Disjointed (August 25 on Netflix)
The creators of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men are responsible for this extremely, erm, baked comedy about a cannabis dispensary owner (Kathy Bates). Disjointed is a sitcom, so we can’t predict much about what will happen from episode to episode. But we can assume all the characters will be stoned, like, 98 percent of the time.
Black Love (August 29 on OWN)
This reality show explores the successful relationships between Hollywood’s most prominent Black couples—from Julius Tennon and Viola Davis to Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin. At the core of Black Love is this burning question: How do you make a marriage work? Every episode inches closer to the answer, but whether we find it or not is still up for debate.
Star Trek: Discovery (September 24 on CBS All Access)
Get excited, Star Trek fans. This show, which takes place 10 years before The Original Series, centers on a cold war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon T’Kuvma race. At the heart of it is Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), who must lead the USS Discovery during this turmoil.
Young Sheldon (September 25 on CBS)
This prequel to The Big Bang Theory tracks the brainiac life of young Sheldon (Iain Armitage) who starts high school at the ripe-old age of 9. Expect lots of witty but miniature one-liners. (This is Sheldon we’re talking about.)
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (September 26 on NBC)
NBC follows in the footsteps of American Crime Story and Making a Murderer with a new chapter of the Law & Order franchise about true crime. The first season will center on the controversial trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez, two rich brothers from Beverly Hills who murdered their parents with a shotgun. Edie Falco plays Erik’s defense attorney, Leslie Abramson, who alleged the brothers committed the crime because of the abuse they endured as kids. If this show is even remotely similar to The People v. O.J. Simpson, consider us addicted.
The Will & Grace reboot (September 28 on NBC)
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally return for another two seasons of NBC’s iconic ’90s sitcom—and literally nothing has changed. Of course, the humor in the OG Will & Grace is a bit, um, dated,
so fingers crossed things are updated to be more progressive.
Inhumans (September 29 on ABC)
This beloved Marvel story will actually premiere in IMAX theaters September 1 before jumping to ABC at the end of the month. It centers on Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family, who flee for their lives to Hawaii…and then they have to save the world. Casual.
Ten Days in the Valley (October 1 at ABC)
Kyra Sedgwick portrays a perpetually stressed-out television producer in La La Land whose daughter is kidnapped in the middle of the night. Fans of the Taken movies should absolutely check this out. (That being said, we’d pick Sedgwick to win in a fight against Liam Neeson any day of the week.)
The Mayor (October 3 on ABC)
Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs helms this comedy about an aspiring rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office to promote his music…and wins. So instead of climbing the Billboard charts, he has to do political nonsense he doesn’t want to do. Lea Michele plays a character named Valentina, which should be enough to get you on board.
Valor (October 9 on The CW)
Valor follows a group of skilled-as-hell soldiers as they attempt to save two of their platoon members from a hostage situation. It sounds generic, I know—but the central character of the story, a conflicted female soldier named Nora (Christina Ochoa), is anything but.
Dynasty (October 11 on The CW)
Gossip Girl and The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are behind this amazing revival, which chronicles the messy feud between a rich socialite and her dad’s new, mysterious fiancée. Does the show play on mean-girl stereotypes? Yes, but it’s done in a playful way that makes it funny (as opposed to just offensive) Dynasty recognizes its campy premise, which is why it succeeds.
I Love You, America (October 12 on Hulu)
Hulu is getting in on the talk-show game with I Love You, America, a weekly variety show hosted by Sarah Silverman that will discuss our current political climate. In other words, expect some of the funniest rants ever know to man-and-womankind.
Mindhunter (October 13 on Netflix)
My parallel universe boyfriend Jonathan Groff stars in this gripping new drama about a FBI agent who develops an effective technique for profiling serial killers and rapists. This has, “Hello, Clarice” written all over it.
Alias Grace (November 2 on Netflix)
Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, Alias Grace focuses on Grace Marks, an impoverished Irish immigrant who was convicted of murdering her Canadian employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. Prepare for some serious Handmaid’s Tale vibes.
Future Man (November 14 on Hulu)
Josh Hutcherson plays a janitor-slash-gamer who’s recruited to travel through time and space to prevent human extinction. (All in a day’s work, ya know?) Seth Rogen is an executive producer on the show, so expect his signature brand of silly comedy. It’s 2017, y’all. We need a good laugh.
She’s Gotta Have It (November 23 on Netflix)
Yes, my friends, Spike Lee is rebooting his own classic film. The prolific director helms all 10 episodes of this new series, which centers on a woman in her late twenties (DeWanda Wise) struggling to find balance between her friends, job, and three romantic partners. This is the ultimate post-Thanksgiving dinner show.
Step Up: High Water (Fall 2017 on YouTube Red)
Ne-Yo and your Glee fave Naya Rivera star in this very sexy-looking Step Up spinoff. The series is executive-produced by the franchise OGs, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, so expect lots of jaw-dropping dancing. And maybe a cameo!? Maybe. Hopefully. Probably not. Fingers crossed on that one.
The Alienist (Fall 2017, TNT)
An eerie period drama starring Dakota Fanning is just what I need, to be honest. Set in 1896 New York, The Alienist follows the hunt for a serial killer responsible who’s been murdering male prostitutes. If that’s not enough to hook you, maybe Luke Evans (a.k.a Gaston) is. He also stars.