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Westerly Sun Column

Fall is here, and that means it's TV time

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people. Outdoorsy folk may look forward to long hikes to see the foliage, foodies can enjoy fresh apple cider and pie (and pumpkin everything), and there are plenty of opportunities for family fun, like corn mazes and hayrides. Perhaps less adventurous, but just as exciting, fall also means the return of our favorite television series! If you need a refresher on what happened last season, or simply want to re-watch a series that has run its course, we have plenty of options at the library.

Let’s start with some longtime favorites! “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” is the longest running live-action scripted television series, which returned for its 23rd season last week. Many of the past seasons are available through our consortium, as well as others from the Law and Order franchise (the original show, Criminal Intent, and more). We can’t possibly forget about the longest running series ever, which has had an undeniably profound influence on society: “The Simpsons”. The animated sitcom returned yesterday for its 33rd season. Another old favorite is the ever-popular medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy”, which kicks off its 18th season later this week. Check out many of the older seasons of these shows through the library.

There are plenty of newer series available as well. The psychological thriller “You” returns to Netflix with season 3 in mid-October, so there’s plenty of time to watch the first two seasons before then. Run, don’t walk, because both are currently available in the library, as well as the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. Another popular Netflix series is “Riverdale”, which heads into its 5th season. The show is technically a teen drama, but has plenty of adult followers – maybe in part because it is based on the Archie Comics that first came out in the 1940s! And finally, sitcom fans may like “Young Sheldon”, the spin-off prequel to the iconic “Big Bang Theory”, which ended in 2019. You can find both of these series at the library.

Fall is huge for TV, but there are still many shows that won’t return until 2022. The good news is, of course, you have months and months to catch up before then. We have the first three seasons of the tearjerker drama “This is Us”, the first two season of the horror/science fiction show “Stranger Things”, and all of the current seasons of “The Crown”, which will premier for its 5th and final season next year. In short, no matter what your TV tastes are (or if you’re more into the books that inspired the shows), the library has plenty to keep you busy!

By Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian