The Frisky’s Guide To What’s Good On TV This Fall (Part 1!)

Hey, it’s getting crisp outside and all the weird summer shows are coming to an end and football’s started and oh god, it’s fall. That means your stories are back! There are so many things to watch on TV, both new and old, that it’s probably hard to figure out what you like and what you should like and what you should definitely hate. Never fear, we’re going to help you out. Ahead, our snap judgement on what’s coming up on the small screen this month. (And lookout for Part 2 about all the October premieres in a few weeks!)


Sunday, September 13

Yes, it’s in the past, but if you want to scoot over to your preferred HBO viewing method, you will find the 2nd season of “Doll & Em” waiting for you.

Monday, September 14

If you love schadenfreude the most when the air is crisp at night, then you’ll want to tune into “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC, featuring Paula Deen doing something like this:

Tuesday, September 15

Remember when Fox cancelled “The Mindy Project” and we were sad and then Hulu picked it up again, and we were happy? The fourth season will stream exclusively on Hulu, weekly, so you can watch the first episode today, if you so choose.

Can Neil Patrick Harris sustain an hour-long comedy variety show? Probably not! “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” premieres tonight at 10 p.m., on NBC.

Wednesday, September 16

“South Park” is back, at its usual time (10 p.m.) and its usual place (Comedy Central). Watch that, if you want. Seems fine.

Saturday, September 19

The good “Dr. Who” returns to BBC America at 9 p.m.


Sunday, September 20

Awards Season starts in earnest, so ready your witty food-name x television puns and prepare for the Emmy Awards on Fox at 8 p.m.

If you hate the Emmys but love reality television, go watch the fabulous and underrated “House of DVF” on E! at 10 p.m.

Monday, September 21

“The Voice” enters its 9th season— how? — with the help of Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Selena Gomez, John Fogerty and Brad Paisley. Sadly, no Christina Aguilera this time around, but you can gaze upon the eternally youthful visage of Pharrell and make flirty eyes every time Blake Shelton is on your TV, on NBC at 8 p.m.

CBS is notoriously bad at producing anything decent to watch, but sit down and give “Life In Pieces” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) a try. It’s a comedy about a family, but told in four different teensy short stories. Also, there’s no laugh track, so hey! Progress.

Tuesday,  September 22

Ready your body for “The Muppet Show,” premiering on ABC at 8 p.m. Maybe Denise the pig isn’t that bad? Maybe she’s a monster. WHO KNOWS, SHE’S A PUPPET.

Fingers crossed that the second season of “Fresh Off the Boat” is as sharp and jaunty as the first. Keep the TV on after you finish with the Muppets, it airs on ABC at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23

DVR “black-ish” and “Law and Order,” because “Empire” premieres on Fox at 8 p.m. and it’s 2 hours, so just watch that. Like, only that.

Thursday, September 24

“Scandal” will be crazy whether you’re here for Olitz or not, so just tune into ABC at 9 p.m.

Friday, September 25

If you watch one reality television show, make it “Shark Tank,” premiering on ABC at 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 26

Leave your couch! Put on pants! It’s crisp out there, go drink a cider or something.

Sunday, September 27

I can’t stop staring at the stupid posters for “Blood & Oil” (ABC, 9 p.m.) but it actually looks like it’ll fill the hole that “Revenge” left in your heart.

Monday 9/28

You should have packed away your Jon Stewart altar by now. Welcome Trevor Noah as your new news comedy overlord as he takes over “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central at 11 p.m.

Tuesday 9/29

On “Grandfathered” (Fox, 8 p.m.) John Stamos stars as a swingin’ bachelor who discovers he has both a son and a grandson, all in the same day. Also, John Stamos is hot, so there’s that, too.

Wednesday 9/30

Some people like “Grimm.” Are you a person that likes “Grimm”? Then watch the premiere on Fox at 9 p.m.