The year just keeps rolling on. Say goodbye to the summer because the fall is fast approaching and with that comes another slate of TV shows.
In the last few years, honestly probably since the Writer’s Strike, we’ve been witnessing another Golden Age of Television. There’s quite a large quantity of shows to watch, be they original or remakes, which is also an explanation for why there are so many good TV shows out there. Yes, the quality of the creative process has gotten better with networks trying desperately to carve out their own space in the land of our attention. But here’s my hot take, and I’ve been saying it for a while, “There’s too much television.” So here’s a guide that should make your fall TV schedule easier to navigate. At the very least it will just make your Netflix queue longer.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
The most popular show on returns for its 6th season on October 11th. At this point you’ve heard about the show. You’re either watching zombies with us on Sunday nights taking a break from football or you’re not. The story of Rick Grimes and his group of survivors after the amazing ending to Season 5 earlier this year as the group tries to navigate their way through the post-apocalyptic zombie world. Major characters will die off (as they do every season) and we can expect some new characters to join the show this season, one of whom happens to be Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre from Straight Outta Compton).
Showrunner, Scott Gimple, as well as actors from the show have commented in interviews on how strongly they feel about the quality of the upcoming season. Don’t miss it.
Fear The Walking Dead (AMC)
From the AMC mother-ship, we have a spinoff of the aforementioned show. This show gives us a different outlook on how the zombie outbreak has affected people on the west coast of the United States. The ratings are enormous with total viewership topping at 11.7 million viewers for the last episode, which was a 46% rise from the show’s pilot episode. With the same minds behind the most popular show on TV, it’s safe to say that at the very least this show will be quite entertaining. And even if it feels a little different from its older brother, it still has zombies in it. Who doesn’t love zombies?
I personally do not understand why there aren’t more people talking about this show. Its first season which aired during the spring of 2014 and was easily one of the best shows that on television for the whole year. Fargo draws its inspiration from the Coen brothers’ cult classic of the same name, so expect lots of snow, quirky accents, dark comedy and blood starting on October 12th. However, the TV series runs in an anthology format, so there’s basically a new story every season. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman’s performances will be missed but this season stars Ted Danson and Patrick Wilson as Fargo sheriffs investigating gang related activity while trying to protect a presidential candidate at the same time. This season’s cast also includes Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons (we love you Landry!) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec‘s very own Ron Swanson). Star-studded? You betchya!
The Flash (CW)
Barry Allen is the only superhero this fall that gets his own slot on here because his show is easily the best in my opinion in a fall group that includes Supergirl, Arrow and Gotham. Gotham’s first season was disappointing and Supergirl‘s upcoming season doesn’t look very promising. Arrow fell into a bit of a rut in its 3rd season last year. Flash was the standalone bright spot in a TV world whose superhero population is quickly on the rise. With a well-paced plot and great acting from Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) and Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin, the series greatly exceeded my expectations and fans can’t wait to be back speeding through Central City with Barry and the gang. The new season premieres on October 6th.
Does John Stamos even age? 20 years after the end of Full House, he still looks as young and charismatic as ever. The 52-year old actor stars in the new FOX comedy, Grandfathered, along with Josh Peck (the Josh of Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh) who plays the son that super-bachelor, Stamos never knew he had. His son also shows up to inform him that he’s not just a father but a grandfather as well. *Insert laugh track here*. Hey I’ve heard of worse premises that turned out to be great shows. I have faith in Uncle Jesse. They can make this work.
Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
I really want more people to like this show. The Belcher family actually holds a very special place in my heart (even the picture above brings a smile to my face as I type this). And with an upcoming 6th season, it looks like they are here to stay. Sure it’s another animated family sitcom but the characters are endearing like no other show since The Simpsons‘ early seasons. I haven’t watched an episode yet where their crazy antics or beautifully worded puns or recurring guest characters didn’t make me laugh. It also has random, amazing, catchy musical numbers from time to time that I find myself humming randomly in public. And somehow with all of that, the show still manages to subtly give a message about loving and valuing family members while dropping gags at every moment. If you watch Archer, you’ll recognize the voice of Jon H. Benjamin as Bob Belcher. Guest voice actors include Aziz Ansari, Bob Odenkirk, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen and many more. If you haven’t watched this show yet, I’m telling you it’s worth it.