Fall is creeping in, which means that it’s time to look forward to the TV shows that will be keeping us entertained during the chillier months of the year. Seeing as 2020 has been a most unprecedented year in every way, this year’s Fall TV schedule looks a little different, so our Fall preview looks different too. Below, we’ve curated a list of 31 new and returning shows that we think are worth your time, including cult favorites that are being given a second chance in the wilds of 2020, K-Dramas that rival the grim menace of Hannibal, high-concept sci-fi shows, a new British action series from the twisted mind behind The Raid movies, and plenty of fresh comedies to keep you laughing.
In terms of scares this Fall, if you’ve been missing the undead in your life then you’ll want to keep an eye out for the next generation of The Walking Dead stumbling to our screens (along with the long-delayed Walking Dead Season 10 finale, which is no longer a finale), while Netflix’s follow up to its smash-hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House will be debuting just in time for Halloween. And you don’t have to wait too long for your Fall TV fix: this week heralds the release of Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated TV series Raised By Wolves as well as the return of Amazon’s superhero smash The Boys, which both premiere with three episodes before releasing new installments weekly. (We’re also hoping for the premieres of Stranger Things Season 4 and Disney Plus’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier before the end of the year, and we’ll update this list if and when they’re confirmed for a 2020 release.)
Check out our top TV picks from the Fall schedule below.
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FLOWER OF EVIL
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This smash-hit K-drama has been taking the internet by storm and it’s no surprise as this murder-mystery procedural is supremely bingeable. Flower of Evil centers on a perfect family with a dark secret: their successful, handsome patriarch is a notorious serial killer. That would be tough enough, but his wife just happens to be a local cop with a penchant for solving strange crimes…
RAISED BY WOLVES
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Executive producer Ridley Scott brings this esoteric sci-fi drama to the Fall season. On a distant planet, two androids known only as Father and Mother have to raise a generation of human children after a cataclysmic event destroys Earth. Will they survive? And if not, will it be human nature or robot rebellion that will bring the downfall of the survivors? Seeming to sit somewhere between Lord of the Flies and Blade Runner, this is one of the shows we’re most excited for this Fall. Check out our spoiler-free review of Raised By Wolves.
Premieres on Netflix Sept. 4
If you like your sci-fi a little more grounded (figuratively, not literally) then Away might be more your speed. Hillary Swank stars in this prestige offering as a mother, wife, and astronaut who leads an ambitious three-year mission to Mars. Away looks like it’s equally as concerned with the familial life of its heroine as it is with her space adventures, offering up a family-drama tinged take on the genre, harking back to Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot.
THE BOYS SEASON 2
Premieres on Amazon Sept. 4
After the sterling sickness of Season 1, The Boys are back. Billy Butcher and crew caused chaos in their debut, destroying the reputations and lives of corporate superheroes The Seven. We pick up where they left off with Billy and Homelander missing, The Boys and The Seven on the hunt for their respective friends/enemies, and a scene-stealing new supervillain being introduced into the fold in the form of Aya Cash’s Stormfront.
Premieres on Hulu Sept. 9
Co-created by cartoonist Keith Knight, Woke stars Lamorne Morris as an artist who is assaulted by the police just as his career is about to really get started. The incident makes Keef “woke,” meaning in this context that he can see and hear all kinds of strange new voices and creatures around him. Think of They Live mixed with Bojack Horseman and you’re halfway there.
THE THIRD DAY
Premieres on HBO Sept. 14
Jude Law and Naomie Harris in a folk-horror fever dream? Yes, please. The iconic actors star here as visitors to a strange and haunting island where nothing is as it seems. Split into three parts — Summer, Autumn, and Winter — the show weaves the three apparently disparate stories together offering up secrets, twists, and unexpected connections. If you’re looking for something to chill you this Fall, then look no further than The Third Day.
Premieres on Netflix Sept. 17
Get ready to get gory! Capcom’s hack and slash classic Dragon’s Dogma is coming to Netflix in the form of a gorgeous new anime series, just in time for the spookiest of seasons. As the game is an action RPG we expect lots of magic, mayhem, and monster hunting. We’re hoping it’ll be just as dark and delightful as the streamer’s wildly popular Castlevania adaptation.
JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS
Premieres on Netflix Sept. 18
Though you might not be too excited about an animated Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is here to surprise, delight, and scare. Following a group of teens beta-testing the new park’s summer camp scheme in the lead-up to the events of the first Jurassic World movie, this is a great addition to Jurassic Park canon and offers up some legit scary moments.
Premieres on Netflix Sept. 18
Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy have been scaring the living daylights out of us for years with American Horror Story and they’re teaming up again for this One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel. Reimagining the origin of the notorious villain from that brutally bleak classic, Paulson takes on the titular role, aiming to bring a broader life and backstory to the tyrannical nurse.
PEN15 SEASON 2
Premieres on Hulu Sept. 18
If you didn’t catch this hilarious nostalgia-fest the first time ’round, you’ve still got time to catch up before the second season hits. Created by and starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, this series features the creators as themselves in middle school and it’s just as gross, hilarious, and dramatic as being a teen actually was. The second season will feature more strange shenanigans that are likely to make you cringe and cry in equal measure.
Premieres on Amazon Sept. 25
Based on one of the best British TV shows ever made, Utopia focuses on a group of ragtag heroes who have to save the world via the medium of comic books. Without spoiling too much, the crew have to use the titular tale to uncover a shocking conspiracy and potentially take down a shady but powerful group who are orchestrating it. If this Rainn Wilson-fronted remake comes even close to the original, Utopia will easily be one of the best shows of the year.
A WILDERNESS OF ERROR
Premieres on FX Sept. 25
The biggest true-crime release of the season, this new FX series is based on Errol Morris’ novel A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald. It focuses on MacDonald, a military surgeon who was convicted of killing his family but claimed they were killed by a group of roving killers. The trailer hints that there may be more to the story than we know and that MacDonald may truly be innocent of the crimes which have kept him incarcerated since 1982.
FARGO SEASON 4
Premieres on FX Sept. 27, Hulu Sept. 28
Chris Rock stars in the latest season of the popular crime anthology as the head of a Black crime family in Kansas City. Rock and his crew have escaped the Jim Crow south for a better life and find themselves butting heads with the local mafia. But when the two bosses trade their youngest sons in an effort to forge a more solid alliance, their fates are changed forever.
GANGS OF LONDON
Premieres on AMC Oct. 1
The Raid’s Gareth Evans turns his eye to the London streets in this smash-hit import from the UK. AMC has picked up the first season, which is just as brutal as Evans’ previous work, and paints a grim picture of a London torn apart by international gang wars and struggles for power that are incited when the head of one of the biggest crime organizations is killed. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Gangs of London here.
Premiere on Hulu Oct. 2
Another anthology horror series headed to our screens this Fall is Monsterland, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s short story collection, North American Lake Monsters. Starring, among others, Kelly Marie Tran, Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Taylor Schilling, and Nicole Beharie, the show will tell eight stories of monsters, magic, and mystery.
WARRIOR SEASON 2
Premieres on Cinemax Oct. 2
Inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee and his dream for a TV series that was rejected by networks during his lifetime (and ripped off for the David Carradine-led Kung Fu), Cinemax’s stunning martial arts epic returns this fall. Andrew Koji leads the period drama as Ah Sahm, an enigmatic Chinese immigrant finding his way in San Francisco during the brutal Tong Wars.
THE GOOD LORD BIRD
Premieres on Showtime Oct. 4
Ethan Hawke stars as controversial abolitionist John Brown in this stylish limited series based on the novel of the same name by James McBride. The series is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry.
THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND
Premieres on AMC Oct. 4
If you have zombie fatigue, The Walking Dead: World Beyond might offer a cure. Fresh, fun, and filled with dynamic new characters as well as a whole bunch of new TWD lore, this is a vibrant reimagining of the world first introduced in the comic books over a decade ago. Set in a safe-haven during the apocalypse, this is a world unlike any that we’ve ever seen in The Walking Dead universe before. Although things might seem like they’re better in the walled compound, the horrors still creep in.
Premieres on AMC Oct. 5th
AMC’s new anthology series is akin to Black Mirror if the theme of each episode was explored over a full season. The concept here is that we’re 15 years in the future where the technology exists to find your soulmate via an app. Each episode will be a singular story highlighting the impacts, both good and bad, of the technology and how it changes the lives of those who interact with it.
Premieres on The CW Oct. 6th
Though it slipped under pretty much every radar when it was released on DC Universe and cruelly canceled after airing just one episode, thanks to the insanity of 2020, Swamp Thing is back. Beginning with a feature-length season opener, the story of Abby Arcane and the mythical Swamp Thing will air weekly on The CW and will be available the next day on The CW app.
Premieres on Fox Oct. 6th
The horrors of Silicon Valley and the dangers of A.I. are explored in Fox’s new sci-fi drama which centers on a one-time wunderkind who has to battle his own brother in order to stop a rogue A.I. potentially taking over the world. In the vein of procedurals everywhere, that exciting setup will introduce us to a Homeland Security tech-division which is tasked with battling the A.I. terror.
SUPERNATURAL SEASON 15: THE FINAL EPISODES
Premieres on The CW Oct. 8
We never thought it would arrive, but hell must have frozen over because the final episodes of Supernatural are coming and without some divine intervention the long-running show will finally end for good this November. The brothers Winchester are back for one final ride in Baby as one of the few shows from this year that will be debuting new episodes. Now the big question for the team that has guided the show for a decade and a half is… how do you finish a series like Supernatural?
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
Premieres on Netflix Oct. 9th
Mike Flanagan’s stunning The Haunting of Hill House left viewers chilled when it dropped in 2018. His followup features a similarly spooky locale but with a new twist. Based on the classic horror novel The Turn of the Screw, Flanagan is turning his eye to Gothic Romance here, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expect some solid scares and more hidden ghouls lurking in the shadows when The Haunting of Bly Manor premieres.
THE RIGHT STUFF
Premieres on Disney+ on Oct. 9
National Geographic’s first scripted series for Disney+ is a fresh take on the story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury 7, starring Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, James Lafferty, Aaron Staton, Michael Trotter, and Micah Stock. The eight-episode series, based on the bestselling book by Tom Wolfe (which inspired the iconic 1983 film from Philip Kaufman), explores the early days of the space race from the perspective of the people leading the charge.
STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 3
Premieres on CBS All Access Oct. 15
After that massive Season 2 time-jump, fans are eager to find out what’s going to happen next to Michael, Saru, and the rest of the Discovery crew. Whatever happens next you can expect some episodes to be directed by Riker himself, Jonathan Frakes, and a whole bunch of deep-space-shenanigans when Discovery returns in October.
Premieres on Hulu Oct. 16
The last of Marvel’s live-action shows from the Jeph Loeb era, this chilling take on a lesser-known Marvel character is arriving just in time for Halloween. Offering a fresh spin on the comics, the horror series centers on siblings Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the offspring of a horrendous serial-murderer who, according to the official description, “hunt the worst of humanity.” Expect demonic scares and some deep-cut Marvel Comics easter eggs, even if it’s unlikely to tie into the wider MCU.
THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
Premieres on Netflix Oct. 23
We’d watch Anya Taylor-Joy in literally anything, but luckily the actress has a taste for interesting, complex roles that perfectly suit her diverse talents. Her newest project is the Netflix miniseries based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name. The six-episode series focuses on Taylor-Joy’s orphan chess prodigy as she battles with addiction and fights to become a Grandmaster of the game.
THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2
Premieres on Disney+ Oct. 30
Disney loves to keep their cards close to their chest, so we don’t know much about the plot of the hotly-anticipated second season, but it’s a fair guess that the series will continue to follow the titular Mandalorian and his adopted alien child, aka the cultural phenomenon known as Baby Yoda. Anticipation is especially high given the rumors that iconic Star Wars characters like Boba Fett (reportedly again to be played by Temuera Morrison), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) might be joining the cast in Season 2.
Premieres on Hulu Nov. 20
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot have been terrorizing Hollywood for decades, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen them return in new stories. Luckily, Hulu is delivering an entirely new season of Animaniacs this November and it will even include other iconic Warner Bros. Animation characters like Pinky and the Brain. Get ready for some maniacal hijinx and likely a few celebrity cameos as the Warner siblings are unleashed once again.
YASHAHIME: PRINCESS HALF-DEMON
US release date and platform TBA
Inuyasha shaped many of our teenage years and Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved series is back. Following the children of Inuyasha and Kagome and the daughter of Sesshōmaru and a mystery partner as they embark on a journey through time, this looks to continue the story in a perfect fashion. The series will air in Japan in October, but as Takahashi’s US publisher Viz has been widely promoting the series we expect it to be hitting North American screens pretty soon after.
VIKINGS SEASON 6: THE FINAL EPISODES
Watch on History Channel – Release Date TBA
History Channel’s epic and brutal series is coming to an end, with the final episodes set to air sometime later this year. After the devastating battle that capped off the first half of this season and the shocking power shift that it heralded there’s plenty of questions to be answered and skulls to be cracked as we head into Vikings’ final voyage.
What are you most looking forward to watching this Fall? Share your picks in the comments.