A new monthly feature to let you know what to watch in the romance, Romanticism, and period drama genres. From TV to Streaming to Movie Releases and even Video On Demand.

October’s a busy month for TV fans as all the new shows premiere and old favorites return. However, at the top of the premieres list is the BBC romantic period drama, The Woman in White! Besides TV premieres, there are still a few movies worth checking out in theaters or VOD. So, enjoy the October 2018 watchlist below!


Below you’ll find watchlist highlights for premieres, standout episodes of current shows (IE: season finales), new movie releases, and new VOD for the month of October 2018. What you won’t find are all the repeats, movies on every paid cable channel (HBO, Showtime, STARZ, etc.) or streaming, and other extraneous content. This watchlist is for what’s new or a special standout in the genres of romance, Romanticism, and Period Drama! So, it’s not inclusive of everything. Schedules and release dates are subject to change.

RELATED | Romance and Period Drama Watchlist For September 2018

(NOTE: We typically aim to share less explicit content that has PG-13 “like” content and below minus a few exceptions for artistic merit and/or genre interest. If a program is Rated R or TV-M, we will let you know why.)


October 2018

(Times are EST)

New Releases in Theaters

10/5 The Old Man and the Gun (Limited Release) – How awesome does this look?

10/5 Venom

10/10 The Happy Prince (Limited Release) (Rated R for sexuality, language, and nudity); period drama stars Colin Firth and Rupert Everett

10/12 After Everything (Limited Release) (Rating and Content Unclear)

10/12 Bigger (Limited Release)

10/12 First Man

10/12 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

10/12 Jane and Emma (Limited Release)

10/12 I Still See You (Limited Release)

10/19 Wildlife (Limited Release)

10/26 Indivisible

New on VOD

10/12 I Still See You

10/16 Another Time (TV-MA; Content Unclear)

10/16 Ant-Man and the Wasp

10/19 Brampton’s Own

10/23 An Elephant’s Journey

10/23 Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

10/26 Air Strike (Rated R for War Violence and Language)

10/26 Don’t Go (Rating and Content Unclear)

10/30 Juliet, Naked (Rated R for language)

New TV Highlights

(Note: Many of these TV Shows include romantic subplots!)

10/1 Us & Them (Crackle)

10/4 Creeped Out, Series Premiere (Netflix)

10/4 Star Trek: Short Treks (CBS All Access)

10/4 Station 19, Season 2 Premiere (ABC)


10/4 Will and Grace, Season 10 Premiere (NBC)

10/6 Falling For You (Hallmark)

10/7 Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere (BBC America – 1:45 p.m.)

10/9 Black Lightning, Season 2 Premiere (CW)

10/9 The Flash, Season 5 Premiere (CW)

10/10 All American, Series Premiere (CW)

10/10 Riverdale, Season 3 Premiere (CW)

10/11 Supernatural, Season 14 Premiere (CW)

10/12 Blindspot, Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

10/12 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 4 Premiere (CW)

10/12 Dynasty, Season 2 Premiere (CW)

10/12 Titans, Series Premiere (Titan Universe) (TV-MA for violence and language)

10/13 Under the Autumn Moon (Hallmark)

10/14 Charmed, Series Premiere (CW)

10/14 Darrow and Darrow: Body of Evidence (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

10/14 Supergirl, Season 4 Premiere (CW)

10/15 Arrow, Season 7 Premiere (CW)

10/16 The Rookie, Series Premiere (ABC)

10/16 Splitting Up Together, Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

10/19 Accidentally in Love, Series Premiere (Netflix)

10/20 Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash(Freeform)

10/20 Love, of Course, Premiere (Hallmark)

10/21 The Woman in White, Premiere (PBS)

10/22 Legends of Tomorrow, Season 4 Premiere (CW)

10/25 Legacies, Series Premiere (CW)

10/26 Midnight, Texas Season 2 Premiere (NBC)

10/27 Christmas at Pemberley Manner (Hallmark)

10/29 A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway (NBC)

New to Streaming

For what else is new to streaming, check out our lists for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and International (Acorn TV, Dramafever, Viki) below:

The Top 12 Best Romances New to Netflix October 2018

Top 15 of the Best Romances New to Amazon Prime October 2018

Top 10 of the Best Romances New to Hulu October 2018

The Best International Romances to Watch in October: Acorn TV, Dramafever, & Viki

Further Information: 

  • To find out the times for the many romances and period dramas on TCM, check out the full schedule HERE.
  • For current shows airing on Dramafever (Asian Dramas), go HERE.
  • For current shows airing on Viki (Asian Dramas), go HERE.

What’s on your Romance and Period Drama Watchlist this month? Let me know in the comments! 

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