Hope your DVRs are empty because here are all of the season and series premieres and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

A quick note about this post: this week is the start of the broadcast networks’ fall season, and (not-quite) all of the shows are premiering. Because I couldn’t come up with pithy comments about 60 shows, I’ve copied some of the broadcasters’ descriptions of the episodes. I hope you can forgive my laziness.


The Big Bang Theory: “Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

The Resident: “Chastain Memorial Hospital suffers a blackout that requires the staff to treat their patients without the help of any technology.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox

The Voice: Season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC

Dancing with the Stars: Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC

Young Sheldon: “Sheldon dismantles the refrigerator.” Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS

Magnum P.I.: All the Ferarris and Hawaii, none of the mustache. Series premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Bull: “Bull returns to work following his heart attack.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

The Good Doctor: “Shaun’s proposed treatment for a homeless patient puts him and Jared in Andrews’ crosshairs.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC

Manifest: Not Lost. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

Jane Fonda in Five Acts: A documentary about the extraordinary life of Jane Fonda. 7 p.m., HBO

Bravo’s Play by Play: Jerry O’Connell hosts this new talk show that tries to make Bravo shows palatable to men. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Bravo

No Greater Law: A look into a Christian sect that refuses medical treatment, and as a result has a high child mortality rate. Sounds like light-hearted stuff! 9 p.m., A&E


The Gifted: “Reeva Payge purges the Inner Circle of those who disagree with her, and she emerges as their sole leader.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox

NCIS: “A month after the Director Vance kidnapping, Gibbs is named acting director in his absence while the team searches worldwide for his whereabouts.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

This Is Us: “Randall, Kate, and Kevin find themselves on new paths as they each celebrate their 38th birthday.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC

FBI: The FBI fbis. Series premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Lethal Weapon: Bye, Riggs. Bye, boy, bye. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Fox

NCIS: New Orleans: “Pride fights for his life in the ICU, and the team scours the city for the hit woman who attempted to assassinate him.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

New Amsterdam: Handsome doctor yells about bureaucracy. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

Mr. Inbetween: An ex-con tries to reenter real life and deal with his anger issues in this Australian dramedy. Series premiere. 9 p.m., FX


Empire: “Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox

The Goldbergs: “It’s Adam’s 16th birthday, but his parents are distracted by Barry and Lainey’s engagement.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC

Chicago Med: “Goodwin finds herself quickly clashing with the new hospital COO.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC

Survivor: Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

American Housewife: “Katie goes back to work.” Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., ABC

Chicago Fire: “Boden… clashes with new Assistant Deputy Commissioner.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC

Modern Family: “The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan get together at the annual Fourth of July parade.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., ABC

Star: “Star returns home from touring, and Alex and Simone’s fates are finally answered.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., Fox

Single Parents: Single parents parent. Series premiere. 8:30 p.m., ABC

Chicago P.D.: “Antonio takes charge, but Ruzek undermines his authority.” Are all these Chicago dramas just about employees not getting along? Season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

A Million Little Things: thirty-something meets This is Us in your newest emotionally manipulative show. Series premiere. 9 p.m., ABC

South Park: Season premiere. 9 p.m., Comedy Central

Big Brother: Season finale. 8:30 p.m., CBS


The Good Place: “Michael intervenes in the near-death accidents of Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason on Earth, in hopes that a second chance at life allows them to become better versions of themselves.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC

Grey’s Anatomy: “The doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial vie for a new position.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC

Law & Order: SVU: “Benson and Rollins confess to some major life changes.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC

Mom: “Christy has second thoughts about law school.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Murphy Brown: “Murphy decides to return to the airwaves as the host of a cable network’s morning news show.” Series premiere. 8:30 p.m., CBS

How to Get Away with Murder: “Annalise selects students for her new legal clinic at Middleton.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC

S.W.A.T.: “The SWAT team engages in a standoff with human traffickers holding child hostages when a major earthquake hits Los Angeles.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS


King Lear: Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in this adaptation of the classic Shakespearean drama. Amazon

Chef’s Table: Season five. Netflix

Last Man Standing: Tim Allen is back. How long before he starts “tweeting on Ambien?” Series premiere. 7 p.m., ABC

MacGyver: “Mac puts aside his differences with his father and returns when he hears Jack is the target of a murderous dictator he double-crossed.” Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

The Cool Kids: Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Allen Grier, and Leslie Jordan in a retirement home comedy by the Sunny guys. Series premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS

Hawaii Five-0: “After Steve’s CIA agent friend is killed, McGarrett lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer.” Um, what? Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Hell’s Kitchen: Season premiere. 8 p.m. Fox

Blue Bloods: “Danny takes on a personal case involving a drug cartel member, Louis Delgado, who Danny believes is responsible for torching his house.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

Truth & Lies: Jonestown, Paradise Lost: A look at the 1978 massacre 40 years later. 7 p.m., ABC

Wynonna Earp: “Wynonna has a run in with the Revenants that leads her to an unexpected revelation about the curse.” Season finale. 8 p.m., Syfy

Outcast: “Kyle reluctantly teams up with the mysterious stranger in an attempt to finally end the possession threat.” Season finale.  9 p.m., Cinemax


Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver & Kanye. 10:30 p.m., NBC

Phantom Thread: A 1950s tailor becomes obsessed with a working-class woman in this Oscar bait film. 7 p.m., HBO


America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season premiere. (Except in Houston.) 6 p.m., ABC

The Simpsons: Basically, you know that movie about the boy who claims to have gone to heaven? Heaven is Real? That, but with Bart. Season premiere.  7 p.m., Fox

Bob’s Burgers: “Tina decides to disguise herself as a boy and sneak into the Boyz 4 Now auditions.” Season premiere.  7:30 p.m., Fox

God Friended Me: God stalks a dude on social media. Series premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS

Family Guy: “Brian meets and falls in love with a woman named Jess, who reveals she has cancer.” Season premiere.  8 p.m., Fox

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Gravely injured and unable to communicate with the team in the U.S., Callen, Sam and Kensi, with an unconscious Deeks in tow, search for a safe way home as a cartel boss places a “dead or alive” bounty on their heads.” Season premiere.  8:30 p.m., CBS

Fear the Walking Dead: Hey, remember how I was going to blog this season? Yeah. Season finale. 8 p.m., AMC

Insecure: Season finale. 9:30 p.m., HBO

3 thoughts on “Hope your DVRs are empty because here are all of the season and series premieres and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

  1. “Fear the Walking Dead: Hey, remember how I was going to blog this season?”

    Why, yes, I do. When does that start?


  2. Good lord there are 18 things on this list that I will be watching. I did a poor job of clearing out the DVR in preparation. Also…

    Fear the Walking Dead: Hey, remember how I was going to blog this season? Yeah.


  3. I would have voted for you to do Magnum PI, just to show you that the Orville isn’t the worst fate you could get, but it wasn’t a choice. You got off easier with Manifest, methinks.

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