For this week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday we have taken a careful look at the shows returning this Fall. Not to be confused with next week’s top 10 list of Fall premieres, this list is made up entirely of existing series that are returning in the months of September, October, and November.
10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – The CW
Last year, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend delighted us with its musical romp through the lives of the citizens of West Covina. Focusing primarily on Rebecca, a mentally unstable Lawyer who moved from New York to the California town in order to escape the pressures of her life while also chasing a former boyfriend, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is host to a number of eccentric and likable characters.
09. The Last Man on Earth – Fox
Last season ended with a tearful goodbye and an impending threat, which could change the dynamic of the fun series about a band of survivors living together after a deadly virus wiped out most of human civilization. Up to this point, the characters of The Last Man on Earth didn’t face the post apocalyptic dangers of other post apocalyptic series, like The Walking Dead. Encountering new people was always a joyous occasion. Based on the ending of season 2, this may no longer be the case.
08. Rectify – Sundance
Perhaps the best written show on TV returns for its final season. Rectify, which follows a death row inmate who is released from custody when new evidence sheds doubt on his crime, has, for the past 3 seasons, told a heart wrenching tale of a man readjusting to the outside world, as the outside world is less willing to adjust for him. At the end of season 3, series protagonist Daniel plead guilty to his accused crimes in order to fulfill a plea deal that would leave him out of prison, so long as he stayed out of town.
07. Narcos – Netflix
Narcos is the one show on this list whose Fall season is already completely available. Season 2 of Netflix’s story about the rise and fall of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, was released on Netflix on September 2nd. So get to watching.
06. Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow/The Flash – The CW
We collapsed these 3 connected shows into 1 place to allow more diversity on our list. You also might notice the absence of Arrow, which we are, sadly, no longer excited for. The main reason for the presence of Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash on our list is the fun comic book presentation we are being promised. Supergirl moving from CBS to The CW means the series has less need to reach a broader appeal, and its physical relocation to the same shooting location as the other Arrow-verse series means more cross-overs and interaction between it and the other shows as well. Meanwhile, Legends of Tomorrow has rid itself of its worst elements, and based on a new TV preview seems to have finally taken advantage of its nature as a time travel series. The Flash, on the other hand, has been the best of its group since it premiered its first season.
05. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – ABC
Besides Ghost Rider appearing on the series this season, and besides the promise of even more Inhumans goodness, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has been the best Network TV Comic Book series since its 2nd season. That alone is reason to be excited, but that aspect of the series is not alone, in our reasons to anticipate the upcoming 4th season of the series. As we mentioned above, we will be getting more Inhumans, and even Ghost Rider. Inhumans has been one of the most awesome aspects of the last 2 seasons of the series, but it is Ghost Rider that has us really excited, as Ghost Rider represents the Network TV side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe embracing the magic and supernatural elements that are soon to come to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange brings magic to the film side of the MCU, Iron Fist brings magic to the Netflix side of the MCU, and Ghost Rider brings it to the Network TV side. Team Magic, all the way.
04. South Park – Comedy Central
There isn’t a lot to say about the upcoming season of South Park. Like with all of South Park’s modern seasons, the episodes of the series are not made until the very week they air. That being the case, we have no idea what is in store for us this season. The one thing we do know is that the series will be continuing the semi-serialized structure that the last 2 seasons used. Which is really cool, considering how good last season was.
03. The Walking Dead – AMC
The Walking Dead‘s last season ended with a huge cliffhanger, which pissed off a huge chunk of the series fanbase. With its return this fall, we will finally secure the answer to the biggest TV cliffhanger of the year. Who did Negan (Supernatural‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan) kill? While that is at the top of all Walking Dead fans’ minds, the Comic Con trailer for the upcoming season was able to completely ignore the potentially dead characters, while remaining exciting on its own. Mostly, this is due to the presence of The Kingdom, another large group of survivors lead by another iconic figure, who keeps an actual tiger at his side. Tigers versus zombies will be a thing this Fall, just think about that.
02. Ash Vs Evil Dead – Starz
Ash Vs Evil Dead‘s first season was fast paced, hilarious, and filled to the brim with over the top gore and imaginative horror. So we are understandably excited for the upcoming second season of the series. It seems, though, that the people behind the Starz continuation of Sam Raimi’s cult film trilogy are reaching much deeper for their scope of the second season. Firstly, we will be exploring Ash’s early life. We are meeting his father (the ingeniously cast Lee Majors), we are encountering his best friend (Sam Raimi’s younger brother and frequent Raimi film guest star, Ted Raimi), and we are even having an appearance by Ash’s deceased sister (as portrayed by Ellen Sandweiss, who reprises her role from the original 1982 film). On top of that notably deep cut, this season finds the series finally able to directly reference the events of Army of Darkness, which they previously did not have the rights for. Amazing.
01. Black Mirror – Netflix
It has been almost 2 years since the 1 and a half hour Black Mirror Christmas Special, almost 2 years before that from the actual 2nd season of the series. Meaning it has been almost 4 years since we have had a season of the best damn episodic anthology series on TV in the last couple decades. The brain child of Journalist/TV Writer Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is a haunting look at the potential near feature. Like The Twilight Zone, each episode of Black Mirror is a self contained story. Unlike The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror has a singular focus on the use of technology, and its potential side effects. As such, Black Mirror presents some of the best dystopian stories we have seen in decades. Black Mirror doesn’t play on the tropes of dystopian Sci-Fi we have known for so long, but rather approaches our current state of technological evolution with fresh eyes. We couldn’t be more excited for the 3rd season. Add to this excitement the fact that Netflix is dropping 6 episodes (twice the usual Black Mirror season) all at once, simultaneously, across all serviced regions, and it is easy to see why Black Mirror made the top of our list.
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