Fan Poll: Which Fall TV Shows Started the Strongest?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 2:45PM
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 2:45PM
Fan Poll: Which Fall TV Shows Started the Strongest?
The fall TV season is officially underway, with all of the big and buzzy sci-fi and comic book TV shows a few episodes deep (with the exceptions of Supergirl and Jessica Jones, which are both great). But how have they been performing so far? The returning shows have been faring better, with The Flash, The Walking Dead, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. making triumphant returns, while new shows have mostly been flagging, each more underwhelming than the next. 

We have our opinions, but what's yours?

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Which is your favorite fall TV show so far? (Choose up to 3)
Which is your favorite fall TV show so far? (Choose up to 3)
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Here are our thoughts on all of the big fall shows, approximately in order of best to worst:

The Flash




After The Flash's near-universally acclaimed first season, expectations were very high for season two, and it easily could have disappointed. But to everyone's immense relief, it came back just as stellar as ever, retaining everything we loved from the first season, from the lighthearted humor to the occasional emotional gut-punch, with the addition of the classic comics costume and new powers for good measure.

The Walking Dead




We weren't crazy about the borderline pretentious and slightly boring premiere, but The Walking Dead got back in our good graces with a genuinely amazing second episode, one of its most exciting yet. We'll see if it can keep up the momentum, but last week's episode alone proved that The Walking Dead is still a force to be reckoned with.

Star Wars Rebels




Between the return of Clone Wars fan favorite Ahsoka, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Seventh Sister, and of course, Darth Vader, we're loving everything about Star Wars Rebels this season. It's picked up considerably after an uneven first season, and if the highly anticipated fight between Ahsoka and Darth Vader actually happens, it could improve its ranking even more.

The Leftovers




Most polarizing TV shows that almost weren't renewed in their first season would stop taking risks, but The Leftovers is as audacious as ever, returning with an amazing cold open that took place in the Stone Age and making increasingly controversial decisions as the season goes on. Whether the risks pay off is largely dependent on personal preference, but we absolutely love it so far.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.




Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned just as exciting as ever, with plenty of twists and new developments to make us look forward to the rest of the season. With Ward at Hydra and the Inhumans complicating matters at every turn, season three shows no sign of slowing down.

iZombie




Everything in iZombie is firing on all cylinders this season; it flips from hilarious comedy to compelling procedural to blistering satire at the drop of a hat, while still managing to make us care about the characters.

Last Man on Earth




The humor of Last Man on Earth isn't for everyone, but if it's for you, season two is just as hilarious as ever. The second season sees a slight increase in warmth without losing the irreverence that made the show special, while making the characters a little more palatable. A little.

Arrow




The first couple of episodes of Arrow season four haven't been terrible per se, but they haven't blown our minds either, and the show was in desperate need of a comeback after a poorly received season three. Not to mention that Arrow suffers from negative comparisons with its near-perfect spin-off, The Flash.

Doctor Who




Doctor Who series nine has started off strong with critics and many fans, with a wonderful guest starring turn from Maisie Williams, but ratings are still flagging as a result of larger issues. While Capaldi's Doctor is well-received by many, he doesn't connect with a lot of the core audience, and the show has struggled to find a balance between its newfound darkness and trademark silliness.

Limitless




Limitless is probably the strongest new sci-fi show of the season (until Supergirl and Jessica Jones come out), but that's not saying much, as the new offerings this season have been huge disappointments. Limitless is perfectly breezy and entertaining, but nothing particularly special, and mostly worth watching for the always excellent Jennifer Carpenter.

Gotham




Gotham has already delivered several notable WTF moments this season, mostly because it has fully embraced its craziness and all-around nonsensical quality. As a result, it has seen a marked improvement over last season, but again, that's not saying very much, and it doesn't change the fact that it's just not a very good show.

Heroes Reborn




We so, so wanted Heroes Reborn to be good, as we've missed Heroes dearly (the first season, anyway), but it's not. It's not even worth ranting about, it's just sort of boring and low-stakes. We hardly care about any of the new characters, even when they're played by the wonderful Zachary Levi, because the writing is simply lacking. We know this is a novel concept these days, but sometimes, you should just let sleeping dogs lie.

Minority Report




Let's face it: Minority Report is dead in the water. It has a few intriguing elements, but not nearly enough to hold the viewer's attention, and the cheesy dialogue and heavy-handed use of futuristic technology is almost painful to behold. Judging from the terrible ratings and the fact that the season order has been cut to ten episodes, we're not alone in this opinion, and the show will be euthanized any day now.
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