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Grab your remote and bring up your DVR's list of "scheduled recordings" real quick—what's on it? 'Cause ours is looking pretty barren these days. Seriously, late August is one of the only times of the year where that magic little time-shifting device isn't at 99 percent capacity. Sure, we've still got Breaking Bad, Dexter, and a few other shows, but right now, the best thing about the current TV schedule is that its lack of enticing programming is really getting us jazzed about the fall. In just a few short weeks, we'll fondly recall the freewheeling, leisurely summer days when the DVR could go as long as a week—a week!—without cannibalizing its own hard drive space. Just wait. You'll see. 

Point is, now's the perfect time to prepare yourself for the impending onslaught of fall TV, especially with regard to newer shows you might've missed out on last year. We've compiled a checklist of 10 young'uns that deserve your immediate attention, so fluff up the sofa pillows, pour yourself an iced tea, and start cramming!


Arrow

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 8pm on The CW

COMMITMENT: 23 hour-long episodes full of people getting arrow'd, origin story flashbacks, snarky not-sidekicks, interpersonal melodrama, and Stephen Amell's abs (pictured, above).

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: While Arrow was never one of last season's best new shows, it was one of its only legitimate hits (admittedly, by The CW's more cable-esque ratings standards). However, I'm optimistic about Season 2's prospects (the whole Flash spin-off thing aside). Summer Glau is on board as the new Big Bad, Isabel Rochev—who I already have plenty of theories about!—and the show is set to introduce a not-Dinah Laurel Lance Black Canary played by Caity Lotz. Plus, executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently acknowledged that some Season 1 episodes were just too damn busy, so hopefully there won't be too many show-within-a-show feelings as the series enters its sophomore year. But even more interesting than the promise to streamline and the impending influx of guest-stars and comic characters entering the mix—including Brother Blood, Bronze Tiger, and Sin—is the fact that Season 2 is primed to have Oliver shift away from being a vigilante and more toward becoming a hero, which is the journey the show has been on since Episode 1. I can't wait to see how the events of the season finale have changed Oliver's priorities.

CHEAT SHEET: Arrow's overarching story allows for some dabbling, so skipping around isn't going to hurt your understanding of the main narrative (though not all the character arcs will click into place). You should start with "Pilot" not only because, hey, it's the first episode, but also because it's one of the show's better offerings. Then hit up "Damages" (Episode 5), "Legacies" (Episode 6), "Year's End" (Episode 9), "Vertigo" (Episode 12), "The Odyssey" (Episode 14), and "Dead to Rights" (Episode 16); after that, then you can probably skip ahead to the last three episodes (21, 22, and 23) of the season: "The Undertaking," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "Sacrifice." 

EXTRA CREDIT: If you've already watched the whole first season (or you plan to follow our cheat sheet), you may also want to read Issues 34 and 35 of the digital comic book (available here for 99 cents apiece). They deal with the aftermath of the season finale, and they set up some dynamics for when Season 2 starts with regard to Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity. —Noel Kirkpatrick


The Carrie Diaries

Season 2 premieres Friday, October 25 at 8pm on The CW


COMMITMENT: 13 one-hour episodes of glorious '80s hair, fashion, and music.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Don't let the fact that The Carrie Diaries is a prequel to HBO's Sex and the City scare you off. The show is completely different in a number of ways—the most obvious ones being that it's on The CW and Carrie's a teenager, meaning there's plenty of drama, but also plenty of good-looking faces. It has a sense of naiveté that's actually kind of refreshing, and there's also an awesome soundtrack. When all of that comes together, the result is a series that even the most vocal haters of Sex and the City can watch and fall in love with. It's 1984, and Carrie Bradshaw is a junior in high school. She's living in Connecticut with her father and her younger sister; her mother passed away a few months before the series premiere. After scoring an internship in Manhattan, she's immediately hooked on the city, and the series explores the ensuing adventures of Carrie and her friends as they fumble their way through those awkward teenage years in search of who they really are. And even though The Carrie Diaries is really the story of how its title character grows into the woman we eventually came to know as someone who thinks it's okay to wear tutus in public, the series has developed her friend Walt's story in such a way that it's possible he's the most interesting and well thought-out of them all. And did I mention the fabulous '80s of it all? Plus, in Season 2 we're going to meet Samantha

CHEAT SHEET: If you can't find time to watch all 13 episodes, definitely catch the pilot and the Halloween-themed "Fright Night" (Episode 4) for insight into who Carrie is at this time in her life. Then consider "Caught" and "Hush Hush" (Episodes 7 and 8) for good old-fashioned teen drama, and wrap things up with "First Time for Everything" and "Kiss Yesterday Goodbye" (Episodes 12 and 13) to make sure you're prepared for where Season 2 will pick up. —Kaitlin Thomas


Eagleheart

Season 3 premieres this fall on Adult Swim


COMMITMENT: Two seasons with 12 episodes each, but they're short episodes, so it's more like one season of 12 half-hour episodes or even one six-hour episode.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Chris Elliott! The Get a Life star is still bringing his timeless, absurd comedy to television, this time as the cocky and sometimes dim U.S. Marshal Chris Monsanto. As a cop-show spoof, Eagleheart features plenty of cartoonish violence, outrageous villains, and a universe inspired by bongs, but it's the show's willingness to go literally anywhere for a joke that's most impressive. Blimps, creeps, twins, mountain lions, and hermaphrodites all get theirs at the hand of Monsanto's brutal justice. Death Punch! Need more? Come for Elliott, stay for Brett Gelman (Go On's Mr. K) as the idiot deputy Brett.

CHEAT SHEET: There's no need to watch these in a particular order and you won't get lost if you skip an episode, but you should start with the first episode, "Get Worse Soon," to get some backstory. Other winners include "Creeps," "Death Punch," "Bringing Up Beazor," and "Honor Thy Marshal." —Tim Surette


Eastbound & Down

Season 4—the show's "final" run after being canceled in Season 3—premieres Sunday, September 29 at 10pm on HBO


COMMITMENT: Three seasons totaling just 21 half-hour episodes, all of which make for one heck of a marathon.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: If you often find yourself getting riled up because most  of the comedies on pay cable aren't actually comedies (or very funny, for that matter), Eastbound & Down is the show for you. The series is consistently LOL-worthy, even if most of the jokes are crude, tonally inconsistent, and a little weird. The supporting cast is full of electric players like Steve Little, Katy Mixon, and recurring guests like Matthew McConaughey, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, and Don Johnson. At the center, Danny McBride's Kenny Powers is one of television's best characters, and not just because of his almost complete lack of self-awareness or his commitment to jet ski culture. Underneath all the bravado and casual racism lies a sad man looking for a family, and each season, he seems to find it in slightly different places.

CHEAT SHEET: If you have an extra 11 hours, you should definitely burn through them all. But if you just want to be sufficiently prepped for the final run, watch the pilot, skip the rest of Season 1, and then start in earnest with Season 2, featuring Kenny's excursion down in Mexico. If your schedule is particularly tight, begin with the fifth episode of Season 2 ("Chapter 11") and go from there. —Cory Barker


The Heart, She Holler

Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30am on Adult Swim


COMMITMENT: Six 15-minute episodes.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Because Adult Swim is currently making some of the best comedy on TV, and this Southern Gothic soap opera (complete with closeups and organ pipes) from the dudes behind cult favorites Delocated and Wonder Showzen makes that stuff feel safe by comparison. Basically, the wealthy patriarch of a town dies while "working tirelessly on his video will," and his secret son (played by Patton Oswalt) inherits the town, kicking up all sorts of bizarre, sultry secrets, plots, schemes, and rivalries from some very unique characters. Think Twin Peaks plus Passions plus gas-huffing. Also, due to scheduling conflicts, Amy Sedaris is taking over the role originated by the amazing Kristen Schaal. So really, the rest of this paragraph could just be: Amy Sedaris! Amy Sedaris! Amy Sedaris! Amy Sedaris! Amy Sedaris! But beyond that, the show's initial 90 minutes gleefully traffick in mind-reading, incest, and body horror, all of which creators John Lee and Vernon Chatman have promised we'll see more of in the beefed-up, 14-episode second season.

CHEAT SHEET: It’s only an hour and a half of your dang time, but if you only want to get the gist of the show, go ahead and watch the pilot, "And So it Begends," and the season closer, "Dare to Holler." —Ryan Sandoval


Key & Peele

Season 3 premieres Wednesday, September 18 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central


COMMITMENT: 18 episodes, 6,583 characters, and a bazillion laughs spread out over two seasons.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Key & Peele still isn't on everyone's radar, but as one of the best sketch shows out there, it should be. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele go through characters like George R.R. Martin at a wedding, mining their unique view of the world, pop culture, and race relations to create comedy that welcomes a huge range of humor. The first two seasons gave us racist zombies, college football All-Stars with ridiculous names, and Obama's anger translator, and if the trailer for Season 3 is any indication, things won't be getting any saner. If anything, watch the show just so you can join the "Key or Peele?" debate. I got Peele by a nose.

CHEAT SHEET: It's sketch comedy, man. Watch it however you want. But if you need a menu, check out YouTube for hits like "Pizza Order,"  "LMFAO's Non-Stop Party," and "East/West College Bowl." —Tim


The Legend of Korra

Book 2 premieres Friday, September 13 at 7pm on Nickelodeon


COMMITMENT: 12 half-hour episodes of animated awesome.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Feeling like you've heard this one before? You have; we expected the The Legend of Korra to return a long time ago, and the wait has been excruciating. The bright side is that you still have time to prepare for the next installment! One of my top shows of last year, Korra takes place 70 years after the also awesome Avatar: The Last Airbender. The titular character is the world's latest incarnation of the Avatar, a spiritual figure who can bend (read: control) all four elements—earth, air, water, and fire—while other people can only bend one element (or no elements at all). Set in a city that's rife with anti-bending rhetoric from a group calling themselves the Equalists, the series has lots of terrifically animated and choreographed action and a dark, twisty, and compelling plot that at its core is about class and politics. It won't be long before you forget you're watching a "kids' show." And you'll be able to follow along just fine even if you've never seen Avatar: The Last Airbender, so don't let that deter you... though checking it out certainly won't hurt.

CHEAT SHEET: It's 12 episodes of a half-hour show! You can watch it in a single Saturday! Oh, like you've never watched twelve episodes of something in a day? Fiiiiiiine. I guess you can sample Episode 6, "And The Winner Is...," to get a sense of the show during one of its best episodes without being totally lost or having too much spoiled. If you like it, go back to Episode 1 and work your way forward to have some plot holes filled in. —Noel


The Mindy Project

Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30pm on Fox


COMMITMENT: 24 half-hour episodes' worth of sexual tension, people talking over each other, and Mindy Kaling falling down. Also: Cleverness!

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: If you're one of the people who tried The Mindy Project early but dropped out after a few mediocre and/or rocky episodes, now's the time to come back. Sometime during the middle of the first season, everything coalesced, the cast's chemistry finally hit, and the show found a groove. The series is very much in Kaling's own voice, so it offers a peek into the life of that one friend who seems to remain a consummate professional despite being a complete, almost self-destructive disaster in everything other aspect of life, the one about whom you wonder, "How do they make it through their day in one piece?" (If you don't have a friend like that, congratulations! It's you! How do you do it?) The Mindy Project wholly encompasses a unique voice that makes you—the SLUMP-y you—feel like you could write this show, but the timing and phrasing is so succinct and so precise that you'll settle for being one of Mindy's friends through your screen. Get back into it.

CHEAT SHEET: Hit the high points with "Pilot" (Episode 1), "In the Club" (Episode 3), "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" (Episode 9), "Hooking Up Is Hard" (Episode 12), "Harry & Mindy" (Episode 14), "The One That Got Away" (Episode 16), and the finale, "Take Me With You" (Episode 24). That's seven episodes—under three hours of your time. "The One That Got Away" is probably the greatest example of the feel the show spent its first season trying to achieve. And if you need a way to sucker in the sports-loving, rom-com-hating friend or S.O. in your live, add "Santa Fe" (Episode 21) to your short list, featuring Clay Matthews guest-starring as himself. Packers show up in the weirdest places. —Nick Campbell


Nashville

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, September 25 at 10pm on ABC


COMMITMENT: 21 hour-long episodes brimming with soap, country music, and Connie Britton's flawless hair.

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: You mean besides Connie Britton hair envy? Nashville follows two country music stars, one who's been around the block a few times (Britton's Rayna Jaymes) and one who's a rising starlet (Hayden Panettiere's Juliette Barnes). The two are paired up against their will to go on tour together, courtesy of their record label, and that's where the fun begins. Both Britton and Panettiere turn in great performances throughout the season, as does Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Rayna's ex-boyfriend and on-again/off-again band leader. Rayna resents Juliette's short dresses, bitchy attitude, and country-pop music sound, while Juliette doesn't understand why she's been saddled with an aging performer like Rayna in the first place. Both women have enough personal issues to singlehandedly fill a season—think drug-addicted family members, backdoor politicking, baby daddy drama, and the like—but the series also finds time to focus on several supporting players who are trying to make it in Nashville from the bottom up. Panettiere is the real draw, though, bringing a depth to Juliette that outshines even the Emmy-nominated Britton. And the original music is actually good!

CHEAT SHEET: The trick here is to choose episodes with great storylines, but also great musical moments. So, if you don't want to watch the entire season, I suggest starting with the pilot and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" (Episode 2) for some great musical moments; "Lovesick Blues" (Episode 7), "I've Been Down That Road Before" (Episode 12), and "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" (Episode 13) for some deeper character development, especially on Panettiere's part; and close it all out with the last four installments of the season—"Take These Chains from My Heart," "Why Don't You Love Me," "A Picture from Life's Other Side," and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"—for absolute soap opera goodness.

EXTRA CREDIT: Once you've finished "Why Don't You Love Me," revisit Tim's .GIF tour of Juliette's epic night of drinking to see one of the most out-of-control drunk performances in television history. —Kaitlin Thomas


Scandal

Season 3 premieres Thursday, October 3 at 10pm on ABC


COMMITMENT: Two seasons, 29 hour-long episodes. That's not the tiniest of workloads, but once you get going, you'll burn through it in a heartbeat. 

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Scandal was the most buzzed-about drama on broadcast TV last season, and with good reason. Shonda Rhimes has been making pulpy, populist shows about women blurring the lines between their professional and personal lives for more than a decade, but Scandal is that to the highest degree. Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope is a D.C. fixer who can't fix her own life, including her relationship with the President of the United States, not to mention the slew of political emergencies and conspiracies that unspool in a rapid succession and involve everything from election-rigging to murder. It's all as ridiculous as it sounds, but also completely enthralling.

CHEAT SHEET: One of the great things about Scandal is that it's broken down into serialized mini-arcs: 7 episodes in the first season, and then two separate stories of thirteen and 9 episodes, respectively, in Season 2. The show is still feeling around in the dark a little in Season 1, so if you're pressed for time, just watch the pilot and the finale and then jump to Season 2. The first half of Season 2 is a riot. You won't be disappointed. —Cory


Which returning fall shows are you most excited about? What should we be catching up on that's not on this list?


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Damn you and your cram list... am now catching up on all 21 episodes of Nashville...
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Stephen Amell's body ! hahahha
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PERSON OF INTEREST!!!!!! Because of HAROLD.
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Psh, I dont need to catch up on Scandal. I have that baby stuck in mind all summer since that single word, "daddy?", was uttered. I'm currently going through "Arrow", gotta finish watch "Supernatural", and I might give "The Mindy Project" a try but I'm really not sure if it's any good. :(
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I've already rewatched TVD, SPN, Nikita, Arrow, Revenge and Community. Right now, I'm rewatching the entire series of Veronica Mars in preparation for its film coming out next year.
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I've just spent the weekend mainlining Scandal, so thank you for the recommendation. I am well and truly hooked. Roll on Oct 3rd
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Hmm. Most of those are either unpleasant "comedies", or way too soapy for me. However, "The Legend of Korra" has been amazing thus far, and despite what TV.com says, "Arrow" actually WAS one of last season's best new shows.
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For me, Arrow really hit its strive in the second half of the season. I also love Scandal, which I encourage everyone to give it a try (especially the first half of the second season. Love it!). I do want to give Nashville a try. And I encourage the everyone to give POI a try (still my favorite broadcast show).
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when is
Banshee coming out?
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Early next year :)
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There had to be some photos of Stephen Amell's abs available that don't give away plot points.
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I'm not a catcher-upper generally, I watch what I watch then move on.
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I am a catcher-upper and I'm currently catching up on Alias and The West Wing. I gave The Wire a try and someone said to stay with it for at least five episodes. It didn't get any better, just some very realistic war on drugs stuff where the characters were all well-acted but who-cares-if-they-live-or-die. Not for me...
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I haven't done The Wire, but that's the one that seems to have the most social pressure these days, so I might.

The West Wing I keep passing on, feels too "important" for me.

Alias, I watched it during its initial run, great start, some limping, then it falls apart but Jack Bristow is never not the man, so it works on that front. I'm curious to see what you'll make of it.
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Well, I'm on season 4 and it isn't as good as the first 3 seasons, but it's still pretty good. And JB rocks...
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Season 5 is really terrible, especially near the end.
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Glad you're enjoying it, season 4 is where if Jack hadn't been there I would have walked.
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I miss Last Resort SO freaking much.
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me too :(
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Person of Interest for sure.
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SoA!!
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I'm not one for wanting time to pass more quickly, but gosh darn it, can we just skip the month of September? I need my "Arrow" and "Grimm" fix!!!
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How come Revenge is not mentioned?
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The Mentalist (read relaxed fun!)
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I watched all of Korra yesterday, I watched all of Key & Peele the week before that, both for the first time. And I got my Eastbound & Down season 3 bluray three weeks ago, and as a result, watched the entire series again.

I'm probably going to check out The Heart, She Holler, because Patton Oswalt is amazing. Never heard of it before though, despite being a huge [AS] fan.
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Don't bother, it's gawdawful...
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The Mindy Project was AWFUL!

I've never heard of The Heart, She Holler before, but it looks interesting so I will watch the first episode now.

I am already updated on the shows I am waiting for. The ones I look most forward to returning this fall: Grimm, Haven, Revenge, OUaT, The Middle, Revolution, Arrow, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story. Quite many actually...
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A good guy called Monsanto, are you fucking kidding me ?It's not even funny if it's meant in a sarcastic way.
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C'mon back Jax Teller...
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Thank you, thank you, thank you Tim for getting me into Key and Peele. I am just watching it now and it's freakin' hilarious! They had me from 'Our white moms can't hit us in public.' Now if you'll excuse me I have 2 seasons worth of episodes to blaze through..... :-)
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It's funny because the pilot and the finale are all I watched of Scandal's first season and I burned through Season 2 in May just in time to catch the finale.
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I've found this awesome and easy to use website for online tv series http://onlinetvseriesaddicts.blogspot.com/
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OK What I'm looking forward to is Arrow, Person of Interest, The Walking Dead, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5-O and not keen on this program but I will watch simple because too many reality shows and soaps on (which is wrong by the way) Revolution, Bones is another show I'm looking forward to now there will be new shows coming out as well but when I looked at that list I think I got 2 maybe 3 at a push. Oh and just a little bit on the write up here you said there was looking barren these days truth be known it was barren the minute summer started and so again I say this "Can't wait for September".
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Arrow is the only one of these that interests me. I'll probably pick up the DVD sometime. I've got time until October.

I also got the Person of Interest S1 DVD (almost done), I'll pick up season two soon to catch up in time for S3.

I've had American Horror Story S1 for a long time, but still haven't watched it. I'll still watch S3 when(ever) it airs, since there is no continuity between seasons.
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Good call on AHS, you can just watch Season 3 without having seen it before. Although I made the mistake of giving my friend Season 2, and he didn't like it and refuses to watch anymore... I should have given him Season 1.
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Why? Season one was awful and you wouldn't have fared any better. Your friend seems to have taste.
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I just thought Season 1 would have probably been more accessible to a new viewer, as compared to Season 2.
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Season 1 was why I didn't bother with season 2. And I know a lot of you like this kind of stuff, but it's certainly not for everyone.
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I am amazed why this site which is part of the CBS umbrella consistently forget to mention the greatest show on their own CBS TV now. I mean you guys do not have to be bias but this is really a good show !

THE GOOD WIFE is probably the best network show on air now. I would rate in just slightly under Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and The Americans. It is not easy to do good TV for 22 episodes. Granted last season story arc with Kalinda was bad but most of the time, it is really good. And which writers actually listen to the audiences and adjusted the story as soon as most of the audience dislikes it.

So LET me advertise for CBS. The Good Wife returns on Sept. 29 for Season 5 with lots of new guest stars !
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Thanks for the date! I wasn't aware of it! I love The Good Wife!
It would be 80+ hours of great television if someone wanted to catch up right now. :)
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Ok my bad ! This list is suppose to be for the newer shows ! But still TGW is a show to look out for in fall !
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No worries! We included The Good Wife on the list in 2011: http://www.tv.com/news/the-great-fall-tv-cram-five-shows-and-one-runner-up-to-catch-up-on-before-the-new-season-starts-26625/

Personally I would love to catch up; I'm kinda kicking myself now for not jumping in earlier. At this point I'm totally overwhelmed by the fact that catching up would mean 80+ hours of marathon time. If you wanna put together a cheat sheet, though, I'm all ears!

Jen
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Do it anyway, Jen, it's totally worth the ride. Best lawyer show ever.
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Oh yes...perhaps you also want to mention Elementary. I found it better than average (means better than most shows but not in the same league as BB,TWD, TGW,Scandal etc) but lots of fans here seems to love it and its a new show. Sorry I am mentioning it again. Its also on CBS :-)
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I was hooked on Elementary since the get go, so I don't need to catch up with the show, but I highly recommend it for any TV marathon.

There's always the option to rewatch Fringe, Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory or any other personal favorite.
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Oops, you got me there. It is hard enough to do a cheat sheet. I personally did not jump in right from season 1. I only started in season 3 but I burn through season 1 and 2 before I watch regularly from season 3.

It was not hard though. Season 1 and 2 was addictive enough for me to want to watch every episode and not skip anything at all.

My advice is just start from the very first episode and see where it goes. There are some case of the week episode which you might be able to skip but TGW also likes to bring guest stars back with reference to those cases.

I hope TV.com would have a regular review for each episode for the coming season. I know last season, you guys did not and my search for a recap brought me to this blog:

http://lockhartgardner.blogspot.sg/p/filing-cabinet.html

which now can serve as a research material for your cheat sheet :-)
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Thanks Noel and all for the reply. Lots of fans have complain about TGW irregular timing. That could be one of the reason for lower ratings. I am glad it is now into season 5. Many critics do like it most of the time, it has also been nominated many times for Emmy and other awards. I do wish TV.com would cover it for season 5.
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CBS is always considering its cancellation since the show, comparatively, doesn't do well in the key demos. Thank goodness it does well with affluent viewers (those who make upwards of $80k/yr).

And we covered the S4 finale: http://www.tv.com/news/the-good-wife-season-4-finale-review-the-deciding-factor-136692702130/
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I think all The Good Wife buzz is starting to wind down now that it's heading into it's fifth season, so I doubt tv.com will start to review it.

Wasn't CBS also considering its cancellation last year?
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Arrow really isn't that kind of show where he goes around climbing walls or flying. It's really a show about a dude who was trapped on an island for 5 years, came out alive, and is trying to take down those who have failed his city.
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Arrow, Nashville, Supernatural, Homeland, OUAT, Revenge, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, Revolution in no particular order.
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Jesus! That's what I call an eclectic taste! ^_^
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Really? I watch all of those, and I would expect that there are a lot of people who watch all of them except Nashville, or all except Nashville and Revenge.
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Yeah, well. So do I (except Revolution, from which I definitely stepped down a bit before the finale, and TWD). My favourites are a weird collection, so I just had the naïve idea that people generally stick to one or two genres of their preference, but TV shows seem to have widened many people's curiosity and variety of interests. So, good!
I don't know if the same happens with other sorts of cultural manifestations. Most people don't like opera AND indie rock and Jojobouy made me think maybe such and uncommon phenomenon. :)
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"maybe it's not"
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I really don't understand people who only watch one genre of television show, it just goes to show how narrow minded they are, and how unwilling they are to try new things.
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Totally agree on that, but on every aspect of life as well! It's a very stupid way of snobbery if you lack curiosity ^_^
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Couldn't have said it better myself!
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OMG! Summer Glau on Arrow. I am definitely going to start watching this show today!
But I am worried from what I hear about this show so far, it will probably going to be affected by Summer Galu curse. :-(
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The CW is not going to cancel Arrow. I mean, they're developing a spin-off...
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Umm what's the summer glau curse... I'm afraid.. let me google lol

Talking about Alphas being cancelled? And.. terminator..hey that got two seasons lol
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I want to say The Cape should be included, but lets be honest, that show tied itself to the tracks and lined up 8 train wrecks in a row for itself.
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I suppose there is a Curse...but I think her curse has a lot to do with the Whedon/Fox Curse than anything. And the CW is not going to cancel Arrow. I cite Stephen's abs...
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I know it's not Summer's fault. She is the best! It's not gonna be her fault this time too.
I just want to see her in a long-running successful show. I hope Arrow will be as you say.
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I too would say there is a but of a Whedon/ Fox curse involved too with Firefly and Dollhouse. But she's still got quite a few cancelled shows with Terminator, The Cape and Alphas.
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And then there's CSI, I got so angry when they cancelled that at the end of season 5.
Oh wait a second.
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Nashville was my number one favorite show last season so a week seems way too long between episodes. No plans to ever watch Arrow because, unlike my teen years, superheroes don't do it for me anymore, on tv or in the movies...no thank you. I don't think I'll take your advice on the Mindy Project. I'm one of those who stopped watching early because I forgot all about laughing. A show like that can easily make you forget.
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I'm not saying The Mindy Project gets to the height of quality that New Girl achieves, but remember that New Girl started off annoying and weak until the cast chemistry dictated the show. Now it's one of the funniest shows on television. I wish there was a spin-off that was just the cast playing True American so Jake Johnson can act drunk.

The point is the show is better now than it was during its first six episodes. Give it a chance. If you hate the episodes that were outlined above, I'll be the dweeb and you'll be the cool guy.
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I gave New Girl seven episodes before I quit, after the Bells episode. I only gave Mindy 3 episodes, so I admit that wasn't very fair. I may check it out again.
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No Revenge? This upcoming season is going to be phenomenal!!!
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For me Nashville always seemed so boring so i never really watched i only watched the first episode then i was gone
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None of them particularly interest me, if they had I would be watching already
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Korra, Arrow and Scandal are good shows. Carrie Diaries was a pleasant surprise and I never thought I'd like it. Its a very endearing little show. I may check out Nashville. But, this list is mostly blah.
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With the Murder/Suicide in the first season, I'm pretty sure that we can stop calling Korra a 'kid' show. What type of 'kid' show shows that?
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I don't i try any of the above. i watched person of intrest over summer
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For some reason I wanted to see Lost once more, still great, at season 2 right now. :)
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Can't go wrong with a classic!
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None!
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Nothing too special here. I liked Arrow, I haven't seen Eastbound & Down, but I plan on it. Someday I'll finish the second season of Scandal.
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Eastbound & Down is great if you like REALLY low-brow humor. We're talking so low it makes Always Sunny look like high art. (Possible exaggeration.)
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Really? That doesn't sound good at all...
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That's what people tell me.
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It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I had a lot of great laughs from it. Funny enough, they aired it alongside a polar opposite (comedy-wise) with Bored to Death, a very slow paced, dry-humored faux noir kinda feel (if that makes any sense?) Which also featured about the least amusing role you'll ever see with Zach Galifianakis.
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A really dumb show.
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Carrie Daiaries & Nashville were the only two on this list I've watched or plan to.Itried Arrow and didn't like it.
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Eagleheart is good if you like the insane Adult Swim stuff. The Heart, She Holler is the most bizarre thing I ever saw and don't understand it at all. Eagleheart can be pretty funny.
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Arrow is the only show on this list I watch
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Then you have excellent taste. All you need to do is add "The Legend of Korra" to your list (seriously. It's not really a "kid's show"), and then steer clear of the others.
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How You Can Have a Bunch of Great Ideas but Still Fuck Up Real Bad: A Korra Essay

Just cause its a follow up to something so beloved and amazing as Last Airbender does not mean it is anything close to good. Anyone who enjoys Arrow and Korra are band-wagoners and fans of gimmicks. Quality storytelling is immensely scarce in both these series. Shows where plot drives story instead of character driving stories are just NOT good. And these shows are great examples of the former.
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Hmm. That came out harsher than I intended. It's just a pet peeve of mine, when someone tells me my opinion is incorrect. I apologize.
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You... seem to be a very negative person. I was one of the first people ON the bandwagon for both shows (before it had become a bandwagon) and I AM a fan of the characters and storytelling (the character development in Korra could use some work, but hey, it was going to be a mini-series, so they thought they only had twelve episodes). Please don't tell me what to enjoy. I don't quantify it, I just ENJOY it.
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You need to watch better shows dude.
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To be fair, this isn't a list of the best shows on TV. Just some of the new shows from last year.

I didn't really get into Arrow until the end of the season. But the excellent finale gives me hope for season 2.
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Arrow works great for people who watched Smallville, especially ones that hated it because Arrow actually takes a serious, real-world sort of tone (or as close as you get with uber-rich vigilantes).
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This is the kind of list that, regardless of the facts it has some awesome shows, most are tailor-made for certain audiences. I will watch three of them because I have watched and love them, and two or three more because I never knew about them but know the cast and they sound awesome. The others, despite the fact that I know they are well made and have a strong following, I'm still not interested in.
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I don't know about Scandal... i watched a couple of episodes when started and stopped because I found it was rather bad... did I miss anything in the next episodes?
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Same here. But I do know I'm not going to watch. Give me a soap that's a real soap, not hiding under any pretense. I take Dallas any time. Or Nashville, for that matter!
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Yeah, if you want a soap opera, this show is not for you.
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Well.... that's the question! It's really not my thing. That's why I believe i disliked Scandal or The Vampire Diaries. Or Grey's Anatomy. I think they are supposed to be something else and then they are all about the Big Questions "WIll they? Won't hey?" and that's what I find utterly annoying and boring. I realized I like all sorts of stuff except when they waste time in this kind of silly suspense. So, when I started watching Dallas out of curiosity because it reminded my of my childhood, I found it totally amusing and with amazingly well constructed and acted characters, totally surprising and daring. And it's not so much about "will these two become a couple?" It really doesn't waste much time on this kind of thing. That's why, because of Dallas alone, I can't say I don't do soaps! I do soaps if they are like this. Luckily enough, there''s only one Dallas!!
(Nashville I started watching for Connie Britton but now iIwatch because of Chip Esten.^_^) Apart from that, I don't have a favourite genre, although I tend to keep away from Vampires and Zombies.
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Season 2 is absolutely addictive. On the surface, it is political conspiracies but unfortunately there are lots of soap opera stuff and tangled relationships. It is at times unrealistic. Just think Grey's Anatomy but in Washington politics and the story moves at double the pace !
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Yes, it got much better around episode 5 or 6. I think it's episode 5 that ends in a way that really makes you wonder what the hell just happened, and then the show isn't as much of a procedural. It's all conspiracies, assassination plots and that sort of thing.
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I personally didn't watch it, but I have a few friends that are addicted. Per them, the show really found it's footing through the end of the first season and season 2 was excellent. They've been trying to get me to watch it.
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I've been recommended (on this site) to watch The Americans and the British Orphan Black and The Fall. They all look pretty good
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Yes! These are some of the best shows I've watched this last season! But is there a British Orphan Black? I thought it was Canadian and there is only one? Top of the Lake is another very advisable thing to watch, although it's possible some people might find it slow.
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Yes! It is apparently mainly Canadian with BBC America so strictly speaking not British at all! But I just saw a few snippets so far and they did sound very British to me...but I guess going by accents only, I might y have thought the same of GoT...
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The Fall is good and a fast watch at about 5 episodes, but is insanely slow paced. The same can be said for The Americans despite a longer season run. Orphan Black was a surprisingly great hit that was criminally ignored this season when award nominations went out. It should also be noted Orphan Black isn't really much of a British show at all.
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I LOVED The Fall, only I found Gillian Anderson's character a bit irritating, in the way that you end up liking the killer better! Weird! I don't mind slow, as long as it doesn't mean "empty", so I totally enjoy shows like The Fall, The Americans, Top of the Lake, Case Histories, etc.
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Ahem, Canadian/British Orphan Black.
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I stand corrected! Didn't realise the Canadian connection there... though enjoying the 100% Canadian (I think) Continuum & Lost Girl
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Its Canadian but the people in the show speak with British accent I really thought it was a British show when I was watching it. Agreed OB is really good ! The Americans is one of the best new show last season. The fall is good as I never saw a show told from a serial killer perspective that is so human-like that I think a large audience can actually identify with him.
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Only the British characters speak with British accents on Orphan Black. So far the clones been British, American, + some more that had brief appearances.
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We Canadians will take anything we can get.
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Hehe all of which will likely be on our midseason cram list for early 2014!
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All good. All worth your time.
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i really liked the three of them, and i also got to know them from this site
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I kinda wish you had incliuded Elementary on the list. It's fantastic and could use the boost a bit more than Scandal, which already holds it spot pretty well. By far the best new show and hopefully a sign that network TV isn't completely falling off the rails.
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I loved Arrow, but Elementary outshone it. Truly a phenomenal show. Who says they've worn out the "detective" genre?
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Still love the opening sequence ! Best since Dexter.
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I'm all caught up on the ones I want to watch. I watched Arrow, The Legend of Korra, and Nashville as they aired, and recently binge-watched Scandal. It think it took me 6 days to get through season 2, and it would have been 5 if I hadn't had 7 new episodes to watch that Sunday. I was really surprised by how good it was. It's now my second favorite non-cable, non-internet show after Person of Interest. It kicked The good wife down to number 3.

The pilot episode of Scandal was booooring and made the whole thing look like a lame client-of-the-week procedural, but episode 5 (or was it 4?) ended with something that made me go "wow did that just happen?" and after that the show felt heavily serialized. They barely had time to take any new clients in season 2.

Your choice of shows for this article is a bit odd. Is the idea to only mention new shows that people are likely to have missed? Then it makes sense I guess. I had no idea that Scandal was good until I started watching it this summer. If you're trying to list the best shows that have aired 1-2 seasons, then there are some major omissions, in particular Homeland, Banshee, Person of interest and The Americans. I would also mentioned Revenge (it's better than Nashville), and maybe Once upon a time (it's no worse than Arrow).

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Thank you so much for mentioning when Scandal really picks up the pace. I've had the fourth episode of season one sitting on my television ready to watch for months, and while I was excited to hear all the great buzz it was getting, the procedural aspect that I got from the first three episodes really turned me off.
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It did the same for me. I watched the pilot, or rather, I had it on while I was cooking. Then I was like "why are people watching this?" I couldn't think of a reason to watch a second episode, but someone here convinced me to give it another shot, and I'm glad that I did.
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OK, I see that Banshee and The Americans started in January, so they don't belong on the list.
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Banshee needs all the attention it can draw. Absolutely awesome series from what is becoming a pretty decent lineup from Cinemax (even if half its shows are carry-overs from British series).
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better add Rectify to the 'awesome shows that need some love' list
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I agreed Banshee was good. I think it is better than Strike Back !
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Even looking at this list shows how bleak the offerings will be this fall...
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This is suppose to be for newer shows and a lot of shows missing from this list
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There are lots of new shows starting up. I think looks like a pretty good fall for TV.
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With only a few weeks left until the new season there's not a lot of time left to catch up on shows. But I expect my fall will be crowded enough without adding in shows I didn't watch last season.
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Well, most of the returning shows start in October! That gives a few weeks for a couple of marathons ;) I was planning a Justified marathon, but haven't found the time yet. Although now I realize it comes back in January! :-D
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