Few things ease the pain of summer coming to an end like the return of fall TV. Yes, your favorite shows are (hopefully) coming back — shout-out to “This Is Us” — but what’s new this year?
In 2017, what’s old is new again — from revamps of classic favorites to small-screen adaptions of popular books and movies.
These are the fall TV shows that have everyone talking. Queue up the DVR and get your Netflix account ready. It’s time to binge.
If you liked “The Wire,” try… “The Deuce”
HBO’s new drama will transport you to New York City in the ’70s and ’80s, going behind the scenes of the rise of the porn industry. But it’s not just about porn. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, this high-energy drama digs deep into the objectification of sex work and is stacked with complex characters. This is one you won’t want to miss.
Where to Watch: HBO
When to Watch: Sundays, premieres Sept. 10 at 9/8c
If you liked “Star Trek,” try… “Star Trek: Discovery”
Trekkies, rejoice! This “Star Trek” prequel (featuring “a new ship, new characters and new missions”) is coming back to the small screen — the first episode is anyway. The catch? After the first ep airs, you’ll have to catch it on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming service. For a lighter take on an old favorite, try “The Orville,” Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi parody on FOX.
Where to Watch: CBS All Access
When to Watch: Premieres Sept. 24 at 9/8c
If you like “The Big Bang Theory,” try… “Young Sheldon”
Just how did Sheldon become, well, Sheldon? “Young Sheldon” goes back in time to when an equally smart, sarcastic and outspoken 9-year-old Sheldon starts high school. Even if you don’t religiously watch “The Big Bang Theory,” Iain Armitage is worth tuning in for “as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey” to becoming Sheldon. Did we mention Jim Parsons is an executive producer?
Where to Watch: CBS
When to Watch: Mondays, premieres Sept. 25 at 8:30/7:30c
If you liked “House,” try… “The Good Doctor”
ABC’s new fall frontrunner is “Grey’s Anatomy” meets “House,” starring Freddie Highmore of “Bates Motel.” Based on a South Korean series of the same name, “The Good Doctor” centers on a brilliant young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome as he starts a new job in a prominent surgical unit. Though the rest of the medical staff is slow to warm up to the new surgeon, he quickly proves that his medical talents are like nothing they’ve seen before. Cue doctor drama, inter-staff tension and, if we know ABC, a few tangled love interests.
Where to Watch: ABC
When to Watch: Mondays, premieres Sept. 25 at 10/9c
If you liked “Will & Grace,” try… “Will & Grace”
Jack, Karen, and yes, Will and Grace are back for an epic reunion this fall on NBC. Everyone’s favorite comedy foursome is back for 16 new episodes and nothing is off limits, according to E! — from politics to gender identity. It’s been almost 20 years since the series first premiered in the fall of 1998 (can we talk about how GOOD Debra Messing looks?), and we’re sure this show will fall right back into your weeknight TV lineup. Bonus: It’s already been locked down for another season next year!
Where to Watch: NBC
When to Watch: Thursdays, premieres Sept. 28 at 9/8c
If you liked “The Closer,” try… “Ten Days in the Valley”
When single mom and TV producer Jane Sadler (played and executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer”) finds her daughter missing in the middle of the night, everything turns upside down. She finds that both in real life and in her controversial police TV show, no one can be trusted as she does whatever it takes to find her daughter and bring her home. This juicy crime drama will you have you guessing whodunit from the very beginning.
Where to Watch: ABC
When to Watch: Sundays, premieres Oct. 1 at 10/9c
If you liked “Glee,” try… “The Mayor”
Give yourself a break from your real-life political frustrations and tune in to “The Mayor” on Tuesday nights to see what happens when a struggling young rapper runs for mayor of his hometown in California — and actually wins. Enter Lea Michele, who helps him connect with the community and use his newfound power to incite positive change. And if you loved “Hamilton,” the show’s executive producer is Tony winner Daveed Diggs, so expect some good music.
Where to Watch: ABC
When to Watch: Tuesdays, premieres Oct. 3 at 9:30/8:30c
If you liked “Making a Murderer,” try… “Mindhunter”
A new Netflix original series based on the nonfiction book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” “Mindhunter” takes a look into the inner psyche of notorious serial killers and rapists through the eyes of two agents played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany. This creepy new thriller produced by David Fincher (director of “Gone Girl” and “Zodiac”) and Charlize Theron will have you binging through all 10 episodes faster than Netflix can ask if you’re still watching (because yes, you are).
Where to Watch: Netflix
When to Watch: Friday, Oct. 13, of course
If you like “The Defenders,” try… “The Punisher”
If you’re a Marvel fan, there’s no shortage of fall TV to keep you entertained. Netflix, ABC and Hulu are all heavying up on Marvel shows. Most recently, Marvel teamed up with Netflix to dive deeper into the stories of characters you might not have seen on the big screen, from Jessica Jones to Luke Cage. If “The Defenders,” released Aug. 18, left you wanting more, “The Punisher” is due out this November.
Where to Watch: Netflix
When to Watch: November 2017
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Lindsay Roseman, formerly Make It Better Digital Editor, is a Chicago-based writer, editor and lifestyle blogger living in Old Town. When she’s not blogging about her current favorites on What Lindsay Loves, she’s looking for the best new thing in fashion, beauty, food and entertainment — or she’s probably running (training for her first Chicago Marathon). Other things Lindsay loves: banana lattes and small dogs (she’s a dog mom to @LylaTheCockapoo). Her work has also been published in CS, NS and Women’s Health magazines. She is a proud supporter of Court Appointed Special Advocates.