Peanut better and jelly, Zelda and Scott, autumn and television: Some things just work better in pairs. Just as the weather starts to sour and you get the urge to curl up in a ball on the couch for several months, TV tosses a cornucopia of new and returning series your way. This month, HBO premieres its ambitious new sci-fi Western Westworld, plus two new comedies, Insecure and Divorce. Netflix has a new season of the anthology series Black Mirror, and the CW brings back two fan favorites, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. Get the Snuggies out of the closet: It’s time to hibernate.
10/2: Westworld (HBO)
Ok, technically you’ve already missed the premiere of HBO’s ambitious new drama Westworld, which aired last night. (You can still watch it on HBO’s on-demand platforms if you’ve missed it.) HBO is banking big on Westworld — based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name — since its flagship drama, Game of Thrones, will end after its eighth season. Westworld is set in a hyper-real amusement park where wealthy guests can get a taste of life in the Old West — consequence-free. Their “hosts” are extremely lifelike robots who exist to “gratify the desires” of the guests. The show gives viewers a lot to chew on, too much for this blurb, but if you’re interested in sci-fi thrillers and/or the symbolism of the Wild West, this one’s for you.