Ranking Fox's New Fall Series From Best to Worst, Based On Their Trailer Previews
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Ranking Fox's New Fall Series From Best to Worst, Based On Their Trailer Previews

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 13, 2013 | Comments ()


1. Rake

The adaptation of the quirky Australian legal drama starring Greg Kinnear as a brilliant f*ck up actually looks as good as Blacklist looks on NBC. I'm in. Based on these two alone, network dramas may not be irrelevant much longer.

2. Us and Them

The "Gavin and Stacey" remake, with Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter (and Michael Ian Black), has a Hall & Oates song playing over the trailer, so I cannot remain objective. I'm sorry. It's my kryptonite. Ritter's "panic dancing" pushed me over the edge. I want the entire series run in my eyeball immediately.

3. Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane wakes up in contemporary America! There's a certain Blast to the Past element, plus decapitations, plus something that Dracula over on NBC sorely misses: A sense of humor. It's cheeky. I like.

4. The J.J. Abrams sci-fi cop procedural, set in a future where humans partner with androids, looks promising, in part because of the cool visuals and a great cast that includes Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as a batsh*t robot. There's certainly potential, but the procedural element is a bit of a turn off.

5. Brookyn Nine Nine

It's weird seeing a Michael Schur sitcom that's NOT documentary style, and I wish I liked the preview more. Andre Braugher is fantastic (and it's nice seeing him in a comedic role), but Andy Samberg already feels like a detriment to the series. It's a sitcom, and sitcom pilots are typically mediocre, so I will certainly give it a lot of leeway to get its legs, based simply on the talent involved. But I'm not loving the preview.


6. Enlisted

Should've just called it "Stripes: The Sitcom." It looks like what it is: A military sitcom scheduled for Friday nights. The cast is not without talent and charisma, but I don't see this series making it to January despite some decent gags.

7. Dads

The live-action Seth MacFarlane sitcom, with Giovani Ribisi and Seth Green, contains a laugh track, and unfortunately, nothing to laugh at. I'm out.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • AM

    Re: Us and Them


    Go watch Gavin and Stacey, then tell me we needed a watered-down Yankee knockoff. All I can say is ROB BRYDON.

    And that's all I'm gonna say.

  • Renton

    But no James Corden!
    There is always a bright side.

  • ironjohn

    so now he's dated both Gilmore Girls. Who's next, Ritter? Stay away from Sookie!

  • Captain D

    Please keep in mind if any of those FOX shows are even decent they will do everything they can to interrupt their programming during the baseball playoffs and World Series such that the highest percentage of viewers will tune out and never return to the shows in November.

  • seecopperpot

    OK, Jason Ritter is dating Lorelei on Parenthood and Rory in this new show. He's a flexible dude.

  • Captain D

    I'm fairly certain this development can only have occurred in a post-50 Shades world where alternate fan fiction has been given an air of legitimacy.

  • AudioSuede

    You and your not liking Andy Samberg. That Brooklyn Nine Nine trailer looks funnier than a concept that banal should. Though that's partly because it's a crazy-good cast. Joe Lo Truglio? Terry Crews? Terrific.

  • St

    Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human are the only one I will watch

  • Pentadactyl

    My general disdain of American remakes is in conflict with my love for Greg Kinnear. Clearly the solution is to watch both shows.

  • Us and Them looks seriously cute. It could have some serious potential and I love Alexis Bledel.

    And I can't lie...I will be watching Enlisted.

  • Noo

    Seriously, just get your hands on the Australian version of Rake, as Richard Roxborough is outstanding and the stuff we can get away with on our public channel will not fly on fox. A cannibal played by Hugo Weaving? Check. Bestiality episode starring Sam Neill? Check. A State Premier who is fond of shagging in the back of limos not with her husband and played by Toni Collette? Check.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ok, so I liked the preview for Rake. But I didn't know who was in the Australian version. Richard Roxborough makes for some good times.

  • Noo

    It's like a who's who of Australian and New Zealand acting talent each week. Get your hands on it, you won't be disappointed. At least Roxburgh and Peter Duncan are on board with this US version.

  • BlackRabbit

    I don't speak Australian! Are there subtitles?

  • Noo

    If you take the time to learn English, you might be okay and not need the subtitles.

  • hippyherb

    It really is that good.

  • Why can't anyone make a show worthy of Andre Braugher? WHY?

  • Slim

    I loved him in Men of a Certain Age. Lots of truthiness in that little show.

  • It was okay, but he needs to be showcased.

  • Three_nineteen

    Did you watch Thief? If not, you should check it out. And I know that the show isn't popular around here and it did take a huge nosedive in quality at the end, but at the beginning of Season 6 of House Braugher plays House's psychiatrist for a few episodes. Their scenes together are amazing.

  • DataAngel

    They did. It was called "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and then NBC murdered it.

  • Exactly. How many years has it been since Pembleton graced our screens?

  • DataAngel

    Too many. WAAAAY too many.

    Bayliss: You never say please. You never say thank you.
    Pembleton: Please don't be an idiot. Thank you.

  • specialj67

    I had my eye roll all ready to go for Sleepy Hollow, but it had enough batshit stuff in the trailer, including the "GEORGE WASHINGTON'S DIARY!" line that I think I'll give it a shot. I am a sucker for the time-displaced fish-out-of-water stories!

    Almost Human: interesting universe and actors but maybe too procedural?

    Rake: IDK, but I am open to it. It'll be in Glee's time slot, so I'm already primed to watch FOX at that time anyways, why not with this one?

    Brooklyn 99, I'll give a shot because of the talent involved, but that trailer was Not Good.

    I want to be hopeful about Us and Them because I was such a fan of Gavin & Stacey, but the comparisons are inevitable, duh. I can't look at Michael Ian Black in this and NOT think of original flavor Uncle Bryn.

    Other 2 comedies: no, and hell no.

  • Atoz15


  • Uriah_Creep

    Oh, the lawyer's quirky.

    I *hate* quirky. (Apologies to Lou Grant.)

  • I was prepared to dismiss all of these but then KARL URBAN. ON MY TV. EVERY WEEK?!


  • Arran

    He used to be on my TV every night as a cast member of top New Zealand primetime soap Shortland Street. Ah, those were the days.

  • e jerry powell

    Was #7 more than a formality, really?

  • the chaplain


  • Sara_Tonin00

    fun fact: she is the sister of the creator of Buzzfeed.

  • John W

    Alexis Bledel. Nuff said.

  • Pookie

    Of course Andre Braugher gets a shot, with a goddamn comedy no less, because hey, every time I think of Andre Braugher I shit my pants with laughter. Seth Green must have photos of some studio boss giving some guy head in a parking lot because how this fucker keeps finding work is beyond me. I have so much contempt for pajiba, at times I loathe coming here.

  • The dialogue in that was fucking atrocious. "The only puzzle he hasn't solved, is how to grow up." Fucking gag me.

  • Rochelle

    Sleepy Hollow looks pretty awesome, I want to like Us and Them, but it looks like Alexis Bledel is still kissing like Rory Gilmore.

  • Three_nineteen

    But Michael Ian Black as her uncle? That's...genius. Shit. I'm going to have to watch it. Bledel's role was the weak link in the original series, so I guess history will repeat itself.

  • Christina

    I'm having a difficult time getting over the fact he was just kissing Rory's mom, Lorelai, over on Parenthood.

  • raaz

    Oh yeaa

  • Rochelle

    Ooooo....How did I forget that?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Does Rider Strong know Jason Ritter stole his face?

  • Seriously, I spent a whole minute going back and forth wondering if that was him!

  • Kstar

    I was excited at the prospect of a military comedy, but I couldn't make it half-way through the trailer for Enlisted without getting the dry heaves. You don't salute sergeants, and when you DO salute, you're not standing at parade rest. There would not be vehicles that close to a live fire range. I counted two people with proper haircuts, and the main character wasn't one of them. I'm not asking for full accuracy, but that was the equivalent of a cop show where they walk around with Nerf guns in their holsters.

  • Boston Red

    What kills any military show is the lack of a willingness of anyone to get a real military haircut (and wear their uniform properly). If the military on TV were like real life, you'd never be able to tell the characters apart.

  • Arran

    Brooklyn Nine Nine can't not be good. It simply can't. I will not allow it.

    EDIT: Indeed, I think I was more impressed by the trailer than Dustin. It wasn't crazy great, but I can see the potential all over it.

  • No, Piz. NO.

  • Gabs

    Deeply conflicted on Almost Human. On the one hand, I've learned my lesson re: Abrams shows, after Alias and Lost. On the other, Karl Urban!

  • Noo

    It's more a JH Wyman show. JJ is just a producer, not the creator. Fringe lasted 5 seasons on Fox.

  • I'll never trust him again.

  • DataAngel

    I was totally prepared to hate Sleepy Hollow, but I think I'm going to like it. It's like Grimm and Supernatural got together with Torchwood and put together a monster.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Needs more Clancy Brown, though.

  • Batesian

    Yup, pleasantly surprised. And having the headless horseman be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a nice angle.

    (Though it's the Book of Revelation -- no "s" at the end! /grammar nerd)

  • foolsage

    It... actually looks pretty damned intriguing. I'll definitely watch the pilot.

    I, too, didn't expect to be interested.

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