Just as school kids spend the first few weeks of September reviewing everything they learned the previous year, those of us who love TV need to get to work before the start of the fall season. You know all of those watermelon margaritas did nothing to help you remember the plot lines and cliffhangers that dangled in May. Or maybe one of your beloved series got canned (RIP Undateable, you tried) leaving you extra DVR space to pick up a show everyone has been raving about. Regardless, you have homework—and lots of it. Here, 7 shows you need to binge now before their new seasons start and you’re left wondering how the hell the characters got here and about a zillion other questions.
Related-ish: 18 Badass Women To Watch Out For On TV This Fall
1. Younger (TV Land)
Now heading into its third season, Younger‘s the sexy, twisty, highly fashionable tale of Liza Miller, a single mom who decides to give her career another go by pretending she’s 26. If you haven’t invested in it yet, well, you need to get on it. Cuz who hasn’t dreamed of starting over? And Liza’s doing it Carrie Bradshaw-style—literally, with the amazing Patricia Field at the helm of Younger’s wardrobe department.
Binge investment: Not bad. Younger only has 24 previous eps under its belt, which means you could easily start from the pilot on a Friday evening and finish up the second season on Sunday. Even better, you can catch full eps for free on TVLand.com.
Season premiere: September 28, 10/9c, TV Land
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl gets dumped by boy. Years later, girl runs into boy on the streets of Manhattan, after which she promptly quits her high-paying lawyer job to follow boy to…West Covina, California. Spoiler alert: West Covina isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Trust. But underdog/heroine Rebecca is all kinds of quirky and awesome played by the incredible Rachel Bloom, who won a Golden Globe for her role on the highly-underrated musical comedy.
Binge investment: Easy peasy. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has only been around for one season that included 18 episodes, so you have totally got this. Plus, the singing and dancing will make it feel like way less than 18 hours of viewing. The entire first season is available on Netflix.
Season premiere: October 21, 9/8c, The CW
3. The Affair (Showtime)
There are two sides to every story, and The Affair does an amazing job in offering up two different perspectives from lead characters Alison and Noah who begin their complicated relationship entangled in an extramarital relationship. There’s sex, drama, and crime, and in the second season, there are two additional perspectives. Oh, and it stars Pacey Witter, I mean, Joshua Jackson, as Ali’s husband. What more could you ask for?
Binge investment: A solid weekend. The first two seasons are comprised of 22 episodes, and you’ll be so hooked from the get-go that you’ll hardly notice you’ve burned both your Saturday and Sunday on The Affair. Previous seasons can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu.
Season premiere: November 20, 10/9c, Showtime
Heading into its second season, Quantico has been more of a on-demand darling than a first-run out-of-the-gate hit, but once you watch, you’re all in. Priyanka Chopra’s character Alex Parrish is a force to be reckoned with as she trains with fellow FBI recruits. One is suspected of being an undercover terrorist. If that isn’t enough to get your attention, the burgeoning relationships among the recruits reminds us of the early days of Grey’s Anatomy. Things get way steamy real fast.
Binge investment: Not gonna lie—it’s burly. There were 22 episodes in season one, and season two kicks off in less than week. Stock up on wine, order some Thai food, and get to gettin’…now. Binge it on iTunes, Netflix, or Amazon.
Season premiere: September 25, 10/9c, ABC
5. Transparent (Amazon)
There’s a reason this series cleans up at awards shows: It’s frickin’ fantastic. Since the start, Transparent has followed the lives of the Pfefferman family from the point at which their father comes out as a woman, but it’s about so much more than that. Family secrets and the twists and turns their lives take will captivate you season after season.
Binge investment: Between seasons one and two, you’ve gotta watch 20 episodes which are roughly 30 minutes each. Catch up on Amazon or iTunes before heading into season three. It’s truly worth the time.
Season premiere: On September 23, the entirety of season 3 will be available for your viewing pleasure on Amazon.
6. Scream Queens (FOX)
If you like your TV with a side of campy fun, Scream Queens is your spirit show. The first season focused on a series of murders happening in and around the Kappa house. The sophomore effort heads to an abandoned hospital recently resurrected by the college’s dean (played by Jamie Lee Curtis).
Binge investment: There were just 13 episodes in season 1, which you could solidly binge in a day if you really put your heart into it. Watch on iTunes, Amazon, or Hulu.
Season premiere: September 20, 9/8c, FOX
7. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Annalise Keating’s law students are in for the ride of their lives as they get tangled up in murder plots and all sorts of other illicit activities in this Shondaland drama. You’ll really hope she gives every one of them an A—at the very least for effort.
Binge investment: Serious. You’re looking at 30 episodes (each an hour) split between the first two seasons, which doesn’t seem that bad if you consider that Grey’s Anatomy has over 250. But HTGAWM’s season premiere is right around the corner so either you’re going to have to DVR the first few season three episodes while you get caught up or you’re looking at some serious all-nighters. Get your fix on iTunes, Amazon, Netlix, or Hulu.
Season premiere: September 22, 10/9c, ABC