Primetime Preview: Supernatural, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | October 8, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to Primetime Preview, RT’s compendium of the primetime shows that are worth your time. This evening’s slate includes one premiere (Supernatural), new episodes of a couple intriguing new shows (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Trophy Wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and a bunch of returning favorites (NCIS, New Girl, Sons of Anarchy). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

Supernatural: Season 9

Those demon-hunting Winchester brothers are back! On the season nine premiere of Supernatural, Dean (Jensen Ackles) sends out an s.o.s. to any available angels when Sam (Jared Padalecki) is afflicted. However, some of the angels are who respond have less than heavenly intentions.

New Episodes Tonight:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1

Led by the surprisingly effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format, according to the critics. On tonight’s episode, Jake (Samberg) gets crushed out on a medical examiner.

Chicago Fire S2 – NBC

In this drama’s second season, it appears that budget cuts may pose as much a threat to the men and women of Firehouse 51 as a three-alarm fire. Tonight, Severide (Taylor Kinney) searches for evidence of the arsonist’s identity.

Dads: Season 1

Critics call Dads a near-total disaster, saying that it makes the fatal mistake of believing its racist gags can lend an edge to its aggressively predictable writing and unlikable characters. Tonight, Eli (Seth Green) starts dating an attractive but somewhat irritating comedian.

The Goldbergs – ABC

The pundits say The Goldbergs is at times too reliant on gimmicky references to 1980s pop culture, but it’s also sweet, sincere, and occasionally very funny. Tonight, Barry (Troy Gentile) gets a job at his father’s hardware store.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC

Critics say Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sure to please comic book fans, but the strong ensemble and brisk pacing help to make this better-than-average superhero show accessible to non-fanboys as well. On tonight’s episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. must rescue a brilliant scientist who’s been kidnapped.

The Mindy Project: Season 2

The second season of The Mindy Project is getting strong notices for Kaling’s strong, eccentric writing. Tonight, Mindy tests the boundaries of her friendship with Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and finds herself in a jam.

New Girl: Season 3

The critics remain pleased with New Girl, now in its third season. In tonight’s episode, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries everything he can think of to drive a wedge between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake M. Johnson).


One of CBS’ most reliable hits, NCIS is back for an 11th season. In tonight’s episode, the NCIS squad utilizes social media in order to track down a missing Navy officer.


The NCIS formula has proven to be so successful that its spinoff is on its fifth season. This time out, Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J investigate the death of a biotech CEO, who was working on a top-secret project.

The Originals: Season 1

The critics say The Originals may overwhelm casual viewers with its myriad twists and bevy of supernatural beings, but this is a sleek, atmospheric Vampire Diaries spinoff with potential. Tonight, Rebekah (Claire Holt) suspects Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is up to no good.

Person of Interest S3 – CBS

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson star in this police procedural — now in its fifth season — about a pair of lawmen who take preventative measures to stopping crime. Tonight, the team must keep tabs on a mysterious playboy who is either a killer or the target of one.

Sons of Anarchy – FX

Critics say Sons of Anarchy continues to deliver an energetic blend of bracing action sequences, pitch black humor, and heartless violence. Tonight, the gang members begin to question the decisions Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has been making.

Trophy Wife – ABC

Critics say that charm, likeable characters, good chemistry, and an efficient pace help to make Trophy Wife a sly, insightful sitcom. Tonight, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) uses Facebook to catch her daughter in a lie.