You can find a quick recap of all the new shows you should be watching or avoiding after the jump:
After watching all of the new shows last week, there are only a handful that I'm going to be making a concerted effort to watch again.
GET A DVR SEASON PASS FOR THESE SHOWS IMMEDIATELY:
The Event (NBC, Mondays 8 PM) - I know, I know, Mom. It has one of those dreaded "storylines" that need to be "followed" from "week to week." But it's good. And it has the potential to be first-season-of-24-good. (Of course, it also has the potential to be Heroes-bad, but I'm willing to take that chance.)
Raising Hope (FOX, Tuesdays 8 PM) - This is hands down the best new comedy of the season. It's a darker mix of My Name is Earl and Modern Family. Watch it.
Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays 8 PM) - This is like The Sopranos set in the 1920s with Steve Buscemi (Not his Sopranos character, though. They didn't send Tony Blundetto back in time or anything). This show has already been picked up for a second season, so you know it's already worth your time to get invested.
GOOD SHOWS THAT DESERVE YOUR PATRONAGE:
Lone Star (FOX, Mondays 8 PM) - This is one of the few non-procedural dramas of the new season, which is commendable on its own, but this show is also well-written, well-acted, and has the potential to become a Dallas-like program. If people watch it and help keep it on the air.
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Mondays 9 PM) - Good cast, solid premise, but you shouldn't beat yourself up if you miss an episode here and there.
Undercovers (NBC, Wednesdays 7 PM) - Sure, it's the kind of show JJ Abrams probably could create in his sleep (and he probably did), but it's slick and pretty and hints at more drama to come besides the usual spy-mission-of-the-week business.
Terriers (FX, Wednesdays 8 PM) - A comedy/drama crime show that's more than just another procedural.
Blue Bloods (CBS, Fridays 9 PM) - A crime drama with a family bent. Plus Tom Selleck! Plus, if you're watching TV on Fridays, you have very few other options.
JURY'S STILL OUT
Nikita (CW, Thursdays 8 PM) - John thinks this one is worthy of your time, but I think he's just blinded by Maggie Q in her red monokini. I thought the pilot was humorless and Dollhouse-like in its feel (yuck). I'll give it another chance, though.
Detroit 187 (ABC, Tuesdays 9 PM) - If this show can tap into the seedy underbelly of Detroit and give us a show that's gritty and insightful, this could be one to watch.
Running Wilde (FOX, Tuesdays 8:30 PM) - The pilot was laugh-free, but Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett and Keri Russell deserve a second and a third chance.
Outsourced (NBC, Thursdays 8:30 PM) - The pilot was light on laughs, but so was the Community pilot.
Hellcats, Mike & Molly, Chase, Better With You, The Defenders, The Whole Truth, My Generation, $#*! My Dad Says
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