Playboy.com's Guide to The Best of Fall Television

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We recommend the hottest shows you should be checking out this season.


Premieres Thursday, September 27th at 8/7c on ABC

While this ambitious series straddled the line of obscurity based on its promo back in May, the resulting pilot about an American nuclear sub questioning orders to nuke Pakistan and the resulting local turbulence and political chaos back in Washington is one of the most thrilling, action-packed and intriguing premises we’ve heard in years. If the rest of the season is able to sustain the momentum and dual-story aspect of the show, then we’re looking at an international and higher stakes version of 24. Plus, with Autumn Reeser, Dichen Lachman, Jessy Schram and Daisy Betts on board, this has got to be the best-looking cast on television.

Runner Up: Arrow

Premieres Wednesday, October 10th at 8/7c on The CW

One of the CW's best attempts in recent years to lure male viewers, the contemporary twist on the DC action hero contains some terrific fight scenes that will leave you wanting more. We're looking forward to watching this one develop throughout its first season.

Elementary

Premieres Thursday, September 27th at 10/9c on CBS

The newest incarnation of the famed Baker Street detective sees Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and a gender-switched Watson being played by Lucy Liu. While the location shakeup from London to New York City adds a contemporary vibe, the storied relationship between these historic characters adjusts well to the present-day setting and the gritty world of Manhattan's homicide investigations. While the pilot left us wondering if anything will result from the ambiguous sexual tension, there's definitely the strong chemistry needed to pull off a successful Holmes reboot.

Vegas

Premieres Tuesday, September 25th at 10/9c on CBS

Amongst a fall slate of global disasters, self-loathing and the weird lives of overworked professionals, the Dennis Quaid–led Western drama about the 1960s golden upstart days of Vegas is a superbly executed breath of fresh air. Quaid’s interpretation of real-life cowboy-turned-sheriff Ralph Lamb is well-acted and versed, as his character takes on the crime bosses of the East who swoop in to try to extort the fledgling haven of debauchery for all it’s worth.

Go On

Premieres Tuesday, September 11th at 9/8c on NBC

While the premise of Matthew Perry’s new comedy about a sportscaster dealing with losing his wife may not seem like likely fodder for a half hour of laughs, Perry hits it out of the park as his character Ryan navigates the clusterfuck of dysfunctional but hilarious personalities at his court-ordered self-help group. If the series plays out anything like the stellar pilot, this is one show that is sure to stick around for the long run.

The Mindy Project

Premieres Tuesday, September 25th at 9:30/8:30c on Fox

Hitting the road last year after rumors The Office was going down in the cancelled pile, Emmy-nominated funny girl Mindy Kaling takes her one-woman show on the road to The Mindy Project, a look inside the wild life of romantic comedy–obsessed MD Mindy Lahiri, who winds up changing into scrubs midway through every date or hookup she can get her hands on. Sex-fueled comedy with quirky edge, this series is worth checking out solely to hear Mindy’s one-sided conversations with herself.

Nashville

Premieres Wednesday October 10th at 10/9c on ABC

Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere makes her country singing debut as a bitchy but gorgeous up-and-comer.

Made in Jersey

Premieres Friday, September 28th at 9/8c on CBS

Entourage’s Janet Montgomery hits her stride as a smart but sexy law associate from across the river determined to kick some legal ass.

The X Factor

Returns Wednesday, September 12th at 8/7c on Fox

While last season took a while to get off the ground, sexy incoming panelists Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are sure to bring on the male fans begging to be judged.

Revolution

Premieres Monday, September 17th at 10/9c on NBC

While we’re unsure how this cryptic post-electricity thriller is going to keep up the action without being bogged down by its massive plot, we’re happy to see sexy actress Daniella Alonso joining in on the fun later this season.

Community 

Returns Friday October 19th @ 8:30/7:30c on NBC

Since Arrested Development, we haven’t seen a following for a television show as dedicated as those who stood by NBC’s underdog sitcom Community this past season. There have been some changes in how the show is run, but America’s favorite study group (the Dean’s words, not ours) is back to star in at least six seasons and a movie.

American Horror Story

Returns October 17th@ 10/9c on FX

Everyone is talking about how the Emmy award–winning American Horror Story can possibly top last season’s wild folklore-filled finale. The ending left no room for the story to continue, but as series cocreator Ryan Murphy confirmed last season, the characters are all different and so is the location. What we know as of now is that it’s set in an asylum, and thankfully Jessica Lange is returning to play the role of a nun. There are many other cast members returning as different characters, but only time will tell if we’ll be able to watch Evan Peters on screen without thinking of his character Tate from the first season.

New Girl 

Returns September 25th @ 8/7c on FOX

While last year’s breakout hit about an adorably sexy “new girl” moving in with a bunch of guys was sure to invoke a Friends or Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place type vibe, the show’s morph into a hilarious Island of Misfit Toys with lots of sexual innuendo and awkward moments became one of the best things to watch all year. Season two is sure to find the quirky Zooey Deschanel in yet more crazy trouble, though her scenes with the hilarious Jake Johnson are definitely first rate.


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