Fall TV premiere dates 2019: When your favorite show returns, and your next one starts

Jenny Cohen, USA TODAY

What do doctors, lawyers, murderers and wrestlers have in common? They want to know when the fall TV season starts.

The major broadcast networks – and increasingly, cable and streaming outlets  – traditionally debut their new series in the fall, and this year's calendar is once packed full with dramas and comedies. There's even a sprinkling of sports in the mix.

Highlights this year include ABC's "Mixed-ish" spin-off, which explores the childhood of Rainbow Johnson, played by Tracee Ellis Ross on "Black-ish." Bradley Whitford, Cobie Smulders and Kal Penn are coming back to primetime with new shows. We'll also be seeing premieres for series saying goodbye this season, including "Empire" and "Modern Family."

And before all these premieres, the Emmys will be handing out their annual trophies on Sept. 22 (here are the nominees).

So check out our calendar below to make sure you don't miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you'll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT). 

Oct. 2

"SEAL Team" (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)

"Almost Family" (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana"), Megalyn Echikunwoke ("CSI: Miami") and Brittany Snow ("Pitch Perfect") bond when they discover they share the same father: a pioneering fertility doctor (Timothy Hutton). 

"S.W.A.T." (CBS, Wednesdays at 10)

Oct. 4

"WWE's SmackDown Live" (Fox, Fridays at 8): Fox takes over one of wrestling's major weekly events. The show has previously aired on UPN, CW, Syfy and  USA Network.

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"The Blacklist" (NBC, Fridays at 8)

Oct. 6

"Kids Say the Darndest Things" (ABC, Sundays at 8): The classic variety show is revived again, with comedian Tiffany Haddish asking kids for their unique points of view.

"Batwoman" (CW, Sundays at 8): Ruby Rose reprises her role as Kate Kane (aka Batwoman), who first appeared in an "Arrow"/"Supergirl"/"The Flash" crossover event in 2018.

"Mr. Robot" (USA, Sundays at 10): The fourth and final season of the trippy cyber drama featuring Rami Malek ("Bohemian Rhapsody") and Christian Slater ("The Wife").

Ruby Rose makes her debut as Batwoman as part of the CW's

"Supergirl" (CW, Sundays at 9)

"The Walking Dead" (AMC, Sundays at 9)

"Madam Secretary" (CBS, Sundays at 10)

"Get Shorty" (Epix, Sundays at 10)

Oct. 7

"All American" (CW, Mondays at 8)

"Black Lightning" (CW, Mondays at 9)

Oct. 8

"The Flash" (Tuesdays at 8)

Oct. 9

"Riverdale" (CW, Wednesdays at 8)

"Nancy Drew" (CW, Wednesdays at 9): Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) investigates the murder of a socialite, which is complicated by the fact that Nancy and her friends are the main suspects.

Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) have to deal with hell on Earth in the 15th and final season of

Oct. 10

"Supernatural" (CW, Thursdays at 8): The long-running sci-fi series wraps up with its 15th and final season.

"Legacies" (CW, Thursdays at 9)

Oct. 11

"Charmed" (CW, Fridays at 8)

"Dynasty" (CW, Fridays at 9)

Oct. 15

"Arrow" (CW, Tuesdays at 9): The eighth and final season for the CW comic-book hit stars Stephen Amell as billionaire vigilante Oliver Queen.

"The Purge" (USA, Tuesdays at 9)

"Treadstone" (USA, Tuesdays at 10): The CIA starts Operation Treadstone, a covert operation to turn recruits into assassins, in this series based on the Jason Bourne novels.

Oct. 18

"Modern Love" (Amazon): This new anthology explores love based on a series of newspaper columns.

"Living With Yourself" (Netflix): Paul Rudd stars in this comedy about a man who finds an unconventional way to treat his infertility.

Oct. 20

"Watchmen" (HBO, Sundays at 9): Executive producer Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers") helms this graphic-novel adaptation about masked vigilantes who become outlaws.

Oct. 23

"Castle Rock" (Hulu)

Oct. 27

"Silicon Valley" (HBO, Sundays at 10): The sixth and final season for the HBO comedy about friends working at a tech startup.

John Krasinski stars in Amazon's

Nov. 1

"Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan" (Amazon)

"Dickinson" (Apple+): Emily Dickinson is a rebellious teen on her way to becoming a world-renowned poet.

"For All Mankind" (Apple+): A look at what life would be like if the global space race in the 1960s has continued to present day.

"The Morning Show" (Apple+): The series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell examines the behind-the-scenes drama of a morning news show.

"See" (Apple+): Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard star in this futuristic series about how society changes after a virus destroys humans' ability to see.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in HBO's

Nov. 4

"His Dark Materials" (HBO, Mondays at 9): An adaptation of the fantasy novel trilogy by Philip Pullman about a young woman who uncovers a sinister plot. Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton") is among the stars. 

Nov. 10

"Shameless" (Showtime, Sundays at 9)

"Back to Life" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Miri (Daisy Haggard) is a middle-aged woman who returns to her parents’ house after 18 years in prison.

Nov. 12

"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" (Disney+): A mockumentary series that chronicles students' efforts to put on a production of a musical.

"The Mandalorian" (Disney+): This "Star Wars" series, which tells the story of a gunfighter in the outer galaxy, is one of the highly anticipated original series from Disney's new streaming service, which launches today.

Nov. 15

"Dollface" (Hulu): Kat Dennings ("Two Broke Girls") has to find a way to reconnect with her female friends after she gets dumped by her boyfriend.

"The Man in the High Castle" (Amazon)

Nov. 17

"Ray Donovan" (Showtime, Sundays at 8)

"The Crown" (Netflix): Oscar-winner Olivia Colman ("The Favourite") steps in to take the over the role of Queen Elizabeth II with Tobias Menzies ("Outlander") as Prince Phillip.

Nov. 20

"Mad About You" (Spectrum): The '90s comedy starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser re with the Buchmans as empty nesters after their daughter leaves for college.

Dec. 5

"Tell Me a Story" (CBS All Access)

Dec. 6

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon): The third season of this fizzy, Emmy-winning comedy about a 1950s housewife-turned-comic (Rachel Brosnahan). 

"Reprisal" (Hulu): Abigail Spencer ("Timeless") seeks revenge against her brother and his friends after being left for dead.

Dec. 8

"The L Word: Generation Q" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Original "L Word" cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey join some new faces in this reboot about the LGBTQIA+ characters finding love in Los Angeles.

Dec. 13

"The Expanse" (Amazon)

"Marvel's Runaways" (Hulu)

Feb. 9

"Homeland" (Showtime, Sundays at 9): The eighth and final season of the drama starring Claire Danes as a CIA officer dealing with bipolar disorder.

"Kidding" (Showtime, Sundays at 10)

Feb. 16

"Outlander" (Starz, Sundays at 8)

Previous premieres 

Aug. 7

"BH90210" (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): Original cast members of "Beverly Hills 9021," this time playing versions of themselves preparing for a series reboot.

Aug. 8

"Wu Assassins" (Netflix): Kai Jin is a young chef in San Francisco who uses his enhanced martial arts skills to fight criminals who wish to destroy the world.

Aug. 9

"GLOW" (Netflix)

Aug. 11

"Succession" (HBO, Sundays at 9)

Aug. 12

"The Terror: Infamy" (AMC, Mondays at 9): George Takei ("Star Trek") stars in this second season of this series, which examines mysterious deaths in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

"Lodge 49" (AMC, Mondays at 10)

Aug. 15

"Why Women Kill" (CBS All Access): Lucy Liu ("Elementary"), Ginnifer Goodwin ("Once Upon a Time") and Kirby Howell-Baptiste ("Barry") are three women from different decades who are dealing with infidelity in their marriages in this comedic drama from Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives"). 

Aug. 18

"The Righteous Gemstones" (HBO, Sundays at 10): Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam Devine are part of a family of megachurch pastors in this new comedy, McBride's third HBO series after "Eastbound and Down" and "Vice Principals." 

Aug. 25

"Power" (Starz, Sundays at 8): The sixth and final season of the drama about the complicated relationships of a New York City night club owner.

"The Affair" (Showtime, Sundays at 9): Anna Paquin ("True Blood") joins this series for its final season.

"On Becoming a God in Central Florida" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Kirsten Dunst ("Fargo") plays a waterpark employee who gets caught up in a multi-level marketing scheme.

"Ballers" (HBO, Sundays at 10:30): This is the fifth and final season of the HBO series about a retired pro football player (Dwayne Johnson) managing the finances of athletes.

Aug. 30

"Carnival Row" (Amazon): Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in this series about a city with humans and mythological creatures who are immigrants with limited rights.

"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" (Netflix)

Sept. 3

"Mayans M.C." (FX, Tuesdays at 10)

Sept. 4

"Wu-Tang: An American Saga" (Hulu): The drama explores the creation of New York rap group Wu Tang Clan.

Sept. 9

"The Deuce" (HBO, Mondays at 9): The third and final season of David Simon's exploration of the porn industry in New York, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco. 

Sept. 12

"Mr. Inbetween" (FX, Thursdays at 10)

Sept. 13

"Room 104" (HBO, Thursdays at 11)

"Undone" (Amazon): This animated series from the creators of "BoJack Horseman" follows Alma, a woman recovering from a car accidents who discovers she can manipulate time.

Sept. 16

"Dancing With the Stars" (ABC, Mondays at 8): This season's competitors include supermodel Christie Brinkley, "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown and former Trump aide Sean Spicer, who's participation has caused some controversy.

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Sept. 18

"American Horror Story: 1984" (FX, Wednesdays at 10)

Sept. 23

"The Neighborhood" (CBS, Mondays at 8)

"9-1-1" (Fox, Mondays at 8)

"The Voice" (NBC, Mondays at 8)

"Bob Hearts Abishola" (CBS, Mondays at 8:30): A businessman from Detroit (Billy Gardell, "Mike and Molly") unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku), a Nigerian immigrant, after he suffers a heart attack.

"All Rise" (CBS, Mondays at 9): The new courtroom drama follows the lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders who are fighting for justice in the Los Angeles court system.

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"Prodigal Son" (Fox, Mondays at 9): Tom Payne ("The Walking Dead") plays a criminal psychologist who excels at his job by learning from his father, a notorious serial killer (Michael Sheen, "Masters of Sex").

"The Good Doctor" (ABC, Mondays at 10)

"Bull" (CBS, Mondays at 10)

"Bluff City Law" (NBC, Mondays at 10): Jimmy Smits ("How to Get Away With Murder," "L.A. Law") plays a father who tries to reconnect with his lawyer daughter (Caitlin McGee, "Grey's Anatomy").

Sept. 24

"The Conners" (ABC, Tuesdays at 8)

"NCIS" (CBS, Tuesdays at 8)

"The Resident" (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)

"Bless This Mess" (ABC, Tuesday at 8:30)

"Mixed-ish" (ABC, Tuesdays at 9): The "Black-ish" prequel examines the experiences of Rainbow Johnson (Arica Himmel) growing up in the 1980s in a mixed-race family. Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("The Passage") and Tika Sumpter ("The Haves and the Have Nots") play Bow's parents.

"FBI" (CBS, Tuesdays at 9)

"Empire" (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): The sixth and final season of the series about a family that runs a music company.

"This Is Us" (NBC, Tuesdays at 9)

"Black-ish" (ABC, Tuesdays at 9:30)

"NCIS: New Orleans" (CBS, Tuesdays at 10)

"New Amsterdam" (NBC, Tuesdays at 10)

"Emergence" (ABC): A police chief (Allison Tolman, "Fargo") discovers a young girl at the scene of an accident with no memory of what happened.

Sept. 25

"The Goldbergs" (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)

"Survivor" (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)

"The Masked Singer" (Fox, Wednesdays at 8): The surprise hit is back but, of course, we won't know which celebrities will be wearing the masks until their identities are revealed on the show.

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"Chicago Med" (NBC, Wednesdays at 8)

"Schooled" (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30)

"Modern Family" (ABC, Wednesdays at 9): The 11th season will be the last for this comedy about a diverse extended American family.

"Chicago Fire" (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)

"Single Parents" (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30)

"Chicago P.D." (NBC, Wednesdays at 10)

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FXX, Wednesdays at 10)

"Stumptown" (ABC, Wednesdays at 10): Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother") is Dex Parios, a private investigator in Portland, Oregon, whose brash style puts her at odds with criminals and cops. Jake Johnson ("New Girl") also stars.

"South Park" (Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10)

Sept. 26

"Thursday Night Football" (Fox, Thursdays at 7:30 EDT/4:30 PDT)

"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, Thursdays at 8)

"Young Sheldon" (CBS, Thursdays at 8)

"Superstore" (NBC, Thursdays at 8)

"The Unicorn" (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30): Walton Goggins ("Justified") plays Wade, a widowed father who is pushed by his friends to get back into the dating pool, where he discovers he's a hot commodity.

"Perfect Harmony" (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30): Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") is a former music professor who takes on a subpar group of church singers.

"A Million Little Things" (ABC, Thursdays at 9)

"Mom" (CBS, Thursdays at 9)

"The Good Place" (NBC, Thursdays at 9): This quirky half-hour comedy about the afterlife, starring Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars") and Ted Danson ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), returns for a final season.

"Carol's Second Act" (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30): Patricia Heaton ("The Middle," "Everybody Loves Raymond") plays Carol Chambers, a mother and retired teacher who finally pursues her dream of becoming a doctor.

"Sunnyside" (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30): Disgraced New York City Councilman Garrett Modi (Kal Penn, "Designated Survivor") hopes to find redemption by helping people become American citizens.

"How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC, Thursdays at 10):  The final season for the series starring Viola Davis as attorney Annalise Keating.

"Evil" (CBS, Thursdays at 10): Mike Colter ("Luke Cage") and Katja Herbers ("Westworld") star as a believer and a skeptic who investigate the Church's backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena.

"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, Thursdays at 10)

Sept. 27

"American Housewife" (ABC, Fridays at 8)

"Hawaii 5-O" (CBS, Fridays at 8)

"Fresh Off the Boat" (ABC, Fridays at 8:30): Drama surrounded this comedy's renewal in May when star Constance Wu expressed her disappointment on Twitter about the network's decision for another season.

"20/20" (ABC, Fridays at 8)

"Magnum P.I." (CBS, Fridays at 9)

"Dateline NBC" (NBC, Fridays at 9)

"Blue Bloods"  (CBS, Fridays at 10)

"The Politician" (Netflix): Ryan Murphy, who created "Glee" and "American Horror Story," makes his Netflix debut with this series about a high school student running for student body president.

Sept. 28

48 Hours (CBS, Saturdays at 10)

Sept. 29

"America's Funniest Home Videos" (ABC, Sundays at 7)

"60 Minutes" (CBS, Sundays at 7)

"The Simpsons" (Fox, Sundays at 8)

"Bless the Harts" (Fox, Sundays at 8:30): This new animated comedy centers on the  struggle with status and wealth in the South. The series includes the voice talents of Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"), Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live") and Ike Barinholtz ("The Mindy Project").

"Shark Tank" (ABC, Sundays at 9)

"God Friended Me" (CBS, Sundays at 8)

"Bob's Burgers" (Fox, Sundays at 9)

"NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, Sundays at 9 )

"Poldark" (PBS, Sundays at 9)

"Family Guy: (Sundays at 9:30)

"The Rookie" (ABC, Sundays at 10): This is a new time slot for the ABC drama starring Nathan Fillion as a divorced man who becomes the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department.

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"Godfather of Harlem" (Epix, Sundays at 10): Forest Whitaker stars as crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who returns to his neighborhood after 10 years in prison.

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