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The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018 

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Updated October 22, 2018 6.7k votes 345 voters 2.7k views 93 items

List Rules Only returning shows premiering new episodes during 2018 fall TV.

Along with new series premieres, the best TV shows returning fall 2018 offers too many great choices for binge-watching entertainment. Featuring sitcoms, dramas, and Netflix original series, this list of returning TV shows includes fall 2018 season premiere dates and promo trailers. Which 2018 upcoming shows are you most looking forward to? 

Some good fall 2018 season premieres include The Good Place, This Is Us, Riverdale, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and How To Get Away with Murder. The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family are both shows ending in 2018, so be sure to catch their series finales! 

Vote up the fall 2018 returning shows you're most excited to watch, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
October 11

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Season 14

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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October 9

Actors: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

Season 5

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
September 24

Actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 12 (final season)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more

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9-1-1 September 23

Actors: Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2

9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more

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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Young Sheldon September 24

Actors: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 2

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series. Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) ...more

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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
October 3

Actors: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown Jr., A. J. Buckley, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2

SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
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Actors: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime, Action, Police procedural

Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
October 15

Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Season 7

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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September 12

Actors: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, + more

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

Season 8

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
October 14

Actors: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Season 4

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

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Atypical is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Rob Burchfield added Atypical 2017

Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Michael Rapaport

Genres (Tv): Teen, Comedy-drama

Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written by Robia Rashid. Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, looks for a ...more

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Mom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
September 27

Actors: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Blake Garrett Rosenthal

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom

Season 6

Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. ...more

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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
September 28

Actors: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 7

Last Man Standing (Fox, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Jack Burditt. The show follows Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), a senior executive and director of marketing for an outdoor ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Rob Burchfield added 2013

Actors: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgård, + more

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Action-adventure

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
October 7

Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, + more

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

Season 9

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Black Lightning October 9

Actors: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Season 2

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
September 28

Actors: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Season 9

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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September 25

Actors: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Superhero

Season 2

The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more

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The Good Doctor September 24

Actors: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, + more

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

Season 2

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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October 22

Actors: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

Season 4

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
December 30

Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, + more

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

Season 2

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Runaways December 21

Actors: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, + more

Season 2

Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy.

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Rob Burchfield added 1963

Actors: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
September 24

Actors: Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Shaunette Wilson

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

Season 2

The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his ...more
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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning Fall 2018
Rob Burchfield added 2000

Actors: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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