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5 best fall shows to add to your DVR

Overwhelmed by all the new programming to choose from this fall season? Lucky for you, I watched the majority of the pilot episodes so that I can share the good ones with you, and so you can avoid wasting time on the not-as-awesome ones.

Now go add these to your viewing calendars. You won’t be disappointed! (I hope ...)

No. 5: 'Suburgatory'

Love "Easy A"? You'll probably like this edgy comedy as well. "Suburgatory" stars Jane Levy as Tessa, a 16-year-old girl whose father (played by "Law & Order's" Jeremy Sisto) moves them from Manhattan to the suburbs after discovering condoms in her dresser. Like Emma Stone's Olive, Tessa is whip-smart, but unfortunately for her, suburbia seems to offer little more than plastic body parts and Red Bull -- and housewives who seem intent on dating her single dad. "Suburgatory" premieres Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 4: 'Person of Interest'

If you miss the mysteries of “Lost,” this show could fill the hole left behind by the vanishing island. J.J. Abrams executive-produces this crime drama about billionaire software wizard Finch (played by “Lost’s” Michel Emerson) who uses a Big Brother-type program he creates to identify people who are about to become involved in violent crimes. Jim Caviezel plays ex-CIA agent Reese, who is presumed dead, and whom Finch recruits to help him exact vigilante justice. Emerson is right at home in the role, bringing twinges of “Lost’s” mysterious Ben Linus to Finch. "Person of Interest" premieres Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

 No. 3: 'New Girl'

OMG. This new Fox comedy starring Zooey Deschanel is – like its star actress – just about the most adorable thing I have ever seen. Deschanel plays the uber dorky and oh-so-lovable Jess, who moves in with three guys after a brutal breakup and turns their lives upside down. There are no painfully obvious laughs in this sitcom, just genuine giggles. You’ll have the time of your life. Premieres Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

No. 2: 'Grimm'

Disclaimer No. 1: I’m a big fan of police procedurals. Disclaimer No. 2: I was a big fan of Grimm’s fairy tales as a kid. It’s no wonder this show made it onto my list. “Grimm” mashes police procedurals with the classic stories to create a dark drama where the old tales are not only warnings, they’re real. David Giuntoli stars as homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who learns that he’s a Grimm, one who keeps the balance between humans and mythical creatures.  Silas Weir Mitchell plays reformed Blutbad (werewolf) Monroe, who helps Nick navigate his new responsibilities and solve mysteries that involve a new Brothers Grimm tale each week. Premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

No. 1: 'American Horror Story'

If the words “from the co-creators of ‘Glee’” have you humming pop tunes, turn off that inner juke box for “American Horror Story.” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s new thriller for FX is anything but cheery, but it’s oh so deliciously dark and twisty. The drama stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott as married couple Vivien and Ben Harmon, who, along with teen daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) move into a creepy old home in Los Angeles to try and save their marriage. Soon after they get settled, the haunting begins, and some of it is pretty freaky. (Want an idea as to what to expect? Murphy and Falchuk gave viewers “Nip/Tuck.”) “True Blood’s” Denis O’Hare also appears as Larry, a former occupant of the house who survived the evil within, but not without major scars. Premieres Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. on FX.

Honorable mentions:

  • "The Secret Circle," 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 on CW
  • "Charlie's Angels," 8 p.m. on Sept. 22 on ABC
  • "Terra Nova," 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 on Fox

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