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The best new shows you’ll only find on streaming

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Fall is time for new television and — this year more than ever — a plethora of new shows are popping up only on streaming services. It’s not just the regular hard hitters like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. This fall, two new challengers rise up: Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus.

In order to compete with already established services, these new players are churning out original shows. With more platforms than ever, what’s worth keeping an eye on?

Amazon brings us a gorgeously animated sci-fi show, while Apple TV Plus launches with a quirky coming-of-age comedy about poet Emily Dickinson and a fast-paced dramedy featuring Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston. Disney Plus and Hulu meanwhile indulge some disillusioned MillenZials with a reimagining of High School Musical and a Tumblr aesthetic worthy rendition of Looking for Alaska.

Amazon Prime

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Undone

This gorgeously animated sci-fi series stars Rosa Salazar as Alma, a woman who discovers a new fluid relationship with time after almost dying in a car accident. Able to slip into the past, she finds herself able to communicate with her dead father — and must get to the bottom of his mysterious death.


Apple TV Plus

Dickinson

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, this series takes us into the life of teenage Emily Dickinson. It’s supposed to be a quirky, coming-of-age comedy that just so happens to be centered around one of the most celebrated poets. Totally makes sense, right?

For All Mankind

What if the USSR had gotten to the moon first? This alternate history series seeks to explore that question. A trailer for the show revealed a world where the space race never ended, with missions going beyond the moon and further into the stars.

The Morning Show

Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston’s return to television dives headfirst into the bustling world of morning news shows. It’s supposed to be a drama-comedy, but the first trailer really played up the drama. Some scandal drives Carell’s character off air; Aniston’s character is now left hosting their show. Reese Witherspoon also joins as an ambitious young journalist.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

From the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet will center around a video game development studio. It’s supposed to “explore the intricacies of the human condition through hilarious and innovative ways,” which will probably mean dunking on the world of game development in hilarious and innovative ways.


DC Universe

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Harley Quinn

No Daddy’s Little Monster shirt for this Harley. The raunchy, adult animated series centered around Harley Quinn breathes new life into the character. Voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, Harley Quinn is freshly broken up with the Joker and wants to strike out on her own life of crime. Along with Poison Ivy and a whole roster of Batman villains, she’s here to take the city by storm. A first trailer played up the blood, guts, swearing, and violence.


Disney Plus

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The Mandalorian

Premieres Nov. 12

The upcoming live-action Star Wars series heads to Disney’s streaming service at launch. It follows a lone gunslingers as he makes his way through the far reaches of the galaxy, really digging into the whole Space Western genre. The series takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian. With a big blockbuster budget, The Mandalorian is poised to be on the same epic level as the theatrical Star Wars films — or so says Lucasfilms President Kathleen Kennedy and showrunner Jon Favreau.

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Premieres Nov. 12

A blend of the old and the new, with a splash of Disney Channel quirk, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a show for all the MillenZials who are now paying for their own streaming services and crave the sweet comfort of nostalgia. Taking place in the “real life” high school where High School Musical was filmed, the show follows the “real” students of East High as they put on a production of High School Musical. Cue the high school drama, cue the high school romances, cue the high school theatrics.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Premieres Nov. 12

Jeff Goldblum goes around and tries a bunch of different things. That’s it. That’s the show. But it’s Jeff Goldblum, so we’re ready to watch him eat ice cream, touch sneakers, and hold a tattoo pen. Let us follow you into the dark, Jeff. We will do it.


Hulu

Looking for Alaska

Premieres Oct. 18

The John Green book that every sad Tumblr teen idolized back in 2010 is finally getting a small screen imagining. The first trailer for the series absolutely indulged the early 2010s aesthetic of Tumblr, from its soft faded shots to the iconic lines written in graffiti. Whether or not the book actually holds up is up to individual debate, but one thing’s clear: the creators of the Hulu original absolutely 100% know who their audience is.


Netflix

The I-Land

Premieres Sept. 12

Fyre Fest meets the Hunger Games in this new Netflix Original. A bunch of partygoers are sent to an exclusive private island, which looks straight out of Netflix’s Fyre Fest documentary. We got the turquoise beaches, we got the massive raves, we got the swimming pigs! But a pull back to a bunch of mysterious figures watching the events unfold via screen already hints at something more going on. Will these rich partygoers be forced to battle to the death ala Katniss and Peeta?

The Politician

Premieres Sept. 27

It’s Glee meets Election, with flair only Ryan Murphy can achieve. In a cutthroat Santa Barbara high school, Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) must navigate the treacherous political landscape. The trailer showed us just how over-the-top this world of high school politics gets. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars, along with Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton, with Ryan Murphy staple Jessica Lange as Dusty Jackson.

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Raising Dion

Premieres Oct. 4

Based on a comic of the same name by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion follows a mother trying to keep her son’s superpowers a secret following her husband’s death. Starring Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters) and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), along with Jason Ritter and Ja’Siah Young. The series has been in development since 2017, but was shelved in order to avoid overlap in sci-fi kid-starring content with Stranger Things.

The Witcher

Premieres sometime in 2019

The highly-anticipated adaptation of popular fantasy series (turned popular video game series) stars Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Riveria. The Netflix series will focus on the novels and short stories instead of the games, so if you want the full Witcher experience, best to check out the books from your local library. The first trailer showed off a sensitive side to the chiseled, rugged monster hunter. And also Cavill’s bulging biceps.