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Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

  • Bull

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: CBS

    Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull, a psychologist, in a show that is loosely based on Dr. Phil McGraw’s past experience as a trial consultant. The second season ends with Bull at a low point, drinking heavily after the revelation that his ex-wife is getting remarried. Even after a brief victory in court, Bull finds himself believing that he is experiencing a heart attack. But is it real or the result of stress? Viewers will find out the outcome once the third season airs on CBS.

  • The Big Bang Theory

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: CBS

    This top-rated television sitcom will return for a 12th and final season. The 11th season is centered around the wedding of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik), and their marriage is likely to be a focus of the final season. Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” worry not, for its prequel spinoff “Young Sheldon” will probably still be on the air.

  • Mr. Inbetween

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: FX

    Inspired by the 2005 cult film “The Magician,” “Mr. Inbetween” is a new television show from Scott Ryan, the star, writer, and director of the film. Ryan will reprise all of his roles from “The Magician” for the six-part series. The show is about Ray Shoesmith (Ryan), a hit-man who also attempts to live a normal life, raising a child and finding romance.

  • The Resident

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: Fox

    The setting of “The Resident” is Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. With a large ensemble cast portraying various medical interns, residents, and doctors, the show focuses on the daily lives of the medical staff members both inside and outside the hospital. The first season ends with Nic (Emily VanCamp) set up by Lane (Melina Kanakaredes) for her own malpractice. Nic’s name is eventually cleared, and Lane is relieved of her duties.

  • The Good Doctor

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: ABC

    Returning for a second season is “The Good Doctor,” which comes from “House” creator David Shore. Starring Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a gifted surgical resident on the autism spectrum, the show is about his life working at a prestigious hospital against all odds. Shaun discovered in the last episode of the first season that his mentor and biggest supporter Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) has an inoperable form of cancer.

  • Young Sheldon

    Air date: Sept. 24

    Where to watch: CBS

    Spinning off from the widely watched “The Big Bang Theory” is “Young Sheldon,” a single-camera comedy without a laugh track that depicts the childhood of the character originated by Jim Parsons. Sheldon (Iain Armitage) finds that despite his high intelligence, he is ill-equipped to handle most social situations. The show’s inaugural season ends with Sheldon interfering with the romantic relationships of his grandmother, known as “Meemaw,” to the point where Sheldon drafts a contract between the three parties involved.

  • Lethal Weapon

    Air date: Sept. 25

    Where to watch: Fox

    Based on the 1980s and 1990s buddy cop film franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” will return missing one of its two stars. Initially starring Damon Wayans as Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford as Riggs, the latter has been ousted after his behavior on set was highly criticized by his co-workers, including Wayans. Crawford will be replaced by Seann William Scott portraying a new character. The second season ends dramatically, with Riggs killing his villainous father only to be shot while visiting his wife’s grave—possibly a convenient way to off Crawford’s character.

  • NCIS

    Air date: Sept. 25

    Where to watch: CBS

    Spinning off from “JAG,” the venerable “NCIS” is returning to the air for its 16th season. Depicting an investigative team looking into crimes surrounding the U.S. Navy and Marines, the 15th season ended with a cliffhanger. While the team investigates the kidnapping of Sloane (new cast member Maria Bello), they are shocked to not only discover the identity of the kidnapper, but to find that he has also kidnapped NCIS director Vance (Rocky Carroll).

  • NCIS: New Orleans

    Air date: Sept. 25

    Where to watch: CBS

    Similar to the series it spun out of, “NCIS: New Orleans” focuses on criminal investigations by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the New Orleans area. Starring “Quantum Leap” and “Enterprise” leading man Scott Bakula, this entry in the franchise is returning for a fifth season. The conclusion of the fourth season ended with a cliffhanger, with Pride (Bakula) shot and left to bleed out by a villainous character.

  • This Is Us

    Air date: Sept. 25

    Where to watch: NBC

    The highly acclaimed drama series will be back for a third season, again focusing on the Pearson family. At this point in the series, viewers now know how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) lost his life in a fire. The second season of “This is Us” ends with daughter Kate (Chrissy Metz) finally marrying Toby (Chris Sullivan). The upcoming third season will reportedly flashback to Jack's time in the Vietnam War.

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