There’s one simple solution: start from the beginning. Monday night TV will kick off your viewing week, so you need to do it right. While Netflix may premiere a handful of new series on the first day of the week this fall, network and cable shows will be dominating your Mondays for months to come.
Everything from The Deuce and Prodigal Son to All American and The Good Doctor will be competing for your attention. You need to know what you’re getting into. That’s why we put together the full guide to all the linear TV shows debuting this season. Keep reading to find out what they’re about, who is in them, when they premiere, and whether you should tune in.
The Deuce (HBO)
Premiere: September 9 at 9 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: Wrapping up HBO’s Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring historical porn epic.
Who else is in it?: EP/star James Franco, David Krumholtz, Mustafa Shakir, Margarita Levieva, and Emily Meade.
Watch if: You’ve stuck with The Deuce into its final season.
9-1-1 (FOX) Season:
September 23 at 8 p.m. ET What’s it about?:
As the chilling season 3 trailer promises, a really, really, really
big wave. Also exploring the world — and legitimately freakish emergencies — of L.A. first responders. Who is in it?:
Somehow, FOX managed to wrangle the iconic talent of Angela Bassett for a network show. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Peter Krause also star in the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk-produced drama. Watch if:
You love all things Murphy-Falchuck, like American Horror Story
. And you aren’t afraid of the ocean.
The Voice (NBC) Season:
September 23 at 8 p.m. ET What’s it about?: Taylor Swift
’s debut as a “mega mentor” who will be working with every contestant during the season 17 Knockout round. That section of the competition is scheduled to arrive in late October. For a reasonably straight forward singing competition that’s been going on for over eight years, Swift’s appearance is the real draw of the season. Who else is in it?:
John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton are the regular coaches. It is The Voice
’s first season without Adam Levine. Watch if:
You need more Swiftie content when October comes around.
The Neighborhood (CBS)Season:
September 23 at 8 p.m. ET What’s it about?:
Two very mismatched neighbors in an L.A. neighborhood. Who else is in it?: New Girl’s Max Greenfield
plays Dave Johnson, an exceedingly friendly Midwest transplant. Cedric the Entertainer stars as Calvin Butler, the OG neighborhood denizen who isn’t crazy about Dave’s antics. Watch if:
You really miss Schmidt.
Bob ♥ Abishola (CBS)
Premiere: September 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: A middle-aged man named Bob, (Mike & Molly’s Billy Gardell) who cannot accept that the nurse he is fixated on is not interested in him. That does not stop Bob from bribing someone for this woman’s address, appearing unannounced at her home, following her onto a bus, and showing up uninvited to her workplace.
Who else is in it?: Transparent guest actress Folake Olowofoyeku plays Abishola, the object of Bob’s obsession. She deserves better than jokes-as-faux-compliments about her accent.
Watch if: None of this information bothers you.
All Rise (CBS)
Premiere: September 23 at 9 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: A star Los Angeles district attorney named Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), who leaves the defense desk behind for the judge’s bench. How will her progressive approach to justice shake up the courtroom?
Who else is in it?: CSI’s Marg Helgenberger, Hart of Dixie/Daredevil’s Wilson Bethel, and Jessica Camacho, of Netflix’s Another Lifes.
Watch if: You’re excited to see a Black woman lead a CBS show.
Prodigal Son (FOX) Season:
September 23 at 9 p.m. ET What’s it about?:
Bringing a very streaming-sounding drama to network TV. Prodigal Son
follows Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), a genius FBI criminal profiler, as he attempts to help the NYPD solve their most gruesome crimes. Since it’s 2019, that means serial killings
. Malcolm has an extra leg up on his criminal adversaries since his dad Martin (Michael Sheen) is an infamous serial killer dubbed The Surgeon.
Of course, Martin helps Malcolm solve murders while possibly stoking his son’s darker impulses. Who else is in it?: Scandal
’s Bellamy Young, which is probably all you need to know. Also, Greg Berlanti, producer of Riverdale
and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
, is behind Prodigal
. Watch if:
You wish you could watch Mindhunter year-round
. You don’t mind when Michael Sheen goes creepy.
The Good Doctor (ABC) Season:
September 23 at 10 p.m. ET What’s it about?:
Giving you This Is Us-style
feels in a Grey’s Anatomy setting
. Who else is in it?:
Freddie Highmore leads Good Doctor
as Shaun Murphy, an expert doctor striving to find success, love, and optimism in a profession that often ends in tragedy. Lovesick
’s Antonia Thomas, The West Wing
’s Richard Schiff, Fringe
’s Jasika Nicole also star. Watch if:
You want your medical show to make you sorta sad — not horny
Bluff City Law (NBC)
Premiere: September 23 at 10 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: A father-daughter Memphis lawyer team (Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee). They’re tackling the most controversial civil rights cases they can find.
Who else is in it?: Remember hunky, British Barry Sloane from Revenge? He's in this!
Watch if: You love a legal procedural.
All American (The CW)
Premiere: October 7 at 8 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: Former fish out of water Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) adjusting to life at Beverly Hills High as the Big Man On Campus. Since this is a teen soap, that means only chaos, tough decisions, and shirtless scenes are ahead.
Who else is in it?: So many symmetrical people. The sprawling cast includes Empire’s Bre-Z, Teen Wolf's Cody Christian, 13 Reasons Why's Samantha Logan, and Greta Onieogou.
Watch if: You binged All American this summer on Netflix like so many other people. You miss Friday Night Lights. You appreciate beautiful people.
Black Lightning (The CW)
Premiere: October 7 at 9 p.m. ET
What’s it about?: What happens when the Pierce family of superheroes tightens up as a superpowered crime-fighting machine. And, how a seemingly endless stream of antagonists will make their goal to do good so much harder.
Who else is in it?: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, and Nafessa Williams star as the superpowered Pierces. Christine Adams plays their scientist matriarch Lynn.
Watch if: You're all-in on the CW's ever-widening DC Comics-based universe.