October TV Schedule

(Featured image courtesy of HBO)

October 1 – Maid (Netflix)

MAID (L to R) RYLEA NEVAEH WHITTET as MADDY, MARGARET QUALLEY as ALEX, and NICK ROBINSON as SEAN in episode 101 of MAID Cr. RICARDO HUBBS/NETFLIX © 2021

Just a couple weeks ago, Netflix became the first streaming service to win a Limited Series Emmy for The Queen’s Gambit, but it seems there’s no rest for the winner, who is set to kick off October with your next limited obsession: Maid. Based on the true story of author Stephanie Land, Emmy nominee Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) stars as the titular house cleaner who struggles through extreme poverty to build a better future for her child after fleeing an abusive relationship. Early reviews have suggested that this is a must-watch with a career-defining performance from Qualley, so be sure to tune in as soon as it drops. Margot Robbie produces, with Nick Robinson (Love, Simon), Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog), and Qualley’s own mother Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) co-starring.

Oct 2 – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

The iconic sketch comedy series is back for its forty-seventh outing! All summer, rumors have abounded as to whether or not iconic stars like Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, and Cecily Strong will be returning for another year in Studio 8H, but unless any bombshell news pieces hit in the next week or so, all seem set to return. After a season full of surprises, both bad and good (who knew Adele would turn out to be one of our favorite hosts?), we’re curious as ever to see what the SNL team has in store. All four episodes featured above will be broadcast live coast-to-coast and streamed on Peacock simultaneously.

October 7 – One of Us Is Lying (Peacock)

Pictured: (l-r) Cooper van Grootel as Nate, Chibuikem Uche as Cooper, Mark McKenna as Simon, Annalisa Cochrane as Addy, Marianly Tejada as Bronwyn — (Photo by: Nicola Dove/Peacock)

Five teens walk into the library for detention. Only four leave alive. This deliciously suspenseful twist on The Breakfast Club stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for almost two and a half years, and Peacock’s adaptation is sure to capture audiences in the same way. See if you can identify the liar before the characters can, week-to-week starting on October 7. We’re betting it was “the princess,” in the non-fiction section, with the math textbook.

Oct 13 – Dopesick (Hulu)

Dr. Samuel Finnix (Michael Keaton) and Billy (Will Poulter), shown. (Photo by: Antony Platt/Hulu)

As TV shows across every network make decisions on whether or not to include COVID-related storylines in their upcoming seasons, Hulu’s taking viewers back to the original American epidemic: opioids. Michael Keaton stars as the doctor who traces the explosion of opioid abuse. Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable), Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian), Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name), and Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) co-star.

Oct 15 – You (Netflix)

YOU (L to R) PENN BADGLEY as JOE GOLDBERG and VICTORIA PEDRETTI as LOVE QUINN in episode 301 of YOU Cr. JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX © 2021

Joe may be settling down with a baby on the way, but we’re sure that there’ll be trouble in paradise as Love proves to be his perfect match in more ways than one. Don’t feel bad if you binge it all in one sitting; we’re sure Joe and Love would be proud of your obsession.

Oct 17 – Succession (HBO)

Photo: David M. Russell/HBO ©2020 HBO. All Rights Reserved

Betrayal, sex, scheming, lies, and the darkest comedy this side of Fargo; this could describe quite a few shows on TV, but no one’s writing about the obscenely wealthy quite like the Succession team. Fresh off an impressive awards haul, the show starts right where it left off, with the Roy family in disarray after Kendall’s shocking betrayal. Even the ad campaign doesn’t know where lines will be drawn, as HBO has released multiple posters hinting that characters will pick and switch sides (and probably switch again). Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) and Adrien Brody (Peaky Blinders) join the ensemble.

Oct 24 – Insecure (HBO)

Photograph by Merie Wallace/HBO

Issa Rae has come a long way since Awkward Black Girl premiered as a web series a decade ago. Now that Insecure is set to take a bow on its fifth season, the “Issa Dee” chapter of her career is coming to a close. However, we can’t wait to see what Rae and company have in store for their final outing, and we’re even more thrilled to see what the team has planned next. Most exciting piece of news: Keke Palmer, a fan of the show, will be guest starring in a role that she created and pitched to Rae. You know what we call that? Growth!

Oct 29 – Colin in Black & White (Netflix)

COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE (L to R) COLIN KAEPERNICK as COLIN in episode 101 of COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

This revolutionary new series blends narrative and documentary structure as Colin Kaepernick narrates a dramatized depiction of his teenage years. The series will tackle young Kaepernick’s aspirations for greatness and struggles with race, class, and culture.

Other Big Premieres

Oct 3 – The Walking Dead: The World Beyond (AMC)

Oct 4 – On My Block (Netflix)

Oct 7 – Young Sheldon (CBS), Ghosts (CBS)

Oct 8 – Nancy Drew (The CW)

Oct 11 – The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

Oct 13 – Batwoman (The CW)

Oct 14 – B Positive (CBS)

Oct 15 – I Know What You Did Last Summer (Prime Video)

Oct 17 – Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)

Oct 19 – The Bachelorette (ABC)

Oct 21 – The Blacklist (NBC)

Oct 22 – Invasion (Apple TV+), Locke and Key (Netflix)

Oct 24 – Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Oct 25 – All American (The CW)

Oct 26 – The Last O.G. (TBS)

Oct 28 – Love Life (HBO Max), Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount+)

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