Autumn is upon us, and it brings with it a new golden age of TV. And, quite frankly, we can’t wait to snuggle up on the sofa under a cosy blanket – ideally with a box of chocolates balanced on our laps – and get stuck into the bevy of addictive dramas, horrors, comedies, and thrillers on the horizon.
With that in mind, then, here is everything we recommend watching this autumn.
What We Do In The Shadows: Season 3
After airing in the US back in September, vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is back for a third season to serve up the spooky energy we know and love.
Based on the film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the show follows Staten Island vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin (Mark Proksch), who share an apartment together in Staten Island.
“After the shocking season two finale, we find the housemates in a panic about what to do with Guillermo after discovering that he is a vampire killer,” FX announced in an official synopsis.
“This season, the vampires are elevated to a new level of power and will encounter the vampire from which all vampires are descended, a tempting Siren, gargoyles, werewolf kickball, Atlantic City casinos, wellness cults, ex-girlfriends, gyms, and supernatural curiosities galore. Plus, Colin Robinson is turning 100.
“And Nandor, faced with his own eternal-life crisis, tries to inject his life with more meaning. Will he find love, or is he destined to be an immortal bachelor with 37 ex-wives?”
If you can’t wait to get your teeth into the new series, good news: the whole season is also available to watch on BBC iPlayer right now.
Release date: 2 November via BBC Two
Dear White People: Season 4
Dear White People’s final chapter is taking a bit of a different form, since it’s the show’s first-ever musical season. And creator Justin Simien has promised that “virtue signalling” will be the prevailing theme.
“The myth of meritocracy, which sounds so highfalutin, but this idea that we can sort of put up an Instagram post, to support Black lives and then sort of like wipe our hands and we’re done,” he explains to Deadline. “Or the sort of false equivalent of a Black person getting an opportunity because suddenly the world is invested in Black lives and they think that they’ve done enough. You know what happens next? You know capitalism is still here and alive and well. Racism and the patriarchy and all kinds of horrible things live on in every institution, including capitalism.
“So, what happens to a Black life after it’s been declared that it mattered was really the question of this season before we realised how urgent that question needed to be asked.”
Release date: 22 September via Netflix
From the creators of The Haunting Of Hill House, Midnight Mass sees a charismatic priest unexpectedly arrive in a dying island town – leaving miracles, mysteries and renewed religious fervour in his wake.
Release date: 24 September via Netflix
According to Apple TV’s synopsis, ambitious sci-fi drama Foundation “chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilisation amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.”
Release date: 24 September via Apple TV
Starring Line Of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin, the incredibly tense Hollington Drive starts off simply enough, as the families of two sisters come together at a summer BBQ. It’s the sort of chilled out evening where it seems absolutely nothing could go wrong… until it does. Spectacularly.
Release date: 29 September via ITV
The Chestnut Man
From the creator of The Killing comes The Chestnut Man, a thrilling Nordic noir about a series of brutal murders in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen.
Release date: 29 September via Netflix
Inspired by true events, Maid follows the story of Alex, a young mother who, after fleeing an abusive relationship, is forced to become a cleaner in order to support herself and her young daughter. In the process, she becomes a “nameless ghost” to her upper-middle class clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about.
Release date: 1 October via Netflix
“Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees Vivien leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with them,” explains the BBC’s official synopsis.
“When she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend (played by Tom Varey) has been badly injured, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London.
“And, as Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation, both her courage and loyalties are challenged.”
Release date: 3 October via BBC One
The eponymous Angela Black wants everyone to believe that she’s living a completely happy life in suburban London. The reality, though, is that she’s a victim of domestic abuse and trapped in a marriage she can’t escape.
When she is unexpectedly approached by a private investigator, who shares some of her husband’s most sinister secrets, Angela is faced with a choice: continue to suffer at her violent spouse’s hands, or fight for her freedom. But can she really trust the word of that mysterious detective?
Release date: 10 October via ITV
Scenes From A Marriage
In Scenes From A Marriage, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a couple trapped in a sadly disintegrating relationship. And, in the process, it aims to “re-examine [our perception] of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.”
Release date: 11 October via Sky Atlantic and NOW
You: season 3
In the third season of You, Penn Badgley’s Joe is tackling fatherhood as he is forced to leave and settle in a new town called Bainbridge. There, he meets and falls in love with a new woman called Mary Kay DiMarco. And, based on his romantic (read: obsessive and murderous) history so far, it’s safe to assume that things don’t go smoothly…
Release date: 15 October via Netflix
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Just like the OG movie, Amazon Prime’s I Know What You Did Last Summer sees a group of teenagers stalked by a mysterious killer just one year after a fatal accident on the night of their graduation. Who will make it out alive, we wonder…
Release date: 15 October via Amazon Prime
Succession: season 3
Five-star reviews for the third season of Succession are already coming in thick and fast, and the show is expected to pick up exactly where things were left, in the moments following Kendall’s televised statement.
As HBO tells us: “Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.”
Release date: 18 October via Sky Atlantic
Invasion is set across multiple continents and follows an alien invasion through multiple perspectives around the world.
Release date: 22 October via Apple TV
Showtrial tells the story of a high-profile court case that sees a privileged young woman called Talitha Campbell charged with conspiracy to commit murder. But, as she leans on duty solicitor Cleo Roberts, the pair find themselves going up against a lawyer who aims to weaponise Talitha’s gender and social privilege.
Release date: 31 October via BBC One
American Horror Story: Double Feature
The 10th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story is titled Double Feature, reflecting its unusual structure. That’s right, AHS fans: it contains two separate stories; Red Tide is set by the sea, while Death Valley is set by the sand.
Watch the teaser for yourself below:
Release date: 20 October via Star on Disney+
Insecure: Season 5
The Emmy-nominated brainchild of Issa Rae, Insecure is returning for its fifth and final season this autumn, and it aims to pick things up where season four left off: with Issa and Molly picking up the frayed ends of their friendship and doing their best to put them back together, before it’s too late.
Release date: 24 October via Sky Comedy
Colin In Black And White
Created by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Colin In Black & White tackles the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family in Central California.
Release date: 29 October via Netflix
The Girl Before
The Girl Before tells the story of Jane, who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect. There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…
Release date: TBC via BBC One
The Shrink Next Door
Based on real-life events, The Shrink Next Door explores what happens when psychiatrist to the stars Dr Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (played by Paul Rudd) uses his position of power to manipulate his patient, Marty Markowitz (Will Ferrell) and take over his life, isolating him from everyone else he holds dear.
Release date: 12 November via Apple TV
Money Heist Part 5: Volume 2
The Spanish heist drama that has gripped many for its five series is unfortunately coming to an end soon. Splitting the final season into two parts, Netflix has just announced that Money Heist Part 5: Volume 2 will be hitting the streaming platform on 3 December, alongside its suspenseful official trailer.
The series follows a criminal mastermind and his group of recruits as they pull off some of the biggest heists in recorded history. Without giving too much away, the interpersonal stories, edge-of-your-seat twists and tension will have you lapping up all five seasons in no time.
Release date: 3 December via Netflix
Olivia Colman’s new true crime drama, Landscapers, brings us the story of mild-mannered Susan Wycherley and her husband, and asks us how they came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home.
Release date: 7 December via Sky Atlantic and NOW
Doctor Who: Season 13
The 13th Doctor will be returning for a 13th season this autumn, and the BBC has promised that it will be her “biggest adventure yet.”
Release date: 31 October via BBC One
The Beatles: Get Back
This three-part documentary series – directed and produced by Peter Jackson, no less – takes audiences back in time to the Beatles’s intimate recording sessions for their 1970 album, Let It Be.
Release date: 25 November via Disney+
Based on Post Mortem, the first in Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels, this crime drama begins as a veteran cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Cue detective Sarah Collins stepping in to uncover the truth behind the grisly deaths – and track down the lone missing survivor, too.
Release date: 8 November via ITV
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Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.