With summer drawing to an end, your favorite fall television shows are once again gearing up to begin—and Amazon Prime Instant Video isn't wasting any time helping to get you ready. The service offers all the previous seasons of these 10 upcoming and must-see series, just in time to catch up and binge watch before the new seasons roll out. Behold, it's time for the Great Fall TV Cram.
When his ability to assume the murderer's point of view starts to get under his skin, FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) is assigned to psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) for help coping. Unbeknownst to everyone involved, however, the brilliant and esteemed doc is also the Chesapeake Ripper, a prolific and cannibalistic serial killer. Big names abound in both seasons one and two of this grisly and psychologically provocative thriller—including Laurence Fishburne, Gillian Anderson, Cynthia Nixon, Gina Torres and Anna Chlumsky. Catch up on Season 1 on Prime Instant Video.
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
The circle is closing as the seventh and final season finishes the story of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and the rise to power of Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam) within the gang of leather-clad outlaws. The first handful of seasons, however, are a mishmash of legal and illegal, gun-running and garages, with a dash of heartfelt romance and a smattering of porn production thrown in. Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal round out the award-winning cast, and the list of past guest stars includes Drea de Matteo, Danny Trejo, Chuck Zito, Henry Rollins and Tom Everett Scott. Catch up on Seasons 1 through 5 on Prime Instant Video.
The Blacklist (NBC)
Similar to Hannibal, this NBC crime drama follows Raymond "Red" Reddington (played by James Spader), a government agent turned fugitive who's evaded capture for decades. He's now mysteriously surrendered to the FBI and has offered to help track down dangerous criminals—but with the caveat that he works only with rookie agent Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone). Season one is a twisting sequence of events, full of questions about Red's true intentions and the mystery around why he's chosen Liz, a woman with whom he presumably has no connection. Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
With roots in the 1989 Ron Howard film by the same name, this small screen version follows the Braverman grandparents (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) as they oversee the rest of their offspring (Dax Shepard, Peter Krause, Erika Christensen and Lauren Graham). The comedy-drama tells a universal story of challenges faced when growing up, raising kids and starting over after setbacks. Tackling a variety of financial and emotional issues—including divorce, drugs, autism, racism, sexual identity and abortion—the prevailing message is that family matters, even when the turmoil hits the fan and the walls are collapsing. Catch up on Seasons 1 through 4 on Prime Instant Video.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Laughs abound in this action-comedy series, which was actually a surprise hit when its first season debuted last year. Since then, however, it's garnered a number of awards—including Golden Globes for Best Television Series and Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department, Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows an eclectic team of detectives (which includes comedians Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and Terry Crews) as they butt heads, play off one another and generally struggle to adjust under a newly appointed captain (Andre Braugher). Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
Billionaire playboy turned vigilante, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) takes on a series of villains in this small screen remake of yet another superhero story. Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, this costumed crime-fighter teams up to battle villains with a hodgepodge crew of misfits—including his bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer hacker Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), the Canary (Caity Lotz) and the Flash (Grant Gustin). Look also for recurring roles with John Barrowman and Kevin Alejandro. And with a spin-off series debuting this year for the Flash, a series catch-up of Arrow is doubly necessary. Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
The Mindy Project (FOX)
This quirky romantic comedy follows OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) as she struggles to find a balance between personal and professional life. Inspired by Kaling's real-life mother, the series explores the fictional Mindy's relationships with the two doctors (played by Ed Weeks and Chris Messina) who share her small medical practice—and sometimes her bed—in New York City. Will Mindy actually get her career off the ground? Will she meet a guy who passes her standards? Only time—and your available marathon viewing schedule—will tell. Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
About a Boy (NBC)
Songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman (played by David Walton) is the "ultimate man-child" in this light-hearted comedy—that is, until his world is turned upside-down when single mother Fiona (Minnie Driver) and her pre-teen son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) move in next door. The story follows the main character's quintessential boy-turned-man personal progression, as Will develops a strong relationship with the younger of his two neighbors and navigates an uber close friendship—in lieu of the typical will-they-won't-they dynamic—with Fiona. The television series is based on a novel of the same name as well as a theatrical film released in the 90s. Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
The Good Wife (CBS)
Following a very public sex and corruption scandal in which her state attorney husband Peter (played by Chris Noth) is jailed, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) quits her 13-year tenure as a stay-at-home mom to return to the legal profession to help make ends meet for her family. The series was inspired by prominent scandals—like those of John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton—and the legal-minded wives associated with them. After her many years as "the good wife," this legal and political drama finds Alicia now juggling home and professional responsibilities while navigating the murky waters of the ongoing scandal. Catch up on Seasons 1 through 5 on Prime Instant Video.
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Set predominantly in Storybrooke, Maine, this Disney-made fairy tale drama series follows the town's motley crew of residents—who are actually characters from various fairy tales who have been cursed, robbed of their memories and transported to the real world by the evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla). The town's saving hope lies in the hands of bail bonds-woman and bounty hunter Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and her son Henry (Jared Gilmore), who also happens to be the adopted son of Regina. Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) lead a star-studded cast. Watch the latest season on Amazon Instant Video.
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