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It’s the most wonderful — and stressful! — time of year for TV fans: fall TV season, a.k.a. “try to keep track of all the new shows you want to see until you hopelessly fall behind and just watch Friends again” season.
We kid, but know that we feel you: It’s overwhelming! In less than two months, more than 50 shows and TV movies have debuted already. From NBC’s Lost-esque missing-plane drama Manifest to CBS’ latest classic reboot (Magnum P.I.) and philosophical afterlife comedies (The Good Place season 3 and Forever) to critically acclaimed animation for adults (BoJack Horseman and Big Mouth), there is abundant programming to choose from.
That’s why Rotten Tomatoes has created this list ranking every fall TV premiere for 2018 by Tomatometer (both new and returning shows, along with TV and streaming movies that did not get a big-screen release).
We’ll continue updating the scorecard for the rest of the year, registering every new season and TV or streaming movie (starting September 1) that got at least 10 critic reviews. (So if you’re wondering why your favorite isn’t on here, it likely just didn’t have enough season reviews to make it.)
Adjusted Score: 25.29%
Critics Consensus: While the show's likable cast has potential, poor attempts at cultural commentary and weak characterizations leave The Neighborhood stuck in a creative dead end.
A Midwest man moves his family to a tough L.A. neighborhood where his friendliness doesn't sit well with everyone.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.209%
Critics Consensus: Despite its promising pedigree, I Feel Bad simply isn't very funny.
Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. OK, she's not perfect. In fact, she's just figuring it... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.096%
Critics Consensus: Overcrowded, overwrought, and overly familiar, New Amsterdam plays more like an exquisite corpse of pre-existing shows than a breakthrough for the genre -- though that may be enough for medical drama devotees.
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.305%
Critics Consensus: The first season of Camping makes it difficult to determine who the least happy campers are: those on the screen or those watching it.
To celebrate her husband Walt's 44th birthday, the obsessively organized and aggressively controlling Kathryn gathers together her meek sister, her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.224%
Critics Consensus: This just in: while the nostalgia and wit are welcome, Murphy Brown's dated messaging tactics feel heavy-handed and smug, leaving this formerly formidably timely series feeling like a reboot reaching for the headlines.
Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for MURPHY BROWN, the revival of the ground-breaking... [More]
Adjusted Score: 32.242%
Norm Macdonald hosts a talk show featuring celebrity guests.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.29%
Critics Consensus: Rel has a talented star supported by a solid ensemble, but none of it's enough to disguise an ordinary sitcom that hits a series of generic beats.
A Chicago man tries to rebuild his life after getting divorced from his wife, who was having an affair with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.66%
Critics Consensus: Bloated and boring, The Purge kills its own fleetingly fun premise and proves that not all stories work better on the small screen.
Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Productions, THE PURGE revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.338%
Critics Consensus: Despite a decent ensemble and a few intriguing elements, A MillIon Little Things breaks under the weight of its own emotionally lofty ambitions.
They say friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things; and that's true for a group of friends... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54.433%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Weiner's return to television is as handsomely made as it is ambitious and sprawling -- unfortunately, it's also fatally indulgent, asking for the utmost patience from audiences without a compelling incentive.
The Romanoffs is created, written, directed, and executive produced by nine-time Emmy
winner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), featuring eight separate stories... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.015%
Critics Consensus: Despite a pair of likable leads, The Good Cop's reliance on procedural cliches sucks out much of the fun -- though those looking for an easy watch may find comfort in its familiarity.
A former NYPD officer teams up with his son, a current NYPD detective, to solve cases.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.612%
Critics Consensus: The rebooted Magnum P.I. may not be quite distinctive enough to hold up to comparisons with its source material, but a charismatic star, slickly staged action, and a handful of modern twists hint at greater potential.
A modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.305%
Critics Consensus: Better action scenes and tighter pacing elevate Iron Fist's second season, but it remains a lesser light among MCU shows.
Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the Immortal Iron Fist, has left behind the day-to-day oversight of Rand Enterprises, throwing himself into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.101%
Critics Consensus: Last Man Standing isn't the most realistic sitcom on the dial, but its idealistic representation of opposites living in harmony offers sorely needed hope during divided times.
Hit family comedy LAST MAN STANDING moves to FOX for its upcoming seventh season. The series stars Tim Allen as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.66%
Critics Consensus: Manifest's attempts to balance supernatural mystery and melodrama largely work thanks to its well-chosen cast -- though it could use a few more distinguishing characteristics.
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61.015%
Critics Consensus: A sincere and thoughtful handling of spiritual themes helps God Friended Me overcome -- and even benefit from -- its earnest approach to a potentially off-putting premise.
An atheist's life is transformed when God friends him on Facebook.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.693%
Critics Consensus: Dick Wolf's new series sports a compelling cast and adrenaline-spiking spectacle, although some viewers may find this retread of the mega-producer's previous procedural formulas overly familiar.
These first-class agents, including Special Agent Maggie Bell and her partner, Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, bring all their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61.451%
Critics Consensus: Happy Together's premise won't win may points for originality, but the show still earns laughs thanks to a winning trio of central performances.
A thirtysomething couple, tired of their mundane lives, begin to feel younger and cooler when an emerging pop star, who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life -- a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.37%
Critics Consensus: Though the cheesy jokes and cliches are old hat, an all-too-uncommon focus on older characters makes it easier to forgive The Cool Kids' lack of fresh wrinkles.
Friends living in a retirement community see nothing wrong with breaking rules to have fun.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.866%
Critics Consensus: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, but her movie's okay - largely thanks to Shannon Purser's work in the title role, which is strong enough to counter an uneven narrative.
SIERRA BURGESS IS A LOSER is a modern rom-com retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story set in high school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.514%
Critics Consensus: Sean Penn gives an intensely poignant performance as the driven but conflicted Tom Hagerty in The First's rather slow-moving first season.
In the future, the first human is sent to Mars to explore the possibility of interplanetary colonization.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.209%
Critics Consensus: Into the Dark is a worthy horror anthology, offering viewers a selection of frightening and witty gothic tales like a tray of cobwebbed bonbons, making for a spooky Halloween treat.
A horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum's independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.176%
Critics Consensus: Charmed's updates are as fun as they are surprisingly feminist -- and with a sharper focus, it could conjure up an even stronger show than the one that came before it.
"Stronger together." That's what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie "Mel" Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.612%
Critics Consensus: Nathan Fillion's reliably likable presence makes The Rookie worth tuning in, even if the show around him isn't particularly memorable.
Starting over isn't easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.741%
Critics Consensus: Mayans M.C. is a thrilling drama with compelling characters, but it struggles to find its pace and the Tellers are hard to forget.
Mayans M.C. is a drama series from Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and is the next chapter in the "Sons... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.209%
Critics Consensus: While the jokes can be a little juvenile, Single Parents earns brownie points for a likable cast and a funny focus on parental struggles.
This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.917%
Critics Consensus: Fans of Jim Carrey's slapstick may be disappointed, but other viewers may find a surprisingly poignant examination of life and grief in Kidding.
A children's TV icon deals with his imploding family life.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.66%
Critics Consensus: Toni Collette creates comedy between the sheets in this unlikely sex-drama from acclaimed playwright Nick Payne for the BBC.
After years of respectable marriage Joy and Alan are going to try doing what's right for them.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.821%
Critics Consensus: Making a Murderer's return may not yield closure for this maddening saga of crime and punishment, but the series' exploration of the U.S. justice system remains riveting.
Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.531%
Critics Consensus: The Woman in White's campy convolutions can't quite sustain the intrigue it aspires to, but a game cast and pounding pace will satisfy those looking for a stylish -- if somewhat demanding -- whodunit.
The Woman in White will take viewers on a chilling ride down the shadowy paths and corridors of English country... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.226%
Critics Consensus: My Dinner with Hervé offers a standard narrative on celebrity and infamy, but formidable performances by Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan find the dimensionality and pathos of Hervé Villechaize the man.
Inspired by a real story, MY DINNER WITH HERVE explores the unlikely friendship between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.706%
Critics Consensus: The Gifted continues to explore shades of grey, but with a more streamlined story that sets the show up for a stronger -- if slightly more simplistic -- sophomore season.
A suburban couple's lives are rocked by the discovery that their children possess mutant powers, forcing the family to go... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.29%
Critics Consensus: Though cynics may struggle to see it, Poldark's fourth season pairs a surprisingly multilayered side of social commentary with its soapy romantic delights.
In the fourth season of this drama series, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) are striving to rebuild... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.965%
Critics Consensus: Maniac enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac
tells the stories... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.37%
Critics Consensus: The Kids are Alright is a surprisingly poignant, thoughtful show with a classic sitcom feel.
In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.499%
Critics Consensus: Despite a few tonal growing pains, Titans does justice to its source material and truly shines when its titular ensemble finally assembles.
A new group of superheroes emerge from the DC Universe.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.37%
Critics Consensus: The crafty addition of minor sci-fi elements and a terrific William Forsythe to the show's already engrossing narrative make The Man in the High Castle's third season another worthy binge.
An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.37%
Critics Consensus: Mr Inbetween's familiar setup is quickly forgiven thanks to its expertly built tension and a mesmerizing performance from Scott Ryan.
In Mr Inbetween, Scott Ryan plays "Ray Shoesmith," a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in... [More]
Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.419%
Critics Consensus: Led by dual mesmerizing performances from Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and rounded out by a solidly stocked ensemble, this King Lear is a highly watchable adaptation.
The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.499%
Critics Consensus: You pairs thrilling drama with trashy fun to create an addictive social media horror story that works its way under the skin -- and stays there
A tech-savvy young man utilizes modern-day resources to lure a woman into falling in love with him.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.988%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: Resistance's streamlined story sets the stage for exciting adventures -- and seems poised to explore a canvas stocked with immediately relatable characters and plenty of potential.
An animated prequel to "The Force Awakens," about young pilot Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono, who's recruited by the Resistance for a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.854%
Critics Consensus: All American's ambitious attempts to tackle class struggles and classroom drama largely play thanks to its winning cast -- an auspicious start to a promising new series.
Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.708%
Critics Consensus: The Man with No Fear returns to top form with a third season that begins tediously slow but gradually generates comic book thrills, immeasurably helped by the welcome return of Vincent D'Onofrio's menacing Kingpin.
A blind lawyer fights crime by day in the courtroom and by night as a superhero with extraordinary senses in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.207%
Critics Consensus: The Haunting of Hill House is an effective ghost story whose steadily mounting anticipation is just as satisfying as its chilling payoff.
The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's legendary novel of the same name, about five... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.821%
Critics Consensus: Forever is a gently harrowing and mirthful dive into the ennui of matrimony, elevated by Maya Rudolph's dazzling turn of not-so-quiet desperation.
Married couple June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, California. For... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.66%
Critics Consensus: Carried by Jodie Whittaker's boundless energy and charm, Doctor Who's latest regeneration manages to feel fresh well into the show's 55-year tenure.
Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and companions as they deal with crises set on Earth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.869%
Critics Consensus: The Conners offers the comforts of its source show, but more focus on the family's ever-evolving dynamics adds a welcome layer of working-class empathy without losing any of the laughs.
The Conner clan copes with life in Lanford in a way they never have before.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.305%
Critics Consensus: American Vandal trades one type of potty humor for another in an ambitious second season that manages to double down on the explicit gags while subtly addressing serious social issues.
Having left its red spray-painted mark on pop culture with a breakout freshman season, American Vandal returns with an explosive... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.922%
Critics Consensus: Nine seasons in, The Walking Dead feels more alive than ever, with heightened tension and a refreshed pace that rejuvenates this long-running franchise.
Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.128%
Critics Consensus: It's Always Sunny's winning formula keeps the laughs rolling and the stomachs turning in a thirteenth season that's topical, triumphant, and toxic in the best way.
In Season 13 of this comedy, the gang have their hands full as Charlie (Charlie Day) hopes to have a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.096%
Critics Consensus: Poignantly repulsive, Big Mouth continues to confront the awkwardness of adolescence with foul-mouthed glee and an added layer of maturity.
The adventures of two teenage boys are spotlighted.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.499%
Critics Consensus: The Deuce's excellent character-driven drama returns with even more immersive world-building and a welcome focus on its leading ladies, carried by a tour de force performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York's midtown demimonde is at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.579%
Critics Consensus: BoJack Horseman continues confidently down the thematic rabbit hole with a fresh and poignant season that's as devastating as it is hilarious.
Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90's sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin? Around, who has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.66%
Critics Consensus: Charming and curious as ever, The Good Place remains a delightfully insightful bright spot on the television landscape.
Series 3 of this comedy follows a New Jersey woman enters the afterlife and tries to become a better person... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.433%
Critics Consensus: Bodyguard maintains a palpable tension throughout its pulpy proceedings to create an absorbing and addicting psychological thriller.
David Budd (Richard Madden), a military veteran who fought in the Middle East, prevents a suicide bomber from blowing up... [More]