TV THIS WEEK: The Punisher and Future Man, Deathstroke on Arrow, and more

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:22 AM EDT (Updated)

We might be talking about TV, but the biggest stories this week are most definitely on streaming. Hulu and Netflix are bringing the heat with two of the biggest genre shows of the year.

Netflix's eagerly awaited The Punisher series makes its debut this week, with a series unlike pretty much anything else the studio has attempted. He's an anti-hero with no superpowers, so the creative team took a different approach to this one — and it's truly refreshing to see the studio get back on track after the Iron Fist debacle. Hulu is also dropping its raunchy sci-fi action series Future Man, which has the potential to be a sleeper hit with Seth Rogen producing.

The CW's slate is also new this week, led by Elongated Man hitting the streets on The Flash, and the second part of Arrow's Deathstroke-centric two-parter. Fox's The Gifted is also fresh, and the mutant resistance's saga is quickly making for one of the most compelling shows on television. Star Wars: Rebels also continues its final season this week, along with a new Gotham, The Orville, and a whole lot more. The Walking Dead is also new, as we get a peek at how this was is going from the Saviors' side.

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


Future Man (Hulu), Tuesday - Season 1

SERIES PREMIERE: Seth Rogen’s sci-fi action comedy Future Man drops its first season, featuring Josh Hutchinson as a lovable schlub recruited to help save the future thanks to his video game prowess. It looks to be a raunchy, funny, action-packed good time.


Arrow (The CW), Thursday 9PM - "Promises Kept"

NEW: As Slade continues to uncover clues about his son's last few years, Oliver makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the Green Arrow leads the team into battle against "The Dragon," a villain who is stealing valuable tech in Star City.


The Punisher (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

SERIES PREMIERE: The first season of Netflix’s latest Marvel series, The Punisher, drops — featuring the return of Jon Bernthal as gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle. The series looks to be a solo return to form for Marvel’s Netflix slate, following the lackluster debut of Iron Fist.


Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9PM - "Rebel Assault"

NEW: Hera leads a courageous attack against the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn, but when things go awry her battle to win must become a daring escape if she is to survive.


The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Big Scary U"

With war raging all around him, Negan and the lives of the Saviors are seen by a familiar face during the conflict.


Lucifer (Fox), Monday 8PM - "Off the Record"

NEW: A reporter seeks revenge after he discovers that Lucifer has been sleeping with his estranged wife. However, when it's revealed that Linda is the reporter's estranged wife, things get messy. Lucifer's reputation and safety are on the line, especially when a serial killer from the past resurfaces.


Supergirl (The CW), Monday 8PM - "Midvale"

NEW: Kara and Alex head home to Midvale for a little R&R. While there, Kara recalls a painful memory of a childhood friend's death and how that traumatic experience brought the Danver sisters closer together.


Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Monday 9PM - "Rebel Assault"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9PM - "eXtreme measures"

NEW: Eclipse receives a call from his ex-lover, Carmen, and must revisit his dark past in order to protect the Underground. Reed and Sage comb through some secret files they recovered and find alarming information about Lauren's new friend. Meanwhile, Thunderbird helps Blink open up about her past life; and Jace greenlights a special surveillance program with the help of Dr. Campbell.


Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics (AMC), Monday 10PM - "The Truth About Wonder Woman"

NEW: As comic books became popular and male superheroes rose to stardom, one man created a feminist superhero inspired by both his wife and his mistress.


Scorpion (CBS), Monday 10PM - "Faire Is Foul"

NEW: For Sylvester's birthday, Team Scorpion visits a renaissance festival, but the revelry is cut short when a group tries to rob a nearby police evidence locker. Also, Paige grows weary of Walter's play-by-play of all the festival's historical inaccuracies.


Future Man (Hulu), Tuesday - Season 1

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "When Harry Met Harry…"

NEW: Barry turns to a surprising ally for help when collectors of Native American artifacts are attacked by a meta who can bring inanimate objects to life. Harry enlists Cisco's help to summon the ultimate think tank to crack the identity of the Thinker.


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

NEW: The Legends discover that the anachronism in 1930s Hollywood is a time-displaced Helen of Troy and she's just started a war between two film studios. As the Legends try to fix history and return Helen to the Bronze Age, things get complicated when they are blindsided by the appearance of a former enemy. Sara contemplates an offer she is made, which would make the Legends leave the anachronisms be. Meanwhile, Stein and Jax find themselves in an unusual predicament.


American Horror Story: Cult (FX), Tuesday 10PM - "Great Again"

Episode 11 of "American Horror Story: Cult."


Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"

NEW: Jughead and Archie stop a dangerous alliance between the Serpents and a long-time rival. Betty turns to Veronica for help about the Sugarman. Finally, Cheryl confronts her mother Penelope after a traumatic run-in.


Expedition Unknown (Travel), Wednesday 9PM - "Top 5 Expeditions: The Ark of the Covenant"

NEW: Josh Gates revisits his quest for the lost Ark of the Covenant, the sacred relic said to contain the Ten Commandments and possess extraordinary powers.

The Shannara Chronicles (Spike), Wednesday 9PM - "Warlock, Amberle"

NEW: Bandon and his followers race to resurrect the Warlock Lord while Mareth must risk everything before it's too late. Then: Wil confronts his past and the bond between Allanon and Mareth continues to grow.


Mr. Robot (USA), Wednesday 10PM - "Eps3.5_Kill-Process.Inc"

NEW: Elliot faces off with Mr. Robot; Dom grows tired of red tape; and Tyrell's new plan is memorable.


Gotham (Fox), Thursday 8PM - "A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie"

NEW: Professor Pyg continues to torment Gotham city, involving Jim Gordon whenever possible. Sofia and Penguin get ready for a fundraiser for the orphanage, and things don't go as planned when Professor Pyg shows up as the chef. Meanwhile, Bruce's partying gets in the way of his relationship with Alfred.


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

NEW: Castiel is reunited with Jack and, together with Sam and Dean, they head to a sleepy old western town to investigate a murder. Dean gets to live out his boyhood fantasy when he comes face to face with a famous, gun-slinging outlaw.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8PM - "The Tesla Recoil"

NEW: Leonard and Wolowitz are furious after they learn Sheldon went to work with the military behind their backs. Also, while Bernadette is on bed rest, she asks Raj to do some digging when she suspects Ruchi is trying to steal her job.


Arrow (The CW), Thursday 9PM - "Promises Kept"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Thursday 9PM - "Everything Changes"

NEW: Vanessa faces off with Dmitri. Axel fights against becoming a full-fledged vampire. Sam tracks Mohamad, Flesh, and Lucky. Scab attempts to enlist a group of vampires to join Dmitri.


The Orville (Fox), Thursday 9PM - "Firestorm"

NEW: When a fire breaks out on the spaceship and a crew member dies, Alara begins to question if she is fit for her job, just as unusual and terrifying things start happening on the ship.


Ghost Wars (SYFY), Thursday 10PM - "Whistle Past the Graveyard"

NEW: Roman, Jimmy, Landis, and Doug experience a power outage, so they must trek up to the dam to get the power back on fast, as the ghosts are somehow stronger. However, a long-buried town secret threatens to tear the group apart.


The Punisher (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Gunplay Ricochet"

NEW: As the team chases a deadly bomber who's terrorizing Manhattan, Jane uncovers a shattering secret from her youth.


MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Packing Peanuts + Fire"

NEW: When MacGyver and Jack "steal" a priceless painting, using a table cloth and a shoe lace, in order to draw an infamous stolen art dealer out of hiding, they wind up getting conned out of the painting by the dealer's team. Also, Riley's estranged father, Elwood, asks to be part of her life; and Matty sends Bozer to a spy training camp.


Once Upon a Time (ABC), Friday 8PM - "Eloise Gardener; Pretty in Blue"

NEW: The latest episode of ABC’s rebooted fairytale drama.


K.C. Undercover (Disney), Friday 8:30PM - "Stormy Weather"

NEW: and Marisa team up to help K.C. stop Brady and the Alternate from launching the Storm Maker.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Crisis of Faith"

NEW: Warren and the others encounter a mysterious stranger who they think is a grave robber.


The Exorcist (Fox), Friday 9PM - "Help Me"

NEW: As the exorcism begins, the fate of the foster home hangs in the balance. This is an adversary unlike anything Marcus and Tomas have ever faced, and in order to save this family, the two of them must journey into the mouth of madness itself.


Superstition (SYFY), Friday 10PM - "Tangled Web"

NEW: The Hastingses are visited by a local mystic, Aunt Nancy, who believes she has the answer to defeating The Dredge.


Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America), Saturday 9PM - "Girl Power"

NEW: Villains converge on the heroes to stop them, resulting in a shocking outcome.


Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "Heaven and Earth"

The latest episode of Starz's time-bending, fantasy love story.


Ghosted (Fox), Sunday 8:30PM - "Ghost Studz"

When a pair of smug actors, Chaz and Jared, from the ghost-hunting show "Ghost Studz," accidentally stumble upon real paranormal activity, Max and Leroy must go undercover on set at an abandoned mental hospital to save them. Leroy resents the "perks" the actors get with their fame, realizing he and Max will never enjoy the same benefits working in a top-secret bureau. Meanwhile, Barry demands some perks of his own.


The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Big Scary U"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Last Man on Earth (Fox), Sunday 9:30PM - "Gender Friender"

Tandy goes to great lengths to convince everyone he's a feminist. Meanwhile, Carol gets jealous of the time that Gail spends with Erica and Dawn; and Todd tries to be a father figure to Jasper.