UPDATED: Fall 2016 Sci-Fi Television Premiere Dates
UPDATE - 08/29/16 02:40 pm
Z Nation season 3 - September 16 at 8pm on Syfy
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Skip, unless you're already a fan. It's decent enough, but not worth getting into when there are so many other great shows to catch up on/try out.
Gotham season 3 - September 19 at 8pm on Fox
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Skip. If Gotham's brand of cheesy/crazy is for you, you're probably already watching it.
Lucifer season 2 - September 19 at 9pm on Fox
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. Like Gotham, Lucifer has more than a healthy dose of ridiculousness, but its self-awareness and originality make it deserving of the benefit of the doubt.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 - September 20 at 10pm on ABC
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Can't-miss. After that huge character death, the ripple effects from Captain America: Civil War, and Daisy going on the run, we can't wait to see what happens to our agents next.
MacGyver season 1 - September 23 at 8pm on CBS
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. It's definitely not in the "can't miss" category yet, since we have no idea if it will be a worthy reboot, but it's a classic franchise that at least deserves a look.
Star Wars Rebels season 3 - September 24 at 9:30pm on Disney XD
Watch, skip, or DVR? Watch! Between the arrival of Thrawn, the return of Darth Maul, and (hopefully) the reveal of Ahsoka's fate, this will be a can't-miss season.
The Last Man on Earth season 3 - September 25 at 9:30pm on Fox
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. This offbeat apocalyptic comedy was made even better by Jason Sudeikis' acclaimed performance in its second season, and we won't want to miss the third.
Aftermath season 1 - September 27 on Syfy
The series focuses on the Copelands – Karen (Anne Heche) and Joshua (James Tupper) and their children – who battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end. They're faced with both plague and the rise of supernatural creatures.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch, we suppose. We haven't heard much about this one, but the cast and premise make it intriguing enough.
Marvel's Luke Cage season 1 - September 30 on Netflix
Former convict Luke Cage uses his superhuman strength and unbreakable skin to fight corruption on both sides of the law in the MCU's version of Harlem.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Can't-miss. Not only is it the MCU, but Mike Colter's performance as Luke Cage is already fan-approved after Jessica Jones. We have no reason to doubt that this will be another top-notch Marvel/Netflix collaboration.
Westworld season 1 - October 2 on HBO
Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Can't-miss. It has a ridiculously star-studded cast, an HBO pedigree, a fascinating premise, and creative talent like J.J. Abrams, Person of Interest's Jonathan Nolan, and up-and-comer Lisa Joy on its side.
Timeless season 1 - October 3 at 10pm on NBC
A time traveling criminal steals a time machine in order to change history and destroy America, while a trio of scientists uses the machine's prototype to try to stop him.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch, I suppose. It's hard to tell with this one, but it comes from the Blacklist producers and has reportedly been characterized as a "hot pilot" for quite a while at NBC.
The Flash season 3 - October 4 at 8pm on The CW
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Can't-miss, of course! With only a slight sophomore slump after a stellar first season, The Flash continues to be the best superhero show on network television.
No Tomorrow season 1 - October 4 at 9pm on The CW
A risk-averse quality control assessor falls in love with a man who believes an asteroid will destroy the Earth in eight months.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. This quirky romantic comedy is already getting lots of buzz, and although it's difficult to tell whether it's actually sci-fi or not, the fact that The Flash is a lead-in has to count for something, right?
Arrow season 5 - October 5 at 8pm on The CW
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Skip. Arrow hasn't really been good since the second season, and with the Olicity drama and flashbacks both making a comeback this season, it doesn't look like it's going to get much better.
Frequency season 1 - October 5 at 9pm on The CW
Based on the feature film of the same name, Frequency follows Detective Raimy Sullivan as she discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father over the radio.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. Against all odds, the pilot was actually halfway decent, with solid performances and an enjoyably twisty plot (although completely incoherent time travel rules). Read our review from SDCC here.
Supergirl season 2 - October 10 at 8pm on The CW
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch! In spite of some flaws, it's worth watching for Melissa Benoist alone, and especially now that she's joined the other DC heroes on The CW, we can expect lots more adorkable Barry/Kara crossovers in the future.
Legends of Tomorrow season 2 - October 13 at 8pm on The CW
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Skip, unless you're already a fan. The first season was hopelessly muddled and uneven, so wait to see if the critical reviews pick up.
Falling Water season 1 - October 13 at 10pm on USA
Falling Water tells the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. And the deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. This trippy, dream-centric drama looks very intriguing, and like it could be very good or very bad. Let's all just hope it's more Inception than Sense8.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - October 22 at 8pm on BBC America
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. If the fourth series of Luther taught us anything, it's that BBC knows when it's time to bring something back.
The Walking Dead - October 23 at 9pm on AMC
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch, but only the first episode so you can see who died. Then you might want to give up on this show, because it's been relying on shock value and recycling plotlines for at least two seasons now.
People of Earth - October 31 at 9pm on TBS
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. This comedy about a journalist who is writing a scathing feature on an alien abduction support group, only to discover that he may have been abducted himself, was hilarious and unexpectedly poignant. Read our review from SDCC here
Incorporated season 1 - November 30 on Syfy
Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, Incorporated centers around Ben Larson, a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate the all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences.
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Watch. Syfy has been on a roll lately, and this conspiracy thriller comes from dream team Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Some of the corporate dystopia stuff looks a little familiar, but honestly, if it's anything like Mr. Robot, we won't be complaining.
The Man in the High Castle - December 16 on Amazon
Watch, skip, or can't-miss? Definitely watch. The second season of Amazon's most critically acclaimed series has had a few production problems, even losing its showrunner halfway through the season, but after that triumphant first season, we can't wait to see what happens next.