The 5 Most Interesting New Shows of Fall 2013

by Sam Moon-Wainwright

The fall TV season started a couple weeks ago now with an array of new shows. For us busy college students, though, we only have so much time to waste on TV viewing. Here’s an overview of the top five most interesting new shows to check out in that limited free time you have.

The Blacklist

An already popular crime drama, The Blacklist, premiered on NBC on Sept. 23rd, and has aired 3 episodes. It centers around a wanted fugitive who turns himself into the FBI, saying he has information on an upcoming terrorist event. It’s fast-paced and has some potentially fascinating characters, and doesn’t suffer from the melodrama that certain other shows of the terrorist-catching genre exhibit. It’s available on Hulu and nbc.com.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Joss Whedon’s new pet project, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, premiered on ABC on Sept. 24th, and is now three episodes in. Fans of The Avengers may be disappointed in the lack of actual superpowers on the show, since the show’s focus seems to be super-tech more than superheroes. However, the show does have quite a few call-backs to the the growing Marvel movie franchise, which may be enough to keep fans interested.

The show will definitely appeal to fans of Whedon’s previous projects like Firefly or Angel, as it features tight team dynamics, some cool female characters, and lots of Whedony banter. You can find it on Hulu or abc.go.com.

 Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is the latest in the ever-growing list of procedural cop shows with a twist, the twist here being that Ichabod Crane died in 1776 and then woke up again in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, along with the Headless Horseman and some other nasty demons. The show premiered on FOX on Sept. 16th and has aired 4 episodes so far. This will definitely be a favorite of Supernatural fans and anyone who likes buddy cop characters who get thrown into spooky shenanigans. You can find it on Hulu or fox.com.

Reign

Reign is a historical drama about Mary, Queen of Scots’ life at the French court, and will premiere Oct. 17th on the CW. The plain history of Mary’s life is fairly dramatic and exciting by itself, so it could be an entertaining hour. From the CW’s advertisements, it looks like they’ll be playing up the teen drama aspect while also being a riveting political battle.

For those of us out there who get excited about well-written ladies on tv, it’s worth noting that not only does the show center around Mary, but also features her four close friends/maidservants (all also called Mary) as major characters. It will be available on cwtv.com after Thurs., Oct. 17.

Super Fun Night

Rebel Wilson, who earned some well-deserved popularity through her hilarious appearances in movies like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect stars in her own new comedy show, Super Fun Night, which premiered on ABC on Oct. 2nd. The upbeat comedy is fairly over the top, has more in common with Glee than it’s fellow workplace comedies such as The Office. You can watch on Hulu or abc.go.com.

There are also a few returning shows this fall that have changed things up enough to be worth a mention. In spin-off land, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is worth a watch for fans of the original Disney/ABC show. The new and hilarious Masterchef Junior is already more entertaining and watchable than its adult counterpart. American Horror Story has a whole new macabre plot with Coven, which is all about witches. You can look for a review of Coven’s premiere this week in The Siskiyou alongside this article.

The fall 2013 season has a lot more to offer, but these highlights should be enough to keep any student entertained.

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