The Affair: 1 Season 1, Ep 1
Welcome to "The End of the World." Noah Solloway has escaped the city with his family to his in-laws' estate in eastern Long Island. He's joined by his loving wife, Helen, and their four precocious children. At the same time, local Montauk waitress Alison Lockhart struggles with her husband, Cole, to move past a recent tragedy. In a chance encounter, Noah and Alison meet and connect. But in this bucolic beach town, it's impossible to avoid someone you yearn to see again. Series premiere.
American Horror Story: Monsters Among Us First Watch Season 4, Ep 1
One of the last freak shows in the U.S. struggles for survival in Jupiter, Florida. Unexplained deaths in the community cause alarm. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Undercover Season 2, Ep 1
Six months after going undercover with the mob (and confessing his feelings for colleague Amy Santiago) Det. Jake Peralta attempts to take care of the sting operation's final loose end. Capt. Holt torments Santiago, Diaz, and Jeffords with a series of seemingly pointless role-playing drills. Gina and Boyle wrestle with the implications of last season's ill-advised(?) hookup. [more inside]
Nashville: That's Me Without You Season 3, Ep 1
The season premiere answers the question: "Which proposal will Rayna accept?" [more inside]
Forever: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A medical examiner who's seen it all gets caught up in a train crash investigation. [more inside]
Scorpion: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A team of geniuses help out the government. [more inside]
Gotham: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Rookie detective James Gordon investigates the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Doctor Who: Time Heist First Watch Season 8, Ep 5
The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse - steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and a cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security, and come face-to-face with the fearsome Teller - a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt. Description from BBC
American Dad!: Roger Passes the Bar Season 10, Ep 1
When Roger suffers a heart attack following the ongoing stress of running his attic dive bar, Roger's Place, he sells the bar to a restaurateur who transforms it into the family-friendly Roger's Spot. Meanwhile, Steve and his friends are entranced by a new woman in the neighborhood (voiced by Jane Krakowski) who introduces herself as a sexual predator interested in teenage boys. [more inside]
Hannibal: Apéritif Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
FBI instructor Will Graham now lives out his days in the classroom, despite his legendary skills as a forensic profiler. But Jack Crawford, head of the BAU, has other ideas and wants to tempt Will back into the field. When stubbornness ensues, Jack seeks help from the renowned psychiatrist, Doctor Hannibal Lecter.
A Thracian is captured by erstwhile ally Romans and sent to die in the arena. [more inside]
The first episode of the TV adaptation of Outlander is online now, with the official premiere next weekend. Would anyone else like this to be a part of the regular Fanfare rotation? And if so, like GoT, does this warrant a "Book readers" and "Show only" split? [more inside]
Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Season 3, Ep 1
Watson has moved on in the years since Sherlock's presumed death. But when London is threatened by terrorists, Sherlock decides it's time to return.
Call the Midwife: Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
The opening of the show introduces it's major characters, sets the historical scene in post-war England, and establishes a tone of woman-centered, bike-powered, socialist-minded tear jerking melodrama and adventure. What's not to love?!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CRAWLING EYE Season 1, Ep 1
1958, B&W, Horror, Sci-Fi. A thick fog engulfs the side of a mountain, containing big puffy eyes with tentacles that control people's minds. The first cable episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 features many of the elements that would make the show a success: lots of jokes, whimsical performances, and a movie bad enough to peel paint. But as with most of the first season, it's really not the guys at their best. For devoted fans only. [more inside]
Mad Men: Time Zones Season 7, Ep 1
Mad Men returns for the start of its final season (which is actually just half a season, with the second half starting next spring). Don and the gang do their thing in multiple locations: LA, NYC, and Detroit. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: Two Swords Season 4, Ep 1
The return of Game of Thrones for the fourth season arrives with a bang as we catch up with all the different story lines from where we were left off last season. Before watching this new season, you can check out Politics of Power, HBO's recap of the entire third season, available for free on YouTube. [more inside]
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