Top 10 Freshman Fall TV 2014 Picks that are Bound to Overload Your DVR!

Summer is over. School has started. That means it’s back to our regularly scheduled TV programming, but wait — there are new shows to squeeze into our DVR schedule. Every year, this can be a fun but daunting task for us. It takes a color-coded spreadsheet to figure out what shows are important enough to take up our limited time 🙂 We’ve taken out some of the guess work for you and have come up with the top 10 Freshman shows you should be watching that earned that coveted DVR space and we’d love to share them with you.

How to Get Away with Murder How to Get Away with Murder
Premieres: ABC Thursday, Sep. 25 at 10/9c
Starring: Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza

Shonda Rhimes is really all I needed to hear to be dying for HtGAwM to start this year. She spins gold with everything she does. Move over Thursday Night Football because, as far as I’m concerned, Thursday night is all about Shondaland on ABC. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and now HtGAwM is sure to be a line-up of Must-See TV — it’s back!!!! #TGIT

People magazine describes HtGAwM as:

Hard-driving legal professor Annalise Keating (Davis) recruits a bevy of brilliant law students to intern at her firm – a murder mystery and cover-up quickly follow.

Watch the trailer below and then buckle your seatbelts because as soon as you hear Viola say, “How to Get Away with Murder” it will be replaying in your head as it has mine all summer long.

Gotham Gotham
Premieres: FOX Monday, Sep. 22 at 8/7c
Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith

Remember Ryan from The O.C.? Ever wonder what Batman’s hometown was like before Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight? Then Gotham is the new show for you. Described by as:

The origin story of future Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham is Fox’s effort to get in on TV’s comic-book craze.Southland and The O.C. alum Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, a fresh-faced police detective whose life begins to change when he and his partner, the brash Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), start investigating the murder of the parents of none other than a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). However, the noir crime drama isn’t just about Gordon’s rise through the ranks of Gotham City’s PD; it also promises to tell the origin stories of several DC Comics’ villains, including Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).

I have loved all of the Batman movies, the cheesier series made in the 90’s and even more-so the newest revival. So, I am uber excited to get a more in depth look at the makings of all of these great characters. Catch the trailer below, it’s intriguing, dark, and downright Gotham!

Black-ish Black-ish
Premieres: ABC Wednesday, Sep. 24 at 9/8c
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne

The trailer for this show has had me cracking up all summer. When Anthony says to his wife, “All this coming from a mixed woman who technically isn’t even really black,” to which she responds, “If I’m not really black, then could somebody please tell my hair and my ass,” I die and then roll on the floor laughing. I think this will be funny, Anthony Anderson, struggles to establish a cultural identity for his family after he discovers his children don’t have one. Laughs ensue. Catch the trailer below.

The Red Band Society Red Band Society
Premieres: FOX Wednesday, Sep. 17 at 9/8c
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable

I’ve loved Dave Annable since Brothers and Sisters and he hasn’t had a hit since then, so I’m hoping that this will be different. According to, RBS is:

Set in the children’s ward of a Los Angeles hospital (and narrated by a kid who’s in a coma), Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama that follows a Breakfast Club -esque group of patients as they such face life-changing (and life-threatening) challenges as cancer and heart defects.

At first glance, you’d think RBS would be a depressing drama, but it really looks like it will be more interesting than that. It’s dealing with teen-ager, there will be a lot of ups and downs, along with a lot of laughs too. Looking forward to this one. Giggles and tears — can’t get much better than that. Catch the trailer below.

The Affair The Affair
Premieres: SHOWTIME Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10/9c
Starring: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson

The cast is great, the subject is taboo, and it’s on cable, so I expect this to be a raw telling of the repercussions of an illicit affair. I love character development and examining how normal people react in situations they don’t exactly expect to find themselves in, until they are. describes The Affair:

Told from alternating male and female perspectives, The Affair examines the emotional and psychological effects of infidelity on two different marriages. Set in the Hamptons, the series stars Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) as the cheaters and Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe) as the cheatees.

Let the drama, tears, anger, despair, and yes sex ensue! Check out the trailer below, it almost seems like the effects may be very tragic to someone.

Manhattan Love Story Manhattan Love Story
Premieres: ABC Tuesday, Sep. 30 at 8/7c
Starring: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman

I’m not sure about the voice-over aspect for this little love story, but I’m willing to give it a try. Looks cute and funny. Check out the trailer below.


Gracepoint Gracepoint
Premieres: FOX Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c
Starring: David Tennant, Anna Gunn

I’m all for a good mystery, especially one that lasts through a whole season, so this looks great to me. A young boy is found murdered in a small, quiet, seaside town. Apparently everyone is a suspect and a lot of people seem to have motive and secrets. Let the detectiving begin! Check out the trailer below.


Stalker Stalker
Premieres: CBS Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10/9c
Starring: Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott

You had me a Dylan McDermott, but then you add that it’s from The Following’s Kevin Williamson and I’m there. I love a good thriller and a stalker every week sounds thrilling to me. There’s been quite a few criticisms already for this series, but I hope that it’s just because it hits too close to home for L.A. I’m also all for a complicated relationship between Q and McDermott and what secrets/past they may be hiding. Watch the trailer below, then go shut your shades, and lets get ready to catch some Stalkers.

A to Z A to Z
Premieres: NBC Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c
Starring: Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti

This is a romantic comedy that chronicles a relationship from A to Z and I think it looks super cute and can’t wait to watch. Check out the trailer, I hope you agree.


Scorpion Scorpion
Premieres: CBS Monday, Sep. 22 at 9/8c
Starring: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Ari Stidham, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong describes Scorpion as:

Based on the experiences of real-world genius Walter O’Brien, Scorpion is about a bunch of nerds who form a team to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. (It’s like if the Justice League of America traded their superpowers for supersmarts, computer wizardry and hacking skills.) And to give the show a Big Bang Theory-esque twist, Katharine McPhee plays the diner waitress who glues them all together. Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, and Eddie Kaye Thomas also star.

First, I love things based in reality, so that’s a plus. I also like smart shows, so I’m really crossing my fingers that this show is good. But, I’m NGL, I sort of giggled when I saw Finch from American Pie, and I’ve heard ramblings that it isn’t great. But, I’m still very stoked to check this out. Check out the trailer below, and let me know what you think.

There you have it, Pretty Sassy Cool’s Top 10 “can’t wait to see” New Fall TV shows. We’d love to hear what shows you are waiting for and why. Leave us a comment and let us know if your favs on this list or what you think we should be watching if we missed something. We decided to cap this list at 10, but here are a few notable shows that we’re also checking out this Fall:

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