Here Are the Best New TV Shows Coming This Fall Because You Know You’re Running Out of Things to Watch

By | July 14, 2020

Fact: In pre-lockdown life, human beings had a variety of hobbies and interests. Many of those hobbies and interests involved being around other humans and/or leaving the confines of our respective homes. Some of them even involved doing both of those things at the same time.

Also a fact: In the post-lockdown world, all those interests and activities have mostly been condensed down into “streaming content…often from bed…usually without pants.” Before a global pandemic hit, we all foolishly thought that our to-watch lists on streaming platforms were so long we could never possibly get through them. After months of quarantining, however, we’ve collectively learned the hard way that that was not the case. Now that we’ve all streamed our way through what seemed like endless queues of content, we can honestly say that we have never been more ready for the fall TV season.

Which brings us to fact number three: The TV gods deserve our praise. We’re praising those TV-ruling deities that—as of now, at least—the coronavirus pandemic has not completely derailed the fall 2020 TV slate. Praise is also due for the fact that the fall 2020 lineup is filled with shows we actually want to watch. From potentially lawl-inducing comedies like Filthy Rich and Call Me Kat to sure-do-sound-gripping dramas like Big Sky and Clarice, the fall 2020 television schedule is packed with shows that actually seem worth watching going old and watching week-by-week.

Big Sky

This mystery/drama from Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley stars Kylie Bunbury (who you might remember from the cancelled-too-soon baseball drama Pitch) as a private detective who teams up with an ex-cop (played by Kathryn Winnick) to find two kidnapped sisters in Montana. Spoiler alert: The sisters aren’t the only girls who have gone missing and, as they say, the plot thickens.

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ABC, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

B Positive

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Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch is making the generational leap to CBS this fall in Chuck Lorre’s latest aggressively crowd-pleasing comedy, B Positive. The show is about a therapist and newly-divorced dad who needs a kidney donor and learns that a woman from his patch is the perfect match. His blood type is B-positive. GET IT?

CBS, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

Call Me Kat

Mayim Bialik is pulling ahead in the post-Big Bang Theory career Olympics thanks to her starring role in this Americanized take on the British sitcom Miranda. In the show, Mayim plays a 39-year-old woman who decides to embrace singlehood and use her wedding fund to open a cat cafe in Louisville. You know, as you do.

FOX, timeslot TBA

Call Your Mother

Kyra Sedgwick stars in this comedy about a mom who suffers major empty nest syndrome when her kids move out. To soothe said empty nesting pangs, she follows them across the country to re-insert herself into their lives. Predictably, her adult children aren’t thrilled about this development.

ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.


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The titular Clarice is none other than Clarice Starling of Silence of the Lambs and this CBS drama takes place six months after the events of the movie and follows the ace FBI agent’s post-Hannibal Lector career.

CBS, timeslot TBA

The Equalizer

Queen Latifah is starring in this reboot of the 1980s TV series (which also served as the inspiration for the 2014 Denzel Washington movie of the same name and its and 2018 sequel). The 2020 take on the Equalizer story focuses on single mom Robyn McCall who has a mysterious background and a Taken-esque set of skills who uses said skills to help people with nowhere else to turn. If that sounds vague AF, it’s by design. CBS, the network set to air the series, isn’t revealing much else about the update.

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CBS, Sundays at 8 p.m.

Filthy Rich

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Fox originally had this series slated for 2019, but fate had other plans and now it’s landed on the fall 2020 lineup. Kim Cattrall stars as an “Oprah-like” host and founder of a Christian TV network who has to deal with the fallout when her husband dies suddenly in a plane crash, prompting a trio of illegitimate children to come forward, staking a claim to his fortune.

FOX, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.


Love Fox’s adult animated comedies? Then get pumped for Housebroken. The animated series boasts some A-list voice talent, including Lisa Kudrow, Clea Duvall, Will Forte, and Tony Hale, and focuses on a group of suburban animals dealing with their personal issues.

FOX, timeslot TBA

The Kenan Show

Kenan Thompson is finally leading his own non-Nickelodeon sitcom. The series stars the SNL vet as a recently-widowed father of two trying to adjust to his new normal. And, let’s face it, adjusting to a new kind of normal is something we can all very much relate to rn.

NBC, timeslot TBA

Law & Order: Organized Crime

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We can sum up what’s exciting about the latest Law & Order spinoff in two simple words: Christopher. Meloni. Organized Crime brings Meloni’s iconic L&O character, Elliott Stabler, back to our TVs and it’s about damn time.

NBC, Thursdays at 10 p.m.

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Mr. Mayor

Ted Danson is back to help fill the Good Place-shaped hole in your TV diet in Mr. Mayor (from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock). In the show, Danson plays a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for “all the wrong reasons”—and wins.

NBC, timeslot TBA


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If your tastes skew more “high-concept sci-fi” than “traditional sitcom fare” or “crime procedural,” neXt might be more your speed. The series stars John Slattery as a Silicon Valley guru woh has to stop a rogue AI (that he created) from destroying the world. Major Terminator vibes—minus the time travel and naked robots (so far, at least).

FOX, Mondays at 9 p.m.

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