Each year, the various networks and cable stations throw out plenty of hopeful new dramas and comedies. While getting past the pilot stages and nabbing a full season order should allow any show to feel like it has made it, the unfortunate reality is that an overwhelming number of new shows get cancelled before they earn that elusive second season order. Even more unfortunately, a lot of people avoid watching first season shows because they are worried about that very thing happening.

Luckily, Cinema Blend has combed through last year’s premieres. We’ve watched and rewatched some of our favorite episodes, and we’ve cultivated a list of the Season 2 shows we feel pretty confident about. If you’ve been wondering what the various networks have to offer this is the best of the best, at least when it comes to second year shows. Pick ‘em up. It’s not too late to get on board and you haven’t missed too much with each of these shows.

Before you start reading, we'd like to note that recently finished Season 1 shows and programs with no clear return time, like Fargo and True Detective, were excluded from this list.

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The Blacklist
When The Blacklist premiered last fall, NBC was still going through a period of low ratings. It desperately needed a hit, and thanks to catchy writing and an excellent onscreen personality played by James Spader, NBC found that hit in The Blacklist. The series offers a great balance between procedural-type FBI episodes and continuing storylines that tie the pasts of serial criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington and FBI agent Elizabeth Keene together.

A good chunk of The Blacklist’s audience skews outside of the coveted 18-49 advertising demographic. That means a good chunk of our younger readers looking at this list probably don’t watch. It’s too bad. Not only does Spader play one of the most compelling and complex villains on television, The Blacklist typically ends on an excellent cliffhanger each week, giving fans reason upon reason to never miss a minute of the series. If you have the chance to catch up, we highly suggest you do so. Even if you don’t have the time, we still suggest giving The Blacklist a shot when it hits the schedule on Monday, September 22 at 10 p.m. ET.

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