Fall is upon us, and under normal circumstances, that would mean lots of new TV to watch. However, because of the pandemic, this year’s fall TV lineup just isn’t what it usually is.
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to watch, though!
While it’s really weird not to have a weekly schedule of shows to watch live in October, I’ve found that this is a great time to catch up on shows I never got around to watching.
You know the ones. Those shows everyone seems to know about, but that you’re kind of ashamed to admit you’ve never seen. Maybe it’s getting to the point where you’re embarrassed to watch them, because you feel behind and you don’t want to admit that you’re only just now checking them out. Besides, the show is already off the air. Is it really worth watching it now when everyone else has already seen it? You don’t even want to know which show I watched for the first time back in April. I’d be shunned for being so behind on it.
Since we’re all looking for new TV to watch this fall, here are some of my personal recommendations for completed TV shows you can binge.
If you talk about TV on social media and you’ve never seen this show before, you’re probably really sick of hearing about it. It cleaned up at the Emmys, gifs of it are everywhere, and everyone seems to think it’s the only good thing that’s happened this year. And yet, if you’re like me, you might have started the first season and thought, this is the show everyone’s obsessed with?
Schitt’s Creek takes a few episodes to really hit its stride, but once it does, it’s funny, and it’s heartwarming, and it’s easy to watch but it still hits you right in the feels over and over and over again. Watching the Roses grow as people and become closer as a family is such a delight. I promise you will fall in love with them by the end and they will stick with you for a long time after you’ve finished the show.
It doesn’t even have that many episodes. Watch it.
It’s another (mostly) Canadian show! Orphan Black is one of the best shows I have ever watched. It follows a bunch of clones, all played by Tatiana Maslany, and no, people are not exaggerating when they rave about her acting skills. This woman is superhuman.
Even beyond the acting, though, Orphan Black is astonishingly well produced. From the script to the editing to the supporting actors, this show is just really, really good. It also planned to end after 5 seasons, so you don’t have to worry about the writers running out of ideas
Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Crazy Ex Girlfriend is quite possibly my favourite show of all time, and I will continue to tell people to watch it forever.
How do I even describe this show?
Crazy Ex Girlfriend is the most ridiculous TV show you will ever watch. It’s a musical show featuring several original songs per episode. All the songs are excellent but… have some extremely weird content. I still listen to all these songs regularly, but I do have to make sure to turn down the volume on my headphones when I get to such classics as “I Gave You A UTI,” “Let’s Have Intercourse,” and the classic “The First Penis I Saw.”
The show follows a young lawyer named Rebecca Bunch, who’s feeling very stuck in her life and her career, when one day she runs into a guy she briefly dated in summer camp. Just like that, she decides to pack up her things and move to West Covina, California, which just so happens to be where this guy lives.
The fun of this show is that you start out thinking Rebecca is the odd one out, with everyone else mostly having their shit together while Rebecca tries to convince herself she didn’t move here for her ex. But then as the show progresses, you slowly come to realize that there is not a single character on this show that has their shit together even the slightest bit. The whole show is hilarious, but it also deals with mental health surprisingly well, and I promise you’ll fall in love with all these characters very quickly.
Other good musical numbers to check out if you’re still not sold on Crazy Ex Girlfriend are “Settle for Me,” “I’m a Good Person,” “You Stupid Bitch,” “Gettin’ Bi,” “Let’s Generalize About Men,” “Fit Hot Guys Have Problems Too,” and “I’ve Always Never Believed In You.”
The Good Place
I mean. You’ve probably heard of this show before, because it’s amazing.
What I love about The Good Place is the way it manages to make me laugh pretty much for 20 minutes straight in every episode, and also teaches me ethics. I recommended this show to one of my professors, and the episode I told him about included the sentence “possession of a non fried vegetable is a felony in Jacksonville.”
This show is a must-watch. It’s also the shortest show on this list, with only 4 seasons and each episode being only 20 minutes long. It will certainly make your fall more bearable.
Ah, Teen Wolf.
I’m including this one on the list because a friend of mine binged this show while he had COVID (he’s fine, don’t worry), and his enthusiasm reminded me why I love this incredibly stupid show.
With Teen Wolf, I can’t promise you good CGI or a plot that makes any sense whatsoever. I can’t even promise you thank you’ll thank me after watching this absolute clusterfuck of a TV show. But you know what I can promise? That you’ll have a good time.
Teen Wolf has Dylan O’Brien. It has characters that you can root for. It has dance music over every fight scene. It has awkward product placement. It has CGI that will make you laugh out loud at extremely inappropriate moments. It has the best soundtrack of any show I’ve ever seen.
What makes Teen Wolf so amazing is that the things that make it bad are what make it so endearing. It’s self aware. You don’t feel bad laughing at it. And somewhere along the way, you realize that you actually really care about these characters and their relationships. It’s not a “good” show, per se, but it’s entertaining, and if you’re looking for something fun to watch this fall, I would honestly recommend checking it out.
Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time is one of those rare shows where the first season is the best one, but that doesn’t mean the later seasons are bad! This show is a long one, and it’ll keep you entertained for a while, but it’s well worth watching. It’s got its ups and downs, sure, and it gets pretty nonsensical by the end, but the characters are great, and it’s really interesting to see how they incorporate different fairy tales into their mythology.
Alright. I know. Hear me out.
Glee is bad, yes, but like Teen Wolf, it’s bad in the best possible way. It’s completely ridiculous and nonsensical and it’s fun just to laugh at it. If you, like me, are a fan of TV that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this is absolutely the right show to watch.
Also, the jokes are genuinely really good.
I binged this show about a year ago, and honestly? I loved it. Watching this show on Netflix long after its end means that you can sit back and enjoy the ride without having to deal with the shitshow that was the fandom. It’s the best way to watch it.
Really, you just have to watch this show because of the cultural impact it’s had. You need to understand the references.