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Over the summer we made our way to the finales for shows like The Night Of, Stranger Things and BBC America’s Thirteen. It’s hard to leave favorites behind, but here are some new shows to look forward to this fall:

1. Fleabag
Where to watch: Amazon
When to tune in: September 6
What to expect: Fleabag is based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s one-woman play. Her character doesn’t have a proper name, she’s just referred to as … Fleabag, actually. It’s been called “a gloriously rude update of Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Fleabag goes about daily life in London, saying what everyone else is thinking. She even says it to us, breaking the fourth wall. Sometimes it seems odd when an actor talks to the camera, but in this case, it works, especially with the funny faces. It’s kind of like, “Yeah, we hear you, and we’re here for you Fleabag.” And if you thought you saw Olivia Colman in the below clip, you were correct.

2. Designated Survivor
Where to watch: ABC
When to tune in: September 21
What to expect: No, no, you didn’t just watch a trailer for 24, but it does seem like a seamless transition for Kiefer Sutherland to go from the long-running series into something just as fast-moving. Sutherland portrays a low-level Cabinet member in the U.S. Government. After a catastrophic event wipes out most of the U.S. administration, he becomes the U.S. President by default. It may sound far-fetched, but you never really know what could happen. This is one of those “what if” moments.

3. The Exorcist
Where to watch: FOX
When to tune in: September 23
What to expect: Geena Davis portrays a typical mom with a typical daughter home from her first year of college in The Exorcist. Davis notices something is up with her daughter. She talks to her local priest, saying something is off. She explains, it’s not depression, she knows how to spot depression. Oh, could it be that her daughter is possessed by a demon? We may be jumping ahead, but we all know the story of The Exorcist, based on the 1973 film. It will be interesting to see how it’s handled in the modern day.

4. MacGyver
Where to watch: CBS
When to tune in: September 23
What to expect: MacGyver wasn’t just a popular TV show in the 1980s, that ran into the ’90s, but it’s also become a verb. Like, “Wow, Johnny really MacGyvered that car lock with a hanger.” And now, we’re getting more of all that MacGyvering with a new reboot. Lucas Till takes on the role of Angus MacGyver, fighting crime with little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.

5. Luke Cage
Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: September 30
What to expect: We met Luke Cage in the Marvel series Jessica Jones, and now he has his own show. Mike Colter takes on the title role, starring as a street-level superhero reluctantly fighting crime in NYC. He really just wants to be left alone, like his friend Jessica, but he knows he can’t ignore his superhuman abilities.

6. Westworld
Where to watch: HBO
When to tune in: October 2
What to expect: The upcoming sci-fi series is based in a Wild West-themed amusement park, populated by robots. The robots are designed to fulfill the customers’ fantasies. It gets a little problematic when one of the robots, Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), learns what she is.

7. Timeless
Where to watch: NBC
When to tune in: October 3
What to expect: A team made up of a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a scientist (Malcolm Barrett) are given the mission to travel back in time to track a criminal. They had us as at time travel.

8. Falling Water
Where to watch: USA
When to tune in: October 13
What to expect: Everybody dreams, but not everyone remembers them. In Falling Water three strangers share the same dream. They don’t dream the same dream entirely, with each person being responsible for their own part. It’s not clear why they are tied to each other or how they connect. Hence, why we want to know more.

9. Berlin Station
Where to watch: EPIX
When to tune in: October 16
What to expect: Richard Armitage (yep, uh-huh, that Mr. Armitage) goes from being a CIA analyst to an undercover agent in Berlin Station. In true spy style, his mission is to find a leak in Berlin. Armitage is joined by Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Forbes and Leland Orser.

10. Chance
Where to watch: Hulu
When to tune in: October 19
What to expect: And, onto another familiar face. House star Hugh Laurie is once again playing a doctor in Chance. Funnily enough, as in House, Chance is the last name of his character. Okay, we’ll stop living in the past and move onto the new series. Dr. Eldon Chance is a forensic neuropsychiatrist working with a patient who may or may not be struggling with multiple personality disorder. Chance goes against the advice of the higher-ups … that sounds just like … okay, okay, we’ll drop it.

11. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Where to watch: BBC America
When to tune in: October 22
What to expect: From the producers of The Walking Dead and penned by Max Landis, the series is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood). The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams‘ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective.

12. The Crown
Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: November 5
What to expect: Doctor Who star Matt Smith portrays Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) in The Crown. The 10-episode series is based on Peter Morgan‘s play The Audience, which explored the Queen’s professional relationships with Britain’s various Prime Ministers throughout the second half of the 20th century. The series reunites Morgan with The Audience director Stephen Daldry (The Reader) and also stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill.

13. Undercover
Where to watch: BBC America
When to tune in: November 17
What to expect: Undercover, from BAFTA-winning screenwriter Peter Moffat (SilkCriminal Justice), is a bold political thriller told through a family on the brink of destruction. The absorbing and harrowing six-part series stars Sophie Okonedo (The Hollow Crown, Hotel Rwanda), Dennis Haysbert (24, Far From Heaven) and Adrian Lester (London Spy, Primary Colors). Okonedo portrays Maya, a spirited and passionate lawyer who is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions, the highest-ranking public prosecutor role in England. But just as Maya’s life comes under intense public scrutiny, she discovers that Nick (Lester), her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. Haysbert takes on the role of Rudy Jones, a man who was falsely imprisoned for murder, but ultimately freed after twenty years.

14. Search Party
Where to watch: TBS
When to tune in: November 21
What to expect: At first glance, Search Party seems like a somber story about a missing girl. But after taking a closer look, it’s more like Broad City but with a mission. Alia Shawkat, who you may recognize from Arrested Development, portrays Dory. Dory isn’t the one who is missing as mentioned above, but she is a little lost. As she tries to find her place, whether in the work place or in a social circle, she learns a former friend is nowhere to be found. Dory begins the search, giving her some purpose.

15. Shut Eye
Where to watch: Hulu
When to tune in: December 7
What to expect: Shut Eye follows a magician-turned-psychic by the name of Charlie Haverford (Burn Notice‘s Jeffrey Donovan). Haverford runs a string of fortune telling parlors in L.A. He gets a blow to the head, which may happen if your boss is a kingpin of organized crime, and all of a sudden things change for Charlie. It’s not clear if it’s for better or worse.

What’s on your watch list? 

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By Brigid Brown