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What are the 3 Best New Shows On TV This Season?

By on September 21, 2015

QUANTICO - ABC's "Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Who has time to wade through rambling reviews of all the new shows hitting our screens this Fall? Not you.

Which is why we’ve spent the last eight weeks carefully reviewing every pilot on offer on your behalf, before slowly fermenting our thoughts in opinion barrels over the summer and triple-distilling the results.

The outcome? Our rundown of the 3 best shows on offer this Fall scrunched into one mercifully short review.

Seriously, forget that new superhero, and that guy with the special ability and the one with what’s her name. This is all you need to know.

LIMITLESS (CBS)

What would happen if you took the fictional consciousness-expanding drug NZT and then sat down to write a TV pilot? You’d probably produce CBS’ Limitless, then laugh at the Ouroborosian nature of the paradox you had just created, before coming down quite sharply from your high, and passing out on your bathroom floor.

This sharp and slick (but not too slick) drama from Craig Sweeney is based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper-starring film of the same name, and centers on a non-achiever who takes an illegal, experimental, mind-altering drug that changes his perception of reality, and bends the course of his life.

Never mind who’s in it, you can find all that stuff in our TV menu if you’re really interested. What you really need to know is that the pilot is pacy, funny, poignant in places, and utilizes some pretty stylish visuals that give it a unique feel.

The episode we screened galloped along at breakneck speed, giving us little time to really consider just how a mind altering drug could help our hero achieve so many amazing physical feats in under one hour of screen time. But then we realized we didn’t really care. Limitless is pure crazy fun, and we’re along for the ride, and if you still have any connection to the small child inside you, you will be too.

There’s a balance between the drama and some of the more touchy feely moments, and it makes you wish you had a second and third episode and fourth episode on hand so you could binge watch the whole season. A lot of effort has gone into making Limitless look effortless.

You’ll even forgive Bradley Cooper’s disturbing neck beard.

You can check out Limitless when it airs on Tuesday Sept. 22 at 10 pm on CBS.

 

BLINDSPOT (NBC)

Who’s to say ‘procedural’ and ‘formulaic’ are dirty words? Not us. And especially not when they’re applied to a show as intensely fun and exciting as NBC’s Blindspot.

What if Red Reddington’s blacklist was a series of tattoos? What if Red wasn’t James Spader but sexy Jaimie Alexander instead? Or what if Prison Break’s Michael Scofield was attempting to use his body blueprint to navigate the prison of his mind, and not you know, an actual prison?

Jane Doe wakes inside a body bag on Times Square with no idea of who she is, or how she got there, or why her entire body is covered in fresh tattoos. Can FBI agent Kurt Weller help her? We hope so. His name takes pride of place between her shoulder blades.

Tattoos. Conspiracies. Secrets. Spies. Amnesia. Amazing Jason Bourne-style fight sequences. High stakes. Explosions, and a touch of ‘will they won’t they’ romance to get the shippers talking. We haven’t had this much fun since 24.

Blindspot is what your Mondays have been missing.

Catch it tonight, Monday Sept. 21 (10-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.

 

QUANTICO (ABC)

Quantico is fresh and energetic and sexy. It’s got a huge cast of diverse and juicy characters all hiding secrets from one another, and one with a killer terrorist agenda.

The sharply written pilot never seems to get bogged down by the sheer number of new characters but rather excels at knocking their heads together to see what falls out.

In the pilot episode a diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible (and totally intriguing) that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

Who dunnit? We don’t know just yet, but the premise behind this FBI agents-in-training show provides plenty to think about while you’re whiling the days away until the next episode.

Quantico is what ABC does best: strongly defined characters, moral dilemmas, personality clashes, secrets and lies, and never a dull moment.

See what the fuss is about on Sunday Sept. 27 (10-11 pm ET) on ABC.

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