Fall TV shows impress with some unfortunate exceptions

While September may have brought the inevitable start of an- other dreaded school year, fall has also brought the return of several beloved television shows. The last months have been filled with season premieres of some of the hottest sit- coms and comedies, such as “Mod- ern Family” and “New Girl.” With a few exceptions, all of these shows’ premieres live up to their previous glory, and predict a promising upcoming season.

New Girl

FOX’s hit comedy “New Girl” made its debut in 2011. The show began its third season this fall, starring singer and actress Zooey Deschanel (Jess), as well as the talented Lamorne Morris (Winston), Max Greenfield (Schmidt) and Jake Johnson (Nick). The show centers around four people in their 20s who share a loft in Southern California. A talented cast, phenomenal writers and a heavy dose of sophomoric humor make it the perfect way to relax after a stressed school week. The end of season two brought to a close the awkward, secret chemistry between Jess and Nick, but season three poses new challenges as the two try to maintain some semblance of an actual, adult relationship. The first four episodes were great appetizers for fans still hungry from last season’s excitement, but were a little light on the humor compared to the show’s previous legacy. Hopefully, some plot twists and some more clever one-liners can put the show on a path to maintaining its glory as one of the funniest comedies on TV. No matter what the rest of the season is like, there’s no way I’m taking 2my eyes off “New Girl” anytime soon.

The Good Wife

“The Good Wife” deserves to be acknowledged as a consistently high-quality television choice. The show follows Alicia Florrick— lawyer, mother and recently elected First Lady of Illinois. Following a scandal surrounding her husband’s campaign, she is thrust into the spotlight of the Illinois political land- scape. In addition to following her personal life, the show also features a legal plotline, resembling other legal shows such as “Law and Order” and “Suits.” The last few seasons have been filled with exciting plot twists and relationships between characters. Perhaps the most significant shift in the storyline came at the end of season four, with Alicia deciding whether or not to leave her existing firm, Lockhart-Gardner, and start her own with some colleagues. Her complex decision continues into season five, creating some of the most thrilling confrontations the show has offered yet. The season five premiere was undoubtedly phenomenal, per- haps one of the most exciting and well-written episodes in the show’s history. With legal, political action and even romantic aspects, the show has the potential to appeal to a wide range of audiences, and is a refresh- ing change from some of the more 3juvenile television choices of the fall.

Super Fun Night

Unlikely to follow in these shows’ success is “Super Fun Night,” which premiered October 2 on ABC. The first two episodes of the season do not suggest a promis- ing road ahead, starring Lauren Ash (Marika), Liza Lapira (Helen-Alice) and the recently renowned Rebel Wilson (Kimmie) as three socially awkward roommates. Made famous by her hilarious roles in 2011’s “Brides- maids” and 2012’s “Pitch Perfect,” Wilson has made her mark on the comedy industry in just a few years since her entrance. It seems implausible that her first starring role could be such a disaster, but the horrendous script, score and supporting acting in “Super Fun Night” make a mess even Rebel Wilson can’t fix. The first indication of the show’s disappointment is the theme song, which resembles one of a teenage drama made famous by Disney Channel. If one can get past that initial affront to the senses, even deeper issues with the show are revealed. The primary concern is a thoroughly juvenile script, which combined with a simplistic storyline come together to make each half- hour episode a chore to sit through. The overall message of the premiere seems to revolve around “being your- self” or something related, but its so trapped in a burrito of childish one liners and awful fake Russian accents that its hard to perceive. Despite Wilson’s comedic fame, the show’s humor sounds like it was taken from a conversation among seven year-olds in the back seat of a soccer mom’s minivan. The show asks viewers to laugh at Wilson—her weight, her awkwardness, her sad love life—over and over again. However, it doesn’t provide anything in return. The script is pre-packaged, the comebacks are obvious and the proportion of butt jokes is way too high. Ratings from professional critics of the show are universally terrible, highlighting the general lack of of plotline and cringe- worthy moments. Overall, “Super Fun Night” is neither super nor fun, despite high hopes for Rebel Wilson’s participation. Whether or not she will be able to save the show remains to be seen, but if the show stays on this course it seems unlikely it will even make it through the first season.