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5 TV Shows to Prepare You For Autumn

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Happy fall, everyone!

Can you hear that? The sound of wind brushing against the trees and the crisp leaves underfoot. Today marks the official start of autumn and I couldn’t put into words how excited I am.

As we move into this season, we’re often faced with chillier temperatures, drearier days, and longer nights. Fortunately, this provides the optimal conditions for cuddling up under a blanket and watching a new—or new-to-you—TV show.

Here are five TV shows that are perfect for preparing you for autumn!

Rory and Lorelai Gilmore wearing 1940s attire in an episode of Gilmore Girls

Gilmore girls (2000-2007)

Gilmore girls will have you wanting to call your mom—and also drink a lot of coffee. The show takes you along the day-to-day life of an eccentric mother-daughter duo living in small-town-USA. Rory is accepted to a prep school that will help her get into Harvard. But her acceptance opens the door to the world—and the family—that her mother, Lorelai, left behind.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any list of autumn TV shows should include Gilmore girls. As the air starts to cool and leaves to turn brown, there’s no better feeling than turning on Gilmore girls. Joining Lorelai and Rory, along with the quirky townsfolk of Stars Hollow, feels like coming home. Grab a jumbo cup of coffee and settle in for the annual rewatch.

Norma Bates embracing her son, Norman in the TV show Bates Motel

Bates Motel (2013-2017)

The prequel to the ‘60s horror film, Bates Motel follows Norma and Norman as they attempt to establish their motel among financial and geographic troubles. As Norman becomes more unhinged, suspicions are raised and Norma must do whatever it takes to protect her beloved son.

Did you ever wonder how Norman Bates became the crazed killer in Psycho? Well, wonder no longer—this psychological drama answers all your questions and then some. Bates Motel develops the Bateses story with a creepy, slow-paced progression that will raise every hair on your arm.

Anne Shirley-Cuthbert holding a parasol in the finale episode of the TV show Anne With An E

Anne With An E (2017-2019)

Move on, previous adaptations of Anne of Green Gables (jk!). If there was a dictionary entry for the term “comfort show”, you would find Anne With An E under it. Based on the classic Canadian novel, the show expands on the world of Anne Shirley-Cuthbert, adding storylines and characters that pack a punch.

It may seem unlikely that this show would fall on an autumn-themed list, given that its northeastern setting is subject to harsh winters. However, this Canadian classic is the perfect balance between harvest and cozy. It’ll make you want to wrap yourself up in a big quilted blanket, and laugh, cry, and dream with the characters.

The Harmon family arrives at the Murder House in American Horror Story

American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)

American Horror Story: Murder House is a fantastic piece of horror TV. It tells the story of a century-old Californian mansion with a storied and gruesome past. As the dysfunctional Harmon family moves into the house as an attempt at a fresh start, they encounter the ghosts of the former inhabitants—many of whom remain vengeful.

A show with the word “horror” in the title is tailor-made for autumn. And while this anthology series packs seasons full of scares, its inaugural season is a standout. The way each story intertwines with another and relates back to the Harmons keeps you on the edge of your seat. But what’s most interesting is the way that the house plays a role among the cast.

Laura Palmer sitting in the Red Room in Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

It can be hard to explain Twin Peaks to those who have never seen it. At its core, this ‘90s cult classic takes FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper to the town of Twin Peaks where the body of a high school student has been found. As Agent Cooper tries to solve the mystery of the murder, bizarre encounters overrun the town.

If the selection of psychological and paranormal horrors on this list haven’t suited your fancy, maybe a twinge of the supernatural will. Beyond the simplistic murder mystery, Twin Peaks dives into unusual and often freaky subplots. While it’s not for everyone, fans of surrealist horror will eat this show up, making it the perfect match for the Halloween season.

Which of these TV shows would you like to watch this autumn? Let me know in the comments!

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