It’s that time if the year again. That time when all our favorite TV shows return to make us laugh, cry, and even lash out in frustration. But there’s also a glut of new dramas and comedies hitting the airwaves this Fall, and with so many options, it can be tough to find the next can’t-miss hit of the season. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of nine original shows we think deserve to take up a little space on your DVR.
The Good Doctor
Premier Date: September 25, 2017
Premise: The Good Doctor—based off a 2013 South Korean medical drama of the same name—is about a young surgeon named Shaun Murphy who moves from his small town to California, to join the pediatric surgical staff of San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
Oh. Did we mention he also has autism and savant syndrome?
How the showrunners approach the challenges of living with autism as an adult in a professional setting should be interesting to watch, and—perhaps—broaden our understanding of the challenges we all face.
The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore of Bates Motel fame as Dr. Shaun Murphy, and Richard Schiff from The West Wing as Dr. Aaron Glassman who, judging from the trailer clip, is a strong advocate for Murphy.
Premier Date: October 3, 2017
Premise: If you’re looking for a comedy, The Mayor just might be the show for you. Brandon Micheal Hall plays a struggling young rapper in California who tries to boost his career by running for mayor of his town, and surprise! He wins.
Will this election victory be everything this up-and-comer needs to find success, or will it be a complete disaster? Tune in, starting October 3, to find out.
Premier Date: September 25, 2017
Premise: A spin-off of The Big Bang Theory, it follows the life and times of 9-year old Sheldon Cooper in East Texas as he learns how to navigate high school, and life.
If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, odds are good you’ll want to tune into Young Sheldon. Billed as an origin story, Young Sheldon sheds light on the life and times of Sheldon Cooper, played by Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies). That we finally get to see Sheldon grow up is enough to generate some buzz, but co-creator Chuck Lorre’s decision to use the single-camera format has also raised some eyebrows.
While the single-camera format has been around for years—used to great effect on shows like The Wonder Years, The Office (US), Arrested Development, and 30 Rock—it’s a departure from The Big Bang. It is more cinematic, and does away with the studio audience.
Me, Myself and I
Premier Date: September 25, 2017
Premise: Meet Alex Riley, an inventor and businessman, who lets us into his life at three points of significant change.
Me, Myself and I follows Alex Riley through three points in his life of big change. As the trailer explains, since this is the story of his life, and he wants you to get the complete picture, he must start “with the day that changed everything.” That’s a strong teaser, as the real crux of the show is about how he chooses to respond to events, including his first crush, and embarrassing moment.
Starring Jack Dylan Glazer as 14-year-old Riley, Bobby Moynihan as 40-year-old Riley, and John Larroquette as 65-year-old Riley, Me, Myself and I looks to tug at the heartstrings with plenty of laughs along the way.
Star Trek: Discovery
Premier Date: September 24, 2017
Premise: Set ten years before Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery follows the crew of the USS Discovery, and the uniting of the 24 Klingon houses that leads to a cold war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingons.
With the number of on-demand TV services blossoming, Star Trek: Discovery is CBS’s foray into its CBS All Access-specific content. That means you can watch the first episode on CBS, but you’ll need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch the rest.
Starring a diverse cast with a few familiar faces, like Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), and Rainn Wilson (The Office), and freed from some of the constraints of traditional broadcasting rules, Star Trek: Discovery is set to break barriers.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Premier Date: September 26, 2017
Premise: If you need a little more Law & Order in your life, then you’ll want to tune into Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.
Following in a similar vein as The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but with that Law & Order flare for drama, this fresh approach delves into the people and events surrounding the 1993 trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez.
The cast of Law & Order: The Menendez Murders features Edie Falco (The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie), as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Top Gun and ER alum Anthony Edwards plays the honorable Stanley Weisberg who presided over the trial, while Josh Charles swaps his law degree from The Good Wife for a psychology degree, playing Dr. Jerome Oziel, the psychiatrist who treated both Lyle and Erik.
Fun fact: the 1993 trial of the Menendez Brothers was broadcast on Court TV, two years before the O.J. Simpson trial was broadcast, also on Court TV.
Premier Date: September 10, 2017
Premise: If you like your space exploration dramas with a dose of comedy, The Orville may just be the show for you.
From the mind of Seth MacFarlane this spoof/homage follows the adventures of the crew of, yes, you guessed it, The Orville—captained by Ed Mercer (MacFarlane), with Mercer’s ex-wife as the ship’s first officer. With those sort of relationship dynamics at play, you imagine the kind of hilarity that will ensue.
The Orville has already taken flight, so tune into FOX Sunday nights, or catch up on Hulu.
Premier Date: October 1, 2017
Premise: A cynical skeptic and a genius true believer investigate unexplained phenomena. In Los Angeles.
If the basic premise immediately reminds you of The X-Files, it should, but that’s probably as far as the similarities will go. For one, the characters, played by Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Big Little Lies), aren’t nearly as somber as Mulder and Scully—they’re downright hilarious.
Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy), also takes a comedic turn as Ava Lafrey, Captain of the Bureau Underground.
If you’ve missed The X-Files, you may want to tune in to get your paranormal fix—just keep in mind that the laughs might come more frequently than the scares.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Premier Date: October 13, 2017
Premise: TV adaptation of Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name.
Who better than an executive producer of The Walking Dead, and the executive producer of The X-Files, to bring to life the Lore podcast, “uncovering the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares”? Yeah, we couldn’t think of anyone better, either.
Judging by the trailer Amazon recently released, Lore looks as fascinating and unsettling as the podcast, blending different visual styles—like animation and black-and-white—with nightmarish imagery.
You need an Amazon Prime membership to watch Lore, as it will only be available to Amazon Prime Video subscribers.