The Only 7 Good Shows To Come Out Of The Fall 2013 Pilot Season

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Maybe it’s because I was paying  more attention this year than I ever have before, but didn’t it seem like there was a lot of nonsense to wade through in fall pilot season this time around? Something about the year 2013 just really made terrible writing, flawed concepts, and unoriginality come out of the woodwork. There was the extremely racist Dads, the incredibly unrealistic, irresponsible approach to family planning in Welcome To The Family, an active New York City police officer in a gratuitous wheelchair in Ironside…and seriously I could do this all day.

It was pretty dismal out there, and enough to get you to give up on the season altogether and just wait for the next batch to come out. But that would be a mistake! Because amid that stinking dungheap of shows that I don’t understand how they made it to air, there were actually some little golden nuggets buried. You just have to be willing to dig through literal crap to find them.

And here at Crushable, that’s…kind of our speciality. Getting our hands dirty so that you don’t have to, figuring out the trends so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of all your friends at that cocktail party, and just generally having your back out there, pop culturally. We’re here for you.

So in that spirit, if I may draw your attention to the center of the room, I’ve assembled a list of the shows that it’s safe for you to watch. Shows where you won’t be blindsided by a stereotypical Asian accent or a man in a wheelchair who lives in a walk-up apartment or the idea that accidental teen pregnancy is really fun. Shows that aren’t just okay, but actually pretty good.

You don’t even have to worry about getting attached to them and having them untimely ripped from your clutches, because they’ve all been picked up for a full season, and some of them have even been renewed for a second season already. So rest easy, and let your old pals at Crushable take over. Here are The Only 7 Good Shows To Come Out Of The Fall 2013 Pilot Season.

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    • Jill O’Rourke

      I have fallen in love with Trophy Wife. Michaela Watkins is my hero.

      • Jenni

        She’s a classic Casey Wilson…SNL wasn’t the right place for her.

      • Katie

        Michaela Watkins is hilarious in everything always. SUPER Great in the amazing New Adventures of Old Christine (RIP!) and recently in New Girl.

      • Jenni

        She was in New Adventures too?? I really need to watch that show.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Ahh I somehow forgot about her on New Girl! And I love New Adventures of Old Christine. So underrated.

    • CMc

      I religiously watch the top 4 you listed with the Blacklist being my fav. I love me some James Spader. I haven’t watched the other 3 shows. Twilight pretty much killed anything vampire related for me. Glittery vampires. Ugh.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah I have to admit I’m going nowhere near The Originals.

    • JonieUnderwood

      I am so shocked about 7 good Show out of the List whenever these 7 show has been good for watch but 7 show does not nominated .

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    • Katy Hearne

      I LOVE Trophy Wife, but as a huge freaking nerd- I can’t watch “Reign”. It’s very pretty & all but it’s just so incredibly wrong wrong wrong. (inaccurate. yeah, I’m one of those people)

    • Stephanie Stevens

      @Alexis Have you actually seen these shows or are you just going by reviews and word of mouth. I’m not asking to be snarky I’m just curious cause I do watch Sleepy Hollow which I adore but I have not seen the other shows on the list and I wanted to know if you have actual viewed them and can give a more honest insight rather than reviews by critics who certainly don’t have my same taste.

    • Sarah

      The Blacklist is AMAZING. I was a fan of the Goldbergs until I read about Hayley Orrantia crashing into a car “while checking her phone GPS”, leaving a guy with a brain injury and not paying for any of his bills- all while getting away with just a citation and the family having to go to the internet to raise money for the bills. So now I can’t watch it without raging about her not helping the poor guy out. Also- My bf and I just watched BBC/Hulu’s new “The Wrong Mans” which is fantastic and you should check out.