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.
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.
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours
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
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.
Commitment: Approx. 19.5 hours
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
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.
Commitment: Approx. 36 hours
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.
Commitment: Approx. 57 hours
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.
Commitment: Approx. 6 hours
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
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.
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours
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.
Commitment: About 29 hours
Thumbnail photo courtesy Patrick Ecclesine/CBS; Isabella Vosmikova/HBO; Jan Thijs/Starz/Fremantle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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.
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 Post, Bright, 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
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.
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
Thursday, Oct. 5
Rillington Place: Miniseries () 83% Sundance Now
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Future Man: Season 1 (2017) 82% Hulu
Thursday, Nov. 16
Back: Season 1 (2017) 100% Sundance Now
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
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
Saturday, Dec. 2
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017), 9 p.m., HBO
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
Thursday, Dec. 7
Psych: The Movie (2017), 8 p.m., USA
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
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
Thursday, Dec. 21
Peaky Blinders: Season 4 (2017) 89% Netflix
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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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?
Also Opening This Week In Limited Release
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:
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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)
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)
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