The Best Of Fall 2011 TV So Far

Posted in Here Comes the Fall, TV
By Michael Ramey on 20 Nov 2011

Out of all the new shows to premiere this fall, very few have survived longer then Kim Kardashian’s marriage, and even fewer are worth investing time into. I watched all of them so you don’t have too, even The Playboy Club, which is one hour of my life I will never get back. Here are the top three actually worth giving a shot in amongst a sea of disappointment on TV this year.

New Girl (above)

Being a fan of Zooey Deschanel going into New Girl, I was hoping it would be funny. The show ended up being hilarious and is not one of the few shows I watch on a weekly basis. Even though they replaced the very funny Damon Wayans Jr. Lamorne Morris brings his own spin to the character. The show about Jess (Deschanel) who after breaking up with her boyfriend becomes roommates with three guys she met on the internet (in reality not a good thing to do). The guys one just having broke up with his girlfriend as well, the other just moving back in, and the last that acts douchey at times, but is very funny invite Jess to move in after finding out her best friend is a model. Eventually they all do become good friends with her, but considering her quirkiness and strange sense of humour it takes some patience. The writing and cast are both a perfect fit. This show is by far my favourite new show of 2011. New Girl airs Tuesdays at 9PM EST on FOX.

Franklin & Bash

Now I know this show was not part of the new fall line up, but it did just finish up its first season so it counts. The show follows two lawyer partners Franklin & Bash (hence the title of the show) played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar of Saved By The Bell fame and Breckin Meyer. The show is mostly a comedy but does get serious at times considering what they do. Franklin & Bash aren’t regular lawyers though; they take a unique approach to their cases as well as get away with antics during their trials. Thing such as getting a woman to strip in court to prove that anyone can be distracted or getting drunk in to prove alcohol doesn’t go into your system fast. Their boss played by Malcolm McDowell let’s them get away with their antics because they always get the job done. They receive help from a female ex con and a computer genius who has a fear of just about everything and can’t leave the house. Did I mention they all live in the same house together. The first season just ended but I recommend going back and checking out the season it was only 10 episodes. The writing is phenomenal and it just got picked up for a second season, so you don’t have to worry about it not getting picked up. I’m not sure about dates or times yet but the show is on TNT.


Whitney airs Thursdays at 9:30PM EST on NBC, written by and starring Whitney Cummings. To be honest going into this show I wasn’t expecting it to be any good, even though I thought she was funny when she open up for Dane Cook on his stand-up tour. The show surprised me and now I watch it when it’s on or catch it on a rerun. One reason it is funny, is due to the cast of comedians. Whitney’s boyfriend Alex played by Chris D’Elia live together in an apartment. She is very high strung, and he is very laid back and relaxed, and of course comedy ensues.

I really hoped to add a few more shows but if I did I would be lying because these are the only new shows I continue to watch. I hope you will check out at least one of these shows and judge for yourself.

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