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

The CW


Genre: Mystery/Science Fiction/Drama
Synopsis: Based on the movie from 2000, a detective realizes she can talk to her deceased father through a ham radio, and together they work to solve a murder case.
Premiere date: October 5, 2016 at 9pm

No Tomorrow

Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Comedy/Drama
Synopsis: This series revolves around a woman whose new beau believes the apocalypse is coming. Despite skepticism, she tries to complete her end of the world bucket list with the help of her friends.
Premiere date: October 10, 2016 at 9 pm


Lethal Weapon

Genre: Action/Drama
Synopsis: A TV series reboot of the buddy cop film series from the '80s and '90s.
Premiere date: September 21, 2016 at 8 pm


Genre: Drama
Synopsis: The story of Ginny Baker, a young pitcher who goes on to become the first female player in Major League Baseball.
Why you should watch: There hasn't been a woman on an MLB team yet, but Pitch depicts what it would be like to make history.
Premiere date: September 22, 2016 at 9 pm

The Exorcist

Genre: Horror
Synopsis: This series is based on the iconic horror movie of the same name from 1973, in which a young girl is posessed.
Premiere date: September 23, 2016 at 9 pm

Son of Zorn

Genre: Sitcom
Synopsis: Zorn, an animated character and warrior from the island of Zephyria, attempts to reconnect with his live-action family in California.
Premiere date: September 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm



Genre: Comedy/Drama
Synopsis: This series stars Donald Glover as a manager helping establish his cousin's career as a rapper.
Premiere date: September 6, 2016 at 10 pm



Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Synopsis: Based on the Michael Crichton novel and the 1973 movie of the same name, this series revolves around a futuristic theme park.
Premiere date: October 2, 2016 at 9 pm


Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: In Sarah Jessica Parker's return to HBO, we follow the story of a woman going through divorce.
Why you should watch: SJP's character Francis is set to be very different from the iconic Carrie Bradshaw, which should be interesting whether you're a Sex and the City fan or not.
Premiere date: October 9, 2016 at 10 pm



Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Based on the book "Chance" by Kem Nunn, this show centers on a San Francisco-based forensic neuroscientist played by Hugh Laurie.
Premiere date: October 19, 2016


The Good Place

Genre: Sitcom/Fantasy
Synopsis: After a woman is killed and sent to heaven, she realizes there's been a mistake and she's not who everyone in the afterlife thinks she is.
Why you should watch: With Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars and Frozen)in the starring role, The Good Place is sure to be amazing—and hilarious.
Premiere date: September 19, 2016 at 10 pm

This Is Us

Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A look into the unique lives of several people who all share the same birthday.
Premiere date: September 20, 2016 at 10 pm


Genre: Drama/Science Fiction
Synopsis: The story of a time-traveling criminal who steals a time machine in order to change American history, and the team of people charged with stopping him.
Premiere date: October 3, 2016 at 10 pm


Marvel's Luke Cage

Genre: Action
Synopsis: Luke Cage is Marvel's newest solo superhero show. The character was previously seen on Jessica Jones, and will be joining up with superhero team The Defenders next year.
Why you should watch: Jessica Jones was all anyone could talk about after it premiered last fall, and for good reason—it's amazing. Luke Cage is sure to garner the same response.
Premiere date: September 30, 2016

Haters Back Off

Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: This series revolves around Miranda Sings, the infamously confident-yet-untalented singing YouTube persona made up by actress and comedian Colleen Ballinger.
Premiere date: October 14, 2016

The Crown

Genre: Drama/Biopic
Synopsis: The Crown is a biographical drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II from 1947 to present day.
Premiere date: November 4, 2016

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Genre: Comedy/Drama
Synopsis: In this 4-part revival of the original series, we find out where Rory and Lorelai Gilmore—and their friends, family and love interests—are up to now.
Why you should watch: No big deal, it's just that you've probably been waiting to find out what happened to Luke and Lorelai since 2007.
Premiere date: November 25, 2016

What are you most looking forward to watching?

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