A Guide to Every New and Returning Sci-Fi and Comic Book TV Show Coming This Fall
Z Nation - September 11
Z Nation is what it is: a slightly campier version of The Walking Dead for those fans who love the creative zombie kills and loathe anything involving a farm. By all accounts, it should remain a reliable source of entertainment and viscera going into season two.
Continuum - September 11
Fans won't want to miss Continuum's victory lap, as the time traveling drama returns for its fourth and final season with six episodes, just enough time to wrap up all remaining plotlines, say goodbye, and go out with a bang.
Doctor Who - September 19
The ninth series of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman's companion Clara, promises all of the Time Lord hijinks of previous seasons, plus Maisie Williams as an 18th century bandit, the reappearance of the Master, and the return of River Song in the Christmas special.
Gotham - September 21
We can't say Gotham won't be as terrible this season as it was last season, because in all likelihood it will be, but you might want to tune in for the batshit craziness of Arkham Asylum, plus the possibility of Barbara turning into Harley Quinn.
Minority Report - September 21
Based on the classic 2002 movie, Minority Report is a show you don't want to miss. The leaked pilot got a positive (if slightly lukewarm) reception, and it's one of the most hyped new shows of the season in any genre.
Limitless - September 22
Limitless, on the other hand, really has no reason to exist. The movie wasn't very good, and no one was really clamoring for a continuation. The news that Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter will co-star and that Bradley Cooper will reprise his role on a recurring basis makes us a little more hopeful, but not by much.
Heroes Reborn - September 24
We have such mixed feelings about Heroes Reborn. On the one hand, the first season of Heroes was amazing, and the trailers for the reboot haven't looked terrible, at the very least. On the other hand, they screwed things up so spectacularly the first time, we're hesitant to jump on board. But regardless, we'll still be watching, if only out of morbid curiosity.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - September 26
This animated series from Disney XD is primarily aimed at children, but like Star Wars: Rebels, it could easily turn into a show that children and adults alike can enjoy. And if you're still unsure, you can watch the origin shorts for Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, and Drax in order to get all of the backstory before the series premiere.
The Last Man on Earth - September 27
Last Man on Earth was the surprise critical hit of last season, and with Phil kicked out of the community in Tuscon and the addition of Jason Sudeikis to the cast as his astronaut brother, there seem to be plenty of hilarious twists and turns in store for season two.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - September 29
After a rocky start, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally hit its stride last season, and with the addition of more Inhumans, Skye's continued transformation into Quake, and the lead-up to Mockingbird's "not-spinoff" Marvel's Most Wanted, it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
The Leftovers - October 4
Big changes are coming to The Leftovers this season. Almost all of the supporting cast has been cut, although somehow Ann Dowd isn't among them. The setting will move from the dour, depressing Mapleton to a seemingly idyllic town called Jarden, which hasn't been affected by the Rapture, which will lead to a huge tonal shift. But if we know The Leftovers, all will not be right in Whosville, and we're excited to see what's in store.
The Flash - October 6
The Flash was the best comic book adaptation of last season (with the possible exception of Daredevil), and we're crossing our fingers that it doesn't go through a sophomore slump. But with Zoom approaching as the Big Bad, and the additions of fellow speedsters Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Jesse Quick, we at least know that it won't get boring.
iZombie - October 6
The first trailer for iZombie season two just dropped today, and if the first footage is any indication, we're in for the same well-written and lighthearted zom-rom-com fun we had last season.
Arrow - October 7
Arrow's third season faltered a little, but it's still one of the most critically acclaimed comic book shows on television right now, and we have hope that season four will see an improvement. Now that Olicity is seemingly giving it the old college try, their relationship may not get in the way quite as much, and we always have the guest appearance from Constantine to look forward to, which will resurrect another fan favorite character.
The Walking Dead - October 11
We ended last season on a huge cliffhanger: Rick executed an abusive citizen of Alexandria, possibly alienating himself from the community, not to mention the newly pacifist Morgan, who returned and looked on in horror. Meanwhile the Wolves are waiting in the wings, and the arrival of Negan is drawing closer and closer. Most shows lose momentum after five seasons, but considering that this season will have more walkers than any season before it, hopefully The Walking Dead can avoid that fate.
Supergirl - October 26
We've come a long way since the tepid reception of the first trailer, which looked suspiciously like that Black Widow SNL skit, and Supergirl is one of the most hotly anticipated pilots of the upcoming season. We desperately need more female superheroes, but we also need more comic book adaptations that don't take themselves too seriously, much like The Flash. If Supergirl turns out to be of comparable quality, we certainly won't be complaining.
Ash vs Evil Dead - October 31
Of course Ash vs Evil Dead is coming out on Halloween. And of course they cast Xena, who is our favorite. This should be a vast improvement to that wholly unnecessary film reboot from a couple of years ago, and we can't wait.
The Man in the High Castle - November 20
Amazon has been killing it with their original series lately, and The Man in the High Castle looks to continue the trend. The alternate history series has great source material, a novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, on its side, and it has one of the most intriguing premises we've heard in a long time. What would have happened if the Axis powers had won World War II? Let's find out.
Childhood's End - December 14
The first in a string of classic sci-fi novel adaptations from Syfy, Childhood's End is expected to be a hard-hitting, eerie miniseries that will explore lofty themes like science versus religion and the inherent value of happiness.
The Expanse - December 14
Based on the novel series of the same name by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse is an old-fashioned space opera that stars The Punisher's Thomas Jane as an intergalactic police officer who uncovers a massive conspiracy. We haven't seen enough to make a judgment yet, but hopefully it will be more reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica rather than Syfy's cheesier fare.
Marvel's Jessica Jones
Last but not least, Marvel's Jessica Jones will be hitting Netflix sometime late this year. As the follow-up to Daredevil, it has a lot to live up to, but early buzz says that this show will not disappoint. Brian Michael Bendis, who created the character, sung its praises, calling it "faithful and lively and everything I could personally have wanted from the show." And if the leaked episode titles are any indication, the show will more than do justice to its antiheroic title character.
And if any of your favorites are missing, that's probably because The X-Files revival, Agent Carter, and The 100 are all set to return in midseason 2016, in addition to the debuts of promising pilots for DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, and Westworld.