Between the premiere of new episodes of the Walking Dead shows and their month-long FearFest, the AMC family of channels has a scary amount of content this October. Lucky for you, Sling TV is offering a free preview of AMC+ to all subscribers from Oct. 4-10, so you can binge all of the great content on AMC+, Shudder, Acorn TV, IFC, BBC America, and more. To help you sort through all of the programming, we put together this list of the best things to watch all week during the free preview. To get all of this great content as part of our AMC+ free preview, sign up for Sling Orange + Blue using the link at the bottom of this page.
The Walking Dead
The 11th and final season of The Walking Dead has been super-sized to a full 24 episodes, then dissected into three parts. The first batch of eight episodes will wrap up with “For Blood” this Sunday on AMC, but you can watch it right now with early access on AMC+. Speaking of which…
Along with The Walking Dead, new episodes of the show’s companion series The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Fear the Walking Dead will also be available a week early courtesy of AMC+. That means that following last night’s premiere of season 2 of World Beyond, the second episode, “Foothold,” is already available to stream. The highly anticipated season 7 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead will also be available a week early, beginning next Sunday, Oct. 10. And like all content on AMC+, you can watch these episodes commercial-free.
Creepshow Season 3
The anthology series Creepshow has been the breakout show for Shudder, the horror-focused streaming service that’s included with AMC+. This season, guest stars will include Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), James Remar (Dexter), Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow), Reid Scott (Veep), Hannah Fierman (V/H/S), King Bach (When We First Met) and Ethan Embry (Empire Records). The first two episodes of the new season are now available; you can also stream the first two seasons, Creepshow’s animated and Christmas specials, plus the original 1982 George A. Romero film.
If all of these ghoulish delights still aren't enough, be sure to tune-in to special FearFest programming all month long on AMC and AMC+. Beyond the aforementioned shows and early premieres, FearFest—which is now in its 25th year—will include a host of classic film series, movie marathons, and new episodes of Eli Roth’s History of Horror every Saturday. For more details and a complete list of programming, click here.
Ultra City Smiths
If you've had your fill of horror and are looking for something completely original, be sure to check out Ultra City Smiths, the new show from the creators of Robot Chicken. As we noted in our Fall TV Preview, the “stop-motion musical-comedy noir starring a cast of world-weary baby dolls” is “deeply absurd, but it never breaks the tone to wink at the audience, and the plot is surprisingly intricate and complex. Perhaps most impressively, Ultra City Smiths features amazingly sophisticated cinematography for stop motion.” This show is destined to become a cult classic; get in on it early and binge the full season today.
Under the IFC and Sundance umbrellas, AMC recently acquired Good Grief, a dark New Zealand comedy about two sisters who inherit and take over their grandfather’s funeral home. Co-created, co-written and starring real-life sisters Eve and Grace Palmer, the show centers on a pair of siblings who are “thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing, and embarrassment. Recently fired from her teaching career, Ellie starts to warm to the job, but all Gwen wants to do is go DJ in Bali. By staring death in the face every day, Ellie and Gwen begin to confront the realities of their own life, and what they want to make of it.” You can watch all six episodes of the first season on demand; a second season has already been ordered.
This long-running mystery show is one of the most popular British TV programmes with international audiences, having been sold to over 200 countries around the world. Now in its 22nd season, Midsomer Murders is available here in the states with AMC’s Acorn TV. New episodes will be available on Sundays, but if you’re particularly ambitious, you can binge watch 126 episodes on demand.
And finally, we’d be remiss to not call out one of the greatest television shows of all-time, Mad Men. The Emmy-winning series turned stars like John Hamm and Elizabeth Moss into household names and it’s easy to see why: With amazing performances, sumptuous sets and costuming, and some of the greatest writing ever on TV, Mad Men is worthy of all its accolades and then some. All seven seasons and 92 episodes are streaming commercial-free on demand; revisit your favorite episodes or start watching now and see if you can make it through the entire series.