Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons, but mostly because of the onslaught of new TV shows that I get the opportunity to obsess over. Summer can be a great time to catch up on favorites, and even add a few new summer premieres to my binge-list. But fall is still the best time of year to find new shows. When I was doing the research for this article, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed by what I feel were slim pickings, but I did still manage to find a few gems.
1. The Gifted (Already on!)
The Gifted, based on the X-Men, will follow the Acker family after the parents, Reed and Caitlin, find out their teen kids are mutants. As with most shows in this genre, people with powers are not trusted and hunted by the powers that be. So eventually, the family is forced to seek refuge with a secret, underground organization which protects and hides mutants from the government. Reed works for the agency that rounds up and prosecutes mutants, which means it’s highly likely that his kids will suffer for his sins in some way.
Network: The CW
2. Dynasty (Premieres October 11)
Dynasty, the show that your parents probably argued about over lunch in high school, is coming back in a major way. Originally a soap opera about the exploits of the wealthy Carrington family in the 80s, Dynasty is getting the 2017 treatment by Gossip Girl creators, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Variety reports that the reboot will follow two families — the Carringtons and the Fallons — as they feud over their children and their fortunes. It’ll be told through the eyes of two women Fallon Carrington, the daughter of billionaire Richard Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, who are naturally, at odds.
Aside from the fact that rich-people being petty is an unofficial genre I’d watch any day, I’m most excited about the fact that Elizabeth Gillies has been cast in the lead role as Fallon Carrington. She was born to play the role of a spoiled, self-indulgent, ruthless heir, which is not the insult it sounds like, I swear.
Network: The CW
3. Marvel’s Runaways (November 25)
What would you do if you found out that your parents, who were there when you took your first steps, were actually super-villains in disguise? If you’re the six teens from Marvel’s Runaways, then you would band together to break free from your parents (whom you’ve just witnessed participating in a human sacrifice) and try your best to figure out what the heck is going on. If you were the aforementioned parents, you would probably utilize everything in your evil arsenal to get back your pesky, meddling offspring.
Sounds fun, right? Well, maybe not for the kids, but as a viewer, I’m absolutely stoked about this series. I’m an absolute sucker for the “villain with a soft side” trope that writers love incorporating into their work. While I’m sure these villains are ruthless, something tells me they’ll have to get a little creative when wrangling in their own offspring, so as not to severely injure, or you know, kill them.
4. Young Sheldon (Already on!)
The Big Bang Theory has just entered its 11th season, which means that its best years are probably behind it, but that’s no reason to be sad. Young Sheldon, a spin-off of TBBT is headed for your television screens this fall. As the title gives away, it will focus on a young Sheldon Cooper who spends his days attending college classes, dealing his ultra-religious mother, and explaining why he has to wear gloves before he can hold hands to say grace.
Basically, Young Sheldon will give viewers an in-depth look into how Sheldon got to be the way that he is. From the looks of it, he was destined to a life of Sheldon-ing from the beginning.
5. The Good Doctor (Already on!)
The Good Doctor revolves around Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young, autistic doctor with Savant Syndrome. The drama, made by the creators of House, seems to rely heavily on the sensational aspects of savants, more so than perhaps, the realistic capabilities someone diagnosed with the order would actually possess. However, it has the potential to be interesting enough to keep me occupied right up into winter.
Fall marks the end of summer and, for most of us, the start of school and work. But that doesn’t have the mean the end of fun! When real life gets overwhelming, pull up a few of these premieres and allow yourself to escape for a few hours. Sometimes binge-watching is the best remedy for stress.