Fall TV: An Opinionated Primer

Expect the usual mediocre mix—and some promising exceptions

People like to grumble about the state of television, and for good reason. Truly great shows are a rounding error in the qualitative calculus. For every Modern Family, there’s a torrent of programs like Cavemen and The Paul Reiser Show. Most shows are just stuck in the middle; while it consistently struggled to stay in the top 50, According to Jim managed to eke out an eight-season run on ABC.

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