Lucky number 13 is the name of the game this May. The month features several long-running summer favorites returning to the screen alongside several standouts hoping to avoid the sophomore slump. Catch up on the supernatural with iZombie and Lucifer, the character-driven with Deadwood and Fleabag, and the crime-ridden with Line of Duty and Elementary before new episodes drop in the coming weeks.


iZombie 92% (The CW)

What it is: A wonderfully original spin on the TV zombie craze started by The Walking Dead, iZombie stars Rose McIver as Olivia Moore, a med student-turned-zombie who helps the Seattle police solve homicides by eating victims’ brains and reliving their memories.

Why you should watch it: There’s no limit to the creative turns TV writers can take the simple premise of “zombies exist” — hat tip to the dearly departed Santa Clarita Diet — but as iZombie heads into its fifth and final season, it remains one of the genre’s best, most off-kilter examples. Season 5 premieres May 2 on The CW.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first four seasons)


Lucifer 88% (Netflix)

What it is: Most people escape their locale to vacation where it’s warm, but where do you vacation when your home is in Hell? Los Angeles, apparently. That’s where our titular antihero Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) sets his sights, at least, after resigning his post as ruler of the underworld and wanting to spice up his life. Once in LA, he opens up a nightclub and stumbles into becoming a civilian consultant for the LAPD.

Why you should watch it: Based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, Lucifer Morningstar is a protagonist like we haven’t seen before. Ruler of Hell, sure, but also charismatic as hell (and charming, witty, and handsome), proving himself to be the perfect right-hand man for homicide detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). (Over the course of three seasons, their beguiling relationship is one of the reasons to stick around, too.) Lucifer was cancelled by Fox last year, but revived by Netflix, which will premiere its fourth season on May 8.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first three seasons)


Easy 90% (Netflix)

What it is: With Netflix’s romantic comedy series, it’s all in the name. That’s because there’s nothing, well, easy about modern love. Easy’s first two seasons follow an intertwining group of friends and couples living and loving in Chicago.

Why you should watch it: The best of television is often character-driven, and Easy gives you plenty of characters to work with. While this Windy City–set series focuses on people and relationships that occasionally overlap, each episode largely stands on its own as a singular meditation on a given couple’s romantic dynamic and exploration of intimacy. And with Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg at the helm, the whole thing goes down smoothly (you thought there was going to be another “easy” joke, didn’t you?). Plus, it’s just a hoot to see some of our favorite talents (from Judy Greer to Aubrey Plaza to Dave Franco to Orlando Bloom) pop in for a quick half-hour installment.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first two seasons)


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 95% (ABC)

What it is: S.H.I.E.L.D. is the kind of agency you want at your back. Led by fan-favorite Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, who caused uproar upon his character’s death in 2012’s The Avengers), Marvel Comics’ fictional Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division fights the behind-the-scenes battles that the average human wouldn’t dare face (see: Project Centipede and more). It’s wild, it’s crazy, and it’s a heck of a fun time for Marvel superfans.

Why you should watch it: Sure, this puzzle piece within the Marvel Cinematic Universe maintains the franchise call-backs and tonally checks all the boxes of what we look for in a Marvel romp, but you don’t have to be a die-hard lover of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and co. to fall for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s extraterrestrial adventures and the now-beloved ensemble of characters it has built throughout its 100-plus episodes. Season 6 premieres on ABC May 10. 

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, NetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 82 hours (for the first five seasons)


Sneaky Pete 96% (Amazon Prime Video)

What it is: Longtime character actor and standout supporter Giovanni Ribisi gets top billing as conman Marius who, once out of prison, takes on the identity of his cellmate, Pete. On the run from a cold-blooded mobster, Marius holes up with Pete’s unsuspecting small-town family.

Why you should watch it: This Amazon original series from creators David Shore and Bryan Cranston (who also co-stars as the aforementioned mobster, Vince) will sneak up and floor you — and we don’t say that simply as a play on words. Each ensemble member (but especially Ribisi and series breakout Marin Ireland) delivers lived-in and moving dramatic turns with fast-paced scripts that don’t skimp on nuance or character. In other words, Sneaky Pete doesn’t have to con its way onto your must-watch list. Season 3 premieres May 10 on Amazon Prime.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 18 hours (for the first two seasons)


Line of Duty 96% (Acorn TV)

What it is: Netflix’s Bodyguard may have taken the world by storm last year (along with a Golden Globe win for star Richard Madden), but it’s another cop thriller from creator Jed Mercurio that has us itching for more: Line of Duty. Five seasons in, the series remains one of the U.K.’s highest-rated dramas. Line of Duty follows D.S. Steve Arnott after he’s transferred to an anti-corruption unit and is partnered with a brilliant undercover investigator, D.C. Kate Fleming.

Why you should watch it: While dry in summary, the performances and procedural dramas here are absolutely astounding — some of the best nail-biters TV has to offer. Season 5 is already acclaimed overseas, but premieres for U.S. audiences May 13 on Acorn TV.

Where to watch it: Acorn TV, Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu

Commitment: Approx. 23 hours (for the first four seasons)


Fleabag 100% (Amazon Prime Video)

What it is: Well it’s about time! Fleabag’s six-episode first season premiered to critical acclaim back in 2016 — which means we’ve been waiting for quite a while to reacquaint ourselves with creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her titular and adrift heroine, who is learning to cope with the death of her best friend in varying self-destructive ways while building a life in London.

Why you should watch it: Few other creators are as exciting as Fleabag’s Waller-Bridge. The beloved and all-too-short first season of Amazon’s fuss-free comedy is based on the writer and actress’ hit one-woman play of the same name, which just wrapped a sold-out Off-Broadway run after its 2013 debut overseas. Crass, fearless, and heartbreaking in equal measure, the series trumpeted the arrival of a thrilling new creative voice. And now that Waller-Bridge has other hits with Killing Eve and an arc in Star Wars under her belt, she’s going into season 2 of Fleabag as a bonafide international superstar. Do yourself a favor and learn what the buzz is about. Season 2 premieres May 17 on Amazon Prime Video.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 3 hours (for the first season)


Elementary 95% (CBS)

What it is: A contemporary (and gender-bending) update on the classic Sherlock Holmes, Elementary is a New York crime procedural starring Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic Holmes. Watson begins as Holmes’ sober companion (the ex-Scotland Yard consultant is also a recovering drug addict), but as the series progresses, she becomes his apprentice and partner in solving NYPD’s most chin-scratching mysteries.

Why you should watch it: Liu is endlessly watchable in just about anything, so her involvement in this Robert Doherty series is reason enough to tune in. But Elementary is more than just a spellbinding leading lady: it’s a solid, reliable procedural that puts a clever twist on an old classic. Season 7 premieres May 23 on CBS.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 103 hours (for the first six seasons)


Vida 100% (Starz)

What it is: Set in the rarely depicted neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Vida follows estranged Mexican-American sisters Lyn and Emma Hernandez, who are forced to revisit their childhood home and memories after the sudden death of their mother. Familial secrets and personal growth abounds.

Why you should watch it: Shows don’t get much more refreshingly original than Vida, Starz’s half-hour dramedy from showrunner Tanya Saracho. Centering queer, Latinx voices both in front of and behind the camera is a feat in and of itself, but the fact that the series is compellingly alive (and bingeable) is what will keep you sticking around. It’s wonderfully grounded by Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada as the central reunited sisters. Season 2 premieres May 23 on Starz.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HuluMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 3 hours (for the first season)


She's Gotta Have It 78% (Netflix)

What it is: Spike Lee updated his original 1986 film in series form. She’s Gotta Have It is the story of Brooklyn-based artist Nola Darling and her three lovers — a love life she juggles while navigating her personal life in an ever-gentrifying Brooklyn and ever-shifting social and political climate.

Why you should watch it: Talk about a star-making performance: you simply can’t take your eyes off the magnetic DeWanda Wise. While season 1 admittedly goes a bit off the rails with some of its sillier subplots, She’s Gotta Have It is a series that packs a timely, sociopolitical punch while laying the drama (and sexiness) on thick. With Lee at the helm and Wise front and center, She’s Gotta Have It is a televisual update that’s an absolutely engrossing joy to watch. Season 2 premieres May 24 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: About 5 hours (for the first season)


Animal Kingdom (TNT)

What it is: Based on the 2010 Australian feature film of the same name from writer-director David Michôd, Animal Kingdom reconfigures itself in Southern California and showcases the city’s grittier side through a crime family led by iron-fisted matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin). Our point of entry is Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole), a 17-year-old who’s swept up into the family business after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.

Why you should watch it: Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin. The series’ thrilling writing and direction, led by creator Jonathan Lisco, is well worth the binge, but Barkin, a Tony and Emmy winner and two-time Golden Globe nominee, brings a conniving richness to Smurf that must be seen to be believed. Season 4 premieres May 28 on TNT.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google PlayMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 27 hours (for the first three seasons)


Archer 90% (FXX)

What it is: Even the sleekest of action-packed espionage thrillers have an air of cartoonish hyperbole to them, but FXX’s Archer does away with that suspension of disbelief by making the whole thing a cartoon to begin with. The half-hour comedy from creator Adam Reed can land a joke as deftly as its titular man-child spy can land a punch, so expect to be thrilled while laughing yourself silly.

Why you should watch it: Over nine hit seasons, Archer has never shied away from genre experimentation. Season 8’s Dreamland and last season’s Danger Island were particularly high-concept highlights. Season 10 continues the genre-jumping trend of Archer’s coma-dream with 1999, which sees Archer not as the ass-kicking spy of ISIS we know from earlier incarnations, but a futuristic explorer of space on the M/V Seamus alongside our longstanding favorite characters and the voice actors behind them. While it’s a bottle season and therefore easily accessible to newcomers, we still recommend you catch up on all things Archer that have come before it. That’s where the payoff is! Archer: 1999 premieres May 29 on FXX.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 38 hours (for the first nine seasons)


Deadwood 92% (HBO)

What it is: In what is quickly proving to be one of the television events of the year, Deadwood’s long-awaited feature film finale is finally coming to HBO on May 31. The fan-favorite Western from creator David Milch reunites stars Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock and Ian McShane as Al Swearengen (along with the majority of the original ensemble) for a bookend installment set 10 years after the events of season 3’s unexpected ending. 

Why you should watch it: A fascinating, lurid, and original take on the classic Western genre, Deadwood built its devout fan base thanks to its ability to explore the human condition in tandem with the principles of early American society. With a smattering of scene-stealing performances from its expansive cast, it also has the writing, direction, and design to be one of the most gritty and authentic takes on America’s roots to ever hit the small screen. Deadwood: The Movie premieres May 31 on HBO.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO NowHulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 36 hours (for all three seasons)


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Looks like April showers bring a heaping dose of science fiction entertainment along with those May flowers — we’re not complaining! — including a Lost in Space reboot and the return of Westworld, The Expanse, and The Handmaid’s Tale (plus, of course, other comedies and dramas for good measure). We’ve got you covered with everything worth catching up on this month before new installments hit your small screen.


The Expanse 94% (Syfy)

THE EXPANSE -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Steven Strait as Earther James Holden (Jason Bell/Syfy)

What it is: Based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name of collaborators Daniel Abraham and T Franck), this space-hopping science fiction series follows Earth-bound United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), asteroid belt-dwelling police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), and officer of an ice freighter Jim Holden (Steven Strait, pictured) as they uncover a conspiracy that risks intergalactic peace within disparate colonies and the survival of humanity as they know it.

Why you should watch it: We see enough social and political turmoil here on Earth to know that if and when we expand our humanly horizons to other planets in the solar system, tension is likely to continue. Here, it just makes for great TV with some timely allegorical themes to spare. Season 3 premieres April 11.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours


Lost in Space (CBS)

What it is: A classic of the genre, 1965’s Lost in Space from Irwin Allen tells the story of the Robinson family, a clan of space colonists who must adapt to survive after their ship gets flung off course (living up to the series’ title) and crash lands on an alien planet. From there, they’re met with increasing intergalactic dangers with each passing day.

Why you should watch it: The original Lost in Space is one of those series that every sci-fi lover should watch simply because of the influence it wielded over future series of the genre to come — whether it be The Expanse above, or the forthcoming Netflix reboot of the same name. At three seasons and 83 episodes, the original makes for a full week of binge-watching entertainment and cultural education all in one. Netflix’s reboot premieres April 13.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoft

Commitment: Approx. 83 hours


Fear the Walking Dead 75% (AMC)

Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

What it is: An extension of the zombie apocalypse world of AMC mega-hit The Walking Dead, Fear starts in Los Angeles, showing how city dwellers deal with the virus outbreak.

Why you should watch it:  The season 4 premiere on April 15 features a crossover with the mothership, when Morgan (Lennie James) from The Walking Dead shows up.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 27.5 hours


Into the Badlands 84% (AMC)

What it is: Into the Badlands, starring Daniel Wu (pictured), promised to be an exciting genre-fusion of post-apocalyptic Western–Kung Fu, and it hasn’t lost its bite over the course of two standout seasons. Set 500 years after a global war that destroyed today’s world as we know it, the series explores the struggle for power among the feudal lord barons, their lowly contemporaries, and their world’s lawless nomads in a post-society landscape.

Why you should watch it: Here’s another futuristic action-thriller seeped with timely themes. Set in a world where guns are no longer in use, war combat and protection has resorted to martial arts and melee weapons. Not only is it a creative twist on the shoot-em-up style of most sci-fi epics, but it also makes for some of the most thrilling actions sequences on TV today. Season 3 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours


Westworld 81% (HBO)

Westworld Season 2 Season 2: Jeffrey Wright. photo: HBO

What it is: In this hit series, the titular Westworld is a vacation destination for regular men and women to live out their most elaborate — and at times, sickening — fantasies in a Wild West–inspired society manipulated by behind-the-scenes programmers and otherwise populated by near-human artificially intelligent hosts. The series’ main action begins, however, when Westworld’s hosts begin realizing they may have more control over their false reality than they think.

Why you should watch it: Did any other new series excite and divide critics and audiences in quite the same way as Westworld? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO debut marks one of the most thought provoking and epic sci-fi dramas seen on the pay cable channel to date. Matched with its ambition are breathtaking performances from Hollywood heavy-hitters as varied as Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright (pictured), Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Ed Harris. Season 2 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HBO NowMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours


The 100 93% (The CW)

What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.

Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for four seasons now. Season 5 premieres April 24.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 40 hours


Genius 70% (National Geographic)

What it is: From creators Kenneth Biller and Noah Pink and executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer comes National Geographic’s first major foray into prestige television, Genius. An intimate, life-charting look into history’s greatest minds and personalities, season 1 follows Geoffrey Rush (pictured) as Albert Einstein, and season 2, which premieres April 24, follows Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso.

Why you should watch it: An enthralling premise that’s ultimately as educational as it is entertaining (as the very best of narrative nonfiction is), Genius’s first outing rightfully earned a handful of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and was widely regarded as one of the year’s best programming options. While you don’t have to watch Einstein to understand Picasso, we recommend you do simply for the quality time spent.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours


Archer 90% (FXX)

ARCHER -- "Season 9, Episode 1 (FXX)

What it is: Even the sleekest of action-packed espionage thrillers have an air of cartoonish hyperbole to them (James Bond’s invisible car, anyone?), but FXX’s Archer does away with that suspension of belief by making the whole thing a cartoon to begin with. The half-hour comedy from creator Adam Reed can land a joke as deftly as its titular man-child spy can land a punch, so expect to be thrilled while laughing yourself silly.

Why you should watch it: Over eight hit seasons, Archer has never shied away from genre experimentation — season 8’s Archer Dreamland was a particular highlight. Season 9 continues the genre-jumping trend with Danger Island, which sees Archer not as the ass-kicking spy of ISIS we know from earlier carnations, but as an alcoholic seaplane pilot living in a supposed paradise at the brink of World War II. We’ll also be treated, of course, to Danger Island re-imaginings of all our favorite Archer characters and the voice actors behind them. To truly appreciate the new season, viewers need to have the emotional and intellectual foundation of the seasons before it; that’s where the payoff is. Danger Island premieres April 25.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 35 hours


Brockmire 98% (IFC)

What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria, pictured) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope until one day, 10 years later, deciding to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.

Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in season 1 is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet (pictured) brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 2 premieres April 25.

Where to watch it: AmazonGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 3 hours


The Handmaid's Tale 83% (Hulu)

Elisabeth Moss in THE HANDMAID'S TALE (Take Five/Hulu)

What it is: Set in a not-too-distant future and adapted from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is the harrowing imagining of a society where fertile women are forced into slavery to help procreate for society’s rich and powerful. A gripping and prescient look at modern patriarchy’s darkest corners (and possible futures), it’s one of the few programs airing today that truly is must-watch TV.

Why you should watch it: Last year, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first-ever streaming series to take home the Television Academy’s top honor: the Emmy for best drama. It has big expectations to live up to with season 2, which expands upon the Atwood book that was adapted in full through season 1. But with one of the most formidable ensembles on TV — both Elisabeth Moss (pictured) and Ann Dowd took home Emmys, as well — we’d follow them and their female-heavy behind-the-camera creatives anywhere — including to Gilead. Season 2 premieres April 22.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours


Quantico 70% (ABC)

What it is: Named after the real-life FBI Academy in Virginia, creator Joshua Safran’s Quantico follows Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra, pictured) who, once graduating from the academy and becoming an agent, is arrested for treason after becoming a prime suspect in a terrorist attack on Grand Central Station. The first season runs with two timelines: one depicting Alex’s arrest and eventual escape to prove her innocence, and the other depicting her time training with her colleagues to become an agent. The question lingers then: If not Alex, then who’s the sleeper terrorist in their midst?

Why you should watch it: Quantico rightfully earned acclaim for its diverse cast, namely for employing Chopra as as the first South Asian actress to headline a network series. Its representational landmarks aside, the series holds up as a tightly knit cat-and-mouse thriller. Season 3 premieres April 26.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, NetflixMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours


Elementary 95% (CBS)

What it is: A contemporary (and gender-bending) update on the classic Sherlock Holmes, Elementary is a New York crime procedural starring Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic Holmes himself (both pictured). Watson begins as Holmes’ sober companion (the ex–Scotland Yard consultant is also a recovering drug addict), but as the series progresses, she becomes his apprentice and partner in solving NYPD’s most chin-scratching crimes.

Why you should watch it: Lucy Liu is endlessly watchable in just about anything, so her involvement in this Robert Doherty series is reason enough to tune in. But Elementary is more than just a spellbinding leading lady and a clever play on an old classic. Tune in for a few episodes and you’ll see why it’s caught audiences’ devotion for five years and 120 episodes strong. Season 6 premieres April 30.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 88 hours

 

 

Emmy nominations are out for last season, but it’s already time for a new one. Television continues to rival, and sometimes surpass, the quality and success of film industry releases, with more networks than we ever thought possible 20 years ago. And, with the growing number of cable networks, we witness the capability of catering to more adult-oriented content. This fall, we will continue to see television grow, for better and for worse. Which new shows will achieve Fresh, or even Certified Fresh, status? Which will quickly go Rotten? And which of your favorite returning shows made the cut this year? Here’s the list as we know it, and we’ll continue to update it as premiere dates continue to be broadcast.


August | September | October | November | Winter | Fall TBA 


 August

 

Monday, Aug. 3

Significant Mother series premiere, 9:30 p.m., CW

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Playing House season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Difficult People series premiere, Hulu

Mr. Robinson series premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

 

Mr. Robinson

 

Friday, Aug. 7

Casanova series premiere, Amazon

Sneaky Pete series premiere, Amazon

Saturday, Aug. 8

Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman series premiere, 11 p.m., TBS

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Young & Hungry season two return, 8 p.m., ABC Family

Kevin from Work series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family

Sunday, Aug. 16

Show Me a Hero miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., HBO

Tuesday, Aug. 18

The Hotwives of Las Vegas series premiere, Hulu

Thursday, Aug. 20

Documentary Now! series premiere, 10 p.m., IFC

Saturday, Aug. 22

Blunt Talk series premiere, 9 p.m., Starz

Survivor’s Remorse season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., Starz

Sunday, Aug. 23

Fear the Walking Dead series premiere, 9 p.m., AMC

Vicious season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., PBS

 

Vicious

 

Monday, Aug. 24

Switched at Birth season four return, 8 p.m., ABC Family

Tuesday, Aug. 25

From Dusk Till Dawn season two premiere, 10 p.m., El Rey

Public Morals series premiere, 10 p.m., TNT

Wednesday, Aug. 26

The Carmichael Show series premiere, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Aug. 28

Narcos series premiere, Netflix

Monday, Aug. 31

Awkward season five premiere, 9 p.m., MTV

Faking It season two return, 9:30 p.m., MTV

 


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September

 

Tuesday, Sep. 1

Drunk History season three premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Sep. 4

Hand of God series premiere, Amazon Instant Video

 

Hand of God

 

Sunday, Sep. 6

Arthur & George series premiere, 8 p.m., PBS

Tuesday, Sep. 8

The Awesomes season three premiere, Hulu

Late Show with Stephen Colbert series premiere, 10:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sep. 9

The League season seven premiere, 10 p.m., FXX

You’re the Worst season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., FXX

Thursday, Sep. 10

Longmire season four premiere, Netflix

Friday, Sep. 11

Z Nation season two premiere, 10 p.m. SyFy

Continuum season four premiere, 11 p.m., SyFy

Saturday, Sep. 12

Ferrell Takes the Field special event premiere, 10 p.m. HBO

Sunday, Sep. 13

Project Greenlight season four premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

Doll & Em season two premiere, 11 p.m., HBO

Tuesday, Sep. 15

The Mindy Project season four premiere, Hulu

The Bastard Executioner series premiere, 10 p.m., FX

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Sep. 16

South Park season 19 premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Moonbeam City series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

 

South Park

 

Friday, Sep. 18

Black Jesus season two premiere, 11 p.m., Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Saturday, Sep. 19

Doctor Who season nine premiere, 9 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Sep. 20

67th Primetime Emmy Awards special event, 8 p.m., Fox

Monday, Sep. 21

The Big Bang Theory season nine premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

Gotham season two premiere, 8 p.m., Fox

The Voice season nine premiere, 8 p.m., NBC

Life in Pieces series premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS

Minority Report series premiere, 9 p.m., Fox

Scorpion season two premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Blindspot series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Castle season eight premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

NCIS: Los Angeles season seven premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sep. 22

NCIS season 13 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

The Muppets series premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

Scream Queens series premiere, 8 p.m., Fox

Fresh off the Boat season two premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC

NCIS: New Orleans season two premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Limitless series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

 

Scream Queens

 

Wednesday, Sep. 23

The Middle season seven premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

The Mysteries of Laura season two premiere, 8 p.m., NBC

Rosewood series premiere, 8 p.m., FOX

Survivor season 31 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

The Goldbergs season three premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Empire season two premiere, 9 p.m., Fox

Law & Order: SVU season 17 premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Modern Family season eight premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

black-ish season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., ABC

Nashville season four premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sep. 24

Grey’s Anatomy season 12 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

Heroes Reborn series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC

Scandal season five premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

The Player series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

How to Get Away with Murder season two premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

 

Heroes Reborn

 

Friday, Sep. 25

The Amazing Race season 25 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

Last Man Standing season five premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

Margaret Cho: psyCHO comedy special premiere, 9 p.m., Comedy Central

Hawaii Five-0 season six premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Blue Bloods season six premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sep. 26

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series premiere, 9:30 p.m., Disney XD

Sunday, Sep. 27

Bob’s Burgers season six premiere, 7:30 p.m., Fox

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation two-part series finale, 8 p.m., CBS

Once Upon a Time season five premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

The Simpsons season 27 premiere, 8 p.m., Fox

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season three premiere, 8:30 p.m., Fox

Blood & Oil series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Family Guy season 14 premiere, 9 p.m., Fox

Indian Summers miniseries premiere,  9 p.m., PBS

The Last Man on Earth season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., Fox

Quantico series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

 

Blood & Oil

 

Monday, Sep. 28

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sep. 29

Grandfathered series premiere, 8 p.m., Fox

The Grinder series premiere, 8:30 p.m., Fox

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sep. 30

Criminal Minds season 11 premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Chicago P.D. season three premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Code Black series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

 

Chicago P.D.

 


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October

 

Thursday, Oct. 1

Bones season 11 premiere, 8 p.m., Fox

The Blacklist season three premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Sleepy Hollow season three premiere, 9 p.m., Fox

Benders series premiere, 10 p.m., IFC

Gigi Does It series premiere, 10:30 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2

Dr. Ken series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Saturday, Oct. 3

Saturday Night Live season 47 premiere, 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4

Home Fires series premiere, 8 p.m., PBS

Madam Secretary season two premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

The Good Wife season seven premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Homeland season five premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime

The Leftovers season two premiere, 9 p.m., HBO

The Affair season two premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime

CSI: Cyber season two premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

The Widower miniseries premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

 

The Affair

 

Tuesday, Oct. 6

The Flash season two premiere, 8 p.m., CW

iZombie season two premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Finding Carter season three premiere 10 p.m., MTV

Wednesday, Oct. 7

American Horror Story: Hotel season five premiere, 10 p.m., FX

Casual series premiere, Hulu

Arrow season four premiere, 8 p.m., CW

Supernatural season 11 premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Thursday, Oct. 8

The Vampire Diaries season seven premiere, 8 p.m., CW

The Originals season three premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street season four premiere, 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9

Red Oaks series premiere, Amazon

Reign season three premiere, 8 p.m., CW

Undateable season two premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

The Enfield Haunting miniseries premiere, 10 p.m., A&E

Saturday, Oct. 10

The Last Kingdom series premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11

The Walking Dead season six premiere, 9 p.m., AMC

 

The Walking Dead

 

Monday, Oct. 12

Fargo season two premiere, FX

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series premiere, 8 p.m., CW

Jane the Virgin season two premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Manhattan season two premiere, 9 p.m., WGN America

Chicago Fire season four premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Kingdom season two premiere, 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15

Nathan for You season three premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16

The Knick season two premiere, time TBD, Cinemax

Truth Be Told series premiere, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Please Like Me season three premiere, 10 p.m., Pivot

Satisfaction season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Saturday, Oct. 17

Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo comedy special premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Being Mary Jane season three premiere, 9 p.m., BET

Friday, Oct. 23

Hemlock Grove season three premiere, Netflix

Billy Elliot the Musical: Live special event, 9 p.m., PBS

Saturday, Oct. 24

Da Vinci’s Demons season three premiere, 8 p.m., Starz

Sunday, Oct. 25

The Guilty miniseries premiere (US), 10 p.m., PBS

StarTalk season two premiere, 11 p.m., NatGeo

Robot Chicken season eight premiere, midnight, Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Monday, Oct. 26

Supergirl series premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS

 

Supergirl

Supergirl

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Wicked City series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30

Exorcism: Live special event, 9 p.m., Destination America

Grimm season five premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31

Ash Vs. Evil Dead series premiere, 9 p.m., Starz

The Returned season two premiere, 10 p.m., Sundance

 

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

 


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November

 

Sunday, Nov. 1

The Librarians season two premiere, 8 p.m., TNT

Mike Tyson Mysteries season two premiere, Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Monday, Nov. 2

Legends season two premiere, 10 p.m., TNT

Thursday, Nov. 5

Mom season three premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Elementary season four premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6

Master of None series premiere, Netflix

Saturday, Nov. 7

Untitled U2 Documentary, HBO

Sunday, Nov. 8

Flesh and Bone series premiere, 8 p.m., Starz

Agent X series premiere, 9 p.m., TNT

Getting On season three premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

 

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Flesh and Bone

 

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Donny! series premiere, 10:30 p.m., USA

Thursday, Nov. 12

2 Broke Girls season five premiere, 9:30 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 13

With Bob and David series premiere, Netflix

Sunday, Nov. 15

Into the Badlands series premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

The Royals season two premiere, 10 p.m., E!

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Chicago Med series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Nov. 19

The Art of More series premiere, Crackle

Friday, Nov. 20

The Man in the High Castle series premiere, Amazon

Marvel’s Jessica Jones series premiere, Netflix

Friday, Nov. 27

South of Hell series premiere, 3 p.m., WE

Unforgettable season four premiere, 9 p.m., A&E (new network)

Monday, Nov. 30

Superstore series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC


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Winter 2015/’16

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Real Rob series premiere, Netflix

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce season two premiere, 10 p.m., Bravo

Wednesday, Dec. 2

RocketJump: The Show series premiere, Hulu

Thursday, Dec. 3

The Wiz Live! special event, 8 p.m., NBC

Friday, Dec. 11

Transparent season two premiere, Amazon

Monday, Dec. 14

Childhood’s End miniseries premiere, 8 p.m., SyFy

Expanse series premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Jan. 3

Downton Abbey season six premiere, 9 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Jan. 10

73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards special event, 8 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Jan. 14

Colony, series premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Sunday, Jan. 17

Mercy Street series premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Jan. 24

The X-Files season 10 premiere, 10 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Jan. 31

Grease: Live special event, 7 p.m., FOX

Monday, Feb. 15

58th Annual Grammy Awards special event, 8 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Feb. 28

88th Annual Academy Awards special event, 4 p.m., ABC

 


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Fall/Winter TBA

 

11/22/63 series premiere, Hulu

American Dad season 12 premiere, TBS

Crowded series premiere, NBC

Emerald City series premiere, NBC

First Dates series premiere, NBC

Game of Silence series premiere, NBC

Haven season five return, SyFy (October)

Heartbreaker series premiere, NBC

Hot & Bothered series premiere, NBC

Legends season two premiere, TNT

Shades of Blue series premiere, NBC

Uncle Buck series premiere, ABC

The Way series premiere, Hulu

You, Me and the End of the World series premiere, NBC

 

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Heartbreaker

 


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