Fall TV: The Best and Worst of the Season’s New Shows

Fall TV is in full swing. With so many beloved and iconic television series already on air, new series have to be pretty outstanding to remain viable. This year, fall TV hasn’t exactly had a ton of standouts. In fact, TV fans seem more inclined to stick with their faves than to try out new shows — and we can’t say that we blame them.

There are certainly some standout hits, including HBO’s ’70-set porn drama series The Deuce and ABC’s new sitcom The Mayor. However, other series, like Marvel’s Inhumans and the majority of CBS’ line-up this fall, are major misses.

As the days grow shorter and colder, here are the fall TV series you should definitely be watching and others that probably shouldn’t have been greenlit at all (ranked from worst to best).

18. Marvel’s Inhumans, ABC

The cast of the Inhumans stand next to each other in line

The Inhumans | Marvel

Overall, Marvel typically gets TV right– we’re just not sure what happened with Inhumans. ABC dropped the ball on their adaptation of the beloved comic that centers around a royal superhuman family who lands on earth to escape a coup.

The entire series is tremendously confusing. There’s also a giant teleporting dog, and yes, it’s pretty much as bad as it sounds.

17. 9JKL, CBS

A man stands on his balcony while his family peeks at him from behind a window


Mark Feuerstein stars in 9JKL, which is about a man who lives in an apartment in New York City next to his parents and brother.

The only thing is we’ve already seen this before: It was called Everybody Loves Raymond, and it was way better.

16. Wisdom of the Crowd, CBS

Three men and a woman stand next to each other with shocked faces

Wisdom of the Crowd | CBS

Wisdom of the Crowd sounds pretty cool at first glance. The series stars Jeremy Piven as a tech genius who creates a crowd-sourcing app to help fight crime.

However, you soon realize films like Minority Report did the whole high-tech crime-fighting thing a lot better.

15. The Orville, Fox

 Penny Johnson Jerald, Seth MacFarlane and Peter Macon in the new space adventure

The Orville | Fox

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane usually hits things out of the park. However, this go-round with The Orville, he basically delivers a Star Trek rip-off that is nowhere near as good as the iconic series.

14. Me, Myself & I, CBS

Two men sit next to each other in meditation poses

Me, Myself & I | CBS

This CBS series has a pretty cool concept. It follows one man over various periods in his life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in the present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042.

Unfortunately, we’re not confident that Me, Myself & I will be able to sustain itself after the first several episodes.

13. SEAL Team, CBS

A soldier holds up a gun


David Boreanaz is not about to be away from our television screens for that long. In SEAL Team, he stars as a Navy SEAL who is trying to keep himself and his team safe on the job, while also tending to his mental health at home.

12. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, ABC

Kevin stands in a gray hoodie and a jacket

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World | ABC

So the premise of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is extremely cheesy — but so far, it works. Jason Ritter stars as Kevin, a man who begins seeing a “warrior for God” and wants him to do good deeds to save to work.

However, Ritter’s charm just might win us all over. After all, we can use all of the happiness we can get.

11. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers, NBC

A lawyer sits next to two brothers in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers | NBC

Law & Order is really trying to mix things up and dive into serial dramas, like FX’s American Crime Story. Edie Falco stars as defense attorney Leslie Abramson in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers.

Though it’s not quite as convincing as The People v. O.J. Simpson, it’s still super interesting to watch.

10. Dynasty, The CW

A woman in a white dress holds on to the arm of a woman in a black dress

Dynasty | The CW

The cultural phenomenon that rocked television 30 years ago just got a 21st century update on the CW, and it’s soapy and delicious. Starring Elizabeth Gillies as Fallo Carrington, Dynasty is decedent, opulent, and full of drama.

If you loved Gossip Girl, you’ll definitely be obsessed with Dynasty.

9. The Good Doctor, ABC

A boy in a blue shirt and green jacket looks through a hospital window

The Good Doctor | ABC

When is Freddie Highmore not delightful? In The Good Doctor, he stars as a  brilliant doctor who also happens to be autistic.

It’s a pretty sweet and warm show — and who doesn’t love a good ABC medical drama?

8. S.W.A.T., CBS

A man lifts a young girl wearing a backpack

S.W.A.T. | CBS

If you miss Shemar Moore on Criminal Minds, you can see him as a cop on CBS’ new series S.W.A.T. An update from the ’70s era show, S.W.A.T. is pretty impressive in how it deals with the environment a black police officer in the Black Lives Matter era.

Also, who doesn’t enjoy looking at Moore on their TV screens?

7. Ten Days in the Valley, ABC

Kyra Sedgwick leans back in a chair at a desk

Ten Days in the Valley | ABC

Kyra Sedgwick is perfect as usual as an overworked TV producer whose daughter goes missing from her home.

Ten Days in the Valley is wonderfully cast, and the twists and turns are certain to keep you intrigued week after week.

6. Young Sheldon, CBS

The cast of Young Sheldon in the pilot episode

Young Sheldon | CBS

We’ve all heard tales about The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper as a kid, and now we’ll get to see it up close. In a show that will make you reminisce about The Wonder Years (though far less serious), Young Sheldon stars Iain Armitage as little Sheldon, and it’s just as good as it sounds.

5. The Gifted, Fox

Lauren, Andy, Caitlin, and Reed Strucker running in front of a building

The Gifted | Fox

Marvel gets it right with this X-Men centered series. The Gifted follows a family, with human parents and mutant kiddos, who go on the run from the government. It has everything you love about X-Men with a dope cast and some sensational acting.

4. Will & Grace, NBC

Will and Grace cast pose while holding champagne flutes

Will & Grace | NBC

Will & Grace has returned to TV after an 11-year hiatus, and the gang is just as iconic as we remembered them to be. The jokes are still witty and sharp, and it feels like they never left us.

3. Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access

Sonequa Martin-Green stands with her hands behind her back, in a blue Starfleet jumpsuit

Star Trek: Discovery | CBS

We were super skeptical about this Star Trek reboot with a different crew and ship, but CBS’ Discovery is sensational. Set a decade before the original 1966 series and starring Sonequa Martin-Green, the show is everything a Trekkie could hope for and more.

2. The Mayor, ABC

 LEA MICHELE and BRANDON MICHEAL HALL stand next to each other

The Mayor | ABC

Starring newcomer Brandon Michael Hall, ABC’s The Mayor is probably one of the best shows that fall TV has to offer. The series stars Hall as rapper Courtney Rose who enters the mayoral race in his town as a publicity stunt. However, Rose is just as shocked as everyone when he actually wins.

The series is sweet, charming, and pretty freaking hilarious.

1. The Deuce, HBO

James Franco dons a mustache and long hair in The Deuce

The Deuce | HBO

The Wire’s David Simon and George Pelecanos have teamed up again for the ’70s-set drama The Deuce which follows the rise and legalization of the porn industry on the gritty streets of NYC.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco are sensational in their starring roles in show, as are the rest of the massive ensemble cast.

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