Fall is in full effect, which means television keeps getting that much better. These five shows are only the tip of the iceberg of what’s out there. However, this is a little taste of what you have to look forward to after a long day of work; or a weekend off when you have time to binge-watch.
These are a few special fall TV picks that are curated for those who love good television.
The Final Farewell
We are already three episodes into the final season of “Supernatural,” and things are looking, well, pretty final. Last Thursday, we saw the demise of three (yes, three) characters. Losses are to be expected, certainly with it being the last season and all, but it doesn’t mean it’s not hard to digest.
This is the final ride for Sam and Dean. After 15 long years, they are hanging up their hunter’s gear, and the Impala will be going to that big junkyard in the sky—or so we imagine. No one really knows how the Winchesters’ tale will wrap up, which is all the more reason you should be watching. Whether you were once a fan, you’re a longtime fan, or you’ve been living under a rock and are just discovering this gem now, “Supernatural” is a series you don’t want to be missing. With one of the biggest fandoms in the world, it’s also one of the hardest to say goodbye to.
The New Find
The CW has one of the best lineups on television (outside of streaming services, of course). “Batwoman” is but one of the new shows added to the roster. Kate Kane (Batwoman) first made an appearance in “Elseworlds,” which was last year’s Arrowverse crossover.
Before the show even aired, excitement was looming with Ruby Rose in the title role. References to other DC characters that have previously gone without notice have already been thrown out, which could mean some new introductions to familiar favorites. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is even stepping in to play Vesper Fairchild.
Life in Gotham just got a whole lot more exciting—and yes, even more unpredictable.
A Returning Favorite
Season two of “Castle Rock” returned to Hulu on October 23, introducing us to a whole new twist on Stephen King’s most intriguing characters. Oh, who are we kidding, it’s Stephen King, all of his characters are intriguing.
This season welcomes new cast members Lizzy Caplan (Annie Wilkes), Elsie Fisher (Joy Wilkes), Paul Sparks (John ‘Ace’ Merrill), Matthew Alan (Chris Merrill), Barkhad Abdi (Abdi Howlwadaag), Yusra Warsama (Dr. Nadia Howlwadaag), and Tim Robbins (Reginald ‘Pop’ Merrill).
The cast jumps into the Stephen King multiverse that exists within the town of “Castle Rock.” Caplan’s “Misery” vibes are easy to catch from the first scene, making the anticipation of other Easter eggs seem like a sweet dessert you just can’t wait to sink your teeth into. Robbins’ appearance ties into the multiverse thanks to his “Shawshank Redemption” connection. Season one welcomed Sissy Spacek (‘Carrie’) and Bill Skarsgård (‘It’). This makes you wonder who (or what) from the Stephen King universe could possibly arise in season three.
“Prodigal Son” joined the Fox lineup this fall, bringing a familiar face back to our television screens. Lou Diamond Phillips plays Gil Arroyo, a lieutenant in the NYPD—who also happens to drive a really cool car. Phillips serves as a mentor and friend to Tom Payne’s character, Malcolm Bright. From the beginning, we see Bright struggle with his past, as his father, Martin Whitly (played by Michael Sheen), is caught and convicted of 23 murders. Once dubbed as a serial killer known as “The Surgeon,” Whitly’s family is left to pick up the pieces and find some semblance of a normal life.
After changing his name, Bright became an FBI profiler. Obviously still deeply troubled, he is forced to leave the Bureau. Arroyo then calls him into work for the New York Police Department after a copycat of his father’s serial killings claims several victims. Bright is forced to confront his father, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade.
The show channels the best of “Silence of the Lambs” into a modern-day detective story. Phillips is a joy to watch. As long as they keep him away from airplanes, fans should be happy.
“South Park” now has over 300 episodes and is still counting. The #cancelsouthpark trend from season 22 may have had some fans worried, but, thankfully, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are still at it. New episodes began airing at the end of September, and they didn’t waste any time in handing out their regular style of extremely funny, yet wildly offensive jokes.
Stone and Parker have excluded no one from their wildly accurate animated musings. They are equal opportunity offenders. Events, trends, and yes, people often take the brunt of it. We’ve seen shots taken at everyone from Snooki to Tom Cruise to a few religious figures (who shall remain nameless).
The latest strike was aimed at China. Ironically, the show’s episode “Band in China,” got it, well, banned in China. Leave it to Stone and Parker to offend an entire country. Here’s hoping for more of that in season 24.