I’ve always been a TV series fan. Back when I was working as a local film producer, this was a little bit of frustration I had. I wanted to create shows that were of similar flavor and of the same quality as those that I loved watching. Now that life has blown me in a different path, watching these have become one of my guilty pleasures and stress relievers of sorts.
Fall Season is when most of my most beloved shows come back and I wanted to share with you my top five picks from the returning shows.
1. Grey’s Anatomy
I was a late bloomer in watching this show. I was never a fan of medical dramas mostly because I disliked the sight of blood. It didn’t interest me to watch operations and was never amazed at special cases most medical shows feature per episode. Grey’s Anatomy was a different ball game. The storytelling and the characters are so moving that it grips you and never lets you go. It allows you to breathe, laugh and cry with friends. It gives you great loves but is not afraid to take it away whether you’re ready or not. No wonder this September 26th premieres their 16th season.
2. The Resident and New Amsterdam
So this is kind of a cop-out but these two are on equal footing for me. They are both medical dramas but are polar opposites in representing the medical industry and its practitioners. I started watching The Resident because of Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp. Plus as a natural wellness advocate, I was curious at how a show is willing to expose the dirt on hospital practices and even doctors and medical practitioners. I thought about how it would be such a controversial issue and how it might turn off some viewers. The ragtag bunch of heroes of Chastain though will win you over for sure.
New Amsterdam is the complete opposite. It features a seemingly crazy and quirky new medical director that fired his surgical staff on his first day in an attempt to change how things were run at his hospital. Ryan Eggold might have found his best role yet. The character of Dr. Max Goodwin who battles all odds just to tear up the bureaucracy in order to provide exceptional care to patients is one for the books.
3. The Affair
This show is a pretty heavy watch. It’s emotional and psychological approach into the lives of four characters and two affairs at times could be dark but the storytelling and amazing performances of its cast (particularly the women!) should not be missed. This fall would be its fifth season, one that I wasn’t too sold on mostly because of how season four ended. I am not going to spoil that for you because I hate spoilers. One slightly irritating thing about this show is too much focus on Noah’s character instead of the more interesting stories and point of views of the women. That just might be me though. It’s best to check it out for yourself.
4. The Crown
Who doesn’t love a good period show? The Crown chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her early reign up to modern times. Season three which drops in November after a two-year break will premiere with a new cast led by Oscar-winner Olivia Colman. She will be replacing Claire Foy as the older Queen. Season three also features an amazing cast such as Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Charles Dance. Best of all, Season four has probably already started shooting and will probably air next year!
5. This Is Us
As family dramas go, This is Us is already up there with the classics with its timeless stories about the lives of the Pearson family. It spans generations and jumps from the present to the past and to the future and back again with such fluidity without missing a beat, or any emotions for that matter. It has a stellar cast and this latest season will be featuring a new set of characters that I am sure is going to be making this fourth season even more riveting. Tissues ready.
There are so much more shows on my list that is coming back this Fall like How To Get Away with Murder, The Good Doctor, Titans, The Blacklist, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Marvel’s Runaways and even guilty pleasures like Legacies and Dynasty. Too many to talk about them all but maybe next time!