Whether you are looking for laughs, serious drama, procedurals or just mindless entertainment, the networks do not disappoint this year. With TV now maturing as the place to make content that we can't get from the movies, it honestly seems like the networks have gotten on board. They have stacked this list with shows that will make you think, make you laugh, make you question, and hopefully make you want more.
The coolest part about all of this is the amount of new and familiar faces we are getting with these offerings. Whether it's Anne Heche in The Brave, or Craig Robinson and Adam Scott teaming up in Ghosted, or new/old blood like the cast of Seal Team, everything about the new 2017 Fall TV shows seems special. And all the big networks, from ABC, to CBS, to NBC, to Fox, along with The CW and all the biggest and best cable channels have at least one good show to offer up this year.
TV is a very interesting medium. It has exploded because of it's constructs. Stories that have languished for years can now be told. And we, the viewing audience are the lucky recipients. However, not every show is worth your viewing time and we have taken it upon ourselves to help you out. We stringently went through all the upcoming Fall TV shows and whittled them down to the 22 you need to check out. So sit back, take some shade and enjoy the New Fall TV Shows You Need to See. There is nothing but strong offerings here. In fact, even the pickiest of TV snobs would have to agree that this line-up is pretty darn great!
The Gifted (Fox, October 2)
An X-Men TV series? Count us in. The Gifted focuses on a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Everybody doesn't like somebody but nobody doesn't like the X-Men, right? If this show doesn't immediately captivate audiences, that will be the biggest surprise of the 2017 Fall TV season.
Star Trek: Discovery (September 24)
You've gotta love a Star Trek tale that takes things all the way back to the beginning. This new show comes in before Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock ever had any sort of intergalactic meeting. We follow the crew of the Starfleet as they find themselves on new adventures week in and week out. With a cast that includes Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Wilson and the complex Jason Isaacs, Star Trek: Discovery already has fans old and new salivating. Where might the crew members of the Starfleet end up? How will Star Trek: Discovery comment on the issues that we face in today's world? The 1963 show set the standard and showed that no issue was off limits. It seems that Star Trek: Discovery, which takes place before the original show, will further invoke the vision of series creator Gene Roddenberry.
Young Sheldon (CBS, September 25)
The world needs many things and this prequel to The Big Bang Theory gives us a lot more Sheldon Cooper. If this was a social media post, I don't think I could LIKE it enough. For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn't easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. The Big Bang Theory's multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become.
Rosanne Revival (ABC, TBA)
Roseanne and Dan are back in all-new episodes of the 90's era sitcom that changed the face of TV forever. And don't worry. These latest half hour outings will basically ignore the series finale, which revealed Dan (Goodman) had died of a heart attack. Chalke, who played Becky after Goranson left the original series, will play a different character. And everyone else is back doing what they do best. No plot details have been revealed just yet, but Roseanne has been teasing this one for a long time. And it should satisfy those fans who want to revisit the Connor household. This is one of the most anticipated shows of the new fall season.
Will and Grace Revival (NBC, September 28)
Speaking of anticipated returns. We have Will, Grace, Just Jack and Karen all back for some big post-election episodes. Eleven years after going off the air, the former Must-See TV staple will return for a whole lot of fun, in a landscape that has changed drastically from the last time we caught up with the gang. NBC has so much confidence in these new Will & Grace episodes that Season 2 has already been renewed. This one should be super fun.
Me, Myself & I (CBS, September 25)
Talk about turning the TV show on its head. Me, Myself & I stars Bobby Moynihan in a comedy about the defining moments in one man's life over three distinct periods - as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in the present day and at age 65 in 2042. During these pivotal periods of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Alex always finds a way to move forward with determination and humor, knowing his life story isn't defined by the bad things that happen to him, but instead by how he chooses to deal with them.
The Brave (NBC, September 25)
While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world's most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton (Mike Dalton) and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Anne Heche seems like the perfect fit for a TV show of this sort. The characters she has embodied have always seemed a cut above in the intelligence department. Add to this that she hasn't been seen in too many high profile things recently and that makes the The Brave even more special. Undercover procedurals, if done right, always make for great TV. The story lines are immediate and with much of The Brave seemingly culled from today's headlines, that makes this whole endeavor that much more intriguing.
The Mayor (ABC, October 2017)
In what sounds like a present day take on Warren Beatty's Bulworth and Peter Seller's Being There, The Mayor just might be the breakout show of the 2017 Fall TV season. Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he's toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory.
Dynasty (The CW, October 11)
Dynasty is finally getting the reboot it deserves. After Dallas was resurrected, now we get another classic prime time soap overflowing with sudsy bubbles. This modernized reboot shows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they ruthlessly fight over their fortune and their children. The drama will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds, Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America's most powerful class. We can't wait for this one.
Good Girls (NBC, TBA)
Matthew Lillard has successfully resurrected his career in the past couple of years with stellar work on The Bridge. And he wowed up until that fateful last moment on Twin Peaks, so its nice to see him return here. But the big get is Mae Whitman, a fan-favorite from Arrested Development and Parenthood who does great ensemble work, but really deserves her own show at some point. Here, three "good girl" suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back. The cast is stacked higher than the dollar bills on that table. And it should come as a surprising bit of thrilling fun for those looking to watch something different. We can't wait!
S.W.A.T. (CBS, November 2)
S.W.A.T. has undergone a lot of transformations in the past few years. There was the original TV series from decades ago. Then came the movie. And its wake fans got a bunch of direct-to-video sequels. This iteration of the crime drama is inspired by the 2003 film. The story follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant (Moore) torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. It sounds like an interesting take with a sure-fire built-in audience.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, September 26)
Edie Falco (The Sopranos) stars in this new true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise. The show focuses its lens on the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling. If the reception of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is any indication, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders should be nothing short of incredibly amazing.
Seal Team (CBS, TBA)
Seal Team stars David Boreanaz in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment's notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds. With our nation taking a more inward look at itself, a show like Seal Team might seem a bit out of touch. However, support for our military has never been higher so it seems like Seal Team might have the action and drama that viewers have been craving.
The Orville (Fox, September 10)
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, (Family Guy, Ted) and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man), The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace... even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. This comedy has the chance to be a hybrid between Blazing Saddles and Battlestar Galactica. With Seth MacFarlane leading the cast, this show will obviously be filled with laughs. Something tells us that the problems the U.S.S. Orville faces will be epic in their own right. Truthfully, this is a very quirky show idea but something tells us that viewers will be up for the challenge.
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, October 1)
Kyra Sedgwick really carved out a name for herself on the small screen with The Closer. And is a staple of the TV set at this point. Here, she looks to be setting up another award-worthy drama that is must-see TV right out of the gate. The 10-episode series centers on TV producer Jane Sadler, whose young daughter goes missing, mirroring the cop drama she produces. Having worked on a show similar to the drama-within-the-drama, Sedgwick will really know her way around this landscape, making this the perfect vehicle. She has the kind of insider knowledge that a show like this demands. So this should be a big hit with fans awaiting her return.
Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, September 29)
Pretty much any of the Marvel properties that they wish to bring to the small screen is going to have a tremendous amount of interest. Marvel's Inhumans doesn't appear to be any different. The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel's The Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family. With characters like Lockjaw, Gorgon and others, it seems like this show is the closest thing to a slam dunk that ABC has. To Marvel's Inhumans!
Ghosted (Fox, October 1)
This series follows Leroy Wright (Craig Robinson), a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who thinks that "aliens" are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts. He gets teamed up with Max Jennifer (Adam Scott), a genius "true believer" in the paranormal who's convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited into the Bureau Underground. This is a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Craig Robinson and Adam Scott in the same show? Count us in!
The Crossing (ABC, Midseason)
With all the talk of "America First" and refugees wrongly finding themselves as persona non grata in many parts of the world, The Crossing is about as bold as TV gets. Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America... and the war they are fleeing hasn't happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here - both the townspeople and these newcomers - will never be the same. I'm not exactly sure where this show is going. The only thing I am sure of is that I will be tuning in to find out.
Deception (ABC, Midseason)
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion, the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world's most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. When you've got illusionist David Kwong (Now You See Me) co-producing a show about using illusions to capture criminals, something tells me that this show is going to have a lot of legs. If week in and week out they can plausibly use slight of hand to solve crimes, Deception might end up as the biggest show on TV.
Splitting Up Together (ABC, Midseason)
Based on the Danish series, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, The Office, Oliver Hudson, Scream Queens) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. In a day and age when more couples are splitting up and more people are choosing not to get married, we need a TV show that represents that. And what better way to do that than with this comedy from ABC? If we can't laugh at the complexity, the beauty, the sheer craziness of actually being with someone, then where are we as the human race? Splitting Up Together appears to offer a fun alternative to a life we all know, and at the same time it seems like it is making a statement about the other options available.
LA to Vegas (FOX, Midseason)
Isn't it high time we see a show about flight attendants? Executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay certainly think so. Welcome to Jackpot Airlines, a budget carrier whose junket flight from LA to Vegas and back again, is filled with dreamers looking for that big score. Holding (or, more to the point, barely holding) these voyages together is Ronnie (Kim Matula), a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool (oftentimes, with little success) whether she's dealing with a bi-polar bride-to-be or the dead body in Row 13. Managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays gets even trickier when Ronnie develops a "location-ship" with Colin (Ed Weeks), a regular passenger and an economics professor, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Further complicating her job every weekend is Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott), the narcissistic pilot whose fighter-pilot dreams never quite worked out; Bernard (Nathan Lee Graham), the always-positive career flight attendant who thinks there's no flight more magical than the LA-to-Vegas; Artem (Peter Stormare), the genial professional gambler who serves as the plane's resident (but unofficial) bookie; and Nichole (Olivia Macklin), the sweet-natured, part-time stripper who's a lot savvier than people realize. The only question I have is when do we take off?
Black Lightning (The CW, Midseason)
Weirdly, Black Lightning isn't part of the ongoing Arrowverse at The CW, which already includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. The show will standalone, following iconic DC comics character Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). Pierce made his choice long ago. He hung up his super suit and his secret identity, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. If you love superhero shows, this one appears to take the genre in a whole new, exciting direction. And who knows, there may be room for a CW superheroes crossover in the near future. Even if we're being told otherwise.
A.P. Bio (NBC, Midseason)
With Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Patton Oswalt heading up this cast, A.P. Bio appears to have a leg up on a lot of the other comedies coming out. When Jack, a philosophy scholar, loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit. Basically, if you have wronged Jack, WATCH OUT, because he's going to be coming after you. It is unclear how long a show like A.P. Bio can run, but if the laughs keep coming, this show has good chance to see itself mutate into many more seasons.