What to Watch – September 2017

What to Watch – September 2017

Anybody who knows me will understand how much I love television. I watch a lot of it which of course makes it sound like I do nothing else but thanks to the magic of the tv guide, Sky On Demand and Netflix I can assure you that this is not the case. Winter is fast approaching and the days will get shorter. Do you know what this means? It means that it will be the time of year where we can watch as much television as we like without feeling guilty.

So in order to prepare everyone I decided to pick a few of the new and returning shows due to air this September that stood out to me. I’ve either watched previous seasons of these shows or else I just thought that they looked good. Of course not all of these shows will be available to everyone but I’m sure there’s something on the list that will suit someone. If you don’t have the channels on your television I’m sure there’s always other means of getting them… ahem.

Take a gander below and see if anything tickles your fancy:

Narcos – Season 3

This season promises to be different with the exits of Wagner Moura and Boyd Holbrook as Pablo Escobar and Steve Murphy. The story continues after the death of Escobar and shows the fight of DEA against the Cali Cartel.

Airing: September 1st (all episodes) on Netflix

Should you watch: It wasn’t really my cup of tea with all the violence but it’s very topical so I imagine it would suit anyone interested in a bit of history. Given this year is a reboot so to speak think of it as a brand new show.

Gotham – Season 3

It’s back… only a year after it originally aired in the US but alas, I’ll say nothing. I won’t lie, I love this show. Based on the story of a pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne, it brings you on their journey towards becoming the men we know so well in the movies. It’s kooky and reminds me of the Michael Keaton era of Batman.

Airing: September 1st (all episodes) on Netflix.

Should you watch: Absolutely. If you haven’t watched before go back to the beginning and catch up. This show is so much fun. It’s filled with younger versions of well known characters but serves as more of a detective serial than a full on Batman franchise.

Shameless US

We’re TWO years behind America with this one but nonetheless… This show received a lot of flack from Irish and UK audiences for being an exact replica of the original UK series when it first came out. Six seasons in and that is definitely no longer the case. For one thing the show still has all the original Gallagher family members intact and for another, the stories have gone in different directions entirely and the characters have become unique as a result of this.

Airs: September 1st (all episodes) – Netflix

Should You Watch – Well if you haven’t been for the last six years there’s probably no point in starting now. If the trailer entices you though, I say give it a go. I still enjoy it and have done since the start. I only ever watched season one of the original UK Shameless so never felt the same anger toward the American remake that some people did.

Tin Star

Starring Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) I hadn’t heard of the show until I was writing this piece. Former London police detective Jim Worth (Roth) is the new police chief of a small town in the Rocky Mountains where he has moved with his family to escape his past. The influx of migrant workers from a new big oil company, headed by the mysterious Mrs. Bradshaw (Hendricks) forces Worth to confront the resulting wave of crime that threatens his town. Worth’s stand against the criminals results in assassins attacking him and his family, leading Worth to revive his violent alter-ego, Jack Devlin, to enact revenge.

Airs: September 7th (all episodes) – Sky Atlantic

Should You Watch: I don’t know about this one. It looks a bit gorey or at least it’s trying to be – the blood looks too fake. I also don’t know if I really buy Tim Roth as the tough guy in any scenario. Still though, it can’t be any worse then Riviera.

American Horror Story – Cult

A popular anthology series that usually features the same cast with minor changes. It’s been confirmed that this season of the show will be set in the aftermath of the presidential election. Contrary to the impression I got from the trailer and past seasons, series creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that there will be no supernatural elements this year.

Airs: September 8th – Fox UK

Should You Watch: It’s anthology so every season is a fresh one. If the trailer intrigues you, go for it. Personally I feel I already know from twitter and every social media platform out there how much Trump is hated so watching this just doesn’t appeal to me at all. I might give the first episode a try though just to see if it changes my mind.

The Good Place – Season 1

I do love a good half hour comedy as they are always quick and easy to watch. The show stars Kristin Bell and Ted Danson and tells the story of Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell) a recently deceased young woman who after awaking in the afterlife, is sent by Michael (Danson) to “The Good Place”, a dream utopia he designed, in reward for her honorable life. Quickly realizing that she was sent there by mistake, Eleanor must hide her morally imperfect past and present.

Airing: 21st September 2017 – Netflix

Should you watch: Of course. The above trailer looks a little over the top in some areas but it’s only a half hour so if you don’t like it you won’t have wasted much time.

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland returns as Tom Kirkman, America’s cheesiest president who came to position as the sole governmental survivor of a terrorist attack. The “Designated Survivor” – does such a thing exist really? Maggie Q stars as an FBI agent trying to get to the bottom of the attack on the Capital – a storyline that may as well be a different show in how well it blends in with all the White House drama.

Airing: 27th September 2017 – Netflix

Should you watch: Honestly, don’t bother. I’m astounded this show managed to get renewed for another season. I can only assume it’s because there’s enough Jack Bauer fans out there that will watch anything with Sutherland in it. The show is ridiculous. There’s a global crisis in every episode that he manages to solve through his belief in the goodness of politicians and a warm and loving speech. I’m not even going to get into all the family drama with his equally boring wife and kids.

So there you have it. There’s of course lots of shows airing in September that haven’t been included in the above. Possibly because I don’t know about them or didn’t have any interest in them. If you think I’ve left off a show please feel free to sound off in the comment section and I’ll look it up.


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