Fall TV: New Obsessions & an Old Favorite, Going Out with a ‘Bang’

Conor Drafz, Crown Writer and Photographer

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The summer may be coming to an end, but the beginning of TV season is just getting started. A variety of shows are premiering, far too many to even keep track of. With a plethora of shows set to play on air, it is important for people, with an interest in television, to receive input on what series to watch, where to watch them, and what to watch them on.

A handful of programs have been set to air within the coming months, ranging from animated comedies like “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy” on Fox to medical dramas such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor” on ABC. There are so many shows premiering that it would be difficult for someone to not find anything to watch. “I enjoy ‘This Is Us’ because it really gives you a good sense of life and struggles you will go through and you don’t want to assume that you everything about them,” says Ms. Brittany Hull (’08), a science teacher at Marian. “This Is Us” is a family drama on NBC, that has received its share of critical praise, as well as a decent amount of award nominations and wins at different ceremonies, like the Emmy Awards or the Golden Globes. The wide range of television series that are set to play this fall is extremely diverse and offers shows for those who love award-winning dramas or laugh-out-loud comedies.

Sadly, there are some shows who’s returning this fall will be their last. The fourth and final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is premiering on October 12th, with an 18 episode order, and “The Last Ship” is currently airing its last season, soon to end on November 18th. For fans of these series, it could be very tragic, but these programs still have one last season to prove themselves. Another series that is leaving the air after its next season is “The Big Bang Theory”. “I heard ‘Big Bang Theory’ is not going on anymore, which makes me a little sad… it always has some good laughs in it,” says Ms. Hull. While it may be ending in 2019, “The Big Bang Theory” is going out with a whopping 12 seasons, after this next one airs. This is an incredibly long run for a television series, especially when compared to others, mentioned previously.

Although these shows are ending, they are not gone forever. It is possible to watch these series over and over again if wanted, with an abundance of streaming services. “I stream [shows] or I watch them on Netflix,” says Isabelle Molina (10). In the current age of technology, services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more, provide ample opportunity to watch programs that are no longer on air. It is also noted that someone can conveniently binge watch many series, wherever and whenever they want, without having to tune in every single night an episode airs.

Fall TV season is perhaps the most jam-packed time to view television all year. With the number of shows beginning to air, choosing which ones to watch can be tiresome. But there are different types of shows that appeal to different people, which means there will be quite a few options to choose from. Whether someone prefers watching the shows when they air or streaming them after a whole season has gone by, fall TV season offers a little of everything for everyone.

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