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TV Preview 2016-17: Returning Faves

Which TV shows are still worthy of being on the small screen, and which are past their prime?

TV Preview 2016-17: Returning Faves

Hey TV fans!

Earlier this week, we took a look at some of this season’s new shows. Today we’re talking about the shows that have been around for at least a season—what’s still good and what’s gone bad.

SPOILERS AHEAD, natch.

Name: You’re The Worst

About: Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Wednesdays on FXX (premiered Aug. 31)

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Bang … which is very on point for this show. It's such a quirky series, where you feel like you're supposed to hate the four main characters, yet, you're constantly rooting for them. It also deals with some pretty serious issues in the most non-melodramatic way that I can't appreciate enough. This truly is a great show.



Name: Blindspot

About: Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 14 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Marry. I was kind of meh about this show at the beginning of its first season, but got really sucked in somewhere along the way. I can’t wait to find out more of Jane’s backstory, and I need Kurt and Jane to be together in the end. Or, you know, now. Now’s good too.



Name: Gotham

About: The story behind Commissioner James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Sept. 19 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. I really go back and forth with this show. On the one hand, I think it’s fascinating to watch the villains’ origin story—because, really, they’re the stars of this show—and on the other, I want to punch tiny Bruce Wayne in the face most of the time. (And I still find it hard to buy into Ryan Atwood as Commissioner Gordon.) But i’ll keep watching … for now.



Name: Lucifer

About: Satan takes up residence in Los Angeles.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 19 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. I didn’t watch any of this show until recently when I binged on the entire first season in less than a week. Although the formula is totally tired (cop works with “rogue” entity to solve crime against her will, cop eventually grows attached/attracted to said rogue), there’s something really appealing about Lucifer and his growth as a “person.” Also, I’m totally intrigued by the idea of him having a mother/God having a wife. (If this is a known thing, feel free to fill me in. I wasn’t big on Sunday school.)



Name: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

About: The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Sept. 20 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Kill. I finally quit this show towards the end of last season, because I simply could not with stupid Ward, and his stupid low-rent Matrix coat, supervillain schtick anymore. I heard they finally killed him off. Which, is that right? But I feel like AoS squandered the last of my Marvel goodwill.

Mandy C.—Bang. There have been so many times I’ve come thisclose to quitting this show, only to be sucked back in. I am such a Marvel fangirl that it hurts, badly, every time. If Ward somehow survives the end of last season, however, I am DONE. Maybe. Possibly.



Name: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

About: Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Sept. 20 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Marry. I laugh multiples times during each episode (except that whole run with Jason Mantzoukas because those were terrible). Each and every person in the main cast delights me, but Andre Braugher as Captain Holt makes me unbelievably happy. I also really appreciate that the relationship between Jake and Amy hasn’t killed the show’s dynamic; I’ve seen that happen to a great show too many times.

Rosemary—Bang. This is totally my friends-with-benefits/booty call TV show. I don't watch it regularly or with conviction, but I'll occasionally cue it up and watch a few episodes when I'm bored on a Saturday. It never disappoints. Andy Samberg is a national treasure, but the rest of the cast on this show is what makes it so great.



Name: Black-ish

About: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Sept. 21 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Marry. This is a great show that I was late to discover. It's a family comedy, but it has such heart and great things to say. I wish more people I knew were watching, and I will continuously spread the word. Give it a chance!



Name: Scream Queens

About: An anthology series that centers on characters being terrorized by a serial killer in different locations, including a university and a hospital.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 22 on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Bang. I rage quit Scream Queens in the middle of last year’s finale (after mostly hate-watching all season), because I realized I simply didn’t care who the killer was anymore. But the change of setting will probably lure me back in for another try. Damn you, Ryan Murphy.

Rosemary—Bang. I'm not committed to this show in the slightest, but if I catch it on, I'll watch it. It's entertaining in a ridiculous sort of way, and sometimes the outfits alone are reason to watch.



Name: Superstore

About: A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 22 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Marry. This is the half hour comedy I've been missing in my life! The cast is incredible, it's "super" smart, and I think the rest of the world that wrote it off is just now catching on, so hopefully it'll be around for awhile. Cloud 9 has become my happy place.

Mandy C.—Bang. I’ve only seen a few episodes of this show, but I legitimately laughed out loud while watching each. I definitely need to catch up (as a member of the rest of the world that wrote it off initially).



Name: The Blacklist

About: Elizabeth 'Liz' Keen, a new FBI profiler has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List turns himself in and insists on speaking to her.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: Sept. 22 on NBC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. Basically, Dembe’s still around, so I’ll keep watching. Even if Liz’s whole revival of a relationship with Tom felt utterly forced and only good for the eventual The Blacklist: Redemption backdoor pilot. (Which, yes, I’ll probably watch, too.) And the fact that they’re still pretending like the realization that Red is Elizabeth’s father is going to be a huge blow to watchers. Really, guys? We apparently haven’t been watching the same show.



Name: Once Upon a Time

About: A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: Sept. 25 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. … But I don’t know why I still watch this show.



Name: Quantico

About: A look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Sept. 25 on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Marry. Yet another show that I wasn’t sure I’d like at first, but got totally wrapped up in by midway through the season. I’m a sucker for the drams, what can I say? (And yes, I know that yesterday I said political dramas aren’t typically my thing. This is an exception.) Also, I’m continually envious of Priyanka Chopra’s hair. It’s just unfair.



Name: Younger

About: After being mistaken for younger than she really is, a single mother decides to take the chance to reboot her career and her love life as a 26-year old.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Sept. 28 on TV Land

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Marry. Sutton Foster is my spirit animal. I find this show completely endearing and I want to bask in it forever. I can only dream at 40 I find myself in the same type of love triangle Liza is trapped in. I don't even care who she ends up with, I'll still be happy. That's a lie. #TeamJosh. #WillStillWatchNoMatterWhatHappens

Mandy C.—Bang. #TEAMCHARLES.

Rosemary—Marry. I'm obsessed. When Younger first aired, I felt like maybe it was trying a little too hard to be cool. But it has really hit its stride and now September 28 CAN'T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH. #TeamCharles



Name: Elementary

About: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: Oct. 2 on CBS

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Marry. I don’t always watch Elementary the week it airs, but I keep coming back to it. We’re like that old married couple that doesn’t really like each other any more, but they wouldn’t know what to do without each other around.



Name: Arrow

About: Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Starting Season Number: 5

Watch It: Oct. 4 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. You’re a mess, Arrow, but I just can’t quit you. I love the characters so much that I forgive a lot of unsteady plotting. I remain hopeful they can pull it back together. Worst case, there’s always a Felicity Smoak spinoff, right? Right?

Mandy C.—Kill. I broke it off with this show at the end of season 3, even though I told myself we were just on a break. I continued to record it through season 4, and checked in occasionally when a Flash crossover necessitated it, but never worked up the interest in watching more than that. And then I deleted it off my DVR. And it was good.



Name: The Flash

About: Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 4 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Bang. The power of Grant Gustin’s charm alone is responsible for me still watching this show. Actually, Barry’s relationship with his two dads, plus anything Cisco is just the best. But honestly, I was really bored by most of last season. Hopeful that this season is an improvement, and we can put a ring on this thing.

Mandy C.—Marry. The Flash’s story arcs certainly have their ups and downs, but I’m always glad to see the cast’s smiling faces on my TV screen. (Cisco and Barry are major brotp goals.) And that season finale, man. I have to see how all of that’s going to pan out.



Name: Scorpion

About: An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 3 on CBS

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. I don’t know if I like like this show, or are entertained just enough to keep watching. Some of the situations the Scorpion team find themselves in are not quite of the caliber I would assume a group of geniuses would work on, i.e., overly simplistic, but I still find their wacky antics endearing. Plus, the father-son relationship between Cabe and Walter is super sweet. And I look forward to the day when Walter and Paige finally get their acts together.



Name: Supergirl

About: The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Oct. 10 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. The first season of Supergirl was really cute, and showed a lot of promise, especially the relationship between the two sisters. Melissa Benoist is so very charming, that it can ALMOST get me over how much silliness goes into everyone pretending that she’s not so obviously Kara AND Supergirl. The real star of the show of course, is Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant. I’m sad there will be less of her since the show is moving to The CW. But I am crazy excited for Tyler Hoechlin and Chris Wood to join the cast. They really needed more hot guys on this show.

Mandy C.—Bang. Although I think Melissa Benoist is kind of a terrible actor, I watched the first season of Supergirl out of solidarity; gotta support lady nerds in all forms, you know? It grew on me, and I really enjoy the relationships between members of the cast, specifically Kara and Alex and Kara and Jimmy (swoooooon). I was disappointed by Winn’s “pathetically friend-zoned” storyline, but I think there are better things for him ahead. And I’m terribly excited by the fact that the show’s moved to The CW—more Flash crossovers, PLEASE. I am not, however, excited by the introduction of Superman to the show. Not only because I think Tyler Hoechlin is not nearly attractive enough to play the role (#sorrynotsorry), but I worry that he’ll overshadow Kara, and this show is called Supergirl, not Superman.



Name: Legends of Tomorrow

About: Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Oct. 13 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Kill. I watched all of three episodes of this show before I knew we weren’t meant to be. Like, even as friends.



Name: Supernatural

About: Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Starting Season Number: 12

Watch It: Oct. 13 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. So, technically, I have a TON of problems with Supernatural. And if I were this routinely disappointed in any other show, I would just stop watching it. But once you invest 11 seasons into something, you can’t just leave. How many times can two people die? Why do they kill off SO MANY female characters? Why does everywhere they go in this country look like Vancouver? Okay, so yes, I could quit watching at anytime. Do we have a Hostage option in Bang, Marry, Kill?

Mandy C.—Marry. I’m behind by at least two seasons, but it’s the Winchesters (and Castiel and Crowley and …). I can’t quit them when we’ve come this far.



Name: Jane the Virgin

About: A young, devout woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: Oct. 17 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Marry. I'm still in, but it's lost a bit of its magic for me over the last season. Season one was just so perfect in every way; however, I'm in for the long haul. Even not having as great a second season, it's still 10x better than most shows out there. The supporting cast is phenomenal, and I want to marry each of them individually.

Rosemary—Marry. Is there a cuter, more fun show on television than this? I think not.



Name: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

About: A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find love in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: Oct. 21 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Bang. I think I want to like this show more than I actually do. I think Rachel Bloom is fantastic, and the series is completely new and fresh, but I don't really care as much about the Rebecca/Josh/Greg story as I think you need to in order to be fully invested. The side storylines however are amazing!

Mandy W.*—Marry. If it hadn't been obvious from my swimfanning over Rachel Bloom, I absolutely adore this show and would love nothing more than for it to live out its 4- (or 5-) season plan. But back to this season: mainly, the fallout from how the last one ended! Who even cares about teams, because my ideal endgame is for Rebecca to take care of herself. (JK, Team WhiteJoshFeather 4EVA. And, of course, the songs!)



Name: The Vampire Diaries

About: A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers.

Starting Season Number: 8

Watch It: Oct. 21 on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. I’ve loved this ridiculous show from day one. Vampires, YAY. The love story of the Salvatore brothers remains one of my favorite on TV. But yes, it’s time for this show to bite the dust. And it will! I’m thrilled they have enough notice to hopefully craft a really satisfying final season, with plenty of beautiful Paul Wesley tears. And not a moment too soon, because Ian Somerhalder cannot pull off ageless for any more years.

Rosemary—Kill. HOW is this show STILL on the air?! I quit watching sometime around Bonnie's funeral, but watching the trailer, I see her death definitely didn't stick. By the time I gave up on it, there were at least two of each character and most of them had already died at least once.



Name: Teen Wolf

About: A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: Nov. 15 on MTV

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Kill. You are a disaster, Teen Wolf. I can't imagine there's any way left to salvage this nonsensical mess, and if I see another creeper in a steampunk mask, I'm gonna poke myself in the eye. Set Dylan O'Brien free, and ride off into the fanfic sunset.

Returning Midseason

Name: The 100

About: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: To Be Announced (TBA) on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Bang. The first 2 seasons were pure perfection; however, if you've been on social media at all the past year, you know there were major flaws to this past season. However, I think there's still something incredible about this story and the continuous ethical dilemmas these characters are put in. I'm going to stick around for the time being … but we just have to see how it goes.

Kandis—Bang. Remember when it seemed like half The 100 audience rage quit in the middle of last season? That was exciting. I stuck around because the show still retains a lot of the elements that first drew me in; super tough ladies, complicated moral dilemmas, and just some batshit consequences. I’d like to see them move away from the A.I. storyline, which I personally find insufferably boring. And more ladies taking over everything!

Mandy C.—Marry. Last season was rough. But there were enough glimpses of the show I fell so deeply in love (during the second season) that I knew we would make it through. I have no clue how Clarke and Bellamy are going to save the world from nuclear annihilation by pulling a lever, but I trust that they’ll be able to do it. (#BellarkeForever) Just, please, show, please—focus more on the remaining 100. No one cares about the adults.



Name: iZombie

About: A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Starting Season Number: 3

Watch It: TBA on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. This show is just the best, isn’t it? I LOVE IT SO MUCH. They’re the most wonderful cast, and the writing is so smart. It’s fun, and dark at the same time and I miss it constantly, and HATE that we have to wait so long for new episodes. As much as I think this show has really benefited from shorter seasons, my love for it is such that I would watch it every day if I could. Dear Rob Thomas, please consider an iZombie soap opera.

Mandy C.—Bang. Although I adore this show, and the cast, I’m not totally sold that we’re MFEO. (I’m still salty about Lowell’s death.) I’m not saying I’m planning on quitting it any time soon, but I need it to continue to be awesome and then we can chat about exclusivity. Seeing photos and videos of the gang’s offline relationships certainly help.



Name: The Originals

About: A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: TBA on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Marry. What can I say? Vampires are my kryptonite. I love the eternally dysfunctional relationship between the Mikaelson siblings, and their evolution into the unconventional family they’ve become. I still think it has a lot of potential. I’m disappointed that it’s not coming back until midseason, but I think it will benefit from a shorter season. I’m one of those oddballs who believes all one hour dramas can benefit from a shorter, and tighter season order.



Name: Prison Break

About: Seven years later, thanks to information provided by T-Bag, Lincoln and Sara discover that Michael is still alive in a Yemen prison and develop a plan to get him out.

Starting Season Number: 5 (or 1, if you consider this “sequel” a new thing entirely)

Watch It: TBA on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Bang. There's a huge part of me that feels this reboot is a horrible idea, but I was addicted to the first 2 seasons, and the original showrunner is back! I have no idea what's going to happen, but I think it's going to be a very entertaining ride. At least for a while.



Name: Reign

About: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: TBA on The CW

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Kill. Oh, Reign. Why haven’t you been cancelled yet? The survival of this show continues to baffle me. Don’t get me wrong. I like it, and I continue to watch it, though I don’t think it’s nearly as fun as it was when old King Henry was alive. I just don’t understand how it’s continued to be renewed by The CW, despite seriously lackluster ratings, and a some super meandering writing. They found some of their original batshit crazy for that violent finale, but it really seems like the writing is on the wall. But I do get it, I don’t want to let Queen Anne of Green Gables go either.



Name: Scandal

About: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Starting Season Number: 6

Watch It: TBA on ABC

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Emily—Marry. I've been in this relationship for 5 seasons, which I think is my longest current TV-marriage. Even though we've had ups and downs, it's always come back around to the badass Olivia Pope that I will always stand beside. It hasn't failed me, so I will continue to be loyal to it!

Rosemary—Kill. I hate-watched Scandal for the first few seasons, and I hate-watched it HARD. The show was so ridiculous but so addictive. Then, things just went haywire and now I think I'm ready for them to put it out of its misery.



Name: Shadowhunters

About: After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting.

Starting Season Number: 2

Watch It: TBA on Freeform

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Mandy C.—Bang. My relationship with Shadowhunters went a little something like this: watch out of curiosity > semi-hate-watch to see how bad things can get > watch solely for Malec and complain loudly when they don’t get enough screen time. (THAT KISS.) And I am super OK with this.

Mandy W.*—Bang. Not gonna lie, that first season was rooooough. But as uneven as it could be, there were still some glimpses of potential, and I enjoy the cast way too much to give up so soon. Plus, being relatively unspoiled for Book 2 onward means everything will be brand new information for a change!



Name: Sleepy Hollow

About: Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

Starting Season Number: 4

Watch It: TBA on Fox

Marry/Bang/Kill:

Kandis—Kill. I quit Sleepy Hollow last season out of sheer boredom. And when I heard they killed off Abbie, I wanted to go back in time so that I could rage quit it, again. This show wasn’t working last season even before they ruined the best thing about it, which was the Crane and Abbie relationship. I could not be more disappointed with a show.

Mandy C.—Kill? I used to adore this show. And then, last season, the fire went out. I’m tempted to check in to see what happens post-Abbie, but I don’t know if I’ll do so any time soon.


Are you excited to see these shows return? Did we miss any of your must-see TV? Let’s chat in the comments!

All About descriptions from IMDB.

*Thanks to Mandy W. for joining us for a couple of shows!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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