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Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

  • Family Guy

    Air date: Sept. 30

    Where to watch: Fox

    Enetering its 17th season, Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” is still playing catch-up with another perennial Fox animated show—“The Simpsons.” Centering on the Griffin family, the last episode of “Family Guy’s” recent season had patriarch Peter Griffin (MacFarlane) fall into a coma. Apparently meeting God himself, Peter proves himself to be good for his family and returns home.

  • NCIS: Los Angeles

    Air date: Sept. 30

    Where to watch: CBS

    The first spinoff of “NCIS” boasts a large cast including stars like Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, but recently lost cast member Miguel Ferrer to cancer. Season nine acknowledged Ferrer’s character as having died off-screen, with new character Shay Mosley (Nia Long) joining in his place. The last episode of season nine had the team go on a daring mission to save Mosley’s son.

  • The Simpsons

    Air date: Sept. 30

    Where to watch: Fox

    “The Simpsons” is showing no signs of slowing down, entering its landmark 30th season. The 29th season ended with the ghost of Maude Flanders returning, seeking revenge on Homer Simpson. Homer nearly ends up in heaven, but Bart saves his father at the last minute.

  • Criminal Minds

    Air date: Oct. 3

    Where to watch: CBS

    “Criminal Minds” has a different approach to the crime procedural, with a Behavioral Analysis Unit focusing more on the criminal profile more than the crime itself. The 13th season ends with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) in a life-threatening predicament, with a cliffhanger to tease fans. The 14th season will include the show’s 300th episode.

  • SEAL Team

    Air date: Oct. 3

    Where to watch: CBS

    Military drama “SEAL Team” portrays a group of Navy SEALs embarking on dangerous missions, showing the effects that their work has on their lives. Returning for a second season, Jason (David Boreanaz) will have to cope with his physical trauma, which resulted in various hallucinations at the end of the first season.

  • Station 19

    Air date: Oct. 3

    Where to watch: ABC

    A spinoff of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” follows the firefighters of Seattle Fire Station 19. The show wrapped up its first season with a major event, the cast of characters responding to a skyscraper fire. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with the fates of all of the characters left uncertain after a blast shakes up the building.

  • Superstore

    Air date: Oct. 4

    Where to watch: NBC

    A sitcom about the employees of fictional superstore Cloud 9, “Superstore” will premiere its fourth season. The third season ended with a live-streamed company-wide town hall, but employees Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) have a bit of a conflict. They reconcile and consummate their relationship, but inadvertently do so in front of a hidden camera broadcasting the video in the store.

     

  • Will & Grace

    Air date: Oct. 4

    Where to watch: NBC

    The revived “Will & Grace” was renewed for a second season (out of a proposed three), but is in its 10th season overall. The first revived season ends with much awkwardness, with Will’s mom and Grace’s dad having an unexpected connection with each other. Will and Grace go through their own respective romantic troubles in the meantime, and they reconcile at the end—but their parents unexpectedly get engaged.

  • Big Mouth

    Air date: Oct. 5

    Where to watch: Netflix

    “Big Mouth” is the creation of actor Nick Kroll, who voices a variety of characters including Nick Birch, a young boy struggling with adolescence. Joined by Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney), the characters of “Big Mouth” learn about sex and arousal as they experience puberty. Season one ends with a sorrowful Andrew addicted to internet pornography.

  • Fresh Off the Boat

    Air date: Oct. 5

    Where to watch: ABC

    A sitcom focused on an Asian-American family, “Fresh Off the Boat” takes place in the 1990s in a Florida suburb with a low Asian population. The season four finale ends with the show’s protagonist Eddie (Hudson Yang) and his former crush Nicole (Luna Blaise) fighting gender conformity by defying their school dance’s dress code; the two dress up in tuxedos inspired by the film “Dumb and Dumber.”

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