What is the biggest new TV series in October 2022? On the back of two months that gave us two big-budget epic fantasies – Game of Thrones prequel spin-off House of the Dragon in August, and Lord of the Rings prequel spin-off The Rings of Power in September – October is completely quiet. There isn’t a single title that can hold a candle to the two, who are both set to end their first season this month. That said, there’s plenty of variety on offer this October, be it an Irish comedy, American horror, a VR-powered sci-fi, a Bombay drama and a rich folk satire from Sicily.
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Aside from the seven featured picks below, you can discover all upcoming TV shows and web series in our Entertainment Center. There are a lot of Korean series, a new Star Wars animated series, the return of a popular dating show and the sixth season of a hormonal nightmare. With that, here’s our October 2022 guide to TV shows and web series on Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video.
Derry girls season 3
When: October 7
The girls – Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) – and “I’m a Derry girl” James (Dylan Llewellyn) are anxiously awaiting the results of their GCSE exams at the start of the third and final term. (GCSE is equivalent to Grade 11 in India.)
The trailer for Derry Girls season 3 promises that sister George Michael (Siobhán McSweeney) will show up in a DMC DeLorean like she’s out of Back to the Future. And we’re actually getting a bit of the future – a 45-minute flashforward special that aired after the season finale will take us to the days of the Good Friday Agreement between the British and Irish governments.
Derry Girls season 3 was delayed a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and premiered in mid-April on Channel 4 in the UK. It has taken almost six months for it to arrive on Netflix around the world. All seven Derry Girls Season 3 episodes will be available together for binge-watching.
The Midnight Club
When: October 7
Mike Flanagan returns this spooky season with an adaptation of the Christopher Pike novel, The Midnight Club. Adia (Iman Benson) is the newest inmate at Brightcliffe Hospice, a home for terminally ill teenagers who come together in their final moments of life. Led by the enigmatic Dr. Georgina Stanton (Heather Langenkamp), there seems to be an eerie atmosphere about the place, especially in the basement.
At the stroke of midnight, seven children, including Aida, come together to tell horror stories – akin to Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark. Only more grimly toned. One night they make a pact where the first to succumb to their disease must communicate with the living from beyond the grave. After one of them dies, a bizarre set of circumstances ensues, causing every waking hour to be filled with tension and illness.
It’s also quite refreshing to see Flanagan incorporate some jump scares into his work, which is thematically in keeping with the immature and predictable stories these kids tell every night. As with most Netflix features, all 10 The Midnight Club episodes will be available to stream on day one.
Mismatch season 2
When: October 14
Things ended badly between Dimple Ahuja (Prajakta Koli) and Rishi Singh Shekhawat (Rohit Saraf) at the end of the first season – and at the start of the second, the two former lovers find solace in the arms of other people. Dimple gets close to Harsh (Vihaan Samat), while Rishi falls for photographer Sanskriti (Sanjana Sarathy).
Meanwhile, Dimple is still – naturally – hung up on the source code for her app AntiSosh being leaked. She wants to find out who is behind it, but her professor Siddharth Sinha (Rannvijay Singha) tells her to move on. Alongside, Mismatched season 2 also promises a continuation of its LGBTQ+ themes, an exploration of mental health and an augmented reality dance off.
Vidya Malvade, Muskkaan Jaferi, Taaruk Raina, Kritika Bharadwaj and Abhinav Sharma will also return as part of the Mismatched season 2 cast. Akarsh Khurana is back as the director.
All Mismatched Season 2 episodes will be released at once on October 14th.
Watch the trailer for Mismatched season 2
When: October 14
Where: Apple TV+
Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) stars as a drug-addled fugitive from an Australian prison on the run in 1980s Bombay in this 12-episode series. Based on the eponymous novel by Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram follows the journey of a desperate foreigner as he finds himself lost in the chaotic and unknown Indian city on a mission to seek purpose. With enough experience with heroin and other drugs, he reinvents himself as a doctor – thanks to a fake passport – a welcome sign in Bombay’s oppressed slums.
As fate would have it, Hunnam’s character Lin stumbles upon and falls in love with Karla (Antonia Desplat), who aims to reveal his secrets. In the book, she offers him roles in several Bollywood films, as an extra, which eventually raises his ranks until he is recruited by the criminal underworld, led by Khader Khan (Alexander Siddig). Not a long-term relationship plan, right? There is also mention of him being fluent in Marathi, though we highly doubt to see that in the show.
Apple acquired the rights to the book in 2018, after which they cast Radhika Apte (Sacred Games) to play Kavita Singh, an Indian journalist. However, plans seem to have changed now, with the studio choosing Sujaya Dasgupta (Shadow and Bone) instead.
Shantaram will debut with a three-episode premiere on October 14, while the remaining nine episodes will arrive once a week on Fridays through November 25.
When: October 21
Where: Amazon Prime Video
Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are behind this new sci-fi series that follows Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman in a near-future small-town American who is drawn into another world – a London with, are the giant marble statues?! — thanks to an experimental new virtual reality (VR) headset. Hey, I want one of those too!
But it seems this isn’t quite an escape for Fisher. First, everything that happens inside the “periphery” – as they call it – is real. And secondly, this is not another world. This could be the future of her world. As a character says in The Peripheral trailer, “it just hasn’t happened yet.” Pursued by all kinds of creatures, Fisher must figure out how to survive.
Jack Reynor, Gary Carr and Alexandra Billings are also part of The Peripheral cast. Scott B. Smith (Siberia) is the creator of the new Amazon series adapting the first novel in William Gibson’s unfinished Jackpot trilogy. (The second novel published in 2020. The third is ready.)
Four years after it was first put into development, The Peripheral is coming to our screens. New episodes will be released weekly up to and including December 9.
Watch the teaser trailer for The Peripheral
Guillermo Del Toro’s curiosities
When: October 25
Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro is back on Netflix with his new anthology horror series, Cabinet of Curiosities. Each of the eight episodes will feature a different director with a special introduction from the man himself.
While he has not directed any of the episodes, del Toro has written two of them himself – “Lot36” and “The Murmuring”, directed by Guillermo Navarro and Jennifer Kent, respectively. The remaining six tales are based on the works of HP Lovecraft and other well-known horror authors. Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) complete the list of directors for these episodes.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities features an ensemble cast including Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Peter Weller (Robocop), Eric Andre (Bad Trip), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley i Harry Potter), F. Murray Abraham (Scarface), Sofia Boutella (Climax), Steve Agee (The Suicide Squad) and Tim Blake Nelson (Nightmare Alley).
Netflix is releasing this series over the course of four nights, with two episodes streaming each day from Tuesday, October 25 to Friday, October 28.
The White Lotus season 2
When: October 31
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) must have enjoyed her Hawaiian stay at The White Lotus, because she’s headed to another property – on Italy’s famous island of Sicily – in the same titular resort group in the second season, which will again center on the interactions between the staff and the privileged guests.
Aubrey Plaza, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Michael Imperioli, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe and Theo James make up the rest of the main cast of season 2 of The White Lotus. Creator Mike White — fresh off Season 1, winning 10 Emmys last month — returns as sole writer and director for all seven episodes.
New The White Lotus Season 2 episodes are released every Monday on Disney+ Hotstar.