The Best New TV Shows of Fall 2015 (And Where to Catch Up Right Now)

by | October 21, 2015 | Comments

Over 30 new shows debuted since the start of the fall TV season last month, but not all of them are Fresh — in fact, the majority of them did not fare so well with critics. And then there was Dr. Ken

Now that we’re a month into the madness, we’ve compiled a list of the best-reviewed new TV shows of the fall, including where you can see every episode right now to get on track!

Red Oaks: Season 1 (2014) 79%

What It’s About: It’s the 1980s in New Jersey and a middle-class college kid (Craig Roberts) works as an assistant tennis pro at a fancy country club owned by a rich jerk (Paul Reiser).

What Critics Think: Red Oaks offers an affectionate nod to 1980s sex comedies that — largely thanks to a talented ensemble cast — finds fresh humor in its familiar premise.

Airs: The entire first season is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: 10 episodes.

Where to Catch Up: Amazon Prime.


Quantico: Season 1 (2015) 80%

What It’s About: Priyanka Chopra is Alex Parrish, a recruit rigorously trained at the Quantico FBI base, who finds herself the top suspect in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

What Critics Think: Obvious copycatting aside, Quantico provides ludicrously entertaining thrills from a well-balanced cast.

Airs: Sundays on ABC at 10 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Four

Where to Catch Up: (with cable subscription), AmazonHulu, iTunes, PlayStationVudu, and Xfinity (with cable subscription).


Indian Summers: Season 1 (2015) 79%

What It’s About: This miniseries from Masterpiece captures the twilight era of the British Empire and the friction between the English ruling class and their Indian subjects.

What Critics Think: Indian Summers gathers intrigue slowly but effectively, building into an addictive political thriller with exotic overtones.

Airs: Sundays on PBS at 9 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Four episodes.

Where to Catch Up: Amazon and Vudu.


The Grinder: Season 1 (2015) 93%

What It’s About: Rob Lowe plays a famous (fake) TV lawyer, who — after his show gets cancelled — moves home to work for the (real) family law practice with his brother, played by Fred Savage.

What Critics Think: The Grinder‘s humor is buoyed by Lowe and Savage’s chemistry as a hilarious new odd couple.

Airs: Tuesdays on Fox at 8:30 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Four

Where to Catch Up:, Google PlayHuluiTunes, PlayStation VideoVudu, Xbox Video, and Xfinity (with cable subscription)


Casual: Season 1 (2015) 92%

What It’s About: Casual is a new Jason Reitman comedy about a bachelor (Tommy Dewey) whose sister (Michaela Watkins) moves in with him after divorcing her husband — and brings her teenage daughter (Tara Lynne Barr) along with her.

What Critics Think: Reitman’s Casual is a funny — albeit very specific — look at modern dating, sharpened by edgy dialogue and self-assured performances.

Airs: Wednesdays at 12:01 a.m. on Hulu

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Three episodes.

Where to Catch Up: Hulu


The Last Kingdom: Season 1 (2015) 87%

What It’s About: Based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom is set in the 9th century where Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of northern Europe face attacks by Viking forces.

What Critics Think: The Last Kingdom fuses beautiful cinematography and magnificent action sequences to create highly gratifying historical drama.

Airs: Saturdays on BBC America at 10 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Two episodes.

Where to Catch Up: Amazon, Google Play, iTunesPlayStation VideoVudu, and Xbox Video.


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1 (2015) 97%

What It’s About: Rachel Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a musical comedy about a young woman who moves across the country to be near her high school boyfriend from camp.

What Critics Think: Lively musical numbers and a refreshing, energetic lead make Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a charming, eccentric commentary on human relationships.

Airs: Mondays on The CW at 8 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: Two

Where to Catch Up: Amazon, CWTV.comGoogle Play, Hulu, Vudu, and Xbox Video.


Supergirl: Season 1 (2015) 92%

What It’s About: Melissa Benoist is Kara Danvers, who, after 12 years of keeping her superpowers a secret, decides to finally embrace her true identity: Supergirl.

What Critics Think: Benoist shines as Superman’s plucky little cousin in Supergirl, a family-friendly comic-book adaptation that ditches cynicism for heart.

Airs: Mondays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

Number of Episodes You’ve Missed: None

Where to Catch Up: Premieres Monday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m. and then moves to its regular time (8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Monday, November 2 on CBS.

  • Jarvis

    The new Supergirl’s name is Kara Danvers?! Well, that’s not a rip-off of Marvel’s Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel) at all, is it? DC really needs to get its act together and stop mimicking everything Marvel does.

    • SenorStubbyPants

      Supergirl debuted in 1959 and Kara Lee Danver was her earth alias.

      • Ragtime78rpm

        Almost. Her Kryptonian name was Kara. On Earth her alias was Linda Lee Danvers. (Remember the famous “LL” initials so central to Superman’s world?)

        • Bryan Wood

          Thanks for the facts. Also it’s not like Marvel’s was the first Captain Marvel. I still don’t feel right referring to Captain Marvel as Shazam now. Poor Billy Batson has to deal with an identity crisis.

          • Jarvis

            Who cares about DC’s Captain Marvel? That character had fallen off the face of the Earth when Marvel trademarked the Captain Marvel name. Of course Marvel Comics would want to have a character named Captain Marvel. DC didn’t decide they wanted to bring their Captain Marvel back til after they saw Marvel doing cool stuff with the name.

    • Richter Belmont

      Maybe you should do some research before making yourself look like an ass. Whoops, you’re a Marvel fanboy … too late.

      • Jarvis

        And you don’t look like an ass at all by saying people look like asses just by being fans of Marvel. Swallow those sour grapes. Or choke on ’em, doesn’t really matter to me. But you don’t make yourself look better than anyone by venting your jealous DC fanboy rage so transparently.

        • Richter Belmont

          You fanboys are so easy to goad. Buddy, I’ve been collecting comics since 1976 and in all those years Marvel fans used to be some of the best until the 2000s. and the success of Marvel’s films. Then all these young rage-filled douchebags, like yourself, started coming out of the woodwork to besmirch what it meant to be a fan of the Marvel brand.

          I am labelling you as a Marvel ‘fanboy’, a person prejudiced against other comic properties that are not labelled with Marvel’s logo. A true Marvel ‘fan’ is a comics fan first who loves or at least begrudgingly respects all comic properties, and does not feel the incessant need to belittle what other people like, or do not like because that is the last thing the comic industry needs. I doubt you were even privy to Marvel’s characters until the films started showing up in the theatres. Furthermore, by being presumptuous in assuming that I’m a DC fanboy makes you look even more like an ass. I’m a Marvel fan! And you sir, sadly, are not. We don’t need your type of hate fandom ruining our image.


          • Jarvis

            So you admit you spend your time trying to goad people online, then have the nerve to turn around and say THEY’RE the ones full of rage? Look, you clearly have issues with people who are young, and/or who you perceive to be young, you resent your lost, wasted youth, yadda, yadda, yadda. I get it. But I’m not enraged, I just don’t care about preachy, nonsensical folks like you one way or another. First you call me a Marvel fanboy and then you say I’m not a fan of Marvel at all, cos you apparently get to decide what other people like. Get over yourself. YOU’RE the one hurling insults and practically frothing at the mouth.

            Oh, and btw: of course Marvel fans are going to think you’re a typical DC fanboy when you immediately resort to the inane, hypocritical, trollish posturing that DC fanboys typically trot out.

            And it’s not “prejudice” to like Marvel better than DC. You’re being a melodramatic child.

          • SailorAstarte

            You tear into “Supergirl” by claiming DC ripped off Marvel when DC had “Kara” and “Danvers” long before Carole came along. In fact, in an “Imaginary Story” Kara landed on earth first, became Superwoman and had the secret identity first name of Carole!

            Your beef is that a comic company is allegedly copying another, but you excuse a comic book company when they ripped off the name of a hero older than theirs. It doesn’t matter if Billy Batson wasn’t around then, Marvel still copied the name, and at one point in their character’s history, young Rick Jones would cause a lightning like transformation to occur and change places with the Captain. This may have been an homage to the original Captain Marvel but it still meant that Marvel didn’t come up with it first. During the Bronze Age, Marvel’s Captain Marvel and DC’s Starman’s looks were homages to Captain Atom created at Charlton Comics.

            In addition, while not a direct analogue of Supergirl, it can be argued that Ms. Marvel is an analogue of Supergirl. Both family names are Danvers, both are blonde female “versions” of an alien hero (whose names are Mar-Vell and Kal-El) who have high levels of power, strength, invulnerability and wear costumes with primary colours and a symbol on their chest, and both have worked in the Media, and both were drawn iconically by Jim Mooney. Mooney even drew Carole coming out of a rocket meeting Supergirl, in homageto Kara’s debut issue. When Linda Danvers went into comic book limbo, Marvel gave a nod and had Carole’s publicist give her (a one-time) alias of “Linda Danvers.”

            The Sentry, an analogue of Superman had a mini-series where there was an alternate earth Carole Danvers who was The Sentress (although, I do admit The Sentress was more akin to the Golden Age Wonder Woman).

            For what it’s worth, many times has it been argued that Thor was Marvel’s (original) analogue to Superman, with similar colour schemes and power. With that in mind, there was Thor Girl, who had a secret identity of Tara Olson, “cousin” to Thor (who at that time had the mortal identity of Jake Olson).

            There are many cases of all comic book companies copying or borrowing or acknowledging one another. None of this is necessarily bad (although you may not want to read about the true origins of the creation of Spider-Man) but I’m just trying to point out that you shouldn’t be so quick to make Marvel being something flawless when you yourself don’t have the facts.

            As for claiming that DC fanboys “trot out inane, hypocritical, trollish posturing,” aren’t you doing that very thing you accuse another person of doing? I notice that this is something far more typical of what is vocalized by comic book customers/ fans today (although there are indeed “veteran” customers/ fans who do this also), as another comic book reader/ collector/ customer/ fan/ researcher, it is appalling. Also, while it is not prejudiced to like one company over another, it is prejudiced, or at the very least short-sighted, to not be able to see value and fault in comic book companies equally.

    • Pinga_dulce

      You need to get your facts, and information correct. Miss Marvel is a rip-off, and created as a result of the creation of Supergirl. Ignorance is no excuse, especially when most have Google and Google Now.

      • Jarvis

        Actually, a Google search doesn’t bring up anything about Carol Danvers (who was called “Ms. Marvel” and not “Miss Marvel”, btw. ) being a rip-off of Supergirl. Research does, however, bring up a lot of other comic book readers saying the same thing I did: Calling Supergirl Kara Danvers on the show is a rip-off of Carol Danvers, since that version of Supergirl has basically always been called Linda Lee Danvers, and since Carol Danvers has always been the more prominent and well known of the two. Supergirl is a pretty well known name, but not Kara Danvers. There have been multiple Supergirls DC could have chosen from. They didn’t have to go the route that would make people most associate them with Marvel; they chose to. But whatever, in a few years, DC’s entire television lineup will be irrelevant when movie versions of the same characters overshadow all the TV ones.
        Oh, and ignorance is no excuse for getting Ms. Marvel’s codename wrong or not knowing that she’s called Captain Marvel now. Changing her name to “Miss” was a little sexist. Don’t you have Google and Google Now?

    • Ace Supriatna

      yo mama so fat

      • Jarvis

        Not by American standards.

  • GreatWhiteRuffalo

    Ugh. I caught the pilot a while back and I’m really surprised to see people loving Supergirl this much. Personally I found it to be a campy (not in the good way like Flash) and completely cringeworthy mess. Sexy black Jimmy Olsen is the only thing I liked about it. It’s a tonal mess, the acting is awful for the most part, and it feels way too much like a dumbed-down version of the already stupid movie The Devil Wears Prada, but with a cape instead of Prada or whatever. The “Phantom Zone Prison” plot is tired and contrived to the point of face-palming hilarity, and the “shocking” twist in the stinger about the villain behind everything was just really stupid and laughable. I want the show to get better because I actually really like Supergirl as a character, but if it stays how it is I can’t even pretend to enjoy it. Supergirl’s costume looks pretty awful, too.

    • Roberto Duhamel

      Haters gonna hate. If you dislike the suit there is clearly no hope for you. The only question is why you would bother to offer this comment.

      • Vae

        To save others from this horrible mess of a tween bubblegum show?

        • Roberto Duhamel

          Right. That’s why it has a 97% rating from critics and is the most watched pilot of the fall season.

          • Dirk “Slippery Peanut” Diggler

            …..and 50% from actual viewers, and falling. This show is garbage, and paid off critics cant save it. 97% to 50% is a huge margin, and should clearly show these “critics” are not representative of the actual viewership.

        • Sean Pasek

          Right…it’s all about “saving others” rather than trying to find and convert others to your point of view. How very “Christian” of you.

          • Vae

            Wait, who the fuck are you?

    • BlackAce

      I think it will to be honest. Flash had similar problems with its pilot in my opinion then they were able to turn things around by the second episode. Honestly while I am aware of its flaws I feel that the pilot did more good than bad. The chick flick/Devils wear Prada stuff hardly gets in the way of the action. And the acting is rather nice I especially love Melissa. Tough she is clearly influenced by Christopher Reeve in the way she plays Kara, she clearly seems to show that same sense of comfort and effort that Grant Gustin did with The Flash. I don’t care what anyone says they can’t tell me Melissa phones it in. I especially liked the Phantom Zone side plot it especially shows that they are willing to embrace Supergirl’s Sci-Fi roots, I look forward to the next episode, but yeah the show is up to a good point.

  • NameNamerson

    Jessica Jones >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

  • Israel de Oliveira

    Scream Queens is actually pretty funny and sharply written. It deserved better reviews.

  • Jim222001

    Blindspot, The Muppets and Limitless should be here. But critics are picky jerks. I also don’t get the hate for Scream Queens.

  • The Pool Man

    The Supergirl pilot is a %75 — and that’s being generous. Like The Flash pilot (by the same producer) it puts everything in place but doesn’t really do anything with it. It’s kind of like you’re watching a proposal for a story INSTEAD OF a story.

    The good news is that Greg Berlanti’s team usually recovers by episode 3. And then you’re in for a fun ride. It happened with ARROW, FLASH, and it will hopefully happen here.

    • Steph Durant

      The formula is to use the first episode to inform the uninformed; i.e. the TV people who aren’t lifelong DC / Marvel Comic / Superhero fans.

      It is what it is.

      • The Pool Man

        Storytelling rules do not change due to genre or prior sources. The screenplay has to be written as if the material is brand new. To rely on previous material is why the Harry Potter movies were terrible.

        The original Superman movie presumed no prior knowledge. Although Kent and Lois were familiar characters to some — the film took the time to establish these and other characters in an interesting way for newbies.

        The problem with the Supergirl pilot was stuffing a two hour premiere into an hour long pilot. It would have been amazing to get to know her and her folks on Krypton. Fun to have Kalel introduce himself and explain that maybe keeping a low profile for a while would be smart on this savage planet. Compelling to see the villains more carefully established.

        The entire affair was rushed. As countless reviewers have pointed out.

        It isn’t what it should be.

        • Steph Durant

          Wow. Well, welcome to network television.
          There are no Nobel’s or Pulitzer’s for TV.
          It is what it is.

          • The Pool Man

            You must be a professional apologist. Did CBS hire web spin doctors to keep people with any critical faculties at all at bay?

            Just because the pilot was weak doesn’t mean it’s wrong to point it out. Or that the show isn’t worth a second look. Just a weak pilot.

            And no need to overstate my point to easily dismiss it.

          • Steph Durant

            The pilot was for people who don’t know the comic story of Supergirl; to lay the back story. It achieved that. Therefore it is a “good” pilot.
            Just because you do not like it does not make it a weak pilot. Apparently they make the show for the masses and not for the pool boy.

          • The Pool Man

            You have no idea what you’re talking about.

            1. A pilot is never for ‘certain’ people. It’s written for all viewers. And it’s presumed they are new to the material. Even if they are not.

            2. Back story stays back. That’s why it’s called backstory. You don’t skim over the old days. Unless you’re doing a two hour pilot.

            We didn’t need to see Agent Cooper’s as a Fed in action before he arrived at TWIN PEAKS. We didn’t need to see Samantha Stevens an immortal witch before she became BEWITCHED by Darren. We didn’t need to see Kramer move into Jerry’s building, a flashback of Jerry dating Elaine, and scenes of when George met SEINFELD. Back story stays back there. In medies res.

            3. Oh, and BEWITCHED and SEINFELD are for the masses.

          • Steph Durant

            Back to cleaning the pool!!!

          • The Pool Man

            Have fun with Harry Potter. I know you think he’s the bestest!

    • Dirk “Slippery Peanut” Diggler

      75%……joking right? Maybe if your a PC critic who is afraid of being label sexist if you admit the show is garbage. MAYBE 25-30%. Rotten Tomatoes lost ALL credibility when they rolled out with the 97% rating. It is insulting to shows who actually deserve it, and clearly shows they are agenda based.

      • The Pool Man

        I’m not going to comment on why the critics were overly generous. You call PCness, I call the exact opposite: Kara gave the reviewers boners and then couldn’t think straight.

        Since I’ve come to understand Berlanti’s process I gave the show a handful of episodes. And what I predicted happened: each episode ‘fixed’ something that made no sense in the pilot. THE FLASH did this… and needed about 3 episodes to finally complete a coherent ‘pilot’ and ‘premise’.

        SUPERGIRL took 8 frickin episodes. But it makes sense because the show had 8 major problems. For instance — it was impossible Cat didn’t recognize Kara — and so they dealt with that around episode 6. I really didn’t like Hank or Kara’s sister — and they dealt with both really well. All that was left was silly little Wynn and they fixed that too.

        This show is no 97. And if only now you’ve come to realize Rotten Tomatoes sucks you’re WAY late to the game. Metacritic is where it’s at… and has been for a long time. They gave the pilot a 75.

        And remember: I’m telling you the pilot sucked. And that %75 is generous. But now I’d put the show at cozy %85 or better and not to be missed. In the popcorn bubblegum sense, not the MAD MEN sense.

  • Sam Simon

    Why is The Man In The High Castle not on this list? Show is god.

  • maid3marian

    I love Bernard Cornwell!!

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