The ESSENCE Fall TV And Movie Guide: 33 Shows You Don't Want To Miss

There's plenty to get excited about in the world of entertainment this fall, and we can't wait to tune in! It's time to revamp your nightly television line up or hit the theater for movie night with your squad and we've got 33 reasons why. 

Rachaell Davis Aug, 31, 2016

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An all-star Hollywood cast including Gabrielle union, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Jessie T. Usher, Kimberly Elise and more bring the laughs in this feel-good holiday story. In Theaters: November 11, 2016

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Yara Shahidi and everyone from our favorite primetime family is back with more laughs in season 3 of ABC's breakout sitcom. Premiere Date: Septemer 21, 2016

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New comer Kylie Bunbury tells the fictional story of the first female MLB player in Fox's inspiring new drama series. Premiere Date: September 22, 2016

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Nate Parker stars in the true story of revolutionary icon Nat Turner as he leads the most infamous slave revolt in history. Also starring Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King and Aunjanue Ellis, among others. In Theaters: October 7, 2016

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Lupita Nyong'o brings this true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi to life as only she can. In Theaters: September 23, 2016

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This long-awaited biopic will chronicle the life and untimely death of Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur. Premiere Date: November 11, 2016

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Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollet and all of our favorite familiar faces are back for season 3 of Fox's top rated drama series as the Lyon family keeps the suspense coming. Premiere Date: September 21, 2016

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Harry Potter book series mastermind J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut with this mythical film starring Hollywood starlet Zoe Kravitz, among others. In Theaters: November 18, 2016

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Damon Wayans brings his star power to the small screen in the television series remake of this classic action film franchise. Premiere Date: September 21, 2016

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Viewers have been itching to find out what murder mysteries lie ahead for Annalise Keating and her team of ruthless young law students in season 3 of this Shondaland gem. Premiere Date: September 22, 2016

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Superstar comedic actor Kevin Hart gets back to his roots in what he say will be his final standup film. In Theaters: October 14, 2016

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Our favorite brilliant brown girl brings the truth and the laughs in this highly-anticipated new series. Premiere Date: October 9, 2016

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Madea confronts her fears in this Halloween comedy that's sure to bring on the laughs. In Theaters: October 21, 2016

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One of primetime's most popular drama series kicks off their 12th season with a bang, just as we'd expect. Premiere Date: September 22, 2016

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Mekhi Phifer stars in this new sci-fci drama series about a detective who uses her connection with her deceased father to help solve a murder case. Premiere Date: October 5, 2016

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MTV Girl Code star Nicole Byer brings her comedic charm to MTV in this new scripted series loosely based on her life. Premiere Date: September 5, 2016

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Mike Colter stars in the series adaptation of this popular Marvel favorite. Premiere Date: September 30, 2016

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This groundbreaking film tells the story of a young African-American man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality as he navigates his way through adulthood. In Theaters: October 21, 2016

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A timely film about a resilient couple targeted by laws against interracial marriage in the 1960s. In Theaters: November 4, 2016

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Laverne Cox and Christina Milian help bring this creepy classic musical back to life.

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Samira Wiley joins an ensemble cast in this suspense-filled indie drama inspired by events surrounding the horrific 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese. In Theaters: October 7, 2016

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Morris Chestnut is back to heat things up as a knowledgeable pathologist in season 2 of this Fox drama series. Premiere Date: September 22, 2016

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Leslie Jones is set to shine in what's sure to be one of the season's funniest films featuring an all-star cast of some of Hollywood's most talented comedic actors. In Theaters: September 30, 2016

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Keke Palmer and a cast full young starlets return for season two of Fox's breakout young adult thriller. Premiere Date: September 20, 2016

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Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut team up for this suspense thriller about a couple targeted by a case of fatal attraction. In Theaters: September 9

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This highly-anticipated OWN series tells the story of a group of complex Louisana siblings forced to pull together when an unexpected tragedy strikes their family. Premiere Date: September 6, 2016

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Ida Stricker joins a talented cast of characters as James Patterson's best-selling young adult novel is brought to life on the big screen. In Theaters: October 7, 2016

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Denzel Washington teams up with Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt to take on a conniving industrialist in this action adventure. In Theaters: September 23, 2016

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This riveting documentary examines the true story of the first trail proceedings that took on a rape case as a war crime and deliberate act of genocide. In Theaters: October 21, 2016

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NBC

Black Twitter favorites like Game of Thrones (dem thrones y’all!), Stranger Things and This Is Us are on deck for awards. 

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Patterson Joseph is among a cast of brave characters who confront the supernatural world head on in NBC's newest sci-fi drama series. Premiere Date: October 3, 2016

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Logan Browning, Rob Riley, Taylor Paige, McKinley Freeman and all of your favorite Devil's Arena all-stars return for season 5 of VH1's most popular scripted drama series. Premiere Date: September 5, 2016

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Created and produced by multi-talented entertainer Donald Glover, this comedy series follows three young friends looking to make a name for themselves in the music industry.