I know, you’re still recovering from that empty feeling that was once filled with excitement for Game of Thrones. Well, get over it, because you’re going to be waiting a long time before you see dragons and a certain aunt/nephew duo get freaky in a boat again. Here’s our top three choices for TV watching this fall.
Riverdale (Premieres Oct 11th on The CW)
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As you can tell we are very, very excited for the return of The CW’s / Netflix’s Riverdale. I’ll go on a limb here and say I think everyone was shocked when they realized how well received the show was. Let’s be real, it could’ve been another awful teen drama that circled around a murder and then literally circled, circled, and circled some more for 6 seasons strong. But, the writers at Riverdale didn’t put us through that, in fact we learned about the main murder by the end of season 1. And it all worked out, and we really didn’t care about the murder because the main characters were on point all the time. #Bughead. Also thank you to the writers for creating a show that broke down every single stereotype that a teen drama has had. Love triangle? Why bother when the two female characters are more fun to watch as friends than as enemies.
What can we expect for their second season? It’s true, every show has the dreaded second season slump, and with Riverdale’s daring jump from 13 episodes in season 1 to 22 for season 2 – we’re really hoping they come through with some strong storytelling. Considering how big their cast list is, there are so many character arcs they can explore (Kevin), and we already know that there will be additions to the existing cast (Jellybean + possible Sabrina).
Whatever the cast list may be (Fred we know you’re not dead), we know the writers are going to deliver on another LIT season – from the music to the jokes, to the sticky maples, okay maybe no sticky maples, but seriously who’s dressing up as Varchie for Halloween?
Editors Note: Also guys, we have a lot of fun recapping a ton of shows here, but if you enjoy podcasts then be sure to listen to the Riverdale recaps produced by Recap Rewind Podcast. They are freakin’ hilarious and on point with their recaps, half the fun of watching Riverdale is to recap with the fans afterwards!
Narcos (Premiered Sept 1 on Netflix)
If you’re a big fan of drug cartel documentaries or films, then you probably already know about Netflix’s Narcos. And if you know about Narcos, then you’ve probably already binge watched the entire third season.
Let’s talk about the Escobar seasons for a hot minute and that second season slump. In my opinion, the first season was brilliant. There was nothing else like it on TV. I don’t know if there was a plan for a second season when they did the first, because the second season felt dragged on like it was forced. I think Escobar’s story could’ve wrapped up by the end of the first season, but they continued on and somewhere in the middle of the second season I stopped watching.
Narcos came back for a third season, no Escobar this time, instead it was about the second place drug kingpins – the Cali Cartel. This was their strongest season yet and here’s why Narcos should be on your Fall watch list.
The Cali Cartel: It’s true these guys were always in second compared to Escobar, they operated under the radar, while Escobar took all the heat. Right from the start Agent Pena’s description of the Cali cartel was intriguing, because they hadn’t been in the media as much as Escobar was. There was an air of ‘mystery’ to the cartel, they prided themselves on operating in a discreet fashion, all the while having control over 90% of the world’s cocaine market. Also they were the sworn enemy of the Medellin cartel which was all Pablo Escobar. So you know, there’s tension.
The Characters: One of the things about the third season was the huge mesh of different storylines. There were new rookie agents, brothers, sons, security guy turned inside man, and even scorned ex wife. Seasons one and two proved you could have one character as the main focus and still have an exciting show, but the third season did the complete opposite and gave us a slew of complex and rich characters.
The Clothes: So the third season does fast forward a little bit, it’s the 90s, we got Bill Clinton and HRC up in this intro video, and the clothes, they legit made 90s clothes look hot as hell. And it was hot, literally everyone was sweating their assess off, I don’t think Agent Pena was dry the entire time. But seriously, the clothes added to the allurement of this season. Everything looked like Versace, there was gold everywhere, and the first episode pops off with a party, how fitting.
Narcos season three deserves a binge watch. Vamos! All episodes are streaming now on Netflix.
American Horror Story: Cult (Premiered September 5th on FX)
When you think of Fall you think of October, when you think of October you think of Halloween and when you think of Halloween you think of haunted houses, ghosts, aliens, murderers, and disturbing cults. That’s right, AHS embodies everything that is fear in the fall and so it’s only right that the new season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story premiered right at the start of the new season. We are in a very shaky and scary political climate – The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t help with the whole ‘let’s be hopeful of this new world order’. To top that off, Murphy releases his 7th season that circles around the surprising results of the recent election and the outcomes that transpire because of it. This is perhaps the realest AHS has ever been, and in that it could very well be the scariest season yet. What can we expect from the rest of the season? Not really sure, but we do know one thing, if you’re scared of clowns this isn’t going to be a fun one to watch.
American Horror Story: Cults airs at 10pm on FX.