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Fall television shows for students’ down time

The fall 2014 semester is well underway, and as summer slowly fades into a memory, the pressure of course work descending upon students can be felt as clearly as the changing autumn air.

Although time may be be limited for many students in the upcoming weeks, study breaks, stress related insomnia and any spare time students can find will provide good reasons to watch, or DVR, these fall TV shows.

The following shows cover the popular themes in television, including strong female leads in gritty political drama’s, medical and crime drama’s, comedies, the supernatural and superheroes. Some shows start earlier in the season than others. With streaming sites like Hulu, most episodes are available to watch after the airdate for free or for a small fee. Some networks also allow new episodes to be watched via OnDemand or on network specific streaming apps.

Strong Female Lead;

  • “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni, airs Sundays on CBS. This show delves into the professional world, and the private life of the fictional Secretary Of State, as she deals with national and world crises as well as working through the stresses in her everyday home life.
  • “State of Affairs,” starring Katherine Heigl, will air on NBC Monday nights this November. This political drama has Hiegl playing a CIA analyst who is tasked with the daily briefing of the president. The catch is, the deceased son of the president was also Heigl’s former fiancé.
  • “Bad Judge” is another show coming to NBC on Thursdays. This series stars Kate Walsh as a wayward, L.A. County, judge with a penchant for bad decisions. While well respected in the court room, this judge’s hard partying, rock and roll lifestyle outside of her robes leave’s much to be desired by her friends and family.

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Medical Dramas;

  • “Red Band Society,” which focuses on the relationships between high school-aged, live-in patients at a hospital, airs on Fox Wednesdays this season.

Superhero and Sci-Fi;

  • “Constantine” is based on the DC comic series “Hell Blazer” and will air on NBC on Friday nights. The series follows a damned demon hunter as he is pried out of retirement by his overwhelming sense of duty to mankind. John Constantine uses his vast knowledge of the supernatural, and his own special powers to send demons back to their rightful place. If this sounds familiar, it is probably because there was a film with the same title, about the same character, starring Keanu Reeves released in 2005.
  • “Gotham” is a new series that airs Mondays on FOX. This Batman origins show chronicles detective James Gordon’s career as he encounters and deals with various classic Batman villains, before Bruce Wayne’s rise to vigilante status
  • “The Flash” is another new superhero show set to air on the CW on Tuesday’s. “The Flash” is a spin-off of the show “Arrow.” It takes place in the same city and world as “Arrow,” but the premise is different. The show focuses on Barry Allen, a scientist turned superhero who vows to use his powers to fight evil.


  • “Mulaney” airs on Fox Sunday’s and features John Mulaney, veteran “Saturday Night Live” writer and stand up comedian, in his own sitcom based on, guess who? Himself. Comedian Martin Short also joins the cast, playing the roll of Mulaney’s boss, an over the top comedian and late night show host.
  • “Black-ish” airs on ABC Wednesdays starring comedian Anthony Anderson, and actor Laurence Fishburne together in a family sitcom reminiscent of the classic series “All In The Family.” The show centers around two very successful parents raising their children in a privileged environment that neither of them experienced in their own upbringing. Anderson’s character is worried that the life of privilege he and his wife, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, are providing their children with is stifling their true heritage, and is determined not to let this happen.
  • “The McCarthy’s” is a show focused on a loud, sports loving, working class family in Boston. The family is strained when their basketball coach father makes an odd choice for an assistant coach, that promises to be hilarious.


  • “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC Wednesdays, sees the return of actress Debra Messing, to television. The show follows the recently divorced title character as she navigates through her crazy work life as an NYC homicide detective, while trying to maintain a home life for her twin boys and dealing with the antics of her ex husband.
  • “CSI: New Orleans” is the new installment of the popular CBS show which airs Tuesdays. The new season brings fans to a new city: New Orleans. Viewers can expect all of the usual grittiness and one-liners they have grown to love in the other seasons of the show.


With all the new programming available, it is easy to forget about all of the shows that will be coming back to TV this fall. Here is a list shows that will be returning:

  • “Arrow” (The CW)
  • “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
  • “Blue Bloods” (NBC)
  • “The Black List” (NBC)
  • “Bones” (FOX)
  • “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  • “Brooklyn 99” (NBC)
  • “The Goldberg’s” (ABC)
  • “The Good Wife” (CBS)
  • “Grimm” (NBC)
  • “Homeland” (HBO)
  • “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (ABC)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC)
  • “New Girl” (Fox)
  • “Parenthood” (NBC)
  • “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
  • “Sons Of Anarchy” (FX)
  • “South Park” (Comedy Central)
  • “Two and a half Men” (CBS)

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