Fall Back Into New TV

As the fall TV season begins, it can be hard to figure out which shows you want to devote your time to. So here are a few reviews of shows to help you overcome that tough decision.

“Scream Queens”

FOX network released a new show, “Scream Queens,” on Wednesday, September 23. The show is a horror-comedy centered around a group of sorority girls at a college who come face-to-face with a masked serial killer.

In general, the show gives off an “American Horror Story meets a Walmart-brand version of Pitch Perfect” kind of vibe (but without all the singing). “Scream Queens” features many faces that are well known to teens, which seems to be FOX’s target audience for the show, including Keke Palmer, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Lea Michelle, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Some of these actors seem to just be on screen in order to draw viewers in, but Palmer and Roberts truly steal the show in the pilot. “Scream Queens” can be a bit hard to watch, considering the fact that it is based around horror, but it tends to be more gory than scary. As far as the comedy part of the show goes, the pilot wasn’t as much of a “laugh out loud” type of funny, but rather an “exhale a little bit more than usual to show that something was amusing” type of funny. The comedy is satirical instead of involving actual jokes with punchlines or slapstick humor.

Should you watch “Scream Queens?”

If you like humor that is a little drier than what you’re used to seeing in modern sitcoms, yes. If that kind of humor, along with the gore involved, isn’t really your thing, it’s not a must-see show.

“The Voice”

NBC premiered Season 9 of “The Voice” on Monday, September 21, and it was just what you would expect from another season of “The Voice.” Blake Shelton and Adam Levine continue to bicker like a cross between brothers and an old married couple. And this season, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani are stuck in between Shelton and Levine’s digs at each other. Not much has changed since the previous seasons of the show — contestants still sing, the judges still have buttons and spinning chairs, and the show still has a seemingly endless supply of talented singers.

Should you watch this season?

If you loved the previous seasons of “The Voice,” or if you’re having trouble coming to terms with the fact that “American Idol” is coming to an end, “The Voice” could easily fill that void in your heart and provide some entertainment a few nights a week.

“Fear the Walking Dead”

The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” has been airing on and off on Sunday nights on AMC. The show is a spin-off of the highly successful drama, “The Walking Dead,” and is made in part by the same group of people responsible for “The Walking Dead.” The story-lines of the shows, however, do not connect. “Fear the Walking Dead” focuses on a family struggling against the beginning stages of the zombie apocalypse. It focuses more on the relationships between the characters as opposed to, well, the actual walking dead, but it seems to hold its own. “Fear the Walking Dead” starts off much slower than “The Walking Dead” did when it started. If you’re used to the fast-paced action of “The Walking Dead,” it might take you a while to get attached to “Fear the Walking Dead,” but that may not be such a bad thing. If apprehension toward gore and scary zombies turned you away from “The Walking Dead,” the new spin-off might help you ease into the creepy-factor of it all.

Should you watch “Fear the Walking Dead?”

In general, yes. The show is well-made overall, the acting is top notch, and the story is captivating once you get invested. Just don’t give up after the first episode. This show deserves for you to give it a real chance.

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