School’s back in session and so are some of the best TV shows. What’s that? You already have enough to watch? If you’re not watching these shows you better make time to watch a little bit more. Here’s our curated TV guide for the Fall 2015 season:
The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and Blackish: Starting 09/23 at 8-9pm
ABC is in high demand when it comes to heartwarming family comedies so this first choice is a bit of a cheat. All four of these are worth checking out, and while some are more deserving of your time than others, for a good few hours to spend time with the family, you can’t get any better than this comedy block.
Heroes Reborn: Starting 09/24 at 9-10pm
Despite everyone’s better judgement the trailers for Heroes Reborn have hyped a glorious return to the series that once was. For now though, let’s keep our expectations tempered by the precedent set in Season 3, as things can only go up from there.
Bob’s Burgers: Starting 09/27 at 7:30-8pm
We lied. You can do better than the ABC live action family comedy block. Bob’s Burgers is the true successor to The Simpsons. Granted, The Simpsons is still funny. It just doesn’t have the heart it used to. Enter Bob’s Burgers, a show astonishing in its use of jokes, plot lines, and positive attitudes regarding family values. Where most sitcoms have families yell at each other to prove that one person is right, Bob’s Burgers is about everyone yelling in an attempt to support one another.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Starting 09/27 at 8:30-9pm
Speaking of successor’s, the king of mockumentary comedy is Parks and Recreation. Sadly our days in Pawnee came to an end alongside Li’l Sebastian, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine carries on in the same tradition with its wonderfully diverse cast of characters. If you want to laugh, give the show try this September.
The Last Man on Earth: Starting 09/27 at 9:30-10pm
After a knockout year at the movie theater in 2014 with both The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, Phil Lord and Chris Miller helped Will Forte create a show about the last living man on earth. Only he’s not alone. In a darkly comedic character study about one of the best despicable protagonists in years, with the stellar opening and closing acts of the first season marking the show as must watch original programming.
Homeland: Starting 10/04 at 10-11pm
Homeland season four came with a vengeance to prove that the show still had life left in it. Gone was the strenuous and unnecessary Romeo + Juliet romance between terrorist and CIA operative, with the series firmly planting its foot in the ground as we followed Carrie take on a different sort of threat without straying too far into 24 territory. Where season five goes is anyone’s guess but we the viewers should be there when it happens.
The Flash/Arrow: Starting 10/06 and 10/07 at 9-10pm
Arrow became genuinely great during its season two run, while season three nearly undid all the goodwill the show had built up. Meanwhile, The Flash easily topped charts as the best superhero TV program around. Following suit, the overly grim tone Arrow established for itself in its third season is rumored to be taking a backseat to the more comic friendly vibe found in The Flash, which is reason enough to watch both shows when they mount their return.
iZombie: Starting 10/06 at 10-11pm
From the creator of Veronica Mars comes a show about death, life, and eating brains to solve murders. With her brother in the hospital following the showdown at Meat Cute and with Blaine on the run, Liv and her friends will have big problems on their hands now that Seattle’s zombies without a brain supplier, making this show a must-watch for new and returning viewers alike.
The Walking Dead: Starting 10/11 at 9-10 pm
After falling off the tracks for a number of consecutive seasons, a major shift in season four finally ended the prison stories, and the show finally found its footing again. Season five came back with a vengeance, delivering the stories we actually care about in this apocalyptic world. Here’s to never having to see another zombies stuck in a wells.
Jane the Virgin: Starting 10/12 at 9-10pm
It’s true, the CW does have the highest and widest spread of quality writing at this point in time. Nobody knows how it happened but it’s here. Where iZombie and the DC shows strive on American wit, Jane the Virgin is a love-letter and parody of novellas. Lies, truth, betrayal, and ridiculous whiplash between dramatic and comedic tones diving into full blown irony, there’s nothing like Jane the Virgin and the viewers wouldn’t have it any other way.
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