Fall is normally the time when the networks make their big push to get viewers back on board after the summer lull, but some of cable television’s biggest and best programming is making a return this fall as well. Check out just a few of the best premium and basic cable television programs that will have new seasons this fall:
Boardwalk Empire, Sundays on HBO: This Prohibition-era gangster drama has picked up steam from a slow first season and now begins its third. Steve Buscemi is great as the head of a great ensemble cast, playing gangster Nucky Thompson (is there a more Prohibition-era gangster name than Nucky Thompson?).
Treme, Sundays on HBO: The New Orleans-set drama is not a ratings success, but it is critically acclaimed and has a loyal following, much like the predecessor series from creator David Simon, The Wire.
Dexter, Sundays on Showtime: The heroic serial killer show has gotten worse and worse with each season after its peak in Season Two. Now entering its seventh season, it’s definitely past its sell-by date, but it’s a ratings hit and a big victory for Showtime, no matter how ridiculous the show gets.
Homeland, Sundays on Showtime: Last year’s breakout cable drama enters its second season, the story of a former CIA agent who’s sure a former prisoner of war who’s a double agent for the enemy.
The Walking Dead, Sundays on AMC: As long as the zombie craze keeps going, people will continue watching this hit from AMC, the biggest show on basic cable.
American Horror Story, Wednesdays on FX: Criticially reviled, this horror show was a big hit last year. Creator Ryan Murphy brings a second season that tells a whole new story with some of the same actors playing different roles.
Be sure to check your local listings as to when these shows air.