In 2002, there were 182 original scripted shows on TV; in 2012, that number jumped to 288. And last year, there were almost 500 original scripted shows on TV. There are only so many hours in the day, and this explosion in viewing options during "peak TV" has made it increasingly difficult and often overwhelming to keep track of what's worth watching and what isn't. So below, we've picked out a list of our most anticipated new and returning shows for the second half of 2018 to help you decide what to watch.

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, Sept. 5th): Now entering its 13th season, Sunny has become one of the most consistently funny ensembles on TV. But for the first time in the show's history, they'll have to deal with a big cast change with Dennis (Glenn Howerton) off in North Dakota being a dad. It seems likely we haven't seen the last of Dennis, but it'll be pretty interesting to see how the gang compensates (or overcompensates, as is the case with Mac and his blow-up Dennis doll) for missing him.

The Deuce (HBO, Sept. 9th): The best new show of 2017 returns and picks off just where it left off, exploring the historical development of pornography and examining how capitalism drove the exploitation and misogyny at the heart of the sex industry. For season two, we jump ahead five years to 1977, where disco, shag haircuts and the adult movie industry are thriving. Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance as hooker-turned-director Candy remains riveting, but watch out for Gbenga Akinnagbe's Larry Brown and Emily Meade's Lori, who are two of the standouts of the new season.

Kidding (Showtime, Sept. 9th): Jim Carrey returns to TV in this dramedy to play Jeff Pickles, a Mister Rogers-style kids' TV icon who's "struggling 
to maintain his gentle, wholesome public persona while his private life goes to hell." Co-starring Catherine Keener, Judy Greer and Frank Langella, and directed by Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind collaborator Michel Gondry, it seems like a pretty serious undertaking for Carey, who told The Hollywood Reporter why he took on the role: "I understand how the river of grief can grab you at some point in your life and just throttle you."

BoJack Horseman (Netflix, Sept. 14th): BoJack, the darkest show about a depressed anthropomorphic horse in television history, has become one of the two of three best shows on TV right now. It's an ambitious, engrossing, bittersweet rumination on people's ability (or inability) to change, one that is as interested in exploring the inner lives of its characters as it is in painstakingly set-up visual gags and puns. This season finds BoJack starring in a new TV show called Philbert, playing a character with disturbing parallels to BoJack’s real life...also, Diane gets a haircut.

American Vandal (Netflix, Sept. 14th): Last year's breakout mockumentary hit satirizing America's love affair with true crime drama followed the investigation of a high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with dicks. In season two, Peter and Sam investigate a new crime at a Catholic private high school after their cafeteria's lemonade is contaminated with laxatives by someone calling themselves "The Turd Burglar."

Forever (Amazon, Sept. 14th): Maya Rudolph (June) and Fred Armisen (Oscar) are the leads on this new comedy, which follows a married couple who are living "a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, CA...But after June talks Oscar into shaking things up with a ski trip, the pair find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory." Mostly, we just really want Rudolph to get a show worthy of her prodigious skill, which has shined even in the worst projects.

Maniac (Netflix, Sept. 21st): This star-studded Netflix dramedy/comedrama stars Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Justin Theroux, who are all mixed up in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial whose side effects apparently include lots and lots of candy-colored hallucinations. We're especially excited about the return of True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga, who directed this entire miniseries too.

The Good Cop (Netflix, Sept. 21st): Are streaming services' predilection for dumping entire seasons at a time destroying the art of episodic TV? Even Netflix’s own VP of original programming Cindy Holland admitted recently that the mid-season sag of their shows can be tough to get through. But with The Good Cop, Netflix is trying to mix up their formula by embracing more classic stand-alone episodes (with continuity, of course). The show stars Tony Danza as "a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules," and Josh Groban as his son, Tony Jr., "an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules." It has a bit of that breezy Monk vibe, which makes sense, since it was created by the guy behind Monk.

The Good Place (NBC, Sept. 27th—regular time slot Oct. 4th): The best comedy currently on network TV is hitting Earth for season three. Without getting into any forking spoilers, the show has become a masterful blend of blissfully silly recurring gags (Jake Jortles!), existential humor, and surprisingly sincere ethical debates. Creator Mike Schur has also learned how to make the most of a great cliffhanger. Check out our interviews with Schur from last season if you're somehow still on the fence.

Big Mouth (Netflix, Oct. 6th): A lot of people slept on this brilliant show—which explores the enduring awkwardness of adolescence with both warmth and gross-out humor—when it debuted last year. I can't recommend it enough for people who enjoy their comedy swinging between earnestness and utter perversity. Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jessi Klein and the rest of the illustrious voice cast are joined this season by newcomers Gina Rodriguez and David Thewlis. There are also new stories about Planned Parenthood, parents separating, and the Shame Wizard, "the Hormone Monster’s mortal enemy who haunts the kids, stoking their deepest shames."

God Friended Me (CBS, Oct. 7th) Not every show can be prestige TV, and not every show can be based on an existing IP. Some shows are just total trainwrecks you can see coming a mile away. And this has to be the most entertaining-looking trainwreck of the fall TV season: it's about an outspoken atheist podcaster ("The Millennial Prophet") who "thought he had it all figured out"...until his life is turned upside down when he is friended by God on Facebook. It looks like a cookie-cutter CBS drama, except with the added twist that it is COMPLETELY FUCKING INSANE. Just watch the 6+ minute video below, which seems to be a highlight reel of the pilot in full.

The Romanoffs (Amazon, Oct. 12th) Matthew Weiner will finally unveil his followup to Mad Men with The Romanoffs, a new Amazon Prime series that is basically the "prestige TV version of Love, Actually." It's a contemporary anthology series set in seven countries across the globe, featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Each story takes place in a new location with a new cast, and it is a hell of a cast, including Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Paul Reiser, Aaron Eckhart, Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishe and many more.

Camping (HBO, Oct 14th): What have Lena Dunham and Jenji Kohan been up to since the end of GIRLS? What has Jennifer Garner been working on in between taking care of her ex-husband? The answer is this upcoming HBO show, which follows a group on a back-to-nature weekend that becomes "a weekend of tested marriages and woman on woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears." Plus Ione Skye and David Tenant!

House of Cards (Netflix, Nov 2nd): If I'm being honest, I've never been a big fan of House Of Cards, the bloviating Netflix behemoth which descended into a Dexter-like vortex of repetitiveness and cartoonish villainy after its atmospheric and biting first season. But for its sixth and final season, an infinitely more interesting real-life story—the firing of Kevin Spacey—has unmoored the narrative. How will the show deal with (and acknowledge) losing its star? Will Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) survive all the scandals that brought her to the presidency? And are Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear part of a backdoor pilot for a spinoff?

Homecoming (Amazon Prime, Nov. 2nd): Based on the hit podcast series of the same name, Homecoming is the story of a therapist at a government facility and a soldier attempting to return to civilian life. Mr. Robot director Sam Esmail is behind the camera, but we're most interested in seeing how Julia Roberts, one of the great (and now highly underrated) movie stars of our time, digs into a longform TV role.

Escape At Dannemora (Showtime, Nov. 18th): Who could forget the highly dramatic prison break at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY in 2015? The story had everything: illicit romance, a daring escape, and frozen hamburger meat! This eight-episode limited series, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette (and directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller) will bring that story to life as it follows the two criminals in their doomed escape, and the married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men.

And a few more very notable shows expected to come out in the second half of 2018: You're The Worst returns to FXX for its fifth and final season; Sean Penn departs for Mars in The First coming to Hulu September 14th; Candice Bergen & Murphy Brown return to CBS on September 27th; I Feel Bad, produced by Amy Poehler, could be the new NBC comedy of the season worth checking out; Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj debuts on Netflix October 28th; The Kominsky Method starring Adam Arkin and Michael Douglas (but produced by Chuck Lorre) hits Netflix November 16th; South Park hopefully will have a bounce back year after a weak season when it returns to Comedy Central for its 22nd season on September 26th; and we don't know when it is being released, but don't think we won't be watching every episode of HBO's My Brilliant Friend adaptation.