The fall TV season can be an overwhelming time for TV viewers (and our DVRs). For those of you who aren’t sure what to watch, or have missed the premieres of some of the best new shows this fall so far, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites, which may help narrow things down a bit. From new parents and an awkwardly lovable new girl, to terrorism, revenge and the ’60’s, this fall is offering plenty of promising new series.
There are still some new shows that have yet to premiere, but these are the ones that already have us hooked and we think you’ll like them too.
(by Mack Rawden)
The Brinkley’s are the type of couple who will angrily swear at each other and then nervously call five minutes later because there doesn’t seem to be any real cheese at the grocery store. Through long hours at work and baby eating disasters at home, Chris and Reagan are in this together, and if you have any common sense, you’ll join them. Will Arnett and Christina Applegate both made their careers out of playing absurd, over-the-top caricatures on Arrested Development and Married… With Children, respectively. In Up All Night, they’ve toned it down roughly sixty percent, and in doing so, have struck a balance between honest and hilarious.
Up All Night airs: Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
Catch-up: Episode 1, Episode 2 (“Cool Neighbors”), (Episode 3 (“Working Late and Working It”)
(by Kelly West)
Beyond its guilty-pleasure appeal, Revenge is actually a decent drama with a lot of places to go in its story and some very intriguing developments beginning to emerge. We’re two episodes in and I’m already hooked.
Revenge airs: Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Catch-up: Episode 1. Episode 2 aired last night and will hopefully be here soon.
(by Jessica Grabert)
Instead, the series has turned into a race against the other sixties era show, ABC’s Pan Am. If you have to choose between one network throwback to the sixties or another, The Playboy Club is the better use of your time. It may be steeped in sex and sin, but its plotlines lack the sunny exterior and the misplaced soundtrack, the stifling dialogue and the incessant retread brought to us by Pan Am. In it’s first episode, The Playboy Club brings us lingerie, sure, but it also pulls in mob ties and a less-than-perfect murder. The Playboy Club may not be winning the ratings, and it may have its share of small missteps, but it still has a lot of underlying potential. Besides, I’ll take queer friendly plotlines, campy stiletto murders, and Laura Benanti’s impeccable singing, any day.
The Playboy Club airs: Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.
Catch-Up: Episode 1, Episode 2 (“The Scarlett Bunny”)
(by Jesse Carp)
Now, on to the enticing trappings that make this great hook work so well on-screen, which include three absolutely brilliant and award winning actors (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis), a team of executive producers with a proven track record (Dexter, 24, Buffy) and a network willing to give them all the freedom to deliver a show that's uncompromising in its delivery. The show debuts proper on Sunday, October 2 at 10 p.m. on Showtime but, in an ever more popular move, they have released the pilot episode online and it does not disappoint. If viewers tune in to this series, that's like 24 via Rubicon and Manchurian Candidate, I would look for it come the next awards season.
Homeland premieres: Sunday, October 2nd on Showtime.
(by Leslie Kasperowicz)
New Girl has a chance to create real long-term character development in a way few sitcoms can, and without losing track of what is important – the funny. Although Deschanel is clearly the main attraction, each of the characters has something to contribute, even if it’s mainly a contribution to the “douche bag jar”. New Girl might just have the potential to fill the gap left by Friends; it just needs enough time to develop the characters and the relationships between them that bring the laughs.
New Girl airs: Tuesday at 9/8c on Fox.
Catch-up: Episode 1 and Episode 2.
(by Scott Heisel)
Pan Am also succeeds in nailing a lot of other period elements, which give the show very strong production value. The sets are great, the 60s attire and style is all spot-on, and I'm pretty sure I heard some Frank Sinatra on more than one occasion. The first episode did set up one character to be involved in some light (hopefully) Cold War espionage, which I'm frankly not crazy about, but it doesn't seem likely to dominate the show, in any case. Ultimately, Pan Am looks like it will be a highly romantic workplace drama where the work takes the characters to numerous exotic locations. The first episode started in NYC and ended in London, and based on the titles of episodes 2 and 3 they will include Paris and Berlin.
Pan Am airs: Sundays at 10/9c on ABC
Catch-up: Episode 1