9 Fall TV Shows You Must Watch: Mayans MC, Sabrina, And More
With so much TV, it’s very hard to know what to watch. Now, with the upcoming fall season, it’s about to get a lot worse. Not only are there new shows on network TV and cable, but streaming services have their own new shows–and there’s even a new streaming platform about to launch.
So what should you watch this fall? It’s a difficult question, but one GameSpot has the answers to. After digging through the fall season’s new offerings, we’ve found there are plenty of things to get excited about–from horror, to sci-fi, to spin-offs, to some very interesting comic book adaptations.
Whether it’s Netflix’s adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or the latest series based on the works of George RR Martin–which appears to be very different from Game of Thrones–these are the shows you absolutely will not want to miss in the next few months. At the very least you’re going to want to give them a shot.
Follow along as GameSpot guides you through the 9 shows you need to be prepared for this fall. And if we missed something you’re excited for, sound off in the comments! There’s always room for another show, even if it means losing a few more hours of sleep.
1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Premieres October 28 on Netflix
Why you can’t miss it: Hailing from the same producers as Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is anything but a spin-off of the CW series. Instead, this adaptation of the Archie Comics series is a dark and twisted thriller taking inspiration from a number of classic horror films, including The Exorcist.
That it’s premiering just before Halloween is all you really need to know about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s going to be scary, and that’s a good thing.
Who’s in it: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as the titular teenage witch. The series also stars Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who), Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman), and Miranda Otto (24: Legacy).
2. Mayans MC
Premieres September 4 on FX
Why you can’t miss it: It’s been nearly four years since Sons of Anarchy ended, but the outlaw world created by Kurt Sutter is back. Mayans MC follows a new club filled with new characters, but the mayhem and motorcycles are still plentiful.
What Mayans does different, though, is what matters most. With a Latino gang working for drug cartels on the border between the United States and Mexico, the Hispanic culture flowing through the veins of Mayans MC can be seen in every single frame. It helps it to stand out from what came before. Still, it delivers on the kind of action and MC calamities that Sons of Anarchy fans have been missing since the series ended.
Who’s in it: Mayans MC stars JD Pardo, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Danny Pino, Carla Baratte, and Clayton Cardenas. It’s Edward James Olmos you’re going to want to pay attention to, though, as the acting legend puts in a fantastic performance.
Premieres September 24 on NBC
Why you can’t miss it: We all miss Lost. There will never be another show like it, but Manifest sure is trying. The series revolves around the mystery of Montego Air Flight 828, which magically disappeared for five years before landing safely–with the passengers having lost mere hours.
The best thing about shows like Manifest is the mystery behind it all. Whether it’ll be able to engage viewers on the level that Lost managed to remains to be seen, but it’s certainly worth a shot.
Who’s in it: Manifest stars Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, and JR Ramirez.
4. The Purge
Premieres September 4 on USA
Why you can’t miss it: Blessed be our New Founding Fathers for letting us Purge and cleanse our souls! By now practically everyone should know what The Purge is. After four films, the franchise about a world where all crime is legal for a 12-hour period once a year is haunting. And now it’s coming to TV once each week.
The first season of The Purge takes place during a single year’s event and follows several different characters as they attempt to survive–or celebrate–Purge night. What it does differently from the movies it put the spotlight on the wealthy, as well as the struggling.
Who’s in it: The Purge stars Gabriel Chavarria, Lee Tergesen, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, and Hannah Emily.
Premieres in 2018 on Syfy
Why you can’t miss it: Game of Thrones won’t be back until some time in 2019. There will be plenty of George RR Martin on TV this fall, though. Nightflyers is based on a novella by Martin. Instead of Westeros, though, this series is set in space, as the crew of an advanced ship looks for new life.
Don’t expect this to be your standard space adventure, as this psychological thriller pushes the boundaries of the crew’s sanity. And based on a description of the series, the scariest moments and figures aren’t what they’ll find on their adventures, but are instead already on their ship.
Who’s in it: Nightflyers stars Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, Jodie Turner-Smith, and David Ajala.
6. Star Wars Resistance
Premieres October 7 on Disney Channel
Why you can’t miss it: It’ll be a while before Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns on Disney’s streaming service, but there is a new animated Star Wars series incoming. Star Wars Resistance is set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and follows a resistance pilot who is spying on the First Order.
Who’s in it: The series will feature a plethora of new characters, as well as guest appearances by Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). BB-8 will also appear in the series.
Premieres September 21 on Netflix
Why you can’t miss it: Someone gave Cary Fukunaga, the director and one of the producers behind the first season of True Detective, a Netflix show, and that alone is exciting. Maniac follows two people looking for answers to their mental health issues as they undergo an experimental new treatment.
While that may seem straightforward, the trailers for Maniac paint a very different picture. The imagery looks like something out of a ’70s sci-fi film and the story feels epic, as the two leads–Superbad stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, reunited for the first time since the film–venture through the drug trials and their own minds, looking for relief.
Who’s in it: In addition to Hill and Stone Maniac stars Justin Theroux, Sonoya, Mizuno, and Julia Garner.
8. The Haunting of Hill House
Premieres October 12 on Netflix
Why you can’t miss it: Based on a 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House is another scary show you’re going to want to binge leading up to Halloween. While Netflix says their take is a modern reimagining of the source material, clearly some things will stay the same–including the horrifying nature of Hill House itself.
The spooky mansion will be home to four siblings who grew up in it, only to reunite as adults and go back into the haunting above and face their fears. Given that the series is written and directed by Mike Flanagan, whose horror credits include Gerald’s Game, Oculus, and Ouija: Origin of Evil, chances are this is going to be a very scary late night binge.
Who’s in it: The Haunting of Hill House stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, and Annabeth Gish.
Premieres October 12 on DC Universe
Why you can’t miss it: It’s live-action Teen Titans and Robin says “F*** Batman” in the trailer. What more do you need to know?
The jury is still out on Titans, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to keep an eye on. After all, this is the first original series for the DC Universe streaming service. It will be used as a measuring stick for the other shows the service plans to introduce. Besides, it’s the live-action adventures of Robin, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.
The series comes from producers Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman, and Sarah Schechter. If anyone should know how to build a good DC TV show, it’s them. It should be interesting to see what they come up with when they don’t have any network restrictions holding them back.
Who’s in it: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter. Additionally, Alan Ritchson will appear as Hawk, while Minda Kelly plays Dove.