If you think some of the biggest shows premiering this fall seem a bit familiar, you aren’t wrong.
In addition to the standard influx of brand-new pilots, the fall TV scheduled is jam-packed with spin-offs and reboots of films and TV shows that we already know and love. And while they might not have to explain as much about their characters and major plot points, there are still plenty of questions that need answering.
Questions like: How similar is this to the original? Do I need to watch it before I tune in? And how many of these new shows does Bradley Cooper pop up in? (Spoiler: Just one.)
Allow us to answer a few of those burning questions with our official guide to this season’s reboots and spin-offs.
Minority Report, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX
What You Know: Like the 2002 film, the show centers on the premise that the government has developed a PreCrime unit to prevent murders using foreknowledge of when and where they will take place. At the end of the film, the program was shut down and the Precogs, who were given the ability of foresight, were sent to live in an undisclosed location.
What’s New: Minority Report the show picks up 11 years after the PreCrime unit has been disbanded, leaving one of the Precogs, Dash (Stark Sands), on his own, attempting to solve crimes using what is left of his ability. He teams up with Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) to put his power of foreknowledge to good use.
Do I Need to Watch the Movie First? It would help set up some of the complicated mythology, but it’s not necessary.
Limitless, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS
What you know: There is a mysterious drug floating around the black market called NZT-48 that increases a person’s IQ into four digits and allows them perfect recall of everything they’ve ever read, seen or heard. Also, Bradley Cooper is in it.
What’s new: This time around, the person taking NZT is Brain Finch, an aspiring musician played by Jake McDorman, and he uses the newfound benefits of the drug to assist the police in solving crimes. Also, Bradley Cooper is only in the first episode.
Do I need to watch the movie first? Depends on how much you love Bradley Cooper, but no, not really.
Heroes: Reborn, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
What you know: Like the first season of the original series, the new Heroes centers on a group of people who discover that they have superpowers. Along with the new characters, some old favorites will return, like Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) and Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy).
What’s New: This time around, our heroes are hiding underground after they have been blamed for a terror attack in Texas, and are being hunted by two vigilantes (Zachary Levi and Judith Shekoni) who want to avenge the loved ones they lost in the attacks.
Do I Need to Watch the Original First? Just the first season.
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Chicago Med, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC
What you know: Have you ever seen Chicago P.D. or Chicago Fire? It’s pretty much the same thing, only this time, the action takes place in the emergency room of the city’s most explosive hospital. And before you ask, yes, there will be plenty of crossovers with the other shows.
What’s new: They’re doctors and nurses instead of firefighters and police officers.
Do I need to watch the other shows first? No. Although, if you’re watching Chicago Med in the first place, chances are you’re already a fan of the other two.
Do you plan on watching any of this season’s reboots or spin-offs? Let us know in the comments.