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Spoilers to know before watching this fall's returning shows

  • Speechless

    Air date: Oct. 5

    Where to watch: ABC

    “Speechless” follows a family with a disabled child—one who communicates through a variety of means other than the spoken word. Starring Minnie Driver, the show’s family lives in a rundown house, but overall maintains a positive attitude. In the second season, J.J., the teenage child with cerebral palsy, wins a film festival for a horror project he worked on.

  • Madam Secretary

    Air date: Oct. 7

    Where to watch: CBS

    Téa Leoni portrays fictional United States Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, navigating through her workplace and international diplomatic situations. Season four ends with a major international crisis, with the United States believing Russia to have launched nuclear warheads at the country. The crisis is averted, and McCord decides to run for President of the United States.

  • The Flash

    Air date: Oct. 9

    Where to watch: CW

    Starring Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), this superhero show’s fifth season is quickly approaching. Team Flash defeats Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a. the Thinker, at the end of the fourth season. Shockingly, the future daughter of Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) arrives in the present day.

  • Black Lightning

    Air date: Oct. 9

    Where to watch: CW

    This superhero show focuses on a middle-aged man named Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who redons his former identity of Black Lightning. The show is heavily focused on local politics and crime, and has yet to show any connection to the other CW shows set in the DC universe. The show’s first season ended with a near-death Black Lightning losing his powers, only to regain them and defeat a corrupt government operation—but Black Lightning’s rival Tobias (Marvin "Krondon" Jones III) believes he has found a way to defeat the eponymous hero.

  • Riverdale

    Air date: Oct. 10

    Where to watch: CW

    Teen drama “Riverdale” has a reputation for its off-the-rails twists, and it ended its second season with one shocking plot development after another. The identities of the Black Hood killers are revealed, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) becomes king of the Serpents, Hermione (Marisol Nichols) wins a mayoral election, and Archie (KJ Apa) is elected student body president. All goes wrong for Archie, however, when he is falsely arrested for a series of murders that his girlfriend's father, Hiram (Mark Consuelos), is responsible for.

  • Blindspot

    Air date: Oct. 12

    Where to watch: NBC

    Mystery crime drama Blindspot is returning for its fourth season, featuring Jaimie Alexander as a woman with amnesia who finds herself covered in tattoos. Known as “Jane Doe,” but born as Alice Kruger, by the end of season three Jane is married to Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and has reverted to a previous identity known as “Remi Briggs.” Remi has devious intentions, planning to destroy the FBI from within.

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Air date: Oct. 12

    Where to watch: CW

    The Rachel Bloom musical comedy is returning for a fourth and final season. Rebecca, played by Bloom, is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the third season. At the end, Rebecca’s former classmate and former fake boyfriend Trent goes too far for Rebecca, who pushes him off a roof, putting him in a full body cast—Rebecca then pleads guilty to attempted murder.

  • Dynasty

    Air date: Oct. 12

    Where to watch: CW

    This reboot of the 1980s soap opera, “Dynasty” is centered on the billionaire Carrington family and their machinations for and against each other. Updated from the original show, the cast of characters is far more diverse than that of its namesake. After its first season ended with a fire, the second season will follow up on the aftermath and reveal who amongst the family survived.

  • Supergirl

    Air date: Oct. 14

    Where to watch: CW

    Tangentially related to the CW Arrowverse, Supergirl focuses on Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and her adventures as both a superpowered heroine and a reporter. The third season ended with Kara traveling back in time to change the outcome of an essential fight, an action that is sure to have consequences. One such result was teased at the end of the finale, with a duplicate Kara appearing.

  • Arrow

    Air date: Oct. 15

    Where to watch: CW

    This superhero show has fluctuated in popularity, but will undergo some radical changes for its seventh season. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) outs himself as the Green Arrow Vigilante in order to save his team from further prosecution. The story of this new season will begin with Queen in prison.

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