3 New Shows You Should Be Watching

Every year when the calendar turns to September, TV junkies like myself research all of the new shows and then contemplate which ones deserve taking a leap of faith on and which ones don’t. If you’re having trouble deciding which of the 70+ new shows (!!) to give a try, hopefully this saves you some of the trouble. Without further ado, here are three new shows, in alphabetical order, that deserve your attention:

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You’ve probably caught wind of Donald Glover’s highly-acclaimed show by now, and let me tell you something: it deserves all the acclaim its getting. Atlanta is a comedy, it’s a drama, it’s a rom-com, and there’s pretty much nothing else like it on television. The show touches on everything you would expect a self-proclaimed “black” show to touch on — poverty, oppression, hip-hop, relationship with the police — all without shoving whatever it is the show wants to say down your throat. The cinematography is beautiful. The music is perfect. The humour is unique. The show is great.

You should watch the show if you: are a fan of quirky, dry, and very real humour. And also because everybody is going to be talking about it.

The show in one GIF:

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Also on FX, but less publicized, is Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.’s Better Things. The show follows Sam Fox (Adlon) as she tries to balance her responsibilities of being a mother to three increasingly unique girls and her pursuit of an acting career. Better Things continues FX’s trend of half-hour dramas-disguised-as-comedies (see: the previously-mentioned Atlanta and my personal favorite You’re The Worst), except with an added feminist element. Also, you will probably appreciate your mother even more than you already do after watching Better Things.

You should watch the show if you: are looking for an unorthodox, progressive, and real family sitcom.

The show in one video:

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You should watch This Is Us just for the amazing, unexpected and yet obvious in retrospect surprise at the end of the pilot episode. The show centers on four people — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia of Heroes fame), Randall (now Emmy award winner Sterling K. Brown of People vs. O.J. Simpson fame), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Kate (Chrissy Metz) — at various stages of their lives. They all happen to share the same birthday, and each of their own storylines touch on some very real themes: life, death, happiness, and family, to name a few. It’s touching, it’s heart-warming, and it’s great.

You should watch the show if you: want to have your heartstrings tugged on/get in touch with your emotions.

The show in one song:

Have any show you think deserves to also be on the list? Comment below! Wholeheartedly agree? Share with your friends!

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