The Most Anticipated TV & Streaming Shows of October 2023

Loki, Rick and Morty, and The Fall of the House of Usher are the shows you're most looking forward to in October. See what else made the list.

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Loki season 2 so thoroughly dominates the month that it came in first across all of our social platforms and our website poll asking which October series you were most looking forward to. Far behind, but still in second place, is season 7 of absurdist adult animated series Rick and Morty. Horror master Mike Flanagan’s latest, The Fall of the House of Usher and season 3 of USA Network slasher series Chucky took the next spots, and season 3 of French literary adaptation Lupin came in fifth. Brie Larson starring in the adaptation of bestseller Lessons in Chemistry just missed the top 5, while the return of Kelsey Grammer in the Frasier revival failed to move you as much as the second seasons of The Gilded AgeOur Flag Means Death, and Quantum Leap, and the premiere of Found — in the poll on our site anyway.

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No. 1

#1 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and X (formerly known as Twitter)
Premieres: Thursday, October 5

Tom Hiddleston returns to the role of Marvel antihero Loki, Norse God of Mischief. Now that the origin of the Time Variance Authority has been revealed, season 2 follows up on the mystery of why. And Loki experiences some time-slippage — how embarrassing.

How to Watch: by subscription on Disney+

No. 2

#2 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll, Facebook, Instagram, and X; No. 4 on YouTube
Premieres: Sunday, October 15

Can a person ever really know what’s next in the adventures of zany scientist Rick and his beleaguered grandson Morty? With each season, the adult animated sci-fi series promises not, and that is the show’s true charm. Just enjoy the ride.

How to Watch: on Adult Swim (Comedy Central) with a cable subscription; new episodes will be available for purchase from digital retailers the day after they premiere (look for them on Vudu, Prime Video, and Apple TV); the new season will also be available to stream in 2024 (seasons 1-6 are currently available by subscription on Hulu and Max)

No. 3

#3 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll, Instagram, YouTube (tied with Lupin), and X; #4 on Facebook
Premieres: Thursday, October 12

Already Certified Fresh at 94%, the latest limited series from horror-master Mike Flanagan adapts Edgar Allan Poe’s classic into a twisty modern mold. The mystery is less about whether people die — this is Flanagan, after all — but in what Poe-ticular way they’re dispatched.

How to Watch: by subscription on Netflix

No. 4

#2 on YouTube; #3 on Facebook; #4 on Instagram, and X; #5 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll (tied with Lupin)
Premieres: Tuesday, October 3

The murderous doll has somehow wormed his way into the White House and is now ensconced with the world’s most powerful family. Jake, Devon, and Lexy have to get to Chucky, but they need a killer plan.

How to Watch: on SYFY/USA with a cable subscription; the next day streaming on Peacock

No. 5

#3 on YouTube (tied with The Fall of the House of Usher); #5 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll (tied with Chucky)
Premieres: Thursday, October 5

Starring Omar Sy, France’s most wanted gentleman is back. The new season finds Assane living far from his wife and son. But when his lovelorn feelings get the better of him, he returns to Paris to convince them to leave France and start over. Good luck with that, Assane!

How to Watch: by subscription on Netflix

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