The autumn season is always full of coziness and nostalgia. The air is finally cooling off, the leaves are falling and getting crisp. We spend less time outdoors as the days get darker, so it’s comforting to throw on some fun socks, make a warm beverage, and snuggle into the couch with our favorite tv shows. The line-up of shows returning this fall is pretty epic. We’ve got female superheroes, British crooks and gambling fiends, murderous women, inspiring doctors, and crime-fighting teams that give us hope for defeating the baddies in our own lives. We join wonderful families like the Pearsons, say goodbye to the Pritchetts, and mourn the loss of Luke Perry as Riverdale continues. So, what shows have you excited for this fall season? Is it all about football? Or are you holding out to see Sean Spicer bust a move? We’ve compiled this list of 40 hit shows that are returning this fall. Scroll through and see what piques your interest. Maybe you’ll go back to your old favorites, but maybe, this year, you’ll add something new. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Season 28 returns with James Van Der Beek, Karamo Brown, and the controversial Sean Spicer on Monday, September 16 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
The second season returns to herald the misadventures of Princess Bean and the crumbling kingdom of Dreamland on Friday, September 20 on Netflix.
Ryan Murphy does it again in the 9th season of the FX anthology. An ode to the ‘80s, located on a remote summer camp, launches on Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00 pm on FX.
Join The Voice for its 17th season as Gwen Stefani takes over Adam Levine’s position, joining Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and her boo Blake Shelton Monday, September 23rd at 8:00 pm on NBC.
How will season 3 play out between Dr. Andrews and Dr. Glassman? Tune in to see more hospital drama and find out how things go on Shawn’s first date with Carly on Monday, September 23rd at 10:00 pm on ABC.
Bull returns for another season of courtroom drama based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw on Monday, September 23rd at 10:00 pm on CBS.
Season 17 returns, and Mark Harmon’s character Gibbs is in danger. Pick up right where season 16 left off on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00 pm on CBS.
The second season will see a lot of changes. Watch as Dan takes a stab at romance and DJ goes back to living life as a single dad on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00 pm on ABC.
After a controversial year, Empire returns for it’s 6th and last season. Find out what happens to Cookie and Lucius as their empire crumbles on Tuesday, September 24th at 9:00 pm on FOX.
Grab your tissues and get ready to join the Pearsons as the show expands and introduces ten new characters, including one played by M. Knight Shyamalan on Tuesday, September 24th at 9:00 pm on NBC.
This show moves into a second season following the complex world of FBI agents and their struggle against terrorism and crime on Tuesday, September 24th at 9:00 pm on CBS.
Even with several spinoffs, the main show Black-ish is going strong into its 6th season. See a new character that keeps the Johnson house on their toes on Tuesday, September 24th at 9:30 pm on ABC.
Scott Bakula and the crew return to fight crime and protect NOLA, while returning to the show’s earlier format of personal storytelling on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 pm on CBS.
This second and highly-anticipated season picks up three months after the ambulance crash at the end of season one. Tune in Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 pm on NBC.
The Goldbergs return for their 7th season of pure 1980s glory. The new season begins a road trip to Disneyland National Lampoon’s style on Wednesday, September 25th at 8:00 pm on ABC.
The critically acclaimed, highly addictive new tv show returns for its second season with even bigger costumes, tougher clues, and bigger celebrities on Wednesday, September 25th at 8:00 pm on FOX.
Season two is back in Mystic Falls. How will the new students fair in dealing with new authorities and new monsters. And what if no one remembers Hope? Find out on Thursday, October 10th at 9:00 pm on The CW.
The last season had a shocking ending. Natalie is still fighting for her life, while Will looks on helplessly and the cast gears up to say goodbye to Colin Donnell as a series regular on Wednesday, September 25th at 8:00 pm on NBC.
The 11th and finale season of this Emmy-winning series returns Wednesday, September 25th at 9:00 pm on ABC. Tune in to see the beginning of the end for America’s favorite extended family.
Last season closed with the firefighters of truck 81 trapped in the basement of a factory ready to explode. Find out what happens when season 8 returns on Wednesday, September 25th at 9:00 pm on NBC.
It's business as usual as Danny Devito and the rest of the crew return to FXX on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 pm. This season, they head to the zoo and dabble in noir while potentially solving climate change.
Will continues to hone his new friendships with the other parents in this second season as he begins to seek out romance on Wednesday, September 25th at 9:30 pm on ABC.
Murder is afoot and the signs point to Voight. However, Halstead remains suspicious. Watch season 7 unfold beginning Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 pm on NBC.
It’s not Fall without football. Tune in every Thursday to see 13 major games over the season beginning Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 pm on FOX.
The long-running show returns for season 16 with one major question: what happened to Jackson? Find out Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 pm on ABC.
Are humans capable of becoming better people? The Good Place humorously continues to ask this question in its 3rd season, which begins Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 pm on NBC.
Young Sheldon returns for its 3rd season, and as Big Bang Theory just ended last season, this show has brand new surprises in store. Tune in on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 pm on CBS.
Join Anna Faris and Allison Janney in the popular sitcom about rehab, life and being a mom while dealing with your own. The show returns on Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 pm on CBS.
Annalise and her murder club head into the 6th and final season. Wes was blamed for the murder of Sam Keating; will the truth be revealed? Find out on Thursday, September 26 at 10:00 pm on ABC.
The comedy is fresh in this nostalgic ‘90s sitcom starring Constance Wu. How will the family handle the culture shock this season beginning on Friday, September 27th at 8:30 pm on ABC.
The SVU team returns, busting high-profile crimes with its historic 21st season. Watch the team unravel stories inspired by current headlines on Thursday, September 26 at 10:00 pm on NBC.
Frank and the rest of the Reagan clan return for season 10 and hit the 200-episode mark as Maggie the Mentalist returns to solve more cases on Friday, September 27th at 10:00 pm on CBS.
The quirky animated comedy about the guy who owns a hamburger joint returns this Fall to bring you more laughs on Sunday, September 29th at 9:00 pm on FOX.
Watch the sharks duke it out for fresh meat and amazing new ideas on the much-anticipated season 10. Which projects would you bet on? Tune in on Sunday, September 29th at 9:00 pm on ABC.
The CW girl-powered superhero hit returns for a 5th season and its 100th episode. Tune in to see the girl of steel kick butt on Sunday, October 6th at 9:00 pm on The CW.
Follow Chris O’Donnell’s and LL Cool J’s characters from the Spanish mission-style headquarters in L.A. where they bust crimes and take names in the all-new season of this NCIS spin-off returning Sunday, September 29th at 9:30 pm on CBS.
The fourth season begins as fans and cast mourn the sudden loss of Luke Perry. The show’s return will address the character's absence in a tear-jerking premiere on Wednesday, October 9th at 8:00 pm on The CW.
Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson returns for a 3rd season of S.W.A.T., still struggling to straddle the line between loyalty to his family and his police force. Tune in to follow this heart-racing drama on Wednesday, October 2nd at 10:00 pm on CBS.
This critically acclaimed Netflix drama follows a British gang of illegal weapons traders in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Tune in to the dark and dastardly world of Britain’s underbelly Friday, October 4th on Netflix.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered as The Blacklist enters its 7th season. Tune in for some gut-wrenching answers on Friday, October 4th at 10:00 pm on NBC.
Let us introduce you to the Listicle Liege, the Article Aficionado, the one and only Nathan. Since creating his first photo collage at the age of five with images clipped from his mom’s Chatelaine magazines (all of them), it’s been nearly impossible to stem this one’s tide of visual learning. Be it the annals of history or the latest celeb gossip, Nathan has probably researched it, likely already has a folder of relevant photos on his desktop, and definitely learned a lot of interesting facts to go with those images. Whereas most well-read adults have bookshelves full of classic literature, Nathan’s stacks are composed of National Geographic and TIME special editions and a curated section of first-grade readers (for inspiration). If you prefer picture books to wordy novels, listicles by Nathan are right up your alley.
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