2020 Fall TV & Streaming Scorecard

December 23, 2020

We’ve tracked the best (and worst) TV and streaming offerings since mid-September, gathering a list of all the premieres this season — series, miniseries, and TV movies across cable, broadcast, and streaming — and ranked them by Tomatometer.

To be included, each TV show on the list must have received at least 10 critic reviews, while TV movies had to have at least 20 reviews. So if you’re wondering why your favorite show or TV movie isn’t on here, it likely just doesn’t yet have enough reviews to qualify under our criteria. And remember: a Certified Fresh badge generally means that a show or film has earned the respect of the majority of reviewers weighing in (at least 20 for a TV season and 40 for movies on TV and streaming), including some of the industry’s top critics.

The series included have premiered since September 22, so if you want to see a title like the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, have a look at how it did on our Spring-Summer TV Scorecard, which tracked TV series and movies that premiered between March 20 and September 21.

Since 2020 was a rather unique year, there are definitely more streaming films included in this list than in years past. But unsurprisingly, TV shows that wound up on top include the well-reviewed sensation The Queen’s Gambit, HBO Max whodunnit The Flight Attendant (which started as a limited series but has been renewed for a second season), and the fourth season of The Crown. The lack of broadcast series on this list is unquestionably due to pandemic-related production pauses, in case you were wondering about the network representation.

Ultimately, seven different series and films wound up at the top of the list with Tomatometer scores of 100, while a dozen more rounded out the top of the pack with scores of 97, 98 or 99. Read on for the full list of Fall TV shows and movies that premiered through December 20.

#124

Books of Blood (2020)
21%

#124
Adjusted Score: 22071%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A journey into uncharted territory through three tales tangled in space and time.... [More]
Directed By: Brannon Braga

#123
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Helstrom's strong visual effects can't save it from the fact that its characters simply aren't interesting enough to overcome their familiar setting.

#122

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
25%

#122
Adjusted Score: 42564%
Critics Consensus: With the form of an awards-season hopeful but the soul of a bland melodrama, Hillbilly Elegy strands some very fine actors in the not-so-deep South.
Synopsis: A Yale Law student drawn back to his Appalachian hometown reflects on his family's history and his own future.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 34955%
Critics Consensus: You won't need Superintelligence to steer clear of the latest forgettable comedy to fail to take full advantage of Melissa McCarthy's talents.
Synopsis: When an all-powerful Superintelligence, played by James Cordon, chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters, played... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#120
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Selena: The Series's affections are obvious, but by not probing deeper into Selena herself it fails to capture the woman behind the legacy, settling for just-another-retelling of the charismatic star's life instead of something more.

#119

Blood and Money (2020)
39%

#119
Adjusted Score: 39701%
Critics Consensus: Blood and Money gives Tom Berenger a too-rare opportunity to take the spotlight -- along with a middling script that falls back too often on action movie clichés.
Synopsis: A retired veteran hunting in Allagash, Maine, discovers a dead woman with a duffel bag full of money. He soon... [More]
Directed By: John Barr

#118

Rebecca (2020)
39%

#118
Adjusted Score: 53641%
Critics Consensus: Ben Wheatley's Rebecca remake is ravishing to behold, but it never quite gets to the heart of the classic source material -- or truly justifies its own existence.
Synopsis: A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: World Beyond's strong performances and new perspective within The Walking Dead universe aren't enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded franchise.

#116

The Lie (2018)
43%

#116
Adjusted Score: 46696%
Critics Consensus: Queasily compelling without ever truly coming together, The Lie won't fool many viewers seeking worthwhile horror fare.
Synopsis: A man and his wife fall into a web of lies and deceit when they try to cover up their... [More]
Directed By: Veena Sud

#115

Holidate (2020)
44%

#115
Adjusted Score: 46216%
Critics Consensus: Holidate's self-aware approach to rom-com formula is refreshing, but it's offset by a questionable premise and unnecessarily vulgar jokes.
Synopsis: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only... [More]
Directed By: John P. Whitesell

#114

Black Beauty (2020)
48%

#114
Adjusted Score: 49404%
Critics Consensus: Unable to rein in the complexities of its source material, Black Beauty struggles to gallop out of the paddock.
Synopsis: In this modern day reimagining of Anna Sewell's timeless classic, we follow Black Beauty, a wild horse born free in... [More]
Directed By: Ashley Avis

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 61356%
Critics Consensus: The Witches misses a few spells, but Anne Hathaway's game performance might be enough to bewitch fans of this Roald Dahl tale.
Synopsis: In late 1967, a young orphaned boy goes to live with his loving grandma in the rural Alabama town of... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#112

Evil Eye (2020)
44%

#112
Adjusted Score: 46995%
Critics Consensus: With Evil Eye, directors Elan and Rajeev Dassani spy a premise that has no shortage of potential, but despite the efforts of a game cast, it remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.
Synopsis: A seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a woman becomes convinced that her daughter's new boyfriend has a... [More]

#111

Hubie Halloween (2020)
52%

#111
Adjusted Score: 57066%
Critics Consensus: Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics.
Synopsis: It's October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town's eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#110
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Utopia's cast and mystery at times transcend its overtly cynical and overly violent tendencies, but even those willing to look past the torture may find the whole thing too timely - in a bad way.
Starring:

#109
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Right Stuff contains some grace notes in its depiction of America's first slate of astronauts, but this tired retread of Tom Wolfe's famed book mostly makes the wrong moves in revitalizing space race history for the modern era.

#108
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Black Narcissus doesn't quite escape the shadow of its cinematic forebear, but this miniseries sufficiently keeps the faith with excellent performances and visual splendor.

#107
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Aided greatly by its solid cast, Social Distance sustains a surprising amount of energy given its subject matter and format - still, it's a little too close to home to fully succeed.

#106
Adjusted Score: 57219%
Critics Consensus: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals holds up just well enough to suffice as a streaming diversion -- which may be all its target demographic is looking for.
Synopsis: A rebellious princess is stunned to learn that she has superpowers and belongs to a secret society with a longstanding... [More]
Directed By: Anna Mastro

#105

Nocturne (2020)
62%

#105
Adjusted Score: 65284%
Critics Consensus: Nocturne's thought-provoking themes find themselves at odds with its genre ingredients, resulting in a mild blend that isn't quite pulpy enough.
Synopsis: Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing... [More]
Directed By: Zu Quirke

#104
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite a talent central trio and a few great moments, Moonbase 8's portrait of monotonous mediocrity may be too low-key for some viewers to achieve comedic lift off - though that may be exactly the point.

#103
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its depiction of France is tré cliché, Emily in Paris is rom-com fantasy at its finest, spectacularly dressed and filled with charming performances.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A Wilderness of Errors' investigation of a well-trodden case struggles to justify its runtime - still, those comfortable with ambiguity may find its inconclusiveness strangely appealing.
Starring:

COBRA: Season 1 (1993)
67%

#101
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite being predictable and a bit uneven, Cobra's great cast and intriguing premise deliver an electrifying and bingeable first season.
Starring:

NEXT: Season 1 (2020)
64%

#100
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: John Slattery is convincing as a charismatic genius, but neXt's procedural formula could have used more of the intelligence possessed by the series' rogue A.I.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Trouble With Maggie Cole is that it's logical leaps and tonal incongruities make for a dizzying viewing experience - albeit one with fun performances that's maybe a little confusing, but never dull.

#98

Bad Hair (2020)
62%

#98
Adjusted Score: 67065%
Critics Consensus: Bad Hair's unwieldy ambitions are easy to respect -- even if the film's tonal jumble and uneven execution are impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: Terror strikes when a woman's new hair weave seems to take on a life of its own.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Simien

Big Sky: Season 1 (2020)
61%

#97
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Big Sky's shaky setup doesn't do it many favors, but viewers who can push through may find its fast-paced, twisty mystery compelling enough.

#96
Adjusted Score: 58773%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it's up to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#95
Adjusted Score: 63587%
Critics Consensus: Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square isn't quite up to its star's standards, but its overwhelming good cheer and campy self-awareness may be just what viewers are looking for.
Synopsis: A woman who plans to sell a small town without regard for the people who live there receives a visit... [More]
Directed By: Debbie Allen

Roadkill: Season 1 (2020)
68%

#94
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Laurie is reliably solid, but Roadkill is riddled with plot holes -- though those okay with a bumpy ride may find it a diverting enough drive.
Directed By: Michael Keillor

#93

The Glorias (2020)
68%

#93
Adjusted Score: 77267%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet engaging, The Glorias honors the work of a pivotal American activist without quite capturing her trailblazing spirit.
Synopsis: The story of Gloria Steinem -- from her childhood in 1940s Ohio to her leading role in the women's liberation... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite some impressive performances, The Comey Rule's chaotic approach to current events clarifies very little, further obscuring the facts of already confusing circumstances without adding much insight.

#91

Godmothered (2020)
68%

#91
Adjusted Score: 72328%
Critics Consensus: More bippity boppity than boo, Godmothered tweaks fairytale conventions with just enough self-aware humor to overcome a disappointing deficit of genuine magic.
Synopsis: Set at Christmas time, "Godmothered" is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

Soulmates: Season 1 (2020)
73%

#90
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Well-performed, but frustratingly fleeting, Soulmates asks some interesting questions, but its anthology approach cuts any novel revelations short.

#89
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A Suitable Boy's concise approach to its sprawling source material may leave fans wanting, but stunning set pieces and charming performances make for a suitable introduction.
Directed By: Mira Nair, Shimit Amin

#88
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Grand Army is an excellent showcase for its exciting cast of newcomers - even if its attempt at an honest approach to adolescence is too overwrought to make an impact.

#87
Adjusted Score: 76141%
Critics Consensus: The Force isn't fully with this Lego Star Wars adventure, but its affectionate franchise callbacks and self-aware humor should please fans looking to spend their holidays in a galaxy far, far away...
Synopsis: "The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on... [More]
Directed By: Ken Cunningham

#86
Adjusted Score: 69364%
Critics Consensus: While it's missing some of the magic of the original, The Christmas Chronicles 2 serves up a sweet second helping of holiday cheer that makes the most of its marvelously matched leads.
Synopsis: Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas -- forever.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#85
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but slight, A Teacher's attempts to unpack its cautionary tale are admirable, even if its approach is too muted to make a meaningful impact.

#84

Black Box (2020)
70%

#84
Adjusted Score: 73955%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing debut for writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Black Box compensates for a lack of surprises with strong performances and an emotionally rewarding story.
Synopsis: After losing his wife and memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes... [More]
Directed By: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 73587%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams "live exorcisms" watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the... [More]
Directed By: Damien LeVeck

#82
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as laugh-out-loud funny as Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's previous collaborations, but Truth Seekers is genuinely eerie, balancing out its silly sensibilities with creeping terror and a scary talented cast.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its non-linear plotting distracts, The Trial of Christine Keeler remains an engaging -- if somewhat redundant -- lesson in history carried by the strength of its performers.

#80

Clouds (2020)
76%

#80
Adjusted Score: 76849%
Critics Consensus: Although its emotional swings occasionally miss, Clouds soars higher than most young adult films -- and proves director Justin Baldoni's mastery behind the camera.
Synopsis: Teenager Zach Sobiech forms the music group A Firm Handshake and records the inspirational hit single "Clouds."... [More]
Directed By: Justin Baldoni

Industry: Season 1 (2020)
76%

#79
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Industry's social critiques tend toward the superficial, sharp writing and an excellent ensemble make it easy to enjoy its soapy workplace drama anyway.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though the intended grade isn't always clear, Saved By The Bell's capable cast of newcomers make Bayside's halls their own in a reboot that's smart, self-aware, and seriously funny.

#77
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Undoing is a beautifully shot mystery that benefits greatly from Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's performances - if only its story was as strong as its star power.
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#76

I Am Greta (2020)
80%

#76
Adjusted Score: 84131%
Critics Consensus: Audiences might not learn anything new from I Am Greta, but its stirring chronicle of the young activist's efforts is inspiring.
Synopsis: Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg leads a global movement on the climate change crisis.... [More]
Starring: Greta Thunberg
Directed By: Nathan Grossman

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#75

#74

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#74
Adjusted Score: 84801%
Critics Consensus: Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.
Synopsis: In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her... [More]
Directed By: Alan Ball

#73

Over the Moon (2020)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 87388%
Critics Consensus: Although many of Over the Moon's narrative ingredients will seem familiar, the film's absorbing animation offers colorful compensation.
Synopsis: An adventurous girl builds a rocket ship to meet a mythical goddess on the moon.... [More]
Directed By: Glen Keane

Code 404: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#72
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#71
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew

#70

Charm City Kings (2020)
79%

#70
Adjusted Score: 81218%
Critics Consensus: Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive.
Synopsis: Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI'ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce... [More]
Directed By: Angel Manuel Soto

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Agents of Chaos' lack of larger conclusions may frustrate, but Alex Gibney's extensive reporting helps make some sense of the small moments that added up to the controversial 2016 election.
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

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#68

#67

I'm Your Woman (2020)
80%

#67
Adjusted Score: 90322%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and subversive, I'm Your Woman is brought to life by a powerful performance from Rachel Brosnahan -- and finds director Julia Hart in near-total command of her craft.
Synopsis: In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

Fargo: Season 4 (2020)
84%

#66
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Fargo's ambitious fourth season struggles to maintain momentum, fine performances and a change of scenery make for an engaging -- if uneven -- departure from the series' norm.

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 87798%
Critics Consensus: The Boys in the Band brings the classic stage play back to the screen with a well-acted adaptation containing surprising -- and poignant -- modern relevance.
Synopsis: A visitor turns an evening upside down when he interrupts a gathering of gay men in New York City in... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#64

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#64
Adjusted Score: 85132%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and suitably chilling, Scare Me uses its familiar horror setting as the backdrop for a fresh deconstruction of standard genre ingredients.
Synopsis: Two strangers tell scary stories in a Catskills cabin during a power outage.... [More]
Directed By: Josh Ruben

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Tense and thrilling, White House Farm teeters on too long, but maintains its hold with gripping performances and glossy production values.
Starring:

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#62

#61

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#61
Adjusted Score: 95239%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#60

Mosul (2019)
84%

#60
Adjusted Score: 85368%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective to balance the familiar Middle Eastern war violence, Mosul hits its targets forcefully.
Synopsis: After being rescued by an Iraqi SWAT team from an assault by insurgents, a policeman joins the team and is... [More]

#59

Mank (2020)
83%

#59
Adjusted Score: 106083%
Critics Consensus: Sharply written and brilliantly performed, Mank peers behind the scenes of Citizen Kane to tell an old Hollywood story that could end up being a classic in its own right.
Synopsis: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#58
Adjusted Score: 85554%
Critics Consensus: American Murder: The Family Next Door chillingly unravels a brutal true crime story using the near-constant connectedness of the digital era.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jenny Popplewell

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Overcoming a pandemic is no easy feat, but with an exciting group of bakers and a warm new host, The Great British Baking Show's eleventh outing manages to do just that.

#56
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Alex Rider's first season takes a minute to find it's footing, but once it does it proves a solid entry into the espionage game that the whole family can enjoy.
Directed By: Guy Burt

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#55

#54

On the Rocks (2020)
87%

#54
Adjusted Score: 105565%
Critics Consensus: On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm.
Synopsis: A New York woman and her impulsive, larger-than-life father try to find out if her husband is having an affair.... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#53
Adjusted Score: 106390%
Critics Consensus: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.
Synopsis: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to... [More]
Directed By: Jason Woliner

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as scary as its predecessor, but with plenty of spooky tricks inside its haunted halls and a strong sense of heart, The Haunting of Bly Manor is another solid entry into Mike Flanagan's growing horrorography.

#51
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: B Positive's familiar sitcom trappings are elevated by its charming cast - especially the weird and winsome comedic stylings of Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford.

#50
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A modern crime family masterpiece, Gangs of London builds its own empire atop tried and true mafia turf -- complete with engaging drama, exhilarating action, and fine performances all around
Directed By: Corin Hardy

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 88258%
Critics Consensus: Kingdom of Silence takes a panoramic view of Jamal Kasshogi's career and its impact on U.S.-Saudi relations, yielding a sobering account of one man's life and the two nations he straddled.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Rick Rowley

#48

Belushi (2020)
91%

#48
Adjusted Score: 93733%
Critics Consensus: Affectionately chronicling John Belushi's outsized talent and personal foibles, this exhaustively-researched documentary captures both the joy and tragedy of the comedic titan's legacy.
Synopsis: Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and others discuss the extraordinary life and career of beloved actor and comedian John... [More]
Directed By: R.J. Cutler

#47
Adjusted Score: 91364%
Critics Consensus: Cleverly assembled and rich with insight, this dissection of D.B. Cooper's legend offers a compelling case for why -- when it comes to mysteries -- the journey is often more tantalizing than the destination.
Synopsis: Unravelling the mystery surrounding D.B. Cooper, who boarded a Northwest Orient Airlines plane in November 1971 and hijacked the flight... [More]
Starring: Peter Caulfield
Directed By: John Dower

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 91219%
Critics Consensus: Presenting a rollicking history of counterculture and espionage through Joanna Harcourt-Smith's idiosyncratic point of view, My Psychedelic Love Story is a heady trip worth taking.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Errol Morris examines the love affair between LSD guru Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith.... [More]
Directed By: Errol Morris

Des: Season 1 (2020)
90%

#45
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Des is a smartly scripted, sufficiently eerie true crime drama anchored by a chilling performance from David Tennant.

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 92034%
Critics Consensus: In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly -- and the audience is the winner.
Synopsis: A group of friends band together to save their neighborhood from vampires.... [More]
Directed By: Osmany Rodriguez

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 94426%
Critics Consensus: When Steven Soderbergh rounds up a cast this talented, it's definitely wise to Let Them All Talk -- and this light yet rewarding dramedy more than lives up to expectations.
Synopsis: The story of a celebrated author (Meryl Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#42
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Flesh and Blood's non-linear storytelling doesn't always play, but there's no denying the engrossing glory of its colorful mystery.

#41
Adjusted Score: 111481%
Critics Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
Synopsis: In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

#40
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An epic portrait of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a diverse and divided community, City So Real's even handed, empathetic storytelling exposes the complex structural issues facing the people of Chicago today without ever feeling like work.
Starring:

#39
Adjusted Score: 93616%
Critics Consensus: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday adventure whose exuberant spirit is matched by its uplifting message.
Synopsis: Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#38

Run (2020)
88%

#38
Adjusted Score: 97286%
Critics Consensus: Solid acting and expertly ratcheted tension help Run transcend its familiar trappings to deliver a delightfully suspenseful thriller.
Synopsis: An isolated teen discovers her mother's sinister secret.... [More]
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

#37
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:
Directed By: Dawn Shadforth

#36

Enola Holmes (2020)
91%

#36
Adjusted Score: 105069%
Critics Consensus: Enola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street -- and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.
Synopsis: While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 91775%
Critics Consensus: A relentless thrill ride, The Endless Trench is an effective story of alienation and paranoia expertly directed by Jon Garaño and Altor Arregi.
Synopsis: A man, Higinio Blanco, locks himself in his house during the Spanish Civil War, without knowing how long it will... [More]

#34
Adjusted Score: 94847%
Critics Consensus: Leap of Faith may not offer hardcore Exorcist fans much new information, but its behind-the-scenes anecdotes are enlivened by William Friedkin's magnetic charm.
Synopsis: A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap Of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin's mind's... [More]
Starring: William Friedkin
Directed By: Alexandre O. Philippe

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 96028%
Critics Consensus: From the horror of natural disaster to the spirit summoned behind the titular effort, Rebuilding Paradise stirringly depicts one community's perseverance.
Synopsis: Residents of Paradise, Calif., come together to heal their community after a devastating wildfire.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ron Howard

#32

Madre (2019)
92%

#32
Adjusted Score: 92847%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ten years after her son disappeared on a beach in France, Elena meets a teen that reminds her of him.... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The Wilds: Season 1 (2020)
92%

#31
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An addictive thriller that also captures the complex lives of teenage girls, The Wilds is worth getting lost in.

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 94438%
Critics Consensus: Crazy, Not Insane isn't as narratively disciplined as documentarian Alex Gibney's best work, but Dorothy Otnow Lewis' clinical analysis of murderous psychology may prompt unexpected sympathy for the devil.
Synopsis: Psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis stirs controversy for her views on serial killers and the death penalty.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

Tehran: Season 1 (2020)
94%

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Tehran's expertly plotted twists further elevate a geopolitical thriller deftly balanced between the global and the personal.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With less canonical baggage and a welcome dose of character development, Discovery continues to forge its own path and is narratively all the better for it.

#27

The Life Ahead (2020)
92%

#27
Adjusted Score: 97575%
Critics Consensus: A classic example of how a talented actor can elevate somewhat standard material, The Life Ahead proves Sophia Loren's star power remains absolutely undimmed.
Synopsis: An aging Holocaust survivor forges a bond with a young immigrant from Senegal who recently robbed her.... [More]
Directed By: Edoardo Ponti

#26
Adjusted Score: 95738%
Critics Consensus: Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You serves as a compelling companion piece to the album of the same name -- and a worthwhile behind-the-scenes documentary in its own right.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Thom Zimny

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Gazing into the eye of the celebrity storm with frenzied style, I Hate Suzie is a ruthless satire on stardom that is effortlessly carried by Billie Piper's manic performance.

Education: Season 5 (2020)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Education casts its hopeful gaze on the future, offering a simple and effective end to the Small Axe series that solidifies Steve McQueen place as a master storyteller.

#23
Adjusted Score: 95627%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: David Attenborough discusses humanity's impact on nature and the actions we can take to save the planet.... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 98879%
Critics Consensus: The rare anthology that maintains a consistently high level of quality, The Mortuary Collection is a must-see undertaking for horror fans.
Synopsis: Desperate for work, a young drifter applies for a job at the local mortuary on the outskirts of town. There,... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Spindell

#21

Feels Good Man (2020)
95%

#21
Adjusted Score: 99991%
Critics Consensus: A cautionary tale on internet culture, Feels Good Man is a compelling look at an artist's journey to salvage his creation.
Synopsis: An animated frog becomes a symbol of hate.... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Jones

#20
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With fan favorites and fresh faces galore both in front of and behind the camera,The Mandalorian's sophomore season solidifies its place as one of Star Wars's most engaging and exciting sagas.

#19
Adjusted Score: 97293%
Critics Consensus: Mixing personal reflection and studious research to deliver an impassioned meditation on the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Schreck's play loses none of its verve on screen.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Heidi Schreck
Directed By: Marielle Heller

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Ethan Hawke dazzles in The Good Lord Bird, an epically irreverent adaptation that does right by its source material's good word.

The Crown: Season 4 (2020)
95%

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances - particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana.

#16
Adjusted Score: 99182%
Critics Consensus: Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff -- but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog's infectious awe.
Synopsis: A journey across the planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars and deep impacts have awoken wonder about other... [More]
Starring: Werner Herzog

#15

Sound of Metal (2019)
97%

#15
Adjusted Score: 116313%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#14
Adjusted Score: 105985%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: Singer David Byrne and a group of international musicians perform songs from the hit Broadway musical "American Utopia."... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#13
Adjusted Score: 106689%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Synopsis: A struggling New York City playwright finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper.... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 101653%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast and fiendishly frightening premise combine to make Anything for Jackson a must-watch for fans of supernatural horror.
Synopsis: A sinister couple hatch a supernatural scheme to resurrect their dead grandson through a pregnant woman.... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#11

Wolfwalkers (2020)
99%

#11
Adjusted Score: 108966%
Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure, Wolfwalkers offers an epic ethereal fantasy matched by profound philosophies and stellar voice work.
Synopsis: In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to... [More]
Directed By: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Kaley Cuoco shines as a hot mess in The Flight Attendant, an addictively intriguing slice of stylish pulp that will bring mystery aficionados to Cloud Nine.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Its moves aren't always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy's magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen's Gambit is an absolute win.
Directed By: Bill Horberg

#8

Time (2020)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 105159%
Critics Consensus: Time delivers a powerful broadside against the flaws of the American justice system -- and chronicles one family's refusal to give up against all odds.
Synopsis: Entrepreneur Fox Rich spends the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Garrett Bradley

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 105730%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
Synopsis: A filmmaker and her elderly father stage his death in various ways to help them face his inevitable demise.... [More]
Directed By: Kirsten Johnson

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With compelling firsthand accounts and plenty of expert insights, Seduced is harrowing account of the startling ease with which a cult can consume a person's life.
Starring:

Dash & Lily: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the charming Midori Francis and Austin Abrams, Dash & Lily is a delightful rom-com adventure with plenty of holiday cheer.

Save Me Too: Too (2020)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Save Me's second season overcomes the shortcomings of its first, deepening its characters and even finding a little levity in its harrowing tale.
Directed By: Jim Loach, Coky Giedroyc

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Blood of Zeus reforges Greek mythology into an epic battle royale with slick animation and sterling voice acting, earning it a spot on the Mount Olympus of action animation.

#2

His House (2020)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 107806%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

Big Mouth: Season 4 (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Big Mouth's fourth season is another tour de force of empathetic cringe comedy that manages to get even better by finally giving Missy the storyline she deserves.

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This month boasts some buzzy sophomore efforts from Fresh new series alongside the final swan songs of some small-screen gems — plus one massive The Walking Dead binge that’ll keep you busy all the way through Halloween. Check out our 10 must-watch binges of October below!


What it is: A 19th century San Francisco–set Peaky Blinders–style action-drama, Warrior follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts expert who immigrates to the U.S. from China to search for his missing sister. Portraying the city’s brutal Tong Wars, he is soon entangled with Chinatown’s most powerful organized crime family.

Why you should watch it: Originally plucked from the mind of the late, great Bruce Lee, Warrior was finally realized onscreen last year thanks to his daughter Shannon Lee, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin, and Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper. The series runs on high-octane, gritty action, lush period set pieces, and a sprawling ensemble of memorable and complex characters — you’ll care what happens to them as the wheeling, dealing, and killing gets underway over the first season’s 10 episodes. Season 2 premieres Oct. 2 on Cinemax.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)


What it is: Funnyman Anthony Anderson stars as Dre Johnson, a Black, upper-middle-class family man who — in a predominantly white neighborhood, school, and culture — still wants his kids to retain a sense of black identity.

Why you should watch it: Creator Kenya Barris is a writer who boldly goes there. Even within the confines of the network TV sitcom structure, he has conjured stories over the past six seasons that are absolutely resonant, timely, fearless, and hilarious. Tracy Ellis Ross and Anderson are especially show-stealing (and Emmy-nominated several times over). Barris’ Grown-ish, and Mixed-ish also boast Certified Fresh first seasons. He’s also responsible for -ish-unleashed Netflix comedy #blackAF, which he also stars in and, though it wasn’t as popular with critics, it has a higher audience score on its first season than any of the -ish shows. Catch up on the family series that started it all before Black-ish returns with an Oct. 4 election special and its seventh season premiere Oct. 21 on ABC. Plus, watch for the upcoming Old-ish.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle PlayHuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: 51 hours (for the first six seasons)


What it is: If you don’t know what The Walking Dead is, you may want to check your pulse…

Why you should watch it: Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard’s post-apocalyptic premise of zombies walking the Earth and ending mankind as we know it, the acclaimed series developed by creator Frank Darabont indulges in gore and “what if” fascinations. These are characters brought to life with bone-deep precision from a stable of some of TV’s greatest talents. You just never know when your favorite will bite the dust, but that’s admittedly part of the fun, too. We recommend you strap in for a super binge of this beloved franchise by first watching the original Walking Dead in the lead up to Oct. 4’s season 10 finale, which marks the return of a series-favorite: Maggie Rhee! Then make your way over to spin-off No. 1, Fear the Walking Dead, before its sixth season premieres Oct. 11, and — since you’ll surely be wanting more blood, guts, and zombie gore  — may we suggest the next addition to the franchise? The Walking Dead: The World Beyond premieres Oct. 4. The Walking Dead universe airs on AMC and streams on the network’s streaming service AMC+.

Where to watch The Walking DeadAmazon, FandangoNow, Google PlayMicrosoft, NetflixVudu

Where to watch Fear the Walking DeadAmazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 109 hours (for the first 10 seasons of The Walking Dead) and approx. 52 hours (for the first five seasons of Fear the Walking Dead)


What it is: Ghosts, demons, and other monsters better watch out for Sam and Dean Winchester. After their mother is killed by an unknown demonic force when they are just children, the brothers’ father trains them to be soldiers against the world’s paranormal evil. Supernatural charts their journey as they hunt down and kill those otherworldly enemies.

Why you should watch it: Not all network series are lucky enough to be renewed for a second season, much less 15! It’s an astounding feat that Supernatural has accrued such a devout fanbase over the years. Creator Eric Kripke (most recently the mind behind The Boys) is a master of the genre, and we’d follow Sam and Dean (played with charisma and complexity by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively) to just about any haunted house, vampire den, or unearthly plain they want to take us. Its season 15 rollout was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ll be sad to see it go after it returns with its final seven episodes Oct. 8 on the CW.

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

Commitment: Approx. 235 hours (for all 15 seasons)


What it is: Loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House jumps between 1992 — when Hugh and Olivia Crain and their children Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Nell move in to renovate the titular mansion — and 2018 — when the surviving family is forced to revisit their dark past with the home and the supernatural tragedies therein.

Why you should watch it: It’s not often that a horror series is universally acclaimed as a must-watch series, but The Haunting of Hill House provided some of the best and most addicting hours of television around with its 2018 Netflix launch. It really is scary as all hell — the “Bent-Neck Lady” guarantees chills that will haunt your dreams. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we recommend a binge of the first installment of this anthology series before creator Mike Flanagan does it again with an all-new story, The Haunting of Bly Manor, which premieres Oct. 9 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google PlayNetflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 9 hours (for the first season)


What it is: Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years prior to the original series and in the same universe as Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, and sees the titular ship venturing out to discover new worlds and quell violent alien forces. As always with a Trek series, the cast of characters on board is the series’ beating heart — and you can expect some returning franchise-favorites along the way.

Why you should watch it: Creators Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, as well as star Sonequa Martin-Green and the rest of the ensemble cast faced the franchise fandom’s lofty expectations when the series premiered in September 2017. They were rewarded with Certified Fresh Tomatometer scores of 82% on season 1 and 81% on season 2.  The third season premieres Oct. 15 on CBS All Access.

Where to watch: Amazon, CBS All AccessFandangoNow, Google PlayMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 26 hours (for the first two seasons)


What it is: Revisiting one of the most famous families on network TV after over 20 years off the air, The Conners stars Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, and the rest of the original clan (minus Roseanne Barr) and is as insightful and heartwarming as ever.

Why you should watch it: You’ll likely remember the off-screen controversy and Roseanne reboot cancellation that led to The Conners hitting the small screen, but the series quickly found its groove and audience without Barr and is still going strong with positive ratings and reviews. Telling it like it is for working-class, family-first Americans, it resonates widely in today’s divisive times, while still making us laugh.

Where to watch: FandangoNow, Google PlayHulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 14 hours (for the first two seasons)


What it is: Everyone knows a “work family” is essential to getting through the day-to-day, even when they’re as eccentric as the workforce of Superstore’s Walmart-esque Cloud 9. This is their story.

Why you should watch it: We’re so glad Superstore found its footing. After a promising, but slightly jumbled start out the gate, the beloved comedy series is now six seasons in and better than ever. As the central Amy, America Ferrera (who we will always stan for Ugly Betty) is a stalwart of the screen you can always count on to bring the heart and laughs. Throw in a wacky crew of other comic actors at the top of their game (no one steals a scene like Crazy Rich Asians breakout Nico Santos), and Superstore may just be her best project yet. Her departure from the series was pushed back due to the pandemic, so catch up before the coronavirus-themed season 6 premieres Oct. 22; Ferrera will be in the first two episodes before bidding Cloud 9 adieu.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google PlayHuluMicrosoft, PeacockVudu

Commitment: Approx. 36 hours (for the first five seasons)


What it is: From creator Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian is Star Wars’ first live-action television series. Set five years after the action of Return of the Jedi, it follows the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin (Pascal), a lonely and mysterious bounty hunter as he traverses the outskirts of the galaxy just outside the New Republic’s reach.

Why you should watch it: Two words: Baby. Yoda. But that criminally cute, internet-famous creature aside, The Mandalorian is the best thing to happen in a galaxy far, far away in a very, very long time. A Western action-adventure that both reboots the Star Wars universe while reinvigorating the aspects we’ve loved about it all along, the series truly has something for everyone. And the industry at large agrees: Who had “The Mandalorian scores an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series” on their 2020 bingo card!? Season 2 premieres Oct. 30 on Disney+.

Where to watch: Disney+

Commitment: Approx. 5.5 hours (for the first season)

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Listen, we get it: This is the time of year that you want to be soaking up some sunshine and staying away from the various screens in your life. But with a crop of 13 certified fresh returning series like this, how can you resist!?


Fear the Walking Dead 75% (AMC)

What it is: An extension of the zombie apocalypse world of AMC mega-hit The Walking Dead that takes place in Los Angeles before the events of its mothership series and shows how city dwellers deal with the virus outbreak.

Why you should watch it: It comes as little surprise that if you love The Walking Dead, you’ll love Fear. Its engrossing backdrop and cast of memorable characters is enough to tune in week to week, even through some of its more languid, slow-boiled pacing. Season 5 premieres June 2 on AMC.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HuluMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 40 hours (for the first four seasons)


Luther 88% (BBC America)

What it is: This BBC drama follows a brilliant Detective Chief Inspector (Idris Elba) who finds it difficult to strike a work-life balance as he struggles to toe the line between genius and madness.

Why you should watch it: Elba is a four-time Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner for his spellbinding performance as DCI Luther, a magnetic cross between Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, in this gritty character study that adds a new dimension to the cop show genre. Season 5 premieres June 2 on BBC America.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 17 hours (for the first four seasons)


Black Mirror 84% (Netflix)

What it is: Basing its title on the black, reflective screen of a powered-off phone, tablet, or computer, this hit anthological Channel 4-turned-Netflix series from creator Charlie Brooker examines mankind’s dark, twisted (and thankfully, for now, hypothetical) future when beholden to modern technology.

Why you should watch it: Few other sci-fi series today have proven as prescient on technology, sociology, and politics as Black Mirror, and it just keeps getting better. Plus, the Emmy-winning series has helped launch the careers of U.K. talent like Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Alex Lawther, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, and many others.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the first four seasons)


The Handmaid's Tale 83% (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 the rich and powerful. A gripping and prescient look at modern patriarchy’s darkest corners (and possible futures), it 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. We’d follow its formidable cast — Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, and Samira Wiley among them — and behind-the-camera creatives anywhere, maybe even to Gilead. Season 3 premieres on Hulu June 5. 

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

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first two seasons)


Designated Survivor 71% (Netflix)

What it is: David Guggenheim’s political thriller imagines what would happen if an entire presidential administration was killed in one fell swoop and the low-ranking cabinet member tapped as designated survivor (a true-life position here played by Kiefer Sutherland) was sworn in as leader of the free world.

Why you should watch it: This network drama-turned-Netflix reboot marks a welcomed return to TV for Sutherland, who, as the titular survivor Tom Kirkman, holds no prisoners as a man between a rock and hard place. Paired with crackling scripts and an excellent ensemble, Designated Survivor is a mile-a-minute thrill-ride and a worthy follow-up to 24. Season 3 premieres on Netflix June 7.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 30 hours (for the first two seasons)


Big Little Lies 89% (HBO)

What it is: From creator David E. Kelley and based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is an murder mystery of intertwined upper-class mothers living in Monterey, California.

Why you should watch it: Big Little Lies is one of the buzziest ensemble dramas on TV today, and that’s thanks in large part to its stacked cast of A-list stars and producers: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz — and, in an twist that just about broke the internet, Meryl Streep is co-starring in the new episodes as a woman whose arrival in the rich seaside town of Monterrey causes trouble for the main women. Season 2 returns by popular demand on HBO June 9.

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

Commitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)


Claws (TNT)

What it is: Niecy Nash stars as Desna Simms, the takes-no-prisoners owner of  a nail salon in the swampy town of Manatee County, Florida. She’s flanked by a scene-stealing assortment of coworkers and patrons. The drama flares, however, when she and her employees turn to organized crime and start laundering money.

Why you should watch it: Full of camp, high-stakes crime drama, and firecracker scripts with performances to match, Claws is some of the most fun you’ll have with a TV series this summer. Plus we’ll take any excuse to see two-time Emmy nominee Nash execute her perfect blend of humor, brawn, and heart as the leading lady. Season 3 premieres June 9.

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

Commitment: Approx. 15 hours (for the first two seasons)


Pose 98% (FX)

What it is: From creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, Pose depicts New York City’s ballroom and voguing scene of the 1980s with sickening pageantry, tea-spilling drama, and high fashions for the gods.

Why you should watch it: Pose made waves upon its premiere by being the largest ever ensemble cast of transgender actors playing trans characters on TV. But aside from its progressive stamp of approval for onscreen representation, it’s also just damn good TV, expertly acted, written, and directed, and unafraid to tackle LGBTQ+ issues that we’ve never seen explored in such a way before. Season 2 premieres on FX June 11.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, Microsoft, NetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Queen Sugar 98% (OWN)

What it is: After the unexpected death of their father, estranged siblings Ralph-Angel (a conman fresh out of prison), Nova Bordelon (a New Orleans–based journalist and activist), and Charley Bordelon (an upper-class Los Angeles mother to a teenage son) move to rural Louisiana to claim their inheritance: hundreds of acres of sugarcane farmland.

Why you should watch it: Queen Sugar is the result of women both behind and in front of the camera joining their powers: executive producer Oprah Winfrey; executive producer, director, and writer Ava DuVernay; stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner; and other female directors for each episode of its three seasons. And their work isn’t the only stunning aspect of the series — sprawling locations under the Louisiana sun and timely discussions of racial prejudice, mass incarceration, and more make it a thought-provoking family drama. Season 4 premieres on OWN June 12.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 32.5 hours (for the first three seasons)


Younger 98% (TV Land)

What it is: Sex and the City helmer Darren Star strikes gold again for city-dwelling women of a certain age with Younger, starring theater vet and now small-screen charmer Sutton Foster as a single mother who lies about her age to pursue her dreams in publishing.

Why you should watch it: Foster is absolutely pitch-perfect in this fun, sexy, metropolitan comedy, and she’s matched by a bevy of scene-stealing co-stars: Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, and Debi Mazar, who are all stellar. Season 6 premieres on TV Land June 12.

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

Commitment: About 25 hours (for the first five seasons)


Marvel - Jessica Jones 83% (Netflix)

What it is: Private detective/hard-drinking superhero Jessica Jones overcomes abuse and reluctantly helps save the residents of New York City in the final season of Netflix’s Marvel propjects.

Why you should watch it: Krysten Ritter is sublime as the jeans-and-leather jacket-wearing titular superhero, and her nuanced performance is vital to the portrayal of abuse on screen. Plus, the supporting cast — led by Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Ann Moss, plus David Tennant as the insidious first-season villain Kilgrave — is second to none.  Season 3 premieres on Netflix June 14.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: About 17.5 hours (for the first two seasons)


The Detour 90% (TBS)

What it is: The Detour follows the Parker family as they embark on a roadtrip from their Syracuse, New York home to Florida for a family vacation.

Why you should watch it: As its title would indicate, not everything goes to plan in this well-meaning family road trip, and missteps and mishaps abound. Created by husband-wife duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (who stars as the central father with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, and Liam Carroll), the scripts are funny and heartfelt while still leaving room for some unexpected run-ins with the law and other twists. Season 4 premieres on TBS June 18.

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

Commitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first three seasons)


Dark 95% (Netflix)

What it is: This foreign-language streaming series from creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friesehildren combines elements of time travel sci-fi, horror, and family drama to tell the story of the fictional German town of Winden; its children are inexplicably disappearing, leaving residents in varied states of emotional disarray.

Why you should watch it: Netflix’s first German-language original series is a doozy: spine-tinglingly eerie, fantastical, and at times downright terrifying, it’s a must-watch for any fans of the genre. Season 2 premieres on Netflix June 21.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)


Legion 91% (FX)

What it is: While Legion is among the most original—and undefinable—series on TV today, in the simplest of terms, it’s the story of psych-ward patient David Haller (Dan Stevens) and his sidekick-turned-nemesis Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) as David more fully becomes what he’s always known himself to be: a mutant.

Why you should watch it: To anyone who says they’re tiring of the superhero genre overtaking film and TV, we say, “Have you seen Legion?” Noah Hawley’s absolutely singular X-Men–based vision is a mind-bending and engrossing head-scratcher that’s well worth committing to. And committing is exactly what Stevens and Plaza do with their no-holds-barred, fearless performances. Season 3, its final season, premieres on FX June 24.

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

Commitment: Approx. 15 hours (for the first two seasons)


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Sometimes the major heroes of television shows based on comic books just need some support. It can be in the form of a best friend, a worthy opponent, a character to carry a secondary plot or someone just to be there and literally tell the main character that they’re doing a great job. Characters can start out as the latter and emerge as fan favorites. They can also remain on the periphery of the frame, offering commentary or a key piece of info. And then there are also a few who are just criminally underutilized.

So let’s celebrate the characters who help make the heroes look good, be they guests, recurring parts, or reliable presences. Here are a few of the best supporting characters in 2018.


M’yrnn J’onnz (Carl Lumbly) | Supergirl 88%

In some ways, it is a cheat to bring the superlative Carl Lumbly onto Supergirl as J’onn J’onzz’s (David Harewood) father M’yrrn. But as Lumbly defined the role of the Martian Manhunter on television – he voiced J’onn in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series – it was also fitting to bring that persona of dignity and gravitas to the part.

In doing so, it opened up M’yrnn to a wealth of new experiences and some of the best moments in Supergirl’s third season. His delight in discovering coffee, his karaoke night with the gang, and J’onn’s attempt to give them more of a family life by moving them both out of the DEO and into an apartment all revealed added and welcome dimensions for both characters. Sadly, Lumbly and M’yrnn were not to be permanent additions, as the writing team saw fit to almost immediately give the character a degenerative brain disease. But even as that story line continued to its inevitable conclusion, both performer and character embraced their scripted fate with dignity and a performance far beyond the material as written.


Herr Klaus Starr (Pip Torrens) | Preacher 87%

As opposed to his comic-book counterpart, it is easy to imagine the Herr Starr of AMC’s Preacher would like a quiet retirement. Despite being the most efficient and ruthless agent of The Grail, the strain it puts on him is easy to see even as he carries out its directives. It is also the underlying reason why he’d rather see Jesse (Dominic Cooper) become the Messiah over The Grail’s inbred scion Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter). Granted, any sane person would make that choice as well, even in the insane world of the show.

But for all his motivations and skills, the guy can’t catch a break and finds himself forever at Jesse’s heels, even when he should have the upperhand. That said, it seems he finally has a way to hold sway over Jesse thanks to a deal with Gran’ma Marie (Betty Buckley) and the ever-present carrot of Jesse’s Genesis-infused soul. Will he finally get everything he wants exactly how he wants it?

Well, if the show follows even just 10 percent of Starr’s story from the comics, it seems unlikely. Nonetheless, it makes Starr the best of the supporting foils on Preacher.


Sheriff Randy Nedly (Greg Lawson) | Wynonna Earp 92%

As the top lawman in Purgatory, Sheriff Nedly would like nothing more than to see the town resume its sleepy ways. But that’s really a front, as he has always known Purgatory and the surrounding Ghost River Triangle is a magnet for supernatural happenings. He does his best to keep the strange incidents Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and her friends get into from becoming public knowledge. And while initially standoffish with Black Badge Division agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson), he ultimately embraced his presence as another line of defense against the demonic forces in the region. He also proved to be an able mentor to Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell), a woman who, like Nedly, seems destined to tangle with the unexplained.

And yet, Nedly faces those horrors with a quip and that gruff, irritable manner we saw in the first season — even if he has become something of a teddy bear to the main cast. He faced down the widows of Sheriff Clootie by asking if they were Pokemon and had, perhaps, the best reaction to being glamored by vampires by dropping his irascible facade entirely and embracing an ascot. Nedly may not be a constant presence on the show, but he is definitely welcome whenever he appears.


Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville) | Marvel - Jessica Jones 83%

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(Photo by David Giesbrecht/Netflix)

Malcolm has come so far since his days as Killgrave’s (David Tennant) victim and Jessica’s (Krysten Ritter) junkie neighbor; in fact, this may even be the last time he will still be considered a “supporting character.”

While The Defenders and the early parts of Jessica Jones’ second season saw him dutifully fulfilling his self-appointed role as her sidekick, we soon saw Malcolm’s own innate detective skills and sense of justice leading him away from Jessica. In his spare time, he replaced his drug habit with a long string of hook-ups, leading to a one-night stand with Trish (Rachael Taylor) that both seemed to regret in the end.

And though moving away from Jessica as a truly supporting player, his emerging B-Plot highlighted one of Jessica’s big faults – her inability to embrace people – while defining him as one of the best characters in the second season. Sadly, his success meant he had to leave Alias Investigations entirely for a rival P.I. firm and stealing away Jessica’s best client, Jeri Hogarth (Carrie Anne Moss). Hopefully, it will work out for Malcolm and, just maybe, he and Jessica will mend things before too long.

 


Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe) | DC's Legends of Tomorrow 89%

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When Ashe was first announced as a new permanent member of the Legends team, the character was said to be something of a foil for the established characters. But when she finally debuted, she quickly went from criticizing the ne’er-do-wells’ habit of making situations worse to munching on kettle corn while watching them do it. But considering she came from a 2042 in which A.R.G.U.S. turned the United States into an anti-metahuman police state in which food was scarce, it makes absolute sense she would abuse the Waverider’s food replicator and collection of video games.

Though haunted by the death of her brother in 2041 and stand-offish with the team for the first few months, Zari finally embraced them as friends after spending an incalculable amount of time inside a time-loop which reset with the Waverider exploding. While still sarcastic and occasionally emotionally distant, Zari accepted the ship as home, aiding the team in fashioning a Beebo doll powerful enough to stop the demon Mallus.

And even though the treat to her life from Mallus was over, she choose to remain with the Legends. We’re definitely glad she did.


Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana) | Cloak and Dagger 87%

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Making her presence felt in the second episode of Cloak & Dagger as an almost completely silent detective, O’Reilly quickly distinguished herself as an upstanding officer of the law. With a keen eye for detection — she knew almost instantly that Tandy Bowen’s (Olivia Holt) first stabbing was in self-defense — and a true sense of justice — she chaffed after being told she could not pursue Tandy’s case any further — she quickly became Tandy and Tyrone Johnson’s (Aubrey Joseph) only real support; in fact, she was more supportive of the two than they were of each other.

When neither the light-wielding Tandy nor the darkness-controlling Tyrone could turn to their parents, she became the go-to adult. But as viewers saw, her willingness to bend some laws for a greater good or even do a line of coke for pleasure and business suggests she is more than just a good cop, making her a rough balance of the Johnsons’ tendency toward precise order and Melissa Bowen’s (Andrea Roth) love affair with chaos. Created by Bill Mantlo in the first issue of Cloak & Dagger in 1985, O’Reilly was always a supporting character for the duo. Including after she died and became something else – a change in status seemingly teased in the closing moments of the show’s first season.


Morgan Jones (Lenny James) | The Walking Dead 80% and Fear the Walking Dead 75%

For some, The Walking Dead never quite worked because Morgan was missing for so long. Debuting in the first episode as a distraught man readying himself to shoot his zombified wife’s corpse, James made a staggering impression in what was his only appearance until a single episode in season 3. The character remained alive in the story via a walky-talky and Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) constant attempts to give him some clue of where his group was headed.

But when the pair finally reunited in season 5, Morgan was a changed man. His journey to Alexandria was not an easy one, and it saw his strength collapse into profound grief over the loss of his family and a willingness to kill anyone who got in his way. Eventually, he met a man who helped him recover some of his humanity. After which, he choose to find Rick.

Despite learning a way of peace, events since joining Rick’s group have led him back to violence. Still suffering from PTSD, the control Morgan thought he had wavered in the face of the world Rick and other groups were building. Consequently, he began to kill again and later suffered hallucinations of some of his victims. When last seen, Morgan appeared ready to leave the group and heal.

Now, on Fear the Walking Dead, Morgan is maintaining his wish to be alone while healing, even if he’s coming to understand that isolation is just not practical. To those he encounters, he’s something of a soothsayer, but it may just be a matter of time before Morgan resumes the way of violence.


Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) | Riverdale 84%

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(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)

If there is one character on Riverdale who genuinely remains in the support category, it’s Kevin Keller. While presented as important part of the gang – he is Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) confidant – he is not one of the main four and often finds himself either aiding Betty or offering quippy commentary on the events of the week while passing through the halls of Riverdale High. Early in the second season, the Black Hood story line dovetailed with Kevin’s penchant for cruising, but it was dropped before anything truly meaningful could come of it, and that’s despite Kevin’s decision to come out to his father.

Nonetheless, Kevin is always around to back up the gang or literally set the stage with his production of Carrie: The Musical. And his continued presence as a supporting player may be rewarded in the third season as he and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) – another underutilized character – find themselves living under one roof when their parents decide they should become a family. Hopefully, it will lead to more of a presence for Kevin (and Josie) going forward.


Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) | Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 95%

After all these years, it is difficult to remember a time when Mack was an agent of a rival version of S.H.I.E.L.D., looking to steal Nick Fury’s Toolbox from Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). But as the show looked back on itself during season 5, Mack’s original status on the show underscores where he is now – the resident healthy skeptic. Even after traveling through time, experiencing another life in a computer and becoming possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, Mack is always the first to call shenanigans on any new ridiculous threat or tech the team encounters.

But even as a plant, Mack endeared himself quickly by becoming Fitz’s (Iain De Caestecker) interpreter while he recovered from brain trauma and an indispensable part of Coulson’s core team when the two S.H.I.E.L.D.s merged late in the second season. Not that it’s been easy for him. He’s tried to quit multiple times and always ends up with more responsibilities as a consequence. He also carries the memory of a child he lost in real life and in that computer simulation, and his relationship with Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) has hit one of its roughest patches going into the sixth season. Through it all, Mack perseveres, though. Sometimes thanks to his faith — he’s also the only truly religious member of the team — and sometimes because he’s the guy holding the shotgun-axe.


Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain) | Black Lightning 92%

Though Black Lightning is still a young series – its first season ran 13 episodes – it worked hard to get to places some of its CW brethren would reach far later in their runs. Consequently, the show opens with a team practically assembled already – the Pierce family; in fact, a threat to the family forces Jefferson (Cress Williams) into taking up his Black Lightning identity again.

But in the subsequent weeks, younger daughter Jennifer distinguished herself as a character to watch. While headstrong, she is not necessarily bratty. And in those times when her antics are the legitimate actions of a brat, she always finds a way to square things with Jefferson, her mother Lynn (Christine Adams) or older sister Anissa (Nafessa Williams). Despite being the odd one out in the family, the bond she felt for them was strong and always workable. And that’s before the onset of her powers.

Once her abilities emerged, and her family learned about them, Jennifer became one of the most intriguing characters on the show because she did not want them. Finally revealing that she wants “a normal life,” she took a key step toward maturity and defining who she will be even as it seems she has embraced her powers.


Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) | Marvel’s Luke Cage

While much of the talk about Luke Cage’s second season centered on new villain John McIver — aka Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir) — the show-stealing Mariah Dillard elevated the program in unexpected ways; for one, Bushmaster’s real conflict was with the former councilwoman and criminal mastermind. Luke (Mike Colter) just kept pushing his way into the crossfire. The character’s attempts to go legitimate underscored the legacy of her grandmother and the ugly truth about her daughter Tilda Johnson (Gabrielle Dennis), revealing the real theme of the season while also giving Mariah a layered relationship with Shades (Theo Rossi). As Bushmaster unraveled Mariah’s schemes and pushed her closer and closer to the Stokes legacy, so too did Mariah’s ability to maintain her composure and lie convincingly to those closest to her.

Add a legitimately award-worthy performance by Woodard and you get a stunningly complex look at a woman on the brink of getting everything she wanted, but failing to get it or the peace she was really looking to find. Even in her final acts, she chose to be vindictive instead of resolving her remaining grief with Luke or Tilda.

This week on home video, we’ve got an explosive entry in the DCEU, a dark children’s tale, a trio of Certified Fresh films worth a look, the Bridget Jones sequel, and more. Read on for the full list.


Southside With You (2016) 92%

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star as the young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in a romantic drama that follows the couple around Chicago on their first date. Special featurs include a commentary track and a collection of original artwork and animations.

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 88%

Meryl Streep (who just won a Critics’ Choice award) and Hugh Grant star in this lighthearted true story about the woman who famously became an opera singer despite her less than angelic voice. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a Q&A with Streep, featurettes on the period design, music, and adaptation process, and more.

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Equity (2016) 82%

Anna Gunn stars in this Wall Street drama about an ambitious investment banker whose career is threatened by a company’s IPO.  The release comes with a making-of featurette, a look at the film’s gender themes, and a Q&A from the LA Film Festival.

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Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) 78%

Renée Zellweger reprises her role as the titular singleton, who must figure out who the father of her child is after a pair of trysts results in a pregnancy. Extras include a gag reel, deleted and alternate scenes, an alternate ending, and a multi-part making-of documentary.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (2016) 70%

This prequel to The Walking Dead begins in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie outbreak as the government employs survival tactics that fuel the apocalyptic fire. The season 2 set comes with commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a PaleyFest Q&A, a making-of doc, and more.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) 64%

Eva Green and Asa Butterfield star in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the eponymous 2011 novel, about a boy who discovers a secret house where a mysterious headmistress presides over children with exotic supernatural powers. Special features include interviews with the cast, crew, and author Ransom Riggs; a look at the creature design; a music video; and more.

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Morgan (2016) 37%

Kata Mara and Ana Taylor-Joy star in Luke Scott’s sci-fi thriller about a lab-grown organism whose potentially lethal powers prompt a visit from a consultant sent to assess whether or not “she” should be terminated. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a short film by Scott, a look at the science involved, and more.

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Suicide Squad (2016) 26%

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in David Ayer’s entry in the DCEU, about a group of misfit outlaws who are forced to do the US government’s bidding when a supernatural threat manifests itself in their city. Extras include a look at the history of the characters, the actors’ training regimens, the relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker, and more. Also available in special 2-disc sets with either a Harley Quinn or Deadshot figurine.

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Ben-Hur (2016) 25%

Jack Huston stars in Timur Bekmambetov’s reimagining of the classic Lew Wallace novel about a prince who is falsely accused of treason and forced into slavery, then returns home to confront the man who betrayed him. The Blu-ray comes with a look at the source material and its legacy, the casting process, the adaptation process, and more.

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 97%

– Criterion Collection

As usual, we end with a couple of releases from Criterion, including this classic John Huston noir starring Sterling Hayden (and a young Marilyn Monroe), which centers on an aging criminal just released from prison who plans jewel heist. The new Blu-ray includes a 1983 documentary about Hayden, archival footage of Huston talking about the film, interview excerpts with Huston, and more.

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Fellini's Roma (1972) 71%

– Criterion Collection

And finally, we have Federico Fellini’s loose collection of vignettes that portray Rome from the director’s perspective, particularly as a young man. Special features include deleted scenes, a new interview with filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino about Fellini, and more.

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While not as chock full of premieres as the fall TV season, summer can churn out some doozies of its own. Like we did around this time last year, we’ll be treated to shows that draw immediate engagement (Mr. Robot, Penny Dreadful, Orange is the New Black, Wayward Pines), television movie premieres (Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, The Dresser, All The Way), and special events (Just Let Go – Lenny Kravitz Live, Every Brilliant Thing, SyFy Presents Live from Comic-Con). Add some anticipated series premieres (Roadies, Lady Dynamite, Outcast, Preacher) and miniseries (Roots, Houdini & Doyle, O.J.: Made in America) to the mix, and your DVR hard drives are sure to reach max capacity. So the questions is, which shows will you be deleting first, and which will rise to the pinnacle of your summer viewing list of faves? Check out the full (ever growing) list here:


 

May | June | July | August | TBA 


 May

Sunday, May 1
Penny Dreadful season three premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime

Monday, May 2
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah television movie premiere, HBO
Houdini & Doyle miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., FOX

Tuesday, May 3
Person of Interest season five premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, May 4
Maron season four premiere, 9 p.m., IFC

Thursday, May 5
Flowers series premiere (US), Seeso
Marseille series premiere, Netflix

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Grace and Frankie

Friday, May 6
Grace and Frankie season two premiere, Netflix

Sunday, May 8
Wallander season four premiere, 9 p.m., PBS

Monday, May 9
Every Brilliant Thing special event premiere, HBO

Tuesday, May 10
First Impressions series premiere, 10:30 p.m., USA

Wednesday, May 11
Chelsea series premiere, Netflix

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Submission

Thursday, May 12
Submission series premiere, 11 p.m., Showtime

Friday, May 13
Just Let Go –  Lenny Kravitz Live special event premiere, 8 p.m., Showtime

Wednesday, May 18
Royal Pains season eight premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Friday, May 20
Doctor Thorne series premiere (US), Amazon
Lady Dynamite series premiere, Netflix
Masters of Illusion season three premiere, 8 p.m., CW

Saturday, May 21
All the Way television movie premiere, 8 p.m., HBO

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Preacher

Sunday, May 22
Preacher series premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

Monday, May 23
Whose Line is it Anyway? season 12 premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Wednesday, May 25
Wayward Pines season two premiere, 9 p.m., FOX

Friday, May 27
Bloodline season two premiere, Netflix
The Do-Over television movie premiere, Netflix

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Roots

Monday, May 30
So You Think You Can Dance season 13 premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
The Dresser television movie premiere (US), 9 p.m., Starz
Roots miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., History, Lifetime, and A&E
Mistresses season four premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, May 31
Peaky Blinders season three premiere, Netflix
Powers season two premiere, Playstation Network
Maya and Marty series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Scream season two premiere, 10 p.m., MTV

 

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 June


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The Night Shift

Wednesday, June 1
Rock this Boat: New Kids on the Block season two premiere, 8 p.m., POP
Young & Hungry season four premiere, 8 p.m., Freeform
Baby Daddy season five return, 8:30 p.m., Freeform
Kingdom season two return, 9 p.m., DirecTV
Cleverman series premiere, 10 p.m., Sundance
The Night Shift season three premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Thursday, June 2
Hibana: Spark series premiere, Netflix
Beauty and the Beast season four premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Quincy Jones: Burning the Light television movie premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

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Outcast

Friday, June 3
Comedy Bang! Bang! season five premiere, 11 p.m., IFC
Outcast series premiere, Cinemax

Sunday, June 5
Feed the Beast series premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

Monday, June 6
Angie Tribeca season two premiere, TBS
Barbarians Rising miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., History
Devious Maids season four premiere, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Rizzoli & Isles season seven premiere, 9 p.m., TNT
UnREAL season two premiere, 10 p.m., Lifetime

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Casual

Tuesday, June 7
Casual season two premiere, Hulu

Friday, June 10
Voltron: Legendary Defender series premiere, Netflix

Saturday, June 11
Hell on Wheels season five return 9 p.m., AMC
O.J.: Made in America miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
The American West miniseries premiere 10 p.m., AMC

Sunday, June 12
Difficult People season two premiere, Hulu
Ride with Norman Reedus series premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

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Guilt

Monday, June 13
Guilt series premiere, 9 p.m., Freeform
BrainDead series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS
Major Crimes season five premiere, 10 p.m., TNT

Tuesday, June 14
Animal Kingdom series premiere, 9 p.m., TNT
Uncle Buck series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
Wrecked series premiere, 10 p.m., TBS

Thursday, June 16
Aquarius season two premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Friday, June 17
Orange is the New Black season four premiere, Netflix

Saturday, June 18
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger television movie premiere, 8 p.m., Lifetime

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The Jim Gaffigan Show

Sunday, June 19
Endeavour season three premiere (US), 9 p.m., PBS
The Last Ship season three premiere, 9 p.m., TNT
The Jim Gaffigan Show season two premiere, 10 p.m., TV Land
The Tunnel series premiere (US), 10:30 p.m., PBS

Monday, June 20
The Fosters 
season four premiere, 8 p.m., Freeform
Odd Mom Out 
season two premiere, 10 p.m., Bravo

Tuesday, June 21
Pretty Little Liars 
season seven premiere, 8 p.m., Freeform

Wednesday, June 22
Big Brother 
season 17 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
American Gothic 
series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Thursday, June 23
Queen of the South series premiere, 10 p.m., USA
Thirteen 
series premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America

Friday, June 24
The Fundamentals of Caring
television movie premiere, Netflix

Saturday, June 25
Center Stage: On Pointe 
television movie premiere, 8 p.m., Lifetime

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Roadies

Sunday, June 26
Dancing on the Edge series premiere (US), 8 p.m., PBS
Ray Donovan season four premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime
Murder in the First season three premiere, 10 p.m., TNT
Roadies series premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime

Tuesday, June 28
Dead of Summer series premiere, 9 p.m., Freeform
Zoo season two premiere, 9 p.m., CBS

Thursday, June 30
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll season two premiere, 10 p.m., FX

 

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 July


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Dark Matter

Friday, July 1
Between season two premiere, Netflix
Marcella series premiere (US), Netflix
Marco Polo season two premiere, Netflix
Killjoys season two premiere, 9 p.m., SyFy
Dark Matter season two premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, July 3
The Hunt series premiere (US), 9 p.m., BBC America

Wednesday, July 6
Duck Dynasty season nine premiere, 9 p.m., A&E
Tyrant season three premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Wahlburgers season five premiere, 10 p.m., A&E

Sunday, July 10
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth season one return, 8 p.m., Showtime
DB Cooper miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., History
The Night Of series premiere, 9 p.m., HBO

Monday, July 11
Making of the Mob season two premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

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Mr. Robot

Wednesday, July 13
Penn & Teller: Fool Us season three premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Suits season six premiere, 9 p.m., USA
The A Word series premiere, 10 p.m., Sundance
Mr. Robot 
season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Friday, July 15
East Los High season four premiere, Hulu
Stranger Things series premiere, Netflix
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru television movie premiere, Netflix

Sunday, July 17
Power season three premiere, 9 p.m., Starz
Ballers season two premiere, 10 p.m., HBO
Vice Principals series premiere, 10:30 p.m., HBO

Thursday, July 21
SyFy Presents Live from Comic-Con special event premiere, 8 p.m., SyFy

Friday, July 22
Bring It! season three return, 9 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday, July 23
Looking: The Movie television movie premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, July 24
Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour series premiere, 10 p.m., History
Survivor’s Remorse season three premiere, 10 p.m., Starz

Tuesday, July 26
MadTV series premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Born This Way, season two premiere, 10 p.m., A&E

Thursday, July 28
Ripper Street season four premiere (US), 10 p.m., BBC America

Friday, July 29
Home: The Adventures of Tip and Oh series premiere, Netflix

Sunday, July 31
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens television movie premiere, 8 p.m., SyFy

 

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 August


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The Get Down

Friday, Aug. 12
The Get Down series premiere, Netflix

Thursday, Aug. 18
60 Days In season two premiere, 9 p.m., A&E

Sunday, Aug. 21
Fear the Walking Dead season two return, 9 p.m.,  AMC

Tuesday, Aug. 23
Halt and Catch Fire season three premiere, 9 p.m., AMC
Better Late than Never series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Aug. 24
Gomorrah series premiere (US), 10 p.m., Sundance

Sunday, Aug. 28
The Strain season three premiere, 10 p.m., FX

Wednesday, Aug. 31
You’re the Worst season three premiere, 10 p.m., FX

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TBA


Frontier series premiere, Netflix
Halt and Catch Fire season three premiere, AMC
Happy Valley season two premiere, Netflix
Masters of Sex season four premiere, Showtime (July)
Suits season six premiere, USA

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This week at the movies, we’ve got a wild child (The Jungle Book, starring Neel Sethi), non-stop conversation (Barbershop: The Next Cut, starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer), and implanted memories (Criminal, starring Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman). What do the critics have to say?


The Jungle Book (2016) 94%

It’s really hard to equal — much less top — a beloved classic. But critics say director Jon Favreau may have done just that with his live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, which takes the timeless tale of a child raised by wolves and elevates it with some of the best CGI every committed to film. It doesn’t hurt, of course that he’s abetted by a strong cast that includes newcomer Neel Sethi and voice performers Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba. The pundits say the Certified Fresh The Jungle Book is a family friendly film of a very high order.


Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) 90%

Everything’s coming up aces for Ice Cube these days. The recently-minted Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer is back with the third entry in the Barbershop series, and critics say it’s got all the warmth, ribald humor, and insightful commentary that made the first two entries big hits at the box office. Once again, Barbershop: The Next Cut doesn’t have much of a plot, but its fine cast — which includes Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Common, and Nicki Minaj —  makes for terrific company.


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On Fear the Walking Dead, Madison Clark and Travis Manawa are a couple, so I found it curious that Kim Dickens was paired with Colman Domingo for interviews. She plays Madison and Domingo plays Strand, the owner of the yacht on which the survivors sail away from Los Angeles.

Dickens and Domingo were in Los Angeles to discuss the second season of Fear the Walking Dead, the companion series to The Walking Dead about the beginning of the zombie outbreak. Fear the Walking Dead returns April 10 on AMC and we spoke to Domingo and Dickens about what’s coming up.


Don’t Give Up On Travis And Madison

Interview pairings don’t dictate the way the season is going. To be fair, Cliff Curtis, who plays Travis Manawa, was paired with Lorenzo James Henrie, Travis’s son Chris, so Dickens had to be paired with someone else. Colman Domingo made sense for discussing the new season.

“[Our pairing] does foreshadow that we have a dance or two that we go through,” Dickens said, with Domingo sitting right beside her. “We have a couple of really strong characters that have sort of obligated themselves to each other. We get Strand to his home and to his boat. He therefore offers us safe passage but we don’t quite know each other and don’t quite know where the other’s moral compass lies.”

Travis and Madison still depend on each other. “You know, they’re tough,” Dickens said. “They have a strong bond and I think they’re opposites in a lot of ways and that’s been complementary, with some struggle. They usually find their way back together and make an even stronger unit. We all enter this season being sort of haunted by the loss of Liza and how that had to happen. I think we’ll be forever changed so that’s all I can say.”


Season 2 Gets Spiritual

Most of us are watching a show about people fighting zombies. Domingo says there’s a little more to it than that if we look closely. “I think there’s a lot of symbolism actually this season,” he said. “There’s symbolism of the water being a conduit for change. The water’s dark, the water’s light, and it has its own emotional core and moral compass. I think we have themes about spirituality. Spirituality plays a strong part in the season.”

Which characters on Fear the Walking Dead will become spiritual? That’s something we’ll tune in to find out. Few on the show have yet learned that this “infection” is actually the dead rising from their graves. That sort of revelation could give anyone a crisis of faith. Domingo says season two will show us who on Strand’s boat goes there.

“That will be revealed because I think that’s something you don’t know unless you’re in that situation,” Domingo said. “We will explore that because they’re trying to find answers. Like you saw in season one that Griselda held a spiritual core, and that’s going to be explored as well. Trying to figure out how to survive and what to hang on to and what it’s all about.”


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Season 2 Gets Feminist

The survivors on the boat include a mix of men and women, adults and children, Caucasian, Latino, Maori, and African-American. This microcosm of the world will soon question societal roles of gender.

“I think thematically we’re going to explore things about gender, about roles women and men play, strength of character,” Domingo said. “All the rules that we have in our culture, I think we’re going to be turning them on a dime. It doesn’t really become that defined anymore. I think we all certainly become equals and you just play to your strength. You do what you can. If you know how to scuba dive, then you go do this. If you know how to do this, you do that. You just throw all your best talents in the pot.”


Strand Is Ahead Of The Survivors

Very soon, the survivors learn that Strand makes the rules on the yacht, and he might not be wrong, even when he refuses to stop for refugees on the water. Strand may already be thinking further ahead than the other survivors. 

I wasn’t surprised that Strand reacted the way he does [to the refugees] because I think he lives in very black and white terms,” Domingo said. “He already laid out the terms of what he thinks is survival, at least for today. This is how we need to move along today so we can at least find our way through. And we can’t sacrifice ourselves. Of course we have other people in this boat who have other needs and other wants and who are still dealing with these people as being human and not as a threat, but Strand of course feels differently. There’s some engaging conflict there.”

Other characters may have thought their troubles were over once they fled the city. Dickens said, “I think Maddie probably thought, ‘Oh, we’re free and clear,’ because she didn’t think that far ahead. He probably knew we were going to be dealing with some gutter snipes.”


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Strand Has The Upper Hand Now

Nick (Frank Dillane) helped Strand escape from a National Guard quarantine. Now Strand has given Nick’s family safe passage on his yacht. As far as Strand is concerned, the quid pro quo has been met. 

Yeah, we’re hanging on by a thread with this guy,” Dickens said. “It’s tricky. There are moments when Madison has to agree to a very uncomfortable alliance with him. To be in partnership with him means you have to reconcile, become complicit in some behavior you really didn’t want to identify with yourself. They’re challenged. These people are challenged.”

That said, it’s not like there’s nothing the Clarks or Manawas have to offer Strand. He’ll keep them around as long as they remain useful.

“He needs help on the boat,” Domingo said. “That’s initially, but also I think that whether he even recognizes it himself, he does have a need for others. I think no man is an island truly and I think that he has such a strong sense of a character, the veneer that he’s put on, that I think that is part of his journey as well, to find out underneath that he did [need people]. What was his use for Nick? Maybe he needed him more than just someone to help him out. Maybe he needed someone else.”


Dickens Lost a House of Cards Subplot To Fear The Walking Dead

Dickens was still able to appear on season four of House of Cards, but there was even more planned for Kate Baldwin had she not had to go to Baja to shoot season two of Fear. 

I did do House of Cards but I wasn’t able to do as much of the story as they had intended because it overlapped just a little too much,” Dickens said. “I just was told that the story arc would be that she hands over a story. Where she was going I think was probably going to dig up some skeletons, or at least try to. But I like the way it played out. Bringing the editor back was amazing.”

If both shows can coordinate, Dickens wants to return to House of Cards. “I just hope there’s room for her again,” Dickens said. “It’s one of my favorite shows and I love just banging around in the White House. It’s pretty fun. We’ll see if I get to go back this summer because I love that show. I love that character too.”


Season two of Fear the Walking Dead premieres on AMC on Sunday, April 10 at 10pm. Read reviews here.

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Fear the Walking Dead season two picks up right where the season finale left off. The Clark and Manawa families escape on Victor Strand (Colman Domingo)’s boat, only to find more danger awaiting them on the water. They have to bypass other survivors in the interest of self-preservation.

Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey were in Los Angeles this month to discuss the return of the Walking Dead companion series. Debnam-Carey also just ended her run on The 100, so we were able to discuss the heartbreaking goodbye on that show, as well as the new possibilities of Fear the Walking Dead season two. Fear the Walking Dead returns April 10 on AMC; here are seven things we learned from Dillane and Debnam-Carey.


A Long Distance Relationship Is The Most Normal Kind Alicia Can Have Now

Alicia Clark (Debnam-Carey) lost her boyfriend in season one of Fear the Walking Dead. In the season premiere, Alicia mans the radio on Strand’s yacht and connects with the voice of another survivor. It gives the audience a chance to hear what the zombie outbreak is like from another side, but gives Alicia a sense of normalcy too.

“What I like about it is that it’s a moment of lightness for this whole story and new world,” Debnam-Carey said. “A lot of this show is very dark, and for her, it’s trying to have a connection with someone, trying to find some normality. I think she doesn’t really know how to adapt to this new world yet. The first season she was really kept in the dark for quite some time. She’s only just coming to terms, really, with a lot of the information and events that have taken place. She’s tried to take the initiative and do something helpful by seeking out the radio and survivors, or any kind of indication of life. Instead, she finds herself just being able to be the teenage girl that she actually is. It’s only been such a short amount of time, too, so you don’t suddenly relinquish those habits of just wanting a connection with someone and trusting someone. And finally, just forgetting about this world falling down around you. Yeah, it’s innocent. It’s an innocent, very kind of sweet moment.”


Strand Will Teach Nick About The New World 

Strand owns the yacht that allows the Clark and Manawa families to sail off from Los Angeles, and he also helped Nick escape the National Guard quarantine. That means it’s also Strand’s call not to pick up other survivors and to make hard decisions to protect the boat. This is still new to Nick, and he might have a new mentor in Strand. 

Nick spends a lot these first seasons just watching,” Dillane said. “I think he’s learning a lot from the brutality and the sort of pragmatism of Strand and what it takes to make a decision and stick by it. So I think he is probably learning. So far, so good. He’s got a boat, hasn’t he? He’s not given us any reason not to trust him. I don’t know. We may live to regret it, but not yet.”

So far, Nick has been open to all of the hard choices Strand makes and hasn’t put up any resistance. It’s still early in the season, though. “There’s nothing that I’ve resisted so far,” Dillane said. “I think he’s still finding his morality and understanding who he is and what is right and wrong in this world. I think he’s willing to learn before he’s willing to put his foot down.”

Dillane wouldn’t go so far as to say that Strand is becoming a father figure to Nick. “I don’t know how consciously anyone looks for a father figure,” Dillane said. “I don’t know if Nick’s consciously seeking one out or if just coincidence has it that he finds himself in a jail cell with this man. I don’t think Nick sees him as a father figure. Maybe everyone else does. I don’t think Nick is looking for a father figure. He’s a grown man.”


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There’s More Action 

Season one of Fear the Walking Dead was, by design, a slow burn. The producers wanted to show the world reacting to the first signs of the infection spreading and the undead rising. They would not react like people in zombie movies, the way The Walking Dead began with survivors arming up to fight the walkers.

The companion show also received criticism for taking too long to get rolling, but season two promises to keep the action going every week. 

It’s condensed, and there’s a lot more action,” Debnam-Carey said. “There’s a lot more that happens in a very small amount of time. That’s the thing fans can definitely look forward to this season.”

The actors are glad to have 15 episodes to explore their characters, too, since they barely scratched the surface with six episodes in season one.

“I felt by the end of episode six I was thinking I could at least do four more, at least,” Debnam-Carey said. “I think we were all looking forward to doing our second season because we finally got to spend a lot more time together, be on location together, and know that we had a proper chunk of time to really immerse ourselves in it.”


One Walker Actor Made It Onto Both Walking Dead Shows 

Fear the Walking Dead is a completely separate show from The Walking Dead and even shoots thousands of miles away. The Walking Dead is in Atlanta, GA and, per above, Fear has relocated to Baja, Mexico. One actor, though, made it onto both shows playing both a full walker and an infected. 

I know we’ve had one,” Dillane said. “He’s done both. I think he was very good.”

Both shows do share producers Gale Ann Hurd and Robert Kirkman, so this zombie actor made such a good impression in Atlanta that he got hired in Baja too.

“Because they rate the zombies, they have a spectrum of how good you are at being a zombie,” Debnam-Carey said. “So I guess the ones they know that can deliver, they use.”


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The Boat Is Actually On A Dock 

Get used to some bobbing and swaying when you watch Fear the Walking Dead. Much of the season will be set on the water, but it won’t get too carried away with wavy effects. The boat at Baja Studios is actually on a dock, so they just create the ocean effects in camera. 

It’s steady,” Debnam-Carey said. “The tank itself is pretty steady. We have to maneuver the boat around, too, so that we can get the right angles for all the shots and everything, so that’s really the only moving that happens. We were all worried we were going to be seasick for a while but it was very calm.”


Alycia Debnam-Carey Appreciates The Fervor Over The 100‘s Lexa 

Ultimately, Debnam-Carey had to leave The 100 to fulfill her duties to Fear the Walking Dead. Her character Lexa departed the show tragically, which hurt fans, especially because Lexa was one of the few gay characters on television. The 100 producer Jason Rothenberg published an apology for neglecting to consider the ramifications of how he wrote Lexa out of the show. Debnam-Carey appreciates the passion surrounding Lexa.

“It was hard, but it was also just time,” she said. “I was a part of this, and I was so excited to be able to be a part of this show. Lexa and The 100 taught me so much, and I had the best time on it, and I’ve never been able to collaborate on a character so much before as I did Lexa. So it holds a very, very special place in my heart, and it’s amazing to have such a passionate response to a character like that.”

As The 100 continues, we will see who becomes the recipient of the flame, the chip removed from Lexa’s neck. If part of Lexa is indeed saved on the flame, it’s entirely possible she could appear in the future as a vision to her successor. “I mean, I guess it’s always a possibility, isn’t it?” Debnam-Carey said.


Season two of Fear the Walking Dead premieres on AMC on Sunday, April 10 at 10pm. Read reviews here.

San Diego Comic Con saw the release of two AMC trailers for Dead-lovers everywhere. First up, The Walking Dead season six, which premieres Sunday Oct. 11 at 9 p.m.:

 

So we have to wait three whole months? What are we gonna do until then? We just might decay! How about we watch the debut season of prequel series Fear the Walking Dead to get us by? For that, we only have to wait until its premiere on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. And hey, we have a trailer for that one too:

 

Creator Robert Kirkman promises that the two shows will coexist separately, so viewers won’t feel a need to know the first series in order to enjoy the new one. Beginning next month, we should have enough rotting flesh to entertain/disgust us through the end of the year. The big question is, what new nicknames will the writers concoct for the dead? They’ve already used: “walkers,” “biters,” “rotters,” “roamers,” “skin-eaters,” and “lame-brains.” More random monikers are assuredly on the way!


Fear the Walking Dead will premiere on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m.
Season six of The Walking Dead will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m.
Both shows are on AMC.

Fans of The Walking Dead are eager to experience this year’s new spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, but, as writer/producer Robert Kirkman told us, audiences will not need to be familiar with the seed series in order to enjoy the new one, which takes us back to the beginnings of the plague outbreak. Here are five things we thought you’d like to know about the differences between the two shows and our chat with Kirkman, who’s been relatively silent about the new show until now.


1. It Will Focus on Details Previously Ignored by The Walking Dead

 

Kirkman told us that fans of The Walking Dead will be surprised by the new show, that we’ll see elements previously glossed over in the original series. “Having Rick wake up from his coma was certainly a fun dynamic and a great way to open the original show,” he said, “but actually watching civilization crumble around these people and getting to experience them learning how to adapt in a much faster way, with much more danger and much more uncertainty, I think, is going to make the show very different.” He promised a “very unique experience for people, even if they have watched the first five seasons of The Walking Dead.”


2. The Visual Style Will be Totally Different

Kirkman and the other producers felt strongly that Fear the Walking Dead should stand alone with regard to story and characters. The location is Los Angeles at the beginning of the plague and will look very different visually from the seed series. “For one,” he said, “we’re not shooting on 16 millimeter. It’s actually shot digitally. And so there’s just going to be a very different feel to this show which is really exciting and I can’t wait for people to see it.”


3. The Walkers Will be More Human-Like

The look of the zombies themselves will be different, as well, since the timeframe begins at the outburst of the plague. They won’t look as decayed or as monstrous yet which, Kirkman feels, will make the violence startling because the Walkers will be much more human than what audiences are used to. But he assured us, “There’s not going to be any loss of zombie action or excitement… So, I think we’ll be bringing you the best of both worlds.”


4. The Origin of the Plague Will Still Not Be Divulged

 

Kirkman maintains that the origin of the plague is “not an important aspect of the story,” though “there will certainly be aspects of watching civilization crumble that will give you a better insight into what is happening here.” He doesn’t think it’s important to the story to dwell on the origins because “if we were to do a spinoff of The Walking Dead and it was about a bunch of scientists that were working to find the cure and finding out the origins, I just — that would bore me to tears. And I don’t really know where that show goes…
Struggling in a world where civilization is breaking down is much more interesting than trying to fix a virus. So that’s not an angle that we’re taking.”


5. This Series Will Focus on “Extended, Unique Family”

 

Where The Walking Dead revolves more around the lives of individuals and strangers being forced together, Fear the Walking Dead will focus on the “extended, unique family,” according to Kirkman. “What we have is Madison and her family and we have Travis and his family. And they’re both building a relationship. They’re getting ready to be married. Civilization is crumbling around them and they both have kids from separate marriages and it’s just an interesting family dynamic to deal with in any story. But having all of the intricacies that come from that kind of family dynamic and setting it against the fall of civilization and the face of the zombie apocalypse just makes things that much more interesting.” Such family dynamics have yet to be explored in the seed series, allowing both show to live similtaneously and separately, without overlap.

Fear the Walking Dead premieres this summer on AMC.


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