Even if it feels like summer has barely lasted, the change in seasons is not necessarily a bad thing — after all, fall TV and movies are always highly anticipated after a summer entertainment slump. And September 2022’s new releases look to be starting things off strong.
From Harry Styles’s fans eagerly looking forward to his role in Don’t Worry Darling to Bachelor Nation gearing up for another season of Bachelor in Paradise, there’s a variety of must-watch media to mark on your calendar next month. Want to know where, when, and why to watch all of them? Keep reading for the best upcoming September shows and movies.
Dated and Related (September 2)
This Netflix reality dating show comes with a major twist — not only are the contestants searching for love, they’re also watching their siblings look for their soulmates. (Awkward!) It’s hard to think of ways this could not end in disaster, so the drama will probably be turned up to 11, and you won’t want to miss it.
Fakes (September 2)
In this new series, two best friends, Zoe and Becca, start a fake ID empire and ride the high of their newfound success — but, of course, with the high highs come the low lows. Fakes straddles the line between comedy and drama, and both Zoe and Becca seem to be unreliable narrators; even if they don’t get away with it, you’ll definitely want to come along for the ride.
Do Revenge (September 16)
Starring Riverdale’s Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke of Stranger Things fame, this movie sounds like the perfect recipe for a Gen Z hit. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, the story follows two high school students who are, well, out for revenge against their bullies, like the title suggests.
Blonde (September 28)
Already mired in controversy for its NC-17 rating (the first for a Netflix original), Blonde is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s novel of the same name that imagines Marilyn Monroe’s life and the darker sides the public didn’t get to see. Starring Ana de Armas, who looks eerily like Marilyn in the trailer, this is sure to be one of the most hotly-discussed films of the month.
Wedding Season (September 8)
A rom-com… thriller? Sign me up. When Katie’s fiance and his family is murdered at their wedding, both Katie and her lover Stefan are suspects, leading them to go on the run. This murder mystery involves a wedding gone wrong, an affair, and more than a few secrets; you probably won’t be able to stop watching until you uncover the truth.
Atlanta (September 15)
Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed show is back for a fourth season on FX (with the ability to stream episodes on Hulu later). This season is also, sadly, the final season, and will return the main characters to the show’s namesake city after their time in Europe during Season 3, according to one producer, who also called this season the “greatest hits season.” Even if you’re not ready to say goodbye to Earn, Paper Boi, and the rest of the cast, at least it looks like you’ll have some great television to look forward to.
The Kardashians (September 22)
You know you want to hear all about Kim and Pete, even if they’ve since called it quits. Well, Season 2 of The Kardashians promises to feature Pete more than in Season 1 (even if he doesn’t have that much of a main role), and that’s not all — Kravis’s wedding may also be getting a fair amount of screentime this season.
Bachelor in Paradise (September 27)
Though there’s no trailer for this season of BIP just yet, we all know to anticipate major drama. Hosted by Jesse Palmer, who is also currently hosting Gabby and Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette, it looks like things will get a little steamy this season — plus, with ABC ordering more footage and more episodes, we might get a chance to see sides of the contestants that are usually cut for time. Bachelor in Paradise airs on ABC, but you can stream the episodes the next day on Hulu.
The D’Amelio Show (September 28)
Season 1 of The D’Amelio Show went behind the flashier parts of TikTok superstars Charli and Dixie’s lives as Internet legends, and took a candid look at their family and their mental health. Season 2 will delve even further into the sisters’ vulnerabilities, but there’s also more to look forward to, like Dixie’s relationship with Noah Beck, which is featured in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the trailer.
Hocus Pocus 2 (September 30)
Some people have been waiting years for this sequel, and now it’s dropping just in time for Halloween. Much of the beloved original cast will be back, including all Sanderson witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy), who it seems will be summoned back to life in modern-day Salem and start wreaking havoc, just like we know them to be really good at.
Vampire Academy (September 15)
This book series, first made into a movie in 2014, is now getting the TV treatment over on Peacock. In case you need a refresher, it’s set at St. Vladimir’s Academy, a supernatural boarding school, though the TV series may diverge in some ways from the movie and the book series. It also features a new cast — replacing Zoey Deutch as protagonist Rose is Sisi Stringer in her first major role.
After Ever Happy (September 7)
The final installment in the After quadrilogy, After Ever Happy might cover a lot of ground if it’s following the book series by Anna Todd. The novel spans decades and the ups and downs in Hardin and Tessa’s adult lives including a breakup, family issues, and (no spoilers!) the major question of whether they end up together.
Don’t Worry Darling (September 23)
You probably already knew this one would be on the list, didn’t you? Harry Styles fans have been eagerly anticipating his role in this period drama that also stars Florence Pugh and was directed by Olivia Wilde. Between the apparent on-set drama, the emphasis on the movie’s sex scene, and more, this film is sure to make waves among Harries and non-Harries alike.