If you find yourself avoiding that 10-page essay and you don’t have someone’s Netflix password, check out these six shows.
1.) Once Upon a Time (Airs on ABC, Sunday nights, at 8 p.m.)
Anna and Elsa have entered the town of Storybook, Maine, and I couldn’t be happier. I knew this season was going to be “Frozen” theme, so I binge-watched season one through three, over the summer, and I was not disappointed. I am now throughly invested, and this show is feeding my “Frozen” obsession. Anna is missing, there’s another snow queen in town, “the idiot of the Southern Isles” is back, and Regina just might get her happy ending with Robin Hood. Plus, I’ve seen Captain Hook in a completely new (and attractive) light, and I’m impatiently awaiting the episode where he and Emma officially become a couple.
2.) Castle (Airs on ABC, Monday nights, at 10 p.m.)
Last season of “Castle” ended on a cliffhanger, literally. Richard Castle, best-selling mystery writer and fiancé, of N.Y.P.D. Homicide Detective Kate Beckett, was run off the road and over a cliff on the way to her wedding. We don’t know who ran him off the road or why the did it. Castle was found, two months after his accident, in the middle of the ocean, and he doesn’t remember anything that happened to him. There’s obviously more to this than Castle’s having amnesia. It’s a cliche, and Castle, the master of crazy theories, doesn’t do cliche. There’s nothing like a brand new (or possibly old) foe and a twisted plot to keep people coming back for more.
3.) Dancing with the Stars (Airs on ABC, Monday nights, at 8 p.m.)
I actually hate myself for watching this show. Every season, there is one dancer that captures my attention. This year’s lineup is Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Travis Smiley, Lea Thompson, and Michael Waltrip. Sadie Robertson, from A&E’s show “Duck Dynasty,” seems to be the sweetheart this season with her impressive dance moves and daddy-approved outfit, but secretly, the real star is Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), who did the “Carlton Dance” in his performance one week.
4.) Chicago Fire (Airs on NBC, Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.)
I only started watching “Chicago Fire” because I liked Jesse Spencer on “House.” Three seasons later, I’m still tuning in every week. There’s drama in every episode, and there’s always gross things happening, like bones sticking out of bodies, making me question my sanity for enjoying such a show. I think this season is the most intense so far because we’ve already had one character death, one broken engagement, and two people changing jobs. I’m eagerly waiting for Tuesday nights and secretly hoping Casey and Dawson don’t actually get married.
5.) The Voice (Airs on NBC, Monday and Tuesday nights, at 8 p.m.)
I didn’t think I would be watching “The Voice” this season. Everyone seems to sound the same (the girls all sound like Ellie Goulding and the guys all try to sound like either Adam, Blake, or Usher), and, as my roommate Marissa Fiedler puts it, “I think they’ve found all the talent they can find.” Enter Chris Jamison, a 20-year-old Pittsburgh kid from the North Hills. Finally, here’s a hometown kid to root for a someone who can actually sing. Plus, he picked team Adam Levine, so I’ll have no problem rooting for him, no problem at all.
6.) The Walking Dead (Airs on AMC, Sunday nights, at 9 p.m.)
Zombies. I watch this show of zombies, and although, I appreciate a good storyline, I want a lot of gross, decaying zombies. The first season grabbed me, the second kept me, and the third and fourth disappointed me. The start of the fifth season redeemed the show with cannibals, explosions, and fire-face-eating zombies. Rick is back to being a bad-ass, protecting the people he loves by ripping out throats with his teeth. Speaking of bad-ass, did you see Carol smearing dead zombie all over her face and blowing the zombies?
Can’t Binge-Watch Netflix?
Check out these new shows premiering this fall:
How to Get Away with Murder – ABC, Thursdays, at 10 p.m.
Scorpion – CBS, Mondays, at 9 p.m.
Selfie – ABC, Tuesdays, at 8 p.m.
Gotham – FOX, Mondays, at 8 p.m.