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.
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!
Here, we break down NBC'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!
A TO Z
Premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m.
This sitcom completely charmed me in a totally unexpected way, and the addition of an ominous and omniscient narrator (Katey Sagal) makes me more intrigued to see what'll happen.
I was concerned this show was going to wind up trite and twee (and who likes twee? Nobody!), but I confess, I was charmed… at least enough for a second date.
Best new sitcom. A total charmer in the mold of (500) Days of Summer, with appealing leads and big laughs.
A romantic comedy starring two adorable leads (Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti) with chemistry to spare and narration by Katey Sagal? Sign me up!
Cute, but forgettable.
Premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
I just kept thinking "Well, this could be worse" … and then it got worse.
Kate Walsh deserves better than this tacky legal comedy with an unforgivable cute-black-kid subplot left over from the Diff'rent Strokes era.
I love Kate Walsh (see: Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice) and I might love a funny Kate Walsh even more (see: Fargo), but Bad Judge is, well… bad. Walsh deserves better.
Fargo revealed Kate Walsh’s stellar comedy chops, which are front and center here.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m.
This is not my kind of show — at all — so take this with a grain of salt, but the pilot fell way short of my comic book adaptation bar, and I don't think that bar is set particularly high.
Hell hath no fury like… well, me, if I had to watch another hour of this mess.
Offers plenty of demonic comic-book action, and Matt Ryan has a roguish charm, but the dropping of female lead Lucy Griffiths post-pilot doesn't bode well.
Of the new comic-based offerings this fall, this was the weakest of the trio. Not my cup of tea, but I'm sure fans of Grimm and Supernatural will eat it up.
Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.
I completely built this show up to be the second coming of Happy Endings because, sorry, but who doesn't want that? Sadly it is not, but I'm not giving up hope.
Who can deny Casey Wilson and Ken Marino's chemistry? Not I, said the fly.
The Happy Endings pedigree makes this a must-watch, even if the premiere didn't quite meet my very high expectations.
So what if this feels like Penny got her own Happy Endings spinoff? You bet I'll be watching the ah-mah-zing Casey Wilson joke it up with Party Down's Ken Marino every week!
It’s no Happy Endings, but it has one of the funniest sitcom pilot beginnings ever.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
Special preview Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m.
Remember when we all felt bad for Debra Messing because of Smash's awfulness? Now we can feel worse because this show isn't even watchable in an ironic way.
The real mystery of this show is how it got greenlit in the first place. Debra Messing's awful scarves may be here to stay, but I'm certainly not.
Oof. Can't decide if it wants to be an awful cop show or an awful family sitcom, and settles for veering wildly between the two.
I watched the entire pilot and I'm still not sure what the tone of this show is supposed to be, and I don’t think anyone else (including Debra Messing) does either. This is arguably the worst new show of the season.
The dramedy is too heavy on the "dram," too light on the "edy."
Worse than Smash, if that's even possible.
STATE OF AFFAIRS
Premieres Monday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m.
Am I watching to see if Katherine Heigl can be Izzie-levels of good again? Maybe. But that means I will be watching more. For whatever it's worth.
A blatant rip-off of Homeland and Scandal should be a lot more exciting than this. And does NBC not know that everyone hates Katherine Heigl?
The pilot ended with an intriguing twist, so I'll watch more. Besides, I'm not a Katherine Heigl hater (yet, anyway).