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September 24, 2018

Fall TV Returns!! My 2018 Fall TV Guide.

     On average, if you ask someone what their favorite thing is about fall, they will probably say something along the lines of the chill in the air/foliage, the annual traditions like pumpkin carving or apple picking, or maybe the fact that it's college and NFL football season. My favorite thing about fall? None of the above! It's the return of fall TV! Summer is a wonderful season, but it sure is a long time to go without favorite shows. Tonight is the official kick-off for fall TV on the major networks, and there will be more premieres over the next couple weeks!

     Last September, I wrote a similar blog post to this one where I shared the returning shows that I was excited about, as well as new premieres that I was planning to watch. I love fall TV so much that I thought I'd make this post an annual tradition here on SBIT! You'll see from the list below that I prefer sitcoms the most, but there are a couple of dramas mixed in as well. Without further ado, let's talk TV:

Fall TV 2018 Guide

     Returning Shows:

     The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/24): Oh man- my heart is broken that this is the 12th and final season of The Big Bang Theory! This show will forever be one of my all-time favorites. Amazingly, I still think that it's just as funny and enjoyable as the early seasons, even though it's been on TV for so long! Last season ended with Amy and Sheldon's much awaited wedding, so I'm expecting the premiere to pick up from there. The Big Bang Theory is a show that you can just watch random episodes of, but a few years ago I watched all the early seasons consecutively, and I think it's so much better to do it that way! I hope that once this season finishes next year that it'll finally go on Netflix. 😊

     Star (Fox, 9/25): I'm really excited for Star's third season. I thought the second season was a bit rough at points, but I'm still sticking with this show. If you're unfamiliar with Star, it follows the story of three young women (one of them named Star) that move to Atlanta to pursue their dreams of becoming a successful singing group. It might sound like a light and fluffy show from that description, but there is a lot of heavy themes and plotlines in this show- everything from racism to domestic abuse to alcoholism, and much more. The trailer for the new season shows that Star is pregnant, so I'm interested to see how this plotline will develop around.

     Superstore (NBC, 10/4): If you've read any of my blog posts from the past month, this show should sound familiar to you... I love it so much that I CAN'T shut up about it!! I had seen a couple of random Superstore episodes over the last couple years, but the first three seasons finally went on demand with my cable provider this summer, so I started it at the beginning. Y'all... this show might just be in my top five best shows of all time now! I can't believe I'm saying this... but I think this show is funnier than The Big Bang Theory. (😱) Superstore follows the adventures of a group of employees at the fictional Cloud 9 superstore, and the funny situations that they get into. Most of the show is set inside of Cloud 9! The characters are absolutely fantastic in this show, and since I have worked in retail in the past I can relate to some of the situations that happen in the store! Season three ended with a hilarious cliffhanger, and I can't wait to see where the show picks up.

     Young Sheldon (CBS, 9/24): The Big Bang Theory has been so incredibly successful that last year CBS premiered a prequel to the show, which is set in the 1980s and shows how Big Bang main character and genius Sheldon Cooper grew up. I originally watched this show simply because I love Big Bang, but Young Sheldon is a delightful show in its own right! It is so fun to see Sheldon's backstory, and how he was a childhood genius attending high school as a nine year old. The cast that plays Sheldon's family is wonderful, and this show is both funny and feel-good at the same time! Even though Big Bang is ending this season, I hope Young Sheldon sticks around for awhile.

     New Shows:

     The Cool Kids (Fox, 9/28): This is a new comedy that follows a group of friends that are constantly breaking the rules and trying to have a little fun. The catch? They're living in a retirement community! I think this show sounds funny, and I'm looking forward to the premiere!

     Happy Together (CBS, 10/1): Claire and Peter are married and enjoy their normal, busy routine. Life gets turned upside-down when a music superstore has to hide out in their apartment! This is another sitcom that sounds like it could be hit or miss, but I'm curious about it.

     God Friended Me (CBS, 9/30): This show is described as an "uplifting drama" and is already getting some good reviews from TV critics. It follows self-proclaimed atheist and podcast host Miles, who is "friended" by God himself on his social media. Miles believes the whole thing is a hoax, but his life begins to change through the mysterious God account. When I first heard the summary of this show, I thought it sounded too absurd. But after reading some early reviews about it, I'm curious for the pilot now!

     Manifest (NBC, 9/24): I never got into the Lost phenomenon when that show was popular years ago, but this show kind of sounds like the new version of that! A plane filled with passengers goes missing for five years, yet no time has passed for the people on the plane. A mystery begins to unfold as the passengers begin life after the flight. I feel like this show will be a huge success, and I can't wait for the premiere this evening.

     A Million Little Things (ABC, 9/26): Confession time: I'm not a fan of This Is Us! I gave it a solid try during the first season, but couldn't keep up. A Million Little Things is being compared as ABC's version of a This Is Us type show, but I personally think this plot sounds a little better. It focuses on the stories of a group of adult friends who bond again over tragic circumstances, and the stories that bring them back together. Planning to give this one a try!

     The Neighborhood (CBS, 10/1): When a friendly Midwesterner and his family move to Los Angeles, they are in for quite a culture shock! They have an interesting time adjusting to their new neighborhood. After trying to hit it off with their new neighbors- will the Johnson family be able to make LA feel like home? Kind of like the other new CBS sitcom Happy Together, this show sounds hit or miss. But I do tend to like CBS sitcoms so hopefully it'll be good!

     I'm not expecting to keep up with all of these new shows, but hopefully I'll find one or two new ones to love after seeing all of the pilots! I also have to share that one other returning show that I can't wait for is the final season of Jane the Virgin, but that isn't returning until winter! I'll definitely be excited for that too.

    Are you as excited for fall TV as I am? Which new network shows are you planning to watch, or excited to see return? (Or are you pumped for a new show on Netflix or another streaming service?) Normally I share an outfit or fashion related post on Mondays on my blog, but since today is the start of the fall TV season that took precedence today! Outfit posts coming tomorrow and Thursday instead for this week.

    God Bless,

    xoxo Annaliese




  1. Love all of these! I swear, fall has the bestttt tv shows!

  2. Yesss so excited for The Big Bang Theory! Fall TV shows are the best ones!

  3. How have I not heard of half of these! Man am I behind in life.

  4. I got you here. At first, i can't relate as we don't have fall. But then as i read on, i am left convinced that these are indeed beautiful series worth the time to watch. I am not much of a tv person but sometimes when i am left in front of the tv, i am just amazed how these programs entertain me and my kids.

  5. Love superstore so funny!! I guess the new show a million little things is going to be like a this is us which sounds interesting!! Do you have any Netflix recommendations??
    Xo, Kelsey

  6. Love watching Star. I haven't seen the trailer yet for this season, but I'm going to search for it now. I might have to rewatch the last couple episodes from last season to refresh my memory on the show. I just set my DVR to record Manifest. It looks like it will be a good show.

  7. I am most excited for the return of The Good Doctor. It premiered tonight, but I won't be able to watch it until tomorrow. My family and I recently started watching the show this summer and we ran through all the episodes so we are excited that it's finally back!

  8. I cannot wait for manifest and super store! Omg I’m super excited for this season!’

  9. I can't believe you didn't like This Is Us! I want to give A Million Little Things a try. Fall TV is the best!

  10. Ahh! Big Bang is ending! My word I remember watching the very first seasons so many years ago. I'm excited to see what this season will bring :)

  11. I really need to watch more TV, all of these new shows sound interesting!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  12. I'm such a Grey's fan and I hear it might be the last season- noooo!

  13. The Neighborhood sounds amazing! Manifest looks good and I think Single Parents on ABC looks hilarious also.

  14. I can't wait to see A Million Little Things. I think it starts tomorrow!!

  15. These all do sound good! I have such a full DVR and none of the ones you mentioned are on it! Lol!

  16. Since I just had my first baby, there isn't much downtime for tv watching...but one show I'm excited about starting is Manifest! I'm hoping it will be on Hulu so I can watch at my convenience!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  17. I'm so bummed The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end. I love this show so much. I am excited for Manifest and A Million Little Things they both look so good.

  18. I am the W O R S T at keeping up with live television! I haven't watched a TV show live as it was airing (excluding Food Network!) in years. But I am finishing up the newest season of New Girl right now!

  19. I don't watch much TV but totally want to check out God Friended me!

    -xo, Azanique |


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