Fall TV: Hits and Misses


Do you know what it means when the leaves begin to change colors? No, it’s not the mark of pumpkin spice lattes and the holiday season but new seasons of television shows, my favorite time of year! So, with new seasons and series airing during the past few weeks, I am going to give you my list of the best and worst fall season premieres.

As for new shows, this fall’s selection is not as popular as last year’s new series. According to TV Line, none of the new series received a grade higher than a B+ in TV Line’s algorithm that they use every year.

ABC’s Emergence received a B+, which is the highest grade they gave out this season and a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Emergence was filmed in New Jersey and follows Jo, a police officer, who takes in a young girl found at a plane crash site, discovering that the girl has no memory of what happens or who she is. This series shows the history leading up to what happened, reminding me of the hit show, Lost. This new series is one that I am excited to continue watching.

On the flip side, receiving a C+, CBS’s Sunnyside. Sunnyside only had 1.8 million viewers watching for the pilot episode which is low compared to Emergence’s pilot, receiving 4.1 million viewers to 8 million in the second episode. Sunnyside follows the main character, Garrett Modi, a disreputable councilman who charges people $50 to spend time with him. He becomes involved with a group of immigrants who want him to help them get citizenship. This show seems to have no real plot, which is no surprise that they got such a low rating, 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.

As for returning shows, NBC’s This is Us and The CW’s All American have been great this season. The premiere of This is Us was touching. We were introduced to Kate and Tony’s blind son, Jack, grown-up. He is following in his mom’s and grandmother’s musical footsteps as we see him playing for a huge crowd cheering for him. I am excited to see the rest of the characters’ storylines develop this season.

Last year’s hit, All American, is still looking good. Now, having a big teen fan base, the first episode was highly anticipated. Last season left us with many cliffhangers but they were not answered yet in the first episode. As a fan of teen shows, All American is leaving me on the edge of my seat every episode and I cannot wait to watch the rest of the season.

Another CW teen show, Riverdale, is on my “Do Not Watch” list. It has been going downhill since the end of the first season and this season is not getting any better. The first episode was in memory of late Luke Perry, who passed away this summer. I think Riverdale did a good job with the first episode but the second episode took a turn a turn for the worst. It was very confusing with all the different plots and drama occurring during the same episode.

Grab a pumpkin spice latte, sweatpants, and fuzzy socks and cozy up to watch this season’s new fall dramas and your returning favorites!




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