Winners and losers are emerging at a record pace just a few weeks into the fall 2013 TV schedule. There are a few legitimate hits so far. Let me take you through the one’s that hit the jackpot for me-
What it’s about: Father-daughter ad execs (Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar) take on the industry — and will sink to any level for success (i.e. the pilot features the pair performing a rap for Kelly Clarkson, playing herself).
Why you should watch: William’s return to television and Gellar’s endless supply of charm are enough to warrant a view.
What it’s about: A reformed party girl (MalinAkerman) hopes the “third time’s the charm” when she becomes Pete’s (Bradley Whitford) third wife, and inherits three stepchildren and two ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins).
Why you should watch: Despite a cheesy plot, it delivers fresh humor, steeped in irony with a surprising sweetness. The characters’ complex dynamics make it a “Modern-er Family.”
What it’s about: Phil Coulson, of the “Avengers” movie, returns to lead a covert peace-keeping organization that investigates supernatural activity.
Why you should watch: The pilot received a standing ovation after its premiere at San Diego Comic-Con; so if you’re already a Marvel fan, it’s golden.
The “Avengers” spinoff delivers stunning special effects, a diverse and complex crop of characters, and deadpan “Whedonesque” dialogue. It also helps to be called the “most promising new fall series” by the TCA.
What it’s about: A family (Toni Collette, Tate Donovan) is caught in the middle of a massive political conspiracy, which the FBI agent on the case (Dylan McDermott) has a surprising role in.
Why you should watch: Standout casting combines actors from “American Horror Story,” “House of Cards,” “Entourage,” and “United States of Tara” — with McDermott delivering an “undeniable menacing” performance.
I keep the best in the list for the end! The meticulous, intricate design that has gone into the most seemingly innocuous details is staggering, and the classical dramatic influences have become more and more clear, with comparisons from Hamlet to King Lear (to summarize just the Shakespeare connection) all holding various allegorical truths.
Why you should watch it- Coz it’s freakin awesome!
While the answer to the question of which series comes out trumps will ultimately always come down to a matter of subjectivity, Breaking Bad’s taught, interwoven storylines, beautifully developed characters and thematic richness that just begs for further analysis means there’s no denying its place on the elite pedestal of TV drama.
Missed the list-
Big Bang Theory Season 8
I have seen the first few episodes of the season and it doesn’t look as promising as the earlier ones. So Big Bang Theory has not made it to my list. I hope it continues even after such dismal series opening. Fingers crossed!
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©Arjun Karath for PosterGully.com