Fall TV 2014: New Shows You Can Watch for Free

September 25, 2014

It’s that brownish-golden time of year when seedling shows sprout from relative obscurity into homes (and, if they’re a hit, water coolers) around the country. Winners bask in the glow of trending hashtags whereas losers are destined to become unpopular internet memes and message board fodder.


It’s this kind of frenzy that keeps people watching and talking. Luckily, our space-age HDTV antenna technology has you covered to peep these shows in full hi-def, minus the HD pricetag of course.


Here’s a rundown of some shows you should check out.


The Flash (CW)

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett

Why you should care:
October is quickly approaching, and if the (p)reviews so far are anything to be believed, it should be a hot start for the CW. The Flash premieres Oct. 7, but whether it sets social media on fire or becomes a cough flash in the pan is still up for debate. DC Comics fans can at least cautiously rejoice as the outlook is good so far. And who doesn’t love a good superhero story? Grant Gustin stars as scientist Barry Allen in this spin-off from Arrow.
The Flash on CW


Madam Secretary (CBS)

Stars: Tea Leoni, Geoffrey Arend, Marin Hinkle, Michael Simon Hall

Why you should care:
Not only is it highly acclaimed from viewers, it also features the return of Tea Leoni to the small screen. Madam Secretary balances between political groundbreakers and family matters (sans Urkel, of course). Couple topical government affairs with hard-hitting questions on gender equality and it could be a breakout hit. On a side note, Morgan Freeman serves as executive producer and has hinted at a cameo at some point.
Madam Secretary on CBS


Red Band Society (FOX)

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro

Why you should care:
It’s a dramedy about kids in a hospital. Before you go thinking this is The Breakfast Club in Post-Op, let’s walk through it. Red Band is based upon a Spanish drama series and is developed by Boardwalk Empire writer Margaret Nagle. Given the subject matter, the quirky characters could be pushing daises at any turn, so emotional investment is optional and could expose a fundamental flaw in the concept. Ratings were a bit lower than expected for the premiere, but Red Band Society should have a heartbeat for at least a few seasons.
Red Band Society on Fox

Gotham (FOX)

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Why you should care:
Just when you thought Batman couldn’t possibly be explained in any other way, FOX proves the batcave is still rife for exploring. Gotham aims to serve as an origin story for James Gordon, some of the city’s wildest villains and, of course, the Dark Knight himself … but in Bruce Wayne’s case, to a lesser extent than you think. Based upon critical reaction so far, it seems executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) has some magic stored under his cape.
Gotham on Fox


Constantine (NBC)

Stars: Matt Ryan, Emmett Scanlan, Ayo Adefila

Why you should care:
DC Comics continues to roll out more goodness, this time with faith at the central theme. Despite being Keanu-less, Constantine promises to be an excellent adventure spanning at least 13 episodes. Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) are behind this train, which strives to be more accurate to the source material than its silver-screen counterpart. It has a formula for success, and could be a winner if not for providing a dark offering during the Halloween season.
Constantine on NBC


How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Stars: Viola Davis, Charlie Weber, Karen Cabrera

Why you should care:
Interested in the show? Don’t Google it, else you might find yourself on the NSA watchlist. Potentially incriminating title aside, Murder promises to be filled with suspense and fast-paced, murder-laced hooks, and will surely delight with Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help) leading the credits. It doesn’t hurt to have Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal) at the production helm, either. With solid talent and a track record of success from show runners, this might be fall’s can’t-miss Thursday telecast.
How To Get Away With Murder on ABC


Selfie (ABC)

Stars: Stars: Karen Gillan, John Cho, David Harewood

Why you should care:
A social media sensation reinvents herself to be “liked” in the real world. Though it’s a comedy at heart, its lifeblood may as well be grounded in modern-day reality. Loosely based on My Fair Lady, reviewers and early viewers alike see the potential in stringing together enough pop culture reference to be funny, but it does run the danger of being a victim of its own subject matter (that is, bypassing “social darling” and skipping straight into haterland). Here’s hoping Selfie doesn’t get wrecked.
Selfie on ABC


NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

Stars: Gene Kevin Hames Jr., Mike R. Moreau, Charles Barber

Why you should care:
CBS hopes to keeps its long-running juggernaut in fighting shape with a new chapter in the NCIS superbrand, this time set in New Orleans. The challenge, of course, is to have it appear fresh without deviating from what has made NCIS so wildly popular to begin with. It’s a give and take between form and formula, and showrunners Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon and Jeffrey Lieber aim to make it an open-and-shut case. Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise, Quantum Leap) heads up the cast, and will likely continue to impress as the show steamrolls on from its Sept. 23 premiere.
NCIS New Orleans on CBS

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