10 + 5 series to watch this autumn

September 18, 2009 at 1:30 pm (TV shows)

The 2009-2010 TV season is officially under way. Many great new shows return, while some others hope to enter the fray in style. Here’s my list of what you should all watch this autumn. 

Top Ten returning series

1. Dexter (season 4). This is a no-brainer for number 1. Hands down best show of last few years, and no signs of slowing down.

2. Fringe (season 2). Despite a few lackluster episodes, season 1 was rock-solid and ended on a superb note that might set up an impressive second season.

3. Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 7). Whether you like or hate Larry David, this season is a must, at least for the highly-anticipated Seinfeld reunion.

4. Family Guy (season 8). The Griffins are back. Need I say more?

5. Dollhouse (season 2). After a very slow start, season 1 picked up when it had to, ending with some memorable episodes. Hopefully Joss Whedon will know how to keep this one going in the right direction.

6. 30 Rock (season 4). Maybe the funniest comedy of the last few years. Bunches of awards, and despite the low ratings, NBC is doing a good job keeping this one on air. It’s well worth it.

7. Southland (season 2). A short first season that had some outstanding episodes and showed lots of promise.

8. The Office (season 6). How can you not like Steve Carrell? Well, you can’t. The Office is a must, every year.

9. Californication (season 3). Hopefully a return to form for the show, after a too unrealistic and sloppy second season.

10. Heroes (season 4). Bottom of the list, and, if I had other shows to recommend, it would have been off the list entirely. Bryan Fuller – again – left the show, so everything is set up for a return to disappointment.

* Some other returning shows, like Lost and 24, will only premiere in January 2010. That’s why they’re not on the list.

Top Five new series

1. FlashForward. The new Lost from ABC? Remains to be seen. The premise is intriguing (people all over the world dealing with the consequences of blacking out and seeing a glimpse of their future), the team behind it is equally impressive.

2. V. Another possible hit for ABC. A remake of an older SF drama. Expectations are high, especially after critics are raving about the pilot.

3.  Community. The trailer looks funny as hell. Could be a great addition to the amazing NBC lineup on Thursday nights.

4. Bored to Death. HBO shows are worth a look even when they don’t seem as impressive as this one. Great cast & great story for what could be an unexpected hit.

5.  The Cleveland Show. Although Cleveland isn’t my favorite character from Family Guy (duh), this new show should be fun. After all, if Seth MacFarlane is behind it, I’m in.

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