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TV Preview 2017-18: Returning Faves

What TV shows are we still loving—and which are we ready to part ways with?

TV Preview 2017-18: Returning Faves

We kicked off the new TV Preview season yesterday with our thoughts on some of the new shows soon to air. Today, we’re looking at the shows that have been around for at least one season, and talking about whether we’re glad they’re still alive, or if they need to ride off into the proverbial sunset.

Warning: There might be spoilers ahead.

The Good Place

About: A woman struggles to define what it means to be good.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 20 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. I heart this show so freakin’ much. I want to live in The Good Place … literally.  I’ve never experienced a comedy with a cliffhanger like this one, and I’ve been dying (get it?) all summer for it to come back. This is a show I will be watching as soon as it comes back along with eating ALL the frozen yogurt I can find.

Kandis: Marry. I can admit when I was wrong. I was SO WRONG with my initial impression of this show. I thought it was too cutesy, and I wanted better for my beloved Kristen Bell. But it had so much depth, and turned out to be so much more clever than I gave it credit for. I’ve never been so thrilled to be wrong.

Mandy C.: Marry. Everything about this show is so forking great. From the relationships to the sets to the over-the-top plotlines that have both hilarity and heart. I am SO curious to see what happens after the first season’s killer cliffhanger, and love that they’re willing to take chances with the show.

Stephanie: Marry. I fell more and more in love with this show as time went on, and whoa to the game-changer finale! I’m so interested to see what happens now that everyone has forgotten the events of last season. While I initially started watching this because of Kristen Bell, I was delighted that I found so many of the other actors/characters engaging. I was about to list my standouts, but then I realized I’d literally be mentioning every single character … Go binge-watch the first season if you haven’t watched this yet!

Gotham

About: The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Sept. 21 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang? Why I am I still watching this show? I don’t even remember where we left off last season. And yet ...

This Is Us

About: Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same birthday, to so much more than anyone would expect.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 26 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Bang. I do love this show so so much, but as great and refreshing as it is, I feel a bit manipulated by it. I mean, yes, I totally cry every week, and all I want to do is be a Pearson triplet, but I thought this show would fill the Parenthood-sized hole in my heart, and it hasn’t, yet.

Kandis: Marry. I remember thinking this show looked manipulative as hell, and yet I bought into it completely. I cry every single damn week, and I can’t wait for more. Bring it on! (Please send tissues.)

Stephanie: Bang. I got through half of season one and then ran out of interest in crying during every episode—and I watch Call The Midwife, which can make me full-on sob, so I’m not above emotional shows, but this one got a little too heavy-handed for me. I’m pretty sure everyone and their mothers watch this show, though, so maybe I’ll jump back in and see if the fuss is warranted.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

About: Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: Sept. 26 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Marry. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is in my top 5 favorite shows currently airing on TV, and it has as pretty high-up spot in my list of most favorite shows of all time. I highly recommend this show if you’ve never seen it. It seems like it would be a super dumb sitcom—and it can be very dumb, but in a good way. That said, it’s more intelligent than many half-hour comedies, and it has an amazing amount of heart. The show never fails to make me laugh, thanks in large part to Andre Braugher’s Captain Holt. He is the shining star of the show.

Mandy W.: Marry. Although I’m kind of reluctant to label it as such, so maybe more like a long-term relationship? I don’t consider it essential, even though it consistently makes me laugh and I love all the characters. (OK, I might just have TV commitment issues. Or I’m taking it for granted since it’s been around for so long now.)

Speechless

About: A family with a child with special needs is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 27 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. This show brings me so much joy every week. I didn’t know I liked Minnie Driver until About a Boy (the TV show), and this is 10x beyond that. Every week this show makes me laugh, and I love how they handle J.J.’s disabilities with humor, love, and sometimes complete inappropriateness. It takes a special show to be able to handle a serious topic, yet not seem dire at all. This is definitely a family I’d join.

Kandis: Marry. As I said previously, I didn’t think this show would be for me at all. And here I am, every week, with my entire family. This is one of the few shows I can watch with my 10 year-old, but that I don’t hate. Thank you, show.

Mandy C.: Marry. I want, so badly, to be a member of the DiMeo family, or at least a friend who hangs out at their place on the reg. I was afraid, going into the first season, that the show would use J.J. and his disability as some sort of joke, but they’ve never treated him unfairly. And when they do make fun of him, it’s always out of love. The family just feels so real.

Stephanie: Marry! I’m in this one for the long haul. I didn’t think I was going to love this show as much as I do, but Kenneth and the DiMeos won me over with the perfect combination of humor and feels. This was one of the few shows last season I HAD to watch weekly and would be genuinely bummed when it had a week off.

Superstore

About: A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Sept. 28 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. This shows gives me all the warm and fuzzies. I really love each of the characters individually and then how they all come together as an ensemble. I also appreciate how they tackle some more serious issues in ways that always make me laugh. The best half-hours are the ones where you feel like you’re in on the inside jokes, and this one totally excels at that!

Mandy C.: Marry. I joined the Superstore train last season, and immediately kicked myself for missing out on the show during the first. It’s yet another half-hour comedy that’s both smart and hilarious, with characters who are more than their stereotypes belie. I’m also TOTALLY on board with what happened between Amy and Jonah in last season’s finale ...

Lucifer

About: Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles—the City of Angels.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 2 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang. Lucifer is one of those shows that I don’t feel the need to watch week-to-week, but I always enjoy watching it when I eventually catch up. I love the way it mixes religious ideas with modern-day issues, and the chemistry between Lucifer and Chloe is pretty dang hot. It also doesn’t hurt that Lucifer’s totally swoony in that bad boy with a heart kind of way.

Scandal

About: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Starting Season Number: 7

Watch It: Oct. 5 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. Scandal and I have been in it for the long haul. We’ve had some ups and downs, times I thought about breaking up, and times where I’ve been unhealthily obsessed. Through it all, this relationship has been worth every minute I’ve put into it, and I can’t wait for the final season to air because it is going to be BANANAS in all the best ways. I’m already dreading the finale, and it disappearing from my life, but it will live on forever in my heart.

Supergirl

About: The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 9 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. As with Speechless, my whole family watches this show, and I love it so much. And not just because Tyler Hoechlin is Superman. (But, bless them for that.) Moving to The CW was the best thing that could have happened to this show. The feminist (and aweseomely LGBTQ-friendly) bent they took last season is everything I’ve ever wanted from television.

Mandy C.: Marry. Thank GOODNESS for the CW giving this show another chance. Had they not, I never would have gotten to enjoy the good ‘ship KaraMel—or Sanvers, both of which are SUPER hot and heart-wrenchingly adorable. I’m still not OK after what happened in last season’s finale, but I hope that all will be resolved in due time. (Due = ASAP, obvs.)

The Flash

About: After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Oct. 10 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Bang. I think I’m still watching this show out of habit. My kid is really into it, but I’m not feeling it as much these days. But at least if I stick with it, I understand the crossover episodes better.

Mandy C.: Bang. I’m getting a little tired of the constant “rebooting” this show does each season, and I really rolled my eyes at the events of last season’s finale. But I love all of the characters, and their crossover episodes with Supergirl. I just want them all to be happy, for more than ½ an episode at a time. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Riverdale

About: A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Oct. 11 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. This show is ridiculous. Archie remains the worst part of it. The parents are amazing. (Again, I’m an old.) But the friendship between Betty and Veronica is so unexpectedly everything I never knew I always wanted. And I just want to wrap Jughead up in bubble wrap. Please bury me with this show.

Mandy C.: Marry. Riverdale surprised me with its first season. I’m the first to admit that I like terrible TV shows, but I didn’t realize how quickly I’d fall for these crazy—literally—kids. (Sans Archie, though. He’s the wooooorrrssssttt.) Does it make me a little uncomfortable how invested I am in Betty and Jughead’s relationship? Yep. But I don’t care. MOAR PLEASE.

Supernatural

About: Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Starting Season Number: 13

Watch It: Oct. 12 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. I’m so tired. Is this show my job now? Does it just feel like it? Once you invest 13 seasons in something, it really feels like it. We might as well be married, in a no-alimony state. Please, for the love of god, bring Mary back. They need some women on this mess like WHOA.

Mandy C.: Marry. I’m something like four seasons behind at this point, but I still feel a strong connection to the Winchesters. We’re a little estranged, but there’s room for reconciliation.

Arrow

About: Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: Oct. 12 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: BANG. I’ll level with y’all. I only care about Felicity Smoak getting a piece of Oliver Queen’s hot body.

Jane the Virgin

About: A young, devout woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Oct. 13 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. There were a few episodes this past season where I thought I might be done with Jane, but I kept watching, and I kept falling back in love. This show is beautiful and there is nothing else like it on TV. There’s not one character I don’t like, and that means every scene brings me some level of joy.

Blindspot

About: Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 27 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang. I’m not sure where the new season’s going to take us, but it damn well better fix whatever happened between Jane and Weller or I’m out.

Stranger Things

About: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Oct. 31 on Netflix

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily: Marry. I was so afraid to watch this show (because I’m a chicken), but once I started I couldn’t stop. It was everything I wanted in a series. Friendship, adventure, bad assery, monsters, and the incredible 80s. As long as they keep the adorably amazing kids (both the boys and the teens) at the heart of this show, I am 100% in.

Kandis: Whatever? I feel like the lone person on earth who felt like the first season was … fine? I mainly only watched this so I knew what everyone was talking about.

Mandy C.: Bang. My husband and I binged the first season over the weekend, and both of us got totally caught up in the show and the amazing growth of the characters in such a short period of time. I’m not entirely sure what there is to discover in season two, but I’m willing to follow along … if only to not have to avoid spoilers for yet another year.

Stephanie: Marry. The ‘80s small town vibe, the creepy mixed with the paranormal, and a charming young cast—this was such a fun show to watch, and I am eagerly awaiting the second season, hoping they can keep the magic going.

RETURNING MIDSEASON

The 100

About: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: To Be Announced (TBA) on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. Even when I think this show can’t possibly have more insane tricks up its sleeve, it proves me wrong. They are full-on crazy, like 50% of the time, and I love them for it. I’m super excited for the time jump, but stop killing off the hot guys, show!

Mandy C.: Marry. OMG, y’all. That finale. The jump forward in time? The prison ship landing? THE DAILY CHECK-INS?! I can’t. And yet—I will. Forever and ever and ever.

Stephanie: Marry. There’s plenty of parts of this show I take issue with, but they constantly pull me back in with promises of Bellarke and some wtf-ery levels of crazy during the last few episodes of the season. And now we’ve got a time jump, which will hopefully invigorate season five and OMG JUST TELL ME BELLAMY ISN’T UP THERE BANGING ECHO WHILE CLARKE CALLS HIM EVERY DAY.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

About: The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: TBA on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang. Similarly to Gotham, I feel like I’m invested now. I’m not all that happy about it, but I can’t bring myself to quit. They sucked me back in with a pretty decent second half of last season. Now, if they can only keep trending positive.

Elementary

About: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: TBA on CBS

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang. Have there really been 5 seasons of this show? I’m kind of only here for Joan’s outfits anymore.

iZombie

About: A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: TBA on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. This show is my everything.

Mandy C.: Bang. iZombie has a way of making me want to keep coming back, even when I’m frustrated with some of the storylines. The characters are just so darn loveable; even Major, who got surprisingly awesome last season. (I’m sorry I ever thought you were a boring milquetoast, Major.) Bringing Jason Dohring in—and frequently making him shirtless—was another great idea on the showrunners’ part.

Stephanie: Marry. I appreciate that iZombie went there in the season finale: zombies are now loud and proud, with both the characters and viewers entering uncharted territory. It doesn’t always hit the notes I want it to (wtf was that between Ravi, Peyton, and Blaine?) but the humor is always spot-on. I applaud a show that course-corrected Major from being the bland pretty boy to now being one of my favorite characters of last season. Also, brava for including so much of Jason Dohring. *waggles eyebrows*

Legion

About: David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: TBA on FX

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Marry. Although this show was a bit of a struggle to get into, the latter episodes in the season absolutely blew my mind. To the point where i still find myself explaining the very meta moment of Dan Steven’s character (who’s American) talking to the voice inside his head (who’s British) in a fake British accent—and then the internal voice makes fun of the accent. THE BEST. Yes, the show’s totally insane, but the cast is amazing. Aubrey Plaza, in particular. And damn if Dan Stevens isn’t really nice to look at, even when being crazypants.

Nashville

About: The lives and tragedies of rising and fading country music stars in Nashville, TN.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: TBA on CMT

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Stephanie: Bang. I can’t quit this show. It burned through storyline and is overly dramatic and I HATE the retcon and subsequent ruination of Scarlett and Gunnar’s relationship (Scarlet sucks) and more than once after its CMT revival I declared, “I am so DONE with this show.” But dammit if Deacon’s face and Hayden Panettiere’s everything and the music don’t just drag me back in. I am not above fast-forwarding through certain blah storylines (Daphne’s homeless friend) to get to the parts I like (Juliette and Avery).

The Originals

About: A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: TBA on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. Hey! It’s the last season. I’m here for that. I will always love the Mikaelsons, and their New Orleans setting, and I think yet another time jump will freshen things up. Although, I’m very nervous for how dark my beloved Elijah might have gotten during those missing years. But the writers’ room seems tired, and I won’t mind if a Friday night show is taken out of my rotation.

Shadowhunters

About: After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: TBD on Freeform

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.: Bang. One word: Malec.

Mandy W.: Bang. But dare I say, it’s graduated from a Bang with hopes for improvement to, like, a fun romp! There are still a few edges to smooth out (looking at you, Ollie storyline that no one cares about), but the show’s only gotten better and Will Tudor was a great addition to the cast. Bring on Season 3!

Timeless

About: An unlikely trio travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: TBD on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Marry. I looooove this cast. I’m not looking for anything amazing out of the plot. I just enjoy the characters, and their different historical settings. I don’t even care what silly stuff happens. Bring on all the seatbelts!

Mandy C.: Bang. I’m super glad this show got a second chance on life, and look forward to going on more history-altering adventures with the cast.

Stephanie: Bang. With a potential to Kill, depending on how the beginning of season two goes. I just caught up on the last five-six episodes (thanks, Hurricane Irma) and while it’s been a cheesy good time, it seems like the showrunners have NO idea where they are going with their overarching Rittenhouse mumbo-jumbo. The finale definitely felt like they knew they were being cancelled but with hopes of return, because everything wrapped up VERY quickly without any nuance and then just laid out an open-ended next season obstacle. BUT there’s only ten episodes in the second season, and I do really like Rufus, so …

The X-Files

About: Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Starting Season Number: 11

Watch It: TBD on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis: Bang? That last installment was Not Great. But I don’t see myself ever getting to a point where I say no to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Mandy C.: Kill. I hate to say this, but some shows are better off not being rebooted. There was something missing about the new episodes, and a bit of a meandering plot line that suffered from lack of direction (and, perhaps, a too-short season). I’m all for more adventures of Mulder and Scully, but perhaps they’re best left to fanfiction writers?

 

Are you looking forward to any of these shows returning? Did we miss any of your must-see TV? Head to the comments to discuss!

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