Fall TV Report Card: Did Your Freshman Faves Make the Grade? Did 'Doomed' Noobs Get Axed?

Beginning with Premiere Week back in September and throughout the fall TV season, TVLine asked you to weigh in and assign a grade to each of the new pilots — from Sleepy Hollow, which was first out of the gate, to Almost Human. When all was said and done and the numbers came in, did you prove to be prescient with your predictions, or wildly off the mark?

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As we slog through this holiday break, TVLine tallied up the average grade you assigned each freshman series as well as excerpted reader comments both in the vein of “Yea!” and “Nay!” How did your knee-jerk first impressions wind up comparing to each noob’s ultimate fate? Flip through the slideshow below — arranged from lowest grades to highest — and see!

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65 Comments
  1. Jill says:

    My surprise of the fall was Sleepy Hallow, I liked it much more than I expected. So glad I gave it a chance, I also like Black List, but the others I can do without.

  2. dru says:

    these grades are way too nice

  3. Larry says:

    These grades are too harsh its just tv trivial entertianment, not meant to be taken tv too seriously.

  4. Bobbi says:

    I’m still not happy that Back In The Game is gone. Much better than Michael J Fox’s or Robin Williams’ new series.

  5. cheryl says:

    Hostages – wasn’t that supposed to be only one season?

  6. GeoDiva says:

    I found the pilots for Trophy Wife, Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist free on iTunes after they aired on TV and got hooked! I immediately got caught up on them and have been enjoying the ride every since.

  7. cas says:

    These grades and comments make me wonder about TVLine readers.

    • neha says:

      Me too. Some of these shows deserves WAY worse grades (Hostages is most certainly not a B), and some shows deserved to do better (Brooklyn Nine-Nine is worse than Reign and Marvel?)

    • Right? Truly disturbed by people being fundamentally against characters with so-called questionable behavior. “May God now curse this show and rebuke the creators and producers of this show!” Seriously? That’s scary. Send me to Hell if I can avoid stiffs like that.

    • Lliannan says:

      Were these comments after the pilot only?

      • Ron says:

        Yes, after the pilot only. I know because they actually used one of my comments for Hostages. I liked some, hated some. But it was enough to get me to come back. My initial grade was a C (I’m not sure how the show ever averaged up to a B, because it was never that good). If you asked me now, I’d say the show is a complete mess, and I’d grade it a D-, D if I’m in a good mood. Not even Toni and Dylan could save this show. I think it was always meant as a limited run series, but the problem is, it plays more as a 6-part mini-series to me that they should have aired in the summer. Really 6 eps is all you need to tell the story they’re trying to tell, and I think it would have made the writing much sharper. One of the reasons I think the show has become SO bad is the ridiculous sub-sub-plots they’ve put in to fill the time. Who cares about Sandrine owing money to gangsters or whoever, and what purpose does it serve? Why did the daughter have to be pregnant? So cliche. And when it was discovered that Toni’s character actually knows and has a friendly relationship with one of the guys behind the hostage situation, I nearly put my fist threw the TV out of sheer ridiculousness. This show hasn’t just fallen off the rails, it’s so far away from the track you can’t even see the rails.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Correct; I thought that was made clear, but I shall make it extra-clear being the Internet and all.

  8. Lyss says:

    I’m still crying over Back In The Game, the Cullen brothers, Jimmy Caan, and the always beautiful Maggie Lawson did not deserve how ABC treated it. It was doomed from the start not because of the writing (because there was a great balance of comedy and poignant moments– and some dirty comedy that typically goes over kids heads) but the complete lack of promotion by ABC. They chose the absolutely horrible Super Fun Night to promote over this adorable little show. It should have at least gotten a second season, the premise didn’t really make it a long term comedy but it was a good fit between The Middle and Modern Family. Suburgatory sucks compared to BITG. Fangles were not impressed with ABC!

    • J.Norman says:

      I think it was pretty much doomed because it had a premise that couldn’t really be sustained.

      The “Bad News Bears” has been done to death.
      With that said, I was really hoping that this would be a go for Maggie Lawson. She is my favorite character on Psych (followed closely be Lassiter)

      • Lyss says:

        yes, see I admit that the storyline was a little hard to sustain for a long time, because eventually you would think the boys would just quit; but the chemistry between Maggie, James Caan, and Griffin should have at least given them a pick up. It was just taking stride. I won’t say this was a homerun, but it was at least a double, maybe even a triple at times when there was the emotional moments.

        And yes, Maggie is my favorite actress ever so of course I’d want it to go her way!

  9. Ava says:

    Love Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist and Reign. I really hope Reign is able to pull out a season two renewal. Very disappointed in Dracula. For a show that compared itself to The White Queen in ads, it hasn’t delivered. The show had so much potential but is poorly written (slow storylines). Such a shame.

  10. Tenney says:

    My two favorites out of this list are The Goldbergs and Sleepy Hollow. With both of those I was hooked right after the pilot episodes. The Goldbergs is very funny with a lot of heart. It needs to be moved to Wednesday to be with The Middle, Modern Family, and Trophy Wife. Sleepy Hollow has great chemistry between the leads, a diverse cast, great writing, great acting, an interesting storyline, and Tom Mison. Hands down my favorite new show of the season.

  11. majamabe says:

    My favorite new shows for this season are: Blacklist, AHS:Coven, Almost Human, and a show not mentioned, The Returned on Sundance. Although The Returned is being redone in the US, don’t think it will match to the original from France.

    • majamabe says:

      Forgot to mention Sleepy Hollow. Also like Almost Human even though the buddy cop format is very formula. The best things about Shield are Agent May and the plane.

  12. Brandy says:

    I agree with the grades for Reign,Wonderland,Betrayal,Originals,Witches.I didn’t like the pilot of Witches,but stuck with it and it got better.I wasn’t impressed with the first few episodes of Wonderland but stuck with it and episodes 4-8 have been much better.Im suprised Sheild got a B seeing as most were dissapointed with it.

  13. prish says:

    I was surprised that I liked Ironside, more, each week. It was getting solid. They took it off too soon. Blacklist was fun at the start, but if the husband ends up a bad guy, I won’t continue with it. There are still the last two episodes in the DVR, waiting, waiting, waiting.

    • Misilin says:

      I thought I was the only one not crazy about the show. I still have about three episodes in Dvr waiting, waiting, waiting. Haha

  14. Drew says:

    My winners of this season are:
    Sleepy Hollow
    Almost Human
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    The Crazy Ones (the one and only CBS show I can stomach)

    The Originals has made me realize how annoying The Vampire Diaries is. While not well written, it is far more enjoyable… at the moment.

    I’d like to alter my comment about SHIELD. The pilot was way too dark, but the rest of the series has over-corrected and now it just looks like a throwback to the 80’s.

  15. dude says:

    I ended up watching their Christmas episode a few days ago cause I was in a hotel and nothing else was on and I actually enjoyed it. Maybe that was their best episode, I don’t know but I found it relatively amusing which surprised me because I thought it’d be terrible.

  16. mac says:

    ” I’m sorry but I can’t handle an entire show dedicated to Klaus’ self-obsessed ways, in addition to all of his whining. It’s too much for me to handle.” -William ”

    I get that, luckily it isn’t 100% about Klaus

  17. Chelisa Hand says:

    I’m not in love with Dracula, but I have watched each episode. I’d have to say my favorite part of it is the relationship between Renfield and Grayson. That whole torture scene in episode 5 was great, if not cringeworthy for me. And whoever the actress was who played the torturer…bravo.
    Brooklyn 9-9 constantly surpises me with how funny and genuine is. I love every character on that show, which is rare. Even annoying Santiago…
    I have to watch SHIELD every week when I go and do laundry at my parents (yes, I don’t have a washer/dryer unit) because my dad does. I only liked one episode and that was when the characters had some personality. The rest is just…boring.

  18. Eric says:

    Dang, I got quoted twice! I feel like a Z-list celebrity.

    • Katie says:

      Hey, I got quoted once! Of course, I was really the joke since the show I complained about got renewed, but you know, you win some, you lose some. :-P

  19. webly3 says:

    Three best new shows are Trophy Wife, AHS: Coven, and Sleepy Hollow. However, The Blacklist and The Goldbergs have also been excellent. I have seen the majority of the pilots of the shows and those five are my favorites.

  20. I’m kinda surprised that there are so many shows I really like this season. Sleepy Hollow and Witches Of East End are on the top of the list. I’m really enjoying Agents Of Shield and Almost Human. I tried watching the first episode of Dracula but just couldn’t get into it even though I’m a longtime vampire fan. I’m really enjoying The Originals too which isn’t all about Klaus. That show is more balanced than The Vampire Diaries so it is nice to be able to watch a show without the triangle from hell. I’m really liking The Millers too and Ravenswood is really good even though I do miss Caleb being in Rosewood.

  21. Carla Krae says:

    Guys, the grades are based on the pilots/premiere episodes. Not the seasons-to-date. You can tell because the quotes are about the pilots, too.

  22. Ron says:

    ABC would do a lot of good to move The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife to Wednesdays. Goldbergs after The Middle and Trophy Wife after MF. How this wasn’t obvious to begin with is well beyond me. The Middle and The Goldbergs are natural pairings, and Trophy Wife and Modern Family are natural pairings. They’d go so well with each other. Cancel the awful Super Fun Night and move Suburgatory to Tuesdays. Is it too late to do a Happy Endings reversal and have it come back and air on Tuesdays to fill the void??? I’m still not quite over HE yet.

    • J.Norman says:

      You know, I have a sneaking suspician that ABC did know that these 2 shows (Goldbergs, and Trophy Wife) were better than the Wednesday fillers of Back in the game and Super Fun Night).

      But they (ABC) tried to use Middle and Modern Family to boost their weaker comedies. I really think that. It hasn’t worked and basically has put all 4 in jeopardy.
      Nothing unusual for ABC though. They never seem to know what to do with their shows that have potential.
      I agree that they (ABC) will be fools if they don’t give Trophy Wife a shot behind either Middle or Modern Family.. . . .But knowing the genius’ at ABC, they probably won’t

  23. cjeffery7 says:

    Blacklist turned out to be a bit disappointing. it’s still a good show and i’m glad its getting good ratings, but there are some pretty glaring writing problems in regards to all-to-convenient plotting. everyone leaps to conclusions and/or blindly ignores obvious evidence that i, as the viewer, can see coming a thousand miles away. the actors are great but the writing needs to be tightened up.

  24. LeilaY says:

    Whoa, Almost Human is NOT doing better than Bones, and you forgot to mention that Fox didn’t order a second season.

  25. lana says:

    The Tomorrow People deserves at least a C. Obviously it isnt B worthy if it doesnt retain viewers. I watched and it got worse with each episode

  26. Sally says:

    My favorites are:
    The Originals
    The Blacklist
    Sleepy Hollow
    Trophy Wife
    Brooklyn 99
    The Crazy Ones

    I think OUAT in Wonderland has potential, but the ratings aren’t good, and they’re going to end up cancelling it. So not holding out any hopes for this one..

  27. greysfan says:

    For me the best 5 new shows of the new season in order are:
    1. The Blacklist
    2. Sleepy Hollow
    3. Reign
    4. The Crazy Ones
    5. Agents of Shield

    Reign is the surprise packet for me. I never expected to like it. I thought it would be a dud. It is in fact really growing as a series and has a great cast. Also I HATE remakes with a passion. They’ve done Sleepy Hollow before BUT this is one of the exceptions. Its what i like to call that 1 in 100 remake that works.

    The 2 shows i am looking forward to in the new shows still to premiere are Intelligence and The 100. There are a few more but these are the 2 i hope are great.

  28. Annika says:

    Only BLACKLIST and ALMOST HUMAN for me and my husband – this year’s new shows were so bad.

  29. Kristy says:

    uhm what?
    Almost Human is doing WORSE than what Bones was pulling in the Monday timeslot…

  30. Pat says:

    For sure, Sleepy Hollow was the break out show of the season, for me. Was not sure if I was going to watch it, but when I did I was hooked. Also, Almost Human and Witches of East End are officially on my DVR list. Really like both of these shows.

  31. Alanistic says:

    Why is anyone even watching Brooklyn Nine Nine? It’s clearly the worst show since Star Cops!

  32. J.Norman says:

    It’s been said so many times that it has almost become a cliche , the reason Dads is still around is that Fox wants to tread as lightly as possible with Seth McFarlane.

    Will the show continue?
    Who knows.
    Fox has kept some ratings losers on the air for reasons best known to themselves. (e.g. Til Death, Fringe)

  33. Bob says:

    1. Sleepy Hollow
    2. The Blacklist
    3. Almost Human

  34. JC says:

    I think the biggest surprise for me was the hit that Sleepy Hollow has become. I expected that show to be DOA. I can see why it’s a hit though, even though I’m not watching it (the whole Biblical apocolyptic thing is not my genre). I did watch two or three episodes, and I think it just shows the importance of nailing your casting. That show would not work without its excellent cast. Other shows – I’m continuing to enjoy The Blacklist, but I’m not wildly excited about it. Almost Human has been a disappointment. That show is just not working for me, although I’ll probably watch it until the end. I doubt it’ll be renewed though, so I just hope Michael Ealy gets a new job quickly and on a show that will last longer. Agents of SHIELD has been the biggest disappointment. I was hoping for so much more from this show. Everyone keeps talking about the writing or the lack of superheroes, and I don’t think it’s that at all. I think this is a case where they completely botched the casting. Taken individually there really isn’t anything wrong with any of them (except Ward), but taken together they just don’t have the snap and chemistry of a lot of Whedon shows. It’s just a lot of bland. It’s getting a little better, but it still has a lot of work to do. I dropped The Tommorow People after two episodes, and everything I’ve heard since has only confirmed that decision. That show is a mess. And last, OUAT in Wonderland. I’ve actually been enjoying that show more than the original this season. I hope they at least get a chance to finish their story. And maybe they can transfer some of the characters over to the main show when they’re done. Alice might be a good friend for Emma.

    • JM says:

      Totally agree about Sleepy Hollow. I actually enjoyed the show until the end when it revealed the whole biblical 4 horses of the apocolypse plot. So tired and overdone!

  35. Ally Oop says:

    The winners for me were Reign, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Blacklist, I dropped all other new fall shows from my roster. Looking forward to more new shows in the upcoming winter/ spring including Bitten, The 100, Klondike, About a Boy, Us & Them, Believe, Ressurection, Surviving Jack, Gang Related, Crisis, Killer Women and Helix..

  36. Reading the comments chosen for every show i’d believe you’re all such prudes… Then again i recall the shows ratings and i bless the fact that you’re not. I love Mom and Masters of Sex, Mom is my favorite new comedy I hope they keep it on air.

  37. Davej13 says:

    Love Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist.

    I hate The Millers. IMO, the only reason it is doing well is The Big Bang Theory lead in. Show paint drying after TBBT and it would get a top 5 rating

  38. dreamlife613 says:

    Best new Fall shows:
    1. Almost Human
    2. Sleepy Hollow

    Best new shows of 2013:
    1. Orange is the New Black
    2. Orphan Black
    3. The Americans
    4. The Fosters
    5. Vikings

  39. Adam says:

    Are these ratings from the first episode? They seem high for a few of the shows. I really enjoyed Agents of SHIELD’s pilot, but by this point I’m already thinking its losing its excitement. Likewise, I really enjoyed American Horror Story: Coven in the beginning, and really loved the first two seasons, but this past season has angered me more than it’s entertained me; just a big offensive mess.

    I’d say Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Goldebergs have improved the most since the pilot, although Brooklyn Nine-Nine easily takes my top spot for new fall shows.

  40. A fan says:

    I’m watching 8 of the new shows, is that too many? Anyway,
    *I’m very happy with the Originals. I didn’t know what to expect from it, but they really went a good direction with it. I’m glad they didn’t wait too long to bring back Elijah(who is great, by the way), because the show really is about the original family, not just Klaus.
    *SHIELD is having trouble living up to its own hype, but it is improving. what they REALLY need to do is ground it more in the world of Marvel. They promised us an episode directly connected to the second Thor movie, and we got 5 minutes of sifting through rubble, and the rest of the episode was completely unrelated.
    *Almost Human is exactly what I was hoping for and lives perfectly up to expectations. I was expecting a buddy cop show with a Sci-fi twist (and everything that goes along with it) and it completely delivered. It’s simple, enjoyable, and (speaking as a female) easy on the eyes as well.
    *Dracula and OUATIW were both pretty crappy and I stopped after about 2 episodes for each. The only thing I know about Back in the Game is it was the reason Psych lost Juliette(sp?). Can’t say I’m sad to see it go (especially if this means she’s coming back to SBPD where she belongs.)

  41. Lori says:

    Blacklist and Crazy Ones are the only shows om this list worth watching! The networks served up a whole lot of garbage this season!

  42. JM says:

    My favorites are:

    The Blacklist
    Almost Human
    Brooklyn 99

    Had high hopes for Wonderland, but too many bad actors: Genie, queen of hearts. Even the Naveen Andrews, whom I love, couldn’t salvage this mess.

    But truth be told, too many new shows and not enough time. Still have Hostages, The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox show on my DVR, which I haven’t even touched yet.

  43. JON says:

    Really glad The Crazy Ones has gotten better. I was a little meh with the premiere and thought SMG was awkward doing full on comedy while there was too much Robin Williams. But the writing has become better and funnier and the cast has jelled so well together and everyone’s being given a chance to shine as opposed being the Robin Williams show. James Wolk is a revelation. And SMG is starting to be funny now. I’m glad because I really love her.

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