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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Our Top Three New Fall Shows (Plus Two Other Favorites Per Blogger)

These are the new shows that we agree are the cream of the crop. After much grumbling, list making, debating, and ranking, we have come up with these three as our joint favorites. And this is without factoring in Grimm and Once Upon a Time, which premiere shortly. In total, Leeard has picked up 13 new shows and Ern has picked up 14. Of these, we agree that these are the ones we mutually enjoy.
  • New Girl: What can we say? We both find Zooey Deschanel to be adorable. We like the supporting cast, and the jokes bring forth laughs. Also, her wardrobe is to die for. We both wish baseball would just quit now so we could have new episodes.
  • American Horror Story: This show doesn’t know the word “subtlety,” but it’s a weekly sideshow, so maybe subtlety would just try everyone’s patience. But it’s a great gallery of homages for horror fans, we like the cast (ok, we like the daughter, Jessica Lange, and Connie Britton), and it gets to play with a lot of themes. It’s funny, it’s creepy, and, most of all, it's entertaining.
  • Suburgatory: New Girl and American Horror Story made this list quickly. Suburgatory had to fight off Prime Suspect, but its likable, snarky heroine, plentiful jokes, and funny cast lifted it to top three status. Best of all? No laugh track.
To placate ourselves, we were allowed one independent pick each and an honorable mention.

Leeard’s pick: Revenge
Leeard would date this show. She would lose her virginity to this show. She’d have a one-night stand with this show, and she’d be really disappointed when it didn’t call her a few days later. But she’d understand, because it’s THAT good and she doesn’t deserve it. Who doesn’t love a plot about revenge? The female characters in this show are the kind of WASPy, passive aggressive evil that WASPs everywhere THINK they are, but they are not. Because the women here are evil, gorgeous geniuses, and when they come down on the competition, it’s delicious. Then we have Nolan, a character who could carry this show all by himself. The show is just so intriguing; we don't know who Emily/Amanda is going to destroy next, but it doesn't really matter. We know it's going to be awesome.

Leeard's Honorable Mention: 2 Broke Girls
This show definitely isn't for everyone, but it's absolutely for Leeard. The banter between Max and Caroline is great, and the show is random without being absurd (well, the horse is a little absurd).

Ern’s pick: Homeland
This was a “duh” thing for Ern. There’s so much interesting stuff going on in this thriller that it threatens to blow Ern’s head off every Sunday. It’s something both guys and girls can enjoy. Half of the sex can cross into “unnecessary”’ territory, but the other half is totally necessary and helps with character development. If you’re looking for humor, this is really not your show. But if you are looking for thrilling, adult drama with multilayered characters and good acting, this will be your favorite fall show. Usually the only shows Ern can't find much to complain about with are Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries (ok, the back story is ridiculously complicated), but Homeland is joining that list.

Ern's Honorable Mention: The Secret Circle
Ern is a sucker for stuff with magic and shows that move quickly.


  1. Homeland is awesome, love New Girl and American Horror Story is fun and good:)

    I would also add Person of Interest. I'm usually not into procedurals but I really like this one. (kinda replaces Lie to Me for me :)) Oh..also Pan Am.

    I need to check out Revenge and Suburgatory. I'm not sure about The Secret Circle.

    I like Up All Night/Ringer.

    Worst show I'm keeping: Terra Nova (Actually isn't all that bad...) It's fun, Monday nights are pretty boring, and there is still chance it might get better. I'm actually hoping for a renewal. :)

    I didn't plan to watch a whole lot of new shows this season. I have way too many already haha (pfft..I think I ended up watching a lot...I can't help it :P) but I will check out most cable shows that come out. (more picky on the broadcast shows)

  2. Great pics! I'm with Ern on two of my top three newbies: 'Homeland' and 'Secret Circle' are definitely my numbers one and two, and at the moment 'Prime Suspect' and 'Revenge' are duking it out for number three.

    It really has been a surprisingly good new season, and there's plenty more to come at midseason. I've picked up 12 new shows, and only two of them are on probation (is it just me or is 'Pan Am' not living up to its potential?). Yay!

  3. One of us really misses Lie to Me. It was such a cool concept, but there was uneven execution. When it was good, it was awesome, and when it wasn't, it could be boring.

    Terra Nova was almost one of our "honorable mention" picks. The other blogger moaned about it so much that it stayed off. We're pretty split on that one. Neither of us are calling it classic TV, but one of us is entertained enough to be like, "Screw you guys, I love this show."

    We're so excited for midseason. If anything, those shows look BETTER than the fall crop. This is going much better than last year.