Fall TV: The new TV comedies
1. Trophy Wife
2. The Crazy Ones
3. Mom (Mondays, 8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, Sept. 23): Anna Farris stars as a newly sober single mother of two whose somewhat sober, estranged mother (Allison Janney) comes back into her life. The two have lots of issues, making this a comedy of recovery. There are laughs here. And you can't discount producer Chuck Lorre's ("Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men") track record. Bet on this one to succeed.
4. The Michael J. Fox Show (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Sept. 26): Fox stars as a version of himself a TV anchorman who quit his job when he developed Parkinson's. Five years later, he's bored; he's annoying his wife and children; and he decides to go back to work. This is not a laugh-a-minute sitcom, it's a humorous-but-low-key half hour that's charming and engaging. The big question is how quickly it can get past the Parkinson's jokes, which over-populate the pilot.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13, Sept. 17): This may be the best cop comedy since "Barney Miller." It's wry. It's funny. It's built around Andy Samberg who is the worst thing in the pilot . He plays a goofy NYPD detective who seems to have been dropped into this from another sitcom. The rest of the characters (played by Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti) all have their quirks, but Samberg is playing an idiot out of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch. If they reign him in and tone that character down, this could be a really good show.
6. The Millers (Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, Oct. 3): Will Arnett stars as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local TV reporter whose life is upended when his parents (Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges) split up and his mom moves in with him. The pilot isn't great unless you're a big fan of fart jokes. But producer Greg Garcia has a great track record ("Raising Hope," "My Name Is Earl"), so it's worth giving this some time to develop.
7. The Goldbergs (Tuesdays, 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Sept. 24): This autobiographical sitcom is based on the life of creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg, and it's set in the 1970s. It's sort of a very loud "Wonder Years," complete with a narrator (Patton Oswalt) voicing the adult Adam. Young Adam (Sean Giambrone) has a loud family an insulting father (Jeff Garlin), a smothering mother (Wendi McClendon-Covey), a scary older sister (Hayley Orrantia), an obnoxious older brother (Troy Gentile), and a doting grandfather (George Segal). The '70s stuff is overdone in the pilot, but there's heart and humor here.
8. Welcome to the Family (Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Oct. 3): Dan (Mike O'Malley) and Caroline (Mary McCormack) are a white, upper-middle class couple who are thrilled their none-too-bright daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck), is graduating from high school. Miguel (Ricardo Chavira) and Lisette (Justina Machado) are an upwardly mobile Hispanic couple who have big dreams for their super-smart son, Junior (Joseph Haro). But Junior has gotten Molly pregnant and, despite the fact that their fathers don't like each other, they're going to be one big family. This is predictable and sort of slightly amusing (as opposed to laugh-out-loud funny), but it's hard not to like the actors and the characters they play.
9. Back in the Game (Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Sept. 25): This revolves around Terry (Maggie Lawson), a one-time star softball player who's now the single mother of young Danny (Griffin Gluck), The two are forced to move in with her cranky father (James Caan), a failed athlete in his own right. Danny wants to play baseball, but he's clueless and talentless. And Terry ends up "back in the game" as his coach. This is another one that's not overly funny but is rather likable.
10. Sean Saves the World (Thursdays, 8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Oct. 3): Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") stars as a divorced, gay man who suddenly becomes the primary parent to his 14-year-old daughter. He's got a disapproving mother (Linda Lavin) and a crazy workplace, but this over-the-top series doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It seems like there is a show there with Hayes and Lavin, but the workplace and the daughter are forgettable.
11. Enlisted (Fridays, 8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13, Nov . 8): This revolves around three brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young) who are all "enlisted" in the Army and stationed at a small base in Florida â¦ and hijinks ensue. It's sort of a weird cross between "Gomer Pyle" and "Scrubs" and comes to us from the writers/producers of the latter. And, in keeping with the theme, this is a likable show filled with likable actors playing likable characters, but you want more than you get in the pilot.
12. Super Fun Night (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Oct. 2): This is humiliation comedy, as Rebel Wilson ("Bridesmaids") will go to any lengths to get a laugh. If only there were more laughs. She stars as Kimmie, a nice/insecure lawyer who decides to have some adventures. So she and her two gal pals shake up their lives and end up making fools of themselves. Some critics found it funny; I found it painful and lacking in laughs.
13. We Are Men (Mondays, 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, Sept. 30): Four men (three divorced; one left at the altar) bond at a Hollywood apartment building for singles and pretty much nothing funny happens. Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith star in this alleged comedy that arrives with a thud and shows no signs of becoming anything worth watching.
14. Dads (Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13, Sept. 17): This live-action sitcom from "Family Guy" producer Seth MacFarlane is the fall's worst new show. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi star as friends/gaming entrepreneurs whose lives are disrupted when their fathers (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull) move in with them. The show has taken some much-deserved flak for its racism and sexism, but what's going to kill it quickly is that it's poorly written and completely unfunny.