ABC's New 2014 Shows: Is 'Selfie' That Bad? Is 'How to Get Away With Murder' That Good?

You've seen the billboards and trailers for weeks, and now it's finally time for the broadcast networks to start rolling out their new fall TV shows. But which ones are worth watching and which ones should you skip? We've seen them all and reviewed them accordingly with a quick and easy ranking system.

Graphic by Jayme Perry.
Graphic by Jayme Perry.

Now: These are the best, buzziest shows that you should season pass and watch the night-of.
Later: We recommend watching these... eventually. When you've watched all the "Now" shows.
Never: Sorry, but not all shows are must-see!

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Here, we break down ABC's new fall shows, with premiere info, trailers, and of course our brutally honest snap judgments. Good to note that we don't always all agree, but with several takes — from Yahoo TV's Maggie Furlong, Breanne L. Heldman, Dave Nemetz, Chrissy Le Nguyen, and Kimberly Potts — hopefully it'll make deciding what to watch easier. Happy watching!

BLACK-ISH
Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m.

Furlong: Later
I was surprised how many times I actually laughed at this one — there's definite potential here and the cast already feels like a family which is usually half the battle.

Heldman: Later
Anthony Anderson is funny, but Marsai Martin, who plays his young daughter, may be even funnier. I'll be tuning back in just for her quick one-liners.

Nemetz: Later
It's nice to see an African-American family on network TV again, but we can do better than tired jokes about big butts and bar mitzvahs, can't we?

Nguyen: Later
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne had solid, funny performances in the pilot. Even though Black-ish isn't appointment viewing for me, it's in good company with the rest of ABC's Wednesday night family comedies (Modern Family, The Middle, and The Goldbergs) on my DVR.

Potts: Later
Needs more Laurence Fishburne as Pops, less Anthony Anderson voiceover.



CRISTELA


Premieres Friday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m.

Furlong: Never
Cristela herself is incredibly charming and has great timing, but as Rebel Wilson proved with last year's Super Fun Night, that doesn't always equal a good show.

Heldman: Never
This family sitcom feels born of a bygone era that I didn't really like in the first place. And, yes, I'm aware that I sound like Cristela's curmudgeon mother.

Nemetz: Never
Great, now Hispanic actresses can star in terrible, cliché-ridden sitcoms, too!

Nguyen: Never
This sitcom wasn't terrible, but there wasn't much to laugh at in the pilot. Nothing stands out so everything feels tired. Cristela Alonzo is a witty, endearing comedian, but this just isn't the right vehicle for her.

Potts: Never
There is not one single joke in the pilot you haven’t heard on at least five other comedies (and not good comedies).



FOREVER
Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m.

Furlong: Never
Holy hell… it's never a good sign if you can't even explain the premise of a show without rolling your eyes or laughing at how ridiculous it is.

Heldman: Never
Apparently, the world needs another Elementary, Castle, and The Mentalist, with a quirky-but-brilliant mystery-solver and his gorgeous brunette sidekick. But I don't.

Nemetz: Never
A warmed-over Elementary, which itself is just a warmed-over Sherlock. How are there any criminals left with all these British geniuses in trenchcoats tracking them down?

Nguyen: Never
Confession: I'll be watching Forever exactly never, meaning I didn't even come close to finishing the pilot and have no plans to do so. Even Ioan Gruffudd's accent and various stages of undress weren't enough to save this very bland procedural.

Potts: Never
Liked it better when it was called New Amsterdam and starred Game of Thrones's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. (Seriously, look it up.)



HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER


Premieres Thursday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

Furlong: Now
This is one totally insane ride — and calling a Shonda Rhimes show insane after being on the Scandal rollercoaster for three seasons is saying a lot. I am all in.

Nemetz: Later
I'm not a Shonda Rhimes disciple, so I found Murder to be a bit… soapy? Over-the-top? Is that just par for the course in Shondaland?

Nguyen:  Now
You had me at Shonda. All the fast-paced, twisty-turns of Scandal combined with the will-they-won't-they complicated 'ships of Grey's Anatomy, all set within the morally-ambiguous confines of the legal system — it's a must-watch-and-Tweet immediately kind of show.

Potts: Now
It’s the series that makes Thursday nights truly Shondaland.



MANHATTAN LOVE STORY


Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Furlong: Never
This is why the expression TMI exists. I wanted these characters' inner monologues to shut the hell up after five minutes — I can't imagine sitting through more episodes filled with them.

Heldman: Later
I anticipate that I will be moving this romantic comedy into the "Never" category sooner rather than later, but I love Manhattan, as well as leads Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, so that's my story.

Nemetz: Never
Guys like boobs! Girls like handbags! If you consider these to be insightful observations about human relationships, well, your new favorite show is here.  

Nguyen: Never
Pass. The characters' inner monologue voiceovers and their actual dialogue all blended in together, and I have nothing nice to say about the end result. Here are some not-so-nice things to describe it: vapid, annoying, grating... you get the idea.

Potts: Never
It’s not terrible, it’s just not good enough to make you care about a second episode.



SELFIE


Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.

Furlong: Never
I gave this show a real shot — two actually — despite hating everything about the title and premise completely. I should've trusted my gut.

Heldman: Now
Don't be fooled by the silly red hair and over-the-top antics. Selfie is surprisingly smart and likeable. #LovedIt.

Nemetz: Never
I mean, the name alone. But also, it's a shame to see capable leads like Karen Gillan and John Cho wasted on an insipid My Fair Lady retread.

Nguyen: Later
I'm cutting this one some slack despite its awful title and Karen Gillan's awful American accent (and wig) only because John Cho is the leading man I've always thought he should/could be, and there are definite sparks between him and Gillan.

Potts: Never
#EveryCharacterIsSoUnlikable