If you find yourself mourning the end of summer, you can at least look forward to a treat-packed, fall TV lineup. No matter your watching preferences — comedy, sci-fi, drama — there’s something shiny and new coming your way very soon.
Of course, we’re looking forward to some favorites returning for their sophomore season, like BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Oct. 14), Top of the Lake: China Girl (Sept. 27) on SundanceTV and the Netflix original Stranger Things (October 27).
But we’re focusing here on the new-new programming. Only first seasons need apply!
We think we know what you like, so here’s a carefully honed list of shows you’re guaranteed to fall head over heels in love with from September onwards.
1. The Orville (Sept. 10) — FOX
Seth MacFarlane, the man behind Family Guy, is the creator and star of new spoof sci-fi show, The Orville. It’s very à la Star Trek. McFarlane’s character, Captain Ed Mercer, is recruited to serve on an exploratory vessel (also called The Orville), but his bubble is burst when he’s informed, “You were nobody’s first choice for this job. But we have 3,000 ships to staff and we need captains.” While Captain Ed may not have been his boss’s top pick, we’re confident that his entertaining antics will put this show firmly at the top of your autumn watch list.
2. DuckTales (Sept. 23) — Disney XD
The animated 1980s series DuckTales is making a comeback, premiering this month. The children’s series — which is more than acceptable viewing for adults — features an all-star lineup, including Anglo fan favorite, David Tennant (Doctor Who). He’ll provide the vocals for the elder Scotsman, Scrooge McDuck, while Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) will voice Louie. Other notable cast members (in voice only) include Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Community‘s Danny Pudi, Kate Micucci (Big Bang Theory) and Castle‘s Toks Olagundoye.
3. Star Trek: Discovery (Sept. 24) — CBS
Executive producer Bryan Fuller‘s Star Trek TV series — named after the Starfleet ship Discovery — is set ten years prior to the original show, which premiered in 1966. You may recognize the theme song in the trailer above, but besides that, it’s new characters, new ship, new planets — even new-look Klingons. The high-profile prequel stars Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, and James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek:
4. Young Sheldon (Sept. 25) — CBS
Speaking of Star Trek, you know who’s a big fan? The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. Now, we’re heading back in time with the quirky physicist for this show about his upbringing in Galveston, Texas. We’ll get a whole bunch of answers and insights as we meet Sheldon aged nine, played by Iain Ermitage. Jim Cooper, who plays the adult Sheldon we know and love, will act as narrator for the spinoff.
5. Marvel’s Inhumans (Sept. 29) — ABC
Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, Misfits) takes on the role of Maximus in the new sci-fi series Inhumans. He incites his fellow superbeings to abandon their planet and head to Earth, which he considers their “rightful home.” He’s tired of hiding and wants to flourish on the plentiful planet. He and a group of royals land themselves in Hawaii, but it’s no vacation… they make their presence known, demanding freedom for all Inhumans. Rheon is joined by Serinda Swan as Medusa, Sonya Balmores as Auran, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt and Michel Buie as King Agon. You can also look for the Marvel superhero series, The Gifted, premiering this fall on October 2.
6. Queers (October) — BBC AMERICA
BBC America is co-producing the upcoming Queers, an eight-part short film series penned by eight established and new writers. The 15-minute monologues look at how life has been for gay men and women in the U.K. for the past 100 years, and cover subjects ranging from the HIV crisis to The Sexual Offences Act — the 1967 law that decriminalized homosexual acts in the U.K. Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star award winners Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, and Fionn Whitehead.
7. Ten Days in the Valley (Oct. 1) — ABC
Kyra Sedgwick plays a single mother whose young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night in this ABC drama. She works as a TV producer on a police procedural show… but, as we all know from watching Law and Order marathons, that doesn’t make one a detective. Even so, being a mama lion, we can’t imagine she’ll sit quietly in the background waiting for updates. Joining Sedgwick is Erika Christensen (Parenthood) and Malcom-Jamal Warner (Suits).
8. Broken (October) — BritBox
Originally airing on BBC One, Broken is now available via BritBox in the U.S. Sean Bean (Wasted, Game of Thrones) takes on the lead role as Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest. He presides over his parish, while also dealing with his personal problems. BBC One describes Father Michael as “modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed.”
9. Mindhunter (Oct. 13) — Netflix
Holden Ford, portrayed by Jonathan Groff (Looking), is an agent of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. He spends his days interviewing imprisoned serial killers to try and figure out how they think. As heard in the above trailer, “Psychopaths are convinced there is nothing wrong with them… so these men are virtually impossible to study.” But Ford has found near perfect laboratory conditions… behind bars, that is. But, not everyone agrees, though. He encounters opposition from some people in authoritative positions who believe killers should be put to death, rather than talked to and studied.
10. Future Man (Nov. 14) — Hulu
Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Knocked Up) has come up with a new comedy-action series called Future Man, starring Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Journey to the Center of the Earth) as a time-traveling janitor. He’s visited by a mysterious group who recruit him to travel through time to prevent the destruction of humanity. We don’t know a ton about the series, because Rogen and Hutcherson are pretty much just goofing around with lasers in the NSFW trailer. But, with Rogen at the helm, we have a feeling it will be fun, funny and… possibly a little naughty.
Which new show are you looking forward to most?