Big Networks and Streaming Platforms Have Released Their Fall Lineups and it Looks Like There’s Something for Everybody 

Is it fall yet? That’s the big question lingering on the minds of television enthusiasts as they eagerly wait for their shows to start back up again.

Big networks CBS, ABC, NBC, the CW, and FOX have already announced their exciting lineups for the fall 2022 season. Streaming platform Netflix has also confirmed new and returning shows while Hulu and Amazon Prime have big premieres on the way.

All of this is great news for TV fans considering that it was only this past spring that a wave of cancellations was announced. Some of the big shows ending include TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, HBO’s Better Call Saul, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

While for some it may be hard to say goodbye to those shows, there are still many others that fans can look forward to including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The long running drama will be back on Thursday nights for its 24th season on ABC. Law & Order also makes its way back to the network for season 22.

“It’s very comforting to know absolutely what the legacy will be into the future,” said series creator Dick Wolf to Variety in May. “This company has produced and has clear ownership [stakes] in the longest-running dramas in the history of television [Law & Order: SVU is wrapping up Season 23]. I don’t think anybody’s ever gonna catch us. And it ain’t over.”

Medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is another long running show that heads back to the ABC network this fall and will enter its 19th season.

ABC has made a big switch with one of its most popular dating reality shows, Bachelor in Paradise. The network is welcoming the show to its fall lineup with Monday and Tuesday night slots. During the summer the show aired. The coveted Bachelor series has also been renewed for season 27, which will be part of the network’s mid-season rollout.

Other shows being welcomed back to ABC include comedy sitcoms, The Connors, The Goldbergs, Abbott Elementary, and The Wonder Years. Shark Tank, The Good Doctor, and 20/20 will also head into another season while game shows Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Celebrity Jeopardy will air in September.

CBS is gearing up for its own big lineup next month which includes its FBI franchise, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, CSI: Vegas, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i, NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor, and the Amazing Race. Young Sheldon is also heading into season 6 this fall. The single-camera, half-hour comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molar was already renewed for season 7 too.

Many sports fans are itching for NBC’s Saturday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, and College Bowl; all of which will air in September. Dateline NBC also makes its way back to the network and the hit American singing competition reality show, The Voice.

Wrestling fans can expect Friday Night Smackdown to hit FOX again. The network is also reviving Monarch,9-1-1, The Cleaning Lady, and The Resident. The long running cartoon sitcom The Simpsons will head into its 34th season while Bob’s Burgers heads into its 9th season and Family Guy starts its 21st season.

In the animated arena, Dis+ will also premiere Baby Groot on August 10th, a series of shorts following the Guardians of the Galaxy’s tiniest member as he grows up in a big, strange universe. The platform will also premiere She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on August 17th, which follows Jennifer Walters, an accomplished attorney who just has the green, muscly superpowers of a certain Avenger.

Many comic book fanatics will be thrilled for CW’s line up this fall, which includes DC’s Stargirl, The Flash, Gotham Knights, Riverdale, and Superman & Lois.

In the streaming arena, Netflix is undoubtedly one of the best platforms around for original shows. The company will continue the trend this year with the long-awaited adaptation of The Sandman finding its way onto the Netflix library this month. RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL: THE WILD WORLD OF JOHN MCAFEE will also premiere in the coming weeks as well as I AM A KILLER, which goes into season 3, and the Junior Baking Show, which starts Season 6.

Dates for Netflix’s biggest original series like Stranger Things Season 4, Bridgerton Season 2, and the final episodes of Ozark are still unknown. 

This month Hulu will be debuting its anticipated original show Mike, a biological drama miniseries that explores the wild, tragic, and controversial life and career of heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The show will run for a course of eight episodes. In line with sports, the platform will also debut the documentary, Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers in August. 

The FX and Hulu series Reservation Dogs (Season 2) also return to Hulu and follow a group of teens on an Oklahoma Native American reservation.

Amazon Prime will be home to one of the most awaited and epic series of all time: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Premiering in September, the extremely expensive Lord of the Rings series takes place in the Second Age of Middle Earth and will include characters and locations that were only stories by the time Frodo and Sam took the Ring to Mount Doom.

This week HBO Max will air the second season of Sweet Life: Los Angeles. The Issa Rae-produced reality series about what it means to be Black and coming of age in your mid-20s returns with a four-episode premiere. The rest of the 10-episode season then rolls out weekly.

With this many great shows on the way, fans should already plan their schedules and viewing habits to get ready. Dozens of comedies, dramas, and reality shows are scheduled to air in the coming weeks and it will be an exciting fall season.