TV's Midseason Report Cards: Which Freshman Shows Are Making the Grade?

Winter is almost here, with just a handful of freshman TV shows having fresh episodes left to air before breaking for the holidays. But which members of the new class have scored good grades during their initial runs? And which are showing multiple areas for improvement?

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Are the Broke Girls delivering a wealth of laughs? Does Ringer still twin-pique our interest? Is an Unforgettable cop show proving to be memorable? We evaluated 19 of the newbies, though not all of them (meaning that fans of ABC’s Tuesday Man comedies, for example, must assign their own grades).

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214 Comments
  1. MARCIA says:

    My fav are Person of Interest, Gifted Man and Hart of Dixie.
    I don’t want Michael with the new doctor. I like the element of his dead wife, although i know that can’t last long. But Kate and Dr.Holt doesn’t do anything for me.

    And I need Wade and Zoe action on hart of dixie.

  2. Nancy says:

    I have been enjoying A GIFTED MAN very much.
    I hope it is renewed.
    I think you’d grow to like it if you watched it a few times. :)

  3. Carol says:

    Person of Interest certainly gets A+ for the steely chemistry of Caveizel and Emerson and the intriguing slow character reveals. This is our new addiction.

    Homeland earns A+ also for the dynamite combo of Danes, Lewis, and

    Still trying to get into Terra Nova, which earns a B.

    All the other new shows merit failing grades.

  4. Catherine says:

    Once Upon A Time A B?? You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s too high of a grade! The only interesting thing/person on that entire show is Rumplestitskin/Mr. Gold. Everyone else are too predictable and one dimensional. And, they do need to cut out the too many Disney references. It’s beyond annoying with just how many they throw in there. They also make the curse which they are moving at too slow of a pace on out to be too powerful and blame it for EVERYTHING. Even circumventing human nature and instinct which if the curse can do that than not even Emma can break the thing. There’s just way too much cheese and it’s way too predictable. The Snow/Mary Margaret and James/David storyline has gone so far down the soap opera route that it’s roll your eyes pathetic. They’ve gone overly done and cliche concerning them. It would have been more risky and groundbreaking if they actually did get them together quicker or never tore them apart in the first place. We don’t see that very often because too many people have the misconception that it would be “boring” when that’s not necessarily the truth if they did it right (which 99% of TV writers can’t so that’s why they go the soap opera route). OUaT deserves a C- to a D. I agree with the rest of the grades, though.

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