Each fall, networks treat television viewers to a barrage of new shows. Well, some shows are treats. Here is a list of my top five new shows.
5. The Michael J. Fox Show
This show made my list based more on my fondness of Michael J. Fox than the show itself. Fox is great, as usual, and the sitcom based on his life is improving after a lackluster first episode. The episode featuring his real life wife, Tracy Pollan, was hilarious.
4. Marvel’s Agents of Shield
I’m not a huge Marvel Comic fan. I didn’t see “Avengers” until it was out on DVD, but I like “Marvel’s Agents of Shield.” Clark Gregg of, the “New Adventures of Old Christine,” is great as Agent Coulson. The action is entertaining and Samuel Jackson’s surprise appearance at the end of one episode was awesome. I expect to see more unexpected visits during the season, and that’s what makes this show exciting.
3. Sleepy Hollow
I still miss “The X-Files” after all these years. So I’m grateful for “Sleepy Hollow,” a show that can fill some of the void. Ichabod Crane alive in modern times working with the police to stop the Headless Horseman and other creepy forces is must see TV.
2. The Goldbergs
I loved the 1980s and I love “The Goldbergs.” Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Wendi Anne McLendon-Covey from “Bridesmaids,” make a great team. The writing is funny and it’s great to see the ’80s brought back to life. This is a family I want to hang out with.
1. The Blacklist
As a “Silence of the Lambs” and Hannibal Lecter fan, this show had me from the beginning. James Spader is excellent in the Lecter like role and Megan Boone plays a rookie FBI agent, a la Agent Clarice Starling. While there are similarities between the show and movie, “The Blacklist” contains plenty of originality.
Those are my current top five, although I concede there are several new shows I haven’t seen like:
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Also, I must mention “Dracula,” which premiers on October 25. The previews look amazing and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is always brilliant. He looks perfectly cast as Dracula. I suspect this show will make its way into my list of favorites.