Summer has come to an end so most of you are sad, unless you’re an avid TV watcher like yours truly. Summer shows only exist as buffers until the real shows come back. So, lo and behold, Fall TV!
Being that I watch a lot of TV, Fall season is both exhilarating and exhausting for me. I’m always trying to keep up with shows and also continue my life outside of TV—though I’m convinced it does not exist. Most shows I watch are watched by tens of millions of viewers each week, but there are still some amazing shows out there returning for another season that not many people watch. The last thing we need is another Parks and Recreation fiasco, where it barely gets viewers on a week-to-week basis and we have to wait until the last possible day of May Sweeps to find out if it will come back.
Here are five shows returning this Fall season that you’re not watching, but you should be.
Fox has a way with animated television. The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, for starters. Bob’s Burgers just adds to the bunch. Like each show mentioned before, Burgers’ story is a simple one, but the creators and super talented voice cast led by H. Jon Benjamin (Archer) Dan Mintz (Writer for Crank Yankers), and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Concords, The Last Man on Earth). This show, like the other animated series Fox has done, focuses on a family made up of two parents and three children. What started as a show comparable to Family Guy or The Simpsons has now become its own show worthy of any and all watchers. It gets better each season and the jokes remain fresh and hilarious. There’s no better animated character than Mintz’s Tina – the eldest Belcher child. Bob’s Burgers does what all comedy shows strive to do: let the viewer sit an enjoy rather than think and critique, and it’s very refreshing to have a show capable to just exist solely for the purpose of laughter. Season six begins Sept. 27.
It’s becoming rare for there to be any great sitcoms anymore. Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory have each ran their course and, frankly, both shows should have finished by now. (Should any network show really go longer than five seasons?) The Goldbergs is one of the very few shows that follow a typical sitcom format. (All characters are based in one common environment— office place or home are most common locations). This show takes place in the 1980s, has very relatable characters played by Wendi McClendon Covey (Bridesmaids) who is due for an Emmy, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and George Segal (Just Shoot Me). Plus, it is narrated by Patton Oswalt. It’s the family comedy Modern Family used to be, but isn’t anymore. You have the over-bearing mother, the lackadaisical father, the “too cool for her family” oldest child, the “overreacting and angry” middle child, and the “in denial momma’s boy” youngest child. Plus everything that happens on the show is based on true events from the life of its creator Adam Goldberg. What’s there not to love? Season 3 begins Sept. 23.
Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen team up to show a periodical medical drama on a network almost nobody has. Just one season has aired so far, but with the names mentioned above you know this show must be good – and it is! It was actually among my favorite shows of the 2014-2015 year. It’s the first medical show to truly be about medicine and not love triangles galore and melodrama this and that. It focuses on New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the beginning of the twentieth century and the start of modern medicine. It’s a true crime this show did not receive any love from the Emmys. Clive Owen probably should have won Best Male Actor in a Drama (he was nominated for a Golden Globe) and Andre Holland was definitely worthy of a nomination for supporting actor. Season 2 begins Oct. 16.
Superheroes have taken over the entertainment world since 2008, but for a while it was just the silver screen. It wasn’t until a few years ago that they started dominating the smaller screen as well. There’s ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, Fox’s Gotham, Netflix’s Daredevil, and The CW’s Arrow. None of these shows are as good as The Flash. There’s something fresh about having mostly lesser-known actors in the series that helps the “different villain every week” style work for this show. It’s not your typical superhero show either. It combines romance with drama, sci-fi with adventure, and there’s plenty of action, too. Grant Gustin was perfectly cast as Barry Allen, and more actors that do a tremendous job in their roles than not. First season’s central villain, Harrison Wells, was played brilliantly by Tom Cavanaugh. There were only maybe two filler episodes the entire season, which is rare for a network show, and three of the episodes made it into my top 10 best episodes of 2014-2015. (The Man in the Yellow Suit, Out of Time and Fast Enough). Dealing with comic book characters we have all learned to love – heroes and villains—makes this one of the most watch-worthy shows today. Plus, every once in a while you get a crossover episode special between this and The Arrow. The Flash returns Oct. 6.
You’re the Worst
Now I open the floor to you. What are your favorite Fall shows that you can’t wait to return?
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