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Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

  • How to Get Away With Murder

    Air date: Sept. 27

    Where to watch: ABC

    From the mind of Shonda Rhimes,  “How to Get Away With Murder,” stars Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Viola Davis as criminal defense lawyer Annalise Keating. As the show’s title implies, Keating and a group of five law students, become embroiled in a murder plot. After a crossover with the recently ended show “Scandal” and a plotline that leaves the Keating four—one having been murdered at the end of season three—relatively happy and at peace, the show will come back for a fifth season to presumably shake things up.

  • Mom

    Air date: Sept. 27

    Where to watch: CBS

    Co-created by Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory”), “Mom” stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney as a previously estranged mother-daughter pair. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Mom” sincerely tackles important domestic family issues, particularly addiction. At the end of the fifth season, Christy (Faris) graduates from college and is accepted to law school, but contends with a gambling addiction when she loses a pair of diamond earrings gifted to her by Bonnie (Janney).

  • S.W.A.T.

    Air date: Sept. 27

    Where to watch: CBS

    A relatively new crime drama, “S.W.A.T.” stars Shemar Moore as Hondo, a well-respected Los Angeles-based former Marine who leads a new S.W.A.T. unit. The final episode of the first season has the team respond to a series of bomb threats in the city—meanwhile, drama ensures within the team, with team member Street (Alex Russell) getting kicked out of the group for lying to Hondo. Returning for a second season, this show is based off a 1975 show of the same name.

  • The Good Place

    Air date: Sept. 27

    Where to watch: NBC

    The ending of season two of “The Good Place” shook up the premise of the show—in an effort to prove that Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) are all worthy to enter The Good Place afterlife, Michael (Ted Danson) strikes up a deal with the powers-that-be. These four characters are sent back to Earth before their untimely deaths to resume their lives, with Michael observing them in order to prove his belief that these once-bad people will inherently become good.

     

  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Air date: Sept. 27

    Where to watch: NBC

    “Law & Order: SVU” will tie with its parent show in terms of running time as the longest-running scripted drama, coming back for its 20th season. “SVU,” as always, depicts stories based on real-life cases of crimes, with episodes based on the Charlottesville riots and the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The most recent season ended in tragedy, with the character Peter Stone (Philip Winchester, migrating from the canceled show “Chicago Justice”) losing his sister after she was kidnapped and killed.

  • Blue Bloods

    Air date: Sept. 28

    Where to watch: CBS

    With Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg in the lead roles, “Blue Bloods” is about a family of police officers. The eighth season ends with the investigation of the “Prospect Park Six,” similar to the real-life “Central Park Five.” Meanwhile, youngest son Jamie (Will Estes) gets engaged to his partner Eddie (Vanessa Ray). The show will be back for a ninth season.

  • Hawaii Five-O

    Air date: Sept. 28

    Where to watch: CBS

    A reboot of the famous 1968 police procedural, “Hawaii Five-O” is beginning to approach the season count of the original. Entering its ninth season, the eighth season finale had a Russian submarine off the coast initiate some drama. In the meantime, Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) focus on their restaurant, and Tani (Meaghan Rath) finds a gun that matches one that killed the character of Noriko earlier in the season.

  • Last Man Standing

    Air date: Sept. 28

    Where to watch: Fox

    After its cancellation from ABC, Fox picked up this Tim Allen sitcom, which focuses on a traditional and conservative father. After more than a year off the air, “Last Man Standing” will be revived for a seventh season. Before the series was canceled, Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), daughter of Mike Baxter (Allen) was set to attend the Air Force Academy.

  • MacGyver

    Air date: Sept. 28

    Where to watch: CBS

    The reboot of the original “MacGyver” is still going strong, about to enter its third season. A U.S. agent, MacGyver, played here by Lucas Till, is a skilled technician who uses his creativity and the environment around him to solve problems. The most recent season ended with Mac making a big decision and quitting the agency that he worked for.

  • Bob's Burgers

    Air date: Sept. 30

    Where to watch: Fox

    One of several animated sitcoms on Fox, “Bob’s Burgers” is returning for its ninth season. Focusing on the colorful and quirky Belcher family and their local burger restaurant, the show often finds the family members thrown into absurd situations and trying to figure their way out. The last episode of the eighth season was just another misadventure for them; the family is asked to cater a wedding between two people who fell in love at the restaurant, but naturally, nothing goes right.

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