7 sophomore TV series that deserve a second chance this fall
The fall season is always crowded with fresh faces vying for viewers’ attention, but let’s not forget that there are also series that deserve a second chance!
When the fall the season begins this September, fans will settle into their returning favorites while making some room on their DVRs for some of the many freshman series that catch their attention. However, we’re here to be the advocate for seven sophomore series that deserve a second chance as you start readying your DVR for the fall!
About the Show: Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull, a brilliant psychologist who uses psychology, human intuition and state of the art data to help spearhead the most renowned trial consulting firms around, Trial Analysis Corporation. With the help of his team of experts, Bull works to create the perfect jury in order to help give his clients the best chance at proving their innocence.
Why You Should Be Watching: When Weatherly left NCIS after 13 seasons on the show, many were curious to see what the star of television’s No. 1 drama would do next. Luckily for many fans, he stayed put at CBS and would help to launch the fall’s most-watched new drama. If you’re looking for a good courtroom series with a twist Bull is the perfect pick for you as the show never fails to impress with its cases. The show also has a great way of incorporating comedy into its ranks to help lighten the mood and features a wonderful ensemble that are just waiting to become part of your TV family!
When to Watch: Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS.
2. Designated Survivor
When the Capitol is attacked and all of the top-rated officials in the U.S. government are killed, including the president, the nation must turn to its Designated Survivor to become the nations new leader – no matter how out of his league he may be. As the newly minted President Kirkman works to navigate his new position, the FBI and Agent Hannah Wells work to get to the bottom of the terrorist attack on the Capitol which leads down an unexpected path!
Why You Should Be Watching: There is no better political drama currently airing on broadcast television that ABC’s Designated Survivor! Kiefer Sutherland is perfect in the role as President Kirkman, a character that carries the show on his shoulders and whose performance helps to make Kirkman someone you can’t help but to root for. It also doesn’t hurt that the show features an intriguing conspiracy story at its heart which never fails to leave you shocked and on the edge of your seat wanting more!
When to Watch: Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.
3. The Good Place
About the Show: What happens when your time comes? If you’re lucky, you go to The Good Place – a heaven-like utopia designed to keep its residents happy forever and reward them for all the good they did in life. However, if you’re Eleanor Shellstrop fate has its own plans and you might end up in The Good Place even if you were a terrible person and never did a selfless thing during your life.
Why You Should Be Watching: If you’re looking for a witty and smart young comedy to sink your teeth into this fall, look no further than to NBC’s The Good Place. While the show starts off a bit slow burn, it hits it’s stride in the back half of the season before hitting viewers with one of the greatest twists of the season – one that you’ll have to tune in to discover!
When to Watch: Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.
4. Kevin Can Wait
About the Show: In its first season, Kevin Can Wait followed the life of retired cop Kevin Gable, played by Kevin James, and the crazy hijinks he happened to get into in retirement.
Why You Should Be Watching: Unlike the other shows on our list, Kevin Can Wait enters its second with a world of unknowns amid a major cast shakeup. After one season Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin’s wife on the show, as James’ former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini has been brought on as the show’s newest leading lady. With a reset looming, now is the perfect time to start watching as James and Remini reunite full-time!
When to Watch: Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.
5. Lethal Weapon
About the Show: In this reimagining of the classic Lethal Weapon movie franchise, fans meet detectives Riggs, an ex-Navy SEAL turned detective whose grief over the loss of his wife have left him more than reckless when it comes to policing, and Murtaugh, a straight-laced, by-the-book detective fresh off a near-fatal heart attack. Now partnered together, the two odd couple detectives work to solve the latest investigations in the crime-ridden Los Angeles – often leaving a trail of destruction behind them in the process.
Why You Should Be Watching: If you loved the films, you’ll love the latest reimagining of the beloved detectives that has helped introduce the franchise to several new viewers as well. While there are plenty of procedurals out there vying for your attention, Lethal Weapon is in a league of its own with its perfect blend of comedy, crime drama and plenty of action.
When to Watch: Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
About the Show: In this soapy CW drama, the characters of Archie Comics are brought to life on the small-screen but this is far from the Riverdale we comic book readers grew up on. The pleasant town is full of dark secrets and Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the gang are all grown up and at the heart of the town’s latest mysteries.
Why You Should Be Watching: While many were concerned about the show’s ability to capture the heart of the characters from the Archie Comics, The CW managed to keep the basic essence of each beloved character while adding new layers of depth to their stories – making them much more interesting (and easy on the eyes). There’s a reason my colleagues have touted the show as the best teen drama around with the potential to blossom into the high school soap of our dreams. Now’s the time for you to find out why!
When to Watch: Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
7. This Is Us
About the Show: In this beautifully written and acted family drama, fans get a look at how one family deals with their real life hardships through the eyes of the Pearson family. Unlike the crazy families we’re used to seeing on-screen, the Pearsons represent and allow us to see ourselves in each character be it through the way they tackle anxiety, insecurities in our appearance, betrayal, heartbreak, death and more.
Why You Should Be Watching: Stealing a page from NBC, sometimes life will surprise you and boy did This Is Us keep us on our feet episode after episode. The show’s first season delivered one of the most emotional viewing experiences we’ve seen in years thanks to the show’s incredible ensemble. Every once in a while a show comes along that manages to former change the landscape of television. This Is Us is one of those shows, a show you won’t want to miss out on being a part of!
When to Watch: Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
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