Fox's New 2014 Shows: Rating 'Gotham,' 'Gracepoint,' 'Mulaney,' and 'Red Band Society'

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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 Fox'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, Kimberly Potts, and Matt Whitfield — hopefully it'll make deciding what to watch easier. Happy watching!

GOTHAM


Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.

Furlong: Later
I wanted to love the first episode, but it seems so far removed from any actual Batman action that I hesitate even calling it an origin story.  

Heldman: Later
This show only received a "later" from me by the strength of its Batman origins, because the Pilot. Is. Awful. Too much going on, too little to latch onto.

Nemetz: Later
Strong performances and I'm sure it'll debut huge, but I need to see this develop into more than just another police procedural with a few Bat-trappings before I commit.

Nguyen: Later
The casting is perfection (I mean, Robin Lord Taylor was born to play the Penguin), and the striking, grim backdrop of Gotham City actually looks really good on TV. Why I'm not completely sold? The pilot throws too much storyline at you too soon.

Potts: Now
It’s an ambitious set-up that, hopefully, will pay off across the first season.



GRACEPOINT


Premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.

Furlong: Later
I'm not as obsessed with Broadchurch as most people — it's fine — and this isn't better, but I'm intrigued enough to watch and find out why the talented David Tennant would take such a déjà vu gig. (There must be a reason!)

Heldman: Never
I never watched Broadchurch, but this show made me realize that my time would be better spent with the real deal than the cheap knockoff.

Nemetz: Never
Just watch the U.K. original Broadchurch instead; it's the same story, except better — because it's British!

Nguyen: Later
Most fans of the excellent Broadchurch will no doubt be turned off by this shot-for-shot copycat pilot episode. But I'm curious enough to keep watching to see exactly when this version will become its own, distinct show.

Potts: Now
It gets better with each episode.



MULANEY


Premieres Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Furlong: Later
I'm glad I waited to see more episodes and the revised pilot before judging this show. It's still not must-see, but Mulaney's strong stand-up interstitials and great timing from Nasim Pedrad give me hope.

Heldman: Never
Word to the wise: Not all writers can act.

Nemetz: Later
I want to like this so badly because John Mulaney's standup is truly great, but the jarring laughtrack and hacky sitcom jokes make it a wait-and-see, at best.

Nguyen: Never
As likable as John Mulaney is, his pilot was equally unlikable. I did not laugh once. A for-sure pass for me.

Potts: Later
The season’s biggest disappointment, the only thing that keeps it from being a "Never" is that John Mulaney has proven himself to be so, so funny as a standup and SNL writer, and Martin Short is always genius.



RED BAND SOCIETY


Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m.

Furlong: Now
With TV dramas killing off main characters left and right, this one gets a watch-it-now warning because the deaths are pretty much inevitable. And they're kids! Kleenex, please.

Heldman: Later
I wanted to like this, so I'm willing to give it another shot. Still, Glee with cancer isn't exactly my idea of fun.

Nemetz: Now
Funny and genuinely touching with a cast full of budding stars; former Glee fans in need of a new obsession, look no further.

Nguyen: Now
I laughed, I cried, I smiled. Of course a show about sick kids tugged at my heartstrings, but they do a great job of balancing those sad moments with snarky humor and genuine optimism. It's warm, comforting soup for the TV soul and I want more helpings.

Potts: Never
The Fault in Our Stars vibe on a weekly basis... is anyone looking for the feel-bad show of the season?

Whitfield: Later
Despite feeling somewhat dated while desperately trying to seem edgy, this comedy-drama is worth checking in on, thanks to Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who’s on-point as "Scary" Nurse Jackson.