is running from his past and hopes to start fresh. Together, Lyra and Will learn that their destinies are intertwined as they embark on an epic adventure together. Also, Terence Stamp, Jade Anouka, and Simone Kirby join the already stacked cast for Season 2.

    When it returns: November 2020 on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

    Watch the trailer here.

    23. Superstore

    Casey Durkin / NBC

    After their previous season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Superstore returns with Season 6 and picks up right where it left off. America Ferrera's final episodes will air as Amy decides to leave her beloved Cloud 9 store for a new job in California.

    When it returns: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on NBC.

    24. Law and Order: SVU

    Virginia Sherwood / NBC

    The groundbreaking drama returns for a monumental Season 22 this fall. The new season continues to follow Det. Olivia Benson and her team as they investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. Also, this season will not only feature the coronavirus pandemic, but it will also dedicate episodes to discussing the Black Lives Matter movement.

    When it returns: Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on NBC.

    25. Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D.

    Adrian S. Burrows Sr. / Elizabeth Sisson / Matt Dinerstein / NBC

    Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D. all return this fall with brand-new episodes after the coronavirus pandemic ended their previous seasons early. The new seasons continue to follow Chicago's finest during their daily jobs as they help people. Also, the new seasons kicks off a monumental three-season renewal for each of the shows.

    When they return: Nov. 11 starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on NBC.

    26. Utopia

    Amazon Prime Video / Via youtu.be

    Created and written by Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, the series follows a group of comic book fans who bond over their obsession over a seemingly fictional comic called Utopia. Soon, the group unearths hidden meanings in the pages and realize that the dangers in the book are coming to life in the real world.

    Starring: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Farrah Mackenzie, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Jessica Rothe, Desmin Borges, Javon "Wanna" Walton, Sasha Lane, Christopher Denham, and Cory Michael Smith.

    When it premieres: Sept. 25 on Amazon Prime Video.

    Watch the trailer here.

    27. The Flight Attendant

    Phil Caruso / HBO Max

    This new series follows a flight attendant who wakes up one morning in the wrong hotel and in the wrong bed with a dead man right next to her. She has no idea what happened and now must piece together the events and figure out what went wrong. The Flight Attendant is based on the book of the same name and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

    Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, Colin Woodell, T.R. Knight, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, and Nolan Funk.

    When it premieres: Fall 2020 on HBO Max.

    28. The Good Lord Bird

    Showtime / Via youtu.be

    Based on the historical fiction book of the same name, The Good Lord Bird follows a group of Kansas freedom fighters, led by John Brown, and a young slave who travel across the US in the 1850s in an effort to end slavery. This show was supposed to premiere earlier this year, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Starring: Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell, Joshua Caleb Johnson, McKinley Belcher III, and Rafael Casal.

    When it premieres: Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on Showtime.

    Watch the trailer here.

    29. Emily in Paris

    Carole Bethuel / Netflix

    Created by Darren Starr, Emily in Paris follows Emily, an ambitious twentysomething who unexpectedly gets her dream job in Paris where she's tasked with helping a French company revamp their social media strategy. Emily's new life in Paris is filled with adventure, challenges, new friends, and, of course, new romances.

    Starring: Lily Collins, Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Camille Razat, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, and Kate Walsh.

    When it premieres: Oct. 2 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    30. The Spanish Princess

    Nick Briggs

    Part 2 of The Spanish Princess begins this fall and continues the story of Queen Catherine and Henry VIII. Beloved by their people, they work together to create an England that is strong, proud, and able to withstand any threat from abroad. Meanwhile, Catherine struggles to produce an heir, which puts her marriage and the throne at risk.

    When it returns: Oct. 11 on Starz.

    Watch the trailer here.

    31. The Comey Rule

    Showtime / Via youtu.be

    This two-part series tells the story of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump. Part One will follow the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and the impact on the 2016 election, while Part Two follows the first months of the Trump presidency.

    Starring: Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Holly Hunter, Peter Coyote, Steven Pasquale, Oona Chaplin, Scoot McNairy, William Sadler, T. R. Knight, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Brian d'Arcy James, and more.

    When it premieres: Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 CT on Showtime.

    Watch the trailer here.

    32. Power Book II: Ghost

    Myles Aronowitz / Starz

    The new series picks up shortly after the end of Power, as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with his entire world changing following his father's death and his mother's arrest. While trying to help his mom, Tariq tries to balance school, his personal life, family, his drug operation, and so much more. This spinoff features some familiar faces from the Power universe, as well as some incredible new characters.

    Starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige, Shane Johnson, Gianni Paoloa, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Clifford "Method Man" Smith, and Melanie Liburd.

    When it premiered: Sept. 6 on Starz.

    Watch the trailer here.

    33. The Queen's Gambit

    Charlie Gray / Netflix

    Based on the novel of the same name, The Queen's Gambit follows Beth Harmon, a young girl in the late 1950s who soon discovers she has an incredible talent for chess, all while dealing with complications from living in an orphanage. The series explores Beth's addiction and her personal demons as she hones her chess craft and pushes the boundaries in a traditionally male-dominated field.

    Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, and Bill Camp.

    When it premieres: Oct. 23 on Netflix.

    Watch the trailer here.

    34. The Walking Dead

    Jackson Lee Davis / AMC

    The Walking Dead Season 10 was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, so the highly anticipated finale will finally air this fall. The season finale will feature the return of Lauren Cohan as Maggie after her brief departure from the show. Also, this season will include an addition six episodes that will air in early 2021.

    When it returns: Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on AMC.

    35. Fear the Walking Dead

    AMC / Via youtu.be

    Fear the Walking Dead returns with Season 6 this fall. Picking up where Season 5 left off, Morgan is in serious danger after being shot and left for dead while a hoard of walkers approaches. Meanwhile, the rest of the group was taken by Ginny and seemingly separated.

    When it returns: Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on AMC.

    Watch the trailer here.

    36. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

    Jojo Whilden / AMC

    The third installment in The Walking Dead universe, The Walking Dead: World Beyond focuses on the first generation raised during the apocalypse. The series highlights the heroes and villains that come out of this new world and how they are changed forever after growing up alongside walkers.

    Starring: Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston, and Julia Ormond.

    When it premieres: Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/9 CT on AMC.

    Watch the trailer here.

    37. Monsterland

    Barbara Nitke / Hulu

    This new anthology series is based on a collection of short stories from Nathan Ballingrud's North American Lake Monsters and follows all sorts of paranormal and mystical encounters. From mermaids to fall angels, Monsterland has it all.

    Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Charlie Tahan, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Marquis Rodriguez, Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Kelly Marie Tran, Mike Colter, and Adepero Oduye.

    When it premieres: Oct. 2 on Hulu.

    Watch the trailer here.

    38. Soulmates

    Jorge Alvarino / AMC

    This anthology series is set 15 years in a future where everyone is able to find their perfect match based on a scientific test and discovery. Ahead of Season 1 of Soulmates, the series was already renewed for Season 2.

    Starring: Sarah Snook, Kingsley Ben-Adir, David Costabile, Sonya Cassidy, Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman, Bill Skarsgård, Betsy Brandt, Shamier Anderson, and many more.

    When it premieres: Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 CT on AMC.

    Watch the trailer here.

    39. Filthy Rich

    Alan Markfield / Fox

    This comedy-meets-soap opera follows the Monreauxes, a super rich Southern family who made their money from a Christian television network. When their dad and founder shockingly and suddenly dies, their mother now has to deal with her children wanting the empire for their own selfish reasons.

    Starring: Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young, Melia Kreiling, Steve Harris, and Aaron Lazar.

    When it premieres: Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on Fox.

    Watch the trailer here.

    40. The Third Day

    Ludovic Robert / HBO

    The Third Day chronicles the lives of a man and a woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times. Split into three parts, the series first follows Sam, a man who is drawn to the island where he encounters a group of islanders who want to preserve their traditions. Then, the show follows live events in London after the events in the first part. And finally, the third part follows Helen, an outsider who goes to the island seeking answers.

    Starring: Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson, and Paddy Considine.

    When it premieres: Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

    Watch the trailer here.

    41. Bob's Burgers

    Fox

    This beloved animated comedy returns with Season 11 this fall and honestly, thank god. It'll be nice to surround ourselves with the incredible Belcher family as they continue to run their hamburger restaurant and get up to all kinds of hilarious trouble.

    When it returns: Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on Fox.

    What TV shows are you excited for this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

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