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10 Best Fall TV Shows to Get You in the Autumn Mood

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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

My Favorite Season Is Back

September is here, and that means fall is just around the corner. Officially, fall started on September 22nd in the Western United States. There is no reason not to love the season. The changing weather from hot to cool, dry air to fresh and crisp air is something I look forward to every year.

If I don't go on scenic drives for fall foliage, I prefer to be inside my house, and one of my favorite things is watching shows. Not merely TV shows but shows that bring in the autumn mood.

My favorite fall-themed TV shows include both old and new series, and the genres are endless: drama, comedy, family, horror, fantasy, and many more. When it's too cold and rainy to get anything productive done outside, I don't feel guilty about just holing up inside all day and watching tv.

Dreary autumn days are perfect for cozying up on the couch with a comfy blanket and some hot tea or coffee and binge-watching television. If you are looking forward to the fall season as much as I am, these TV shows have to be on your list.

Top 10 Autumn TV Shows

  1. The Great British Bake Off (2010–present)
  2. The X-Files (1993–2002, 2016–2018)
  3. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
  4. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
  5. Love It or List It (2008–present)
  6. The Crown (2016–present)
  7. Stranger Things (2016–present)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022–present)
  9. Midnight Mass (2021)
  10. Merlin (2008)
"The Great British Bake Off" is one of my favorites!

"The Great British Bake Off" is one of my favorites!

1. The Great British Bake Off (2010–present)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

There is no secret about my passion for baking. Therefore, any show with a baking theme would be my first choice. There are endless baking shows on television. However, my favorite is The Great British Bake Off.

I've been watching the show since the first season aired in 2010. The show consists of a group of amateur bakers competing against each other in a series of rounds, attempting to impress a group of judges with their baking skills. When I want to brush up on my baking skill, I turn on the show and curl up on a sofa with a cup of warm coffee or tea.

If you enjoy this type of show, you'd like the holiday version called The Great British Bake Off: Holidays.

"The X-Files"

"The X-Files"

2. The X-Files (1993–2002, 2016–2018)

  • Where to Watch: Hulu

I started watching X-Files when it was first broadcast on television in 1993. It was one of the best science fiction series in the '90s. The show is about two special FBI agents (Mulder and Scully) investigating unusual and unsolved cases, known as X-Files that involve elements of the supernatural, folklore, mystery, government conspiracy, and many more.

Mulder and Scully were always in search of some dark secret, some monster that needed stopping. The cold, the darkness, and the trails in the woods are always captivating and make me want to stay glued to the show.

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By the way, if you like X-Files, you might also like Twin Peaks and Supernatural. Both of these shows are perfect for the autumn vibes.

"Gilmore Girls"

"Gilmore Girls"

3. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Next, I picked the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls because the show has the best autumn ambience. Many viewers including me— find comfort in the quirkiness of the characters, the plot, and the wonderful yet strange town of Stars Hollow.

From Luke's Diner (the staple location throughout the show's run), to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, the iconic mother-daughter duo (who spent a great deal of time at Luke's), to the charming Dragon's Fly Inn, to grandiose Emily Gilmore, watching Gilmore Girls is like wearing a comfy sweater.

"Seinfeld"

"Seinfeld"

4. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Seinfeld is my favorite American sitcom of the '90s. According to Jerry Seinfeld (one of the creators), the best part of the show is that it's about nothing. It mostly focuses on the mundane nothingness of daily life.

Seinfeld plays a stand-up comedian living in an apartment in Manhattan. Before Friends hung out at Central Perk, there was Jerry, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer enjoying breakfast and dinner at Monk's Diner. You can catch up with Jerry and his friends on Netflix— showing the full nine seasons of the show.

"Love It or List It"

"Love It or List It"

5. Love It or List It (2008–present)

  • Where to Watch: HGTV and Hulu

I am a fan of the home makeovers and house renovations on HGTV. One of my favorite shows is Love It or List It. I enjoy watching the camaraderie between the show hosts; Hilary Farr (a home designer) and David Visentin (a property expert) can be pretty unpleasant to each other.

However, the main focus of the show is to see how homeowners make a decision whether to love their house after being renovated by Hilary or to list it by moving to a new house presented by David. One of my favorite parts of the show is seeing the kitchen transformation. Most of the time, Hilary executed it.

If you like seeing home renovation shows, Fixer Upper, Good Bones, Flip or Flop, and Hometown are among the best.

"The Crown"

"The Crown"

6. The Crown (2016–present)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

The Crown is a historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of England from her wedding in 1947 to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, until the early 21st century.

I am smitten with the royal family from fiction, documentary, and their life story. Though the story of the show is not hundred percent accurate from their real life, I was captivated by the environment, the actors portrayed the characters, the fashion, the accent, and many more.

If you are a fan of British royals, this show is perfect for you. The series has broadcast four seasons. Therefore, it's the perfect time to binge the series before Season 5 arrives in November 2022.

"Stranger Things"

"Stranger Things"

7. Stranger Things (2016–present)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Stranger Things is an American science fiction drama television series that's known for its '80s nostalgia. It follows a group of middle school friends who unwittingly discover dark supernatural forces and shady government activities in Hawkins, Indiana.

The first season begins on November 6, 1983, in a small town called Hawkins. The ambience, wardrobe, music, and hairstyles perfectly complement the stranger things happening in town. I am a huge fan of 80s genre flicks because I grew up watching a lot of '80s movies and TV shows with my family. Stranger Things totally scratches that itch.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power"

"The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power"

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022–present)

  • Where to Watch: Prime Video

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an American fantasy television series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. If you're familiar with The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, this show is set hundreds of years before then.

None of the beloved characters such as Frodo, Sam, Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli are in the show. However, expect to see young Galadriel, Elrond, and Isildur (Aragorn's ancestor). If you're not familiar with the film, the TV show is a great way to become a fan of Middle Earth!

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9. Midnight Mass (2021)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

The autumn mood is not complete without scary or horror TV shows. With the leaves changing colors, nights getting darker, and rainy, stormy weather, it's easy to get comfortable under a blanket and watch a horror flick!

This is an excellent horror mini-series on Netflix, in my opinion. If you are a fan of the horror genre, this one won't disappoint. There are eight episodes in the series. I watched the first till the last one in one sitting. It was that good, and I don't like to wait to find out the conclusion.

"Merlin"

"Merlin"

10. Merlin (2008)

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

I'm a fan of historical, fantasy, and medieval-based television, what with the castles, attire, jousting, and sword fighting scenes. Before Game of Thrones, one of my favorite medieval TV shows was Merlin.

Many historical and mythical figures were associated with King Arthur during the medieval period, so it wouldn't be surprising that eventually Merlin the wizard got his own series. Although it isn't historically accurate, you shouldn't let that bother you. You're not coming to Merlin for hard science. You're coming for cool mythological creatures.

This show is perfect for those who want fantasy without all the violence and gore. Merlin is a fun watch for the whole family.

© 2022 Liza

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