The fall television season is well underway, and with almost every new show having shown at least a few episodes, it is clear this is going to be a very, very good year for new programming. So let’s take a look at what new offerings have proven to be the five best thus far — a few may surprise you.
Revenge — The real surprise hit of the fall, this show is amazing. Amazing amazing. It may seem like a soap opera, and it is, but in all the right ways. It takes place in a wealthy enclave (in this case the Hamptons) and the chilly formalities and fake smiles between stars Madeline Stowe (welcome back Mads!) and Emily Van Camp are incredible. Even more, each week we get to see yet another character destroyed. Trust us, even if you think you will hate it, check it out. You will not regret it.
Up All Night — Will Arnett and Christina Applegate are comedy’s golden couple. She in series like Married … with Children and Samantha Who and he as the legendary Gob (pronounced “Job”) Bluth on Arrested Development. Even better than watching these two play first time parents is seeing Maya Rudolph back in rare, rare form as Applegate’s demanding talk show boss. I mean, you have to love the show that introduced America to the baby wallet.
New Girl — Zooey Deschanel is great in this adorable new FOX show, but the real find may be the dreamy and hilarious Jake M. Johnson as one of Deschanel’s roommates. The actor was also the best part about creator Liz Merriwether’s first big script No Strings Attached, and he and Deschanel strike a perfect balance between hysterical and endearing.
American Horror Story — Only two episodes in this show truly is like nothing else. The first episode was so intense it seemed impossible to keep the show going at the same pace but, oh boy they managed. Episode two was even better and tonight’s episode is said to be the best yet. Of course it doesn’t hurt when your cast includes Emmy nominees Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy.
Enlightened — Also a mere two episodes into their season, this HBO dramedy created by Mike White (he of Chuck & Buck and Amazing Race fame) and starring Laura Dern hits all the right notes. Dern plays a woman returning to work following a mental breakdown who is trying, and we stress trying, to keep it all together while impacting those around her. With Dern’s mother Diane Ladd playing her mother, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a David Lynch cameo.