In the old days, the fall season was when the networks brought out this year's models and viewers suddenly found themselves wading through a gajillion new dramas, sitcoms, procedurals and whatever must-see TV gamechangers to see what would live, die or become a hit. Now, of course, you're apt to get incredible new shows all year-round — from streaming services, premium and basic cable channels, the deep left-of-the-dial outer reaches of your local providers and beyond. A show may suddenly appear en toto, to be consumed in a single weekend instead of a seven-month arc or sweeps-week blowout. The vintage idea of the Big Three using September as their big product-launch month now seems kind of quaint.
That said, autumn is still a time when there's no shortage of returning favorites and future canon-worthy shows hitting the airwaves, Internet, etc. We've singled out 30 titles we're excited about — some traditional network fare, some tantalizing Netflix reboots/continuations (Black Mirror!), a handful of HBO contenders, something old (MacGuyver! The Exorcist!), something new, something borrowed and something blue in the face (that Woody Allen project!). Break out the Visine if, like us, you like to watch.