7 TV Shows You Need to Put On Your Radar This October
It's no secret that fall is finally here, and we’re even more excited about the October 2018 premiere lineup than we were for the September roster — in other words, television just keeps getting better. All of our favorites are heading back to the small screen this October — Toni Collette, Jennifer Garner, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka — and their projects have us desperately calling on our friends/parents/neighbors/friends’ parents’ neighbors for their streaming login info.
Scroll down below to learn more about the seven new shows we’re most excited to binge this October.
The Romanoffs (Oct. 12, Amazon Prime)
The anthology series features eight separate stories (one per episode), each of which focuses on a group of people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family (aka The Romanoffs). The details on the show are still pretty mysterious, but here's what we do know: The Romanoffs is helmed by Matthew Weiner, the brilliant creator of Mad Men. With him, Weiner brought Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, and a roster of world-class talent including Aaron Eckhart, Kathryn Hahn, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Corey Stoll, and Isabelle Huppert. With a lineup like that, The Romanoffs is definitely worth checking out.
Dancing Queen (Oct. 5, Netflix)
This delicious reality series is Drag Race meets Dance Moms — what could be better? Featuring dance studio owner Justin Johnson (and his drag persona, Alyssa Edwards) as well as dozens of adolescent dancers and their momagers, Dancing Queen is everything you think it’s going to be, in the best way possible.
Into the Dark (Oct. 5, Hulu)
For those counting down the days until Halloween, Into the Dark’s first installment is a welcome prologue to the main event. Presented in partnership with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television, the frightful series will release a new chapter each month, every episode inspired by a different holiday. As long as this doesn’t give us a lifelong aversion to cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie, we’re ready for our monthly dose of spooks.
Camping (Oct. 14, HBO)
Brought to you by the creative forces behind Girls (Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner) and based on the UK series of the same name, Camping has more than enough kindling to spark a ratings flame. Add in the criminally under-utilized Jennifer Garner, a wry Juliette Lewis, Dr. Who’s David Tennant, and Say Anything star Ione Skye, and this campfire may just fuel its way to critical acclaim. I won’t subject you to any more fire metaphors, just promise you’ll watch, OK?
Wanderlust (Oct. 19, Netflix)
Wanderlust explores the relationship between longtime couple Joy (Toni Collette) and Alan (Steven Mackintosh) as they decide to redefine the sexual boundaries of their marriage. Though charming on its own merits, any United States of Tara fan will tell you that Collette’s return to television is worthy of its own national holiday.
Busy Tonight (Oct. 28, E!)
Busy Tonight? You will be when Busy Philipps’s talk show starts up. The actress, mom, social media favorite, and everyone’s BFF is heading to E! this fall where she’ll finally have the platform she deserves. After 20 years in the industry, Busy is eager to bring her “perspective on things” to the network, as well as fun and informative convos with her roster of Hollywood pals.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Oct. 26, Netflix)
While it’s hard for us to associate Mad Men’s precocious Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) with anything “chilling,” Netflix’s more mature take on '90s fave Sabrina the Teenage Witch looks downright terrifying, and like its Hulu counterpart Into the Dark, it arrives just in time for Halloween. Based on the cryptic trailer, we're getting more of an Eyes Wide Shut vibe than anything resembling its predecessor's laugh-track-ensuing hijinks. Still, throw us a Melissa Joan Hart cameo and we’ll be viewers for life.