Fall TV Preview 2017: New Shows That Are Family Friendly and Worth Watching

It can be really hard to figure out what out what you can watch on regular television that is not offensive to your moral beliefs and your intelligence. So I did the digging for you.  Some shows have risque topics but are worthy of family discussions.

Eric & Jessie (E!) (September 6 premiere) The third season of the reality series finds country singer Jessie Decker juggling her music career, hosting duties and expanding her businesses after her husband, wide receiver Eric Decker, unexpectedly changes football teams and signs with the Tennessee Titans.

Total Bellas (E!) (September 6 premiere) reality series about the lives of WWE Superstars The Bella Twins returns with Nikki Bella and fiancé John Cena temporarily relocating to Phoenix to help Brie Bella and her husband, Daniel Bryan, through their first pregnancy.

69th Primetime Emmy Awards (CBS) (September 17) Stephen Colbert hosts this year.  It will likely have its risque moment but nothing you can’t deal with.

Dancing with the Stars (ABC) ( September 18) The dancing sensation is celebrating its silver anniversary. It will be a year of surprises.

Fuller House (Netflix)(September 22) Have mercy.  The show is still a great teaching vehicle for families.

The Good Doctor (ABC) (September 25) Creator David Shore’s new drama is about a brilliant doctor who doesn’t relate well to other people. I think we might see a few over the top procedures.

Empire (Fox) (September 27) Will Lucious (Terrence Howard) ever regain his memory after his time in the coma? Queen Latifah guest-stars in the season premiere as part of a cross-over episode with sister series, Star?

Star (Fox) (September 27) The second season premiere continues this show’s crossover event with Empire when Jussie Smollett guest-stars.

Mary Mary (WeTV) (September 28) This is the final season for the sisters and is guaranteed to be a big finish.  Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell have big life changing moments  this season. You can see the new trailer here.

Blue Bloods (CBS) (September 29)The Sopranos alum Lorraine Bracco has booked a recurring role in the eighth season of this procedural. The show takes moral discussion and faith views into the script of each episode. I look forward to this show every week.

Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) (October 1) Jeremy Piven plays a tech innovator who develops a crowd-sourcing tool that may help him find his daughter’s murderer—and solve crimes in San Francisco. This is an interesting take on heartbreak turned into productive tools.

Take a look:

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS) (October 3) Larry David is actually related to Bernie Sanders, Republican strategist Ana Navarro is part Ashkenazi Jew, and more fun facts about famous peoples’ family trees await in the next chapter of this series.

The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic Channels)(October 11)  Freeman narrates this documentary about people from different cultures whose lives are shaped by different fundamental forces. It’s a companion to his earlier Nat Geo series, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.

Great Performances: Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2 (PBS)(October 13) This all-star concert is meant to include honorees from many music genres and is organized around the Grammys 2017 Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator awards.

Flint (Lifetime) (October 28) Flint, Michigan’s water crisis is still very much a problem. And this biopic, which stars Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Marin Ireland, and Jill Scott, looks at the group of women who helped put it on our nation’s radar.

American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (PBS) (October 30)Denis O’Hare plays the notoriously spooky storyteller in this tale that, according to the press release, follows both the “misrepresentations of Poe and reveals how he tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world.”

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