Fall Television Premieres 2013: Everything Old is New Again

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In 1978, the crop of new shows on broadcast TV consisted of robots, cops, detectives, lawyers, moms, girl buddies, boy buddies, and Robin Williams (Mork and Mindy). In 2013, the new fall TV series will include…the same exact thing. It’s back to the future time, everybody!

Almost Human Fox
Image: Fox

J.J. Abrams will deliver some robot cops to Fox with Almost Human, while Andy Samberg plays funny cop on Fox's Brooklyn Nine Nine. Greg Kinnear will be hamming it up as a charming attorney on Rake, also on Fox, while ABC has a promising lawyer comedy with Super Fun Night, starring Aussie powerhouse Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect) .

Super Fun Night on ABC
Image: ABC/Craig Sjodin

Like old-school buddy comedies? You’re in luck! Thirty-three years ago, Tom Hanks' career was launched with Bosom Buddies, about some dudes in a strange housing situation. And today, we can look forward to a new comedy series about some dudes in a strange housing situation with CBS' We Are Men, starring Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Donnell, and Kal Penn. Or maybe you just like '70s icon Robin Williams, who returns to network television (along with Sarah Michelle Gellar) as a zany ad agency owner in The Crazy Ones, also on CBS.

The Crazy Ones CBS
Image: CBS

Not all of the new shows have a nostalgic vibe. Syfy is launching a reality competition about cosplay called Cosworld, in which contestants will vie for the best comic book convention costumes. And Anna Faris plays pretty much the opposite of every '70s sitcom mom on the CBS comedy Mom, also starring Allison Janney.

Still, this season could definitely be described as Flashback Fall. The retro roster comes at an odd time for television, which most viewers and critics agree is in a new golden age. From AMC's Mad Men and Breaking Bad to HBO's Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire (HBO), there is no shortage of amazing programming on the small screen these days. In fact, the quality of TV shows is often better than what we pay big money to see in the theater.

It’s not just golden for cable TV, either. CBS was one of the first broadcast networks to smash the ancient blueprint for fall premieres entirely, by launching a new series ( Under The Dome) in the summertime. It worked; the Steven King-inspired sci-fi drama has been #1 in the ratings on Monday nights all summer long. Even public television has appointment TV now. PBS grabbed the biggest success in the history of its Masterpiece franchise with the period piece Downton Abbey.

What do you think? Which of the new TV shows will you be watching as they’re rolled out over the next few weeks? If we’ve left your favorite off the poll, be sure to tell us in the “other” slot.

Now tell us: How much are you looking forward to the new fall television shows? Tell us by clicking on the Swipp smiley face and moving the slider to give your score, then pressing the Swipp It button to enter your rating. A +5 would mean you can't wait to see lots of new shows this season, and a -5 would mean you're not excited at all.

And tell us what you think of the blast-from-the-past programming in the comments!

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