Posted 10/3/12 by Amy Willsey in Entertainment

Full List – Must Watch Shows This Fall!

The end of September brought back the new fall seasons of so many shows. Thank goodness my first rounds for tests were the week before, otherwise my grades would have taken a major hit for sure. Coming back for a season is always an accomplishment for a television series – it’s a sign that the show is a success and there is a strong fan base. Some of my favorite sitcoms are New Girl and Modern Family, but many new shows are hitting the scene as well. I’ll take you through some of the goodies.

  • Modern Family: ABC, Wednesdays 9/8c

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I love this show. And I love Phil Dunphy. He is my dream husband, no lie. My only criticism would be that he was not featured enough in the return of this show. But really, Modern Family knows how to make an entrance to a new season. Gloria, Jay Pritchett’s much younger  Columbian wife, announced that she is pregnant. Wait, what? She is already mother to Manny, a 10-year-old, and Jay’s children have children of their own. I am really interested to see how this plot line plays out in the episodes to come.


  • The New Girl: Fox, Tuesdays 9/8c

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This show will be around for a while; I’m sure of that. Jess (Zooey Dechanel) is absolutely precious. The new season started off with two episodes back-to-back. Jess gets layed off from teaching and tries to find a replacement job, but rather finds someone to replace her time. I’m just hoping that at one point this season we see a hook-up between Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson). I’ve been rooting for them since she moved into the apartment with the three male roomies. Who’s with me?



  • 2 Broke Girls: CBS, Mondays 9/8c

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I’m glad this show got another season because I like the creator so much. Whitney Cummings, star of the show Whitney, is one of the creators of 2 Broke Girls. I must say though, I’m relatively surprised this show was signed for another season. Max, played by Kat Dennings, has the same bad-girl sarcastic tone in every episode and Caroline (Beth Behrs) is the sweet girl who tries to balance out Max. The whole thing has gotten a little old, in my opinion.

  • Grey’s Anatomy: ABC, Thursdays 9/8c

It is my prediction that the whole cast will be killed off before the series finale this season. What the hell, Shonda Rhimes?! The season finale of season eight ended with all the main characters getting into a plane crash going to help with injuries at another hospital. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), Meredith’s sister (Ellen Pompeo) and Mark Sloan’s love of his life died in the crash. There goes one, right. But long before season eight, George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) died in a bus crash, Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) died of cancer, etc.

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In the season premier of season nine, Mark Sloan died from complications with injuries sustained during the plane crash. What just doesn’t make sense to me is that Sloan was moving around just fine in the season finale of season eight. So why write him into a coma and kill him? Apparently Eric Dane, the actor who plays Sloan, wanted off the show.

Sloan was lying in a hospital bed with hours to live as the premier started. After being in a coma for 30 days, the team took him off life support as his will requested. I know I wasn’t the only one bawling.

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New Shows *

  • The Mindy Project: Fox, Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c

Think The New Girl combined with Grey’s Anatomy – it’s a cute comedy but has some very attractive doctors. This show is bound to be a success. Mindy, played by Mindy Kaling – Kelly Kapoor from The Office, is an OBGYN who tries to balance her personal life with her professional life, while making mistake after mistake. I’ve seen one episode and am in love with the plot line. 4 stars


  • Partners: CBS, Mondays 8:30/7:30c

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Yet another 30-minute sitcom, Partners is about two lifelong best friends, Louis and Joe who form a partnership in an architecture firm. Joe’s finance is Ali (Sophia Bush) and Louis is a gay man dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh). The show has only aired one episode so far and I’m interested to see where it goes from here. Though I wasn’t too impressed with the premier, however, my girl crush on Sophia is enough to make me watch it at least one more time. 2 stars

  • Animal Practice: NBC, Wednesdays 8/7c

We all saw the commercials advertising this new show during the Olympic games. Dr. George Coleman, vet, loves animals but despises their owners. To be honest, this is sounding pretty adorable with the whole pet thing and all … you know how us girls get about that. I’ll shoot this sitcom straight down the middle with 3 stars and say to give it a go.

  • Go On: NBC, Tuesdays 9/8c

Matthew Perry is making his comeback. Is it me or has he been off the radar since the series finale of Friends? Perry plays Ryan King, a sportscaster who turns to a “motley crew” support group after his wife dies. Matthew Perry alone is a big enough reason for me to give this show 3 stars without having watched it. I’ve missed you, Chandler!

  • The New Normal: NBC, Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c

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Remember the adorable assistant to Nicolas Cage is National Treasure? Justin Bartha plays one half of a homosexual couple who hires a surrogate to have their baby. The New Normal has been called the “post modern family.” NBC’s website describes the program as: “These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes.” Rumor has it that many people are boycotting this new sitcom with complaints that marriage is between one man and one woman. I personally thought as a country, we were over this small-mindedness. I wouldn’t even say NBC is pushing the boundaries with this one because there really shouldn’t be boundaries. 4 stars for causing controversy.


* I’d like to clarify that I do NOT watch all of these shows. Because I do have a life… or so I like to believe.

Amy Willsey

I'm a junior magazine journalism major and business minor at the University of Missouri. I came from the lovely Kansas City and am a die hard Royals and Chiefs fan. I enjoy long-distance runs, alliteration and I spend my free time finding the fraternities with the cutest puppies. Carry on, all you pretty people, carry on.