The end of summer means a new school year, a return to regular schedules, shorter days, and new seasons of our favorite TV series. But while we all settle into our same seasonal routines — sharpened pencils, pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves, and bonfires — the 2019 fall TV line-up is anything but predictable. Here are the series (and new streaming services) we are most excited about:
Netflix, premiering Sept. 13
Inspired by true events, this gripping crime drama stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever. Two detectives investigate a series of attacks, after a young woman is accused of lying about a rape.
Fox, premiering Sept. 23
Here’s another crime drama, but with a dark comedic twist. Tom Payne stars as an FBI agent who has a knack for hunting serial killers, because his father, played by Michael Sheen, was a notorious one.
ABC, premiering Sept. 25
Cobie Smulders plays a troubled private investigator with a complicated love life and a gambling addiction in this action-packed series that looks like a ton of fun.
NBC, premiering Sept. 26
If you liked watching Bradley Whitford in “The Handmaid’s Tale” over the summer, here is your chance to see him in a completely different role: comedy.
Netflix, premiering Sept. 27
This Ryan Murphy dark comedy follows a high school student with a serious presidential ambition. First step? Student body president. The much-anticipated series stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Lange.
Fox, premiering Oct. 2
Brittany Snow stars as an only child that has her life turned upside down when she discovers that her father, a fertility doctor, used his practice to father upward of one hundred children.
The CW, premiering Oct. 9
This is not the Nancy Drew you remember. From the creators of “Riverdale,” this dark series sees a college-aged Drew searching for her mother’s murderer, while solving all sorts of mysteries and crimes (and avoiding being a suspect along the way).
Amazon, premiering Oct. 18
Amazon assembled a star-studded cast, including Anne Hathaway, John Slattery, and Tina Fey to tell love stories based on the weekly New York Times column by Daniel Jones.
Disney+, premiering Nov. 12
One of the most anticipated shows on Disney’s new streaming service, “The Mandalorian” takes place five years after “The Return of the Jedi” and follows a lone Mandalorian fighter beyond the New Republic. Nov. 12 will be a big day in the “Star Wars” universe.
HBO, fall 2019
Based on the beloved trilogy by Philip Pullman, this HBO series starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and newcomer Dafne Keen follows a brave woman’s quest to find her kidnapped friends, uncovering a sinister plot along the way.
Apple TV+, fall 2019
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell all on one show? Apple TV+, set to premiere this fall, is going to make a big entrance with “The Morning Show,” a series about — you guessed it — a morning news show.
Apple TV+, fall 2019
Also premiering this fall on Apple TV+, Hailee Steinfeld stars in a teenage-angst comedy about Emily Dickinson set in the 19th century but with a millennial twist.
Macaire Douglas lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Share Our Spare, a local nonprofit that collects goods for children in need.