TV THIS WEEK: Stranger Things 2, Saw Gerrera returns to Star Wars Rebels, and more

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Oct 23, 2017

Ironically enough, the biggest story on TV this week isn't actually on TV — it's on Netflix. The streaming service's 1980s-set scare-fest Stranger Things finally returns for Season 2, so go ahead and get your Eggo waffles ready (and prepare for some foul-mouthed kiddos, too).

But, that doesn't mean there’s not a whole lot to see back on good old fashioned television, too. We get the animated Michael Jackson's Halloween special if you're in the mood for something family friendly, plus a Star Wars Rebels two-parter that will bring Saw Gerrera back into the fold. There's also a new episode of Fox's excellent sci-fi drama The Gifted, a new Gotham and a new Lucifer.

The CW's DC slate is also new this week, with Supergirl, Flash, Arrow and the Legends of Tomorrow all taking on some new missions and baddies. ABC's Inhumans also starts winding toward the back half of its run, while SYFY bids farewell to event series Channel Zero: No-End House.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching...

Highlights

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9PM - "In the Name of the Rebellion"

NEW: Ezra and Ghost spy on an Imperial outpost they would rather destroy; Ezra and Sabine join the desperate quest of Saw Gerrera to hunt down the Empire's elusive secret super weapon.

 

The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9PM - "eXit Strategy"

NEW: Eclipse seeks out an old friend from his dark past in order to obtain some useful information. Meanwhile, Lauren and Andy attempt to combine their powers in order to help the group.

 

Channel Zero: No-End House (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "The Hollow Girl"

SEASON FINALE: Jules goes back inside the No-End House to rescue Margot. Together, Jules and Margot must finally deal with Seth and The Father in order to escape the House before it's too late.

 

Michael Jackson's Halloween (CBS), Friday 8PM

NEW: An animated Halloween special framed around the music of Michael Jackson. Featuring the voices of Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, Lucas Till, Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads and Brad Garrett.

 

Stranger Things (Netflix), Friday - Season 2

SEASON PREMIERE: The full second season of Netflix's acclaimed horror series Stranger Things arrives. The new season continues the bizarre events in the town of Hawkins, bringing the return of Eleven, even bigger monsters, and almost certainly a lot more scares.


Monday

Lucifer (Fox), Monday 8PM - "What Would Lucifer Do?"

NEW: When a youth counselor is found murdered, Lucifer and Chloe venture into the world of high-end reform programs to find the killer. Meanwhile, Amenadiel adjusts his lifestyle in an attempt to help Lucifer; and Chloe questions Lt. Pierce's feelings towards her.

 

Supergirl (The CW), Monday 8PM - "Far From the Tree"

NEW: Eliza throws Alex and Maggie a wedding shower, which causes Maggie to reach out to her estranged father. Meanwhile, Supergirl joins J'onn on a personal mission.

 

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Monday 8PM - "The Collaboration Contamination"

NEW: Sheldon and Koothrappali confide in Bernadette when they can't handle Amy and Wolowitz working together. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard learn new tactics on how to deal with Sheldon and they come from an unlikely source.

 

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9PM - "In the Name of the Rebellion"

See more in our Highlights section above.

The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9PM - "eXit Strategy"

See more in our Highlights section above.

Scorpion (CBS), Monday 10PM - "Sci Hard"

NEW: Team Scorpion is taken hostage by a group attempting a virtual heist at a tech convention and must outwit their captors utilizing the cutting edge technology on display.


Tuesday

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Luck Be a Lady"

NEW: Barry and the team are hit by a string of bad luck and realize it is the handiwork of a new meta nicknamed Hazard, who has the ability to give others bad luck while cashing in the benefits for herself. Meanwhile, Harry Wells returns to Earth-1 to give Wally a message from Jesse.

 

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "Zari"

NEW: Sara travels to the future to capture a rogue time traveler, but the Legends disrupt things by trying to protect an outlaw named Zari in order to hopefully lure in the time traveling assassin. Meanwhile, Stein tries to diagnose Amaya's condition, but Nate discovers an unusual treatment that Amaya begrudgingly agrees to undergo.

 

American Horror Story: Cult (FX), Tuesday 10PM - "Winter of Our Discontent"

NEW: Episode 8 of American Horror Story: Cult.


Wednesday

Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods"

NEW: Archie gets frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father's shooter, so he takes matters into his own hands to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram's attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin's attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety.

 

Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials (Travel), Wednesday 9PM - "Roswell Revealed"

NEW: Josh's epic search for extraterrestrial life comes to a close in the USA, where a legendary investigation team brings him to a hot case in Arkansas. Then, he visits with a researcher who may have new information on the mother of all UFOs.

Channel Zero: No-End House (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "The Hollow Girl"

See more in our Highlights section above.

Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt (Travel), Wednesday 10PM - "Roswell Revealed: After the Hunt"

NEW: Josh Gates, his crew, and UFO expert James Fox discuss their travels, research and new revelations in the Roswell UFO case.

Mr. Robot (USA), Wednesday 10PM - "Eps3.2_Legacy.So"

NEW: Former E Corp interim CTO Tyrell Wellick resurfaces.

 

The Shannara Chronicles (Spike), Wednesday 10PM - "Graymark"

NEW: Wil is trapped and Eretria and Mareth must work together to free him.


Thursday

Gotham (Fox), Thursday 8PM - "A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon"

NEW: Gordon and Bullock are hot on a serial killer who has been assassinating cops and dressing his victims in the severed heads of pigs as his signature mark. Meanwhile, Sofia tries to win over Penguin, and Thompkins, Nygma and Grundy find themselves an unlikely home at Cherry's place.

 

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Patience"

NEW: Missouri's friend is murdered by a wraith with a taste for psychics, so she enlists the help of Dean and Jody to protect her granddaughter, Patience, who has no idea she shares her grandmother's trait and could be next on the wraith's hit list. Meanwhile, Sam continues to work with Jack on learning how to control his powers.

 

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30PM - "Janet and Michael"

NEW: When the neighborhood experiences a small glitch, Michael has to resolve the issue with Janet before it gets out of control.

 

Van Helsing (SYFY), Thursday 9PM - "A Home"

NEW: Vanessa encounters a group of vampires whose gruesome methods bring savagery to a new level. The juvenile delinquents continue their game of cat and mouse with Sam that has deadly consequences.

 

The Orville (Fox), Thursday 9PM - "Majority Rule"

NEW: When two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st-century Earth, Ed sends a team led by Kelly to find them, but the mission quickly goes awry when they realize the society's government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment.

 

Ghost Wars (SYFY), Thursday 10PM - "The Exorcism of Marcus Moon"

NEW: As churchgoers flourish in numbers, Reverend Dan soothes the anxieties of the townspeople. When the hauntings escalate to a possession of a young boy, Dan wrestles with the thought of performing an unsanctioned exorcism.


Friday

Stranger Things (Netflix), Friday - Season 2

See more in our Highlights section above.

Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Back to the Grind"

SEASON PREMIERE: In the Season 3 premiere, the FBI team is brought back together by a new crisis after 18 months since they parted.

 

Michael Jackson's Halloween (CBS), Friday 8PM

See more in our Highlights section above.

Once Upon a Time (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Beauty"

NEW: The latest installment in NBC’s revamped take on the fairytale drama Once Upon a Time.

 

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 9PM - "Skull + Electromagnet"

NEW: The team gets pulled away from their Halloween plans when they head into the dreaded Bermuda Triangle to retrieve the vice president's son after his plane goes down with a mysterious prisoner on board.

 

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "The Unknowns"

NEW: The team is captured by an Unseen Force and enslaved in an elaborate underground facility, forced by their mysterious captors to perform a series of bizarre, dangerous tasks.

 

Marvel's Inhumans (ABC), Friday 9PM - "The Gentleman's Name Is Gorgon"

NEW: Gorgon and Karnak take on Auran and her Inhuman army with disastrous results.


Saturday

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America), Saturday PM - "Two Broken Fingers"

NEW: While investigating the 40-year-old case of the two dead bodies, Dirk and the gang are surprisingly joined by Bart, who relays that she was assaulted and spins the case in a new direction — an investigation into Suzie Boreton. Elsewhere, Amanda attempts to follow the clues from her visions, unaware that Blackwing is closing in.


Sunday

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "Creme De Menthe"

NEW: Claire follows her conscience as a surgeon, even though it could put her and Jamie's lives at risk. Meanwhile, Jamie attempts to evade the reach of the Crown.

 

Star Trek Discovery (CBS All Access), Sunday 8:30PM - "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"

NEW: The Discovery is caught in a time loop, as the cold war with the Klingons rages on.

 

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Damned"

NEW: The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds. As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.