Fall TV Returns: 8 Must-Watch Shows and Spinoffs


Start marking your calendars!

Fall is here and your favorite TV shows are making their way back to primetime.

Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and Glee are amongst those picking up where their breathtaking cliffhangers left off, and some shows are even returning with their own spin-off.

Here are 8 must-watch TV shows in the 2013 fall lineup (click the show title for Twitter updates):


1. Pretty Little Liars

The much-anticipated TV show, Pretty Little Liars, is making its big return … and you can expect a lot more secrets and crazy plot twists! Will the web of lies finally unravel in this opening Halloween episode, “Grave New World”? Probably not, but get ready for more drama and mystery thrillers that is #WorldWarA.

Halloween Special: Tuesday, October 22 at 8/7c on ABC

Cast: Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz).

2. Ravenswood

Pretty Little Liars is so complex it needed a spin-off show … Ravenswood. Brace yourselves, PLL fans, because this new series is just as mysterious. In the quiet town of Pennsylvania, five strangers are somehow connected, and they must dig deep into the town’s history to uncover the curse that plagues Ravenswood.

Series Premiere: Tuesday, October 22, right after Pretty Little Liars

Cast: Merritt Patterson (Olivia), Nicole Gale Anderson (Miranda), Brett Dier (Luke), Luke Benward (Dillion), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers), Sophina Brown (Terry Beaumont), Justin Bruening (Benjamin Price), Steven Cabral (Raymond Collins).

3. The Vampire Diaries

Your favorite vampires of Mystic Falls are back for Season 5, and there’s a mind-bending plot twist that’s waiting to unravel. Follow Elena Gilbert and her friends as they embark into the next chapter of their (undead) lives … college!

Season 5 Premiere: Thursday, October 3, 8/7c on The CW

Cast: Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore/Silas), Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood)

4. The Originals

Looks like the oldest vampires in the history of vampires are getting their own show! Sink your teeth into The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, as Klaus and the rest of his vampire siblings return to their old stomping grounds, New Orleans.

Series Premiere: Thursday, October 3 at 9 p.m. after The Vampire Diaries

Cast: Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Daniel Gilles (Elijah), Charles Michael Davis (Marcel), Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) Callard Harris (Thierry), Claire Holt (Rebekah)

5. The Big Bang Theory

Your favorite geeks and socially-awkward group of friends are making their return, and it sounds like Season 7 is opening with a bang with their season opener,”The Hofstadter Insufficiency.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Raj’s former love interest, Penny, will return to the CBS comedy … but will their relationship rekindle? Guess we’ll just have to watch and find out!

Season 7 Premiered: Thursday, September 26 at 8 on CBS

Cast: Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz), Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali)

6. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The much-anticipated Avengers spinoff is finally here. SHIELD — which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division — focuses on Marvel Comics’ intelligence program that appeared in superhero movies as Captain America and Iron Man. Watch how these normal humans deal with the supernatural activities that plague their world!

Series Premiered: Tuesday, September 24 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC

Cast: Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons)

7. Glee

The most buzzed-about TV series is finally off vocal rest! The cast of Glee are back for a new season, and Demi Lovato will be featured as a special guest in the upcoming episodes. Listen to Naya Rivera and Demi’s duet to get you pumped by clicking here.

Season 5 Premiered: Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c on FOX

Cast: Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Mark Salling (Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman), Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce)

8. The Walking Dead

Everyone’s favorite zombie show is coming back! Join Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, and the rest of the gang as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Season 4 Premiere: Sunday, October 13 at 9/8c on AMC

Cast: Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene), David Morrissey (The Governor)