A Diverse Array of Series to Captivate Young Adult Audiences
As fall approaches, television enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the arrival of new and returning shows. Despite the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which have caused delays and changes in programming, there is still plenty to look forward to this season. While some highly anticipated series have been pushed back or put on hold, we can still expect the exciting returns of shows like “Loki,” “Sex Education,” “Doom Patrol,” and “Fargo,” among others. Additionally, a diverse range of new offerings, such as “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Other Black Girl,” are set to captivate young adult audiences. Get ready for an incredible lineup of 59 new and returning shows that are sure to keep you entertained throughout the season.
Virgin River (Sept. 7, Netflix)
The popular small-town drama, “Virgin River,” returns for its fifth season on Netflix. As Mel and Jack prepare to welcome their baby, the town faces various challenges, including a raging wildfire, nefarious drug lords, and a rape trial. Despite the drama, the show will still provide the cozy, feel-good vibes it is known for, along with some long-awaited answers to lingering questions.
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Sept. 7, Paramount+)
“Star Trek: Lower Decks” continues to push the boundaries of the beloved franchise with its animated comedy. Season 4 promises to top the previous ones, according to actor Jack Quaid. He recalls a particularly hilarious scene that left him in stitches. Tawny Newsome, who voices Beckett Mariner, teases the introduction of a new character named T’Lyn, a Vulcan who adds a touch of Spock-like energy to the series.
The Changeling (Sept. 8, Apple TV+)
Based on Victor LaValle’s novel, “The Changeling,” this horror odyssey follows the story of Apollo and Emma, who fall in love and start a family. When Emma mysteriously disappears after a horrific act of violence, Apollo embarks on a journey through an alternate New York where ancient European folklore and magic intertwine. Director and executive producer Jonathan van Tulleken emphasizes the exploration of motherhood and the challenges faced by women, using the genre to shed light on real societal issues.
Dreaming Whilst Black (Sept. 10, Showtime)
Inspired by creator Adjani Salmon’s own life, “Dreaming Whilst Black” follows aspiring filmmaker Kwabena as he navigates the challenges of pursuing his dreams. Salmon aims to address microaggressions, professional barriers, and compromise through humor rather than finger-pointing. The show explores the gray areas of life’s journey and encourages viewers to follow their dreams.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (Sept. 10, AMC)
While details about the storyline are scarce, “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” spinoff takes place in France and follows Daryl’s journey as he finds himself in a situation that motivates those around him to stand up and fight. Actor Norman Reedus promises hard decisions, fierce protection of the vulnerable, and unwavering loyalty from his character, Daryl.
The Other Black Girl (Sept. 13, Hulu)
Based on Zakiya Dalila Harris’ book, “The Other Black Girl” introduces Nella, an editorial assistant who initially embraces the arrival of another Black coworker, Hazel. However, Nella’s excitement turns to suspicion when she suspects Hazel, and possibly the entire publishing company, may be involved in something dangerous. The show combines elements of horror with other genres to create a unique viewing experience.
The Morning Show (Sept. 13, Apple TV+)
“The Morning Show” returns for its third season, picking up two years after the events of the previous season. The focus shifts from the Mitch story arc to women’s autonomy, abortion rights, and the challenges women face in positions of power. The introduction of new characters, including a tech billionaire and a gold-medalist-turned-news-anchor, adds to the emotional depth of the season.
Wilderness (Sept. 15, Prime Video)
In “Wilderness,” Liv and Will’s romantic road trip takes an unexpected turn when Liv discovers Will’s infidelity. What should have been a dream journey becomes a reckless and unpredictable adventure. Director So Yong Kim promises a distinctive cinematic look and thought-provoking exploration of power dynamics within a relationship.
The Gold (Sept. 17, Paramount+)
“The Gold” delves into one of the most infamous heists in British history, where thieves stole millions worth of gold bullion from a warehouse. The series tracks the attempts of criminals to make the stolen goods spendable while the police race against time to catch them. Executive producer Neil Forsyth highlights the fascinating and little-known story behind the notorious crime.
Young Love (Sept. 21, Max)
Following the award-winning short film “Hair Love,” “Young Love” continues the story of the Young family as they navigate the challenges of their new normal. Zuri’s mom returns from the hospital after a health scare, and Zuri’s dad fights for his big break as a music producer. The series explores the dynamics of the family and their pursuit of dreams.
Sex Education (Sept. 21, Netflix)
As Otis and Maeve’s sex therapy clinic closed at the end of season 3, the characters face new challenges and environments. The closure of their school forces them into unfamiliar territory, where they must navigate their way through a bigger pond. Creator Laurie Nunn promises that the characters will figure out their paths forward, with the series exploring themes of relationships and personal growth.
The Continental: From the World of John Wick (Sept. 22, Peacock)
“The Continental” takes viewers back in time to reveal the origins of Winston and Charon, characters from the “John Wick” movies. Colin Woodell portrays a young Winston, while Ayomide Adegun plays Charon. The prequel series explores their lives before they became the formidable leaders of New York’s assassin-welcoming Continental Hotel.
Love Is Blind (Sept. 22, Netflix)
“Love Is Blind” returns for its fifth season with a promise of unexpected love triangles, intense relationship histories, and shocking revelations. The dating experiment series brings together a new group of singles who form connections without seeing each other. With multiple firsts and surprising moments, this season aims to surpass the excitement of previous installments.
Krapopolis (Sept. 24, Fox)
Creator Dan Harmon brings audiences a clever animated sitcom set in mythical ancient Greece. “Krapopolis” follows King Tyrannis, who tries to run one of the world’s first cities alongside his dysfunctional family of gods and monsters. The show combines ancient Greek stories with modern themes, exploring the concept of immortality and the complexities of storytelling.
The Voice (Sept. 25, NBC)
“The Voice” returns with a star-studded lineup of coaches, including returning favorite Gwen Stefani. The show promises a dynamic and entertaining season, with new contestants showcasing their vocal talents. Alongside the singing competition, the coaches’ chemistry and banter are expected to captivate audiences.
The Irrational (Sept. 25, NBC)
“The Irrational” dives into the reasons behind criminal behavior, taking a unique approach as a “whydunnit” procedural. Behavioral science expert Alec Mercer investigates high-stakes cases, ranging from plane crashes to kidnappings. The series explores human nature and its relation to crime, while incorporating experiments that showcase Mercer’s expertise.
Dancing With the Stars (Sept. 26, ABC/Disney+)
Despite the SAG-AFTRA strike, “Dancing With the Stars” returns to ABC for its 32nd season, with live streaming available on Disney+. The celebrity dance competition features a star-studded cast, including former “Vanderpump Rules” star Adriana Madix and the latest “Bachelorette” Charity Lawson. Prepare for another thrilling season of ballroom performances and unexpected twists.
The Masked Singer (Sept. 27, Fox)
“The Masked Singer” celebrates its 10th season with an array of 16 new masks, guest stars, Wild Card contestants, themed episodes, and more. Executive producer Craig Plestis promises one of the best episodes in the show’s history, featuring surprising reveals and incredible performances. Get ready for another thrilling season of the wacky disguised celebrity singing series.
Survivor (Sept. 27, CBS)
“Survivor” continues to captivate audiences with its intense challenges and strategic gameplay. Season 45 follows contestant Sabiyah Broderick, a former Marine, as she navigates the grueling competition. With her determination and military background, Broderick aims to outwit, outplay, and outlast her fellow competitors.
The Golden Bachelor (Sept. 28, ABC)
“The Golden Bachelor” breaks the mold by featuring a leading man who is older than previous seasons. Gerry Turner, a genial 72-year-old widower, embarks on a journey to find love among a group of women ranging in age from 60 to 75. This heartwarming dating show offers a unique perspective on relationships and proves that age is just a number.
Gen V (Sept. 29, Prime Video)
“Gen V” introduces superpowers to the mix of hormonal young adults entering college. Set in the world of “The Boys,” this live-action spinoff series follows young supes as they attend Godolkin University, the premier college for aspiring heroes. As they navigate their way through love, friendship, and personal growth, they must also learn what it means to be a hero.
Found (Oct. 3, NBC)
“Found” centers around Gabi Mosely, an investigator dedicated to finding missing people from marginalized communities. The crime drama sheds light on the failures of the system when individuals go missing, with a particular focus on the disproportionate number of people of color affected. The show aims to highlight the importance of finding and returning loved ones.
Sullivan’s Crossing (Oct. 4, The CW)
Based on Robyn Carr’s best-selling book series, “Sullivan’s Crossing” follows neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan as she returns home to her estranged father following a tragedy. Alongside the reunion with her father, Maggie encounters potential love interest Cal, a charming small-town guy. The series explores themes of family, romance, and personal growth in a small-town setting.
Quantum Leap (Oct. 4, NBC)
“Quantum Leap” continues the time-traveling adventures of Dr. Ben Song, who finds himself stranded in Russia after leaping into a military transport mission. This season promises a thrilling episode set in the 1970s, where Ben must navigate challenges while trying to find his way home. Guest stars Melissa Roxburgh, P.J. Byrne, and Aaron Abrams add to the excitement.
Transplant (Oct. 5, NBC)
“Transplant” follows Dr. Neeta Devi, the new head of the emergency department at York Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed shifts from survival mode to building a life, while Dr. Theo Hunter deals with the aftermath of a helicopter crash. The season focuses on adaptation as the characters find their new normal and face personal and professional challenges.
Bargain (Oct. 5, Paramount+)
In the South Korean series “Bargain,” nothing is as it seems in a remote hotel outside of Seoul. Prostitution, murder, and organ auctions collide in a thrilling tale of survival when an earthquake traps the hotel’s inhabitants. Joo-young, a quick-witted character played by Jong-seo Jeon, must team up with an unlikely companion to escape the deadly situation.
Our Flag Means Death (Oct. 5, Max)
“Our Flag Means Death” sets sail for a second season, combining queer romance with pirate adventures. The unconventional love story follows the journey of Stede Bonnet, an aspiring swashbuckler, and his murderous mentor Blackbeard. Season 2 explores the challenges of heartbreak and maturity, as the characters search for treasure and navigate their own growth.
FBoy Island (Oct. 16, The CW)
Former “Bachelorette” Katie Thurston joins “FBoy Island” for its third season on The CW. The dating show follows three women as they try to distinguish genuine nice guys from “FBoys.” The unpredictable and entertaining series promises unexpected twists and turns, as the contestants navigate love, friendship, and the quest for lasting connections.
Living for the Dead (Oct. 18, Hulu)
“Living for the Dead” introduces the Ghost Hunties, a team of queer paranormal experts who offer love, support, and guidance to spirits and those affected by them. The reality series combines humor, ghost hunting, and personal growth as the team visits haunted locations. Expect a conversation-starter that explores the boundaries between the living and the spirit world.
Shining Vale (Oct. 13, Starz)
“Shining Vale” returns for a second season, diving deeper into the story of Pat, a housewife with a mysterious past. This horror-comedy series offers a fresh take on haunted house narratives, with Pat and her family facing supernatural challenges. The show explores themes of family, love, and personal growth, with a unique blend of humor and horror.
Lessons in Chemistry (Oct. 13, Apple TV+)
“Lessons in Chemistry” adapts Katherine Bonner’s debut novel, offering a delightful drama set in the 1960s. The series follows the story of Eleanor Bennett, a passionate scientist turned TV cooking show host. Creator Lee Eisenberg aims to blend chemistry and cooking to create an explosive effect, while exploring themes of love, support, and personal growth.
Fargo (Nov. 21, FX and Hulu)
“Fargo” returns for its highly anticipated fifth season, taking audiences back to its roots with a thrilling storyline. The series follows the character of Dorothy “Dot” Lyon, whose past comes back to haunt her, forcing her to navigate challenges while pursued by a determined sheriff. Expect a captivating narrative filled with drama, intrigue, and unexpected twists.
Obliterated (Nov. 30, Netflix)
When an elite task force thwarts a plot to blow up Vegas, they celebrate by getting completely intoxicated. However, they soon discover that the threat is still very real, forcing them to stumble their way through saving the day once again. “Obliterated” is a raunchy and raucous action-comedy that promises a wild and unpredictable ride.
Julia (Nov. 16, Max)
“Julia” returns with another season of mouthwatering cooking adventures. Inspired by Julia Child’s life and career, the comedy series combines elements of her iconic TV show, “The French Chef,” with a family drama twist. The second season promises to showcase Julia’s culinary skills as she prepares delectable dishes and navigates personal challenges.
Invincible (Nov. 3, Netflix)
“Invincible” makes its much-anticipated return, featuring the time-traveling superhero Mark Grayson, also known as Invincible. Season 2 takes audiences on a thrilling journey from the past to the future, as Mark and his allies search for the shape-shifting villain Kang. Expect more action, humor, and unexpected twists as the characters face new challenges.
The Fall of the House of Usher (Oct. 12, Netflix)
Director Mike Flanagan tackles Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tale, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” in this modern horror series. Siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher build a successful but controversial empire, only to have their dark past come back to haunt them. The series combines elements of horror, drama, and mystery to create a captivating and eerie viewing experience.
Frasier (Oct. 12, Paramount+)
Beloved character Frasier Crane returns in a revival of the iconic series, “Frasier.” Set in Boston this time, Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer, seeks to reconnect with his son Freddy, portrayed by Jack Cutmore-Scott. The series promises heartwarming moments and plenty of laughs as Frasier navigates the complexities of family relationships and love.
Goosebumps (Oct. 13, Disney+ and Hulu)
“Goosebumps” makes a spooky comeback in this Disney+ reboot series, bringing to life five of R.L. Stine’s popular books. A group of high schoolers in Port Lawrence uncovers dark secrets connected to a tragic event from the past. The series combines elements of horror, mystery, and humor, ensuring an entertaining and thrilling experience for viewers.
Shining Vale (Oct. 13, Starz)
In the second season of “Shining Vale,” Pat and her family face supernatural challenges in their haunted house. With a fresh take on the genre, the show offers a unique blend of horror and comedy. Expect a deeper exploration of family dynamics, love, and personal growth as the characters confront their past and the spirits that haunt them.
Black Cake (Nov. 1, Hulu)
“Black Cake” takes viewers on a thrilling journey through the life of Eleanor Bennett, a seemingly normal housewife with a mysterious past. Based on Charmaine Wilkerson’s novel, the series combines family drama with a murder mystery. Through a series of recordings, Eleanor’s adult children uncover hidden truths about their mother’s life. Expect twists, turns, and a compelling exploration of identity.
All The Light We Cannot See (Nov. 2, Netflix)
The captivating story of Marie-Laure, a blind French teenager navigating World War II, comes to life in “All The Light We Cannot See.” With Marie-Laure’s mysterious past and her struggles in a war-torn world, the series promises a compelling blend of drama and historical context. Expect a heartfelt portrayal of resilience, love, and humanity.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (Nov. 17, Netflix)
The beloved characters from “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” reunite for this anime series. Michael Cera returns as Scott Pilgrim, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead reprises her role as Ramona Flowers. The series promises to capture the same dynamic and thrilling energy as the original film, showcasing the adventures of the beloved characters in a new format.
Lawmen: Bass Reeves (Nov. 5, Paramount+)
Inspired by the real-life Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves, “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” follows the story of this remarkable historical figure. Played by David Oyelowo, Bass Reeves captures over 3,000 dangerous criminals in Indian Territory during the post-Reconstruction era. The series sheds light on the significant contributions made by Black people throughout history.
With an array of captivating new and returning shows hitting the screens this fall, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From thrilling crime dramas to heartfelt comedies, these series offer a diverse range of stories and characters that will keep young adult audiences entertained throughout the season. Get ready to immerse yourself in the exciting world of fall TV.