Hey, friends! So Fall TV is officially back, and I couldn’t be more excited. There are some great shows coming on this season, some new and some returning. Now, there is a lot of garbage on TV these days, and sometimes it’s hard to separate the good from the bad. But if you take the time to do so, you can actually find some interesting, enjoyable programming.
On that note, I’ve decided to write up a list of some of the shows I’m most excited about watching this Fall. You may have heard me talk about some of these shows before, and you may see a Stuff Devon Likes post about one or two of them in the future, but I just wanted to right a quick blurb on some of the shows I’m watching in case any of you find them appealing. So here we go. This is my Fall 2014 “What I’m Watching” list.
Once Upon a Time
For those of you who didn’t read my Stuff Devon Likes article about Once Upon a Time, it’s pretty much Lost, but with fairy tale characters. Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and the like get trapped in our world and can’t find their way back to the Enchanted Forest. Throughout the show, they explore magical lands and face increasingly formidable foes. The show makes excellent use of flashbacks to give us information about the characters and even to move the plot forward. Although a show featuring fairy tale characters may sound a little odd, it actually works really well. This season, they’re including characters from Frozen, so if you enjoyed that movie, you might want to give Once a try. Once Upon a Time airs on ABC Sunday nights at 7:00 Central Time, and the season four premiere is this Sunday.
A to Z
This is a new one. I actually discovered A to Z because NBC was letting people stream the pilot for free for a while. I’m a big fan of Christin Milioti, so I decided to give it a shot. The show is actually really cute. It tells the story of Andrew and Zelda (thus the title), two star-crossed lovers. I really like the cast and the humor, but the most interesting thing to me about this show is that they tell you from the very start how long the relationship between the two main characters will last: around eight months. Is the show stating from the start that it’s only going to last a season? Do the two end up getting married after eight months? Do they break up? Or is this some kind of trick the writers are playing on us? I don’t know, but those questions alone are enough to keep me interested at least for one season. A to Z premieres on NBC October 2 at 8:30 Central Time.
Andy Samberg’s hilarious new show on FOX is back for another season. It’s a cop show with a lot of heart and even more laughs. I dedicated an entire Stuff Devon Likes article to this show simply because I think it’s that funny. The cast is perfect, and Andy Samberg leads with humor and very little tact. The show saw a lot of success in season one, so I’m excited to see what they have for us in season two. FOX moved Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Sunday nights this season, and it premieres September 28 (this Sunday) at 7:30 Central Time.
This show has already premiered, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It follows Detective Gordon (who we all know will later become Commissioner Gordon) as he starts off on the Gotham Police Force and learns just how corrupt the city is. The show isn’t about Batman, but it does feature a young Bruce Wayne interacting with Gordon during the investigation of his parents’ murder. Other familiar faces include the Penguin, Ivy, Catwoman, and mob boss Falcone. The show features the origins of many of the people who will go on to be Batman’s greatest enemies, and it explains how Gotham got to the point where it needed someone like Batman to set things right. Gotham airs Monday nights on FOX at 7:00 Central Time.
When I first heard that The CW was doing a DC Comics show, I was skeptical. But The CW isn’t just about gossip girls and vampires anymore. Arrow is their most successful show right now, and for good reason. It tells the story of Oliver Queen, a rich heir to his father’s billion-dollar company, who returns home from being shipwrecked on an island for five years and dawns a green hood to fight crime and right his father’s wrongs. The premise of the show actually sounds like a more twisted version of Batman’s origin, and there are some similarities at first, but as the show goes on it, it finds its own voice. The show has an interesting format in that most episodes feature flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island that have some relevance to what’s going on in the present day. Arrow is definitely worth watching, and its season three premiere is Wednesday October 8 at 7:00 Central Time on The CW.
After the success of Arrow, The CW decided to create another DC Comics superhero show, this one based around the superhero Flash. If you’ve seen season two of Arrow, then you’ve already met Barry Allen, the police consultant who gains superhuman speed after an accident involving a particle accelerator. The Flash picks up Barry’s story where Arrow left off, with Barry waking up from his lenghty coma induced by the accident and finding out about his new abilities. The Flash and Arrow will cross over early in the season this year, and there is potential for characters to cross back and forth between the two shows, which could lead to some interesting plot points. If you enjoy Arrow, The Flash is the logical next step in your TV-viewing experience. The Flash debuts Tuesday October 7 at 7:00 Central Time on The CW.
Agents of SHIELD
Agents of SHIELD had a rough start last year, but it really found its voice in the second half of the season. I won’t spoil anything, but something happens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe partway through the season that changes everything, and SHIELD handles it perfectly. This season is guaranteed to feature more of the fallout from last season, along with some fresh new faces from the Marvel world. If you like the Marvel movies and want to know more about what goes on in between them, Agents of SHIELD is for you. Plus, who doesn’t love to see more of Agent Coulson, right? Agents of SHIELD airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 8:00 Central Time.
Girl Meets World
These last two shows on the list are a little different from the rest, but I’m equally excited about them. The first is Girl Meets World, the highly-anticipated sequel series to the 90’s sitcom Boy Meets World. The original show capture the hearts of a generation, and now Girl Meets World hopes to do it again. The show is equally geared towards the Disney Channel target audience and fans of Boy Meets World who are now grown up but still want to know what’s going on in the lives of their favorite Boy Meets World characters. Girls Meets World has already aired nine episodes of their first season, and they’ve been picked up for a second. I know the fact that the show is on Disney Channel may cause some concern, but the show really is enjoyable, and it’s worth a watch. Girl Meets World airs on Disney Channel Friday nights at 7:30 Central Time.
Star Wars Rebels
And finally, I’ll be watching every episode of Star Wars Rebels this season. I had the opportunity to watch the premiere earlier this week thanks to Disney releasing it early on their Disney XD app, and this show is just good. It captures the feel of the original trilogy in an animated series that can be appreciated by Star Wars fans of all ages. Star Wars Rebels tells the story of the motley crew aboard the Ghost, the ship where the Rebel Alliance was started. These are the unknowing founders of what will later become the group that opposes the Empire under such leadership as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa. But Rebels isn’t about them. It’s about the original rebels, including a runaway Jedi named Kanan and his newly-discovered apprentice Ezra. I’m very interested to see how the Rebel Alliance goes from one crew to the giant, inter-system group that it becomes in the movies. I’m also excited to see how a Jedi and his apprentice interact and train in a world without the Jedi Order. Plus, it will be cool to learn more about how the Empire operates, and how it deals with the discovery of a rogue Jedi on the loose. Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Channel on Friday October 3 at 8:00 Central Time with a one-hour movie, and then it will air on Disney XD Monday nights at 8:00 starting October 13.
So that’s what I’m watching this season! I hope my suggestions are useful to you. I tried to suggest a variety of shows so that maybe at least one of them will interest you. I’d also like to add that all of these shows get my stamp of approval for appropriateness, but some of them may not be suitable for children. I’d love to hear what you guys are planning to watch this year, so contact me via social media and let me know! Thanks for reading, friends. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend.