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Throwback Shows To Watch This Fall

Claire Danes and Jared Leto in "My So-Called Life" ABC

The fall television season isn't jam-packed this year. Thankfully, there are so many streaming shows to watch. Now is the perfect time for that show you keep putting off or that one you haven’t even discovered yet! We took a look at the most-followed current series in TV Time, and matched them with an “older” series to help you find your next great binge.

If you love the supernatural elements in Stranger Things, give Misfits a shot!


In this sci-fi dramedy, a motley group of juvenile offenders doing community service obtain superpowers after a strange electrical storm. – Available on Hulu

Switch it up from zombies in The Walking Dead to the strange and unexplained in The X-Files.


The long-running FOX series follows FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate cases of paranormal phenomena. – Available on Hulu

Caught up on Money Heist? Try Orphan Black!

BBC America

Similar in feel, Orphan Black tells the story of a streetwise hustler pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks identical to her. – Available on Amazon Prime

Looking for a teen series like Riverdale with a little less drama? It’s time to start Gossip Girl.

The CW

Less murder, but just as many mysteries… An unidentified blogger reveals classified information about privileged teens living in New York’s Upper East Side. – Available on Netflix

The 100 comes to an end this month! Perhaps Heroes will help fill the void.


Ordinary people around the world discover they have super powers and come together to prevent disaster. – Available on and Amazon Prime

Need the drama, love triangles, and abundance of episodes that Grey’s Anatomy has? Get to know One Tree Hill.

The WB/The CW

Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in their North Carolina town. – Available on Hulu

Before The Flash and The CW’s Arrowverse, there was The WB’s Smallville.

The WB/The CW

A young Clark Kent tries to find his place in the world as he balances harnessing his powers for good with the typical troubles of teenage life. – Available on Hulu

Loving Lucifer? Add Grimm to your watch list.


Another fantasy-crime drama! A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who keep the peace between humanity and supernatural creatures. – Available on Google Play and Amazon Prime

Keep it weird after Black Mirror with Twin Peaks.


In David Lynch’s cult TV series, the murder of a teenage girl brings an FBI agent to the peculiar town of Twin Peaks. – Available on Netflix, Hulu and CBS All Access

If you appreciate a good battle and historical fiction à la Vikings, watch Spartacus.


The Starz series dives into the life of Spartacus from his time as a Roman ally to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator. – Available on Amazon Prime and Starz

Give the Winchester brothers in Supernatural a break, and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer fight evil beings.


As the “chosen one,” Buffy Summer is the one girl in the world with the skill to fight vampires; she spends her time slaying vampires and demons with the help of her close friends. – Available on Hulu

Try Hemlock Grove if you like the horror and camp of American Horror Story.


Horror creator Eli Roth brings stories of evil hiding in plain sight within a dilapidated Pennsylvania town. – Available on Netflix

The Simpsons has been on for over thirty years! Binge its biggest competitor for longest-running animated series, South Park.

Comedy Central

The misadventures of four foul-mouthed grade schoolers in the Colorado town of South Park, where no topic goes untouched. – Available on Comedy Central and HBO Max

Love the honest conversations and painful awkwardness of Sex Education? Throw it back with My So-Called Life.


Dealing with topics such as friends and family, first love, homophobia, and drug use, the ‘90s teen drama centers on Angela Chase and the trials and tribulations of high school. – Available on and Amazon Prime

You can’t obsess over Elite without appreciating The O.C.!


Drama, death, wealth, and the high school hierarchy… “Welcome to the O.C., bitch.” A troubled kid becomes entangled in the upper-class lifestyle of Newport Beach in Orange County, California. – Available on HBO Max