By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
The Crazy Ones airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBS
This fall TV season was quite interesting. We had blockbuster-esque shows that impressed, comedies actually be fantastic right out of the gate and then, of course, shows that shouldn’t have even been greenlit in the first place.
With the year coming to a close, it’s time to discuss which shows you should add to your list because some of the new fall shows were quite good. Here are my top three fall favorites:
1. The Crazy Ones on CBS
This is definitely my favorite new show. Robin Williams’s usual style of humor mixed with an excellent ensemble cast has created a sharp and hilarious new comedy. Williams is advertising “crazy genius” Simon Roberts who works with his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and his eccentric team to land accounts and deal with other zany issues along the way. I realize that as I try to describe the show, it doesn’t sound too appealing but trust me when I say that there has not been one episode in which I’m not laughing the entire way. From enticing Kelly Clarkson in the pilot to being a drugged-up softball hero, the storylines are always fantastic. The best part is that the entire main cast is incredibly strong. James Wolk is charming as ever as rising perfect guy Zach who is hilarious as a younger bro to Williams. Hamish Linklater is spectacular as the overlooked Andrew whose quick one-liners are fantastic. Surprisingly, I am also in love with Amanda Setton as assistant Lauren. At first, she seemed like the typical dumb secretary type but she has proven she can hold her own next to comic vets. Gellar is also wonderful as neurotic Sydney as she brings so much more to the character than just the controlling aspect that’s typical when paired with eccentric characters like Simon. Everything is just wonderful and you should watch this show because describing the comedy isn’t as great as experiencing it.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a close second as my favorite new show of the season. It’s a workplace cop comedy that could have been bogged down by Andy Samberg’s comedy – which, like most SNL comedy, can go either way — however it has persisted each week with hilarious storylines and even better performances. Well-known comedians, like Samberg, can get cocky and their attempts to be eccentric and outlandish can come off as idiotic, but Samberg’s Jake Peralta is Samberg-esque but incredibly hilarious without fail. Chelsea Peretti steals every scene as worst office assistant Gina. My other favorite is Andre Braugher as Captain Holt. Never before have I seen someone deliver dry comedy with such perfection. He’s definitely the show’s secret weapon. As I mentioned when I first posted about the show, I really appreciate how the comedy doesn’t revolve around the fact that everyone is terrible at his or her job. Sure they’re crazy sometimes and may screw up, but they ultimately solve cases and aren’t half bad comedic fictional cops. Incompetence may be funny in some aspects but not as a focus for an entire series. This was definitely the surprise hit of the fall in my book.
3. Sleepy Hollow on Fox
This was the only drama I was really looking forward to this season, and it has exceeded expectations. The show follows the resurgence of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) just in time for the reawakening of the Headless Horsemen. Yes, it’s another show focusing on reimagining an old tale, however this show does it in such a fresh new way that you wouldn’t even imagine putting it on the same page as Once Upon a Time. There is the tale of the Headless Horsemen in Sleepy Hollow but the show adds a layer of deep mythology about the Founding Fathers, witches and demons that, while it may seem a bit much at times, is incredibly fascinating, edge-of-your-seat worthy and addicting. I cannot wait for the mysteries to continue to unravel because it has been one insane ride so far. Not to mention Mison’s chemistry with Nicole Beharie is splendid and often calls for some great comedy for the out-of-his-times Crane. Get hooked.
Mom on CBS. Anna Faris and Allison Janney are so extremely spectacular in their roles and are incredibly hilarious. The other supporting characters have a lot to do to catch up to their genius but I will definitely keep watching to see more of Janney and Faris.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. It was one of the most anticipated pilots of the season, and I think it delivered. I have not kept up with this show as much as I’d like but what I saw has made me want to return for more. Following the return — and secrecy — of Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg), we see S.H.I.E.L.D. in full action and not just as a backstory behind the superheroes. They were able to take the big screen blockbuster storylines and minimalize them to the small screen and they did it well.