Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons for more than just the fact that the fashion is better, the weather is better, the holidays are better…I could go on for days. But honestly, one of my favorite things about Fall is that all the new TV series debut. And this season, it’s all little sweeter with so many black and brown faces gracing our television screens. From series you can watch with the whole family to drama filled shows that leave you on the edge of your seat, these are the highly anticipated shows you don’t want to miss this Fall.
1. Queen Sugar
The OWN Network has been killing it with their original series. Regardless of what type of genre you’re into, there’s bound to be a show mother Oprah offers that you will love. This summer, the breakout hit Greenleaf had all the timelines on fire but now it’s all about the highly anticipated Queen Sugar, executive produced by magical black girls, Ava Duvernay & Oprah Winfrey. Queen Sugar is a story that takes place in a fictional Louisiana town and follows the lives of estranged siblings who are brought together after a family tragedy. Catch the two night series debut September 6 & 7 at 7pm and make sure you stay tuned for the whole season with every episode directed by women–with Duvernay covering the series premiere.
Atlanta is Donald Glover’s (also known as Childish Gambino) television debut that is set to air Tuesdays on FX starting September 6. The storyline is based on two cousins with two completely different perspectives making their way up the rap scene in Atlanta. If you know anything about Glover, you know that he is an extremely talented, jack of all trades working as a writer, rapper, and actor. And with the success of other music industry based series, I’m super excited to see what Atlanta is about.
When I first saw the trailer for Pitch I immediately thought “Mone Davis”! In case you didn’t know, Mone is a pitcher from Philly that was the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series. Pitch, however, is a series debuting on FOX which they call “a true story on the verge of happening” about the first woman to play Major League Baseball. The fact that it just so happens to be a young, African American girl is an added bonus. Pitch airs Thursday, September 22 at 9pm on Fox.
4. Luke Cage
Okay so not quite a TV debut but close enough. Black girl nerds and Marvel’s fans rejoice because Netflix is releasing yet another comic book series, this time featuring #mcm Mike Coulter as Luke Cage. If you caught the series on Jessica Jones, you have an idea of what this series will bring. An unexpected treat, but one that Marvel has been making a thing, is that Luke Cage debuts with a predominately black cast including the legendary Alfre Woodard. Netflix will air this on September 30, so clear your schedule for a binge watch session.