Here are the 5 best fall shows to watch on a night in. Order a pizza, grab a handful and candy corn and let’s get started.
The first of two amazing Amazon series on our list, Good Girls Revolt is a super smart story about a landmark 1970 workplace-equality lawsuit. It’s based on a nonfiction book by Lynn Povich – but tells the real story true of how she (Povich) and 46 other female employees at Newsweek sued the magazine because they were not treated as equals with their male colleagues (paid three times less than men doing the same work, denied opportunities to actually write and receive credit for their work, etc.) The entire first season is available now, and you’re going to LOVE it.
This is Us is one of only three new shows NBC is airing this fall, and to very mixed reviews. However, I’m a total sap and LOVE and love story. The plot (so far) revolves around a family who go through various life events that all intertwine, complete with very clever time hops (from parents to kids, grandparents to grandchildren, etc.) The storylines are very sweet, if not a little obvious. I’m a sucker for interconnected stories, and love the idea that everything happens for a reason – which is exactly what you get.
Amazon strikes again! Catastrophe has been around has been around for two season – but I don’t think it gets the credit it deserves (despite being nominated for Best Comedy Series by the Critics’ Choice Awards – which is nothing to sneeze at!) In season one, Rob (who is on a week long business trip in London) meets Sharon and they have a weeklong fling. As fate would have it – she gets pregnant. The characters make a hilarious, honest go of coupledom – and we walk with them through their relationship as realize they don’t know the first thing about each other. SO GOOD! If you only watch one “new” show this season – this should be it.
If you haven’t watched this series yet (and I realize that’s probably not many of you) GET.ON.IT. Ryan Murphy’s backstory of the most notorious criminal trial of the 20th Century was extremely well done. He tackled issues like racism and sexism with real intelligence and nonbias. Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling K. Brown are exceptional throughout the series – and make the one hour episodes a pleasure to watch – even when the content is uncomfortable. Be careful – may cause binge watching and excessive debate.
If you have Netflix, stop what you’re doing and watch this show – mostly because I need you to explain it to me. Britain’s Black Mirror is a series of short stories that serve as social commentary about how we use technology – but its majorly twisted and crazy dark. Watch one episode, and (if you’re like me) you won’t know if you hate it or love it. I’m a couple episodes in and I can’t figure a darn thing out for certain, but it really makes me think. It’s very different – and worth a try. I haven’t seen anything like it.