With September here, this means the fall TV season is in full swing. And some of the biggest, most anticipated series premiere this week, from the sixth and final season of Lucifer to The CW’s Walker, the reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger, now available to stream. Some reality TV favorites also return with new seasons this week along with new shows, like one inspired by Doogie Howser, M.D. Check out plenty of animated series for kids of all ages for their after-school or weekend screen time, too. Bottom line: there’s something for everyone this week.
Tom Ellis is back as the egotistical yet dashingly charming Devil who decided to take a vacation from his job and live amongst the humans in Los Angeles. Through the seasons of this crime drama, which first aired on Fox then was saved and acquired by Netflix after network cancellation, Lucifer has grown and the story has developed. Now, with Lucifer and Chloe facing more Godly challenges and fierce enemies, how will the story end? Fans will finally get that closure in this, the sixth and final season.
Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space
Elon Musk’s five-part docuseries about the mission to space run by his company SpaceX delves into the civilian experience that involves Inspiration4 going into orbit for three days. The first few episodes are now available to watch while the final three will document the mission in almost real-time. Inspiration4 is set to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on September 15.
Relax with the kids and the second season of this animated superhero series from the creators of The Powerpuff Girls and Wander Over Yonder. Featuring a retro 2D style inspired by comics from the ’50s like Dennis the Menace, Kid is a young boy who becomes a superhero. In his newfound role, Kid must work to save the world by fighting evil aliens alongside his superhero friends, each with their own special ability.
Octonauts: Above & Beyond
Kids who loved the Octonauts animated series will be excited for the debut of this spin-off that introduces a new set of characters called Terra Gups that can travel on land versus under the sea. Along with returning characters from previous seasons will be new ones like Paani the Monkey, an Octo-Agent from India who works with the Octonauts. A skilled hydrologist, he will add a new educational element to the show that’s filled with aquatic knowledge, teaching kids how water impacts various creatures. The first season is now streaming.
On the Verge
Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Jones, and Giovanni Ribisi star in this comedy from Oscar-nominated writer Julie Delpy about four middle-aged women facing a midlife crisis. Set in Los Angeles, all four women had children later in life, and each is facing her own specific life challenges relating to sick children, money, and career challenges and demands, not to mention a pandemic. It’s a series that women of similar ages and scenarios will be able to relate to, and laugh at, while also touching on important topics like marriage, career aspirations, and motherhood.
Into the Night
It’s an apocalyptic concept that has been done again and again, but Into the Night puts its own twist on the idea of a hijacked flight. A mysterious cosmic event has left the world in dire danger: exposure to sunlight kills anyone in its path. It just so happens that a former Italian NATO soldier has hijacked a plane full of people who end up becoming some of only a few survivors of the global event thanks to being aboard. The mission becomes one of life or death as passengers and the flight crew race to keep the sun behind them and survive on meager supplies of food and fuel until they can arrive at an underground military bunker. Hailing from Belgium, the series is inspired by the 2015 sci-fi novel The Old Axolotl by Jacek Dukaj.
Reality TV junkies, rejoice, as just four months after the second season of this series began streaming, season 3 is now available, too. It’s Catfish meets Big Brother as players are quarantined in individual apartments in the same building, able to communicate with one another only through text-based messages and a thin, carefully built social profile with a handful of photos and biographical information. But not everyone is who they claim to be, and it’s up to the players to vote on social standing, who they want to be the influencer each week, and who they wish to keep in the game or send home; as well as keep guessing to see if they can figure out who is not playing as their authentic self. Episodes are released four at a time, weekly, with the finale set to stream on September 29.
Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series
The first part of this kids’ series, the 24th season in the Pokemon animated series set and the second in Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series, sees Ash, Goh, and Chloe battle through eight regions on their research fellowship adventures. Watch the first dozen episodes now with additional episodes to be released every quarter.
Offered in Spanish with subtitles, this gripping crime series has captivated audiences for four seasons to date. With season 5, part 1 now streaming, fans can continue the thrilling story that began with a woman attempting to rob a bank. After failing at her task, she is saved by a man calling himself the “Professor” and is embroiled in his detailed plan to rob the Spanish mint of millions with a group of other professionals. With a narrative told in real-time with flashbacks, time jumps, and an unreliable narrator, it keeps you guessing the entire way through.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Dive deeper into the backstory of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan and their rise to fame in the early ’90s. Inspired by the Wu-Tang Manual, the Emmy-nominated series follows the story of how they were formed, the challenges they faced living in the ’90s during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, and their struggles to shift away from a life of crime and towards a passion for music. It’s a beautiful success story about 12 men who, despite so many odds being stacked against them, emerged as huge success stories. Season 2 is now streaming.
9/11: One Day in America
In honor of the 20th anniversary, National Geographic’s six-episode docuseries takes us back to the terrifying and devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks with heart-wrenching archival footage, eyewitness accounts, and stories from survivors. Promising never-before-seen footage, the series is presented from the perspective of those who survived the attacks as they recall minute-by-minute how things happened, the towers collapsing, and the rescue efforts afterward. It won’t be an easy watch, but it’s an emotional one worth revisiting to honor those who lost their lives that fateful day.
Only Murders in the Building
Comedic icons Steve Martin and Martin Short star in this comedy alongside Selena Gomez as three people who share a common interest: They are deeply obsessed with true crime. All of a sudden, however, their fascination becomes all too real as they get caught up in a murder investigation. Created by Martin along with John Hoffman, the series features a star-studded list of recurring and guest stars, including Nathan Lane, Tina Fey, and Sting. Critics laud the “silly approach to true crime obsessives” that is “hilarious and insightful” and commend the “charming central trio” for their performances.
The D’Amelio Show
If there’s a teen or pre-teen young woman in the household, chances are they will be excited to check out this reality show about the massive viral TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and her family, including sister Dixie and parents Heidi and Marc. The show promises to tell the true story of the family, its ups and downs, and how social media fame can impact a person and their loved ones, both positively and negatively.
What We Do in the Shadows
Taking a comedic spin on the traditional vampire tale, this mockumentary horror series returns for its third season to continue the story of four vampires living together in Staten Island and trying to navigate life with both humans and supernatural beings. With 10 episodes in each season, it’s a quick binge filled with hearty laughs at the ridiculously absurd stories and fresh takes on how vampires might integrate into the real world should they live among us. What We Do in the Shadows has already been renewed for a fourth season as well.
Benn Tennyson happens upon the Omnitrix, an alien device that looks like a simple wristwatch. But he realizes it has amazing powers, thanks to built-in DNA, that can transform him into 10 different aliens with various abilities. The multi-Emmy-winning kids’ series and its various interpretations have been airing on Cartoon Network for 15 years, making it the network’s longest-running franchise. See additional episodes in season 4 now.
This CW series, a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger, is about a Texas ranger named Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) who buries himself in a year-long undercover assignment as a way to deal with the murder of his wife. Once he returns, however, he faces his biggest challenge yet in reconnecting with his family, including his two children. While critics have not been kind to the first season thus far, fans have seemingly enjoyed it. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
The Other Two
This HBO Max original comedy, which is produced in part by Lorne Michaels, returns for its second season to continue the story of 13-year-old Chase Dubek (Case Walker), who rises to overnight internet pop singer fame as the Bieber-esque Chase Dreams and leaves his older siblings questioning their own dreams. While Cary (Drew Tarver), who dreams of becoming an actor, and his sister, Brooke (Helene Yorke), who once worked as a professional dancer, try to figure out their complicated lives, their teen brother seems to have his all put together. Molly Shannon also stars as the mother of the three Dubek kids, but she has ambitions of her own.
With both pre-recorded bits as well as segments filmed live in front of a studio audience, Top Gear is back for its 29th season. The British motoring magazine series based on the original 1977 show of the same name sees each episode delve deep into the world of cars. The show includes reviews of vehicles, discussions on the latest races, celebrity appearances, and fun challenges. The series has become one of the most commercially successful shows for BBC.
Not every business gets glowing reviews, and such is the case with LuLaRoe. What began as a multi-level marketing company, promising young mothers a fruitful source of income while they worked from home on their own schedules, turned into a scam that saw unsuspecting people selling clothing that many alleged were defective and of sub-par quality. This docuseries walks viewers through the story in its four parts, including interviews with former employees, sellers, and the owners of the company themselves, who have been accused of running a pyramid scheme.
Jason Momoa makes his valiant return to the small screen in the second season of this Apple TV+ original sci-fi drama about an alternate future where a virus from the 21st century stripped any surviving humans of their ability for sight. For centuries, humans have learned how to live, hunt, interact, and rebuild without being able to see. And the gift of sight is now considered a curse. So, when a woman arrives at a tribe looking for shelter and gives birth to twins who can see, a witch hunt begins. While the series was not well-received by critics, outstanding performances by Momoa and Alfre Woodard, in particular, along with the addition of Dave Bautista to the cast for season 2, make it a, well, must-see.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a triumphant return to the small screen in this comedy that he wrote, directed, produced, and stars in. He plays Josh Corman, a struggling artist who reluctantly works as a fifth-grade teacher while living with regret over never having fulfilled his dream to pursue a career in music. Apple TV+ calls the series “darkly funny, oddly beautiful, and deeply heartfelt” as Josh deals with his anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt. The series will be relatable to any 30-somethings struggling with mountains of student debt and plenty of ambition trying to transition to the grown-up world.
Jason Sudeikis returns as the title character in this hilarious series about a small-time college football coach who moves to England to coach their “football” (i.e., soccer) team, despite not knowing much about the sport, much less having any experience in British football. The series has been showered with awards since the first season debuted last year, with Sudeikis winning both a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe for his leading role. The series has 20 nominations for the upcoming 2021 Emmy Awards as well, including two of the biggest categories, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.
Disney’s Pepper Ann
Harken back to the ’90s with this classic animated teen series from that decade about the title character, a quirky 12-year-old red-headed girl dealing with the typical challenges of adolescence. All Pepper Ann’s emotions, however, are manifested through her dreams. Check out all 65 episodes now.
Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.
A reimagining of the ’90s series, Doogie Howser, M.D. that starred Neil Patrick Harris, this modern-day version features a female 16-year-old, Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha, a medical prodigy who must balance the typical trials and tribulations of coming-of-age with her growing career in medicine and genius intellectual status. Dubbed a comedy-drama, the series is based on the original though they do make references to the show having existed, even serving as the inspiration for Lahela’s nickname “Doogie.” Episodes are released weekly.
The Incredible Dr. Pol
When it comes to dealing with the most challenging large farm animal and pet medical cases, there’s no one better than Dr. Pol. While he might be a senior citizen, he’s far from retiring from his passion of helping animals and their owners with medical emergencies through his practice in Michigan. The National Geographic series follows Dr. Pol on his travels throughout rural areas, caring for every type of animal imaginable, from horses to pigs, cows, alpacas, cats, dogs, and even reindeer. Described as “not your average vet,” Dr. Pol is a must-watch for animal lovers, and the 19th season of the long-running series is now streaming.
The Wizard of Paws
This isn’t your typical animal series: the reality show follows Derrick Campana, an animal orthotist who makes prosthetic limbs for pets and sanctuary animals. While he began his career developing prosthetics for humans, Campana shifted to developing his company, Bionic Pets, and remains a specialist in a fascinating field of work. The first season premiered on National Geographic in April 2020 and is now available to stream.
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog
Often referred to as the “dog whisperer,” Cesar Millan has created a reputation for himself as being one of the best dog trainers in the world. He returns to the small screen in this docuseries where he visits families that need help with their unruly but precious pups. Showcasing some of the most challenging cases Millan has ever encountered, he works to not only rehabilitate dogs but also to train pet parents. It’s a positive and heartwarming series that promises hope in overcoming adversities with hard work, determination, and positivity.
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