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We may still be in the onset of September, but there is a distinct chill in the air. Perhaps, the return of the Starbucks fall menu or the cardigans lining store shelves are making me a little fanciful, but I am more than ready to fully embrace the fall season.

If you love the fall season as much as I do but find it a little hard to embrace in temperatures that don’t drop below seventy-five degrees, look no further than this comprehensive list of cozy and atmospheric autumnal shows and movies.

1. “Anne with an E” (2017-2019)

Anne Shirley said it best when she declared, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” This reimagining of L.M. Montgomery’s classic, “Anne of Green Gables,” follows Anne coming of age in the picturesque town of Avonlea. The stunning blend of Prince Edward Island scenery with the show’s indisputable heart makes it the perfect show to watch during the chilly autumn months.

2. “Dead Poets Society” (1989)

A staple in most high school English classrooms, the beloved “Dead Poets Society” follows unconventional teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) as he attempts to inspire the students of a rigid preparatory school through poetry. Filmed at the breathtaking St. Andrew’s School during the fall months, “Dead Poets Society” is both a cinematic wonder and an unforgettable story.

3. “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007)

It doesn’t get much cozier than fall in Stars Hollow. “Gilmore Girls” follows the misadventures of mother-daughter duo Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) as they navigate life and love in a quaint Connecticut town. Although the entire series does not take place during the fall months, the show’s beloved fall episodes are always brimming with autumn foliage, giant pumpkins and seasonal festivities. Still not sold on Stars Hollow’s commitment to fall? Look no further than the fabled pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter from Luke’s Diner. 

4. The “Harry Potter” series (2001-2011)

In the Wizarding World, autumn arrives suddenly and “as crisp and golden as an apple.” So naturally, the change in seasons practically demands another journey from the Hogwarts Express to the Great Hall’s Hallowe’en feast. With its seasonal, atmospheric setting, there is perhaps no better time of year to enjoy the “Harry Potter” series than the fall months.

5. “The Vampire Diaries” (2009-2017)

There is just something about fall in small towns, as this teen drama is teeming with plenty of dark autumnal atmosphere. Set in a mysterious Virginia town, “The Vampire Diaries” follows teenaged Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), as she uncovers her home’s supernatural history and becomes unknowingly acquainted with two vampire brothers. With a cast of charming, supernatural characters and plenty of fall vibes, this series deserves a crucial spot on your autumnal watchlist.

6. “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

In the words of Meg Ryan, “don’t you just love New York in the fall?” This cozy rom-com follows unwitting rivals Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) as they begin an internet romance unbeknownst to the fact that they own competing bookstores. Taking place during a chilly autumn in New York, this heartwarming tale is the perfect addition to any fall day.

Well, there you have it, collegiettes! Hopefully, your fall watchlist is now just a little bit more jammed-packed. Some pumpkin cookies might just be in order to complement your viewing experience.

Marissa Joyce

George Mason University '22

Marissa is currently a senior at George Mason University and serves as Senior Editor of George Mason's Her Campus chapter. At Mason, she is pursuing a double major in English and Communication. When Marissa isn't writing articles, she can be found over-caffeinated, tackling her extensive library of books, or listening to her latest hyper specific Spotify playlist.
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