A three-day weekend is upon us, which means we finally have time to binge all the shows we’ve been neglecting.
There’s so much TV out there that if missed a few episodes or an entire season of one of your favorites, we wouldn’t blame you. But the fall TV season is starting up after the holiday, and your DVR/streaming backlog is only going to get worse. If you want to use the holiday weekend to catch up on some great series before they return for new seasons this fall, here are five that are worth your time with new seasons premiering this week.
If you enjoy scares and camp: American Horror Story
American Horror Story, the horror anthology series from creator Ryan Murphy, is hitting airwaves with Cult, a new and politically charged incarnation. But don’t forget all of the horrifying and gory moments that have come before it on Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke.
If you like your comedy dark and biting: You’re the Worst
The couple at the center of this sitcom, Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), is sometimes toxic, sometimes the worst, but they are always a smart and realistic take on dating in the current era. The series swings between laugh-out-loud humor (see any “Sunday Funday” episode) and reflections on the darker parts of adulthood, from mental illness to divorce to friendships.
Stream it on Hulu. Season 4 premieres Wednesday Sept. 6 at 10 ET/PT on FXX.
If you don’t mind ennui in your entertainment: Bojack Horseman
One of Netflix’s best originals is this thought-provoking animated series with voice work from Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul and more. Besides being a horse, Bojack Horseman is a washed-up former sitcom star trying to find meaning in his life as he ages. Each season of the series has gotten a bit darker, but the more Bojack falls, the more insightful and sophisticated the series becomes.
Stream it on Netflix. Season 4 hits the streaming site Friday Sept. 8.
If you wish Offred was a detective: Top of the Lake
The new season of Top of the Lake, the detective drama from The Piano director Jane Campion, adds the likes of Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones) to its cast, but the original shines completely on the shoulders of Elisabeth Moss. The Handmaid’s Tale star leads the series as a detective who won’t let go of a case of a missing 12-year-old girl in a small town.
Stream it on Hulu. Top of the Lake: China Girl premieres on Sunday Sept. 10 at 9 ET/PT on Sundance.
If you love a costume drama: Outlander
Love, drama and loss are in the air in this beautiful and epic series. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is a nurse from 1945 who is suddenly shuffled back to the eighteenth-century, where she meets Scottish highlander Jamie (Sam Heughan). Part historical drama, part fantasy series and entirely romantic, this series offers a female-perspective on epic storytelling.
Stream it on Starz. Season 3 premieres on Starz on Sunday Sept. 10 at 8 ET/PT.