By the end of September, television will be in its full swing of the Fall season. This means that your favorite TV shows will be back, as well as some new ones. I’ve put together a little list detailing some of my favorite shows along with some new, promising ones.
How I Met Your Mother – During a time when sitcoms like 30 Rock and The Office have overpowered the genre, HIMYM comes through like a diamond in the rough. Last season, we saw Ted go through an exhausting courtship with Stella (Sarah Chalke), ending in Stella leaving Ted at the alter. Meanwhile, Barney falls in love with Robin and finally decides to tell her, until Robin confesses her love for him first! The cast is so lovable that I just can’t stay away, even though I’m still no closer to discovering who the “Mother” is. Starts September 21 on CBS.
House – When we left off, the crazy-smart doc realized he was just plain crazy. After an emotional season involving ghostly apparitions and doctor suicide, House finally loses it. House thinks Dr. Cuddy helped him detox, leading to a night of passion. It turns out that House is completely delusional and nothing like that happened. The episode ends with Dr. Wilson taking House to a mental institution, while Cameron and Chase celebrate their wedding. Starts September 21 on FOX.
Grey’s Anatomy – The show that has everybody talking is back for its sixth season. The cliffhanger season finale saw both George and Izzie knocking on Death’s door (or in Izzie’s case, riding in Death’s elevator). Before all that drama, Meredith and Derek finally get hitched, kind of. A Post-it serves as their marriage license, leaving the couple happy…for now. As the episode comes to a close, the camera cuts away from the frantic doctors as they try to save their two friends, and finds Izzie beautifully dressed and riding in a hospital elevator. As the elevator doors open, Izzie looks out to see George dressed in an Army uniform. In case you haven’t heard, I won’t spill the beans about who makes it out alive. You’ll definitely find out in the first episode airing September 24 on ABC.
The Big Bang Theory – My favorite new sitcom left off last season as Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the nerd herd headed off to Antarctica on a scientific mission. When Penny hears the news, she presents Leonard with hand-knitted winter wear. Leonard wonders why she did this and decides to ask her. After a moment, Penny simply says that she will miss him. The romantic tension between Leonard and Penny gets no release as the episode ends with the guys bickering in the freezing cold of Antarctica. Starts September 21 on CBS.
Glee – If you caught the preview pilot of this new musical/comedy in May, chances are you could barely wait for the rest of the season. Airing now on FOX’s Wednesday nights, Glee follows, Will Schuester, a high school Spanish teacher, as he leads the ragtag group that is the Glee Club. Will has to deal with a ton of obstacles, including an absurd cheerleading coach bent on bringing him down, along with Emma, the germaphobic guidance counselor with a sweet spot for Will. He also faces trouble at home with his needy, spoiled wife, who is hiding something from her husband. The students in the Glee Club have their own high school problems like unrequited love, getting good grades, and being thrown in dumpsters. Glee mixes John Hughes-ish teenage story lines with broadway musicals and throws in a dash of dark humor to create television everyone will enjoy.
Cougar Town – Starting September 23 on ABC, Courtney Cox tries to balance her career and family while trying to have a social life in her 40s. With embarrassing moments and inappropriate comments galore, Cougar Town looks like an episode of The Real Housewives on steroids. What seems to bring the sitcom down to earth is Cox’s endearing awkwardness as she navigates her way through the new millennium’s dating scene.
Eastwick – Based on the novel and 1987 film, Eastwick follows three woman as they discover their supernatural powers. The television adaptation hopes to bank on the success of Desperate Housewives, throwing in some witchy hocus pocus. Rebecca Romijn stirs up magic as Roxanne, one of the women enchanted by a mysterious newcomer. Starting September 23 on ABC.
Community – Starring Joel McHale (host of The Soup), Community is about a lawyer who attends community college after his undergraduate degree is suspended. Jeff (McHale) joins a study group made up of random students including Chevy Chase who plays an older, non-traditional student. With McHale’s quirky sense of humor and a supporting cast that thrives off of oddball behavior, Community is guaranteed to entertain. Starting September 17 on NBC.