The 10 Fall TV Shows You Need to Catch Up On Over Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the best time to catch up on all those fall shows that have been filling up your DVR. There’s ample spare time to watch, and it’s a good alternative to listening to obnoxious relatives drone on and on. Want a break from that racist grandparent? Go watch Netflix! Did someone at dinner say Donald Trump is a solid presidential candidate? Find solace in Hulu! Just too drunk to stay in the dining room? Break out the FX app on your phone. If you don’t know where to begin, here are ten great programs to binge over the week.

You’re the Worst (FXX, currently in Season 2)

While the first season of You’re the Worst was great, the second season finds the show really upping its game and becoming a truly special sitcom that’s able to tackle hard issues with big laughs. Season 1 is only ten episodes, while Season 2 is on its 11th — both are available on Hulu and FX Now.

Master of None (Netflix, Season 1)

By now, you’ve probably heard all about Master of None , from the praise to the backlash to the backlash to the backlash. It’s a fantastic sitcom and one that Netflix knew was prime for binge-viewing. At only ten episodes, you can knock it all out in a day.

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, currently in Season 2)

One of last year’s best sitcoms continues in Season 2 with some strong episodes, ranging from Eddie’s first school dance to a meta-commentary on the way Asian Americans are portrayed on television (and how frustrating it can be to have to speak for an entire group of people).

Quantico (ABC, currently in Season 1)

There hasn’t been a new drama that really blew me away this season, but ABC’s Quantico has at least kept up a fun, engaging narrative. It can get a bit silly — lots of attractive FBI agents banging each other comes first, before the whole terrorism plot — but it’s hard not to get sucked in, and it’ll certainly fill the gap while we wait for Shonda Rhimes’ shows to return. The first eight episodes are available on Hulu.

The Grinder (Fox, currently in Season 1)

Who knew this would be one of the fall season’s best new sitcoms? It caught me off guard, but it’s actually laugh-out-loud funny with Fred Savage and Rob Lowe giving effortless performances as brothers — one of whom is a lawyer and the other a former TV lawyer trying to become a real one. You can guess which is which. All aired episodes are currently on Hulu.

The Leftovers (HBO, currently in Season 2)

The debut season of The Leftovers was polarizing — I personally loved it, but understand everyone’s concerns. Although Season 2 will surely end up just as divisive, basically everyone can agree that it’s an improvement. With a new setting, some new characters (don’t worry, Justin Theroux is still there), and an eerie new feeling, it’s worth getting up to speed. Every episode is available on HBO Go.

Fargo (FX, currently in Season 2)

Similar to The Leftovers, Fargo also had a divisive first season — though critical consensus was quite positive — and Season 2 has been hailed as even better. It certainly is (and actors like Ted Danson, Kristen Dunst, and Nick Offerman definitely help). Since it has a whole new storyline, you don’t really need to watch Season 1 first — but if you do want to (and you should!), it’s all on Hulu. Season 2 you can watch on FX Now.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, currently in Season 3)

Somehow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine hasn’t just retained its sharp quality, but has gotten even better in its current season, thanks to the wonderful and natural chemistry between Jake and Amy. The entire season, including current episodes, is available on Hulu.

Project Greenlight (HBO, Season 4)

Much of the recently revived Project Greenlight has been a total train wreck (as documented in Flavorwire’s weekly recaps), but it’s at least fostered intelligent discussion about diversity in popular culture. The most recent season — only eight episodes — is available to stream on HBO Go, along with the finished movie.

Casual (Hulu, currently in Season 1)

When I reviewed Casual, I wrote that it’s a series that’s meant to be binge-watched, because it works better as a whole than as the sum of its parts. Now that the series is on episode eight of ten (and the final two yet to air are, I believe, the best of the bunch), it’s a great time to check it all out on Hulu.