New and promising fall TV shows premiere

With fall now in full force, there is an onslaught of new shows premiering this week. Following are first impressions (without spoilers) of six highly anticipated new shows airing this fall.

Madam Secretary
This new drama focuses on Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), a self-righteous ex-CIA history professor cherry picked to be the Secretary of State. Lesson of the day: Don’t get on your history professor’s bad side. The show isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. Look for Madam Secretary on CBS, Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

A comedic drama, this show documents how a family copes with their 68-year-old patriarchal father coming out as transgender. With Arrested Development’s George/Oscar Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) playing the lead, what more could you ask for? But for real, this show looks really fantastic. It’s definitely worth checking out. All episodes have been available for streaming on Amazon since Friday, and it could very well be Amazon’s first hit.

Gotham is an obvious attempt to attract fans of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It picks up what almost every Batman movie skips over: the portion of Bruce Wayne’s life in between his parents’ death and adulthood. But since it’s just plain stupid to have a television show revolve around a small boy, Gotham revolves around the cop trying to solve who killed the Batman-to-be’s parents. It’s just up to you to get over the myriad of over-the-top characters. Example 1: The dashing cop, Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who is on a mission for justice. Example 2: His law-bending partner, Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who has good intentions but not the best execution. Example 3: The merciless and aggressive villain, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), whose web of alliances and sidekicks starts to crumble. Gotham airs on FOX Monday nights at 8 p.m.

This new comedy is about an African American family living in the blindly white, affluent suburbs of Los Angeles and racial tendencies in the 21st century. It’s basically a black comedian’s stand up routine, but rated PG. Within the first episode, stereotypes such as African American’s inclination toward basketball and fried chicken are explored. With that being said, Black-ish has its chuckle moments and I would recommend checking it out. Black-ish airs on ABC Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m.

How to Get Away With Murder
Take Scandal, turn it down a notch, add some Viola Davis, set it up in a law school, and you have How to Get Away With Murder. This mouthful of a show focuses on Annalise Keating (Davis), a law professor, and her rigorous class that pushes her students to extremes (hopefully) not exercised at Carnegie Mellon. I have a feeling this show will be around for a while (see: other Shonda Rhimes dramas on ABC), so I would recommend watching it. How to Get Away With Murder airs on ABC Thursday nights at 10 p.m.