Every summer, magazines and newspapers publish extensive lists of new shows premiering this fall. But they’re so long and unwieldy, I often don’t know where to start. Still, there are a few I’ve starred that seem exciting, funny or downright terrifying — and some that I’ve started to watch, even if it’s just to catch up on an earlier season.
Top of the Lake
From feminist director Jane Campion, the second season of Top of the Lake is being called better than the first. Think of it as My So Called Life meets True Detective. Sort of. The first season centers on Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Olsen), a hardened detective investigating a 12-year-old pregnant girl’s disappearance in a remote and majestic town in New Zealand. The characters are complex and compelling, including the detective who is being manipulated by the police chief, and the twists in the plot are satisfying. My husband and I are hooked and binging so we can watch the second season, China Girl, which is set in Sydney.
If you appreciated the powerful Margaret Atwood novel-turned-television series,The Handmaid’s Tale, then you may like Alias Grace, which is being described by critics as a terrifying psychological thriller. This Margaret Atwood tale, now a 6 hour miniseries, follows an Irish immigrant accused of murder. It looks addictive.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David is back on October 1 — and thank goodness. We could all use to laugh a little more. I can’t wait to see how Larry functions in a post-Trumpian society. Who doesn’t love this old curmudgeon?
Did you love The Wire? Because we did. Now the creators, David Simon and author George Pelecanos, have a new show, this one about the birth of the porn movement in the 1970s. I’ll watch The Deuce simply because I trust these writers — they have such a tight grasp on story and are tops at character development. Plus, Maggie Gyllenhaal promises that her masturbation scene is empowering to women. Let’s see about that!
Friends From College
The show premiered over the summer, but we missed it and we just started watching. It’s hilarious! Starring Fred Savage and a likable cast of characters, the show follows a group of college friends who are now in their 40s. But the twists in their relationships — and all of the actors’ comedic chops — will win you over.