Jennifer Aniston’s TV return, ‘The Crown’ Season 3, and much, much more.
The days are getting shorter, the air is turning colder, and suddenly everything is pumpkin-spiced and Halloween-themed. That’s right, it’s fall. And that means you can stop feeling guilty about spending entire evenings on the couch and just embrace binge season. Here are eight fall shows that are actually worth the watch, including the remarkable true-crime drama Unbelievable, the unexpectedly smart CBS procedural Evil, and the return of addictive royal drama The Crown.
Forget Batfleck and Joaquin Phoenix’s divisive Joker. The most important new addition to the Batverse is Ruby Rose’s steely Kate Kane, who returns to a chaotic Gotham three years after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, and doesn’t yet realize that her cousin, Bruce Wayne, is the man behind the mask. This show honestly had us at “Ruby Rose plays a queer crime-fighting female vigilante,” but the pilot lives up to that promise.
Sundays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
Don’t let the generic title fool you—this CBS drama is one of the smartest and most subversive shows premiering this fall. Created by The Good Wife duo Michelle and Robert King, Evil follows a team of investigators enlisted by the Catholic Church to investigate supposed supernatural incidents like miracles, ghost sightings, and demonic possessions. Westworld‘s Katja Herbers is the skeptic, while Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter is the believer (he’s also a priest hot enough to compete with Andrew Scott). The results are surprisingly deep and truly unsettling.
Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Mr Robot: Season 4
Before Rami Malek became a household name thanks to his Oscar-winning role in Bohemian Rhapsody, he was giving one of the most fascinating performances on television as Elliot Alderson, the lonely hacker at the center of USA’s singular tech thriller, Mr. Robot. In its fourth and final season, the show is as thrillingly original and visually innovative as ever, offsetting the bleakness of its story with black humor and an incongruously festive holiday setting.
Sundays at 10 p.m. on USA.
Adapted from The New York Times column you know and love, this Amazon anthology series explores love in various forms—some romantic, some platonic, all performed by famous people. Between Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Mad Men‘s John Slattery and Fleabag‘s hot priest himself, Andrew Scott, it’s worth tuning in for the cast alone.
Premieres October 18 on Amazon Prime
The Morning Show
Exhausting though all of these new streaming platforms are, Apple TV+’s first streaming original is undeniably intriguing. Jennifer Aniston (returning to TV for the first time since Friends!) and Reese Witherspoon star in a ripped-from-the-headlines drama that explores the fallout after a newscaster (Steve Carell) is fired for sexual misconduct. His departure leaves his cohost (Aniston) in line for the top job, but she faces competition from Witherspoon’s ambitious newcomer.
Premieres November 1 on Apple TV+
The Crown: Season 3
After a bitterly long hiatus, Netflix’s richly-drawn royal drama returns for its third season with an entirely new cast. Olivia Colman takes over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, who will continue to struggle with the burden of royal duty and face off with a very different kind of prime minister in the liberal Harold Wilson. The new season also focuses heavily on Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), now a university student, and his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell).
Premieres November 17 on Netflix.
One of the most powerful and humane shows of the year, Unbelievable tells the true story of a rape victim, Marie (Kaitlyn Dever), who was branded a liar by local police when she reported her assault. As Marie’s life falls apart, two detectives in another state (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) hunt a serial rapist, uncovering evidence that will ultimately lead to justice for Marie. Told with subtlety and humanity by showrunner Susannah Grant, Unbelievable is a gripping and horribly timely must-see.
If you’re a Riverdale fan wondering why on earth Ashleigh Murray’s Josie faded out of the narrative this past season, here’s your answer: Josie will be appearing as a main character in Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene, which takes place five years on from the adventures of Archie and co. It stars Lucy Hale as the title character, an aspiring fashion designer navigating life in the Big Apple. And how exactly this Devil Wears Prada–esque world relates to Riverdale beyond a single character overlap is anybody’s guess, but Katy Keene looks hella fun in its own right.
Coming soon to The CW.