Life after ‘Breaking Bad’: what to watch this fall

As fall TV shows kick off, A&E editor Parker Munson analyzes primetime’s hottest contenders.

Parker Munson, Writer


If you’re like me, you’ve probably been spending your Sunday nights twiddling your thumbs ever since “Breaking Bad” ended. However, you’re probably not like me, which means you’ve been spending your Sunday nights at Singspo or deep in the thick of your studies. So if you need a study break or just want some time to relax and enjoy a good show, you’re in luck because this fall is full of promising prime time.

The Walking Dead

They’re back. If you’re a fan of TWD, and the odds are pretty high that you are, you already know that as far as TV shows go, it really doesn’t get any more epic than this one. The post-apocalyptic thriller kicks off its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 13 as the surviving few continue to battle for their lives against the walkers. Since its first season, there has been a serious drop in carnage and a fairly significant increase in character development, and we can most likely expect the trend to continue. However, whenever zombies are involved, you know there’s going to be action. Tune in this Sunday to AMC at 9 p.m.


The Bravermans have the exceptional ability of making you feel right at home as they wrestle with life’s universal headaches and try to sort things out like the rest of us. As the show enters into its fifth season, they have already tackled divorce, abortion and cancer, so it’s hard to guess what the family will deal with next, but such is life. Fearless sincerity and genuine concern for storytelling places “Parenthood” far and above any other family-oriented drama on TV these days. You can catch it on NBC at 10 p.m. every Thursday.

New Girl

“Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!” What some people have already called the new “Friends,” the ever popular FOX sitcom is back with its third season. If you’ve been watching, you’ve seen the clumsily adorable Jess get into mischief, Nick get Jess out of that mischief and Schmidt add way too many dollars to the jar. But if you’re not in tune with Zooey Deschanel’s least hipster, most hilarious project to date, you might consider starting now. Of course, no show would garner a comparison to “Friends” just based on laughs. At its core, “New Girl” is about loyalty, honesty and grace. Especially grace. A lot of grace. “New Girl” airs at 9 p.m. every Tuesday on FOX.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best known for his roles in “Hot Rod” and “Saturday Night Live,” Andy Samberg stars in a brand new police sitcom on FOX. The show focuses on Detective Jake Peralta, played by Samberg, who is the department’s top detective in need of a serious attitude adjustment. That’s where Captain Ray Holt, the department’s new chief played by Andre Braugher, comes in. Though at times it can feel hokey and is much more cliché than it is clever, fans of the comically stupid Samberg will not be disappointed. Catch him in action on FOX right before “New Girl” at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Even though it’s hard to believe that any show could fill the Huell sized hole that “Breaking Bad” left in our hearts, there are plenty of shows out this fall that shouldn’t disappoint. So hit those books, call mom and get your quiet time in, then flop on the couch and enjoy. Oh, and if your roommate doesn’t have cable, consider using Hulu.

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