Looking Ahead: Top Anticipated TV Shows for October 2023

By: Nick Lorenzo|October 3, 2023

With September now at a close and October just beginning, it’s the perfect time to check on what viewers are most looking forward to watching this month, be it on streaming platforms or linear channels. Leveraging Whip Media’s extensive panel of 28 million content consumers, let’s delve into the exciting new and returning TV shows set to premiere and attract audiences across various key markets this October.

Which brand new shows are most anticipated this October? 

The most anticipated new series in every market this month is Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher. Led by creator Mike Flanagan, this adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story of the same name promises to enthrall and frighten viewers, if his earlier work is any indication. Flanagan’s previous series include The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, as well as Midnight Mass, all of which both captivated and horrified Netflix viewers globally. 

Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry is the second most anticipated new show in the US, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Based on author Bonnie Garmus’ novel of the same name, the show follows a female scientist (played by Brie Larson) in the 1960s who hosts a cooking show on TV and educates housewives on various scientific topics. The miniseries places 5th in the UK and 6th in Italy, but does not rank among the top 10 in France. 

Showtime’s Fellow Travelers is making waves in the UK, Brazil, and Germany where it ranks as the third most anticipated series this month. While ranking 4th in Spain, the series slips to the top 10 in the US and Italy, but fails to make the ranking in France. The political romance thriller series stars Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey who play two men that must navigate both “obstacles in the world and themselves.” 

Another Netflix series, Bodies ranks third in France, fourth in the UK, and fifth in Spain. The crime thriller limited series is based on the DC graphic novel and focuses on four detectives that live in four different time periods but discover the same body in East London. 

Meanwhile, NBC’s Found (2023) is the third most anticipated new series in the US, but the procedural network drama has not yet found much appeal abroad. It focuses on a crisis management team as they aim to find missing people that have been overlooked by the system. 

Disney+’s Goosebumps (2023) ranks fourth this month in the US and Germany, while placing in the top 10 in the UK and Spain. Based on the book series of the same name by R.L. Stine, the horror comedy series serves as a reboot for the franchise and focuses on five teenagers that must work together to overcome various supernatural creatures. 

Paramount+’s Frasier (2023) ranks fifth in the US and second in the UK. The series is a revival of the 90s sitcom of the same name and has been described as a “third act” for the titular character. 

Which returning shows are back in the spotlight?

Shifting gears to returning series, we see a clear frontrunner for the most anticipated series this month! 

Disney+’s Loki is back for a second season and leads the pack by a significant margin globally among all returning shows this month. The sophomore season will consist of six episodes, like the first, and will be led by Tom Hiddleston who reprises his role as the titular character from the Marvel film series. 

The Netflix mystery thriller series Lupin will return this month for its third part, which will consist of a seven episode bulk release. It is the second most anticipated returning series this month in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Brazil – and also makes the top 5 in the US and the UK. The story follows a professional thief out to avenge his father’s death. 

Max’s Our Flag Means Death will be returning for a second season and is the second most anticipated returning series in the US and the UK this month. Based loosely on the lives of pirates Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach, the romantic comedy period series has been praised for its LGBTQ+ representation. It also ranks among the top 10 returning shows in Italy, Germany, Spain, and Brazil this month. 

Prime Video’s Upload is another highly anticipated returning series this month, ranking in the top five in every market. The sci-fi comedy-drama series is set to return for a third season and will continue to tell the story of a near-future where people can “upload” themselves to a virtual afterlife. 

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About Whip Media’s Anticipation Data
Findings are based on the most anticipated TV shows, both new and returning, among TV Time users in the following key markets: the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Our anticipation reports are driven by the real in-app actions TV Time users take to “follow” or add titles to their respective watch lists, ahead of a title’s premiere or returning season, when they have interest and likely intent to view.