25 TV Shows You'll Be Binge-Watching This Fall

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Saying "so long" to summer isn't entirely sadness-inducing, not with all the unmissable entertainment options queued up over the next few months. Our series of fall previews will guide you to the very best movies, shows, albums, booksvideo games, and events arriving this season.

The quality-TV boom keeps booming: this fall's TV schedule is loaded with a dizzying number of new series that scream "watch me." Granted, some of these programs will crash and burn before you have the chance to do that, but the 25 we've singled out here should be around long enough for you to get hooked. Collect them all!

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September 6 (FX)
Donald Glover's ode to his hometown may be fictionalized, but it features plenty of signatures of the Childish Gambino you know and love. Glover stars as Earnest "Earn" Marks, an ambitious, semi-homeless deadbeat helping his cousin hustle his way to rap stardom and vexing his baby mama along the way. Glover takes the backseat to hilarious up-and-comers Brian Tyree Henry (Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles) and Keith Stanfield (Darius), working subtle social commentary into what might be the strongest new comedy this fall.
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Better Things

September 8 (FX)
Louis C.K. has teamed up with former co-star and frequent collaborator Pamela Adlon on a new single-parent sitcom. Adlon stars as Sam, a working actress trying to boost her career and raise three daughters at the same damn time. This show is everything Bad Moms tried and failed to be: frank, funny, and real about the single-parent struggle.
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September 9 (Cinemax)
Managing postwar PTSD is hard enough without falling into an extended murderous crime network. Yet that's just what happens when Vietnam vet Conway (Prometheus' Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his Mississippi hometown in 1972. Based on the '70s crime-novel series by Max Allan Collins, this brooding prestige drama is a hardboiled mystery fan's binge-watch bonanza.
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High Maintenance

September 16 (HBO)
The husband-and-wife duo Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld self-produced this web series for Vimeo before it was scooped up by the big boys. As always, Sinclair's seen-it-all weed deliveryman pedals his product around New York City and his awkward encounters with his highly entitled client base provide the munchies your eyeballs have been craving.
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The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey

September 18 (CBS)
TV's gone true-crime crazy, best evidenced by not one, not two, not three but four new specials about the unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder. (Lifetime will also debut a movie entitled Who Killed JonBenét? later this fall.) In CBS's four-hour, two-part docuseries, the 20-year-old cold case's original investigators re-team to attempt to sleuth the mystery of what really happened to the slain child beauty queen. At minimum, we hope to learn, once and for all, if Katy Perry is JonBenét Ramsey, all grown up.
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The Good Place

September 19 (NBC)
In this comedy from a Parks and Recreation co-creator, your two favorite people, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, team up, respectively, as a deceased woman who wasn't supposed to die and the spirit guide who helps her navigate the afterlife while they attempt to figure out what went wrong. Let's just hope the "Bad Place" isn't Veronica Mars Season 3.
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Designated Survivor

September 21 (ABC)
So the president and his whole cabinet got killed in a horrific attack, leaving that random guy holding down the crisis bunker to ascend to power. Hey, that guy is Kiefer Sutherland! Unfortunately, this is not the 24 reboot debuting in 2017, so that guy does not possess the particular set of skills required to quash the ensuing terror plot single-handedly. But since the show is in the hands of writer David Guggenheim (Safe House) and exec producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past), we have faith that Kiefer will heroically rise to the grim challenge.
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Lethal Weapon

September 21 (Fox)
Yep, you're officially too old for this $%#! The idea of a classic buddy-cop movie franchise getting a kinetic TV makeover courtesy of director McG (We Are MarshallCharlie's Angels) could have resulted in this becoming every Gen-Xer's appointment hate-watch, but the chemistry between stars Damon Wayans (as Murtaugh) and Clayne Crawford (as Riggs) elevate this beyond mere small-screen reboot. Hey, sometimes you need a little bit of comfort food.
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Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

September 21 (CBS)
Speaking of getting too old for this sh*t... How best to revive a franchise that turned 16 this year and is now in its 33th iteration? Pit ten contestants from the demographic formerly referred to primarily as Generation Y against nine folks who fall squarely into Gen X plus this one dude who's assigned to the older tribe even though, come on, he was born in 1982. This season will be deliberately ageist and, judging by cast members' incredibly cliché bios, they're going to have to outwit, outplay, and outlast some veeeery mismatched ideals.
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The Exorcist

September 23 (FOX)
You might say network TV has been... exorcised... of original ideas with this reboot of the classic 1973 fright-fest. FOX's update doubles down on the demonic possession, though, contrasting the experiences of a suburban Chicago priest and one in Mexico City, both of whom must face the timeless high-stakes struggle between good and evil. Geena Davis stars as the spooked-out mother who senses an evil presence in her home.
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Son of Zorn 

September 25 (FOX)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego MovieThe Last Man on Earth) turn their collaborative efforts toward the tricky live-action-animated hybrid. Their pal Jason Sudeikis voices Zorn, an otherworldly He-Man-like cartoon character who returns to Earth to reconnect with his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) and their teenage son. With Zorn navigating our world from an outsider's perspective, look out for oddball observational comedy and silly sight-gags.
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Marvel's Luke Cage

September 30th (Netflix)
See that photo up there? That's Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and the guy whose neck his hands are wrapped around is some chump thick-skulled enough to skip this show. Just kidding, but we're amped up for the super-strong Defender's stand-alone series after seeing the havoc he wrought in last year's Jessica Jones. 
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October 2nd (HBO)
The big-budget remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 pleasure-robot movie has walked one hell of a long road to your TV. After production shutdowns, controversially explicit directions for extras, and plenty of public frustration courtesy of writer-director Jonathan Nolan (InterstellarPerson of Interest), we're amazed it all came together. HBO is positioning it as your Game of Thrones replacement -- no pressure, guys.
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October 3rd (ABC)
When Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell), a hard-partying lawyer and ex-First Daughter, gets busted one-too-many times, she's assigned to a legal task force as "punishment." Her team reexamines wrongful convictions -- and what do you know, they really get under her skin. Will she change her ways and help out her family's political causes, or will she continue to get into trouble?
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October 3rd (NBC)
After a big bad (Goran Visnjic) steals a time machine, three friends (Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter) band together to travel through the past to hunt him down, changing the course of history in the process. Confirmed stops on their high-stakes tour include the Hindenburg airship explosion, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Watergate, and the battle of the Alamo. It looks, in a word, epic.
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October 9th (HBO)
The prodigal Sarah Jessica Parker returns to the home of Sex and the City, this time for a blunt look at marital separation, with Thomas Haden Church co-starring as her ex. Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) wrote the series, so we have very high hopes.
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October 9th (HBO) 
YouTube star Issa Rae has spun her wildly popular Awkward Black Girl into a premium-cable comedy co-produced by Larry Wilmore that's positioning itself as "the black Girls." Rae co-stars with Yvonne Orji as two best friends navigating their relationships with the world and each other while illuminating the complications of black culture.
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Falling Water 

October 13th (USA)
If you love the mind-bending twists of Mr. Robot, this new series will be right up your creek (sorry). Three strangers figure out they're each dreaming components of the same mystery, and piecing together this disjointed dream can help track down a missing child and potentially affect the fate of the entire world. Producers Gale Anne Hurd and Lizzie Brocheré come from The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, respectively, so expect high stakes.
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The Great Indoors

October 27th (CBS)
Remember the pitch for Survivor: Gen X vs. Millennials above? This is like that, but a scripted workplace comedy. Joel McHale stars as a seasoned journalist-explorer who has to slum it at... the horror!... a website. Expect lots of jokes about selfies and Tinder, and look out for Superbad's McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in a supporting role.
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Stan Against Evil

November 2nd (IFC)
The Simpsons' Dana Gould put together a post-Halloween delight for all you farce-horror nerds out there. His Shaun of the Dead-style limited series stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You're the Worst) as small-town sheriffs unraveling the creepy ghost story of 17th-century witches.
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The Crown

November 4th (Netflix)
England's sitting Queen Elizabeth II gets the glitzy bio-series treatment in one of Netflix's most expensive projects ever (and after Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, that's really saying something). Claire Foy plays the monarch, with the action opening on her wedding to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and exploring her burgeoning political relationship to Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).
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Good Behavior

November 15th (TNT)
Lady Mary, is that really you? Michelle Dockery stars as an ex-con con artist in this dark, thrilling drama. When she overhears a hitman conspiring his next kill, she decides to step in and attempt to foil the plot -- and ends up romantically entangled with the aspiring murderer.
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November 17th (BBC)
Peter Moffat, who created Criminal Justice, the British show The Night Of was based on, whipped up this six-parter about a death-row inmate wrongly convicted of a crime, and the defense lawyer who tries to solve the case under deep cover. Viewers were outraged at the series' messy conclusion when the finale aired in Britain, so we have a feeling there'll be just as much chatter when it comes stateside.
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Search Party

November 21st (TBS)
Michael Showalter's mystery-comedy hybrid has a cast positively stacked with familiar faces: Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Alia Shawkat, Parker Posey, Brandon Michael Hall, and Christine Taylor, to name a few. A clique of college friends has to figure out what happened to their missing friend (Shawkat). Look out for NYC stereotypes, post-collegiate angst, and dry laughs.
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Shut Eye

December 7th (Hulu)
At last, the series about LA storefront psychics you never knew you needed! Jeffrey Donovan stars as a failed magician and current "psychic" conning innocent customers who starts having mysterious visions. Featuring Isabella Rossellini as his boss.
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