The Great Fall TV Cram (2014 Edition): 8 Sophomore Shows to Catch Up On Now

Now that 37 percent of the population is running cable networks and creating original programming, there's a whole lot of television out there. Obviously you can't watch all of it, and maybe you've been burned by investing lots of eye-time in shows that didn't quite work out, or maybe you skipped some of last season's newbies in favor of old favorites that you already trust. Whatever the case, there are some promising young'uns returning to the small screen this fall, and with a few weeks left before the fall season begins in earnest, you have plenty of time to catch up on any shows you may have missed in their debuts. To that end, we've compiled a list of soon-to-be-sophomore series that merit your attention before they return for Season 2. And because we're nice, we've attempted to trim the fat by telling you exactly which episodes you'll need to watch if to stay abreast of the story and fool people into thinking you were a fan from Day 1. Crack open a case of 5-Hour Energy and get crammin'! 


The Goldbergs

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, September 24 at 8:30pm on ABC


COMMITMENT: 23 half-hour episodes full of bodacious '80s nostalgia

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: The Goldbergs uses its 1980s setting not just as a platform for making Legend of Zelda and VCR jokes, but to freeze the family sitcom in time and illustrate that family ups and downs are eternal. Think of it as today's Wonder Years, a show that's free of the hacky comedy temptations of modern sitcoms—not only are there no hashtag jokes, but The Goldbergs feels honest and pure, making it a perfect bridge between The Middle and Modern Family (which is exactly where it'll air in its second season). Barry Goldberg (an energetic Troy Gentile) was one of the best new characters of last fall, and Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey's Murray and Beverly are two of television's best parents. And if you miss Community's pop-culture homages, The Goldbergs has you covered: In Season 1 it honored The Goonies and Return of the Jedi, and there's a John Hughes-themed episode on the docket Season 2. 

CHEAT SHEET: As is the case with most comedies that reset after each episode, there's very little serialization to worry about. But if you want to see the best of The Goldbergs, watch "Mini Murray," "Call Me When You Get There," "You Opened the Door," "Goldbergs Never Say Die!," "The President's Fitness Test," and "Livin' On a Prayer."  —Tim Surette


The 100

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 22 at 9pm on The CW


COMMITMENT: Just 13 powerful hours focused on the survival of the human race, no biggie

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Set 97 years after all life on Earth was (presumably) destroyed by nuclear war, The 100 follows 100 teenage criminals who are deployed to the planet's surface from the Ark, a space station that's home to all known human life and rapidly running out of resources. The group's mission is to determine the habitability of Earth—and once there, they must learn to fend for themselves in the face of countless untold dangers that await. Meanwhile, The 100 also details the political and moral struggles that are unfolding up in space, mainly through the eyes of the adults who've taken on the task of keeping the human race alive. All told, it's a quality science-fiction drama—not just for The CW, but for television—and the fact that it airs on a broadcast network that still faces the stigma of being aimed at a younger demographic shouldn't deter anyone, teenager or otherwise, from watching it. Over the course of Season 1, The 100 evolved beyond The CW's stock themes and character types by tackling adult topics in its portrayal of the brutal savagery that now exists on Earth, the difficulty of being a leader amid chaos, and heavy subjects like self-sacrifice. It's a strong contender for the title of "The CW's best show."

CHEAT SHEET: Since there are only 13 episodes, you should try to watch them all. But if you must limit yourself, be sure to take in "Pilot" "Earth Kills," "Murphy's Law," "Twilight's Last Gleaming," "Contents Under Pressure," and the two-hour season finale, "We Are Grounders (Part 1 and Part 2)." —Kaitlin Thomas


Sleepy Hollow

Season 2 premieres Monday, September 22 at 9pm on Fox


COMMITMENT: 13 hours of pulse-pounding, genre-bending, I-can't-believe-this-works-so-well-but-it-does madness

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Tom Mison's excellent performance as the time-traveling Ichabod Crane—who's in a near-constant state of confusion regarding the modern world, and consistently confounded by such contemporary contrivances as fist-bumps and computers—should be all the reason you need watch this wholly unique drama that combines the buddy cop, supernatural, and period genres into one fun, scary, and often hilarious show. But if you need more convincing than Mison's handsome face or Ichabod's fish-out-of-water experience can provide, take my word for it that Sleepy Hollow—in which Ichabod wakes up in 2013 after 200-plus years, unknowingly bringing the Headless Horseman along with him—is way more successful than it might sound. The series regularly surprises its viewers by mixing humor and horror with a complicated mythology. Don't bother wondering how a show with so many disparate elements can possibly make any sense; somehow, Sleepy Hollow expertly and seamlessly flows from one episode to the next while also entwining the lives of Ichabod and his new detective pal Abbie Mills (Nichole Beharie). Plus, it features a spectacular supporting cast that includes John Cho, John Noble, Lyndie Greenwood, and Orlando Jones. I promise it's not like anything you've seen before, and in the best way possible. 

CHEAT SHEET: There's not a lot of filler in the first season, and Sleepy Hollow heavily steeped in mythology, so ignoring even a single episode will no doubt result in confusion. Find a way to watch all 13 and thank me later. —Kaitlin


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Season 2 premieres Sunday, September 28 at 8:30pm on Fox

COMMITMENT: 22 half-hour episodes following the shenanigan-filled adventures of funny cops and their straight-laced but still hilarious captain. Also: They occasionally solve crimes!

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Is the statement that  Brooklyn Nine-Nine was my favorite new sitcom from last season that didn't get canceled (R.I.P., Trophy Wife) not enough for you? Fine. We all feared the series would be an Andy Samberg vehicle, and it might've been terrible if that'd actually been the case. Instead, Brooklyn Nine-Nine turned out to be a strong ensemble sitcom—which I suppose shouldn't be a surprise, since it was created by Michael Schur and Dan Goor, two Parks and Recreations vets—that allowed its crackerjack cast to shine while revealing the heretofore unseen comedic bona fides of Andre Braugher. The crimes are never all that serious, but the charm of the show is that everyone is actually fairly good at their jobs (except for Hitchcock and Scully, of course), and they all want to be good at their jobs, too. 

CHEAT SHEET: What little bits of (mostly love-interest-related) serialization the show does have shouldn't really affect your understanding of what's happening, so you pretty easily jump around without missing too much. I'd recommend sampling "Halloween," "Old School," "Thanksgiving," "Christmas," "The Bet," "The Party," "Tactical VIllage," "Fancy Brudgom," and "Charges and Specs." —Noel Kirkpatrick


Reign

Season 2 premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9pm on The CW


COMMITMENT: A full 23-episode rip-roarin’ season of non-stop side-braids, head-necklaces, supernatural intrigue, and period romance

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Reign exceeds expectations in basically every metric. Costumes? Acting? Story? Scenery? They're all rich, layered, and shamelessly romantic. The series assumes a level of intelligence in its audience that’s frankly very flattering, and thoughtful plotting creates a strong scaffolding for a lushly re-imagined emotional history of the doomed Queen Mary (the amazing Adelaide Kane) while she's part of the Valois Court. But, for as sweeping as the romance is between Mary and her husband Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), the real meat of the series is Mary’s uneasy alliance with anti-heroine Queen Katherine, who's played to sinister perfection by Megan Follows (yes, Anne of Green Gables Megan Follows). And even though Reign was originally marketed as a tale of the love triangle between Mary, Francis, and Francis's bastard brother Bash (the charismatic Torrance Coombs), the series deliberately sidestepped that over-used trope about three quarters of the way through Season 1 and is poised to enter truly unchartered territory in its sophomore season with several intriguing couples to root for. 

CHEAT SHEET: Reign is a legit soap opera, meaning there are many small threads that will get dropped if you don’t watch all of it. But if you just want to hit the major-arc turning points before starting on Season 2, definitely watch the pilot, Episodes 5 and 6 (“A Chill in the Air” and “Chosen”), Episodes 8 and 9 (“Fated” and “For King and Country”), Episodes 13 and 14 (“Royal Blood” and “The Consummation”), Episode 16 (“Monsters”), and the last two episodes (“Long Live the King” and “Slaughter of Innocence”). That’ll be a manageable 10 hours that should cover the big elements of Season 1. —Lily Sparks


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 23 at 9pm on ABC


COMMITMENT: 22 hour-long episodes in which pretty people, sometimes with admirable scruff, do mildly heroic things

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might not be the breakout hit everyone thought or hoped it would be, but by the end of its first season, the freshman drama did mange to become a series worth exploring. Following a motley crew of unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Clark Gregg's back-from-the-dead Agent Phil Coulson, the series successfully introduced us to a new section of the Marvel Universe. And by taking risks that ultimately turned S.H.I.E.L.D.'s premise on its head while infusing its stories with both humor and heart, the series made us care about these new Marvel characters almost just as much as we care about their famous superhero counterparts. 

CHEAT SHEET: S.H.I.E.L.D. meandered quite a bit in Season 1 before finally finding its legs near the end. A lot of the earlier episodes are skippable, but be sure to watch "Pilot," "F.Z.Z.T.," "T.R.A.C.K.S.," "Turn, Turn, Turn," "The Only Light in the Darkness," "Ragtag," and "The Beginning of the End." —Kaitlin


The Fall

Series 2 begins sometime this fall on BBC Two, with a U.S. release date to be announced


COMMITMENT: Five slow-moving yet anxiety-inducing hour-long episodes

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: In 2013, The FallTop of the Lake, Hannibal proved that TV series can center on serial killers/murder sprees without relying on shock and gore to be dramatically compelling. Anchored by Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and Jamie Doran as Paul Spectator—father, grief counselor, and SERIAL KILLER (not a spoiler)—The Fall features the same type of cat-and-mouse game that Hannibal excels at with the exploration of feminism and misogyny that was at the core of Top of the Lake. If you like(d) either of those, The Fall is for you. And if you like(d) both, you've probably already seen The Fall, but why not watch it again?

CHEAT SHEET: It's five episodes. Just watch them. —Noel


The Blacklist

Season 2 premieres Monday, September 22 at 10pm on NBC


COMMITMENT: One season of 22 action-packed, mostly procedural, and totally Spader-y episodes

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Even in this era of countless prestige serial dramas, there's something to be said for a show that knows how to churn out solid procedural episodes. The Blacklist is one of those shows. The premise—mega criminal decides to turn over fellow baddies to the FBI for... reasons—provides every episode with a clear story engine, and many members of the titular Blacklist are weird, violent, and portrayed by fantastic guest stars. Of course, The Blacklist is also driven by the mysterious ties between James Spader's Red Reddington (yes, a real name) and Megan Boone's FBI agent Lizzie Keen. While it might feel like The Blacklist is jerking you around with Red's true intentions—and it absolutely is—the show gets away with it because Spader is so good at being bad, and because the writers aren't afraid to let Red do really terrible stuff on a regular basis.

CHEAT SHEET: Good news! The Blacklist's split nature makes it possible to choose your own adventure. Do you want to stick with the show's overarching narrative? Fine, watch the pilot, "Gina Zanetakos," "General Ludd," the "Anslo Garrick" two-parter, "Mako Tanida," "Ivan," and the two-part finale, "Berlin." If you'd rather check out the cool standalones, go for the pilot, "The Stewmaker," "The Courier," "Frederick Barnes," "General Ludd," "The Judge," "The Kingmaker," and the double dose of "Berlin." —Cory Barker


Which returning fall series are you most looking forward to? What's on your personal "shows to catch up on" list?


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'The 100' and 'Reign' prove that the CW network doesn't just have in its stable writers who are misogynistic or just simply seem to hate 'writing' female characters (see all of the Kevin Williamson garbage on this network). The actresses, and actors, on these shows have been given rich and full roles to inhabit and the two female leads, both tremendous young Australian actresses, the anchors of their casts, Eliza Taylor and Adelaide Kane, 'Clarke' and 'Mary', have risen to the occasion and created marvelous full characters that are two of the best female characters currently gracing television. If EMMY were to ever lift their embargo against this network these young women should be recognized.
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Elementary is at the top of my list, plus Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, Haven and Person of Interest make the end of summer almost bearable. Glad to hear that Supernatural is coming back as well.
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already finished Walking Dead, time for vampire diary binge, can't wait for Homeland,Nurse Jackie, and give Sleepy Hollow a shot.
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I give up. Nothing really good to watch. My recommendation (and what I'm doing right now) - "Fringe" marathon. I just enjoy every second of that show. And John Noble is still one of the best actors out there.
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Couldn't chew through the 100 first few episodes.
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Thank-you for mentioning The Fall!!! Really enjoyed this mini-series! so glad its back! gotta know what happens to Paul!!!!!!!!!
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Sunday nights is no problem!
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Just now doing a Blacklist Marathon. Wow, it is so good. I'm glad I looked at it. I want to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but I think I need it to get renewed for a third season first. I hate getting into television series, and then having them end up cancelled. I don't think Blacklist will have that problem like Brooklyn Nine-Nine might.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a surprise for me. I didn't watch it when it was live cause I thought it looked stupid. One day this summer while bored, I clicked on it on Netflix. Next thing I know I am watching multiple episodes a night and laughing my ass off. I am very excited for its return. Also excited for Sleepy Hollow and The Fall. SHIELD and The 100 are on my to-watch list but definitely lower in the list.
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Season one of The Fall was excellent.
Gave SHIELD a second go and it proved to be okay. It's still no Buffy.
Sleepy Hollow on the other hand is such an absurd stupid concept I couldn't get past the first few episodes again.
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The 100, The Fall and Sleepy Hollow!!!
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The Originals
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SHIELD! and will catch up on reign.
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The 100, Reign, Arrow, Supernatural, TVD, The Originals + The Flash and Jane the Virgin : I'm going to follow 8 shows from The CW, more than any other network!! Congrats The CW, you're now my new hot network!
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You won't be disappointed by shows from The CW, some seasons are better than others (TVD, Supernatural). but I think you'll enoy it alot
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Excited for the return of:
The 100
Sleepy Hollow
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Not so Excited for but will watch anyway:
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Haven't watched before but might give it a try:
The Goldbergs
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Ok, I just started watching Reign and I'm already hooked. Thanks MichelleHood24 for the recommendation! Once I finish it, I'll then start on The 100. Been meaning to watch it ever since its premiere.
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Reign has "supernatural intrigue"? What the hell is that? Is it fantasy occult or just superstition?
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Happy to see a lot of the great new shows I tried last year on this list. And also happy not to find any new ones to catch up on, because I just don't have the time lol! But I'm most excited for the returns of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Originals, Sleepy Hollow, and Reign. (And also Grimm and OUAT, though those aren't sophomore shows :D)
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REIGN!!!
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The Fall.

Then go play outside.
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I am very excited for FitzSimmons Agents of SHIELD to return.
The Originals should be on this list.
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I watched the 1st seasons of Sleepy Hollow, Agents of SHIELD, The 100, and The Blacklist at broadcast. But i'm trying to catchup on Chicago PD, The Fall, Turn, Fargo, and Gang Related.

The returning fall shows, i'm looking forward to the most are: The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, American Horror Story, and Agents of SHIELD.

The new fall shows, i'm looking forward to the most are: The Flash, Constantine, Ascension, Z-Nation, Gotham, and Stalker.
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Gang related has been cancelled so you may cut that off your list.
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Yeah i heard, i'll still eventually finish it though. But it can stay on the back burner, for while now. No hurries.
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Sleepy Holler's finally returning. how time flies. If Constantine's good it would be a welcomed surprise. The Fall ep 1 is kinda meh. AHS is probably gonna be earth shattering. TWD trailer looks damn good. Flash's effects look amazing. The Blacklist seems unstoppable. You should definitely finish out Fargo. It really lives up to the hype.
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Sleepy Hollow with 18 FRELLING EPISODES! No big layoff this year. I am not sure but I think they said they are doing 12 in Fall and 6 in spring? Might be 10 and 8. Either way - I am happy we get a spring fix this year!
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Well thats even better.
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``The Blacklist,'' ``Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' ``Sleepy Hollow'' and ``The 100''.
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Sleepy Hollow and The Blck List
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I never got Brooklyn ... tried watching some episodes but didn't get hooked to it.
Simply sneaked back to re-binge Arrested Development from the start :)
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Not many comedies can compete with AD.
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On rewatch I must have caught twice as many jokes. Not sure if ever loved a comedy more. I've liked many... but AD = LOVE
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Sleepy Hollow!!!

It's my Game of Thrones when there's no Game of Thrones.
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This list lost all credibility the second it listed "the 100"
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False.
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I am most excited about Sleepy Hollow, looking forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The 100. I love James Spader, but I stopped watching The Blacklist.
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Why on earth would you stop watching James Spader? He is the best actor on TV right now.
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The best actor on tv right now? Not just "one of your favorites" but the best? Damn..
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Yes.
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Because The Blacklist isn't very good. I do really love James Spader, Boston Legal is one of my top 10 favorite shows ever, but even Mr Spader can't make me watch The Blacklist. Sorry! I don't knock people who like the show.
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Looking forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The 100 & Sleepy Hollow! It's a shame about the 13 episode seasons though. I wish they lasted longer. The Goldbergs is also decent, but will not be a priority.
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The 100? Really? Possible one of the worst shows out there.
Come on guys.
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What?! People can have differing opinions!? WHAT IS THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN, THE SHAME, THE SHAMEEE!
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hahaha
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How am I supposed to get a college degree with so many good shows returning this fall...not to mention new shows like Constantine, The Flash, Gotham, Marvel's Agent Carter. R.I.P GPA
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The Blacklist, The 100 and Sleepy Hollow. Probably Brooklyn Nine Nine.
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I would really like to watch "Sleepy hollow" but after about the 4th ep I couldnt go out because I'm the biggest coward in the world and it scared the shit out of me. :(
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LOL I find it scary too. I still watch it, but not at nighttime!
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Sleepy Hollow is really light when it comes to being scarey. Seriously. I've seen sitcoms that are scarier.
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Why do people think it's right for Hollywood?
Not to base any love connection into any Supernatural/Horror and Action/Adventure and Fantasy at all....

If you say it's not a love story?
Well does that mean Hollywood should keep out the love story, from all their based projects/programs then... Just because you people like to see, less of the Love Story and more of the Action Pack... WTH? You people are not being quite fair for yourselves at all what so ever...
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What??? There is so much wrong with your statement, i don't know where to begin. I've seen you make this statement before, and you lumped science fiction in there then too. I don't know what you've watched from those genres, but just about every show has a love story or family story in it. A better question would be, when is there not a love story? Here i'll give you some examples:

MASSIVE SPOILERS

Supernatural Horror/ Fantasy

The Walking Dead:
Rick & Laurie, Shane & Lorie, Glen & Maggie.

Sleepy Hollow
: Icabod & Katrina.

Penny Dreadful:
Vanessa & Dorian, Ethan & Brona.

Salem:
John Alden & Mary Sibly.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Buffy & Angel, Buffy & Spike, Willow & Oz, Willow & Tara, Zander & Anya, Zander & Cordellia.

Teen Wolf: Scott & Allison, Stilles & Malia, Lydia & Every straight guy in town.

Bitten: Elena & Clay, Logan & Rachel.

True Blood: Bill & Sookie, Eric & Sookie, Jessica & Hoyt, Jason & Jessica, Andy & Holly, Terry & Arlene, Alcide & Sookie, Sam & girlfriend, Lafayette & James, ect, ect, ect.

The Strain: Eph & Nora.

Dominion: Alex & Claire, Michael & Becca.

The Leftovers: Kevin & Nora, Kevin & Laurie.

Dracula: Seriously that is what Dracula is, one big love story.


Fantasy

Lost: Jin & Sun, Jack & Kate, Sawyer & Kate, Sawyer & Juliet, Charlie & Claire, Desmond & Penny, Hurley & Libby, Sayid & Shannon, ect, ect, ect.

Game of Thrones: Ned & Catelyn, Daenarys & Drogo, Tyrion & Shae, Jon & Ygritte, Robb & Talisa.

Highlander: Duncan & Tessa, Duncan & Amanda.

Vikings: Ragnar & Lagertha, Rollo & Siggy, Floki & his wife.

Outlander: The entire series is a love story.

Reign: I've only saw a little of this. But it seemed to me, to be one big love story.


Spy/ Conspiracy Thrillers (Action/ Adventure)

24: Jack & Audrey, Kim & Chase.

The Americans: Phillip & Elizabeth, Stan & Nina.

Homeland: Carrie & Brody.


Science Fiction

Battlestar Galactica: Adama & Roslin, Lee & Kara, Baltar & Six.

Babylon 5: John & Delenn, Garibaldi & Lise, Susan & Talia.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9: Worf & Jadzia Dax, Sisko & Kasidy, Kira & Odo.

The X- Files: Mulder & Scully.

Falling Skies: Tom & Anne, Hal & Margaret, Pope & Sara.

Revolution: Miles & Rachel, Charlie & Jason.

The 100: Marcus & Abby, Clarke & Finn.


Super Heroes (Action/ Adventure)

Agents of SHIELD: Skye & Ward.

Arrow: Oliver & Laurel, Oliver & Sara.

Smallville: Clark & Lana, Clark & Lois, Chloe & Jimmy, Oliver & Chloe.

And that's just a small fraction.




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No, you're still dead wrong there!!!

Frist of all, I don't want hear about the shows happen over the past, like from the 80's and 90's... Because they're so much whole alot better than now for fact...

Second of all, they dropped the love story between Clark & Lana from Smallville after Season 7....
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First of all :), i didn't mention any show, from the 80s. And only 5 out of 31 examples, were from the 90s. Second this is all opinion, yours mine. So right or wrong, doesn't come into it. It's all subjective.

They dropped Clark and Lana, because he ends up with Lois. The Leftovers, just started a couple of months ago. It's little on action, heavy on relationships, FACT.

You're ignoring Phillip and Elizabeth, from The Americans. You're also ignoring that Outlander is based off of a romance novel. Miles and Rachel from Revolution, had plenty of relationship development. As did Elena and Clay in Bitten.

You also conveniently ignore, how many relationships don't work out in Crime Dramas. Just like in real life, most relationships fail.

It's ok to admit, you don't like science fiction, fantasy, and horror; because you just don't like those kind of stories. But to invent some misinformed bullshit excuse, about them being all action, with no character/ relationship development; shows that you have watched little of these types of shows, and have no clue what you are talking about. Maybe you'd be happier watching daytime soap operas.
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No, you're so wrong there!!!

Everything is based off Comic Books and Novel Books these days... It Isn't quite successful with adding an Love Story to the story of the project/program at all really... Every single adaptation leaves off just only Action Pack all the time... If they do have love added from the beginning of the story/series? They just go right ahead and recycled the love story without an rebound or back-up plan... This is found into every single adaptation they lay out on Tv and Films for fact....
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1 The Walking Dead:
- Nobody is quite successful with themselves or love with this series... Because they killing people off each season, by play create new groups for following season...
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Well imo you're wrong, but whatever. I gave you over thirty examples. Outlander for instance is based off a romance novel. A lot of those series i gave are new, with only 8-13 episodes so far. So give them time to develop.

Smallville was about Clark & Lana's tragic love story. That the writers developed for over 120 episodes.

Babylon 5, seasons 2-5 (88 of 110 episodes) were all about Sheridan and Delenn's partnership and love story.

On BTVS, Angel was the love of Buffy's life. But she had to sacrifice him to save the world. That act effected the entire series.

With The Walking Dead, yes they kill people off. At a rate of 2 a season. But there is a large cast. If everyone gets through it, then there is no tension in the story. So what if they are trapped, they'll be ok. You need tension in a story.

The writers allowed us to see, the complexities of Rick and Laurie's relationship, for 21/2 of the show's 4 seasons. Glenn and Maggie, have been together for almost 3 of the show's 4 seasons.

Crime dramas recycle out cast members as well. Law and Order: SVU for instance,has had 6 detectives and 4 ADAs leave the show. And the character's relationships have mostly fell apart.

The Leftovers is a character study, all they do is relationships, and character development. Not a lot of action there.

You're going to tell me that Lost wasn't successful at love stories? That show had the most developed characters and relationships, i've ever seen in a show.

You're going to tell me, that The American's Phillip and Elizabeth's relationship, isn't well developed?
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Oooh really looking forward to The Fall!
Aaaand some others like:
Sleepy Hollow
The 100
The rest.... meh, ok...
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Hello Sleepy Hallow! Can't wait till the next season.
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speaking of bad shows which insulting any Sci fi fan with the slightest bit of taste ... why on earth is The 100 on this list?
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I enjoy the show, but I do find it a bit overrated on this site. I think there are much better new shows out there, including on the CW.
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I love The 100 and watching how the different leadership styles affect the people around them. I watch for the society building and complex characters and don't care about any nitpicky science issues that seem to get people all upset. I have to seriously question the taste of those who hate a whole forest, because a tree is out of place.
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I know it seems bad but the show has alot of room to grow, it has potential...not every sci fi can be a masterpiece like BattleStar Galactica. Q.Q
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some people seem to like it. never watched it myself.
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Excited to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine on this list! Definitely my favourite new comedy from last season!
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I love The Blacklist, James Spader is awesome and the show is clever. I'm even coming round to the lead who annoyed me a lot at the beginning. Also Sleepy Hollow surprised me by becoming one of my favourite new shows - mainly because Tom Mison is so good. The Fall is one I will be checking out as I love Gillian Anderson. B99 left me cold, didn't find it funny at all and it seemed they just really wanted Zach Braff for the lead but couldn't get him...
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I watched The Fall premier and a lot of nothing happens in it. I guess its required viewing (far as context) but I hope the rest of the series doesnt follow the same model.
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Hey "The Originals" is going into its sophomore season! Is it not included in the list because everyone already watches it? Probably. I believe this Esther/Mikael return plot will be more appreciated by those who watched TVD but those who haven't seen it can still enjoy The Originals..
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I was wondering why there was no mention of the original but one on The 100.
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Yeah, I definitely would've chosen the Originals for this list, over the 100.
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Agreed, although I haven't seen the 100 so I can't speak to its quality. But The Originals is fantastic, and should have been included..
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I'm going to watch all of the shows (once they premiere again) that I have been watching to date, which means about half on this list, and will pick up The Fall (which I completely missed for some reason!), so thanks for that, guys. I may also pick up and go through Reign if I have time.
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Apparently The Fall season 1 aired in the UK first or something. I watched the premier yesterday via download.
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Thanks. Yeah, I noticed when looking for it that it aired in the UK first (BBC, I think?). Anyway, lots on my plate until I can get to it, and it looks like a lot of the old favorites are about to start up again towards the end of this month.
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Sleepy Hollow is my most anticipated. I guess I'll pick up The Black List since I missed all of season one. Gillian Anderson + BBC = Touchdown, so I know Fallen will be good. I guess I'll pickup B99 & Goldbergs too.

Is it me or does CW seem like Nickolodeon for older teens? Why make The Flash a 12 year old?
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The CW actually a has a decent line-up, The Flash will be good regardless of how young Grant Gustin looks.
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cw has a decent line up but its all teenie stuff. i guess we'll find out.
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Not really. I know a lot of 40somethings that watch the CW and watch it more than their teenage kids.
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Thats a biased sample if there ever was one. Who you know doesnt equal even one percent of the viewing audience, nor does it address the shows target demographic, the people the show is created for.
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The Blacklist is awsome, so the best of all these shows, and I love the 100 and Sleepy Hollow
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Sleepy Hollow, Elementary, Bones, OUAT, Arrow---dramas
Goldbergs, as well as all my favorite comedies they cancelled.
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Cory, Cory, Cory,
so disappointing, that would be Raymond "Red" Reddingtion in the Blacklist.
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The Blacklist was to me one of the 3 best shows last season.
It was well written, had many interesting mysteries without so far going Lost, and James Spader really owned the role as the criminal mastermind.
And while i know many disliked the female lead, she was hardly bad enough to erase everything else that was great about the show.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was my favourite new comedy last year. It got a great cast and got some good jokes unlike alot of so called comedies.
Its a show you really can just lay back and relax to.

The 100, while not a great show, is still a pretty decent sci fi show.
And as you sadly will barely find any sci fi shows on network tv these days, its worth watching just for that.

As for Agents of SHIELD it was extremly dissapointing for about 12 episodes before it actually started getting good, with a great last few episodes.
I fully expect season 2 to be better than what season 1 was. (Which shouldn't be that hard tbh)

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I don't need to catch up,I have watched The Blacklist and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the beginning and I am so ready for them to return.
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The Blacklist is amazing and I highly recommend it. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was good at times but it also kind of lost my attention at times. Sleepy Hollow was just ok IMO. I would add Chicago PD and About a Boy which along with the Blacklist were my top three new shows of last season.
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I enjoyed The Fall and Sleepy Hollow. Maybe I'll give The Blacklist a try, it's coming to Netflix and l love James Spader.
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  • Sleepy Hollow was one of the good surprises of last fall so I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
  • The Fall is dark but great acting esp. Gillian Anderson's. Jamie Doran is hard to watch because he is so convincing both when in his day 'Dr Jeckyll' persona and at his creepiest.
  • I watched The Blacklist's first season and it went down in quality quite dramatically (except for Spader's larger than life character). Unless they have fixed the many problems of the 1st season (esp. the very weak lead character lady), I expect the 2nd one to be very disappointing.
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I have to agree with you about the actress that portrays Lizzie on the Blacklist, Megan Boone. Her poor performance constantly detracts from an otherwise compelling story. Despite her shortcomings, the show has been a ratings success for NBC, so we have to credit James Spader for the show's popularity. Boone's acting skills must surely be the elephant in the room when the show runners think about subsequent seasons. As a loyal viewer, I hope that her performance improves. If not, it might be helpful if something happened to Liz that requires plastic surgery (then hire a new talented actress), eliminate the character entirely, or perhaps focus more on the compelling element of the show (Spader) and less on Liz, a poorly defined and annoying character.

If you watched only the pilot and a few episodes and became discouraged, please watch what was the best the season had to offer: Anslo Garrick part one and two, and The Good Samaritan, (ep. 1.09, 1.10 and 1.11) to see what potential this show really has.

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I did watch every single episode of the first season and there were mainly good episodes so I do plan to check the new season but I am not optimistic. Being a ratings success sometimes can get in the way of much needed change.
I find Lizzie a poorly written character which doesn't help Boone to make Lizzie into a believable FBI profiler (esp. towards the end of the season - her face off with her hubby was particularly anticlimactic). I have never seen her in any other show so can't tell how bad an actress she is or whether it is just the poor writing. The trouble is that Lizzie is not the only problem. Most of the FBI characters were also terrible and poorly written. Too often they act as simpletons with Spader saving the day. Lizzie's husband and Red's team were the only compelling characters outside of Red himself. The show also struggled to have enough interesting cases for the procedural side of the show (though some were excellent) so there were some that felt like filler. I
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Sorry to assume that you had not seen the entire season. Sometimes viewers have not given the show a chance, or have not watched the entire season. I also have watched every episode (many times!) but have such a hard time accepting Liz as depicted. The primary problem may be that the character is not only ambiguous, but she has never been believable, and is merely a cardboard cut out. We are supposed to empathize with her plight, all the losses she has incurred, but it is hard to care about a character that we know nothing about. She lacks any expression, passion or conviction. Whether it is how she is written, or how she is portrayed, she is uninteresting and bland. I don't think this was the writers intention, but that is how she appears onscreen, unfortunately. Hopefully this season there will be some improvement. I should reiterate that I do love the Blacklist, I have supported it and recommend it to anyone. James Spader makes it all worth while.
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Same here. I like her character, especially as she interacts with Redington.
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None of those are sophomore shows though...
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I failed to take notice of the sophomore part of the story.
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