This fall, prepare for your TV lineup to be shaken up in a big way — a whopping 27 new shows will be hitting the airwaves across the five major networks. (And good news: Only one is a reality show!) We scoured the incoming crop of freshmen to tell you which you’ll want to tune in for, based on the series that already have a spot in your heart — or at least on your DVR.
Like The Big Bang Theory?
Try New Girl (Fox, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET)
Zooey Deschanel stars as a geeky gal who gets socially mentored by her three male roommates. Though the gender roles are reversed, shades of Bang’s talented trio — and their simultaneously sweet and sidesplittingly funny relationship — are felt throughout.
Like The Mentalist?
Try Unforgettable (CBS, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET)
The Mentalist’s suave Patrick Jane uses his strong mental prowess and keen perception to aid him in solving crimes, while Unforgettable’s Carrie Wells, an intense former cop, relies on her infallible memory and powerful recall when she returns to the force as a detective.
Like Modern Family?
Try Man Up! (ABC, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET)
As Modern Family’s beloved Pritchett and Dunphy clans struggle with parenthood and maturity, Man Up!’s father/husband Will Keen and his socially stunted buds Kent and Craig try to figure out how to be real men.
Like The Vampire Diaries?
Try The Secret Circle (CW, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET)
First, author L.J. Smith’s blood-sucking baddies beguiled viewers with their timeless love triangle. Now, Smith hopes to strike TV gold twice, as her teen witches learn to master hidden powers and provide more supernatural, soap-style drama.
Like Mad Men?
Try Pan Am (ABC, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET) and The Playboy Club (NBC, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET)
Sixties chic has hit network TV, thanks to the success of AMC’s Madison Avenue drama. Both ABC’s Pan Am, about the dawn of the jet age, and NBC’s The Playboy Club, about the legendary bunny hangout, pay homage to the era — as well as to the grit that often lay behind the glamour.