Not only does the fall season symbolize back-to-school, it also means the return of some of your favorite TV shows (and hopefully some brand-new ones for your DVR). While we can’t wait for Scandal, Sleepy Hollow and Resurrection to return with fresh episodes, all new shows—including Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, and writer-director Shonda Rhimes’s much-anticipated series How to Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis—will hopefully have us setting those TiVos.
Here’s a look at some of the best shows to come for Fall 2014; there’s really something for everyone.
Entering its fifth and final season, the bootlegger drama follows Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) as he continues to navigate the hostile Atlantic City underworld. This season will jump forward seven years to 1931—smack dab in the middle of the Great Depression.
If you haven’t seen the show it’s worth going back to watch, especially for the stellar performances by Michael Kenneth Williams (who stars as Albert “Chalky” White, the “mayor” of Atlantic City’s African-American community), Jeffrey Wright (who plays Dr. Valentin Narcisse, a Harlem-based gangster) and Margot Bingham.
Premieres Sept. 7 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.
Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy New Girl begins its fourth season, continuing to follow a group of six friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world. As last season ended, Winston (Lamorne Morris) passed his entrance exam on his way to becoming a police officer, and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) was adjusting to life as a grade school gym teacher. Check out the season premiere Sept. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
The Mysteries of Laura
A New York City detective juggles her busy job with a hectic home life as the mom of twin boys. Based on the Spanish series Los Misterios de Laura. Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom, Just Wright) plays Detective Billy Soto in this cop dramedy. Premieres Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Red Band Society
This one’s another dramedy, set in a Los Angeles hospital’s pediatric ward where teen patients deal with life-threatening illnesses and bond over their experiences. A remake of the Spanish series, Polseres Vermelles. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) is the no-holds-barred yet loveable Nurse Jackson, and young star Astro (yep, the kid from the singing show The X Factor) plays Dash, who suffers from cystic fibrosis but refuses to accept defeat. Watch the premiere Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
Ready to get your female power on? The surprise hit of last season is back with a vengeance to save the world with more monsters and mysteries. Catch the show’s best asset, stunning lead Nicole Beharie, kick butt as Lt. Abbie Mills opposite Chief Irving (Orlando Jones). Watch the season 2 premiere Sept. 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
Haven’t had enough of Pharrell Williams? Get your weekly dose of the never-aging, multitalented star as he begins his stint as a coach on the singing competition show that’s showing up American Idol. Pharrell and other new addition Gwen Stefani join the show’s steady coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The season premiere is Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great career, a fabulous house and a loving family. But as a Black man with “all this success, sometimes I feel like an oddity,” he says in the show trailer. In order to “make it,” do we have to drop a little of our culture? That’s the question Black-ish tackles every week… with a big dose of humor, of course.
How far does it go? When son Andre Jr. wants a bar mitzvah, Dad throws him an African rites of passage ceremony for his 13th birthday. The compromise? A hip-hop “bro mitzvah.” Anderson and Laurence Fishburne (who plays the granddad, Pops) are co-executive producers of the show, which also stars Tracee Ellis Ross and some of the cutest kids TV has seen since The Cosby Show. Premieres Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Since 2005, the doctors at the Seattle teaching hospital have been trying to hone their bedside manners on and off the job in this medical drama. We still love watching, and a weekly dose of Jesse Williams (who plays Dr. Jackson Avery) doesn’t hurt. Executive producer Shonda Rhimes has Thursday nights on lockdown with three hour-long, powerhouse shows, beginning with this one. The season 11 premiere airs Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Gladiators ready? When we last saw Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who has dedicated her life to protecting and defending public images, it seemed she needed the most fixing of all. President Fitzgerald Grant wins the election after a calculated tragedy takes his son. But he can’t be with Olivia, who has left her post as head of Olivia Pope & Associates to fly off into the unknown with Captain Jake Ballard by her side. Get your Scandal fix when the season begins Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
How to Get Away with Murder
This much-anticipated series stars Viola Davis comes from the executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Professor Annalise Keating (Davis), a defense attorney who’s also a top law professor, leads this sexy, fast-paced look at the law. A band of students find themselves on a different side of the law… and an addictive night of television entertainment begins. The series premieres Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
This sitcom following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who’s forced to shape up when he gets a new boss. Arresting hijinks ensue… Andre Braugher (Ray Holt) and Terry Crews (Terry Jeffords) are back for season 2. Season premiere launches Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. When we last saw immigration agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) and Jacob, things weren’t looking good—at all. What’s next for Marty, the Langstons and the rest of our Arcadian favorites? Find out as the new season premieres Sept. 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
NCIS: Los Angeles
As the sixth season begins, special agents Callen and Sam (LL Cool J) are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have on course to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Meanwhile, Hetty defies orders and forgoes her trip to Washington as the team tries to locate and save Callen and Sam and prevent the terrorist attack. Whew. Premieres Sept. 29 at 10:00 p.m. on CBS.
Survivors Remorse is set in the world of professional basketball. The story follows Cam Calloway (played by Jesse T. Usher), a basketball phenom in his early 20s who’s suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multimillion dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The cast includes Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris and Erica Ash. B-baller extraordinaire LeBron James serves as an executive producer. The STARZ original series debuts Oct. 4; check local listings for times.
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Kevin Hart and his mitches are returning as Real Husbands of Hollywood gears up for season 3. Be prepared. Be ready. Be scared. From the previews, it looks like a pretty wild ride, with a new slew of guest stars and even more wives! The new season begins Oct. 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET on BET.
State of Affairs
State of Affairs is a drama series starring Katherine Heigl (as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, who’s tasked with assembling and presenting the president’s daily briefing on the most vital security issues facing the country) and Alfre Woodard (as the first Black female president, Constance Payton). Watch the premiere on Nov. 17 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.