I asked on Instagram for recommendations for autumnal films and tv shows to get me feeling cosy, and you had SO many ace suggestions I figured I’d compile your answers into a blog post so it’s easy to share and refer back to! Seeing as yesterday was the official first day of Autumn, I figured there’s no better time to share.
Normally I try and stretch summer out as long as possible. We usually go abroad towards the end of September or early October, so I never let myself get too comfortable with those autumn feels until we’re back on British soil, but obviously that hasn’t happened this year so I’ve been itching to grab those autumnal vibes with both hands for weeks now.
So if you’re looking for some autumnal films and tv shows to get you feel all cosy as September draws to a close and October looms, look no further!
Autumnal tv show recommendations
Some of these recommendations I’d not even heard of, let alone watched, so they’re going straight on my list! I wanted to give a little reason as to why I chose each one, so I’m going to start off with things I’ve seen and can personally recommend, then add in a basic titles-only list of all the other recommendations afterwards! Now we’re going to start with an obvious one…
My inbox was SWAMPED with people saying Gilmore Girls, and it’s the first thing my brain goes to when I think of Autumnal telly. The chilled-yet-bingeable plot, the location, the general vibes are just autumnal AF and everybody knows it. I only watched it for the first time a couple of years ago, so I think I’m definitely due a rewatch, right?
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
One of my all-time favourite shows. By it’s very nature it’s is perfect for this time of year, and for someone like me who loves things a little creepy but not scary it’s PERFECT. The casting is amazing, the plot is great, it’s so easy to loose an entire afternoon to a binge and what could get more ~spooky season~ than a family of witches??
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
If you’re watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you may as well add the original show to your list! It was my favourite growing up, Melissa Joan Hart was my IDOL. The only thing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is missing for me is the original sassy Salem. Perfect autumn tv viewing!
If it’s animation you’re after, you can’t get better than the original seasons of Scooby-Doo! Honestly I don’t even know what else to say about this one because I’m sure everyone has seen it, but if a bunch of teenagers driving around solving bizarre “mysteries” by de-masking random old men isn’t autumnal I’m not sure what is…
Game of Thrones
I watched Game of Thrones for the first time last year, to coincide with the final season being aired. Because it’s so dark and mysterious, I think it’s PERFECT viewing for when you’re cuddled under a blanket with the weather turning outside. If you haven’t seen it before, please know it’s a 11/10 show with some 1/10 decisions made in the last season. Worth watching all the way through, but maybe don’t get your hopes too high like the rest of us did…
See also: The Witcher. Just as good, if not better than GoT in my humble opinion. Only one season as well, so no disappointing end yet (and hopefully ever).
Probably my favourite thing Netflix has EVER done. I’m so mad that Covid has ruined our chances at a new season this year! Think 80s music and fashion mixed with other-wordly goings on, usually set around Halloween. It’s literally the definition of an autumnal tv show!
The Great British Bake Off
By nature, there’s literally nothing autumnal about GBBO. But because it always airs that time of year, us Brits have come to associate it with all-things-autumn. You know that you best start thinking about buying those pumpkins when the first episode of GBBO airs, even if they were all sweating in a heatwave whilst filming.
Other autumnal tv shows recommended on instagram
- Good Witch
- Friday Night Lights
- Vampire Diaries
- Chesapeake Shores
- Virgin River
- The Originals
- This Is Us
- My So-Called Life
- Twin Peaks
Someone suggested Pretty Little Liars but I’m sorry, I can’t do it. If you’ve never seen it, please don’t waste your time because that ending and how horrifically AWFUL it was will haunt me for the rest of my days. Don’t do that to yourself, trust me…
Other not necessarily autumnal, but very binge-able TV shows for you to consider include (but are not limited to) Orphan Black, The Umbrella Academy, Peaky Blinders, The Boys, Schitt’s Creek, Love Is Blind, Selling Sunset, Mindhunter, The Good Place, Friends, Gossip Girl, The Fall, anything by Harlan Coben, and legit any BBC or ITV gritty drama.
Autumnal film recommendations
Same format as above, except probably less recommendations from myself personally because I’m always drawn more to TV shows over films this time of year for some reason. Let’s start with the obvious (and a quick disclaimer for it as well)…
I mean, come on. Films don’t get more autumnal than the Harry Potter series now do they? With that being said, She Who Must Not Be Named has said and done some abhorrent things recently and around these parts, we do NOT support TERFs. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. All identities are valid and accepted and I won’t hear anything else on the subject. So, if you want to watch the films without supporting the TERF I do personally think that is okay. Just maybe try and borrow them, watch on a DVD you already own, buy second hand etc so you aren’t lining her pockets. Okay? Okay.
When Harry Met Sally
Manhattan in the fall, cosy book shops, general romance and lots of wholesome feels. Could it get any better? I think not!
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
The original Winnie The Pooh animation (1977) is one of my all-time favourite Disney films, and it just oozes autumn feels. The very blustery day, the emphasis on friendship and food, and just the general nostalgia that comes alongside it makes me want to wrap up in a blanket and watch it on repeat for a week.
I’m in the process of writing a post filled with non-scary Halloween films so there may be some repetition here, Hocus Pocus being one of them, but it’s too good not to share twice! An absolute classic, and if you haven’t seen it you need to get your act together and watch it! A perfect cast, a spooky-but-not-scary plot line, it’s the literal definition of Autumnal film!
A Disney Channel Original CLASSIC! This one probably fits better alongside Hocus Pocus in my non-scary Halloween films post, but I couldn’t not give it an honourable mention here too!
Other autumnal film recommendations from instagram
- You’ve Got Mail
- Practical Magic
- Mona Lisa Smile
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Fantastic Mr Fox
- Good Will Hunting
- Sleepy Hollow
- Dead Poets Society
- Where the Wild Things Are
And that’s everything! I’m sure some of your favourites have been missed, so if there are any more autumnal films and tv shows you think should be on here leave it in the comments for everyone to see! Happy Autumn!