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Last week saw the return of many beloved TV dramas, such as Bones, and comedies like Parks and Recreation and The Office. This week continues the plethora of season premieres with the return of favorites such as Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Big Bang Theory.

Castle

Castle’s fourth season finale was a crowd-pleaser, with the romantic relationship between main characters NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) finally setting off. The mystery of the murder of Beckett’s mother, however, remains unsolved. This season promises to be action-packed, as Castle and Beckett try to keep their relationship a secret while continually investigating the Cole Maddox case, which is carried over from last season. Look out for the new season, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on ABC.

How I Met Your Mother

Today also marks the start of the comedy How I Met Your Mother on CBS. In a flurry of flashbacks and glimpses into the future, the upcoming premiere will address some unresolved questions from the previous season. The seventh season finale ended with Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) at his wedding to Quinn Garvey (guest-star Becki Newton); Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alison Hannigan) having their baby; and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) running off with his ex-girlfriend Victoria (guest-star Ashley Williams).

The series has won seven Emmy awards since it began in 2009, and has been nominated for many more. With rumors floating that this season is probably the last and with its previous season receiving the highest ratings of all, viewers anxiously wait to see how the Barney-Quinn wedding turns out and how Ted finally meets his future wife. Don’t miss the beginning of this promising season at 8 p.m.

Grey’s Anatomy

Everyone’s favorite medical drama Grey’s Anatomy begins its ninth season Thursday. Last season ended with a severe shock: A plane crash left many members of the cast stranded in a forest, and Lexie “Little” Grey (Chyler Leigh) met her end, which effectively boosted ratings for the show. Loyal viewers can’t wait to see how the others end up back in Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. As of last season, the series is the top-rated drama on television among its target demographic of ages 18–49. Although this season sees the unfortunate departure of Mark “McSteamy” Sloan (Eric Dane), it promises to bring even more drama for the rest of team. Grey’s Anatomy will premiere at 9 p.m. on ABC.

The Big Bang Theory

The previous season of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory ended with Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) finally making a romantic move on Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), as the group watched friend and aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) shoot off into space. Fans will be happy to see more of Sheldon’s sweet side this season. The romance continues as Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) start the season off continuing their relationship after Hofstadter’s awkward marriage proposal last season. The comedy comes back this Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS.