The Best and Worst of the Fall Television Season

The fall television seasons are coming to their midseason finales, and it’s time to see the best and the worst of the new shows this fall. Fall is the pinnacle of new shows. Each network uses all of summer to promote their new shows, and by the middle of October, the newest and most exciting shows have premiered. Over 30 new shows premiered this season, and some of them have already been renewed and are promised to come back, others, not so much.

This new show received an overwhelming audience in it’s first season. Source: go.sky.com

National Broadcasting Company, NBC, premiered it’s fall season with 15 new shows. Nine of these shows have already aired, the other six are on their way. On Monday, NBC premiered its new drama The Blacklist, and received an overwhelming audience within the first half of the season. It stars an FBI’s Most Wanted Criminal who turns himself in, and cooperates with them to help catch some of the world’s biggest criminals. It’s a cop drama with many twists and turns. If you’re a fan of conspiracies, then this is the show to watch. It has also been renewed for a 22 episode second season. NBC also jumped on the supernatural train with an outstanding remake of the classic novel Dracula. Dracula stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as the title character, Dracula. This dark drama takes place in victorian style England, and follows Dracula and his partner Van Helsing as they try and eradicate an ancient cult bent on hunting down and destroying vampires. This show is one for those who love a good story, and can handle a little bit of blood and gore. The visuals are amazing, and the production is movie-like. Amongst other shows, NBC has already canceled two of its new shows, Welcome to the Family and a remake, Ironside. Both premiered to not so bright ratings and reviews, and due to those NBC has already taken the axe to them. Some promising shows have yet to premiere, a new pirate drama called Crossbones, which focuses on Blackbeard is set to premiere in the winter on Friday nights after Grimm.

The futuristic cop show, Almost Human. Source: http://www.imdb.com

FOX premiered this season with a grand total of nine shows, each show bragging about its actors, writers, and producers. For those of you who are a fan of writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe), a new show just for you has come. Every Monday tune into FOX to see Almost Human, a new show set in the not-too-distant future where cops are paired up with strikingly humanoid robots as their partners. Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek) stars as one cop who does not particularly like this and ends up with a robot who is not like the others; he can feel emotions, like a real human. If you’re a fan of sci-fi and cop shows, then tune in to see cops and robots investigate an array of new futuristic crimes. Another one of FOX’s hit shows is of the supernatural, based on an old book, Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow  is a modern retelling of Washington Irving’s classic novel, complete with a headless horseman, revolutionary America conspiracies, and an impending apocalypse. This show is brilliantly done and the visuals are stunning, taking it to a new level of television. This show has already been renewed for two more seasons based on its success in its first season. If you’re one for comedy, check out FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a new comedy starring Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), follows the lives of multiple cops in a dysfunctional precinct. This show is brilliantly written and laugh out loud hilarious. FOX has hit quite the number of golden shows, however, the network is struggling to keep afloat their new comedy, Dads. Dads is a dry comedy about two successful guys whose lives get turned upside down when their fathers move in with them.

Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Source: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk

American Broadcasting Company, ABC, premiered this season with seven new shows. They began the week by debuting three new shows on Tuesday nights. They started the night with the series premiere of the new Avengers spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This show follows a group of ragtag individuals as they travel around the world investigating the fallout of the alien invasion in the first Avengers movie. This show is both wonderfully written, and if you couldn’t get enough of an of the Avengers movies, then watch this show. The two other shows are Trophy Wife, and Lucky 7. Trophy Wife is a half-hour comedy that explores the life of a woman after she is married to a man with two wives prior. Lucky 7 is produced by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Lincoln) and is a drama about the lives of seven employees of a gas station after they win the New York Lottery. ABC’s other newest comedy is Super Fun Night, starring Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect). It is a simple comedy that follows her and two friends through the trials of adulthood. If you couldn’t get enough of Rebel’s Pitch Perfect character, this one is for you. Ms. Wilson delivers a hilarious performance worthy of another season. The last show ABC debuted was their spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. As a spin-off of Once Upon a Time, this new show follows Alice into the rabbit hole, and her adventures down there.

Many new shows premiered this fall season, some great, some not-so-great. Many other networks debuted new shows, however, one can’t watch every single show no matter how hard they try. So if you’re looking for a new show, check one of these out, and keep your eye out for the new shows coming in the winter season!

-Sam Van Pykeren

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