What are the biggest TV series in September? The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, a prequel to the award-winning trilogy set thousands of years earlier, isn’t just the biggest show of the month — it’s one of the biggest shows of all time, if we’re looking at scale and budgets. Scroll down to learn more about how big we’re talking. The Rings of Power will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in India on September 2. The other big-budget entry in September comes from Disney-owned Lucasfilm as we launch a new live-action Star Wars series. Andorofollowing Diego Luna’s Rebel spy from Rogue One. Andoro begins September 21 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.
September also sees the return of two much-loved shows. The sequel series Karate Kid Cobra Kai is back for a fifth season, taking karate training to even more ridiculous heights. Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence may have broken up, but they may find their way back to each other. (Emoji of hearts hands? Don’t kill me, sorry.) Cobra Kai Season 5 arrives September 9 on Netflix worldwide. At the ridiculous end of the spectrum we also have the adult animation Rick and Mortywho returns for his sixth season of interdimensional adventures. Rick and Morty launches September 5 on Netflix in India.
From India we have only one announcement so far: Jamtara, the series about phishing, politics and small-town opportunity, will air a second scam on Netflix on September 23. So here’s our guide to September 2022 TV shows and web series on Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video.
And oh, before you get started, you won’t find any unconfirmed titles for India below. That includes the likes of Donald Glover’s absurdist comedy-drama Atlantathe fourth and final season of which kicks off September 15 on FX and September 16 on Hulu (both in the US). Atlanta Season 4 returns the show to its titular city, after a season spent mostly in Europe.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
When: September 2
Where: Amazon Prime Video
The most expensive TV show of all time is here. Amazon already has more than $250 million (about Rs. 1,995 crore) on the LOTR rights and $465 million (about Rs. 3,712 crore) on Rings of Power season 1 and the “infrastructure that will support the entire series”, more than two and a half times what Warner Bros. on the Peter Jackson film trilogy. The movies made nearly $3 billion (about Rs. 23,946 crore) at the box office, so Amazon will have to sell a lot of Prime subscriptions.
Okay, but what is it about? Set thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings movies, as the title says, the series revolves around the forging of the Rings of Power and the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron. In addition, it will chart the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor and the final alliance between Elves and Men. LOTR fans will know we saw this in a five-minute prologue to the movies, but The Rings of Power creators JD Payne and Patrick McKay are looking to extend this to “50 hours of television.”
Now there’s not much in the novels about this except in the appendices, meaning the Amazon series will build on what JRR Tolkien wrote at the time. Payne and McKay are also making some changes – don’t worry, Tolkien’s estate approved them – the biggest being the shortening of the Second Age which was thousands of years old. Why? Because otherwise human characters would continue to die, thanks to their short lifespan. This also allows The Rings of Power to introduce more characters than would otherwise be possible.
If you’re concerned about the big picture, don’t worry. Payne and McKay have already mapped out five seasons – they even know their last chance. The second season will begin filming in the UK in October. The first was filmed in New Zealand, just like Jackson’s movies, but Amazon decided to move production halfway around the world from Season 2.
Season 1 will premiere with two episodes on September 2 at 6:30 am IST, with future episodes at 9:30 am IST through October 14. The Rings of Power is available in six languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada – in India.
Watch the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Rick and Morty Season 6
When: September 5
The alcohol scientist’s grandfather who doesn’t seem to care much for his family, and his grandson who is fed up with his grandfather’s antics but still stuck in his job, are back. I’m talking, of course, about Rick (voiced by co-creator Justin Roiland) and Morty (also Roiland). Of course, the rest of Smith’s household is nearby: Morty’s insecure father Jerry (Chris Parnell), his forever annoyed older sister Summer (Spencer Grammer), and the mother who berates Beth (Sarah Chalke).
As always we know very little about a new one Rick and Morty season in it. The season 6 trailer just gives us random bits and pieces stitched together in a disjointed format. There are elaborate Die Hard jokes, Summer gets Wolverine-esque claws, and Rick shoots things out of his hands more than once. And yes, there are more impossible-to-explain gadgets tucked under Rick’s sleeve. And oh, Rick and Morty might be joining the podcast game?
A new episode of Rick and Morty Season 6 airs every Monday on Netflix in India, following its nightly premiere on Adult Swim in the US and elsewhere. There are 10 episodes in total, but we can’t say when the season might end since Rick and Morty has been split in two in the past – without prior notice.
Cobra Kai Season 5
When: September 9
Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have closed their respective dojos, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang. And after putting John Kreese (Martin Kove) behind bars—who makes a brief appearance in the Season 5 trailer and causes trouble in prison with his talents—Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) is ready to expand Cobra Kai across the valley while recruiting new sense.
But Johnny’s days as an Uber driver may not last long as Daniel recruits Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) – his old enemy he visited in Okinawa in Season 3 – to put an end to Cobra Kai once and for all. The Cobra Kai Season 5 trailer suggests the two feuding former high school rivals could patch things up to take on Silver.
The teens may not feel the same. As always, their (melo)drama continues, with Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) and Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) declaring that they have no interest in ever being friends.
All episodes of Cobra Kai Season 5 will be released in one go on September 9.
When: September 21
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
More Star Wars on TV is here. Follow the remedy Obi-Wan Kenobi which ended with six episodes at the end of June, we have a new live-action series in Andoro that is set more or less at the same time. While the events of Obi-Wan took place nine years before Episode IV – A New Hope, Andoro takes place five years before the very first Star Wars movie.
If the name or photo below doesn’t click to you, Andoro follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), the rebel captain and intelligence officer from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story who helped steal the plans for the Death Star. But five years before Andor became a hero, he was an ordinary thief. As for the cause of the revolution, he is a great cynic.
Genevieve O’Reilly and Forest Whitaker return with Luna to reprise their Rogue One roles of Imperial Senator Mon Mothma and Clone Wars veteran Saw Gerrera respectively. Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw, Robert Emms and David Hayman also join the cast for the new Star Wars series.
Tony Gilroy – who co-wrote Rogue One and directed the extensive reshoots – is the creator and lead writer of Andoro. Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor) and Benjamin Caron (The Crown) split the 12 episodes among themselves.
After a three-episode premiere on September 21, new Andoro episodes appear weekly on Disney+ Hotstar until November 23. A second and final season is already in the works.
Watch the new trailer for Andorothe next Star Wars series
Jamtara Season 2
When: September 23
More than two and a half years after the first season, the true crime-inspired crime series from Jharkand has returned for a second run. And a second, bigger scam. While Sunny (Sparsh Shrivastav) is the mastermind behind the plan, Gudiya (Monika Panwar) and Rocky (Anshuman Pushkar) – helping him build the operation – fight back in their own way after the events of Season 1.
Ravi Chahal and Seema Pahwa (Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi) join the Jamtara season 2 cast in revealed roles. Kartavya Kabra, Sarfaraz Ali Mirza, Rohit Kp, Harshit Gupta, Aatm Prakash Mishra and Udit Arora – all part of Season 1 – are also expected to be involved.
National Award-winning Soumendra Padhi (Budhia Singh: Born to Run) is back as director, along with season 1 writer Trishant Srivastava (Nisha Aur Uske Cousins).
All episodes of Jamtara Season 2 will be released simultaneously on September 23.