The Mega Guide to New Shows You Need to Watch This Fall

The Mega Guide to New Shows You Need to Watch This Fall

Brittney Morgan
Sep 9, 2016

Cozy sweaters, orange leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything are great, but arguably the best part of fall is the new TV lineup. Whether you're looking to Netflix and chill or find a new network show to obsess over, there's something for everyone. This fall will see premieres of new series centered on everything from time travel and murder mysteries to romantic comedies and quirky family dramas, and all that's in between. From both the major networks and your favorite online streaming services, here's what to watch this fall.



Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: This series focuses on the Dimeo family and their oldest son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy.
Why you should watch: Speechless shows how important representation on TV is, as JJ is played by Micah Fowler, who actually has cerebral palsy in real life.
Premiere date: September 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Designated Survivor

Genre: Political Thriller
Synopsis: After an explosion kills the President and (almost) all the members of the cabinet, lone survivor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman becomes President and faces the aftermath.
Premiere date: September 21, 2016 at 10 pm


Genre: Crime Drama
Synopsis: This series stars Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, and is based on the stories of Mark Geragos, a real-life criminal defense attorney, and Wendy Walker, news producer for Larry King Live.
Premiere date: September 22, 2016 at 9 pm


Genre: Legal Drama
Synopsis: After getting blackmailed, Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison heads up a team that aims to overturn wrongful convictions.
Why you should watch: The show's main character, Hayes, is a flawed-but-strong woman—much like Olivia Pope in fan favorite Scandal.
Premiere date: October 3, 2016 at 10 pm

American Housewife

Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A wife and mother tries to keep her family together and stand out in the wealthy, uptight town of Westport, CT.
Premiere date: October 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm



Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: This series about the life of a young woman in London is based on an award-winning play. It aired in the UK in July, but premieres in the United States this fall.
Premiere date: September 16, 2016

One Mississippi

Genre: Dark Comedy
Synopsis: From Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody, this series profiles a woman's return to her hometown after her mother passes away.
Why you should watch: It's inspired by Notaro's life, and takes on everything from breast cancer to breakups in an artistic but humorous way.
Premiere date: September 9, 2016


Kevin Can Wait

Genre: Sitcom
Synopsis: In his return to CBS, Kevin James plays a retired police officer and the challenges he faces at home with his family.
Premiere date: September 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm


Genre: Drama
Synopsis: This series is a look into the early TV talk show career of Dr. Phil McGraw.
Premiere date: September 20, 2016 at 9 pm


Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A reboot of the original series of the same name that aired from 1985-1992, about Angus "Mac" MacGyver and his extraordinary problem-solving ways.
Premiere date: September 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Man With A Plan

Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Friends star Matt Leblanc stars as a father who stays home to take care of his kids when his wife goes back to work.
Premiere date: October 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

The Great Indoors

Genre: Sitcom
Synopsis: Jack, a magazine reporter played by Joel McHale, suddenly finds himself adjusting to the digital publishing world, managing a staff of millennials.
Why you should watch: With Joel McHale (Ted, Community) in the lead, The Great Indoors is sure to be hilarious—though we're not sure how accurate its portrayal of millennials will be.
Premiere date: October 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Pure Genius

Genre: Medical Drama
Synopsis: A Silicon Valley billionare and expert surgeon team up to build a hopsital and save lives at no cost to patients.
Premiere date: October 27, 2016 at 10 pm