We’re only a couple of weeks away from the start of the fall premiere of television shows. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a great show to enjoy. Here are a few of my favs that are returning for you to binge in case you’re looking for a new-to-you show or something new with which to fall in love. Most are available on Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Law and Order: SVU
Although it might not be possible to binge all 20-plus seasons of this show before the new season premieres, it’s definitely worth a look. There’s a reason why this show is the longest running primetime live-action series of all time. Created by Emmy Award-winning Producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit chronicles the lives of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.
The Chicago Franchise
Whether it’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med or Chicago P.D., I watch them all. It’s not surprising that Dick Wolf of Law and Order: SVU is the creator and executive producer of the franchise. Although the shows stand on their own just fine, a lot of times they do crossover episodes. The Chicago franchise focuses on the professional and private lives of the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and legal professionals who serve the city of Chicago. A recurring and unifying theme of the four shows is Molly’s, a small bar owned by three firefighters, which has been frequented by characters from all four shows.
The Neighborhood is a nod to my childhood because it reminds me of the show All in the Family—in reverse. The series follows a white midwestern family as they adjust to moving into a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles. It stars Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold.
This Is Us
If you’re anywhere near Facebook on Tuesday nights, then chances are high that someone on your friends list is posting about This Is Us. The story of the Pearson family across the decades tugs at the heartstrings and stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson who portray married couple Randall and Beth Pearson are #couplegoals. As if the emotions aren’t already high, it’s been announced the upcoming season will be the final one for the show.
A Million Little Things
I watched commercials for A Million Little Things for the entire season before I finally decided to give it a try last summer. I binge-watched the entire series in two days. Based on the premise that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things, the show follows a group of friends after one dies unexpectedly. It’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.
I can’t remember how I stumbled across this gem of a show, but I do know I was hooked after the first five minutes of the first episode. The medical drama revolves around the staff of Chastain Park Memorial Hospital and has an amazing cast, including my childhood celebrity crush Malcolm-Jamal Warner and my current celebrity crush, Morris Chestnut.
You can’t go wrong with a show that’s headlined by Angela Bassett. The series follows the lives and loves of Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers.
As you can see, I have a thing for medical, police and fire shows, but I’m willing to give anything a try once. What recommendations do you have of binge-worthy shows?