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New TV shows for October 2021: What’s coming next

The cast of Sucession on HBO
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Get your pumpkin spice latte ready because the calendar of new TV shows and movies in October 2021 is packed. We've gathered the list of what's airing on broadcast, cable and streaming, and there are tons of new offerings from Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and others.

The networks are rolling out all their new series and returning shows, including Succession season 3, You season 3 and The Bachelorette season 18.

Check out the very full schedule of new TV shows in October 2021.

The new TV show premieres and finales to watch in October 2021

All times Eastern Time
Our top picks in bold

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

Blush - movie (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Black as Night - movie (12 a.m., Amazon Prime Video)

Diana: The Musical - special (3 a.m., Netflix)

The Guilty - movie (3 a.m., Netflix)

The Many Saints of Newark - movie (3 a.m., HBO Max)

S.W.A.T. - season 5 premiere (8 p.m., CBS)

Magnum P.I. - season 4 premiere (9 p.m., CBS)

Blue Bloods - season 12 premiere (10 p.m., CBS)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

Saturday Night Live - season 47 premiere (11:30 p.m., NBC)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3

Call the Midwife - season 10 premiere (8 p.m., PBS)

Billions - season 5 finale (9 p.m., Showtime)

The Walking Dead: World Beyond - season 2 premiere (10 p.m., AMC)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

On My Block - complete season 4 (3 a.m., Netflix)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Dave Chappelle: The Closer - special (3 a.m., Netflix)

Escape the Undertaker - special (3 a.m., Netflix)

Bachelor in Paradise - season 7 finale (8 p.m., ABC)

2021 Hip Hop Awards - special (9 p.m., BET)

The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project - season 1 premiere (9 p.m., HGTV)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Baking Impossible - complete season 1 (3 a.m., Netflix)

What If …? - season 1 finale (3 a.m., Disney Plus)

Riverdale - season 5 finale (8 p.m., The CW)

Archer - season 12 finale (10 p.m., FXX)

CSI: Vegas - season 1 premiere (10 p.m., CBS)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7

Sexy Beasts - complete season 2 (3 a.m., Netflix)

Young Sheldon - season 5 premiere (8 p.m., CBS)

Ghosts - season 1 premiere (9 p.m., CBS)

Bull - season 6 premiere (10 p.m., CBS)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

Acapulco - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

Ted Lasso - season 2 finale (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

Madame X - special (3 a.m., Paramount Plus)

Muppets Haunted Mansion - movie (3 a.m., Disney Plus)

Pretty Smart - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Netflix)

Nancy Drew - season 3 premiere (9 p.m., The CW)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10

The Equalizer - season 2 premiere (8 p.m., CBS)

NCIS: Los Angeles - season 13 premiere (9 p.m., CBS)

The Walking Dead - season 11 fall finale (9 p.m., AMC)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11

The Baby-Sitters Club - complete season 2 (3 a.m., Netflix)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12

House of Payne - season 8 fall premiere (8 p.m., BET)

Chucky: Death by Misadventure - season 1 premiere (10 p.m., Syfy)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Dopesick - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Hulu)

Batwoman - season 2 premiere (9 p.m., The CW)

The Sinner - season 4 premiere (10 p.m., USA)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

Another Life - season 2 premiere (3 a.m., Netflix)

Guilty Party - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Paramount Plus)

Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman - special (3 a.m., HBO Max)

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., HBO Max)

Legacies - season 4 premiere (9 p.m., The CW)

Project Runway - season 19 premiere (9 p.m., Bravo)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

I Know What You Did Last Summer - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Amazon Prime Video)

The Velvet Underground - special (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

You - complete season 3 (3 a.m., Netflix)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

Hightown - season 2 premiere (9 p.m., Starz)

Fear the Walking Dead - season 7 premiere (9 p.m., AMC)

Succession - season 3 premiere (9 p.m., HBO)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19

The Bachelorette - season 18 premiere (8 p.m., ABC)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Found - special (3 a.m., Netflix)

American Horror Story - season 10 finale (10 p.m., FX)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

The Girl in the Woods - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Peacock)

Sex, Love and Goop - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Netflix)

The Blacklist - season 9 premiere (8 p.m., NBC)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

Invasion - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

Dune - movie (3 a.m., HBO Max)

Inside Job - complete season 1 (3 a.m., Netflix)

Locke & Key - complete season 2 (3 a.m., Netflix)

Roaring Twenties - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Netflix)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

Insecure - season 5 premiere (10 p.m., HBO)

Curb Your Enthusiasm - season 11 premiere (10:30 p.m., HBO)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25

All American - season 4 premiere (8 p.m., The CW)

4400 - season 1 premiere (9 p.m., The CW)

Below Deck - season 9 premiere (9 p.m., Bravo)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

Sex: Unzipped - special (3 a.m., Netflix)

The Last O.G. - season 4 premiere (10 p.m., TBS)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Hypnotic - movie (3 a.m., Netflix)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

Love Life - season 2 premiere (3 a.m., HBO Max)

Star Trek: Prodigy - season 1 premiere (3 a.m., Paramount Plus)

Walker - season 2 premiere (8 p.m., The CW)

What We Do in the Shadows - season 3 finale (10 p.m., FX)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

Fairfax - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Amazon Prime Video)

Swagger - season 1 premiere (12 a.m., Apple TV Plus)

Army of Thieves - movie (3 a.m., Netflix)

Colin in Black and White - complete season 1 (3 a.m., Netflix)

Kelly Woo

Kelly covers streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.