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The supernatural and super-famous lay claim to fall TV

TV fans, it’s almost time to head back to the couch. Twenty-seven new series are premiering across the broadcast television dial this fall, spanning virtually every genre of drama and type of comedy. While there’s something for everyone (at least, that’s what the networks hope), we’ve observed some common threads in the line-ups.

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ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" was co-created by Joss Whedon and is Marvel's first television series.

Why should superheroes live exclusively on the big screen? This TV season, the networks seem to agree that they shouldn't. ABC, which recently tried and failed at the genre with “The Incredibles," is trying again with the highly anticipated “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" which begins where the “The Avengers” movie ended. Co-created by Joss Whedon, who directed the film, Marvel's first TV show brings back to life Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who died in “The Avengers.” The show premieres Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.

On the CW, fans of “X-Men” movies will probably take to “The Tomorrow People” about a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities. It debuts on Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.

Fox’s “Almost Human” pairs up cops with human-like androids — not exactly supernatural territory but it does take place 35 years in the future and the robots kick butt. It premieres on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. And that's not all. More characters with otherworldly abilities will show up on the tube later in the season.

On “Intelligence” Josh Holloway (“Lost”) will play a super agent whose brain has been implanted with a microchip, making him the “first super computer with a beating heart.” That drama premieres on CBS on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m.

On ABC, a boy will come back to life several decades after he drowned on “Resurrection,” which premieres on March 9 at 10 p.m.

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After 31 years, Robin Williams returns to series television in the CBS sitcom, "The Crazy Ones" playing Sarah Michelle Gellar's father and business partner.

For whatever reason, maybe because we're all getting older, the troubles of adults and their senior parents are popular this year. Fox kicks off the senior craze on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. with Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi playing best friends who have the worst “Dads” in the world.

Competing with the world’s worst fathers is “Mom,” Chuck Lorre’s new CBS sitcom (Sept. 23, 8:30 p.m.), starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mother of two whose estranged mother (Allison Janney) comes back into her life.

James Caan returns to television on ABC’s “Back in the Game” as a father helping his daughter coach her son’s Little League team. It premieres Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m.

As if having him as a father wasn’t harrowing enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Sydney Roberts must put up with her dad (Robin Williams) at work, too, because he’s her business partner on CBS’ "The Crazy Ones" which premieres on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.

CBS’ “The Millers” features Will Arnett playing a newly divorced TV reporter whose father (Beau Bridges) shocks the family and leaves his mother. Adding insult to injury, the mom (Margo Martindale) decides to move in with her son. It premieres on Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Victoria Smurfit star in NBC's new iteration of "Dracula."

It is also a season of re-imaginings. Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” (Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.) follows Washington Irving’s classic character, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), after he wakes up two-and-a-half centuries later to fight the Headless Horseman (he’s back too!) and unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” follows the lead of its predecessor, “Once Upon a Time,” and puts a new spin on a familiar fairy tale, “Alice in Wonderland.” In this iteration, which premieres on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., Alice (Sophie Lowe) escapes an insane asylum to make her way back to Wonderland.

NBC is bringing “Dracula” (Jonathan Rhys Myers), who arrives in London in the 19th century posing as an entrepreneur and seeking revenge. The Bram Stoker characters you know are all here, but there are some modern twists. It premieres on Oct. 25 at 10 p.m.