5 Returning Show Premieres That I Can’t Wait To See

5 Returning Shows I Can't Wait To See

The fall TV season is in full swing now, and that means most of us are busy trying out new shows. While I have been having fun diving head first into the sea of pilots, what I’m most excited about this year are my returning favorites. That’s not to knock the new crop of shows, it’s just that I already know the Pawnee gang and quite frankly, I miss their faces.

Sometimes the returning shows get a bit shortchanged at this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to share the five I’m most looking forward to having back on my television screen this fall.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Win, Lose or Draw Season 4 Episode 22 (6)

When last we left the Pawnee gang, Leslie had won the election and Ben was heading off to Washington, D.C., to start a new job. As happy as I am for the both of them, what I’m most worried about heading into the new season is how the separation will affect my favorite pair of political nerds. I’m not stressing too much though. Knowing the Parks & Rec writers, having Ben in D.C. will open up new storytelling possibilities for the show, and we’ll finally get to see Leslie in her new position, which is bound to be interesting.

There’s the extended gang to catch up with as well. I’ve heard April will be hanging with Ben in D.C. for a while, and the possibility of seeing April snarking at politicians is tantalizing. Also on my wish list: I hope Ann and Tom decided to go their separate ways over the break. And I hope Ron…well, there’s really no improving on perfection, so I hope Ron is exactly the way we left him.

Return Date: Sept. 20 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time (ABC) An Apple Red as Blood Episode 21

No other show subverted my expectations as much as Once Upon A Time did last season. After a season spent splitting our time between the fairy tale adventures of the past and the daily goings-on of the oblivious fairy tale characters in Storybrooke, the finale not only brought magic to the “real” world, it also awoke all of the characters to their true nature. It was an unexpected game changer–to be perfectly honest, I was sure the citizens of Storybrooke would spend at least four more seasons oblivious to their situation. I was impressed by the bold move, and now I’m more than ready to see where the show goes next.

Return Date: Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

New Girl

New Girl See Ya Episode 24 (Season Finale)

It may have started out as the Zooey Deschanel show, but New Girl has evolved into a terrific ensemble sitcom. The first season was overflowing with terrific moments (True American! The Douchebag Jar! Anytime Nick started listing things!), and the gang is simply a pleasure to hang out with every week. In short: I’m ready to go back to there.

Return Date: Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. with another new episode to follow at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Beside the Dying Fire Season 2 (2)

We can all rejoice: when The Walking Dead returns for its third season this October, we will not be on Hershel’s farm anymore. Instead, we’ll be in a prison, which at least sounds like a more appropriate setting for quality post-apocalyptic zombie action.

The prison isn’t what has me so excited about the premiere though. What has me hyped up is the promise of more Michonne, the sword-carrying badass who walks around with a pair of armless (and jawless) zombies on a leash. I’ve never read the comics, but even I know this lady is going to rock. The fact that she’ll be hanging with Andrea, my current favorite non-Daryl character is just an added bonus.

Return Date: Oct. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on AMC.

Bob’s Burgers

Bob's Burgers Moody Foodie Season 2 Episode 7

Bob’s Burgers is my newest favorite show. I marathoned season one this summer, along with the season two episodes that were available on Hulu, and found each episode zanier and more delightful than the last. This show truly is the hidden gem of Fox’s Animation Domination lineup. It’s smart, silly and weird (but in an awesome way). It’s also insanely addictive. I’m rapidly running out of new-to-me episodes to watch, which means its time for more burger puns and Belcher family hijinks.

Return Date: Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.


Which returning shows are you looking forward to seeing again the most? Let me know in the comments.

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