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Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

  • Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

    With so many television channels and streaming platforms, it is understandably difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest programs currently on the air. In this age of peak television and binge-watching, there are simply too many options to choose from. Most viewers will eventually find their niche, picking up a few carefully selected shows. Still, the pressure to watch everything is real—no one wants to miss out on when it comes to discussing the season’s biggest spoilers at the water cooler.

    As the fall season approaches, audiences are gearing up for the return of their favorite shows. From comedies to character dramas and crime procedurals to action shows, the array of programs is more diverse than ever. With an abundance of content, many viewers may realize they aren’t caught up on their shows in time for the new season.

    In attempt to get viewers up to speed, Stacker has amassed a large collection of television spoilers for the purpose of catching you up on the most anticipated shows returning this fall, thanks to USA Today. Expect only narrative television shows—this list does not include any reality, competition, or game shows.

    Read on to get the scoop on your favorite shows before they return.

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  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Air date: Sept. 5

    Where to watch: FXX

    The off-color sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” ended with some uncharacteristically radical changes: Charlie has finally coupled up with The Waitress, Mac has publicly embraced his homosexuality, and Dennis has left The Gang to raise a child he fathered after a one-night stand. Glenn Howerton, co-creator of the show and the actor who plays Dennis, has remained tight-lipped on whether or not he’d return to the show, as he’s currently the lead on NBC’s “AP Bio.” Regardless of his fate, this upcoming landmark 13th season will also be followed with a record-breaking 14th season.

  • I Love You, America

    Air date: Sept. 6

    Where to watch: Hulu

    “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” doesn’t particularly have any spoilers, being a talk show. For those unfamiliar with the format, comedian Sarah Silverman hosts a weekly talk show, but the content is much more personal than topical. The show, which sees Silverman traveling around the country to talk to citizens going through extraordinary change, will have a 10-episode second season on Hulu.

  • Atypical

    Air date: Sept. 7

    Where to watch: Netflix

    “Atypical” focuses primarily on the character of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18 year old on the autistic spectrum. The first season depicted Sam’s tumultuous family life, with Sam’s father (Michael Rapaport) temporarily leaving the family, his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) having an affair, his protective sister (Brigette Lundy-Paine) contemplating a move to a different school, and his 26-year-old therapist (Amy Okuda)—and love interest—being dumped by her boyfriend, only to discover that she is pregnant with his child. As with all Netflix shows, all episodes of the second season are available to binge at once.

  • Marvel's Iron Fist

    Air date: Sept. 7

    Where to watch: Netflix

    After the events of season one of “Iron Fist” and the crossover event “The Defenders,” the second season of this Marvel television show has Danny Rand (Finn Jones) take on the mantle of New York City’s protector from Daredevil. Facing off against his adoptive brother Davos (Sacha Dhawan), who believes himself to be the true person worthy of the mystical Iron Fist, Danny must also work to prevent an all-out war between gangs in Chinatown. This is the third Netflix show based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to air a new season this year, following “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage,” the latter of which featured the character of Danny Rand in a guest appearance.

  • The Deuce

    Air date: Sept. 9

    Where to watch: HBO

    Focusing on the rise of the pornography industry in 1970s New York City, “The Deuce” comes from “The Wire” creator David Simon and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco. The first season finale ended in tragedy—while some characters progressed in life, prostitute Ruby (Pernell Walker) is killed after an argument leads to her being pushed out of a window.

  • Shameless

    Air date: Sept. 9

    Where to watch: Showtime

    The acclaimed off-color comedy “Shameless” is returning for a ninth season, making the show the longest-running program in Showtime’s history. The subject of the show is the Gallagher family and their misadventures, led by the patriarch and drunkard Frank (William H. Macy). This will be the final season for co-star Emmy Rossum, who portrays Frank’s eldest child Fiona Gallagher.

  • American Horror Story: Apocalypse

    Air date: Sept. 12

    Where to watch: FX

    Anthology show “American Horror Story” presents a different scenario and storyline every season, and “Apocalypse” is the latest installment. New ground is broken here, however, with this eighth season being a crossover of the show’s first and third seasons, “Murder House” and “Coven,” respectively. With stars like Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and the returning Jessica Lange playing multiple roles and reprising old characters, “Apocalypse” depicts a group of survivors after a war results in a devastating nuclear winter.

  • American Vandal

    Air date: Sept. 14

    Where to watch: Netflix

    Appearing to be sophomoric on the surface level, mockumentary series “American Vandal” is actually a pointed satire of shows like “Making a Murderer” and the popular podcast “Serial.” Depicting two high school sophomores investigating high school-level crimes, the first season had the two look into a student accused of vandalizing 27 faculty cars with phallic imagery. The second season has the two students tackling a new case after someone known as “The Turd Burglar” contaminates a cafeteria’s lemonade with laxatives.

  • BoJack Horseman

    Air date: Sept. 14

    Where to watch: Netflix

    An existential animated dramedy starring a talking horse (voiced by Will Arnett), “Bojack Horseman” is about an actor past his prime. Season four of the series was lauded as emotional, with the end of the season having BoJack discover that the character of Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla), who he has bonded with, is his half-sister.

  • 9-1-1

    Air date: Sept. 23

    Where to watch: Fox

    A procedural co-created by Ryan Murphy (“Glee” and “American Horror Story”), “9-1-1” depicts first responders in the city of Los Angeles. By the end of the first season, police sergeant Athena (Angela Bassett) and firefighting captain Bobby (Peter Krause) have gone on their first date, and 911 operator Abby (Connie Britton) has left Los Angeles for Ireland. The Fox show will be back for a second season consisting of 16 episodes.

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