Fall 2011 New Show Ranking

27 Dec

Well, we’ve just seen how I did in my predictions about the new shows in fall 2011.  Let’s take a look at what I actually think of them, rankings style.  I didn’t think it was a particularly strong season, as most of the shows sat in the healthy middle of mediocrity with a fair few as true garbage.  Although it’s a linear ranking, I’ve tried to point out when there’s a large gap between shows here and there.

1.  Homeland – far and away the best new show of the year – it’s not particularly close.  I’m not sure where they’ll go from here, but first season a must watch

2.  Revenge – surprisingly good for a trashy primetime soap and although that sounds like a backhand compliment, I really don’t mean it that way.  I enjoy this show thoroughly and Madeline Stowe is great.

3.  New Girl – improved as the season went on and seemed to find its place, the last of the three shows on this list that I’ve seen every episode of, and thus there’s a little drop off here

4.  Boss – I haven’t cared enough to watch more, but I was more impressed than I thought I’d be in the first episode, and more episodes could easily move this in either direction

5. Hell on Wheels – solid but not spectacular, I wish it was better, but I’m glad it’s not worse

6.. Ringer – 6 is higher than it should be, but it’s really just in a similar tier with the next few shows and I’ve seen more of it than the next few

7.  American Horror Story – I’ve never seen a show like it in any way, and I think I mean that as a compliment

8. The Secret Circle – the show is much more entertaining than it has any right to be for someone of my age and my gender

9. Terra Nova – It’s not great but it’s really not bad either.  There’s something to work with and I feel slightly more than ambivalent about continuing to watch

10.  Suburgatory – newer episodes are definitely better than the older episodes, and I like the two main actors, but it constantly battles not to not be a poor man’s Mean Girls

11.  Prime Suspect – you’ve just entered procedural country.  Prime Suspect is probably slightly the best of the bunch – it’s a minor shame it’s being cancelled but no Terriers

12.Grimm – second best of procedurals, my friend likes it because it takes place in his home state of Oregon, so props for that

13.Person of Interest – second in a row of shows my dad watches – he likes this one better, but I prefer Grimm slightly

14.Up All Night – it’s not bad, it’s just not really that good either – what in the world is Maya Rudolph doing here

15.Unforgettable – this may actually be better than one of the two above it – who even knows at this point?

16.A Gifted Man – repeat what I said about Unforgettable.  The show is fine but hardly compelling

17.Pan Am – we’re still in the section of shows I don’t completely want to bash, I just want to let them be ignored

18. Hart of Dixie– Rachel Bilson is good, I guess. Alabama seems pretty boring.  Is that the message?  Still not at the bad ones.

19.Enlightened – People tell me it gets better after the first episode, and maybe it does.  Laura Dern’s character was just so annoying.

20.Free Agents – shows starting to get bad here – it had two good characters, and a bunch of terrible ones

21.Once Upon A Time – why do people like this?  This is exactly the type of show people like to pretend is interesting and complex but really isn’t

22.  Man Up – men aren’t really men anymore part 1 – possible but hard to win with that premise

23.  Last Man Standing – men aren’t really men anymore part 2- much more patently offensive than the previous

24.  Allen Gregory – animated misstep – close enough to a good show to maybe understand what the creators were thinking but far enough away that it will never get there

25. I Hate My Teenage Daughter –  a generic instructional example of a bad traditional sitcom

26.  How To Be A Gentlemen – why do so many actors who were in shows with more modern forms of comedy (It’s Always Sunny inPhiladelphia, Mr. Show, Flight of the Conchords) sink to this?

27.  Playboy Club – Saying that Amber Heard is attractive is about the nicest thing I can say about this show

28.  Chalie’s Angels – Saying that Minka Kelly is attractive is about the nicest thing I can say about this show

29.  Whitney – and here we are, a Whitney Cummings two-some – whoever thought this show made sense after Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office should be shot, tarred, and feathered

30.  2 Broke Girls – there is nothing redeeming about this show – the fact that it is popular embarrasses the US as much as the existence of the death penalty

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3 Responses to “Fall 2011 New Show Ranking”

  1. Beardface January 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    The fact that Whitney isnt last is a crime against humanity ,the fact that New Girl is 3rd is a crime against good taste and the fact that TVEVC isnt #1 just makes me sad.

  2. Rich January 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Madeline Stowe gets a mention but the lovely TVEVC does not? Where are your priorities?

    Also, I thought we both agreed that the first episode of Free Agents was better than Up All Night, despite what everyone else says…did you watch more than just the first episode of either?

  3. Beardface January 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    1. Revenge (TVEVC ftw)
    2. Homeland
    3. The Secret Circle (Boss will likely pass it when I watch more episodes of it, but I’m not ashamed of its place here, dammit!)
    4. Boss
    5. American Horror Story (Almost certainly a one year wonder, but we’d never seen its like on television before and that’s worth something)
    6. Suburgatory (Easily the best of the new comedies, though Maya Rudolph is great on Up All Night)
    7. Ringer
    8. Grimm (Portland pride, bitches!)
    9. Hell on Wheels
    10. Up All Night
    11. Terra Nova
    12. Once Upon a Time
    13. Unforgettable
    14. Pan Am
    15. Person of Interest
    16. Prime Suspect
    17. 2 Broke Girls
    18. Enlightened
    19. Hart of Dixie
    20. A Gifted Man
    21. Playboy Club (It wasn’t good, but sex sells and none of the shows below it are beyond terrible anyway)
    22. Man Up
    23. Free Agents
    24. How to be a Gentleman
    25. New Girl
    26. I Hate My Teenage Daughter
    27. Charlie’s Angels
    28. Allen Gregory
    29. Last Man Standing
    30. Whitney (Though it might be better than all the mid-season comedies, which is a sad state of affairs indeed)

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