Fall is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Time for more TV!
The final months of 2023 have a bounty of television in store, with something for everyone. Best-selling novels including Lessons in Chemistry, The Other Black Girl, and All the Light We Cannot See are coming to the small screen. Animation fans are in for a treat with Castlevania: Nocturne, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Invincible Season 2, and more. Elsewhere, you can try three very different flavors of fantasy with shows like The Wheel of Time Season 2, The Changeling, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Add to that new franchise heavy-hitters (Loki Season 2, The Boys‘ spin-off Gen V, John Wick prequel The Continental) and returning favorites (Our Flag Means Death, Fargo, Sex Education), and we’re in for a packed few months of viewing.
While there are a ton of series on the docket for fall and winter of 2023, many other shows, including network series like Abbott Elementary, have halted production entirely due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Let the variety and quality of the upcoming shows on this list serve not just as a viewing guide, but also as a reminder of the valuable work writers and actors do — work for which they deserve a fair wage and fair conditions.
Here, in order of release, are 31 TV shows we can’t wait to see this fall. Happy watching!
1. The Wheel of Time, Season 2
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The magic and adventure of The Wheel of Time return this fall, where we’ll see our heroes prepare to vanquish growing darkness against ever-rising odds. Following the shattering events of the Season 1 finale, Rand is still processing the realization that he is the famed Dragon Reborn, while a now powerless Moiraine swears to protect him with her life.
Elsewhere, Egwene and Nynaeve begin their training as Aes Sedai, Perrin reckons with his strange connection to wolves, and Mat deals with the pesky draw of a cursed dagger. That’s a lot of plot already, and we haven’t even mentioned the enemy invasion of the Seanchans. With our heroes scattered to the winds, one thing is for certain: We’re in for a ton of fantasy goodness. — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Madeleine Madden, Zoë Robins, Dónal Finn, Kate Fleetwood, Priyanka Bose, Sophie Okonedo, Kae Alexander, and Hammed Animashaun
2. Disenchantment, Season 5
Created by the same mind that brought us The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening’s Disenchantment takes us back to a medieval era where demons, mermaids, and princesses run wild and free. For the past four seasons, Disenchantment has followed the mischievous misadventures of Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a young princess chasing after independence with her two pals Luci (Eric André) and Elfo (Nat Faxon) by her side. The trio have encountered anything and everything over the years, from evil queens to mythological creatures with one too many tricks up their sleeve. Now, the fifth and final season of Disenchantment is set to conclude their epic adventure.
In Season 5, Bean, Luci, and Elfo are teaming up to save Dreamland from the tyrannical rule of Queen Dagmar (Sharon Horgan), who just so happens to also be Bean’s mom. Yup, it’s awkward. The season’s trailer has already teased a grand adventure filled with mishaps and mayhem, including gay mermaids and evil doppelgängers, making for one last great hurrah in Dreamland. — Yasmeen Hamadeh, Freelance Contributor
Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon, Sharon Horgan, and John DiMaggio
How to watch: Season 5 of Disenchantment premieres Sept. 1 on Netflix.
3. Star Trek: Lower Decks, Season 4
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get on board with Star Trek: Lower Decks. While the space-adventure franchise typically focuses on noble captains and their capable bridge crew, this animated spinoff series centers on the junior members whose jobs are far from glamorous — they’re often downright gross and outright comical.
Created by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan, Lower Decks has a more manic vibe than the rest of the franchise’s fleet. Each episode follows the misadventures of a band of friends who are nerds for space and all things Star Fleet but aren’t so great at playing by the book. Their chaotic chemistry is just one of the elements that make this series an absolute hoot, whether you’re a Trekkie or not. If you like sci-fi mayhem, wild buddy comedies, or cartoons that are boldly not for kids, you’ll love Lower Decks. Come for the adventure, stay because Jack Quaid’s hilarious screams of panic are a gift to the world. —Kristy Puchko, Film Editor
Starring: Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero
4. The Changeling
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A twisted fairy tale comes to life in The Changeling, an adaptation of Victor LaValle’s novel of the same name produced by and starring Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield.
Stanfield plays book dealer Apollo, whose wife Emma vanishes not long after the birth of their first child. In his search for her, he discovers a fantastical world hiding under his nose, one that’s full of monsters and witches. How did Apollo and Emma come to be mixed up in this strange magic? Is there any hope for their family? Part horror, part fantasy, part fable, The Changeling looks to answer these questions and more, exploring parenthood and loss against the enthralling background of an especially uncanny New York City. — B.E.
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Clark Backo, Adina Porter, Samuel T. Herring, Alexis Louder, Jared Abrahamson, and Malcolm Barrett
How to watch: The Changeling premieres Sept. 8 on Apple TV+.
5. Dreaming Whilst Black
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Co-created by and starring Adjani Salmon, Dreaming Whilst Black is one of the sharpest comedies of the year, honoring the slog of independent filmmaking in a predominantly white industry while skewering microaggressions in the workplace. First a web series, then an award-winning pilot commissioned by BBC Three, it’s now a co-production between the BBC, Big Deal Films, and A24.
Over six episodes, Salmon shines in the lead as Kwabena, whose job in recruitment, surrounded by horrendous coworkers and delivering food, aren’t exactly his dream — making movies is, especially his short film Jamaica Road. When he reconnects with his film school pal Amy, she gives him the in he needs to get it off the ground, but he still needs funding (and rent money). The whole cast is superb, from Dani Moseley as Amy enduring her own colleagues’ loaded bullshit and white fragility to Kemi Lofinmakin as the effervescent Aunty Lola, to Demmy Ladipo as Kwabena’s melodramatic cousin Maurice and Rachel Adedeji as his grounded wife Funmi going through pregnancy. The writing in this series is so perfectly excruciating and real you might gasp out loud, and there are moments of moving drama. And as this is a A24 project, there’s surrealism afoot. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor (*)
Starring: Adjani Salmon, Dani Moseley, Demmy Ladipo, Rachel Adedeji, Babirye Bukilwa, Martina Laird, Roger Griffiths, Jo Martin, Will Hislop, Jessica Hynes, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Isy Suttie, Peter Serafinowicz, Steve Furst, and Ovie Soko
How to watch: Dreaming Whilst Black premieres Sept. 8 on Paramount+ with Showtime, and Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
6. The Other Black Girl
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Zakiya Dalila Harris’s debut novel The Other Black Girl became an immediate bestseller upon its release in 2021. Now, it looks to take the TV world by storm.
The Other Black Girl centers on editorial assistant Nella, the only Black employee at Wagner Books. After dealing with loneliness and workplace microaggressions for her whole career, Nella is thrilled to see Wagner hire Hazel, another Black woman. But instead of friendship and comradery, she finds major competition. As Hazel grows more and more successful, Nella begins to uncover Wagner’s sinister secrets, resulting in a psychological thriller that’s sure to be just as buzzy as its source material. — B.E.
Starring: Ashleigh Murray, Sinclair Daniel, Karina Willis, Alyshia Ochse, Kate Owens, Hunter Parrish, Eric McCormack, and Brittany Adebumola
How to watch: The Other Black Girl premieres Sept. 13 on Hulu.
7. Sex Education, Season 4
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A lot has happened since Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) set up a makeshift sex clinic in his school’s abandoned bathroom. There’s been breakups. There’s been makeups. There have been new love interests, as well as friendships gone sour. But for the past three seasons of Sex Education, we’ve had the absolute delight of getting to know the ragtag students of Moordale Secondary School — and now it’s time to bid them farewell.
The fourth and final season of Sex Education is officially upon us. If, for some reason, you haven’t yet watched arguably one of the most refreshing shows about sex, sexuality, and growing up — this is your sign. A Netflix original, Sex Education jettisons you into the lives of a bunch of teens as they figure themselves out, from kinks to careers. Season 4 is set to wrap up the gang’s adventures, and from the looks of its trailer, we’re in for one last hilariously heartfelt ride. Moordale, you will be missed. — Y.H.
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, Aimee Lou Wood, Mimi Keene, and Gillian Anderson
How to watch: Season 4 of Sex Education premieres Sept. 21 on Netflix.
8. The Continental: From the World of John Wick
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The John Wick franchise gets a prequel in this three-part limited series, which will show us how Winston Scott (played in the films by Ian McShane) came to run the New York Continental. The Continental is not just a luxury hotel — it’s also neutral ground for the assassins who walk its hallowed halls.
The Continental transports us all the way back to 1970s New York, where a young Winston enters the city’s criminal underbelly in order to protect his brother. Along the way, he’ll encounter a range of assassins, get in a number of fights, and wear several impeccably tailored suits. After all, this is the world of John Wick — whether you’re wielding a katana or firing a gun, everyone has to do things in style. Only one thing is dampening my enthusiasm for this project, and that’s the presence of Mel Gibson. Seriously, why cast him? — B.E.
Starring: Colin Woodell, Mishel Prada, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Nhung Kate, Jessica Allain, Ayomide Adegun, Jeremy Bobb, Peter Greene, and Mel Gibson
9. Still Up
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An (almost) romantic comedy, Still Up takes us into the lives of insomniacs Danny and Lisa. Never able to sleep, they can always count on calling each other to boost their spirits, whether that means bonding over bogus cures for insomnia or confiding deeply in one another. Truly, there are no secrets between them — except for any feelings they may have.
These potential feelings cause havoc in both Danny and Lisa’s personal lives. After all, how can you truly know your partner if they have a whole separate life they live while you sleep? Will Danny and Lisa continue to brush off the extent of their relationship? Or will they finally get a wakeup call? — B.E.
Starring: Antonia Thomas, Craig Roberts, Blake Harrison, Lois Chimimba, Luke Fetherston, and Rich Fulcher
How to watch: Still Up premieres Sept. 22 on Apple TV+.
Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon delivers a new animated comedy with Krapopolis. The Fox series — already renewed for three seasons — brings us to ancient Greece, where King Tyrannis and his dysfunctional family attempt to run one of the world’s first cities. However, as they find out, the road to civilization is not a smooth one. Mythological hijinks ensue.
Notably, Krapopolis is the first network TV show to be curated on the blockchain. The project was helmed by Fox’s own Blockchain Creative Labs, and viewers can buy NFTs to access exclusive content. Given the decline in value and interest in NFTs, it’s still up in the air how much the blockchain element will impact Krapopolis. — B.E.
Starring: Hannah Waddingham, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Pam Murphy, and Duncan Trussell
How to watch: Krapopolis premieres Sept. 24 on Fox after the NFL double header, and will be streaming on Hulu the next day.
11. Castlevania: Nocturne
What do you get when you combine vampires and the French Revolution? Castlevania: Nocturne.
The new animated series is a follow-up to Castlevania (itself adapted from a video game), telling the story of one of Trevor Belmont’s descendants: Richter. Like Trevor at the start of Castlevania Season 1, Richter is the last of the vampire-hunting Belmont line, and the world needs his skills now more than ever. The Vampire Messiah, an ally to the French aristocracy, plans to eat the sun and unleash an undead army to crush the revolution. It’s up to Richter and the sorceress Annette to stop these vampires before it’s too late — and given the standard set by Castlevania, their fight will be one bloody (and badass) ride. — B.E.
Starring: Edward Bluemel, Pixie Davies, Thuso Mbedu, Sydney James Harcourt, Nastassja Kinski, Zahn McClarnon, and Franka Potente
How to watch: Castlevania: Nocturne premieres Sept. 28 on Netflix.
12. Starstruck, Season 3
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Created by and starring Rose Matafeo alongside fellow comedian Alice Snedden, Starstruck has romanced us for two seasons of will-they-won’t-they Notting Hill-inspired drama. Now, with Season 3 about to hit Max, the beloved rom-com series moves its two protagonists, Jessie and Tom, into the realms of…being each other’s big ex. Wait, what? After that whole grand romantic gesture at the end of Season 2?
However, that’s by no means the end of either of their stories, together or apart, as their affections turn to new partners Clem and Liam. But as Season 3 moves closer and closer to someone’s wedding day (!), as well as someone’s baby due date (!!), Tom and Jessie navigate some high risk “bad idea, right?” vibes and lasting feelings. Notably, Season 3 isn’t just about romantic love, it’s about getting starstruck for the people you love around you too, famous or otherwise. — S.C.
Starring: Rose Matafeo, Nikesh Patel, Emma Sidi, Al Roberts, Joe Barnes, Lorne MacFadyen, and Constance Labbé
13. Gen V
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The Boys gets a superpowered college spin-off with Gen V. Instead of following the Seven (and the vigilantes working to take them down), Gen V enrolls us as at Godolkin University, a prestigious superhero-only institution. There, students balance partying, popularity, and the pursuit of good grades with training to control their volatile powers. Just your normal college experience!
Boasting a new class of characters, Gen V promises a fresh take on The Boys universe, with young supes who haven’t yet been entirely corrupted by endorsements or shady deals. Among them is Marie Moreau, a freshman who can control blood and who is determined to become the first Black woman to join the Seven. However, she soon discovers a sinister plot afoot at Godolkin – one that may lead the school’s promising students down a villainous path. What secrets will Marie uncover? Will Godolkin spawn the next Homelander? And will Gen V match — or even outdo — the twisted levels of mayhem of The Boys itself? — B.E.
Starring: Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Lizze Broadway, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, and Asa Germann
How to watch: Gen V premieres Sept. 29 on Prime Video.
14. Loki, Season 2
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Loki Season 1 ended on quite the cliffhanger. The Sacred Timeline is in shambles, the multiverse is fracturing, and supervillain Kang the Conqueror is officially on his way. Will Loki and his TVA allies be able to pick up the pieces before it’s too late? They’ll certainly have a tough journey ahead of them: Loki is unpredictably slipping through time, while Loki variant Sylvie is still on the loose. Truly, you can’t have a Loki without a lot of chaos.
On top of the MCU shenanigans Loki Season 2 is sure to offer, the new season marks the return of one of Marvel’s strongest TV outings to date. Get ready for twisty time travel, new sci-fi mysteries, and an extra charismatic cast — including Season 2 newcomer and recent Academy Award-winner Ke Huy Quan. — B.E.
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Ke Huy Quan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Rafael Casal, Tara Strong, Kate Dickie, Liz Carr, Neil Ellice, and Jonathan Majors
How to watch: Loki Season 2 premieres Oct. 6 on Disney+.
15. The Fall of the House of Usher
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Mike Flanagan has shocked and awed us with each and every one of his horror series for Netflix, from The Haunting of Hill House to Midnight Mass. The Fall of the House of Usher may be his final project for the streamer, but it is also his most ambitious.
Based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe, as well as various other Poe stories, The House of Usher centers on the ruthless Usher siblings, Roderick and Madeline. Thanks to their hard work, Fortunato Pharmaceuticals has grown more successful than their wildest dreams. However, all their wealth and power threaten to come crashing down as ancient family secrets come to light, and Usher heirs begin to die at the hands of a mysterious woman from their past. Knowing Flanagan’s track record, The House of Usher will be as heart-wrenching as it is horrifying, with many, many of his signature monologues. — B.E.
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Mary McDonnell, Carla Gugino, Carl Lumbly, Mark Hamill, Michael Trucco, T’Nia Miller, Paola Nuñez, Henry Thomas, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Willa Fitzgerald, Katie Parker, Malcolm Goodwin, Crystal Balint, Aya Furukawa, Ruth Codd, Annabeth Gish, and Robert Longstreet
16. Lessons in Chemistry
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Bonnie Garmus’s acclaimed debut Lessons in Chemistry gets the TV treatment this fall, with Academy Award-winner Brie Larson taking on the role of chemist Elizabeth Zott.
It’s the 1950s, and Elizabeth is a single mother who’s been fired from her research lab. With her chemistry dreams on hold, she finds herself hosting the cooking show Supper at Six. While this may not have been the path Elizabeth imagined for herself, her unconventional, science-based teaching methods make the show a huge hit — and help empower her millions of viewers in the process. Here’s hoping that pairing this beloved story with an actress of Larson’s caliber proves a recipe for success. — B.E.
Starring: Brie Larson, Lewis Pullman, Aja Naomi King, Stephanie Koenig, Kevin Sussman, Patrick Walker, and Thomas Mann
How to watch: Lessons in Chemistry premieres Oct. 13 on Apple TV+.
17. Everyone Else Burns
Everyone Else Burns introduces you to the Lewises, a Manchester family heavily wedged in a puritanical religious congregation, the Order of the Divine Rod, and sticking to every rule in the very, very old book. With doomsday on the horizon, there’s no time to waste in securing heavenly brownie points, starting with nightly apocalypse drills barked by patriarch David, played with melodramatic stubbornness by The Inbetweeners‘ Simon Bird.
Written by Dillon Mapletoft and Oliver Taylor, the script is sharp, leaving little scene space without quips. Landscapers‘ Kate O’Flynn is brilliant as dead-eyed matriarch Fiona, who is slowly realizing she wants more than the order’s strict gender roles — something shared by their teen daughter, Rachel, who is “on the brink of moral hazards” (thinking about going to university). Meanwhile, their young Pugsley Addams-channelling son Aaron has secular bullies to deal with. Beyond the Lewises, the supporting cast are a highlight, from Lolly Adefope as teacher Miss Simmonds to Morgana Robinson as the Lewises’ neighbor Melissa, This Way Up‘s Kadiff Kirwan as order fave elder Andrew, and Red Rose‘s Ali Khan as shunned order member Joshua. — S.C. (*)
Starring: Simon Bird, Kate O’Flynn, Amy James-Kelly, Harry Connor, Morgana Robinson, Lolly Adefope, Ali Khan, Kadiff Kirwan, Arsher Ali, Liam Williams, Al Roberts, Soph Galustian, and Kath Hughes
How to watch: Everyone Else Burns premieres Oct. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET on the CW.
18. Fellow Travelers
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With Fellow Travelers, Academy Award-nominated Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner guides us through some of the most tumultuous times in American history, all through the lens of an epic love story.
The romance in question is between Hawkins Fuller, a political mover and shaker, and Tim Laughlin, a religious idealist. The two meet in Washington, D.C., just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn kick off the Lavender Scare, a homophobic moral panic that led to the purge of queer staffers from the U.S. government. Hawk and Tim’s relationship persists over the next four decades, through the Vietnam War to the AIDS crisis. — B.E.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, Jelani Alladin, Allison Williams, and Noah J. Ricketts
How to watch: Fellow Travelers premieres Oct. 27 on Paramount+ with Showtime, and Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
19. The Gilded Age, Season 2
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The high society battle between old and new money returns with Season 2 of Julian Fellowes’ The Gilded Age.
Season 2 kicks off with the news that socialite Bertha Russell has been denied a box at the Academy of Music, an action that continues to separate her from the old money matriarchs. Bertha will keep challenging Mrs. Astor in order to gain a foothold in — and perhaps even become a leader in — Gilded Age society. Elsewhere, expect more industry intrigue, romantic courtships, and secret activism in the face of a rapidly changing world. — B.E.
Starring: Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Morgan Spector, Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton, Sullivan Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, Erin Wilhelmi, Laura Benanti, Nicole Brydon Bloom, Christopher Denham, David Furr, Matilda Lawler, and Robert Sean Leonard
How to watch: The Gilded Age premieres Oct. 29 on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be available to stream on Max.
20. Our Flag Means Death, Season 2
We could all use a dose of lovable pirates once in a while, and wouldn’t you know it, Our Flag Means Death‘s second season is here to give us just that.
The pirate comedy delighted us with hilarious hijinks on the high seas, a winning ensemble, and several sweet, queer love stories. Most prominent among them was the romance between “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet and the dreaded swashbuckler Ed “Blackbeard” Teach, whose tragic Season 1 finale breakup left the Our Flag Means Death fandom in shambles. (Can you blame them?) With Season 2, we’ll see if these two unlikely lovebirds can make their relationship work — all while causing pirating havoc along the way, of course. — B.E.
Starring: Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Con O’Neill, Vico Ortiz, Kristian Nairn, Joel Fry, Matthew Maher, Leslie Jones, Samson Kayo, Ewen Bremner, Samba Schutte, Minnie Driver, Madeleine Sami, and Anapela Polataivao
How to watch: Our Flag Means Death premieres Oct. 5 on Max.
21. All the Light We Cannot See
Legendary diamonds, miraculous radio connections, and the devastation of World War II intertwine in All the Light We Cannot See, a four-part series based on Anthony Doerr’s best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.
The series intertwines the lives of two kindred spirits over the course of a decade. One is Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her father Daniel. The other is Werner, a German boy with a gift for radio repair. While Marie-Laure hides out in the seaside town of Saint-Malo, where her uncle, Etienne, transmits radio messages to the French resistance, Werner is enlisted by the Nazis to track illegal broadcasts. As war wages around them, these two will find connection in the unlikeliest of places — and if the series is anything like the book, it will end with us bawling our eyes out. — B.E.
Starring: Aria Mia Loberti, Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie, Louis Hofmann, Marion Bailey, and Lars Eidinger
How to watch: All the Light We Cannot See premieres Nov. 2 on Netflix.
22. Invincible, Season 2
After a bloody, brilliant Season 1 (and a two-and-a-half year wait), Season 2 of Invincible is gearing up to knock our teeth out. Based on Robert Kirkman’s comics, this animated adaptation picks up in the wake of fledgling superhero Mark Grayson’s (aka Invincible) earth-shattering fight with his father Nolan (aka Omni-Man), who planned to conquer Earth.
So what’s one to do after experiencing that level of betrayal and trauma? Finish high school, I guess. That’s Mark’s goal, but of course, there’s more training to complete, more villains to fight, and more encroaching forces who don’t want to leave Mark’s powers unchecked. Oh, and there’s the teeny tiny matter of Omni-Man’s whereabouts. Where did he go after beating his son to a pulp? And what’s his next move? — B.E.
Starring: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, Zazie Beetz, Grey DeLisle, Chris Diamantopoulos, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth Rogen, Sterling K. Brown, Peter Cullen, Rob Delaney, Calista Flockhart, Phil LaMarr, Luke MacFarlane, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Jay Pharoah, Ella Purnell, Tim Robinson, Ben Schwartz, Rhea Seehorn, Lea Thompson, Paul F. Tompkins, and Shantel VanSanten
How to watch: Invincible Season 2 premieres Nov. 3 on Prime Video.
23. The Buccaneers
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If you loved Apple TV+’s Dickinson or Netflix’s Bridgerton, I’d wager you’ll be into The Buccaneers. Based on Edith Wharton’s novel, published posthumously in 1938, this period drama series centers on a group of young American women seeking love and adventure in 1870s London — during the height of courtship season.
However, writer Katherine Jakeways takes an excitingly anachronistic angle with the adaptation, allowing her heroines to speak with a more modern dialect (like was done in Dickinson) to help reflect the youth and rebellion that burns in their hearts. Cultures clash as new money heiresses collide with old money aristocrats. Whether you love drama, romance, or the rapturous allure of gorgeously crafted gowns, you’ll likely fall in love with The Buccaneers. — K.P.
Starring: Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Josie Totah, Aubri Ibrag, Imogen Waterhouse, and Christina Hendricks
How to watch: The Buccaneers premieres Nov. 8 on Apple TV+.
24. Rap Sh!t, Season 2
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Issa Rae’s Rap Sh!t is a fun-filled ride through the world of rap — and this November, it’s back for an encore.
The series follows estranged high school friends Shawna and Mia as they re-unite to form a rap group. As their star rises, the pair must balance the demands of fame with their personal life, and they’ll have to decide whether they will stay true to themselves or conform to the demands of the music industry. Given that Season 1 ended with an offer to open for a major artist and the police showing up to put a dent in Shawna and Mia’s plans, you can bet Season 2 will get off to a wild start — and provide some more “Seduce and Scheme”-level bangers on the way. — B.E.
Starring: Aida Osman, KaMillion, Jonica Booth, RJ Cyler, and Daniel Augustin
How to watch: Rap Sh!t Season 2 premieres Nov. 9 on Max.
25. A Murder at the End of the World
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On the hunt for a new murder mystery to obsess over? Then get ready for FX’s A Murder at the End of the World.
A Murder at the End of the World brings a new case-cracking detective into the fray: Darby Hart, a Gen-Z hacker with a knack for amateur sleuthing. When a reclusive billionaire invites Darby and eight other guests to a retreat at a remote (yet stunning) location, Darby jumps at the chance. But the murder of one guest throws the retreat off the rails — and it’s up to Darby to find the killer before they strike again. — B.E.
Starring: Emma Corrin, Brit Marling, Harris Dickinson, Alice Braga, Joan Chen, Raúl Esparza, Jermaine Fowler, Ryan J. Haddad, Pegah Ferydoni, Javed Khan, Louis Cancelmi, Edoardo Ballerini, and Clive Owen
26. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
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It’s rare to find an entire cast returning for a reboot, but in the case of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, the band is quite literally all back together. Based on the incredible graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off breathes fresh life into O’Malley’s beloved work by reimagining it as an anime series, with voice acting from the entire cast of Edgar Wright’s 2010 film adaptation reprising their roles. Wright also serves as an executive producer for the show.
The story follows Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a twentysomething bassist in a garage band who must defeat the seven evil exes of one Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) before they can date. Unfortunately for Scott, each one has wild superpowers straight out of, well, a comic book. From vengeful vegans to skateboarding superstars, Scott’s journey looks as if it will be equal parts thrilling and hilarious — this first look at the series has us stoked. — Y.H.
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Mae Whitman, Ellen Wong, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Evans
How to watch: Scott Pilgrim Takes Off premieres Nov. 17 on Netflix.
27. Fargo, Season 5
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Looks like we’re heading back to Minnesota, because acclaimed anthology series Fargo returns for a fifth season this fall.
This time around, we’re following Dorothy “Dot” Lyon, whose Midwestern housewife facade crumbles when an unexpected series of events lands her in hot water with the authorities. As she hides away from overzealous North Dakota Sheriff Roy Tillman, Dot will have to shield her family from her mysterious past and put her own knack for survival to the test. Debt collectors, shadowy drifters, and more jump into the fray, leading us back down the road to classic Fargo dark comedy. — B.E.
Starring: Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Joe Keery, Sam Spruell, David Rysdahl, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richa Moorjani, Lamorne Morris, and Dave Foley
How to watch: Fargo premieres Nov. 21 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will be streaming on Hulu the next day.
28. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson fans, rejoice! Rick Riordan’s beloved books come to life in this upcoming TV show, which will hopefully do justice to the original series in a way that the films did not.
Like in the books, Percy Jackson and the Olympians reveals that the Greek gods are very real. Not only that, but they walk among us, even having half-blood children with mortals. When 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that he’s the half-blood son of Poseidon, his whole life turns into something out of a Greek epic. Sent to the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood, then on an epic quest across the United States, Percy and his trusty friends Annabeth and Grover will face monsters, prophecies, and even the gods themselves. Brace yourself for a glorious tale of heroes, myths, and friendship — along with a healthy dose of sweet, sweet nostalgia. — B.E.
Starring: Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri, Jason Mantzoukas, Glynn Turman, Virginia Kull, Timm Sharp, Megan Mullally, Lance Reddick, Toby Stephens, Charlie Bushnell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jay Duplass, Timothy Omundson, Adam Copeland, Suzanne Cryer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Dior Goodjohn
29. Monarch: Legacy of Monsters
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Godzilla smashes its way onto Apple TV+ with the upcoming series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. The show takes place within Legendary’s Monsterverse, which includes films like 2014’s Godzilla and sequels Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong.
The series picks up in the wake of Godzilla’s battle with the Titans, which leveled San Francisco and revealed to the world that monsters are real. There, we meet two siblings investigating their father’s connection to the government agency known as Monarch. Their discoveries lead them to Army officer Lee Shaw (played in the past and present by father and son duo Kurt and Wyatt Russell), whose knowledge of Monarch could bring the whole organization down. Spanning decades and generations, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters promises earth-shattering secrets, sci-fi drama, and, of course, monstrous mayhem. — B.E.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski
30. Lawmen: Bass Reeves
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If you’re a fan of Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone series, keep Lawmen: Bass Reeves in your sights. The show may not directly connect to Yellowstone itself, but Sheridan still produces this Western based on a real-life legend.
An escaped slave, Bass Reeves was the first-ever Black U.S. deputy marshal to serve west of the Mississippi. He made over 3,000 arrests in his career and became a legendary cowboy icon in his own right. While Reeves as a fictionalized character has appeared in film and TV before, such as in The Harder They Fall and in HBO’s Watchmen, Lawmen is the first time he will truly get the spotlight. For any fans of Westerns and gunslinging, this is a must-watch. — B.E.
Starring: David Oyelowo, Lauren E. Banks, Barry Pepper, Dennis Quaid, Demi Singleton, Forrest Goodluck, and Donald Sutherland
31. The Curse
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Nathan Fielder broke our brains with his meta-reality show The Rehearsal. Now, he tackles scripted comedy alongside Benny Safdie and Emma Stone in HGTV-spoof The Curse.
Stone and Fielder play a married couple on an HGTV-style show who flip houses for struggling residents of Española, New Mexico. Don’t call them gentrifiers, though! They’d prefer “entrepreneurs.” However, something dark is interfering with their latest project, and their ingratiating producer, played by Safdie, is struggling with demons of his own. The Curse explores themes of race and class as it dives deeper and deeper into strange territory, resulting in a wild, genre-bending ride. Stay tuned to see if Fielder can mess with our heads once again. — B.E.
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Emma Stone, Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Corbin Bernsen, and Constance Shulman
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