While the rulebook for when to launch a TV series has been thrown out the window in the era of Peak TV, the fall months remain some of the busiest with both returning favorites and new potentially binge-worthy series. October see’s a lot for both streaming and cable services with too many to even include on the list. Those left off but worth noting include the return of The CW superhero series “Black Lightning,” “The Flash” and “Arrow” along with another returning shows such as Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” NBC’s brilliant “The Good Place,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and AMC’s “Fresh off the Boat.” New series include Netflix’s “Wanderlust” and Hulu’s “Into the Dark.”
But, alas, we had to narrow the list to 11, and here’s what we feel like are the best bets for TV in October:
Synopsis: Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty.
What You Need To Know: Boasting a cast full of the who’s who of the comedy world plus with a successful first season under their belt, it’s no surprise that “Big Mouth” is one of Netflix’s most anticipated comedy series when it returns this month. Created by close friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, the series reflects on their days growing up as teens in their 1980s New York suburb. Struggling with puberty alongside the relatable trials and tribulations of high school, “Big Mouth” is both charming and wildly hilarious. With Kroll acting as executive producer as well as voicing the title character of Nick, the show’s cast of characters also includes John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jessi Klein, Jenny Slate, and Jason Mantzoukas.
Release Date: October 5th on Netflix
“Star Wars Resistance”
Synopsis: Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot for the Resistance, is tasked with a top secret mission to investigate the First Order, a growing threat in the galaxy.
What You Need to Know: While everyone is growing fatigued of franchise-heavy media, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” were some of the most exciting and innovative spin-offs from the original “Star Wars” canon we’ve ever seen, meaning any animated continuation is going to be worth paying attention to. Sporting a different, sleeker visual style (more in tune with its home at Disney) but from the same creative minds as the former two, “Star Wars Resistance” is a must-see for both animation and “Star Wars” fans.
Release Date: October 7th on Disney
“The Haunting of Hill House”
Synopsis: “The Haunting of Hill House” explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past.
What You Need to Know: Based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, “The Haunting of Hill House” is the latest original series to hit Netflix, made all the timelier due to it’s October debut and horror mythos. Starring Mckenna Grace, Carla Gugino, and Michiel Huisman, the show comes from Mike Flanagan who has already scared before with films such as the innovative “Hush” and grizzly Stephen King adaptation “Gerald’s Game.”
Release Date: October 12th on Netflix
Synopsis: The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as The Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and her human companions.
What You Need to Know: With season eleven of the new “Doctor Who,” the series is finally breaking its pattern of regenerating the titular character into another straight white actor by casting its first female Doctor with Jodie Whittaker, who stunned on “Broadchurch.” Whittaker, by the trailers alone, is having a blast, bringing the right sense of playful adventure to a character who needs to be warm but also decidedly alien. And the thrill of seeing a female face on such a familiar character is undeniable. The other change in show-runner with Chris Chibnall taking over for Steven Moffat is also welcome, with the latter’s writing and creative choices growing tedious the longer he stuck to it.
Release Date: October 7th on BBC
Synopsis: After a sudden turn of events, the Conner family is forced to face the daily struggles of life in a way they never have before. This iconic family, Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J., demonstrates that laughter, conversation and love can overcome anything.
What You Need To Know: Following Roseanne Barr’s unceremonious exit from the series that bore her name, “The Conners” will re-emerge without their family’s matriarch. It will be intriguing for audiences eager to see how the series will carry on without Barr. She recently went on a profanity-laced tirade on Twitter claiming she was angry that the writers decided to write her off the show by saying that she died because of opioid overdose. All the controversy surrounding the show is no doubt working to help lure audiences to tune in especially since John Goodman himself confirmed his wife’s death. The show maintains the whole cast from the original “Roseanne” reboot including Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Alicia Goranson, and Emma Kenney from “Shameless.”
Release Date: October 16th on ABC
Synopsis: A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small-town life, the darkness, and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
What You Need to Know: While season two of The CW’s “Riverdale” squandered much of its pulpy good will it had built in it’s much more fun season one, we still can’t help but be morbidly curious to see what season three might bring after the major shakeups at the end of last year. Possibly the most dramatic series on air – for good and bad – each time you think that the show won’t be able to outdo itself, it manages to take its built-in absurdity of being a serious show based off of the “Archie” comics and elevate it even further.
Release Date: October 10th on The CW
Synopsis: A contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
What You Need To Know: Matthew Weiner’s follow up to AMC’s beloved series “Mad Men” and also HBO’s iconic show “The Sopranos,” will be very different from his previous series. Set as a uniquely styled anthology series it will have a completely different cast for each episode. For now, “Mad Men” alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery are confirmed to have joined the cast, as well as Aaron Eckhart, Kathryn Hahn, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, and even the iconic Isabelle Huppert. This new Amazon series boasts a serious cast which is sure to make some waves this fall.
Release Date: October 12 on Amazon Prime
Synopsis: A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.
What You Need to Know: There is no reason that the dark comedy-musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” should have succeeded at the rate that it did and yet, miraculously, the show has managed to get better with each and every season. This is a trend we hope to see continue with its fourth and final season. Rachel Bloom continues to deliver one of the finest performances on television as Rebecca Bunch and following her acceptance of her self-destructive tendencies at the end of season three, we should expect a similar level of character study along with all of the clever and catchy tunes that they’ve been delivering since day one.
Release Date: October 12th on The CW
Synopsis: An obsessively organized and aggressively controlling woman gathers together her meek sister, her holier-than-thou ex-best friend, and a free-spirited tagalong for a back-to-nature camping trip to celebrate her husband’s 44th birthday.
What You Need To Know: Jennifer Garner graces the small screen once more with this new comedy. Even though her newest film “Peppermint” could be considered more akin to her early television days with “Alias,” “Camping” has Garner jumping back full force into the comedy genre. Inspired by the successful British series of the same name, the show was created by Jennifer Konner and Lena Dunham of “Girls” fame and also stars Juliette Lewis, David Tennant, Janicza Bravo, Arturo del Puerto, Brett Gelman, Cheyenne Haynes, and Duncan Joiner.
Release Date: October 14th on HBO
Synopsis: Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world or embracing his destiny as a hero.
What You Need to Know: There’s a lot of doubt going into the third season of “Daredevil.” The Netflix series began strong enough with a distinguished sense of tone and strong lead with Charlie Cox as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. However, it didn’t take long into season two to realize that the show wouldn’t be able to sustain itself if it continued to take itself so seriously, diminishing any fun that should be had while watching a superhero property come to life, especially one so popular. The same could be said for the rest of the streaming services Marvel properties which, barring most of the first season of “Jessica Jones” and the first half of “Luke Cage’s” first season, have been disastrous slogs to burn through. Season three is a chance to bring some excitement back to the story with the return of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and the promise of adapting one of the most iconic runs of stories from the “Daredevil” canon with “Born Again.”
Release Date: October 19th on Netflix
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
Synopsis: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
What You Need To Know: Some of us older folks may recall this story with the role formerly played by Melissa Joan Hart in 1990’s television series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” a spin-off of the “Archie” Comics just as this series will be. However, this incantation promises to be darker than its predecessor. This series was originally conceived as a companion to CW’s “Riverdale” but was ultimately picked up by Netflix. Actress Kiernan Shipka plays the title character of Sabrina Spellman. Shipka previously played Don Draper’s daughter Sally in AMC series “Mad Men.” The series, which also stars Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Lucy Davis, and Miranda Otto, will dabble in all things horror and is expected to be a thrilling addition to your fall television lineup.
Release Date: October 26 on Netflix