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COLUMN: Television shows to watch this fall

<p>Gilmore Girls actresses Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel pose for a publicity still from season five, episode five.</p>

Gilmore Girls actresses Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel pose for a publicity still from season five, episode five.

Fall signals change and many television shows capitalize on the aesthetic appeal of the season. 

An abundance of warm tones, pumpkin-flavored treats and Halloween festivities characterize the autumnal period as one of the most enchanting times of the year. 

In an effort to embrace the spirit of fall, here are three television shows to watch this season: 

“Gilmore Girls” 

A fiercely independent single mother raises her teenage daughter in the storybook town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, where an eclectic mix of characters and a string of complicated relationships provide many ups and downs. 

Lorelai Gilmore gave birth to gifted daughter Rory when she was 16 years old. After leaving home to pursue a less-privileged life, she moved to Stars Hollow and works at an inn to fuel her caffeine addiction and daughter’s academics. 

The show progresses throughout the year, usually starting a new season in the fall. The town is often covered in orange leaves and fairy lights as pumpkins sit around the central gazebo in preparation for the Autumn Festival

Hot lattes and an excessive amount of scarves mirror the cozy atmosphere of fall perfectly. With such a realistic portrayal of young adult life, it’s easy to find a home in each character’s journey. 

“Stranger Things” 

The disappearance of a young boy tears at the fabric of an Indiana town when a government lab is found housing a portal to another world full of frightening monsters. 

Set in the 1980s, “Stranger Things” blends nostalgia and mystery into the lives of four middle school misfits as they battle supernatural forces to save their friend. The series is reminiscent of growing up as a kid in the Midwest in the ‘80s when kids could explore town on their bike or go trick-or-treating without supervision. 

Aspects of fall are sprinkled throughout with many characters seen in thick sweaters and a field of poisonous pumpkins signals. 

With a washed-up sheriff, barely mature older siblings and a determined mother, “Stranger Things” evokes a sense of familiarity in anyone from a small town. 

“American Horror Story” 

The supernatural anthology “American Horror Story” series is defined by its chilling, dramatic narratives focusing on stories of terror and psychological turmoil. 

Each season has a new storyline set in a different town to fictionalize the twisted experiences of murder and paranormal activity for everyday Americans. The entire series is appropriate for Halloween, but some seasons fit the autumnal aesthetic more than others. 

Season one follows the life of an estranged family living in the “Murder House” during the fall. Reality is more than meets the eye in this Victorian-era Los Angeles home haunted by its previous owners, most of whom died in the house under gruesome circumstances. 

The third season, “Coven,” incorporates the autumnal features of magic and voodoo. Taking place in New Orleans, audiences follow a coven of witches who descended from Salem as they fight to control their powers in a modern world. 

“American Horror Story” is the ideal fall show for audiences with a taste for fear and danger.

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