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My Fall Season TV List

I love it when late September rolls in. The temperature starts cooling down a bit, which means a great deal when you’re living in a country with a humid tropical climate. Also, my favorite TV shows return with new seasons, new plot arcs, new intrigue and answers to the cliffhangers they left behind.

I’m especially looking forward to the new season of these TV shows:

Castle

As a crime procedural, ABC’s Castle is not that spectacular. The mysteries can be quite predictable. But Castle isn’t afraid to twist the formula a little and to poke fun at current trends in pop culture. It’s also a very quotable show. More importantly, it has a charismatic cast who work so well together. The antics of its leads – Nathan Fillion as novelist Richard Castle and Stana Katic as NYPD detective Kate Beckett – are amusing. Their will-they-or-won’t-they game is fresh, endearing and gratifying.

Boardwalk Empire

Watching The Sopranos prepared me for Boardwalk Empire. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be so convinced that Steve Buscemi can play Nucky Thompson, the godfather of Atlantic City and antihero of this Prohibition-era HBO drama. My only exposure to Buscemi before The Sopranos was through Adam Sandler’s comedies, where he played ridiculous bit roles. But Buscemi is no stooge in this show. It’s hard to hate Nucky Thompson no matter how atrocious he gets, and the way he dances with both his allies and adversaries is truly mesmerizing.

Downton Abbey

I am a sucker for period dramas, and ITV’s Downton Abbey is one fascinating example of the genre. I like how simple and understated it is, how relatable and uncontrived the plot arcs are. You can’t help but get pulled into the story as members of the Crawley family struggled against the profound changes the 20th century brought to their lives. Besides, Dame Maggie Smith is very funny as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

The Good Wife

CBS’s The Good Wife is delicious. That probably sounded wrong, but I can’t think of any other way to describe it. The legal drama appeals to the mind, but it doesn’t hesitate to reach down and pull at your gut. You won’t always agree with the choices Alicia Florrick, the titular good wife, makes, but you’ll always know and empathize with the why of it.

NCIS

I love the family dynamic in this military-set crime procedural from CBS. The cases of the week have become less than impressive lately, but the season arcs remain sweeping and, well, explosive. (I still think Ari Haswari was the best villain the show ever had. One shot from his gun changed everything.) This is also one show where you’d see all the characters evolve through the years (and even die on you).

Revenge

ABC’s modern spin on The Count of Monte Cristo keeps me wondering how Emily Thorne will be able to push her agenda without revealing her Big Secret. It also amazes me how masterfully she can spin her web of lies and build up collateral damage and still come up on top. That web will collapse one day, and I’m just curious how the elaborate deception will all come to an end.

So, this is my list of TV shows to watch this fall. What about you? What returning TV shows are you most looking forward to?

 

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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