Need a reason not to leave your house between September and December? We’ve got 50 of them. From TV shows like Treadstone, The Mandolorian and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to such movies as My Name Is Dolemite, The Irishman and Lady in the Tramp, you’ve got multiple binge-watching options on multiple streaming services and networks. Here’s our curated list of the best the fall has to offer. — by Ethan Alter and Raechal Shewfelt
Untouchable (Sept. 2, Hulu)
Ursula Macfarlane’s acclaimed documentary provides a full account of Harvey Weinstein’s very public fall from Hollywood royalty to disgraced outcast, as told by the women he wronged along the way. Untouchable arrives on Hulu months after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where Weinstein held court for far too many years.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Sept. 4, Hulu)
Hulu’s 10-episode dramatization of how the Wu-Tang Clan came straight outta Staten Island to conquer the New York hip-hop scene is made in collaboration with Wu-Tang stalwarts RZA and Method Man. Moonlight breakout star, Ashton Sanders, will play RZA’s onscreen self, while the rest of the ensemble includes Shameik Moore, Marcus Callender and Erika Alexander.
Titans (Sept. 6, DC Universe)
The gang’s all here for Season 2 of Titans as Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) tries to find his post-Robin identity, and a fresh crew of heroes joins the team including Aqualad, Superboy and Krypto. There are also new threats from Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, Doctor Light and even Bruce Wayne (Game of Thrones star Iain Glen), who has proven himself more than capable of complicating his dynamic disciple’s life in the past.
Undone (Sept. 13, Amazon Prime)
BoJack Horseman collaborators Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy take their talents to Amazon Prime with a new animated series starring Alita: Battle Angel star, Rosa Salazar, as a young woman who has a near-death experience that grants her the ability to travel back and forth in time. Or does it? Bob Odenkirk voices Salazar’s late father, whose passing still haunts her.
The Last Kids on Earth (Sept. 17, Netflix)
The bestselling Walking-Dead-for-kids book series becomes the latest Netflix cartoon your brainy offspring will want to binge. Nick Wolfhard — Finn’s older brother — voices the show’s youthful zombie-fighting hero and the rest of the vocal cast includes genre favorites like Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson and Keith David.
American Horror Story: 1984 (Sept. 18, FX)
Why let Wonder Woman have all the fun? The latest edition of FX’s horror anthology series — and the first not to feature Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters in starring roles — turns back the clock to 1984, taking its inspiration from that era’s vintage slasher movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (Sept. 20, Netflix)
Zach Galifianakis’s oh-so-meta Funny or Die series becomes an appropriately meta movie, one that’s packed with almost as many celebrity cameos as Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The Hangover star plays the version of himself seen in that spoof of inane talk shows; after discovering that he’s become a laughingstock because of his awkward chats with the likes of Barack Obama and Sean Penn, Galifianakis decides to restore his reputation with a new round of soft-hitting interviews.
The Conners (Sept. 24, ABC)
The Roseanne-less Roseanne spinoff returns for Season 2, and the surviving members of the Conner clan — including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf — are confirmed to be coming back. Now that The Big Bang Theory is finished, Johnny Galecki should also be spending more time hanging around their household.
Modern Family (Sept. 25, ABC)
It’s the end of an era as ABC’s long-running family comedy officially enters its 11th and final season. Expect the ratings powerhouse to go out with a few big stunts and a super-sized series finale that ends with a group hug.
The Good Place (Sept. 26, NBC)
While fans of NBC’s heavenly series about the afterlife aren’t ready to say goodbye, creator Mike Schur is standing by his decision to wrap things up after four brilliantly-plotted, and hilariously funny, seasons. If they can make a Downton Abbey movie, there’s no reason why we can’t see The Good Place on the big screen in the near future.
The Politician (Sept. 27, Netflix)
Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series stars Tony-winner Ben Platt as a Tracy Flick-like high school politician with his eyes on a higher office — specifically one that’s oval-shaped. Murphy regulars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange are also part of the show’s A-list ensemble, alongside Zoey Deutch, Bob Balaban and Bette Midler.
Transparent (Sept. 27, Amazon Prime)
In lieu of a final season, Jill Soloway ends Amazon’s groundbreaking series with a feature-length musical starring the entire cast… except Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired from the Emmy-winning show last year following harassment accusations. In the aftermath of Maura’s death, the rest of the Pfeffermans — including Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass — turn their feelings into original songs, written by Faith Soloway.
Godfather of Harlem (Sept. 29, EPIX)
Forest Whitaker headlines EPIX’s period crime series as real-life gangster, Bumpy Johnson, who seized control of Harlem back from the Italian Mafia. Other famous New York historical figures appearing in the show include politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Giancarlo Esposito), Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) and Frank Costello (Paul Sorvino).
Batwoman (Oct. 6, The CW)
Australian action star Ruby Rose takes over the mantle of the Bat as Katy Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin and replacement in the Batcave. She’s also the first lesbian superhero to join The CW’s branch of the DC universe, and Katy’s security agent ex-girlfriend, Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy), is definitely going to complicate her crimefighting career.
Mr. Robot (Oct. 6, USA)
Fresh off an Oscar win for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek returns for a fourth and final go-round as Elliot, the cybersecurity engineer and hacker attempting to outsmart a corrupt corporation, while also coping with mental issues. The show is an easy way to satisfy your cravings for both another crime drama and more Christian Slater in your life all at once.
The Walking Dead (Oct. 6, AMC)
The comic book version of The Walking Dead may have just published its last issue, but the AMC series starts its tenth year with no official end in sight. With Andrew Lincoln gone — and Danai Gurira soon to depart — Norman Reedus holds down the center of the sprawling ensemble, as they prepare for an extended battle with the Whisperers.
Star Wars Resistance (Oct. 6, Disney Channel)
The second and final season of the Disney Channel’s animated Star Wars series serves as the bridge connecting The Last Jedi with December’s saga-ending The Rise of Skywalker. If that means a Lando Calrissian vocal cameo, we’re all in.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Oct. 11, Netflix)
Yeah, Mr. White! Vince Gilligan’s new feature picks up where the Breaking Bad series final left off, following Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as he speeds away from the Nazi compound where he’d been imprisoned until his former partner-in-meth showed up. While the former Saul Goodman is still serving up Cinnabons in Nebraska, at least one member of the Breaking Bad family will be back in El Camino: Jesse’s pal, Skinny Pete.
Treadstone (Oct. 15, USA)
No Jason Bourne? No problem! Treadstone traces the origins of the CIA program that unleashed Bourne on the world, while also following a new group of super-strong sleeper agents who wake up in various spots around the world and promptly race into action.
Living With Yourself (Oct. 18, Netflix)
This comedy offers a double dose of beloved actor Paul Rudd, starring as a man who undergoes a spa treatment to become a better person only to find that he’s being replaced by that supposedly better version of… himself. Intrigued? Us, too.
The Laundromat (Oct. 18, Netflix)
Meryl Streep makes her Netflix debut in Steven Soderbergh’s dramatization of how the world came to discover the secrets of the Panama Papers, which exposed how the global elite kept their money out of the hands of tax collectors. Streep’s Ellen Martin may be an invented character, but the rest of the story is proof of how truth is stranger than fiction.
Looking for Alaska (Oct. 18, Hulu)
Superstar author John Green’s 2005 novel is the source material for Hulu’s teen-friendly series about a first-year boarding school pupil (Charlie Plummer) who falls head over heels for one of his classmates, Alaska Young (Kristien Froseth). With Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage — creators of The O.C. and Gossip Girl — at the helm, this could be the next great high school soap opera.
Modern Love (Oct. 18, Amazon Prime)
The alternately laugh-inducing, heartbreaking New York Times column about all forms of love is coming to TV. Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener and more recognizable actors will star in eight standalone episodes from director John Carney, who knows a thing or two about the subject, having directed both Once and Sing Street.
Dolemite Is My Name (Oct. 25, Netflix)
You’ve heard of the Keanussance? Well, Craig Brewer’s biopic of ‘70s comedian Rudy Ray Moore marks the beginning of the Eddie Murphyssance. The Saturday Night Live superstar — who is set to return to Studio 8H for the first time in three decades later this year — nabs his juiciest starring role in years, and he’s backed up by a cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps and Craig Robinson.
Mrs. Fletcher (Oct. 27, HBO)
Kathryn Hahn stars in this series adapted from writer Tom Perrotta’s book about a woman experiencing a sexual reawakening after her son goes away to college. While Hahn is the main focus, Saturday Night Live alum Casey Wilson, The Middle’s Jackson White and late Descendants star Cameron Boyce also appear. And Perrotta himself is a draw, since he previously wrote the book that became HBO’s cult series, The Leftovers.
Silicon Valley (Oct. 27, HBO)
The Pied Piper crew has one more shot at success in the seven-episode final season of HBO’s tech-world satire. With co-stars Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s only a matter of time until Thomas Middleditch upgrades to a cooler uniform… right?
Castle Rock (October, Hulu)
Season 2 of the Hulu hit spins an all-new Stephen King-inspired yarn, this one staring Lizzy Caplan as a younger version of one of the author’s most famous creations, super-fan Annie Wilkes. Also joining the show this year are Tim Robbins as Pop Merrill — who appeared in King’s 1990 novella, The Sun Dog — and Eighth Grade breakout star, Elsie Fisher, as Annie’s daughter.
Watchmen (October, HBO)
Damon Lindelof follows the spirit — but not the letter — of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel in a series that reportedly takes place following the events of the comic. Jeremy Irons plays an elderly Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias and the big, blue Dr. Manhattan will be a player in an as-yet unspecified way.
The King (Nov. 1, Netflix)
Timothée Chalamet speaks Shakespeare’s speech trippingly on the tongue in David Michôds adaptation of Henry V, with sections of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 sprinkled in. Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp round out the absurdly handsome cast.
The Little Mermaid Live! (Nov. 5, ABC)
Moana star Auli’i Carvalho goes from a seafaring Disney princess to an under the sea-dwelling Disney princess in ABC’s first stab at a live musical. Queen Latifah plays Ursula, while Shaggy will get down with the fishes as the musically-inclined crab, Sebastian.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Nov. 12, Disney+)
Here’s the high concept pitch behind Disney’s new High School Musical-inspired series: East High’s theater troupe has decided to stage a production of High School Musical as their big winter show. But as every teenage theater geek knows, the drama that happens onstage doesn’t always stay onstage.
Lady and the Tramp (Nov. 12, Disney+)
Disney’s fourth live action remake of 2019 — this one based on the 1955 cartoon — is bypassing theaters for a streaming-only premiere. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux provide the voices of the titular pooches, who fall in love because opposites attract. Unlike the titular elephant in Dumbo, the lions in The Lion King or the monkey in Aladdin, these dogs are brought to life by actual rescue animals rather than photorealistic CGI.
The Mandalorian (Nov. 12, Disney+)
Based on early trailers, Jon Favreau’s highly-anticipated Star Wars series is leaning into the imagery and tone of a deep space Western. Pedro Pascal plays the titular intergalactic cowboy, who has been hired by a bounty hunter guild to track down a missing asset. If you’re tearing up just thinking about the cool factor of a Star Wars show that stars the likes of Werner Herzog, Giancarlo Esposito and Gina Carano… well, join the club.
Dollface (Nov. 15, Hulu)
2 Broke Girls favorite Kat Dennings stars in this comedy about a woman fresh off a breakup reconnecting with the friends she lost while she was coupled up. The premise is funny on its own, but the cast is also packed with familiar faces, including Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Brenda Song (Station 19) and Esther Povitsky (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Margot Robbie fans will appreciate that she’s an executive producer.
Earthquake Bird (Nov. 15, Netflix)
Wash Westmoreland’s follow up to his Oscar-winning 2014 film, Still Alice, stars Alicia Vikander as an England-to-Tokyo transplant who is implicated in the mysterious disappearance of her best friend (Riley Keough). Ridley Scott executive produced the film, which is based on Susanna Jones’s award-winning 2001 novel.
Klaus (Nov. 15, Netflix)
Netflix’s first original animated feature springs from the mind of Despicable Me franchise creator, Sergio Pablas. Sketched in digitally-enhanced 2D rather than 3D, the film features the voices of Jason Schwartzman as the hapless manager of a remote post office in ultra-rural Scandinavia and J.K. Simmons as a reclusive toymaker whose last name should purposefully ring a bell.
The Crown (Netflix, Nov. 17)
This year’s Best Actress winner, Olivia Colman takes over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of what just might be the most visually stunning series currently on TV. Two years after the conclusion of Season 2, audiences will get a chance to revisit the queen and her all-new court over a 13-year timespan, from 1964 to 1977.
The Irishman (Nov. 27, Netflix)
Martin Scorsese’s sprawling period epic reunites the director with two of his signature stars — Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci — for the first time since 1995’s Casino. De Niro plays real-life mob hitman Frank Sheeran, who was welcomed into the inner circle of labor union leader, Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), and may have been involved in his still-unsolved disappearance.
The Report (Nov. 29, Amazon Prime)
Galactic tyrant Adam Driver joins the Light Side in Scott Z. Burns’s Sundance-approved drama, which tells the true story of Senate staffer Daniel Jones, who uncovers the disturbing truth behind the “enhanced interrogation techniques” the CIA adopted following 9/11. Annette Bening plays California senator, Dianne Feinstein, and Jon Hamm appears as former White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Dec. 6, Amazon Prime)
The third season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning comedy follows Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) on a whirlwind tour of Europe. By now, making people laugh is more than a hobby for the stand-up comedienne. When it comes to her personal life, though, things aren’t quite as grand. After all, she’s gotta face her estranged husband (Michael Zegen) in court.
Reprisal (Dec. 6, Hulu)
What happens when a femme fatale survives a gang’s attack on her life? She tries to kill its members, of course. In this case, Timeless alum Abigail Spencer plays the revenge seeker, while Rodrigo Santoro (Laura Linney’s crush in Love Actually), Orange Is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria and Mena Massoud, the title character in 2019’s live-action Aladdin) round out the cast.
Crisis on Infinite Earths (Dec. 8, The CW)
The seminal 1985 DC Comics event provides the basis of this year’s big CW crossover, which brings together the casts of Arrow (currently in its last season), The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. But the stunt casting doesn’t stop there! Crisis will also feature such geek favorites as Batman: The Animated Series legend Kevin Conroy and Burt Ward, who played Robin the Boy Wonder on the iconic 1966 Batman series.
The L Word: Generation Q (Dec. 8, Showtime)
The L Word’s 2004-2009 run centered around a group of lesbian friends, and featured groundbreaking levels of small-screen sexuality. Expect this new season — which features new cast members alongside returning favorites like Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig — to push boundaries, too. Moreover, the show’s creator, Marja-Lewis Ryan, promises Generation Q will be more inclusive than the original.
The Expanse (Dec. 13, Amazon Prime)
After Syfy canceled this acclaimed sci-fi series, Amazon swooped in to save the day. Season 4 promises to be a real blast from the past in the form of Thomas Jane, whose character, Josephus Miller, returns to the show for the first time since Season 2.
The Aeronauts (Dec. 20, Amazon Prime)
Five years after they both scored Oscar nods for The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are re-team for another adapted-from-real-life story. The Fantastic Beasts star plays pioneering British meteorologist and balloonist, James Glaisher, who set a new world record for altitude in September 1862. Jones plays the fictional aeronaut, Amelia Wren, who takes the place of Glaisher’s historical companion, Henry Coxwell.
The Two Popes (Dec. 20, Netflix)
City of God’s Fernando Meirelles helms this two-hander about recent seismic changes in the Catholic Church hierarchy. Anthony Hopkins plays Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in centuries to resign, while Jonathan Pryce portrays his controversial replacement, Pope Francis.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Fall 2019, Netflix)
Celebrity chef David Chang takes celebrity guests on trips to various cities, where they experience the local culture and take a bite out of the cuisine in this new docuseries. While the guests haven’t been announced yet, expect some recognizable names. After all, Chang’s 2018 Netflix series Ugly Delicious featured Ali Wong, Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Kimmel.
His Dark Materials (Fall 2019, HBO)
The long-awaited TV adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s young adult trilogy finally arrives with a stellar cast, including Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luther’s Ruth Wilson, while Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, is behind the camera. Although the official plot description of two kids traveling through parallel universes sounds family-friendly, the show won’t be all happy. In the books, the young heroes frequently encounter such disturbing events as murder and kidnapping.
Tell Me a Story (Fall 2019, CBS All Access)
Season 2 of Tell Me a Story continues to turn to fairy tales for inspiration, putting a darker spin on stories like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Rather than glass slippers and glamorous castles, new cast members Matt Lauria, Odette Annable and Carrie-Anne Moss contend with murder and revenge in the Big Apple.
No Activity (Fall 2019, CBS All Access)
The Funny or Die-produced series about the many characters affected by a drug cartel — the cops, the criminals, the traffickers — is back for a third season, and, yes, they still manage to make it funny. Credit for that goes to comedy veterans like Tim Meadows, Amy Sedaris and, of course, Will Ferrell, who’s also a producer.
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