Did you know it’s officially fall? With the kickoff of broadcast TV season, all of your faves are coming back on air and bringing with them some new friends. Here are the best offerings of the new shows that premiered this week, and reader, they will all take you on a journey.
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On the surface, ABC’s Stumptown seems like just another police-adjacent drama. Cobie Smulders plays Dex Parios, an Army vet struggling to reintegrate into civilian life while caring for her brother. She eventually gets swept into a case only she can crack. Using her skills as an interrogator and tracker, she’s hired by an old acquaintance to hunt down this woman’s granddaughter in exchange for clearing Dex’s gambling debt at her casino. The fly in the ointment? Dex knows this woman because Dex almost became her daughter-in-law. The teen she’s tracking is the daughter of her ex and the woman he left her for. It’s well worth the watch because Stumptown veers away from its plug-and-play structure very quickly, and the performances of the cast lift the series into something way better than it should be.
Evil, a new CBS drama from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, is absolutely bats–t and definitely the best broadcast drama of the fall. The show stars Mike Colter as a priest-in-training and Katja Herbers as a forensic psychologist; together, they investigate unexplained phenomena. There’s a very familiar X-Files vibe here: a true believer (in demons, exorcisms, etc.) and a scientifically minded skeptic. But where the show really takes off is how it explores the idea that evil is a virus that spreads rapidly from person to person. We might see a bunch of demons and devils on the show, but Evil is focused on more than whether or not they’re real. Evil wants to examine devil inside.
3. The Politician
The Politician is Ryan Murphy‘s first big collab with Netflix. And just like every other first season (we all know what his track record is like in later seasons) of a Ryan Murphy show, it slaps. Starring Ben Platt as a high school senior who is so obsessed with success that he’s using presidential campaign tricks to win a high school student body election, The Politician is biting sendup of people who profess to want to make the world better. Where this show differs from most Murphyverse shows is in the way it wears its heart (or lack thereof) on its sleeve. The emotional journey that Platt’s character goes through is deeply relatable to Millennials, and really to anyone else who feels a deep sense of numbness when faced with our current political climate and dearth of qualified candidates. The show is sharp, funny, and simultaneously heartbreaking. And it’s really only asking one big question: Are you a person who is good or are you a person who does good?
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