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10 Best Fall TV Shows of 2018
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There’s entirely too much TV. It’s a problem, honestly. While we’ve long considered this a time of Peak TV, it’s also a time of sacrifices—one in which you’ll have to choose one show everyone is talking about over another show everyone is talking about. It’s physically impossible to watch it all while maintaining healthy work, relationship, and sleeping routines. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of the 10 best new shows you absolutely have to watch this fall.
Jack Ryan (Amazon, August 31)
One of America’s greatest fictional spies, Jack Ryan has been played by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine (the best Chris). John Krasinski has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, Amazon is putting everything it can into boosting its sometimes uneven original programming, and Jack Ryan has a lot going for it—including nearly 35 years’ worth of best-selling novels to pull from.
Kidding (Showtime, September 9)
Jim Carrey returns to television for the first time in more than two decades to reunite with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry in Kidding. Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, a sweet children’s TV icon whose personal life begins to unravel behind the cameras. It looks to be a stunning performance by Carrey, who is playing a sweet man navigating the hilarity and evil of the real world.
Forever (Amazon, September 14)
Saturday Night Live stars Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph team up with Emmy winner Alan Yang (Master of None) and Matt Hubbard (30 Rock) for a new comedy series about escaping the monotony of marriage. Armisen and Rudolph play Oscar and June, a couple whose repetitive relationship is thrown for a loop when they decide to shake things up with a ski trip.
The First (Hulu, September 14)
There’s going to be a lot of entertainment in the next few months devoted to escaping this planet, with the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic from Ryan Gosling and a new show about the first man on Mars with Sean Penn. And who can blame anyone hoping to flee this garbage planet? Now, we haven’t seen much of Penn since his whole farty, El Chapo gonzo journalism thing, but The First actually looks like a promising return for the Oscar-winning actor. The upcoming Hulu series stars Penn as Tom Hagerty, who embarks on the first manned trip to Mars, and focuses on the personal and scientific drama surrounding the next great human expedition.
Maniac (Netflix, September 21)
From True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga comes Maniac, a trippy and artsy trek into the human mind. The miniseries follows Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) as they go through a pharmaceutical trial led by Justin Theroux. Early trailers look like an absolute mindfuck, with Hill and Stone as test rats, as a happy ’80s family, as Game of Thrones-esque fantasy characters, in cartoons, and in WWII-era war rooms.
Manifest (NBC, September 24)
This show can best be described as Lost without any of the island parts. Essentially, a commercial airliner goes missing and mysteriously returns five years later with no one on the plane having any idea that they’ve been gone for so long. From Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), Manifest has the makings of all the family drama of This Is Us with a sci-fi twist.
The Cool Kids (Fox, September 28)
Hey, old people are cool, too, you know. And no one is cooler than Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, and Leslie Jordan in this upcoming Fox sitcom co-created by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day. The show revolves around three friends in an old folks home who are the coolest dudes around, until one woman arrives to challenge their title. It’s basically a high school comedy with old people talking about their days doing acid, which I’m entirely on board with.
The Romanoffs (Amazon, October 12)
Well, a new series about the last Russian royal family is pretty perfectly timed to current events. But the long-awaited new Matthew Weiner project isn’t the dramatic, slow-burning period piece you’d expect from from the Mad Men creator. In fact, this is a vastly different tone and style than what Mad Men fans are used to. The Romanoffs is a globe-hopping anthology about eight people who believe they are descended from the Romanov family. The stacked cast includes Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, along with Diane Lane, Kathryn Hahn, and many more. It even has jokes. I’m trying to remember: Did we ever even see Don Draper smile?
The Conners (ABC, October 16)
Let’s forget Roseanne Barr exists for a second and just consider what the Roseanne reboot would have been without its deeply troubled star. There’s a hell of a lot of potential there, and thankfully that potential can still be explored with the rest of the non-racist cast. Everyone except Barr will return for the second season of this massively popular reboot, which still has a chance to work somehow. Considering the original Roseanne ending was ignored in 2018 reboot, it’s absolutely possible to write off the title character pretty easily.
Homecoming (Amazon, November 2)
In 2016, Homecoming became somewhat of a surprise hit—a drama told it what was once considered an antiquated format. Yet, this fictional podcast series—using voice actors Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer, and Oscar Isaac—told the story of a therapist at a government facility and a soldier attempting to return to civilian life. Now, with director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), the story has been adapted for TV and stars Julia Roberts, Stephan James, and Bobby Cannavale.