4YE Quick Lists: Top 5 Returning Shows We’re Excited For This Fall

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It’s that time of the year again, that lovely time in September when Fall TV returns and we no longer have to wonder what we’re going to watch. Granted, there are a lot of good Summer shows, but there’s just something special about Fall TV. The change in weather giving us an excuse to stay inside helps. This week is the big premiere week, most shows return or premiere this week, with the rest returning between now and the end of October.

In no particular order, here are my top 5 returning shows. This gets a little spoiler-y, so if you haven’t seen the show, maybe just skip to the “Why should you be watching” bit.

1. Sleepy Hollow

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When Sleepy Hollow premiered last year, I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, but it won me over fairly quickly. There were a lot of great twists and the season finale revealed that Ichabod Crane’s (played by Tom Mison) son was not dead as he originally thought and was actually the Horseman of War. Ichabod’s best friend became the Horseman of Death, so I’m really looking foward to how the other two Horsemen relate to Ichabod, assuming they do. Last season also left everyone’s fate up in the air; Ichabod was buried by his son, Abbie (Nicole Beharie) got stuck in Purgatory after helping Ichabod rescue his wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), who is captured by the Horseman of Death, Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) gets into a major car accident because of the Horseman, and Captain Irving (Orlando Jones) is put in jail after taking the blame for killing a police officer.

Why should you be watching? Bringing Ichabod Crane into the modern world after being “dead” for 250 years leads to all kinds of small funny moments. Like Ichabod learning to use a phone or completely not understanding some traditions, like stockings on Christmas. It brings some levity on a show that’s relatively dark, I mean, it’s all about the end of days and such. They also connect him to historical figures ranging from George Washington to Betsy Ross and made him a Brit who fought with the Americans during the Revolutionary War. It’s a show worth looking into and with the first season only being 13 episodes – you can catch up fairly quickly.

Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays, at 9:00 pm ET on Fox. I believe someone is recapping the show, so keep an eye on the website/Twitter.

2. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had kind of an iffy and rough start. A combination of some slow pacing and gaps between air dates made it difficult for some people to stay with it and it wasn’t until the tie-in with Captain America that the series really found its footing. There’s also going to be some tie- in with the upcoming Agent Carter, which I’m crazy looking forward to. I was really disappointed at how they treated Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), and I’m really hoping that they don’t treat Lucy Lawless’ character the same.

Why should you be watching? Because of Melinda May (Ming Na Wen), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Skye (Chloe Bennet), and Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), a team of bad asses who are left to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. after being betrayed by one of their own. This season, they’re also left figuring out what’s wrong with Coulson and what the hell Skye is. Check out our SE’s AOS Wishlist here. I’d like to add getting an LGBT person as a regular character (new character or current, I’m not picky) to that list.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tonight at 9:00 pm ET on ABC

3. Faking It

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It took me a while to get into Faking It, when I first heard that the basis of the show was two friends pretending to be lesbians to gain popularity, I was skeptical…especially because it’s on MTV.  It still has some issues, like any show but watching the story unfold and watching Amy (Rita Volk) realize she has not so platonic feelings for her best friend, Karma (Katie Stevens) won me over.

I was even okay with the season finale, which had a very confused and hurt Amy jump into bed with Karma’s crush, Liam (Gregg Sulkin), but they weren’t erasing the feelings Amy had for Karma, nor invalidating her sexuality, just showing another layer to it. A lot of gay women go through a sleeping with dudes phase (damn I hate to use that word) when they first come out or when they’re struggling with their sexuality, it doesn’t make them less of a lesbian, it’s just part of the journey.

Why should you be watching? Well, any queer (using it as a blanket label) lady who has fallen for their straight friend will definitely have something to relate to. But really, is has something for everyone; it’s kinda like Glee, but with less singing and better characterization and storylines (sorry, not sorry). This season also reveals that one of the characters is intersex, which I’ll write about more in a separate piece within the next couple of weeks.

Faking It returns tonight at 10:30 pm ET on MTV

4. Grey’s Anatomy

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I’m really looking forward to seeing where Grey’s goes this season. They really could have ended the show after last season, especially with Sandra Oh’s exit. Show creater Shonda Rhimes has said many times that the most important relationship on the show is not the one between Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey), but the one between Meredith and Cristina (Oh). It will be interesting to see how Meredith copes with losing Cristina and I am beyond grateful that Rhimes didn’t kill her.

I’m also looking forward to finding out how Meredith deals with another half-sister. She had a hard enough time adjusting to Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and then Lexie died a short time after. This could result in Meredith completely closing off to the idea of another sister, or she could do the opposite and completely warm up to the idea and welcome her into her life.

Why should you be watching? Well… if you’re not watching by now then I really don’t know what to tell you. This show makes you laugh, makes you cry, and makes you worry about things like ferry boats and small private airplanes. If you need to catch up, or start, then seasons 1-9 are on Netflix and season 10 should be there soon.

Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday 9/25 at 8:00 pm ET. I will be recapping again this season, so keep an eye out for those and if you need a refresher, check out last season’s recaps.

5. Elementary

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I may be in the minority, but between Sherlock and Elementary, I’d chose Elementary any day. To be fair, I’ve never watched Sherlock, but I’m kind of over watching two white dudes running around solving crimes. Elementary brings Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) to New York City, where he lives with his former sober companion and current partner (the platonic, crime-solving kind) Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), it’s a nice twist to a story everyone knows. The series uses Holmes’ drug addiction in as a starting point, instead of a side story or something to come later.

Why should you be watching? Because Lucy Liu as a female Watson and Natalie Dormer as a female Moriarty should be reason enough.

Elementary returns on Thursday 10/30 at 9:00 pm ET.

Special Mention: Pretty Little Liars

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I know this technically makes six, not five, but I HAD to add in the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode. The series had a jaw dropping Summer finale and comes back in October for a Christmas themed episode before going on hiatus again.

The special airs on Tuesday 10/21 at 8:00 pm ET

What are you looking forward to? Let us know by hitting the comments or tweeting us!