Autumn is upon us, and with it an onslaught of television watching. There are old favorites and some exciting newcomers definitely worthy of your consideration. The reality world is still offering tried-and-true recipes like Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, and unscripted shows like Hulu original Quick Draw are definitely making a splash this September.
That said, scripted television is making a determined comeback. With some serious contenders from the folks behind The Mentalist among the new kids, there are some potentially great new shows coming your way this month.
South Park (Available now)
In case you missed it, Comedy Central's animated comic classic from Matt Stone and Trey Parker is available for streaming exclusively and in its entirety on Hulu Plus even as we speak. Go forth, and see if you can come up with the definitive list of how many different ways Kenny is killed. See if you can perfect your Cartman imitation.
Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 (Available now)
With Season 2 set to launch Sept. 22 on Fox, now is the time to play catch-up and watch every episode of this supernatural crime thriller. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) returns from his 18th century grave to help police officer Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) put a stop to the Headless Horseman and the factions of good and evil that have reared their heads. (Yeah, pun intended.) Sleepy Hollow is a funny, charming and surprising with its smart dialogue.
Hell's Kitchen, Season 13 (Sept. 10th)
There's something about Gordon Ramsay. In this reality show, the Michelin-starred celebrity chef brings chefs from across the country to compete for fame and employment. For those of you who think Top Chef is too nice, Ramsey's trademark screaming and hurling of objects should prove a fine palliative. Say what you will about the man, he is passionate about good food and good cooking.
Quick Draw, Season 2 (New episodes every Thursday)
If shows like Reno 911 are your cup of tea, be sure to check out this unscripted comedy. This improvised show follows the adventures of overeducated local sheriff John Henry Hoyle as he tries to bring order to a wild frontier town. It's like Cops, you know, but in the Old West, making it doubly awesome.
Gotham, Season 1 (Sept. 22)
When we think of Gotham City, we tend to think of one name -- Batman. But this new series from NBC and director Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) goes beyond the Bat. The series follows a young Commissioner Gordon, back when he was just a detective, played by Ben McKenzie (The O.C.). Bruce Wayne is featured, but he's much younger. This interesting take is all about Gordon and how he handles Gotham's villains, without the Dark Knight.
Red Band Society, Pilot (Starts Sept. 17)
This new comedic drama from Fox is based on a popular show from Catalonia, Spain. It's a coming of age story -- with a dark twist. Red Band Society tells the story of a group of teenagers who are forced to become friends after they are thrown together in the pediatric wing of a hospital. There will be tears, and hopefully a few laughs. The pilot is available to watch now.