What's Your Next TV Obsession? Take Our Quiz to Find Out
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
The season of fall signals many long-awaited traditions for us. Pumpkin spice lattes, the Texas heat going from 102 degrees to 85 degrees and, most importantly, primetime TV is back. Fall television is where the shows we love and obsess over are born; the cooler temperatures and earlier nights create the perfect setting for our weekly ritual. With this season comes options - and you have a lot of them this year.
For those without cable, don’t worry, we let you know what streaming services you can find your new favorites on. So, take our short quiz and keep track of your answers to see what you should be watching this fall.
Question 1: What’s your favorite holiday?
Question 2: If you saw me at the pool this summer, the podcast I was probably listening to was...
A. All the gossip on Bachelor Nation with Reality Steve Podcast
B. The latest season of true-crime podcast The Thread
C. Congratulations with Chris D’Elia for some laughs
Question 3: What was the last thing you binge-watched on Netflix?
A. Queer Eye: More Than a Makeover
C. Schitt’s Creek
Question 4: The two words that would best describe you are…
A. Capable and Vivid
B. Mysterious and Refined
C. Charming and Easy-Going
Question 5: In your friend group, you are the one who…
A. Always has the answers
B. Pushes everyone to try new things
C. Makes everyone laugh
Mostly A’s - The Feel-Good Dramas
You have a flair for the dramatic. You love a good soap opera, and you aren’t afraid to cry when your favorite character gets heart-broken (or for my fellow Grey’s Anatomy lovers - when they die). Here are the top shows you should be watching this fall:
RETURNING - This Is Us (NBC) - Tuesday, 9 p.m. CST
The heartwarming drama that had America crying for weeks on end, This is Us is back for their fourth season. The Pearsons have taken us through it all - heartbreak, laughs, death - and this season promises to be no different. In fact, creator Dan Fogle promises that this will be one of the most ambitious seasons yet. Set to pick up right after the events of season three (if you need a refresher, you can read all of the details here). Season four premieres on September 24. Streaming watchers can catch This Is Us on Hulu.
RETURNING - A Million Little Things (ABC) - Thursday, 9 p.m. CST
Stockpile on the tissues, the show that broke our hearts (and put them back together) is back again. The show centers around a group of friend’s dealing with the aftermath of their close friend’s death, something that brings them together but also, threatens to tear them apart. Season one of ABC’s latest drama left us on a cliffhanger, and it was a big one. Season two picks right back up on that scene, so you don’t want to miss the premiere on September 26. Streamers can catch A Million Little Things on Hulu.
NEW - All Rise (CBS) - Monday, 9 p.m. CST
CBS is joining the pack with newcomer All Rise (watch the trailer here) and it’s right in line for fans of legal drama. Simone Missick (known for her role in the Marvel Universe) stars as Judge Lola Carmichael, a new judge in Los Angeles who isn’t afraid to lean in and push the boundaries with her rulings. Following the life and duties of the prosecutors, judges and public defenders of LA, All Rise also stars Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie, The Young and the Restless) and Jessica Camacho (The Flash). The show looks promising and is a good spot for fans of For The People (ABC’s canceled drama) or The Good Fight. CBS fans will have to catch shows through CBS All Access streaming service. The show premieres on September 23.
Mostly B’s - The Shows that Will Keep You Up at Night
You have a heart for thrillers. The more on the edge of the seat, the more plot twists, the more “Wait, they did WHAT?!?!” the better for you. These shows are guaranteed to keep you saying “Is it next week yet?” as soon as the episode ends.
NEW - Prodigal Son (Fox) - Monday, 9 p.m. CST
For fans of Mindhunter, Prodigal Son promises to be your latest obsession on serial killers - with a twist. Tom Payne (of The Walking Dead) plays Malcom Bright, a forensic profiler with a special knack for being able to get inside the mind of killers - because his father was one. Producers for the show cite medical drama House as inspiration, with some Sherlock-Freud thrown in. Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, the film Frost/Nixon) star as Bright’s parents. Streamers can catch Prodigal Son on Hulu, premiering September 24.
RETURNING - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) - Thursday, 10 p.m. CST
It wouldn’t be a fall TV lineup without mention of ABC’s #TGIT. For five seasons, the crimes of Annaliese Keating (played by Emmy winner Viola Davis) and the ‘Keating 5’ have kept us on the edge of our seats, without fail. With season six being announced as the ending to the series, this is a show you certainly don’t want to miss. If you need a recap of all that has gone down for the past five seasons, this article breaks down what’s important (mostly, what deaths have been important). Streamers can catch HTGAWM on Hulu, or Netflix if you want to go back and binge-watch. Premiering on September 26, you won’t want to miss this one.
NEW - Evil (CBS) - Thursday, 10 p.m. CST
For those distraught to learn that Supernatural is coming to an end, CBS promises to keep you enthralled with new series Evil. Created by Robert and Michelle King (the masterminds behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight) Evil joins psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers of Westworld and Manhattan) with a Catholic church assessor David Acosta (Mike Colter from Luke Cage and The Good Wife) as they investigate a church’s backlog of supernatural experiences, determining if there is a logical explanation, or if there is more at work. If the chilling trailer isn’t enough, King’s interview on the implications of social media might be enough to draw you in. Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) and Aasif Mandvi also star, with the series premiering on September 26. Streamers can access the show through CBS All Access.
Mostly C’s - When You Need to Laugh
You love to laugh and you aren’t afraid to show it. Stand-up, slapstick, sarcasm - you want it all. All of our recommendations fit in a 30-minute time slot, so you’ll be able to squeeze in two in a night! These shows are guaranteed to have you giggling, cackling, or however else you laugh for days after.
RETURNING - The Good Place (NBC) - Thursday, 9 p.m. CST
Another show in its final season, The Good Place returns with season four, fresh off a Peabody win. Hints at the new season show Elanor (Kristen Bell) stepping into her new role as architect of The Good Place. Season three finale threw plenty of turns for the audience, and this season promises to be just as emotional but will continue to provide the life gems the show is so noted for. The series premieres on September 26, and streamers can watch on Hulu, or binge-watch past seasons on Netflix.
NEW - Mixed-ish (ABC) - Tuesday, 9 p.m. CST
Fans of ABC’s black-ish and Freeform’s Grown-ish will be excited for the latest spin-off of the series with Mixed-ish. Following the life of Rainbow Johnson, the series navigates her story of growing up as a mixed family in the 80’s and the dilemmas that follow. Tracee Ellis Ross narrates, as newcomer Arica Himmel plays young Rainbow. Also starring Tika Sumpter (Stomp the Yard) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved by the Bell) as Rainbow’s parents, the show promises to deliver the same laughs of its predecessors. The show premieres on September 24, and streamers can catch it on Hulu.
RETURNING - Bless This Mess (ABC) - Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. CST
Fans of the short season one of Bless This Mess breathed a sigh of relief when the show was renewed for a second season. Following the journey of Mike and Rio Levine-Young (Dax Shephard and Lake Bell, respectively) from former city-slickers to farm owner. The show’s return promises a deeper look into the lives of those in the Nebraska town Mike and Rio call home. The show departs from the regular sitcom style, with characters being able to grow and develop over storylines as opposed to single growth episodes. The show premieres on September 24, and streamers can watch on Hulu.
RETURNING - Superstore (NBC) - Thursday, 8 p.m. CST
Season five of NBC’s cult hit returns on September 26 and jumps right in after a dramatic season four finale. Known for exploring real issues of today in a lighthearted way (season four tackled immigration and maternity leave, giving it a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), season five explores issues like forming unions and artificial intelligence being used in the service industry. Streamers can follow along on Hulu.
Our ten recommendations will have you captivated all week, every week. Whether you were answered A, B, C or want to mix it up with all the above, there's something for everyone this season. From drama, thrills and laughs, this fall has got it all.