These 10 series are just the thing to bring you from winter to spring this March, whether you are craving wars between gods, unlikely romantic comedies, badly behaved rich folk, or the corrupt getting their due. Catch our monthly binge guide below.


American Gods 77% (Starz)

What it is: The gods are out to play — and out for blood — in this cult favorite series on Starz. Based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows recently released convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who’s employed by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as a bodyguard. Diving into a world of dark magic and gods new and old, it is soon revealed that Mr. Wednesday is on a mission to unite the Old Gods against the rise of the New.

Why you should watch it: Few series are quite as engrossingly strange and ambitious as American Gods, and that’s what has us hooked. It’s a timely commentary on the world we live in today but set against the backdrop of a dark and lurid fantasy epic. Season 2 premieres March 10.

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

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours


Catastrophe 98% (Amazon Prime)

What it is: Here’s a romantic comedy squarely for adults. Amazon’s very funny London-set Catastrophe shows what happens when a no-strings-attached week of sex between a visiting American businessman (Rob Delaney) and an Irish schoolteacher (Sharon Horgan) turns into an unexpected pregnancy, a move overseas, and a proposal. And that’s just in the first episode.

Why you should watch it: Co-creators and stars Horgan and Delaney perfectly blend comedy and heart in their utterly original spin on the classic sitcom. Plus, their airtight scripts full of rat-a-tat-tat dialogue are about as joyously quippy and naturalistic as they come. (Judging from the pair’s famous Twitter accounts, that comes as little surprise.) And did we mention the late, great Carrie Fisher co-stars? The fourth and final season premieres March 15.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Commitment: About 8.5 hours


The Good Fight 95% (CBS All Access)

What it is: Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) gets the leading lady treatment with CBS All Access’ hit spin-off of The Good Wife. Set one year after the events of that acclaimed series’ finale (and picking up on the morning of President Donald Trump’s inauguration), The Good Fight follows Lockhart after she’s forced out of her own firm and teams up with goddaughter Maia Rindell (Game of Thrones Rose Leslie) and The Good Wife‘s Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo).

Why you should watch it: Sure, if you loved The Good Wife, you’ll love The Good Fight — but believe it or not, Baranski is even more astounding here and finds exciting new shades to the beloved Diane Lockhart. Season 3 premieres March 14.

Where to watch it: Amazon, CBS All Access, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 19.5 hours


Queer Eye 93% (Netflix)

What it is: The early aughts’ hit, boundary-pushing reality series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, gets a makeover of its own with this charming, three-time Emmy-winning reboot on Netflix.

Why you should watch it: If any other series captured the world’s collective heart over the last year like Queer Eye did, we haven’t heard of it. Yes, its main hook lies in the fashionable, fabulous, and heartwarming makeovers the Queer Eye guys give Georgia men (and the occasional woman), but you’ll stick around for the playful banter and true, deep friendship between the main cast of industry experts. It all packs a surprisingly emotional punch, so stock up on tissues! Season 3 premieres March 15.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours


Billions 89% (Showtime)

What it is: Showtime’s Billions dramatizes the high-stakes world of Wall Street when Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), a U.S. attorney, sets his sights on bringing down hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Homeland‘s Damian Lewis) for insider trading and other illegal proclivities. Talk about one-percenters.

Why you should watch it: Giamatti has built a career on playing the everyman, and here, he’s fighting for him. The actor’s turn as the hard-hitting U.S. attorney would be reason alone to watch (scenes of surprise BDSM and all), but Billions also boasts a timely, engrossing premise and firecracker performances from Lewis, Maggie Siff, Condola Rashad, and a bevy of other supporters that meet Giamatti mark for mark. Season 4 premieres March 17.

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

Commitment: Approx. 36 hours


Jane The Virgin 100% (The CW)

What it is: It comes as no surprise that a series as sprawling and ambitious as Jane the Virgin has taken on many forms over the last four seasons, but the family-driven hourlong series begins when Jane, the titular character, is accidentally artificially inseminated.  

Why you should watch it: More than just a star-making vehicle for the incomparable Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin is a dramedy like no other, rolling out bits of magical realism, vital cultural representation, female empowerment, and plenty of charm. It’s a series that wears its heart on its sleeve, and we can’t wait to see what its final installment has in store. Season 5 premieres March 27.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNow, Google Play, MicrosoftNetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 57 hours


Happy! 84% (Syfy)

What it is: A small-screen adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, Happy! follows a crooked, alcoholic cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) who inexplicably begins seeing his kidnapped daughter’s imaginary friend: a blue winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Together, they set out on a mission to find a Santa-dressed kidnapper on-the-loose.

Why you should watch it: “Happy” is one word for it, another is “weird.” Other words for it are “transporting,” or “hallucinogenic,” or “wild” — all meant in the best way. Unlike just about anything else on TV, Happy! demands your attention and promises a crazy ride. Season 2 premieres March 27.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNow, Google Play, MicrosoftNetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours


Santa Clarita Diet 89% (Netflix)

What it is: We’ve seen the modern-day American layperson satirized to no end on the small screen, but we’ve never seen them with zombies. That’s where Santa Clarita Diet comes in. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) are happily married real-estate agents living in the titular Californian town when Sheila unexpectedly becomes a bloodthirsty, flesh-craving, card-carrying member of the living dead.

Why you should watch it: Any excuse to watch Barrymore is A-OK in our book, but it’s even better when it’s a series as unique, fun, and — pardon the pun — biting as Santa Clarita Diet. Driven by its central mystery as much as it is its core cast of characters, it’s a suburban satire for all, not just fans of The Walking Dead. Season 3 premieres March 29.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours


Barry 99% (HBO)

What it is: Bill Hader stars as Barry Berman, a Midwestern hitman who, when traveling to Los Angeles for a job, unexpectedly takes an acting class and considers a career change.

Why you should watch it: Henry Winkler is gifted the kind of late-career role that the Happy Days TV veteran has long deserved in washed-up acting coach Gene Cousineau. (And he’s got the Emmy to prove it!) That in itself is reason enough to tune into Barry, but then there’s the title character himself. Hader has never been better as the hitman-turned-aspiring actor: circumstantially funny as a fish out of water, boasting leading-man gravitas as a morally torn hero, and even exuding an unexpected sex appeal as a kickass former Marine. Season 2 premieres March 31.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNow, Google Play, HBO NowVudu

Commitment: Approx. 4 hours


Veep 93% (HBO)

What it is: Selina Meyer is an anti-heroine for the ages as a former senator and now Vice President of the United States who curses like a sailor and handles the things her predecessor never bothered to attend to.

Why you should watch it: There are few comedic performances as decorated as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ turn in HBO and creator Armando Iannucci’s Veep (a record-tying five Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the same role, to be exact). But still, she and the series seem to get better year after year. While Veep started out as a hilarious satire of the goings-on in our country’s capitol, it’s proven over the last few seasons to be more of a premonitory look at what’s to come in the West Wing — making it as relevant and darkly funny as ever. The seventh and final season premieres March 31.

Where to watch it: AmazonFandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: About 29 hours


Thumbnail photo courtesy Patrick Ecclesine/CBS; Isabella Vosmikova/HBO; Jan Thijs/Starz/Fremantle

HAPPY! -- "I Am the Future" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Meloni as Nick Sax, Patton Oswald as Happy! -- (Photo by: Syfy)

Syfy’s Happy! might seem like the least likely comics-to-TV adaptation ever attempted. The four-issue series by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darrick Robertson seemed to thumb its nose at the very idea of being adapted with its mix of gross-out humor, intensely dark subject matter, and Robertson’s grotesque imagery. Nonetheless, it happened and, in a shocking twist, earned a second-season commitment from the cable channel this week.

Starring Christopher Meloni as heart-attack prone hitman Nick Sax and Patton Oswalt as the imaginary friend of Nick’s daughter Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo), the series careens, hobbles, and blasts through the streets of a New York corrupted by the bleakest version of every 21st-century obsession you can think of. Like the comic book it is based on, the show can be darkly funny yet still find a way to be emotionally engaging.


HAPPY! -- "I Am the Future" Episode 108 -- Pictured: Chris Meloni as Nick Sax -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/Syfy)

No wonder the show has been renewed.

But with the first season airing its finale on Wednesday, we thought it might be time to offer a few of the reasons why Happy!’s renewal was well deserved.


1. Christopher Meloni & Patton Oswalt As Nick and Happy

HAPPY! -- "I Am the Future" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Meloni, Patton Oswald (Syfy)

The stars of Happy! could not be better fits for their characters, even if they take slightly different paths than their comic book counterparts. As thoroughly broken human garbage heap Nick Sax, Christopher Meloni shatters the lingering image of his Detective Elliot Stabler from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit by playing a disgraced cop whose darkened soul breaks up his marriage — which sort of feels like an in-joke about Stabler’s home life — and denies him knowledge of his daughter’s existence until she’s kidnapped 10 years later. For most of the early episodes, Nick is a tough character to like. It is pretty much only Meloni’s natural charm and comedic timing — and the visceral thrill in seeing him kill some truly repugnant people — that keeps you invested. Then, almost imperceptibly, Nick finds himself caring for someone and fighting to save them; a real magic trick considering how the show tries to lampoon hero-turns and other TV conventions.


Similarly, Oswalt voices Happy with a lot of innocence and an appropriate saccharine sweetness. But he also goes on a journey that makes Happy a very complicated Imaginary Friend. As in the comic book, the character ends up with a lot of substance, particularly after he loses heart and nearly gets killed after an Imaginary Friends support group, a wrinkle only alluded to in the comic. The real magic here is keeping Happy a peppy and naïve character even while he comes to understand the broken world Nick lives in, which is something Oswalt and the show pulls off in spades.


2. Amanda and McCarthy

HAPPY! -- "Year of the Horse" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Medina Senghore as Amanda Hansen, Lili Mirojnick as Detective Meredith McCarthy -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Syfy)

In the comic book, Maireadh McCarthy is a presence, but her situation is peripheral to Nick’s mission to save Hailey. But in an eight-episode series, there was room to flesh her out into Meredith McCarthy (Lili Mirojnick), a person who cares deeply about people — even if it gets her into trouble — and tries to do right even as she gets lost in the corruption. That is Maireadh’s arc in the comic as well, but it works much better on television with the added layers and Mirojnick’s performance, which can swing from a broad impression of Meloni to deviousness to genuine remorse. The character is also served by allusions to her father’s complicity in the widespread corruption and the care she attempted to give to her ailing mother. Elements which flesh her out well beyond the character who enigmatically gets the final line in the comic book.


HAPPY! -- "Year of the Horse" Episode 104 -- Pictured: Medina Senghore as Amanda Hansen -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Syfy)

Similarly, Nick’s ex-wife Amanda gets a boost by becoming an actual character. Referenced only in flashbacks when Nick has to confront his past, she never really exists in the comic book. That lack of character allowed Medina Senghore complete freedom to create someone McCarthy refers to as “a pit pull.” When we first meet her, she demands to be heard at the police station. She eventually forces McCarthy — who helped Nick wreck his marriage by sleeping with him — into doing the right thing and investigating Hailey’s disappearance. The two magically make a great team, making their shared bad history all the more a shame. And because the show is not afraid to make fun of its characters, Amanda’s strength leads to an amazing punchline in episode 7.


3. The Crank Aesthetic

HAPPY! -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Chris Meloni as Nick Sax -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Syfy)

Reading the book, one would never get the sense that the energy and genre-smashing executive producer Brian Taylor brought to his Crank movies would work so well in the grimy world Robertson drew in the comics, but it is a really good fit. Much of the first three episodes sees Nick on a Chev Chelios–style run from a mob hospital to the rooftops near Chinatown. The energy breaths a whole new life into Happy!

But just as Crank 2’s Kaiju battle was an unexpected stylistic change, Happy! plays with TV genres as Nick’s attempt to process the existence of a daughter leads him to The Jerry Springer Show. The production went as far to use Springer’s set and crew while the man himself was gracious enough to let a punchdrunk Nick ask “You’re still on the air?”


HAPPY! -- "The Scrap Yard of Childish Things" Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karen Giordano as Elena, Stephanie Gibson as Pixley, Debi Mazar as Isabella Scaramucci, Catherine Lefrere as Anna Theresa -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Syfy)

The introduction of Isabella Scaramucci (Debi Mazar) occurs during the opening titles of the reality series she is filming, leading to an ongoing switch between Happy!’s cinematic look and the lower-quality camera work of a Real Housewives–style show. That the switch in style serves the overall story is truly impressive. Especially when you consider these are completely new ideas for the television adaptation of a fairly slim comic book series.


4. The Expansion of the World

As mentioned before, the Happy! comic book series ran for four issues. Since this was Morrison and Robertson’s design, its world is fairly limited and made all the more claustrophobic by Robertson’s art. But the television series opens thing up with the addition of things like children’s entertainer Sonny Shine (Christopher Fitzgerald) and his Wishies, a weird insect-obsessed sex cult whose leader is really pulling the strings, and the group of kids abducted with Hailey, who slowly become characters in their own right.

But perhaps the best addition is Mazar’s Isabella, who not only contends with a desire for a social media following, but also believes in the old ways thanks to her hex-producing grandmother. Between mixing menstrual blood into the pasta sauce and getting word from her producer that the deaths of her children are “kind of a buzzkill,” Isabella exemplifies the special madness the show tapped into by playing with the medium itself, a trick Morrison employed in comic books like The Invisibles and The Multiversity.


HAPPY! -- "Denial Ain't Just a River" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Ritchie Coster as Blue -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Syfy)

The show also greatly expanded other characters from the comic. Mr. Blue, a fairly one-note mobster in the comic, gets an upgrade as Francisco Scaramucci (Ritchie Coster), a man desperate for a “traditional” suburban life despite an underlying streak of cruelty and his seriously amoral son. Mikey (Gus Halper), a character who dies almost instantly in the comic, literally comes back to life as an increasingly zombie-like creature in search of Mr. Blue. Very Bad Santa (Joseph D. Reitman), the Santa-obsessed child abductor, also gets more backstory and an unsettling tie to Nick which will no doubt come into play during tonight’s season 1 finale.

But there is one other character from the book which the show remixed into something remarkable.


5. Smoothie

From his first moment on screen, Patrick Fischler owns the character. It probably helps that in the comics, Smoothie looks very much like him. But in expanding the character beyond his hate-on for Nick and his love of cutting people up, the show created one of the most depraved and compelling characters on television this year. His weird affection for McCarthy’s mother (Laura Poe) — illustrated by the makeover he gives her while explaining how he uses day spa techniques to torture his victims — is both warm and unsettling. He is also unphased when both Nick and McCarthy take verbal and physical shots at him. If you had missed his first scenes, in which he dismembers a victim and attempts to slice Nick’s penis off like salami, you might think he was just a hospice worker with a shallow affect that McCarthy likes to abuse. But then more and more layers start to emerge.


HAPPY! -- "Year of the Horse" Episode 104 -- Pictured: Patrick Fischler as Smoothie -- (Photo by: Syfy)

In the comic, he is only a master interrogator, but the series uses him as a multifaceted henchperson with experience in demolition, clean-up, child management, and vivisection. Not that he actually gets to vivisect the poor Christian missionary who comes to the McCarthy home. Come to think of it, is that guy still in the shower?

Through it all, Fischel gives the character an unnerving confidence which becomes all the more threatening when Hailey manages to upset him. And he flips it into high comedy when Nick finally learns why he’s called Smoothie.


HAPPY! -- "Denial Ain't Just a River" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Chris Meloni as Nick Sax -- (Photo by: Syfy)

Happy! illustrates just how boundless comic books can be and its adaptation proves how adventurous television can be when it picks up the anarchic spirit of one of the medium’s best storytellers.

Happy!’s season 1 finale airs Wednesday night at 10/9C on Syfy.


Stranger Things, Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead (Netflix; CBS All Access; AMC)

Fall TV 2017 is done, and The Good Place has triumphed — at least, by straight Tomatometer score. We’ve updated our fall TV by Tomatometer scorecard each week all season, registering every new season and TV movie (starting September 1) that got at least 10 critic reviews.

The Good Place took the top spot with a 100% Tomatometer score on 28 reviews. It’s worth noting, however, that Alias Grace, the Margaret Atwood adaptation from Netflix, has a 99% score on 69 reviews — significantly more reviews than the 13-review average of the 20 series boasting a 100% final score for the season.

So while The Good Place is perched atop the list by straight Tomatometer score, it comes in fourth after Alias Grace, Mudbound, and Stranger Things by adjusted Tomatometer score, which takes into account the number of reviews that make up the final score. Season 1 of Mindhunter rounds out the top 5, proving Netflix’s dominance over fall TV by adjusted Tomatometer.

Just added (12/27): The Last PostBright, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Christmas, Gunpowder, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Great News, Exorcist, The Halcyon, Nathan for You, and No Activity

Inhumans: Season 1 (2017)
11%

#107
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Marvel's Inhumans sets a new low standard for the MCU with an unimaginative narrative, dull design work, weak characters, and disengaging soapy melodrama.

9JKL: Season 1 (2017)
19%

#106
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Irritatingly uninspired, 9jkl leaves its talented cast out in the cold.

#105
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An odd jumble of campiness and sincerity, homage and satire, The Orville never quite achieves liftoff.

Valor: Season 1 (2017)
21%

#104
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Valor's attempt to highlight an often overlooked segment of the armed services is undercut by a badly judged blend of military action and melodrama.

#103

Bright (2017)
27%

#103
Adjusted Score: 34849%
Critics Consensus: Bright tries to blend fantasy, hard-hitting cop drama, and social commentary -- and ends up falling painfully short of the mark on all three fronts.
Synopsis: In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Wisdom of the Crowd wastes a talented cast on a formulaic procedural crime drama that wavers between modest returns and unintentional laughs.

Neo Yokio: Season 1 (2017)
52%

#101
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Lacking an interesting plot or stimulating social commentary, Neo Yokio is a missed opportunity bound to bore or befuddle casual viewers and frustrate hardcore anime fans.

The Brave: Season 1 (2017)
42%

#100
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Formulaic to a fault, The Brave fails to bring anything new to the genre -- though high production values and a capable cast may be diverting enough for some.

S.W.A.T.: Season 1 (2017)
48%

#99
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite a commanding, charming performance from Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T. remains a simple procedural overrun with clichés.

Dynasty: Season 1 (2017)
49%

#98
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dynasty's revival retains enough of its predecessor's over-the-top allure to offer a glamorous guilty pleasure in its first season, even if it never quite recaptures the magic of the original.

#97
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: South Park delivers an uncharacteristically stilted season that feels timid in its satire and unsure of who or what it's lampooning.

Damnation: Season 1 (2017)
64%

#96
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Damnation's complex character driven mystery is intriguing, though it occasionally feels like homework.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Ten Days in the Valley's instantly tense delivery of familiar material leads to an intriguing character study and engrossing mystery despite naggingly untapped potential.

#94
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Jay Pharoah proves he's leading man material even if White Famous' satirical indictments of Hollywood -- though at times irreverent -- often feel outdated.

#93
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Good Doctor's heavy-handed bedside manner undermines a solid lead performance, but under all the emotionally manipulative gimmickry, there's still plenty of room to improve.

#92
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a little uninspired, The Halcyon exercises well-worn period tropes with style, and its solid cast makes for watchable company.

#91
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Knightfall will appeal to fans of medieval stories who prefer historical drama and palace intrigue to soapy, melodramatic twists.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A rocky start can't keep The Punisher from pushing the boundaries of Marvel's TV universe with a fresh take on the comics-derived action thriller.
Directed By: Jim Chory, Jeph Loeb

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Breezily entertaining, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World relies on its likable lead to carry its still-sketchy premise, hinting at deeper potential that's yet to develop.

Doctor Who, Stranger Things 2, Walking Dead, Will and Grace, Star Trek: Discovery (BBC America/AMC/NBC/CBS)

It’s that time of year: leaves are falling, football is in season, and your favorite TV shows are headed back to the air after loooong summer hiatuses. Here’s a list of premiere dates for your returning favorites — and new obsessions! Time to get your DVR priorities in order.


September | October | November | December | 2018 Premiere Dates


September


Friday, Sept. 1
Narcos: Season 3 (2017) 97% Netflix

Tuesday, Sept. 5
American Horror Story: Cult (2017) 73% 10 p.m., FX

Wednesday, Sept. 6
You're the Worst: Season 4 (2017) 100%  10 p.m., FXX

Friday, Sept. 8
BoJack Horseman: Season 4 (2017) 97% 10 p.m., Netflix
() % Amazon

Saturday, Sept. 9
Con Man: Season 1 (2015) 10 p.m., Syfy

Sunday, Sept. 10
Outlander: Season 3 (2017) 90% 8 p.m., Starz
The Orville: Season 1 (2017) 30% 8 p.m., Fox (moves to Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 21)
The Deuce: Season 1 (2017) 93% 9 p.m., HBO
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 (2017) 84% 9 p.m., AMC
Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017) 72% 9 p.m., SundanceTV

Monday, Sept. 11
George Lopez: The Wall, Live From Washington, D.C. (2017), HBO

Tuesday, Sept. 12
The Mindy Project: Season 6 (2017) 91% Hulu
Chrisley Knows Best: Season 5 (2017) 10 p.m., USA
According to Chrisley (2017), 10:30 p.m., USA

Wednesday, Sept. 13
South Park: Season 21 (2017) 54% 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Broad City: Season 4 (2017) 100% 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Thursday, Sept. 14
Better Things: Season 2 (2017) 96% 10 p.m., FX
Riviera (2017), Sundance Now

Friday, Sept. 15
American Vandal: Season 1 (2017) 98% Netflix
() 9 p.m., NatGeo

Sunday, Sept. 17
Adventure Time: Season 9 (2017) 7 p.m., Cartoon Network
69th Primetime Emmy Awards, 8 p.m., ABC
The Vietnam War: Miniseries (2017) 96% 8 p.m., PBS
El Chapo: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Univision
Vice Principals: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10:30 p.m., HBO

Monday, Sept. 18
Dancing With the Stars: Season 25 (2017) 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) 95% Netflix
Ellen’s Show Me More Show (2017), YouTube

Wednesday, Sept. 20
The Good Place: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., NBC (moves to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 28)
The No-End House: The No-End House (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Syfy

Thursday, Sept. 21
Doc Martin, Acorn TV
Gotham: Season 4 (2017) 77% 8 p.m., Fox
American Beauty Star: Season 1 (2017) , 10:30 p.m., Lifetime

Friday, Sept. 22
Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) 73% Netflix
Fuller House: Season 3 (2017)  Netflix
Neo Yokio: Season 1 (2017) 52% Netflix
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
The Deep, Netflix
Transparent: Season 4 (2017) 91% Amazon
Tales From the Tour Bus: Season 1 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Cinemax

Sunday, Sept. 24
()  8 p.m., Fox
Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 (2017) 82% 8:30 p.m., CBS

Monday, Sept. 25
The Big Bang Theory: Season 11 (2017) 75% 8 p.m., CBS
The Voice: Season 13 (2017) 8 p.m., NBC
Young Sheldon: Season 1 (2017) 76% 8:30 p.m., CBS (preview)
Kevin Can Wait: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Me, Myself & I: Season 1 (2017) 63% 9:30 p.m., CBS
The Good Doctor: Season 1 (2017) 63% 10 p.m., ABC
Scorpion: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS
The Brave: Season 1 (2017) 42% 10 p.m., NBC
The Opposition With Jordan Klepper (2017), 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Def Comedy Jam 25 (2017)  Netflix
NCIS: Season 15 (2017) 8 p.m., CBS
Lethal Weapon: Season 2 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., Fox
Bull: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
This Is Us: Season 2 (2017) 92% 9 p.m., NBC
The Mick: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 5 (2017) 100% 9:30 p.m., Fox
NCIS: New Orleans: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murderers: The Menendez Murders () 64% 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Sept. 27
The Goldbergs: Season 5 (2017) 8 p.m., ABC
Survivor 8 p.m., CBS
Empire: Season 4 (2017) 83% 8 p.m., Fox
The Blacklist: Season 5 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., NBC
Speechless: Season 2 (2017) 8:30 p.m., ABC
Modern Family: Season 9 (2017) 9 p.m., ABC
SEAL Team: Season 1 (2017) 71% 9 p.m., CBS
Lee Daniel's Star: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., Fox
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 19 (2017) 80% 9 p.m., NBC
American Housewife: Season 2 (2017) 9:30 p.m., ABC
Designated Survivor: Season 2 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., ABC
Criminal Minds: Season 13 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS
Chicago P.D.: Season 5 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Liar: Season 1 (2017) 54% 10 p.m., SundanceTV

Thursday, Sept. 28
StartUp: Season 2 (2017)  Crackle
Missions (2017), Shudder
Grey's Anatomy: Season 14 (2017) 93% 8 p.m., ABC
Superstore: Season 3 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., NBC
() % 9 p.m., NBC
Great News: Season 2 (2017) 92% 9:30 p.m., NBC
How to Get Away With Murder: Season 4 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., ABC
Chicago Fire: Season 6 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Nathan for You: Season 4 (2017) 100% Comedy Central
The President Show: Season 1 (2017) 67%, midnight, Comedy Central

Friday, Sept. 29
Big Mouth: Season 1 (2017) 100% Netflix
Real Rob: Season 2 (2017)  Netflix
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 1 (2017)  Netflix
Real Rob: Season 2 (2017)  Netflix
Gerald's Game (2017) 91% Netflix
Long Shot (2017) Netflix
Our Souls at Night (2017) 89% Netflix
Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip (2017), Netflix
Tin Star (2017), Amazon
Stories With Kev (2017), Laugh Out Loud Network
Inhumans: Season 1 (2017) 11% 8 p.m., ABC
MacGyver: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., CBS
Hell's Kitchen: Season 17 (2017) 8 p.m., Fox
Hawaii Five-0: Season 8 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Z Nation: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., Syfy
The Exorcist: Season 2 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., Fox
Blue Bloods: Season 8 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sept. 30
Versailles: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Ovation
Saturday Night Live: Season 43 (2017) 9% 11:30 p.m., NBC

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October


Sunday, Oct. 1
The Toy Box: Season 2 (2017) 7 p.m., ABC
Bob's Burgers: Season 8 (2017) 7:30 p.m., Fox
Shark Tank: Season 9 (2017) 8 p.m., ABC
The Simpsons: Season 29 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., Fox
Wisdom of the Crowd: Season 1 (2017) 24% 8:30 p.m., CBS
Ghosted: Season 1 (2017) 59% 8:30 p.m., Fox
Family Guy: Season 15 (2016) 9 p.m., Fox
Poldark: Season 3 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., PBS
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2007), 9 p.m., E!
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 9 (2017) 9:30 p.m., CBS
The Last Man on Earth: Season 4 (2017) 92% 9:30 p.m., Fox
Ten Days in the Valley: Season 1 (2017) 55% 10 p.m., ABC
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 (2017) 74% 10 p.m., HBO
StarTalk: Season 4 (2017) 11 p.m., Nat Geo

Monday, Oct. 2
Total Request Live (2017), MTV
Lucifer: Season 3 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., Fox
9JKL: Season 1 (2017) 19% 8:30 p.m., CBS
The Gifted: Season 1 (2017) 76% 9 p.m., Fox
The Halcyon: Season 1 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., Ovation

Tuesday, Oct. 3
Rodney Carrington: Here Comes the Truth (2017), Netflix
The Middle: Season 9 (2018) 100% 8 p.m., ABC
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 4 (2017) 86% 8:30 p.m., ABC
black-ish: Season 4 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., ABC
The Mayor: Season 1 (2017) 81% 9:30 p.m., ABC
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Season 1 (2017) 63% 10 p.m., ABC
Queen Sugar: Season 2 (2017) 100% (returns) 10 p.m., OWN

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Nature: Season 36 (2017) 8 p.m., PBS
NOVA: Season 44 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, 9 p.m., Bravo
Rehab Addict, 9 p.m., DIY

Thursday, Oct. 5
Rillington Place: Miniseries () 83% Sundance Now
() % Crackle
Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller (2017), 8 p.m., FUSION TV
Scandal: Season 7 (2017) 91% 9 p.m., ABC
Van Helsing: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., Syfy
Ghost Wars: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., Syfy
Shade: Queens of NYC: Season 1 (2017) 10:30 p.m., Fusion

Friday, Oct. 6
Suburra: Blood on Rome: Season 1 (2017) 100% Netflix
Skylanders Academy: Season 2 (2017)  Netflix
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) 97% Netflix
Once Upon a Time: Season 7 (2017) 43% 8 p.m., ABC
Superstition: Season 1 (2017) 80% 10 p.m., Syfy

Saturday, Oct. 7
Spielberg (2017) 92% 7 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Oct. 8
America's Funniest Home Videos: Season 28 (2017) 8 p.m., ABC
Madam Secretary: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS
() midnight, Adult Swim

Monday, Oct. 9
Supergirl: Season 3 (2017) 78% 8 p.m., The CW
Valor: Season 1 (2017) 21% 9 p.m., The CW
A Haunting, 10 p.m., Destination America

Tuesday, Oct. 10
BET Hip Hop Awards (2017), 8 p.m., BET
The Flash: Season 4 (2018) 80% 8 p.m., The CW
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3 (2017) 88% 9 p.m., The CW
Terror In the Woods, 10 p.m., Destination America

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Chance: Season 2 (2017)  Hulu
Lifeline (2017), YouTube Red
Queers: Miniseries (2017) 10 a.m., BBC America
Riverdale: Season 2 (2017) 88% 8 p.m., The CW
Dynasty: Season 1 (2017) 49% 9 p.m., The CW
Mr. Robot: Season 3 (2017) 92% 10 p.m., USA
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Spike

Thursday, Oct. 12
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman: Season 1 (2017) 93% Hulu
Supernatural: Season 13 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., The CW
Arrow: Season 6 (2017) 64% 9 p.m., The CW
Home Alone, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery

Friday, Oct. 13
The Babysitter (2017) 72% Netflix
Kingdom of Us (2017) 100% Netflix
Mindhunter: Season 1 (2017) 96% Netflix
Super Monsters: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 (2017) 80% Netflix
Lore: Season 1 (2017) 69% Amazon
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (2017) 96% 8 p.m., The CW
Jane The Virgin: Season 4 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., The CW

Saturday, Oct. 14
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Season 2 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., BBC America
The Sandman (2017)   9 p.m., Syfy
Tokyo Project (2017)  10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Oct. 15
Berlin Station: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Epix
The Durrells: Season 2 (2017) 100% 8 p.m., PBS
Good Behavior: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT

Monday, Oct. 16
Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., VH1
Horror at the Cecil Hotel, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 (2017) 100% 12:30 a.m., Disney XD

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017), Netflix
Hit The Road: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., DirecTV/AT&T
Dead Silent, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Loudermilk: Season 1 (2017) 92% 10:30 p.m., DirecTV/AT&T

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Car vs America (2017), 8 p.m., FUSION TV
Freakish: Season 2 (2017)  Hulu

Friday, Oct. 20
1922 (2017) 91% Netflix
The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (2017), Netflix
() % Netflix
One of Us (2017) 93% Hulu
Red Oaks: Season 3 (2017) 100% Amazon
Wheelman (2017) 88% Netflix
Tracey Ullman's Show: Season 2 (2017) 100% HBO

Saturday, Oct. 21
Too Funny To Fail (2017) 100% Hulu
()  8 p.m., Lifetime
George Michael: Freedom (2017), 9 p.m., Showtime

Sunday, Oct. 22
Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson (2017), Fox
The Walking Dead: Season 8 (2017) 65% 9 p.m., AMC
Graves: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Epix
White Famous: Season 1 (2017) 53% 10 p.m., Showtime
The Jellies: Season 1 (2017) 12:15 a.m., Adult Swim
Comic Book Men: Season 7 (2017) midnight, AMC

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Wanted: Season 1 (2005) Netflix
Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild (2017), 10 p.m., TBS
At Home With Amy Sedaris: Season 1 (2017) 100% 10:30 p.m., truTV

Thursday, Oct. 26
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) 89% Netflix
Andi Mack: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Disney
Drop the Mic: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., TBS

Friday, Oct. 27
Stranger Things: Season 2 (2017) 94% Netflix
Fearless: Season 1 (2017) 73% Amazon
Blindspot: Season 3 (2017) 8 p.m., NBC
Michael Jackson’s Halloween (2017), 8 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Oct. 28
Flint (2017) 57% 8 p.m., Lifetime
Black Sabbath: The End of the End (2017) 9 p.m., Showtime
The Murder Castle, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery

Sunday, Oct. 29
Helltown, 10 p.m., Destination America
() 10 p.m., Starz

Monday, Oct. 30
Judah Friedlander: America Is the Greatest Country in the United States (2017), Netflix
Superior Donuts: Season 2 (2017) 9:30 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Major Crimes: Season 6 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT
Terror in the Woods: Halloween Fright Night, 9 p.m., Destination America

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November


Wednesday, Nov. 1
Stan Against Evil: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., IFC

Thursday, Nov. 2
Back: Season 1 (2017) 100%, Sundance Now
Young Sheldon: Season 1 (2017) 76% 8:30 p.m., CBS
Mom: Season 5 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Life in Pieces: Season 3 (2017) 9:30 p.m., CBS
S.W.A.T.: Season 1 (2017) 48% 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 3
Alias Grace: Miniseries (2017) 99% Netflix
Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City (2017), 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Sunday, Nov. 5
The Girlfriend Experience: Season 2 (2017) 74% 9 p.m., Starz
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
Shameless: Season 8 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., Showtime
SMILF: Season 1 (2017) 82% 10 p.m., Showtime
Ride With Norman Reedus: Season 2 (2017) 11 p.m., AMC

Monday, Nov. 6
Rebecca Martinsson, Acorn TV
The Healer, 10 p.m., TLC

Tuesday, Nov. 7
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazon
Fate/Apocrypha, Netflix
() % 9 p.m., Nat Geo
Teachers: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., TV Land (returning)
Damnation: Season 1 (2017) 64% 10 p.m., USA

Wednesday, Nov. 8
The 51st Annual Country Music Awards, ABC
Hot Date: Season 1 (2017) 8 p.m., Pop
()  8 p.m., Epix
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour: Season 1 (2016) 10 p.m., A&E
The A Word: Season 2 (2017) 93% 10 p.m., Sundance TV

Thursday, Nov. 9
The Cromarties: Season 1 (2017) 10:30 p.m., USA

Friday, Nov. 10
Lady Dynamite: Season 2 (2017) 100% Netflix
Landmarks Live in Concert, 10 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Nov. 12
No Activity: Season 1 (2017) 70% CBS All Access
Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics: Season 1 (2017) 11 p.m., AMC

Monday, Nov. 13
Ill Behaviour, 10:30 p.m., Showtime

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Future Man: Season 1 (2017) 82% Hulu

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Do You Want to See a Dead Body?, YouTube Red
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Science

Thursday, Nov. 16
Back: Season 1 (2017) 100% Sundance Now
GameFace, Hulu

Friday, Nov. 17
Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (2017) 67% Netflix
Mudbound (2017) 97% Netflix
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017), Netflix
Saving Capitalism, Netflix
Tim & Faith Soul2Soul, 9 p.m., Showtime

Saturday, Nov. 18
Night of Too Many Stars, HBO 30669
Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders: Season 1 () 9 p.m., Sundance TV

Sunday, Nov. 19
The American Music Awards, 8 p.m., ABC
The Root 100 (2017), 9 p.m., FUSION TV
Search Party: Season 2 (2017) 96% 10 p.m., TBS
The Problem With Apu (2017), 10 p.m., TruTV

Monday, Nov. 20
Love, Lies & Records, Acorn TV
David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2017), 8 p.m., PBS
() % 8 p.m., Disney XD
Elizabeth Smart: Questions Answered, 10 p.m., A&E

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (2017) 85% Hulu
Chicago Med: Season 3 (2017)  10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Godless: Miniseries (2017) 83% Netflix
Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!, Netflix

Thursday, Nov. 23
She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (2017) 84% Netflix
A Place to Call Home, Acorn TV

Friday, Nov. 24
Frontier (2016), Netflix

Sunday, Nov. 26
Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017), 9 p.m., Nat Geo

Tuesday, Nov. 28
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (2017), 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Nov. 29
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (2017) 94% Amazon
Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at the Apollo, 10 p.m., CBS
Vikings: Season 5 (2017) 91% 9 p.m., History

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December


Friday, Dec. 1
() % Hulu
Dark: Season 1 (2017) 89% Netflix
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5 (2018) 100% 8 p.m., ABC

Saturday, Dec. 2
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017), 9 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Dec. 3
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special, 8 p.m., CBS

Monday, Dec. 4
The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 4, Acorn TV
The Indian Doctor, Acorn TV
95th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting from President’s Park (2017), 7 p.m., Hallmark
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) 94% 8 p.m., HBO

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight (2017), Netflix

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Shut Eye: Season 2 (2017) Hulu
Knightfall: Season 1 (2017) 57% 10 p.m., History
Happy!: Season 1 (2017) 81% 10 p.m., Syfy

Thursday, Dec. 7
Psych: The Movie (2017), 8 p.m., USA

Friday, Dec. 8
The Crown: Season 2 (2017) 89% Netflix
The Grand Tour: Season 2 (2017) 57% Amazon

Sunday, Dec. 10
Counterpart: Season 1 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Starz (sneak peek)

Monday, Dec. 11
East of Everything, Acorn TV

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Judd Apatow: The Return (2017), Netflix

Friday, Dec. 15
Wormwood: Miniseries (2017) 90% Netflix
Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (2016) 70% Amazon

Sunday, Dec. 17
A Christmas Story (2017), 7 p.m., Fox

Monday, Dec. 18
Gunpowder: Miniseries () 72% 10 p.m., HBO
The Accident Season 1, Acorn TV

Tuesday, Dec. 19
15: A Quinceañera Story: Ashley (2017)  HBO
The Naked Truth: Wasteland, 8 p.m., Fusion

Wednesday, Dec. 20
Loosely Exactly Nicole, Facebook
() % 8 p.m., TNT

Thursday, Dec. 21
Peaky Blinders: Season 4 (2017) 89% Netflix

Friday, Dec. 22
Bright (2017) 27% Netflix
Fuller House: Season 3 (2017)  Netflix
The Last Post: Season 1 (2017) 64% Netflix

Monday, Dec. 25
Murdoch Mysteries Season 11, Acorn TV
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017) 88% BBC America
Cable Girls: Season 2 (2017) Netflix
Call the Midwife, 9 p.m., PBS

Tuesday, Dec. 26
The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS

Thursday, Dec. 28
Apple Music’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story (2017), 8 p.m., Fox

Friday, Dec. 29
Black Mirror: Season 4 (2017) 86% Netflix

Sunday, Dec. 31
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017), Netflix
Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square, 8 p.m., Fox

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Go To: 2018 PREMIERE DATES CALENDAR

This weekend at the movies, we have a dramatized look at the making of an outsider cinema classic (The Disaster Artist, starring James and Dave Franco) and a trio of Hollywood vets in an old-fashioned comedy caper (Just Getting Started, starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo). What are the critics saying?


The Disaster Artist (2017) 91%


What are the ingredients necessary for a compelling story? What constitutes a compelling performance? Do “good” and “bad” really exist, or are they merely arbitrary concepts designed to be tossed around like the ol’ pigskin in your average everyday game of tuxedo football? These are just some of the questions posed by Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, the indie production whose thoroughly inscrutable intentions went on to spawn a thousand midnight screenings (and cries of “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”) after its 2003 debut — and while few of those questions will ever receive a definitive answer, Room-bedeviled cineastes have now been gifted with more food for thought in the form of The Disaster Artist. Directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau, it’s an affectionately tongue-in-cheek look at the story behind the scenes of a so-bad-it’s-good cinema classic — and although it would be impossible for any movie to truly get inside Wiseau’s artistic process, critics say this Disaster is still an effortlessly entertaining dramatization. Of course, it’ll be more entertaining if you’ve actually seen The Room beforehand, but either way, this is one of Franco’s proudest moments, and a pat on the back for anyone who ever aimed for the creative moon, only to end up sailing into a different galaxy.


Just Getting Started (2017) 4%


Countless ingredients go into making a successful motion picture, and a lot of them boil down to dumb luck — but if you can get a talented writer-director on one side of the camera and a terrific cast on the other, you’ve won at least half the battle. This weekend’s Just Getting Started, starring Morgan Freeman as a Palm Springs resort manager whose razzle-dazzle existence is thrown into disarray by a murder plot and the arrival of an ex-military man (Tommy Lee Jones) and a lovely guest (Rene Russo), would certainly seem to have a solid head start: aside from that talented ensemble, it boasts the involvement of writer-director Ron Shelton, whose previous credits include Bull Durham and Tin Cup. So what about the rest of the movie? Unfortunately, we don’t know yet — Just Getting Started wasn’t screened for critics, so we’ll all just have to wait and see. In the meantime, how about a round of Guess the Tomatometer?


What’s New on TV

Happy!: Season 1 (2017) 81%

Happy! certainly isn’t for everyone, but its appealingly oddball concept and strong performances from Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt make for a gritty, dark comedy with definite — albeit unusual — appeal.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Quest (2017) , a documentary look at the experiences of an African-American family during the Obama administration, is at 100 percent.
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor (2017) , a documentary about a young woman’s life-threatening quest for justice, is at 94 percent.
  • I, Tonya (2017) , starring Margot Robbie in a biopic of disgraced professional skater Tonya Harding, is Certified Fresh at 90 percent.
  • Hollow in the Land (2017) , starring Dianna Agron as a woman pushed to extreme lengths to protect her family after her brother is accused of a crime, is at 83 percent.
  • The White King (2016) , about the upheaval a man’s family faces after he’s branded a traitor and arrested by their country’s oppressive regime, is at 72 percent.
  • Kaleidoscope (2016) , starring Toby Jones as an ex-con whose first faltering efforts to put his life back together are complicated by the reappearance of his mother, is at 70 percent.
  • Bullet Head (2017) , starring Adrien Brody and John Malkovich in a crime thriller with an anti-animal cruelty agenda, is at 50 percent.
  • The Pirates of Somalia (2017) , a fact-based drama about a journalist’s efforts to learn about modern-day pirates by embedding himself in their crew, is at 44 percent.
The Walking Dead, Big Hero 6, Supergirl, Punisher, Riverdale, The Flash (Alan Clarke/AMC; Disney XD; The CW; Netflix; The CW)

There has never been a better time for comic book-based television shows on TV. Each year adds a few more with the fall 2017 season featuring 10 series on broadcast, a handful on cable, and two new programs on streaming platforms. And while there’s plenty of anticipation for new series like Runaways and The Gifted, there’s excitement to be found in all of the returning broadcast shows. Let’s take a look:


Inhumans (ABC)

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Marvel’s Inhumans: Season 1
Starring: Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon, Isabelle Cornish, Ken Leung, Mike Moh, Eme Ikwuakor, Henry Ian Cusick

Premise: For countless generations, the Inhumans of Attilan have hidden themselves from the human world on the dark side of the moon. That peace is about to be broken as King Black Bolt’s (Mount) jealous brother Maximus (Rheon) makes a bid to take the throne. In the ensuing coup, Black Bolt finds himself on Earth and exposed to the world.

What To Expect: Though the concept of Inhumans will be familiar to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers, the full-blooded Inhuman royal family is something new and different for Marvel’s television offerings. They are extremely powerful and nothing like the grounded heroes of the Netflix series or the (usually) chummy Avengers of the Cinematic Universe. Their Shakespearean world and conflict will play out over eight episodes, presumably with repercussions for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team.

When To See It: The first chapter of the series hits IMAX theaters on September 1 for a limited two-week run; then the entirety of the series airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on ABC starting September 29


Gotham (Fox)

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Gotham, Season 4
Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Nicholas D’Agosto, Michael Chiklis, Maggie Geha

Premise: Before the Batman, Gotham City was mired in corruption, crime, and conspiracy. Into this stew came Jim Gordon (McKenzie), a good man who promised a boy he’d find his parents’ killer. In the process, Gordon would plumb the depths of his soul and help sow the seeds of Batman’s ongoing war on crime and costumed crazies. From Catwoman (Bicondova) to Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) to the Riddler (Smith), Gordon has met the people who will come to dominate his life in strange and unexpected ways. Meanwhile, the boy, Bruce Wayne (Mazouz), has been on a journey to understand why his parents died. It’s a path that will lead him to the Bat.

What To Expect: The time is coming for Bruce Wayne to become something else. But hoods aren’t really his thing, so he must seek out the right image for his crime-fighting persona. Gordon is back on the force, but has a lot to atone for. Granted, a possible romance with Sofia Falcone (Crystal Reed) may help distract him. And as the villains of Gotham City assemble in their recognizable guises, a mysterious member of the Crane family takes up the mantle of Scarecrow.

When To See It: Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox starting September 21


Lucifer (Fox)

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Lucifer, Season 3
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris

Premise: Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis) took leave of Hell to start a nightclub in Los Angeles. While enjoying his freedom, he also picked up an unexpected habit of helping the LAPD solve crimes. He also became fascinated with LAPD Detective Chloe Decker (German), a woman immune to his supernatural charms.

What To Expect: The season will begin with four “standalone” episodes produced last year. Each will spotlight a different character. Following that, Smallville’s Tom Welling will join the cast as Lt. Marcus Pierce, a likable if straight-laced police officer who will lock horns with Lucifer and cause ripples in the ongoing Lucifer-Decker tension.

When To See It: Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox starting October 2


The Gifted (Fox)

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The Gifted, Season 1
Starring: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, and Coby Bell

Premise: In a world where the X-Men are missing, Reed and Kate Strucker (Moyer and Acker) attempt to save their mutant children (Lind and Hynes White) from a world that fears and hates them. Along the way, they encounter a mutant underground and familiar X-Men characters like Eclipse (Teale), Blink (Chung), and Polaris (Dumont). Within the underground, sparks will fly between John Proudstar (Redford) and Dreamer (Satine), revealing that there’s always time for love, even when you’re being hunted by Sentinels.

What To Expect: A family drama wrapped inside an action series with a portion of X-Men¬-style romantic tensions. Though the series intends to make the absence of the X-Men a plot point, it may involve into the most faithful X-Men adaption of them all.

When To See It: Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox starting October 2


Supergirl (The CW)

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Supergirl, Season 3
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mechad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Katie McGrath

Premise: Kara Zor-El (Benoist) is a strange visitor from another world with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal humans. Disguised as an executive assistant at Catco Worldwide Media, she tried to live an ordinary life. But when a plane carrying her adoptive sister Alex (Leigh) nearly crashed, she was revealed to the world. Adopting the identity of Supergirl, she works with Alex and the Department of Extranormal Operations to mitigate alien threats and protect the people of National City. Oh, also, she’s Superman’s cousin.

What To Expect: It is unclear if Supergirl will also leap forward a few months. But if so, it is easy to imagine Kara will still be reeling from the departure of Mon-El (Chris Wood) – whose own life is about to take an interesting turn. Luckily, she still has Alex and the friendship of Lena Luthor (McGrath) to help as she processes her grief. Provided, of course, that Lena doesn’t succumb to the Luthor family history. Meanwhile, the Kryptonian child teased at the end of Season 2 will emerge as Kara’s new antagonist, Reign (Odette Annable). Designed by rogue Kryptonian scientists to be a “World Killer,” she will give Kara plenty of trouble. If that wasn’t enough, she will face media mogul Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar), a man with possible demonic ties. Also, hopes run high that Alex and Maggie (Floriana Lima) will get married despite Lima’s diminished role on the series.

When To See It: Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW starting October 9


The Flash (The CW)

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The Flash, Season 4
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Keiynan Lonsdale

Premise: Barry Allen is the fastest man alive, and he’s more than happy to tell you that. After a science experiment unleashed superpowered metahumans in his city, Barry dedicated himself to stopping the metas who use their powers for evil while investigating the death of his mother. He eventually solved it, prevented it, then realized he had to let it happen. It’s not easy being the fastest man alive.

What To Expect: Like Arrow, the show will also take leap forward; six months in this case. In that time, Barry has merged with the Speed Force, the quasi-mystical place from which he and the other speedsters draw their power, and learned to forgive himself for the mistakes he made regarding his mother’s murder. Back in Central City, his fiancée Iris has taken a leadership role in Team Flash. But the arrival of the Thinker (Neil Sandilands), a non-speedster villain, will force the team to recall Barry from the Speed Force. Besides the constant presence of the Thinker, Team Flash will also face occasional threats from Blacksmith (Katee Sackhoff), an arms merchant with an ability to manipulate metal. They will also make a new friend in the form of Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer), a detective with a helluva reach.

When To See It: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW starting October 10


Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Season 3
Starring: Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Arthur Darvill

Premise: In an attempt to stop a future tyrant, Time Master Rip Hunter (Darvill) assembled a team of ne’er-do-well heroes and villains to combat the despot in his own distant past. It didn’t work out too well, leaving the Time Masters destroyed and Hunter’s team, now known as Legends, to police time itself. That also didn’t work out so well.

What To Expect: Like the other Arrowverse shows, Legends will pick up some time after the team found themselves stranded in an apocalyptic timeline. Apparently back in the original time zones, they are called together for one more mission to protect time. Complicating matters is Rip Hunter, who chose to ally with the American government to create a new Time Bureau. With their role in time unclear, the Legends will fight a new Legion of Doom composed of Damien Darkh (Neal McDonough), Grodd, and others. But the Legends will have new help in the form of Tala Ashe (Zari Adrianna Tomaz) a grey-hat hacktivist from the future with remarkable ties to DC Comics’ Rock of Eternity.

When To See It: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW starting October 10


Riverdale (The CW)

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Riverdale, Season 2
Starring: K.J. Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Luke Perry

Premise: Riverdale is a complicated place. It appears to be the last vestige of small-town America, but it hides deadly secrets under its picket fences. Jughead Jones (Sprouse) intended to chronicle its fall, but now finds himself at the very center of the chaos. Though murder of Jason Blossom has been solved, Jughead will still find plenty to write about thanks to his best friend Archie’s recent tragedy and his own decision to become a Southside Serpent.

What To Expect: As season 2 opens, Archie (Apa) will still be processing his grief, even if producers remain cagey on whether or not Fred Andrews (Perry) died. It is possible his mother (Molly Ringwald) will try to get him to leave Riverdale. Meanwhile, Jughead’s lifestyle choices will drive a wedge between him and Betty (Reinhart). It seems as though Jughead is trying to exonerate his father, but it could be evidence that apples stick near trees in Riverdale. Veronica (Mendes) will get a double dose of unwanted New York attention as both her father (Mark Consuelos) and an old boyfriend (Graham Phillips) make their way to town.

When To See It: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW starting October 11


Arrow (The CW)

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Arrow, Season 6
Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez

Premise: After five years in Hell, Oliver Queen (Amell) returned to Star City a changed man. Determined to save his city from underworld forces bent on its destruction, he became someone else … something else. He refined that thing before becoming the Green Arrow. After another five years, Oliver Queen found Hell was not done with him. But now that all of his ghosts have been uncovered, it’s time for the Green Arrow to move on free of survivor’s guilt.

What to Expect: First: A resolution to the season 5 cliffhanger. It is unclear who survived the destruction of Lian Yu, but considering season 6 will pick up sometime later, you can be sure of a quick resolution. Meanwhile, Oliver and the surviving Team Arrow will face down a new underworld foe by the name of Ricardo Diaz (Oz’s Kirk Acevedo). Based on the DC Comics martial artist Richard Dragon, Diaz has never lost a fight, but he’s also never faced an opponent like Oliver Queen before. Also, expect the dormant Olicity relationship to heat up again as both Oliver and Felicity (Rickards) forget they’re better just being friends.

When to see it: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW starting October 12


The Walking Dead (AMC)

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The Walking Dead, Season 8
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, and Pollyanna McIntosh, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Premise: After the Zombie Apocalypse, Rick Grimes (Lincoln) leads a group of people across the wastelands of Georgia in hopes of finding safety. Instead, he and his group find man is the most vicious monster of all.

What To Expect: Adapting the comic book series’ “All Out War” story arc, the survivors of Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom take on Negan (Morgan) and the Saviors in, well, an all-out war. Meanwhile, Gregory (Xander Berkeley) may have Maggie (Cohan) in his crosshairs as the show approaches its 100th episode.

When To See It: Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC starting October 22


Happy! (Syfy)

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Happy!, Season 1
Starring: Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt

Premise: Nick Sax (Meloni) is a carousing hit-man whose life gets a shot of positivity from an imaginary winged horse named Happy (Oswalt). Well, he might be imaginary. He could be an alien or Sax could be having a breakdown.

What To Expect: Based on the comic book by Grant Morrison, you can expect just about anything. His books feature things as grandiose as gods destroying universes as they die or small human moments like a man grieving for his cat.

When To See It: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Syfy starting November 29


The Runaways (Hulu)

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Marvel’s Runawas, Season 1
Starring: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Julian McMahon

Premise: A group of teens discover that all of their parents are part of a villainous cabal known as the Pride. Absconding from their homes with powers and gear taken from their folks, the group vows to end the Pride and atone for their crimes.

What To Expect: A coming-of-age tale with a big twist. Though the supervillain scale of the group’s discovery is fantastical, it mirrors a rite of passage many people go through on the way to becoming an adult. Also expect down-to-earth fashion sense as the Runaways never adopt superhero names or costumes.

When To See It: On Hulu starting in November (premiere date to be announced)


Big Hero 6 (Disney XD)

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Big Hero 6, Season 1
Featuring the Voices Of: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Khary Payton, Brooks Wheelan, Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk, David Shaughnessy

Premise: Hiro and Baymax from the Big Hero 6 feature film star in all-new animated series. As the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro takes on a huge course load and plenty of social hurdles. But he also continues his crime-fighting ways with his best pals by his side.

What To Expect: A 2D version with the film’s mix of humor and heart. Also expect a long run as the series already has a second season commitment.

When To See It: On Disney XD starting in November (premiere date to be announced)


The Punisher (Netflix)

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Marvel’s The Punisher, Season 1
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Amber Rose Revah

Premise: Frank Castle (Bernthal) kills a lot of people as he continues to punish those he sees as wrong-doers. But Frank’s methods put him in the sights of the Department of Homeland Security, an organization none too thrilled with his activities. Frank, meanwhile, reconnects with Billy Russo (Barnes), a friend from his Special Forces days who now runs a private military corporation.

What To Expect: Frank will kill a lot of people. Also expect the real reason why his family was murdered to be revealed. Russo probably had something to do with it, as the character is traditionally one of Frank’s chief adversaries — though, typically he’s called Jigsaw and lot less good-looking than Barnes.

When To See It: On Netflix in the fall — premiere date to be announced

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