As you’ve probably already heard or read countless times in the past five years, we’re living in the golden age of television. These days, instead of paying P250 for a seat at the cinema, most people are content consuming pop-culture through a good old fashioned binge-watch. And with the slew of top-notch TV shows coming to your screens (computer or TV) this September and October, you’ll have another reason to stay in and park your ass on the couch.
8. Marry Me
From the creators of the tragically underrated (and canceled) Happy Endings comes a story about a long-time couple and their road to marriage. Casey Wilson (Penny from Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Vinny Van Lowe from Veronica Mars, among a whole bunch of other memorable roles), play the couple in question. As if that wasn’t enough to get you on board, SNL alum Tim Meadows stars as one of Wilson’s gay dads.
A modern-day re-imagining of My Fair Lady, Karen Gilan (Doctor Who) stars as Eliza Dooley, a social media-obsessed and socially-inept ditz who seeks the help of Henry Higenbottam (played by John Cho) to rebrand her image in the hopes of attracting IRL friends, and not just ones that follow her on Instagram. While the premise is eye-roll-inducing, not to mention its godawful name, the woman behind the show, Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory, Parks and Recreation) inspires hope that this is just a case of an awesome show with a really unfortunate name (Cougar Town, anyone?).
6. A to Z
From the team that brought you the much-loved indie dramedy Jesse and Celeste Forever (Rashida Jones and Will McCormack), A to Z is here to fill the How I Met Your Mother-shaped hole in your heart. The series follows Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), from their fateful meeting to the various highs and lows of their relationship. Think 500 Days of Summer meets HIMYM.
It’s been nine years since Six Feet Under ended, and we’re still not over it. Luckily, SFU’s executive producer Jill Soloway’s new show about a dysfunctional family dealing with the discovery that their father is transgender is on the horizon. Among the dramatic heavy-hitters in this ultra-promising show are Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch-turned-trans woman, Mort, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman, and Amy Landecker.
Who doesn’t love a good origins story? Especially when it involves Gotham’s beloved Commissioner Gordon, played here by Ben McKenzie (The OC). In Gotham, we see Gordon get his start on the police force as a young cop, his subsequent rise as a prominent figure in Gotham, and perhaps most notably, as an important force in Bruce Wayne’s life. We also get glimpses of the origins of fan favorites such as the Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, and Harvey Dent, among others.
Based on the Hellblazer comic series, Matt Ryan is John Constantine, a man struggling to get to grips with his past, while at the same time, trying to save the world from dark forces. Those unfamiliar with the comic might remember the film version starring Keanu Reeves, which had many fans divided, especially due to the fact that Reeves looked nothing like the title character. Here’s hoping NBC will atone for the sins of movies past, and with David Goyer (The Dark Knight) penning the pilot episode, it sure seems likely
A classic whodunit–the story centers around the mysterious death of a 12-year-old boy, and the events that unfold during the investigation. Adapted from the British crime drama Broadchurch,” the show stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and David Tennant (“Dr. Who”), who’s also in the original. If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks or The Killing, you’ll love Gracepoint.
1. The Affair
Both married to other people, Noah (Dominic West), a teacher, and Allison (Ruth Wilson), a waitress at a diner in Montauk, begin an affair after they meet at Allison’s place of work. The show chronicles the effects of their affair, and tells the story from both of their point-of-views. There’s also the matter of a mysterious incident involving both parties–what that is we’ll have to find out come October. Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson also star as the offending parties respective spouses.