Ready, set, GO! The new television season is officially off to the races! Prior to the current era of Peak TV, viewers would be able to relax and take a break over the summer, as the vast majority of TV series ended their seasons in May before starting back up in the fall. Now, it’s nonstop, with each month seeing more and more high-profile premieres and finales. Now, without a breather, we enter September, where the biggest and best shows from the biggest and best networks (and streaming services) debut their marquee shows.
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Everyone, from critics to couch potatoes, had better brace themselves and stock up on their caffeine because the quality content isn’t going to be slowing down any time soon. Check out September’s top television premieres below:
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Synopsis: Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the California-Mexico border, must carve out his new outlaw identity in the town where he was once the golden boy.
What You Need To Know: For the “Sons of Anarchy” fans still pining for some sort of continuation of the series, “Mayans” arrives just in time. If you aren’t a fan of the original series, this might not be on your radar. But that doesn’t mean you should skip out on “Mayans,” as the series looks to set itself apart from ‘Sons’ and find a place of its own. For all of the excellent content they’ve been putting out, FX taking on this spinoff is relatively surprising but it will certainly fill the void for anyone looking for heavy drama and a laser focus on motorcycles and other gear.
Release Date: September 4 on FX
Synopsis: Danny Rand takes over Matt Murdock’s role as New York City’s protector, but when sinister revelation threatens his very identity, he must conquer his villains to protect the city and people he holds close to his heart.
What You Need To Know: Danny (Finn Jones) has been running himself ragged taking out the scum of New York City, aided by Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) and Misty Knight (Simone Missick). However, the past returns in the form of Davos (Sacha Dhawan), Danny’s former best friend in K’un Lun, along with a new villain, Typhoid Mary (Alice Eve). By far the worst MCU television series, at least until the water-torture that was “Inhumans,” the appearance of a much more palatable Danny Rand in “Luke Cage’s” second season and evidence that the cast were actually given proper time and training in martial arts prior to filming, “Iron First’s” next season is poised to take a much-needed step in the right direction.
Release Date: September 7 on Netflix
Synopsis: Sam Gardner, an eighteen-year-old boy on the autism spectrum, continues to gain further independence and expand his world while his family and friends go on their own personal journeys of growth.
What You Need To Know: Sam’s (Keir Gilchrist) orderly world continues to grow and be challenged after his tentative foray into the of dating, which had unexpected consequences for those around him. As Sam begins to explore college opportunities and think about his future, his sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) starts a new school and must balance how to fit in/not fit in, while Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) deals with the aftermath of her affair and its impact on her family.
Release Date: September 7 on Netflix
Synopsis: In New York, 1977, the porn industry is booming but with success comes its own set of problems, with the drug trade and violence never far from one’s door.
What You Need To Know: If this were solely a vehicle for the always engaging Maggie Gyllenhaal, the return of season two of “The Deuce” would be much easier to celebrate. Rather, James Franco will also be coming back and following the allegations of sexual harassment that rightly derailed his Oscar campaign last year, and in the midst of so many other accused being granted their “comeback” tour, it’s difficult to find much to celebrate about him being given a platform. That being said, Gyllenhaal is still involved and she is remarkable and season two promises further exploration of her character. It’s also worth noting that it, along with “Westworld” (to a degree) are the only two dramas of the past year to gain much traction with viewers.
Release Date: September 9 on HBO
Synopsis: Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon on children’s television, but when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds that no fairy tale, fable or puppet can guide him through the crisis.
What You Need To Know: It’s been far too long since Jim Carrey has been on our screens with a role befitting his talents, and while we only have previews to go on, one has to assume that anything that at all involves Michel Gondry is just that. Judy Greer co-stars in a series that seems to bend the rules of magical realism and current day dramedies all the while bringing Carrey back with a role that’s just broad enough to fill his larger than life demeanor while also tapping into the sadness we’ve seen him display before.
Release Date: September 9 on Showtime
Synopsis: Washed-up and self-loathing sitcom star Bojack recently found some closure and positive influences – but will it last?
What You Need To Know: After seasons of ongoing self-delusion and threat of despair, the season four finale of the brilliant Netflix output “Bojack Horseman” accomplished something we’d come to least expect by leaving us on a staggering note of hope. Arguably the best depiction of depression on air (and yes, this is still an animated show – a very funny one to boot – about an anthropomorphic horse), audiences had gotten accustomed to season finales breaking our hearts further as Bojack continuously pushed people away and watched loved ones die. Season four still had its run of unhappy moments including Princess Carolyn’s ongoing loneliness and Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane’s crumbling marriage, but by allowing the central and often the most troubling, character have this slimmer of positivity as the last shot was one of the most rewarding decisions the writers have done so far. Little is known thus far about the upcoming fifth season but with the show’s ability to shock us while simultaneously make us laugh hard enough to have to pause the episode lest we miss a pun or five, there’s little to no doubt that the series will continue to remind us why it’s the best thing Netflix has ever done.
Release Date: September 14 on Netflix
Synopsis: A married couple who live a comfortable and predictable suburban life, decide to shake things up and find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory.
What You Need To Know: Even the world’s most happy and loving marriages can get caught in a rut of monotony. For twelve years, Oscar (Fred Armisen) and June (Maya Rudolph) have been floating by in content suburban stagnation but when June talks Oscar into going on a ski trip, they find themselves unexpectedly out of their comfort zone. The moral of the story? – nothing good happens on a ski slope.
Release Date: September 14 on Amazon
Synopsis: In the near future the first human mission to Mars and steps towards interplanetary colonization is underway, and its challenges reverberate through the astronauts, their families and loved ones, and the ground team on Earth.
What You Need To Know: The infinite possibilities of space and the potential of colonization and establishing life beyond Earth are ideas that have been percolating for a while in both real-life and entertainment. So it is no wonder a streaming series examining the first mission to Mars and interplanetary colonization would attract a heavy hitter such as two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn in his first major television role. Penn plays Tom Hagerty, the lead astronaut on the Mars mission, joined by Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Oded Fehr, James Ransone and Hannah Ware making up the myriad of individuals intertwined in the groundbreaking space mission. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night….
Release Date: September 14 on Hulu
Synopsis: Two strangers take part in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will solve all of their problems permanently, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever. Naturally, things do not go according to plan.
What You Need To Know: Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation,” “True Detective”) makes a long-awaited return to directing with an adaptation of Norwegian television series of the same name by Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two patients in the last stages of a pharmaceutical trial clinical trial, led by mysterious Dr. James J. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), that promotes itself as able to repair any mental ailment. So of course, things immediately get wildly out of hand. With a cast including Sonoya Mizuno, Sally Field, Julia Garner, Jemima Kirke, and Gabriel Byrne, Fukunaga has produced a wild ride, spanning genres from high fantasy to mid-20thcentury drama, yet grounded in the relationship of two mentally and emotionally fragile individuals who make a connection that transcends time and space.
Release Date: September 21 on Netflix
“This Is Us”
Synopsis: A heartwarming and emotional story about the struggles and triumphs of a unique set of triplets and their parents.
What You Need To Know: If there were to still be a definitive “water cooler” series (aside from perhaps “Game of Thrones”) on air today, it might have to be NBC’s emotionally destructive “This is Us” which begs us to weep alongside the perpetually grieving characters. The emotions are, undoubtedly, heightened and, for the some of the damning schmaltz they’re handed to deliver earnestly, the performers are largely excellent, especially Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, and Milo Ventimiglia. What remains to be seen is if the show can hold up the attention it captured when it was playing the long con game with the mystery surrounding Jack’s death with the new time jump twist.
Release Date: September 25 on NBC