October Picks: TV Premieres

by IMDb-Editors | created - 14 Sep 2016 | updated - 30 Sep 2016 | Public

This October you can fill your Watchlist with more than 80 TV premieres. Use the new and returning shows as inspiration for your Halloween costume. Our guide to this month's debuts will help you plan your viewing. —Sara Bibel

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1. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 11,984

"Versailles" premieres Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Ovation.

2. Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (2014– )


Dr. Oakley is the only vet in her area of the Yukon. She treats domestic pets, endangered wildlife, farm animals--basically anything that walks on fours, crawls, flies. All of that- plus she's a wife and a mom of three girls.

Stars: Michelle Oakley, Zac Fine, Sierra Oakley

Votes: 293

"Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet" premieres Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo Wild.

3. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 40,621

"Saturday Night Live" premieres Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

4. America's Funniest Home Videos (1989– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Reality-TV

Viewers from around America send in home videos with comedic moments.

Stars: Jess Harnell, Tom Bergeron, Bob Saget, Ernie Anderson

Votes: 4,598

"America's Funniest Home Videos" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

5. Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Ash has spent the last thirty years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless

Votes: 60,435

"Ash vs Evil Dead" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

6. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt

Votes: 46,229

"NCIS: Los Angeles" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

7. Blunt Talk (2015–2016)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A British newscaster moves to Los Angeles with his alcoholic manservant and the baggage of several failed marriages to host a sanctimonious talk show.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough, Timm Sharp, Dolly Wells

Votes: 4,003

"Blunt Talk" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8:35 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

8. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 373,225

"Westworld" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

9. Shameless (2011– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama

A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

Stars: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White

Votes: 183,640

"Shameless" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

10. Madam Secretary (2014–2019)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama

A political drama which looks into the life of the Secretary of State as she tries to balance work with family.

Stars: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Erich Bergen, Zeljko Ivanek

Votes: 18,611

"Madam Secretary" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

11. Alaska: The Last Frontier (2011– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Reality-TV

Centers on the Kilcher family and their community outside Homer, Alaska. Begun by patriarch Yule Kilcher who immigrated from Europe during WWII, and currently led by his sons, Otto and Atz ... See full summary »

Stars: Atz Lee Kilcher, Otto Kilcher, Eivin Kilcher, Atz Kilcher

Votes: 1,359

"Alaska: The Last Frontier" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.

12. Halloween Wars (2011– )

42 min | Family, Game-Show, Reality-TV

In this four-episode competition series, five teams are comprised of candy makers, pumpkin carvers, and cake decorators. While working together to create the ultimate Halloween themed ... See full summary »

Stars: Shinmin Li, Jonathan Bennett, Justin Willman, Brian Kinney

Votes: 335

"Halloween Wars" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food.

13. Elementary (2012–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Votes: 97,266

"Elementary" premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

14. Milo Murphy's Law (2016– )

TV-Y7 | 12 min | Animation, Short, Action

An animated comedy adventure series that follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy's Law namesake. Additionally, Dakota and Cavendish come from the future to prevent pistachio extinction.

Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Sabrina Carpenter, Mekai Curtis, Dan Povenmire

Votes: 1,532

"Milo Murphy's Law" premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.

15. Scorpion (2014–2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Stars: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong

Votes: 44,235

"Scorpion" premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The series moves to 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Monday Oct. 10.

16. Masters of Flip (2015– )

TV-G | Reality-TV

In every episode of Masters of Flip, house-flipping experts Kortney & Dave Wilson breathe new life into one old, rundown Nashville home. With limited timelines and even tighter budgets, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kortney Wilson, Dave Wilson, Chance Alford, Abby Ellis

Votes: 428

"Masters of Flip" premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

17. Timeless (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An unlikely trio travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it.

Stars: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph

Votes: 32,885

"Timeless" premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

18. Conviction (II) (2010)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

Votes: 40,630 | Gross: $6.78M

"Conviction" premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

19. The Mindy Project (2012–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.

Stars: Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Chris Messina

Votes: 27,372

"The Mindy Project" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Hulu.

20. The Flash (2014– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes

Votes: 289,758

"The Flash" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CW.

21. No Tomorrow (2016–2017)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Evie, a risk-averse quality-control assessor falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming.

Stars: Joshua Sasse, Tori Anderson, Jonathan Langdon, Sarayu Blue

Votes: 4,510

"No Tomorrow" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CW.

22. Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations (2015– )

30 min | Reality-TV

Bizarre Foods - Delicious Destinations is a series that features the not-to-be-missed legendary foods that define a location. These are the unique dishes we're willing to travel halfway ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Zimmern, Michael Rado, Manuel Fernández-Arango, Paul Nicholas Florio

Votes: 306

"Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel.

23. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 393,202

"Arrow" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CW.

24. Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell

Votes: 96,854 | Gross: $45.01M

"Frequency" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CW.

25. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,122

"Nova: Great Human Odyssey" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

26. Expedition Unknown (2015– )

60 min | Adventure, Mystery, Reality-TV

An archeologist travels around the world looking for unknown and missing artifacts from throughout time.

Stars: Josh Gates, Evan B. Stone, Oren Gutfeld, Brian C. Weed

Votes: 1,939

"Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel.

27. Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (2006– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV

Follows the lives of property brokers in Los Angeles.

Stars: Josh Flagg, Josh Altman, Madison Hildebrand, Chad Rogers

Votes: 1,038

"Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" premieres Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

28. Monsters Inside Me (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

Stories of people who have contracted and survived rare and deadly diseases, infections, or parasites.

Stars: Jason Done, Justin Peed, Dan Riskin, Cindy Chase

Votes: 593

"Monsters Inside Me" premieres Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.

29. Those Who Can't (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

There are teachers who inspire, enlighten, and challenge us. These are not those teachers.

Stars: Maria Thayer, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, Andrew Orvedahl

Votes: 1,158

"Those Who Can't" premieres Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on truTV.

30. The Ranch (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

The son of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business.

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, Grady Lee Richmond, Elisha Cuthbert

Votes: 29,456

"The Ranch" premieres Friday, Oct. 7 on Netflix. Season 2 in its entirety will be released on the streaming service.

31. Hellevator (2015– )

43 min | Game-Show, Horror

Contestants form a 3-person team to take on 3 horror-themed challenges. Contestants that complete the solo challenges move on to the final labyrinth challenge as a team for a chance to win some more bonus cash.

Stars: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Mary Rangel, Regan Talleh

Votes: 420

"Hellevator" premieres Friday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on GSN.

32. Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (2014– )

43 min | Reality-TV

A group of famous couples trying to fix their relationships.

Stars: Ish Major, Venus Nicolino, Jim Carroll, Elizabeth Carroll

Votes: 239

"Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" premieres Friday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WE.

33. Unwrapped 2.0 (2015– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scenes look at the processes, stories and people behind America's favorite snacks.

Stars: Alfonso Ribeiro, Dan Forcier

Votes: 38

"Unwrapped 2.0" premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Cooking.

34. Divorce (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A couple goes through a long, drawn-out divorce.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam

Votes: 6,075

"Divorce" premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

35. Insecure (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce

Votes: 9,728

"Insecure" premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

36. Freakish (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of high schoolers struggles against predatory mutants who have taken over their town after a chemical plant meltdown.

Stars: Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Meghan Rienks

Votes: 2,230

"Freakish" premieres Monday, Oct. 10 on Hulu. All 10 episodes of the series will be available to stream.

37. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Mehcad Brooks

Votes: 103,831

"Supergirl" premieres Monday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CW.

38. 2 Broke Girls (2011–2017)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash.

Stars: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite

Votes: 86,778

"2 Broke Girls" premieres Monday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

39. The Middle (2009–2018)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana.

Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher

Votes: 42,550

"The Middle" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

40. American Housewife (2016– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their perfect offspring.

Stars: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio

Votes: 6,557

"American Housewife" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

41. Fresh Off the Boat (2015– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A Taiwanese family makes their way in America during the 1990s.

Stars: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler

Votes: 20,510

"Fresh Off the Boat" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

42. Channel Zero (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher's Block, and The Dream Door.

Stars: Brandon Scott, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Abigail Pniowsky, Diana Bentley

Votes: 8,018

"Channel Zero" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

43. The Real O'Neals (2016–2017)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A family's bond is strengthened when the youngest son tells his parents that he's gay.

Stars: Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Matt Shively

Votes: 4,842

"The Real O'Neals" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

44. Chicago Fire (2012– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama

The story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.

Stars: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Christian Stolte, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 32,136

"Chicago Fire" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

45. The Real World (1992– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Reality-TV

A new version of the long-running MTV reality show, which looks to unite people from different backgrounds and find a common ground.

Stars: Janelle Casanave, Alton Williams II, Arissa Hill, Brynn Smith

Votes: 3,682

"Real World Seattle: Bad Blood" premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

46. Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy