Following the long hot summer and a drought of scheduling that left us with only Love Island to keep us entertained, Autumn is the season when TV schedules are jam-packed full of the best new and returning TV shows to fill those long dark evenings. Here at The Sphinx we have gone through and selected the best the small screen has to offer this Autumn:

Homecoming (Amazon Prime)
Oscar-winner Julia Roberts has made the big leap to the small screen for Amazon’s Homecoming created by Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail. A far cry from her rom-com days, Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a case worker at Homecoming, a facility that aids soldiers in the transition back to normal life. The narrative splits into two timelines as we see both Roberts’ therapy sessions with a soldier (Stephen James) and a future Roberts leading a new life, whilst avoiding questions from the Department of Defence regarding her departure from the facility.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
This reboot of the 90’s hit Sabrina, The Teenage Witch takes a dark turn as Mad Men breakout star Kiernan Shipka assumes the role of Sabrina. Archie Comics is now run by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who developed both Riverdale and Chilling Adventures from the comics he created. The showrunner promises this to be “a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina”. If the success of Riverdale is anything to go off, then Sabrina will be a huge hit for Netflix.

Dynasties (Sundays, 8pm, BBC One)
David Attenborough has teamed up with the BBC once again to bring us a new five-part series. Each episode looks at a different animal’s fight for survival against rivals and against the forces of nature. The first episode, which aired last Sunday, focuses on David, a Chimpanzee in Senegal, as he attempts to overcome threats to his leadership. Have a box of tissues at the ready.

The First (Thursdays, 9pm, Channel 4)
Not to be confused with the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, The First features yet another Hollywood actor trying their hand at television. Sean Penn stars in this sci-fi drama set in the near future as one of a team of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars.

Informer (BBC One)
This character-driven thriller is the first TV role for Nabhaan Rizwan who takes on the lead role of Raza, a second-generation British-Pakistani who is coerced into informing by a counterterrorism officer (Paddy Considine). If you need something to fill the Bodyguard-shaped hole in your viewing schedule, this one is for you. All episodes are available now on BBC iPlayer.

Louis Theroux’s Altered States (Sundays, 9pm, BBC Two)
Millennial icon Louis Theroux returns with a compelling three-part documentary series that explores ‘the new ways Americans are approaching some of humanity’s oldest dilemmas’. These dilemmas are pinpointed as polyamory, adoption and end-of-life care.

House of Cards Season 6 (Netflix)
The highly anticipated sixth and final season of House of Cards has arrived, a year after Kevin Spacey was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct. While the world waited in anticipation to see how Netflix would approach the new season without Spacey, Wright has made it explicitly clear that the intention was always to end the narrative arc with Claire in the Oval (see the final scene of season five). The final instalment is a testament to the writers and crew of the long-running show who managed to inject new life and relevancy in only eight episodes.

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