Red Band Society: Premieres Wednesday, September 17th at 9 p.m. ET on FOX
Tune In If: You wish The Fault In Our Stars was its own genre. Because now it kind of is.
What’s It About?: A group of kids who are friends… that also happen to be in the pediatric ward at a hospital.
Watch It With: A box of tissues, although you will find yourself charmed and smiling in between the tears.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. Early reviews aren’t great, plus has anyone recovered from TFIOS?
Madam Secretary: Premieres Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS
Tune In If: You like The Good Wife but with more government stuff.
What’s It About?: A former CIA analyst (Tea Leoni) leaves the company, is having a normal life, is recruited to come back as Secretary of State. Also Christina Hendricks’ husband (Geoffrey Arend) who you know from always piping up when he's on the red carpet with her is also in this show.
Watch It With: Your mom, this show will be right up her alley.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. This show has potential to be one you get totally hooked on, but maybe not so much that you’re running home to watch it live.
Gotham: Premieres Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX
Tune In If: Your favorite movie is The Dark Knight and your favorite TV show is The O.C.. Is that anyone?
What’s It About?: It’s about Batman’s world, but without the Batman part. The show chronicles detective Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) rise to becoming the police commissioner of Gotham. But don’t worry: we’ll still get to see fun villains like Penguin on the show.
Watch It With: Your significant other, your nerdy sibling, or your best friend in hopes for a Ben McKenzie in a tank top moment you can cherish together.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. Twitter will be talking about this one.
Scorpion: Premieres Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Tune In If: You wish The Social Network was a weekly TV show
What’s It About?: A group of super smarty pants who are recruited by the government to help stop a national emergency. And hey, there’s Katharine McPhee!
Watch It With: Not your smart friends who will try to poke holes in plots…even though they aren’t as smart as these geniuses in the first place.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR, but watch later that night.
NCIS: New Orleans: Premieres Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Tune In If: You love NCIS and also beignets.
What’s It About?: Everything you need to know about this show is right there in the title. Plus, Scott Bakula.
Watch It With: You know your parents will love this one.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. How many NCIS’s do we still need in the world?
Forever: Premieres Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC
Tune In If: You like a fun drama series with a little bit of a twist, a la The Mentalist. But with dead people.
What’s It About?: A medical examiner (played by Ioan Gruffudd) who studies the dead and surprise! Is secretly immortal himself.
Watch It With: Your aunt. She will probably write on your Facebook wall the next day asking if you caught last night’s episode.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. Test out the first few episodes to see how you like it.
The Mysteries of Laura: Premieres Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Tune In If: You wonder what it would be like if Grace Adler became a detective.
What’s It About?: A female homicide detective (Debra Messing) can kick butt at her job all day. She can deal with the gnarliest, worst murderers around. But when it comes to raising her two kids? Well, that’s a handful.
Watch It With: Your friends who have kids. It will make them feel better about juggling it all.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. If Debra Messing is in it, we’ll try it.
Black-ish: Premieres Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:30pm on ABC
Tune In If: You want to see what The Cosby Show would be like in this decade.
What’s It About?: It’s an edgier family sitcom about what it means to be in a black family in 2014. Imagine Modern Family with a little more flavor.
Watch It With: No beverages around. You will snort laugh them out of your nose.
Watch Life, DVR or Skip: DVR. Will be a fun show to have on your DVR for some laughs.
How To Get Away With Murder: Premieres Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC
Tune In If: You will watch anything and everything Shonda Rimes touches.
What’s It About?: Voila Davis is a lawyer and professor of a college criminal law class. In the first episode, one of her students breathlessly declares, “I want to be her” and that’s exactly how you’ll feel watching her. It’s kind of a sexier, darker, snarkier, more serious version of Legally Blonde if there were no one Elle Woods in the picture.
Watch It With: A glass of wine.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. If this show turns out to be even a fraction of what Scandal has become, we’ll be glued to the screen for every single second.
Selfie: Premieres Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Tune In If: You are obsessed with social media. Obsessed.
What’s It About?: Well, it’s going to hit close to home. It’s about a woman (Karen Gillan from Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who) who cannot get enough instant gratification from social media and the guy who’s going to show her how to take that down a notch (John Cho).
Watch It With: Your friends who need to learn to put down their phones for 30 minutes.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. And stick with it for a couple of episodes! This show might be one of the breakouts of the season.
Manhattan Love Story: Premieres Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Tune In If: You are a sucker for a romantic comedy, especially the not-so-great ones.
What’s It About?: A pair of NYC-ers get set up on a date and we can hear all their thoughts. It’s a cute, albeit terrifying premise and we heart Analeigh Tipton, but it’s just not quite a match.
Watch It With: Your friends who can make even the worst date seem maybe a little bit ok.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. Early reviews are suggesting it might not be around too long.
Stalker: Premieres Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS
Tune In If: You love Scream, Swimfan, and taking online stalking to a level way beyond creeping on an ex’s Facebook page.
What’s It About?: Well, this show looks terrifying. Even with Dylan McDermott’s hotness, and Maggie Q totally taking charge and kicking butt, the show is about detectives who cover stalking cases in a way that’s just a little too close for comfort.
Watch It With: All the lights on.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. This suspense thriller looks just a little too suspenseful and a little too thrilling for it to be fun.
Gracepoint: Premieres Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX
Tune In If: You want to see all your favorite stars from Breaking Bad and Doctor Who in one place.
What’s It About?: It’s based off the British show Broadchurch, which fans love to pieces, about how the tragic death of a boy shakes the whole entire town.
Watch It With: Your TV buff friends.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. While it’s a drama, it’s similar to The Office in that it’s a British import but will become it’s own show after a few episodes and that will be interesting to watch.
Bad Judge: Premieres Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC
Tune In If: You’re intrigued by a boss lady who loves to party.
What’s It About?: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are the executive producers of this comedy about a judge who loves to get her party on (played by Kate Walsh).
Watch It With: Your book club. Ladies who have important jobs, but love wine just as much.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. Some people are skeptical of this show, which has already lost its showrunner due to “creative differences”, but stick around to see some of your favorite hotties show up on comedy, including Veronica Mars’ Ryan Hansen and Chuck’s Ryan McPartlin.
A to Z: Premieres Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Tune In If: You’ve been praying for a TV version of 500 Days of Summer
What’s It About?: Andrew (Ben Feldman from Mad Men) works at a dating website and meets unsatisfied customer Zelda (The Mother aka Cristin Milioti) who he believes he is destined to be with – because he maybe met her at a concert years ago? The show chronicles their over 8-month relationship, but we don’t know where the couple is at the end of it, just yet.
Watch It With: The hopeful romantics in your life, that are just now recovering from that HIMYM mess.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. Rashida Jones is a producer, plus we want to see where this thing is going!
Mulaney: Premieres Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Tune In If: Your favorite SNL character is Stefon. John Mulaney is the guy who created him.
What’s It About?: John Mulaney, a former SNL writer now has his own sitcom that is being dubbed the 2014 version of Seinfeld.
Watch It With: Anyone who likes to laugh.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. Don’t forget about it in the shuffle of Sunday night, but you’re gonna want to watch this one.
The Flash: Premieres Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW
Tune In If: You’re obsessed with fellow CW action shows like Arrow, Supernatural, or you always wondered what Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory’s favorite red t-sirt was about.
What’s It About?: Yes it’s a superhero, but you don’t have to be a comic book nerd to like this one. The special FX in the show will make you feel like you’re watching one of those fun, blockbuster movies every week, right from your couch.
Watch It With: Your siblings, or anyone who has ever expressed interest in going to Comic-Con
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. The fans will be taking to social media for this one, for sure.
Cristela: premieres Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Tune In If: You are all about the family sitcom.
What’s It About?: A woman who is pressured by her family to get her life together, but hey, at least she’s got a sense of humor about it! It’s kind of like if The Mindy Project was a sitcom about Mindy’s family life instead of her work life.
Watch It With: Your family. They will love this one.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. If this show does well, you’ll be able to find the reruns on Nick at Nite in a few years.
Jane The Virgin: Premieres Monday, October 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW
Tune In If: You can suspend belief reallyyyy well.
What’s It About?: A woman who vows to save her virginity for marriage ends up getting pregnant due to a doctor’s office mishap, and how her family reacts to it.
Watch It With: Your friends who aren’t doctors, as they won’t be able to believe it for a second.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Skip. This show will really have to show some heart to keep viewers intrigued week after week.
Marry Me: Premieres Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Tune In If: You still can’t believe they cancelled Happy Endings. Whyyyyy!
What’s It About?: A couple (Casey Wilson and Ken Marino) who realize all the joys of being engaged in the most hilarious way possible.
Watch It With: Your boo, your friends, or your cat, you know, if that’s who’s around.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live and DVR. You’ll be counting down the minutes until this show is on every week, but DVR it too because you’ll want to watch all the funny moments back again. Maybe even a few times.
Constantine: Premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC
Tune In If: You love The Walking Dead and exorcism stuff.
What’s It About?: Based on a DC Comic Book, it’s about people that can see souls out and about in the world and they are not pretty. It’s packed with tons of action, crazy FX, and oh hey there’s a couple of former Lost cast members!
Watch It With: Someone who won’t mind when you wake them up in the middle of the night from nightmares.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: Watch live. It’s the perfect show for staying in on a Friday night.
The McCarthys: Premieres Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Tune In If: You’re currently wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey.
What’s It About?: Dunkin Donuts’ Fenway Park, gay son – just a typical, Boston family! A gay son tries to fit in with his rambunctious Boston family and teach them that there’s more to life than New England sports. Good luck with that one, buddy!
Watch It With: Your fellow NKOTB-loving friends, because yup, that’s Joey McIntyre in the cast.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. But watch it when Scandal is over at 10 p.m. You’ll need a little comic relief at that point!
State of Affairs: Premieres Monday, November 17, 2014 on NBC
Tune In If: You sometimes wonder “what would it be like if Katherine Heigl was in Homeland?”
What’s It About: Well, basically just that. A CIA analyst who is grieving the death of her fiancé who was killed during a terrorist attack and was also the president’s son.
Watch It With: Your significant other, your friends who love the drama of politics, maybe even your mom will like it.
Watch Live, DVR or Skip: DVR. Great show to watch in bed on the weekend.