11 TV Shows You Need to Watch in Fall 2019

As summer draws to a close, there’s only one thing keeping us going, and it’s the slew of fall TV shows that are waiting to debut/return in the coming months. From American Horror Story: 1984 to Looking for Alaska, here are our top picks.

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'unbelievable' (netflix)

Premiere Date: September 13

Inspired by true events, the limited series follows Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever), a teenager who is sexually assaulted by an intruder. Though no one believes her story, they soon learn that she’s the victim of a serial rapist. 

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'american Horror Story: 1984' (fx)

Premiere Date: September 18

Although not much is known about the next chapter, the first-look trailer hints that it’ll take place at a summer camp named “Camp Redwood.”

Contrary to many folks’ initial reactions, AHS: 1984 isn’t based on the dystopian George Orwell novel. Instead, it pays tribute to classic ’80s slasher films—like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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'emergence' (abc)

Premiere Date: September 24

When a police chief named Jo (Allison Tolman) finds an unharmed child (Alexa Swinton) near the site of a mysterious accident, she takes her in only to learn that she has no memory of the incident. Jo’s investigation leads her to uncover a conspiracy she never knew existed, so get the popcorn ready.

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'this Is Us' (nbc)

Premiere Date: September 24

Now that baby Jack has finally arrived, the new season resumes with The Big Three—Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown)—branching out and focusing on their individual families.

And yes, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are set to return as series regulars. (#Bless)

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'the Conners' (abc)

Premiere Date: September 24

The Roseanne spin-off is set to return for a 19-episode second season. Most of the original cast—like John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie)—are returning for the new installments. BYO-flannel.

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'the Unicorn' (cbs)

Premiere Date: September 26

This sitcom follows a group of tight-knit friends, who are trying to help Wade (Walton Goggins) get back into the dating world after his wife’s passing.

When Wade finally branches out of his comfort zone, he realizes that he’s a hot commodity among single ladies: Stable job? Check. Decently attractive? Check. Not afraid of commitment? Check. Practically a unicorn? Indeed.

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'the Politician' (netflix)

Premiere Date: September 27

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) already knows that he’s destined to be president of the United States. But first, he must navigate the dangerous political waters of—drumroll, please—high school.

The series is created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), Ian Brennan (Glee) and Brad Falchuk (aka Gwyneth Paltrow’s husband). We’re on board.

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'almost Family' (fox)

Premiere Date: October 2

Julia Bechley (Brittany Snow) is an only child who is shocked to learn that her dad—an award-winning fertility doctor—used his sperm to father more than a hundred children. So, she befriends two of her new sisters as they attempt to adjust to their new (and growing) family.

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'batwoman' (the Cw)

Premiere Date: October 6

This is the first time the DC universe is featuring a lesbian superhero—a role that’s being played by Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black). The series documents Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) as she overcomes her own personal struggles, all while trying to save Gotham from mass destruction.

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'looking For Alaska' (hulu)

Premiere Date: October 18

Based on the 2005 novel by John Green, the miniseries follows Miles, or “Pudge” (Charlie Plummer), and his new boarding school friends. As the group bonds over various pranks and adventures, Pudge finds himself falling for Alaska (Kristine Froseth), which results in a series of tragic events. Disclaimer: Tissues are a must.

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'modern Love' (amazon Prime)

Premiere Date: October 18

This show is inspired by the famous New York Times column. It’s not only supposed to bring the newspaper’s most iconic stories to life, but it also stars Anne Hathaway and Tina Fey. (No offense, Amy Poehler.)

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...