Best New Fall Shows of 2013

Best new Drama

The new fall TV season is in full effect, and like every year, there are shows that are great, and some that are not. I made my way through all of new dramas, except the midseason shows, such as, Almost Human and Reign but all the new shows that have aired once this post goes up, have all been considered. I tried to narrow the shows down to my two favorites, and two that are good but could still get better, and truly captivate me. Some might question, as to where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Originals are but I found their pilots to be just ok, and not as great as the ones mentioned below. Without further ado, I give you my new favorite fall dramas of 2013.

Master of Sex

Masters of Sex poster

Masters of Sex, could have easily become one of those shows, that people would tune in just see their weekly dose of nudity but in the hands of creator Michelle Ashford, it is imagined as an arousing and intriguing drama. It isn’t perfect but it has a great start. It treats the topic of sex without all the tongue and cheek jokes. The sex studies that Masters and Johnson are conducting are fascinating, and it gives a look at a time where these kinds of thoughts were deemed inappropriate and out of place. Michael Sheen, and the under appreciated, Lizzy Caplan are absolutely great. Especially Caplan, whose past works, have always found her playing the crazy best friend or just being plain crazy. So, it is refreshing seeing her in such a dramatic role. It has a bunch of actor I like, and it is has nipples, I’m in.

Pilot Score: 8 out of 10

Sleepy Hollow


This show is completely bananas and I am completely sold on it. You have the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane in modern times, throw in a plot to bring about the apocalypse, and you have one of the most fun shows of the new fall season. It is capable of being the next Supernatural, or dare I say, the next Buffy. The lead actors are charming and their banter is great, I never got tired of it. It’s from the guys who brought us Fringe, so you know they can balance humor and heart equally. After watching the first 3 episodes, Sleepy Hollow has me, it charming, funny and completely bonkers.

Pilot Score: 7.5 out of 10

Honourable Mentions – Drama

The Blacklist

the black list

The one reason to watch The Blacklist, is because of its leads. James Spader chews up every scene that he’s in. Essentially he’s playing the villain, the comedian and the hero because it is James Spader, he balances that out rather well but after three episodes his shtick is getting tiring. They need to focus more on what makes this man tick, and reveal it to us sooner, rather than later. Answering why he’s so interested in Megan Boone’s character would be a good start. Megan Boone is also terrific, her character reminds me of Sydney Prescott from Alias. Not just cause of her wig but cause she’s a kick ass female character, whose boyfriend isn’t someone who she thought he was. It has fascinating parts but nothing has clicked for me yet. Still, the two leads, and great song selections are enough reasons for me to tune in.

Pilot Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Tomorrow People


The CW has always been a network where beautiful people do beautiful things. That hasn’t changed, but the CW in the last two years, has put a bigger emphasis on putting out genre shows. The Tomorrow People is their latest addition, and it is off to a good start. As of right now, it has this underground X-Men vibe, but hopefully as the show goes on, it will start to differentiate itself from the X-men. The cast is fine, with Mark Pellegrino being the stand out, but the characters are all intriguing enough to keep you invested in the long run. Also, if you ever wanted to know what Jane Sterling went on to do after she left Roger Sterling on Mad Men, then watch The Tomorrow People.

Pilot Score: 7.0 out of 10

Best New Comedy

Best is a strong word for the comedies that came out this year. For every Hello Ladies, you have We Are Men and Dads. There were a few comedies, like The Goldbergs, that could potentially develop into something great but it isn’t there yet. The four comedies mentioned below are my new favorite comedies of the new fall season.

Hello Ladies


Steven Merchant has left the side of Ricky Gervais to pursue his own career, and the result is Hello Ladies, one of the years funniest and charming comedies. The premise is simple, Merchant tries to hit on women, he fails and hilarity ensues. This can become repetitive and tiring, especially, if every episode follows the same pattern but there is huge potential for great stories to be told. The main reason to watch, is cause it’s funny. I don’t know how many shows I’ve watched this year where the humor was more offensive than funny, so Hello Ladies was an easy welcome for me. Also Merchant and his cast have great chemistry with each other, delivering dialogue that feels natural. Hello Ladies, tells you a story of a man that people can relate to and it because of this, I recommend it, you will laugh and be charmed.

Pilot Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Brooklyn 9-9


I’m not saying I laughed non-stop at this show but I did find it funny. The cast is charming and play really well off each other. It’s also great to see Andre Braugher try comedy, I mean, I’d follow the man anywhere but he holds his own against Andy Sanberg. Since this show is from the guys who brought us Parks and Recreation (which also wasn’t that great when it first started) you know that once they discover the groove for this show, it should be a hit. I plan on sticking with it, there is enough of laughs and lovable characters to keep me invested.

Pilot Score: 7.5 out of 10

Honorable Mentions

Trophy Wife


Malin Akerman can do no wrong. I was so excited that she was coming to TV and her new show does not disappoint. The title is ironic, so don’t worry if you think it means anything sexist. The show contains a strong female cast because Akerman actually plays lead actor’s third wife. Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins play his ex wives. The dynamic between the whole cast is great and given time can really build into something special. The only problem is Natalie Morales, who is severely underused. She feels more like an extra than a part of the main cast. Other than that, I love Trophy Wife, my family loves Trophy Wife, it is our new show and it could be yours too. A side note, if for some reason, you didn’t love the pilot for Trophy Wife, I’ve seen the two episodes after it and there are indeed much better than the pilot, with a better sense of direction and humor.

Pilot Score: 7.0 out of 10

The Michael J. Fox Show

michael j fox show poster

It’s so good to have Michael J. Fox back on TV. Spin City was such a long time ago and even seeing him in guest starring roles didn’t satisfy the void he left on TV. Now he’s back and with Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt as his TV wife. You’d think that anyone starring in a show with Fox would be overshadowed by him but Brandt holds her own and the writers give a plenty of funny moments by playing off Fox or the rest of the family. The only parts that got tiring was the over emphasis on Fox’s Parkinson. Although, I read an interview with the creator where he mentioned that later episodes will not focus so heavily on his Parkinson’s. It’s a funny, family comedy, that features the return of Michael J. Fox.

Pilot Score: 7.0 out of 10


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