"You Can't Watch Everything": A Pragmatic Guide to Peak Tv

We've previewed all the new fall shows and handily ranked them on a scale from 1 (lowest priority) to 5 (highest). For the sake of saving you some time, we'll only run through the shows we think will be worthy here (a.k.a. ranking 3 or higher), but you can read the full list at http://avc.lu/1J93sLv
  1. Quantico (ABC - Sundays, debuts Sep 27 @ 10)
    Priority Level: 3. The pilot is implausible, fun, and implausibly fun. And there are nothing but good things to say about Priyanka Chopra, who is virtually unknown Stateside, but not for long.
  2. Flesh And Bone (Starz - Sundays, debuts Nov 8)
    Priority level: 5. The minds working behind the scenes just have too good of a track record to let Flesh And Bone go too far off the rails.
  3. Blindspot (NBC - Mondays, debuts Sep 21 @ 10)
    Priority level: 4. Jamie Alexander’s performance makes Blindspot one of NBC’s strongest new shows, and she’s backed by an impressive cast including Rob Brown and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Plus it’ll give you a ton of new ideas for tattoos.
  4. Life In Pieces (CBS - Mondays, debuts Sep 21 @ 8:30)
    Priority level: 4. Somebody has to support outside-the-box sitcom thinking, because you can’t count on CBS to do it.
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW - Mondays, debuts Oct 12 @ 8)
    Priority level: 3. The effervescent Rachel Bloom makes Crazy worth at least a one or two-episode trial run, but considering how Jane The Virgin (and for that matter, iZombie) snuck up on everyone, don’t be surprised if people start asking if you’re watching it.
  6. Supergirl (CBS - Mondays, debuts Oct 26 @ 8:30)
    Priority level: 5. When the comic-book bubble bursts, it won’t be Supergirl’s fault. It’s enough of a brand extension (the rich supporting cast, the sense of humor Snyder has seemingly removed from his heroes) and enough of its own thing (namely: a show about a female hero) to be DC-on-TV’s biggest hit to date
  7. The Bastard Executioner (FX - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 15 @ 10)
    Priority level: 4. Kurt Sutter’s writing can occasionally be a blunt instrument, but he’s a savvy storyteller who seems genuinely jazzed by the historically based subject matter. Plus Sutter is irascible and has access to swords now, so you probably don’t want him mad at you.
  8. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (NBC - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 15 @ 10)
    Priority level: 3. There's no reason to think that Harris has suddenly lost his ability to be witty and entertaining. There may, however, be some reason to be concerned about this project’s live element. Network executives tend to pitch live TV as having the potential for “anything can happen” outrageousness, but more often the shows turn out either overworked or plagued by awkward technical snafus. Still, it's hard not to be curious about how it's going to turn out."
  9. The Muppets (ABC - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 22 @ 8)
    Priority level: 5. The “adult Muppet Show” thing is all smoke and mirrors: The first 10 minutes of The Muppets is funny in ways The Muppets have always been funny—even when they couldn’t come out and acknowledge that Dr. Teeth And The Electric Mayhem are perpetually stoned.
  10. Limitless (CBS - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 22 @ 10)
    Priority level: 3. Surprisingly, the pilot delivers a fleet, inspired take on the material, with some clever riffs on the “quick-thinking problem-solver” imagery tackled by stuff like Sherlock. If you’re on the market for an intelligent procedural, this fits the bill nicely
  11. Grandfathered (Fox - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 29 @ 8)
    Priority level: 4. Done right, Grandfathered could be an edged-up comedy about the neo-families that don’t look like they would live behind white picket fences.
  12. The Grinder (Fox - Tuesdays, debuts Sep 29 @ 8:30)
    Priority level: 4. It contains traces of a potentially winning family sitcom, legal comedy, and showbiz spoof, all of which the pilot skillfully balances. Grinder rests.
  13. Chicago Med (NBC - Tuesdays, debuts Nov 17 @ 9)
    Priority level: 3 (bumped up to a 4 if you’re a fan of NBC’s Chicago franchise). Chicago Memorial’s introduction on Chicago Fire wasn’t fantastic, but a decent cast—including Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Colin Donnell—and the track record of the Chicago franchise make this one at least a solid bet.
  14. The Last Kingdom (BBC America - Thursdays, debuts Oct 10 @ 10)
    Priority level: 4. Both Vikings and Game Of Thrones fans looking for something to hold them over should find plenty of familiar sword-and-intrigue entertainment here—and some wholly unique to this impressive entry in the expanding genre.
  15. Angel From Hell (CBS - Thursdays, debuts Nov 5 @ 9:30)
    Priority level: 3. Formulas exist for a reason. With quality ingredients and intelligent execution, they deliver good results. Even in the pilot, Angel From Hell hits its beats with verve and confidence. The show might not divert too far from expectations, but with a cast like this, just meeting expectations can be plenty.
  16. Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Starz - Saturdays, debuts Oct 31 @ 9)
    Priority level: 5. Before it reaches saturation point, TV horror could stand to be a little more, how do you say, “groovy”?
  17. Con Man (Vimeo, debuts Sep 30)
    Priority level: 5. WASH AND MAL TOGETHER AGAIN!
  18. Casual (Hulu, debuts Oct 7)
    Priority level: 4. Casual is sweet, smart, and charming, and with dramas eating the airwaves, Hulu deserves some support for its efforts to produce more sitcoms.
  19. Red Oaks (Amazon Instant, debuts Oct 9)
    Priority level: 4. The Red Oaks pilot is phenomenal, but Red Oaks membership dues (and the first-world problems that accompany them) might prove too high an entry free for some.
  20. Master Of None (Netflix, debuts Nov 6)
    Priority level: 4. Like Dev's (Aziz Ansari) journey through the film-and-TV worlds of New York, Master Of None will reward patience. Good thing Netflix has eliminated the wait between episodes.
  21. The Art of More (Crackle, debuts Nov 19)
    Priority level: 4. The Art Of More offers an impressive pilot, deftly setting up a warehouse-full of drama and intrigue in a mere 40-some minutes, while introducing viewers to a complex, high-end world they’re likely not familiar with. If you see The Art Of More’s first episode, you’ll probably be compelled to hang around to see what happens next. Possibly in a fun weekend binge watch with some Prosecco and brie, resulting in a determined resolve to finally get some of your artwork framed.
  22. The Man In The High Castle (Amazon Instant, debuts Nov 20)
    Priority level: 3. If we view Phillip K. Dick’s novel as a jumping-off point rather than a sacred text, High Castle’s pilot is a promising start featuring some genuinely impressive world-building. Without more engaging characters, however, the novelty won’t be enough to sustain it.
  23. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix, Nov 20)
    Priority level: 4. It’s always worth checking out a new Marvel title. Unfortunately, it’s still a ways off, so there’s not much for us to go on besides blind trust in a brand that has managed to deliver the small-screen goods thus far, and the not-inconsiderable charms of star Krysten Ritter.