Best & Worst New Fall Shows: TVLine’s Staff Shares Its Picks… and Passes


Another Fall TV season is nearly upon us… and it looks absolutely nothing like any of its predecessors.

You may have heard something about a pandemic that has turned the world on its head for much of 2020 — and the TV industry has been affected, too, delaying and halting production on countless series.

But even though the new offerings on broadcast (that’s ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW) are sparse though not quite nada due to the coronavirus, cable networks and streaming services have plenty to offer through the end of the year, and Team TVLine is here to help you sift through the upcoming projects. (Check out our handy Fall 2020 calendar for a full rundown of what’s ahead.)

In the list below, each TVLine editor has made his or her case for two fall TV picks, plus one pass. (As is tradition, we made our selections without revealing them to one another, so any overlap is purely coincidental. Most of us are reading this compiled list for the very first time, along with you!)

Last year, eight of our staff’s collective 14 “Watch!” recommendations apparently were heeded and earned renewals (though some favorites, like Hulu’s Reprisal and Netflix’s Daybreak, weren’t so lucky). Similarly, our most vocal “Skip!” suggestion from 2019 — CBS’ Patricia Heaton-led sitcom, Carol’s Second Act — indeed met a grim prognosis.

Scroll through the list below to see our picks and passes for 2020’s highly unusual Fall TV season, then hit the comments with the shows you plan to try!

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