When and Where to Watch the Hottest Fall TV Shows
I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t help but say it again: Fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The leaves change, people put pumpkin in everything, and best of all our favorite programs come back on; not to mention all the new shows that premiere! This is also usually the time of the year when people regrettably sign up for a cable package; because no matter how much they hate their cable provider, they love their favorite shows just as much.
I’m here to tell you today there is another way! It is possible to watch your favorite shows this fall and not have to give in to the corporate cable companies. In this article I’m going walk you through the hottest shows this Fall and how you can access them. The first thing you need to know is that there are two kinds of television channels: network and cable.
Network vs. Cable Channels
Network television channels are the channels you can access for free over the air with a modern television antenna. The Network broadcasting channels are ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW.
Cable television channels, on the other hand, is where the cable companies make their money; although there are many ways to watch your favorite cable shows without forking out a fortune to Comcast or any other provider. Let’s take a look at some of the fall lineup shows available on network television first; all of which are accessible via a Mohu antenna.
Shows on ABC
Scandal –Thursday, September 25, 9pm (EST) / 8 pm (CST): Based on the life of former George W. Bush press aided, Judy Smith, Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope; a woman who runs her own DC crisis management firm Olivia Pope & Associates. If you haven’t seen the hit series yet, not to worry, you can catch seasons 1-3 on Netflix; and if you miss any episodes this season you catch them again on Hulu Plus and ABC.com.
How To Get Away With Murder – Thursday, September 25 10pm (EST) / 9PM (CST): The much anticipated “How To Get Away With Murder” stars the indomitable Viola Davis as a Philadelphia law professor who gets her class caught up with a murder plot. This show has got a lot of buzz, and if you like scandal, stick around for this. If you miss an episode you can catch up on ABC.com or Hulu Plus.
Selfie – Tuesday, September 30, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): Former Doctor Who companion, Karen Gillan, makes her American television debut as a self-absorbed woman how hires a social media/PR rep to help her make friends. As with the others, if you miss an episode you can catch up on ABC.com or Hulu Plus.
Shows on NBC
Bad Judge – Thursday, October 2, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): Kate Walsh stars as a tough LA circuit judge with a penchant for reckless behavior in this new comedy by Funny-or-Die co-creator Adam McKay. Reruns for this season will be shown on NBC.com and Hulu Plus.
Grimm – Friday, October 24, 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST): Part cop drama, part fairy tale, Grimm is a genre bending show that puts a little grit into fantasy and sparkles up the otherwise bleak cop drama. If you haven’t seen it before, you can watch the past season on Netflix. Reruns for this season will be shown on NBC.com and Hulu Plus.
About a Boy – Tuesday, October 14, 9:30pm (EST) / 8:30pm (CST): Based on the hit novel by Nick Hornby, which was also adapted into a film starring Hugh Grant, “About a Boy” centers on a man-child Will Freeman whose life is turned upside down when he befriends his awkward 11 year old neighbor. You can catch the first season, as well as this season’s episodes, on Hulu Plus and NBC.com.
Shows on CBS
Hawaii Five-O – Friday, September 26, 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST): Book ‘em Danno. The reboot of the legendary 60s/70s show makes its return to prime time. If you miss the premier, don’t worry, because you can watch it the next day on Hulu Plus or CBS.com.
The McCarthys – Thursday, October 30, 9:30pm (EST) / 8:30pm (CST): This new CBS comedy centers around a High School basketball coach in Boston that takes tries to take his gay son under his professional wing; much to the displeasure of his other children. As with the others, if you miss the premier, don’t worry, because you can watch it the next day on Hulu Plus or CBS.com.
Two and a Half Men – Thursday, October 30, 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST): Don’t miss the return of one of the biggest sitcoms of all time. Although it gets a lot of hate on the internet, millions of viewers watch it every week; so there’s definitely something to it. You can catch up with the show on Netflix, and if you miss an episode this season you can always catch it on CBS.com or Hulu Plus.
Shows on FOX
The Simpsons – Sunday, September 28, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): The longest running cartoon of all time returns in triumph with the highly anticipated Family Guy crossover episode. You can catch this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and FOX.com
Brooklyn Nine Nine – Sunday, September 28, 8:30pm (EST) / 7:30pm (CST): Andy Samberg returns as an everyone’s lovable goofball cop in this surprise hit show. As with most of the network shows, you can get this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and FOX.com
Bob’s Burgers – Sunday, October 5, 7:30pm (EST) / 6:30pm (CST): Although initially over-looked at the beginning, fans soon grew to love Bob’s Burgers; a show about a man trying to keep his burger restaurant, and his zany family, afloat. You can catch up with past seasons on Netflix and as with most of the network shows, you can get this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and FOX.com
Shows on CW
The Vampire Diaries – Thursday, October 2, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): If the end of True Blood has left you craving more sexy vampires, then give Vampire Diaries a try. There’s blood, passion, and enough supernatural shenanigans to keep you entertained. You can catch up with past seasons on Netflix and as with most of the network shows, you can get this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and CWTV.com
The Flash – Tuesday, October 7, 8pm (EST) / 7pm (CST): Marvel may rule the cinema, but DC comics and the CW rule the comic book television genre. Check out the highly anticipated premier of the small screen adaptation to the legendary comic book character, “The Flash”. As with most of the network shows, you can get this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and CWTV.com
Jane The Virgin – Monday, October 13, 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST): Teenage pregnancy is tougher; even tougher when you did everything right! This new CW comedy/drama centers on a teenage girl who gets accidentally inseminated while at the gynecologist; and the fallout around the accident. As with most of the network shows, you can get this seasons reruns on Hulu Plus and CWTV.com
For cord-cutters, this is where it gets a bit tricky. While some shows, like South Park, have their entire series online for free, most cable shows don’t. However, if you have Amazon Prime (which is $99 a year / $8 a month) you can stream past seasons of all your favorite shows that aren’t on Netflix. You can also purchase a season pass (which varies, but is usually between $30-$50 for the season, depending on whether it’s HD or not) or purchase the season ala carte at $2 an episode. Here are some of the cable series that are returning this season
American Horror Story – Wednesday, October 8, 10pm (EST) / 9pm (CST): The popular horror show that changes stories every year is back! And this time with Carnies! You can’t watch it live, but you can purchase episodes that day after on Amazon Prime, as well as catch up with past seasons.
The Walking Dead – Sunday, October 12, 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST): Zombies, zombies, everywhere and not a brain to eat. Zombies watch out! As everyone’s favorite survivors return for another season. You can’t watch it live, but you can purchase episodes that day after on Amazon Prime, as well as catch up with past seasons.
Despite what cable companies would like you to believe, you do have options when it comes to your favorite shows. Even if your favorite shows aren’t on Network television, buying the seasons on Amazon Prime is still far cheaper than having a yearly cable subscription. Not matter how you slice it, cutting the cord just makes sense.
Didn’t see your favorite show on the list? Have no fear, TV Guide has an incredibly informative calendar of all the fall premieres.
Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance.
In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives.
Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.
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