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Scott Pierce: Here are the top 5 TV shows you've got to see

Published September 17, 2013 9:20 am

Fall television preview • Here are the best of a relatively unspectacular bunch of new series.
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Fall 2013 isn't going to go down in television history. Of the 28 new shows premiering on the five broadcast networks, there aren't a lot of standouts.

While most of them aren't terrible, a few ("Dads," "Ironside," "We Are Men" and "Betrayal") are.

There also are a few that — if you want be in the TV know — you have to check out.

Top Five TV Shows You've Got to See:

1. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesdays, 7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, premieres Sept. 24): This is the most anticipated show of the fall — a sequel of sorts to "The Avengers," the three "Iron Man" movies, "Captain America" and "Thor." Agent Colson (Clark Gregg) returns despite dying in "Avengers" under circumstances that will be explained … eventually. He heads up a team that tries to prevent disaster and help those who develop superpowers. The pilot isn't perfect, but it's full of fun, adventure and sly wit. Don't expect too much and you'll be pleasantly surprised. There's huge potential here.

2. Sleepy Hollow (Mondays, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13, Sept. 16): This show is flat-out crazy, but that's what makes it fun. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up 250 years after beheading the Headless Horseman — who, it turns out, is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ichabod is a man out of time, teamed with a present-day cop (Nicole Beharie) and on a mission to prevent all sorts of supernatural bad things from happening. And there are definite echoes of "Supernatural." You have to just sit back, enjoy and not worry about any of this making sense.

3. Trophy Wife (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Sept. 24): This is an autobiographical comedy, based on the life of creator/executive producer Sarah Haskins. The title is meant to be ironic — because she is by no means a dumb blonde. Kate (Malin Akerman) is, however, a couple of decades younger than her husband (Bradley Whitford), and marrying him means dealing with two ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins) and three kids. It's smart, funny and looks like a winner. It's the perfect companion to "Modern Family," except ABC stupidly scheduled it on Tuesdays.

4. The Crazy Ones (Thursdays, 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, Sept. 26): Robin Williams is his predictably crazy self, starring in his first TV show in 31 years; Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") stars as his rather uptight daughter; they run an ad agency. This isn't your average CBS sitcom — it's filmed; no studio audience — but it works. It's amusing and has all sorts of possibilities.

5. The Blacklist (Mondays, 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Sept. 23): James Spader stars as former U.S. operative Raymond "Red" Reddington, who has long since gone rogue and is a fixture on the FBI's most-wanted list. He suddenly comes in out of the cold and agrees to help the FBI stop terrorist threats. But he'll only talk to new agent Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone), who has no idea why she's been chosen. This is a violent but intriguing show that takes some unexpected turns.