The 2021 TV and Streaming Lineup for Fall Brings Back Many Fan Favorites and New Shows 

TV shows may still film under strict COVID-19 protocols, but at least they’re filming.

While we may get shorter seasons of our favorite shows for fall 2021-2022 and must wait a little longer for the Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings spinoffs, the bright side is that we are getting something.

Actually, a lot more than just something. The lineup for the upcoming fall season from many networks and streaming platforms is jam-packed and star-studded.

ABC will welcome back Dancing with the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Connors, The Goldbergs, and the Bachelorette. The reboot of the classic coming-of-age story Wonder Years is also making its way to the network. This time they centered the show on a Black 12-year-old growing up in the 1960s Alabama. 

CBS is bringing back CSI: Las Vegas, Young Sheldon, and NCIS: Los Angeles while another season of The Masked Singer and The Simpsons will hit the FOX network. The Voice and Law and Order: SVU will also come home to NBC for new seasons.

There will be a new Real Housewives season and more Below Deck and Top Chef from the Bravo network and PBS will air documentarian Ken Burns’ documentary Muhammed Ali on the life of iconic boxer and inspirational activist.

Another season is on the way of FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, a vampire comedy based on Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s film of the same name. 

Clive Owen is also set to portray Bill Clinton in Impeachment: American Crime Story. The Emmy winning FX series is returning in September for its third season and has a riveting trailer that also includes Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky and Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp.

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will play an unhappily married couple in Scenes from a Marriage on HBO Max. The awaited series is an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart.

Michael C. Hall returns as serial killer Dexter in a 10-episode arc set a decade after the events of the original show on Showtime. 

More from the streaming arena includes the highly awaited Disney+ show Hawkeye, which will give Jeremy Renner his solo entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The long-awaited second season of The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will finally return after a long pandemic-induced break to Apple TV and the Netflix original comedy-drama series Dear White People will also come back for its fourth and final season.

Michael Keaton and Rosario Dawson are also leading in the adaptation of Dopesick, the story of how one pharma company jumpstarted the opioid crisis in America. Streaming on Hulu, the series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction.

Based on Stephanie Land’s popular memoir about poverty in America, Maid will hit Netflix and stars mother and daughter Andie McDowell and Margaret Qualley.

For those who are fans of author Dan Brown, you may want to check out The Lost Symbol on the Peacock streaming platform. In the show, the symbologist hero of Brown’s novels gets his own origin story. In the show a young Robert Langdon must solve a series of puzzles to save his mentor.

Foodies may be excited for Ugly Delicious, where star and chef David Chang explores the next wave of the food world on Hulu. This includes lab grown fish to insect farms.

Many fans are excited that Manifest will be returning for another, but final season, on Netflix. The supernatural drama was saved by the streaming giant after nearly a month on top of Netflix’s most watched charts in the United States.

“Since its premiere on Netflix in June, Manifest has proven very popular with our members,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix Head of Global TV.

“[Series creator] Jeff Rake and his team have crafted a beguiling mystery that has viewers around the world on the edge of their seats and believing again in second chances, and we’re thrilled that they will bring fans some closure with this final supersized season.”

“What started years ago as a flight of fancy deep in my imagination has evolved into the jet engine journey of a lifetime,” said series creator Jeff Rake. 

“Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the worldwide outpouring of love and support for this story, its characters, and the team who work so hard to bring it all to life. That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end. On behalf of the cast, the crew, the writers, directors, and producers, thank you to Netflix, to Warner Bros., and of course to the fans. You did this.”