The October TV Shows Everyone Will Be Talking About

Some are saying this fall’s TV lineup is the best yet, and we’d have to agree. Are you watching Fleabag (Amazon)? High Maintenance (HBO)? Better Things (FX)? And on and on the list goes. Just when you thought you might be catching up—you’re frantically googling Fleabag right now, aren’t you?—a new month begins, and with it comes more new content. October will see the premiere of some highly anticipated new shows, new seasons of beloved established series and several special events (including rounds two and three of the presidential debates). All in all, it’s shaping up to be one of the best TV months in recent history. Here, a list of everything everyone will be buzzing about this month.



It's no secret there's been a Manolo-sized hole in our hearts ever since SATC went off the air. Though Sarah Jessica Parker's character in the new HBO show Divorce is purported to have very little in common with Carrie Bradshaw, something tells us we'll be transfixed, regardless. Divorce premieres on October 9.


Drunk History, Season 4

The new season of Drunk History actually premiered last night, and The Washington Post is predicting this may be the show's best season yet. The highlight will likely be when Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr on November 29, but the season is littered with stars, including Jenny Slate, Elizabeth Olsen, Taylor Schilling, Liev Schreiber, Aubrey Plaza and more.


Class Divide

This documentary studies the growing wealth gap in America by exploring the gentrifying Chelsea neighborhood in New York City, where a $40,000 per year private school is situated across the street from a public-housing project. It premieres on HBO on October 3.


Good Girls Revolt

The pilot of this Amazon original is live now, so you can get a sneak peek of what's in store for the full season premiering on October 28. Good Girls Revolt is set in a 1969 newsroom, where misogyny reigns, and centers around the women faced with fighting it.

The Notorious Menendez Brothers: A Snapped Special

Our morbid curiosity is going to get the best of us on this one. Anyone who has ever accidentally fallen into a Snapped marathon knows how dark this true crime series can be, and the tragically twisted story of the Menendez brothers is its most perfect subject to date. The Notorious Menendez Brothers: A Snapped Special premieres on Oxygen October 2.



Insecure is the baby of its star Issa Rae (creator of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) and Larry Wilmore (The Nightly Show). It centers around two besties, both black women, as they navigate life in LA. You can stream the first episode of Insecure on HBO now. It debuts with Divorce on October 9.


Black Mirror

Each episode of this British drama "paints a different nightmare of a future gone technologically awry." The show is exceptionally dark, and watching it may be the one thing that makes you want to put your phone down ASAP. Season 3 of Black Mirror debuts on Netflix on October 21.


Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids

We're not sure how to feel about the fact that Justin Timberlake's concert film was directed by the same guy who directed Silence of the Lambs, but we're marking our calendars for this one nonetheless. It premieres on Netflix on October 21.


Shameless, Season 7

If you're not yet a Shameless fan, you have a lot of work to do before its seventh season starts on October 2. If you are caught up, you can watch the season premiere on Showtime's website now, in advance of its official premiere date. We think Emmy Rossum is critically under-appreciated in her role as Fiona Gallagher, and we're also pretty partial to the show's Svetlana character—on the whole, the Shameless cast is one of the best on TV.


Haters Back Off

Haters Back Off is a Netflix original series based on the character Miranda Sings, created for YouTube by Colleen Ballinger. Its production marks Netflix's first foray into content created around digital influencers. Haters Back Off debuts on October 14.


The Mindy Project, Season 5

We'd expect nothing less from The Mindy Project than major drama, and season 5 promises to deliver just that. The trailer reveals that Mindy's ex, with whom she intimately reconnected at the end of last season, is getting married. Ouch. The Mindy Project's new season debuts on Hulu on October 4.



This documentary comes to us from the director of Selma, and it's bound to be buzzworthy. It centers around the epidemic of mass incarceration in the U.S., with Senator Cory Booker offering a chilling statistic: "We now have more African-Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves back in the 1850s.” 13th debuts on October 7 on Netflix.


Keeping Up The Kardashians, Season... Whatever

These days, it feels like you don't really have to tune in anywhere specific in order to keep up with the Kardashians—no matter what you do, you'll somehow find yourself informed as to the latest happenings in their lives. If you still crave more Kardashian, however, the newest season of their show premieres on October 14 on E!.


Little Miss Atlanta

As with Snapped and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we feel bad about wanting to watch this, but we want to watch it nonetheless. It's a TLC show that centers around the participants in the Little Miss Black US Pageant in Atlanta, and we're sure it's going to be mind-bending. Little Miss Atlanta debuts on October 5—you can watch the trailer here.

Presidential Debate, Rounds 2 & 3

These take place on October 9 and October 19, respectively. We can't wait to watch, even if it's obvious who's going to come out on top—Twitter, of course. Read our handy election guide here.



If you're a fan of flicks like Best In Show and Waiting for Guffman, you'll want to stream writer/director Christopher Guest's newest film Mascots on October 13 on Netflix. As an added bonus, Parker Posey and Jane Lynch star.