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2016 Fall TV Preview: 28 Must-See Shows

From your faves ('Gilmore Girls,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Transparent,' 'Narcos') to hot new series ('Clash of the Corps,' 'Luke Cage,' 'Westworld'), here's everything to get on your calendar

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'You’re the Worst'

Season 3 premiere: Wednesday, Aug. 31 on FXX

You’re the Worst is seemingly a raunchy drinking comedy from the outside, but inside you’ll find an all-too-real love story about two kinds of fucked-up people just trying to make it work. Season 2 offered the most honest depiction of depression possibly ever seen on TV, and Season 3 adds the wonderful Samira Wiley, otherwise known as Poussey Washington on Orange Is the New Black, as a steadfast therapist. We’re looking forward to seeing how this show can continue to make us cackle one minute, tear up the next, and get lost in our ~feels~ once it’s all said and done. –Brooke Bunce

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’Narcos'

Season 2 premiere: Friday, Sept. 2 on Netflix

Before Stranger Things was even a…well…thing, it was Narcos that grabbed the attention for being the most exciting series on Netflix. Season 1 introduced us to the twisted and oh-so gangster mind of Pablo Escobar, where he escapes La Catedral prison. The show returns in 1993, the year he died. So be prepared for a thrilling chase in search of the drug lord. But the question is: who will pull the trigger? –Bianca Gracie

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‘Atlanta’

Series premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 6 on FX

Donald Glover’s much-anticipated series about two cousins’ struggle to break into the Atlanta music scene should sit well with its viewers, and given Donald’s own critically acclaimed music as Childish Gambino, this series is bound to feature great laughs, great feels and great music. –Malikah Shabazz

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‘Queen Sugar’

Two-night series premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 on OWN

When news broke that award-winning director Ava DuVernay and media mogul/powerhouse/BOSS Oprah Winfrey were teaming up to bring Natalie Baszile’s novel to life, cheers could be heard across state lines. After months and months of being teased with production shots and social media posts, we finally get to see this African-American drama brought to life. –Malikah Shabazz

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'Better Things'

Series premiere: Thursday, Sept. 8 on FX

To watch Louie is to wish Pamela Adlon had her own Louie, which she now does. Created by the Californication alum and Louis C.K., the semi-autobiographical show will have Adlon playing an actress and single mom to three daughters. Better Things was picked up in January 2015, so they've had plenty of time to work out the kinks for the 10-episode first run. –Zach Dionne

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'American Horror Story’

Season 6 premiere: Wednesday, Sept. 14 on FX

The next run of Ryan Murphy’s totally sick but very addicting anthology series teases that it will connect all six seasons. But the actual theme of the show is being kept under wraps, so all we have are the bone-chilling and cryptic promos and confirmation that Lady Gaga will be making a welcome return. –Bianca Gracie

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'High Maintenance'

Series premiere (on television, anyway): Friday, Sept. 16 on HBO

The beloved Vimeo hit focuses on various people ordering weed in New York City, with the common thread being the bearded bike-delivery dude simply called The Guy. Married duo Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair (who plays The Guy) move their baby from the Internet to HBO for a six-episode we're-on-TV-now debut.
–Zach Dionne

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'Gotham'

Season 3 premiere: Monday, Sept. 19 on Fox

Season 2 of Fox’s Batman prequel righted a lot of the wrongs of its freshman year and ended on a dramatic note, with tons of potential new villains invading the streets of Gotham. Who is that Bruce Wayne doppelgänger, and how evil will he be? Hopefully this year continues the upward trajectory of the DC franchise. –Jason Lipshutz

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'Scream Queens'

Season 2 premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c on Fox

When Ryan Murphy’s hit horror-comedy series ended its debut season last December, it wasn’t exactly clear where they could take the story from there. Even as Season 2 approaches, we’re still a bit in the dark. What we do know, from the teasers, is it will take place in some kind of hospital (a hat tip to Halloween 2?). Most of the impressive main cast will be returning (including iconic scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis), as well as some new faces like John Stamos, Taylor Lautner, and SNL alum Cheri Oteri in a mysterious new role Murphy won’t give much detail about. Murphy and the Scream Queens team managed to find the perfect balance of horror, nostalgia, comedy and kitsch in Season 1, so here’s hoping they can do it again. –Mark Sundstrom

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‘Lethal Weapon’

Series premiere: Wednesday, Sept. 21 on Fox

Reboots can be tricky. The Lethal Weapon movie franchise was quite successful on account of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s onscreen chemistry. Time will tell if this TV venture will hold up to its cinematic predecessor. –Malikah Shabazz

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‘Pitch’

Series premiere: Thursday, Sept. 22 on Fox

In light of the recent Olympic glory and #BlackGirlMagic of Simone Biles, Michelle Carter and Dalilah Muhammad (just to name a few), this series is bound to keep the momentum going. The story may be fictional, but it’s only a matter of time before history is made in real life. –Malikah Shabazz

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'How to Get Away With Murder’

Season 3 premiere: Thursday, Sept. 22 on ABC

Shonda Rhimes’ twisted drama series went completely left during last season’s finale, when Wes’ father got killed by an unknown sniper right before his eyes. The upcoming season continues to tease this mystery, which raises these questions: WTF happened to Frank? Who created those “Killer” posters of Annalise? How will Wes cope with another death? Why is this show so bloody good?! –Bianca Gracie

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‘Transparent’

Season 3 premiere (full season): Friday, Sept. 23 on Amazon Prime

Transparent continues to break boundaries in the television world as the collective consciousness surrounding the transgender community continues to grow. We ended Season 2 on a somewhat hopeful note, as Maura finally revealed her full transitioned self to her mother, Rose. Even though we’re unsure how her mother felt, it was still a relief to see that weight off Maura’s shoulders. In the teaser for Season 3, Maura tells her kids she no longer wants to go by Moppa—a combination of "mom" and "papa"—and instead just wants to by Mom, proving she’s finally ready to move even further into her new life. Transparent paints a brutally truthful picture of what a family of selfish (but lovable!) people deals with when someone decides to transition, and this next season may prove that the hardest part isn’t over yet. 
–Brooke Bunce

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'The Exorcist'

Series premiere: Friday, Sept. 23 on Fox

The Exorcist, arguably one of the scariest films ever, comes to television this fall. The new Fox series will be a modern retelling based on a premise similar to the classic film. The characters' names are different and the story takes place in a Chicago suburb, instead of the film’s Georgetown, D.C. setting. The vibe I get from the trailers released so far is promising, as it genuinely feels creepy. The casting of Geena Davis as Angela Rance, a mother desperate for help when she fears something is trying to possess her daughter, already has my interest piqued. As a horror fan I’m excited, but curious to see if the original film’s sheer terror will translate to the small screen. –Mark Sundstrom

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'Bob's Burgers’

Season 7 premiere: Sunday, Sept. 25 on Fox

The Belchers, one of the greatest and wackiest cartoon families ever, are dominating the fall once again. Get ready for Linda’s amazingly off-key singing, Louise’s clever schemes and a bunch of tongue-in-cheek jokes that will make you wonder why Family Guy even bothers competing anymore. –Bianca Gracie

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‘Luke Cage’

Series premiere (full season): Friday, Sept. 30 on Netflix

All nerds cheered the arrival of Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. All nerds heart skipped a beat when the ODB-laced teaser trailer dropped at San Diego Comic-Con. You can only imagine what happened when the full trailer made its way into our social media feeds. Add Gang Starr–themed episode titles to the mix and Luke Cage is sure to be a huge hit. –Malikah Shabazz

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'Crisis in Six Scenes'

Series premiere (full season): Friday, Sept. 30 on Amazon Video

Woody Allen's first television show is actually like a six-part movie, one that stars Miley Cyrus and 83-year-old twice-Oscar-nominated screenwriter/actress Elaine May (Primary Colors, Heaven Can Wait) in a tale of a 1960s suburban family. –Zach Dionne

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‘Westworld’

Series premiere: Sunday, Oct. 2 on HBO

The long-in-the-works sci-fi/western will be HBO’s prestige drama for the fall, boasting a terrific pedigree with J.J. Abrams executive producing and Anthony Hopkins leading an all-star cast. The concept—essentially The Matrix, but zapping into the Wild West—promises a good amount of philosophy and a great amount of action. –Jason Lipshutz

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'​Tiësto's in the Booth'

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Season 4 premiere: MondayOct. 3 on FM

After following Tiësto around the globe for three seasons via the DJ's popular YouTube series, Tiësto's in the Booth returns with all-new episodes for what's set to be an intense fourth season. Rising acts DJ Mike Williams and DJ Don Diablo join Tiësto on the international dance music scene, so expect crazy shenanigans, lit sets and dope beats. –Tina Xu

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‘Clash of the Corps'

Fuse Media Inc.

Series premiere: WednesdayOct. 5 on Fuse

Executive producer Dwayne Johnson is here to kick some brass with Fuse's new docu-series Clash of the Corps. Go inside the competitive world of Drum Corps International with longtime rivals The Cadets and Blue Devils as they battle it out for the championship title. The two all-star teams are ready to step up and show out. Who will win? –Amissa Pitter

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'Insecure'

Series premiere: Sunday, Oct. 9 on HBO

It’s hard to believe it’s been over five years since writer and actress Issa Rae first dropped her now–hugely successful web series Awkward Black Girl on YouTube. A few years later there was news of Rae shooting a pilot for HBO. Fast forward a couple more years and Issa Rae’s Insecure is hitting screens in just over a month! I saw an exclusive preview of the first episode during Essence Fest in July, and it exceeded my expectations. The acting, writing (by Rae and Larry Wilmore), directing (by Beyoncé go-to Melina Matsoukas), and production (Prentice Penny) are all spot-on. If you liked Awkward Black Girl, you’re going to love Insecure. –Mark Sundstrom

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‘Divorce'

Series premiere: Sunday, Oct. 9 on HBO

Sarah Jessica Parker’s grand return to HBO comes with a less buoyant concept than Sex and the City (swap "romantic adventures" for "crumbled marriage"), but Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church as her estranged husband appears to be a perfect foil to SJP’s on-the-mend wife. –Jason Lipshutz

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'Fresh off the Boat’

Season 3 premiere: Tuesday, Oct. 11 on ABC

Quietly one of the best comedies on television, Fresh off the Boat will continue chronicling the Huang boys growing up in the suburbs of Orlando…although its Season 3 premiere was filmed in Taiwan. Is little Evan going to become even more cultured? An impossibility, some would say. –Jason Lipshutz

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'Jane the Virgin'

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Season 3 premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 17 on The CW

Did Michael survive the end of the second season? That’s what Jane the Virgin fans will (hopefully) find out when the hit comedy returns this fall. Also exciting for the third season: Eva Longoria steps behind the camera to direct the third episode. –Jason Lipshutz

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'Black Mirror'

Season 3 premiere (full season): Friday, Oct. 21 on Netflix

Charlie Brooker's British anthology show has a mere six episodes and one holiday special to its name since its 2011 debut, and it's still managed to become one of the most celebrated pieces of televised entertainment this century. Each installment examines a modern or near-future world grimly altered by a certain type of technology. Each season (ahem, series) has been a painfully brief three episodes, and it's been three-and-a-half years since the last one. Netflix has ordered 12, and the first six drop just in time for Halloween. Talent includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryce Dallas Howard, 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenbergand an episode written by Parks and Recreation's Mike Schur and Rashida Jones. –Zach Dionne

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

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Season premiere: Friday, Oct. 21 on The CW

Since it debuted last October, the wildly inventive Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been lauded as one of the most original comedies on network television. Can Season 2 continue the momentum—and boast even more intricate dance breaks? (Stars Gabrielle Ruiz and Vincent Rodriguez III have been hinting on Twitter that they’re taking ballet lessons!) –Jason Lipshutz

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'The Walking Dead'

Season 7 premiere: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9/8c on AMC

When Season 6 of The Walking Dead ended in April, the question on everyone’s mind was “WHO did Negan hit with his barbed-wire bat Lucille?!” While there have been many theories (some more convincing than others), no one is 100 percent sure. While we can assume they won’t be killing off a main character like Rick, TWD has never been afraid to unexpectedly off anyone, even the biggies. Finding out what happens immediately after last season’s closing scene is reason enough for most people to tune in this October, but not the only reason. To be honest, I’m more interested in seeing what’s going to happen with Carol. I wasn’t a fan of where they were going with her storyline toward the end of last season, but I’m confident they’ll bring it full circle and return Carol to the badass leader status we’ve grown to love. We’ll also get to see King Ezekiel, a fan-fave from the comic book series, come to life in Season 7. His brief appearance in the Comic-Con trailer had me shook, in the best way possible. –Mark Sundstrom

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'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'

Premiere (all episodes): Friday, Nov. 25 on Netflix

We’ve been waiting for this reunion for years, even before it was actually a thing! Four brand new 90-minute episodes are coming, which means there is absolutely no reason to step outside for the rest of Thanksgiving weekend unless you run out of coffee. Each episode takes place in a different season over the course of a year in Stars Hollow, and features almost everybody who’s ever mattered to the show. Counting the minutes. –Laurie Ulster

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