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Our Top 20 fall TV show picks

draculaIf television shows are a reflection of our culture – and they always are – here’s what we can learn about ourselves from 2013’s new fall television line-up:

1. We like science fiction, and we’re particularly obsessed with doomsday and the annihilation of the human race. We also like vampires, witches and people with superpowers.

2. We like reality shows and docu-dramas. Even if you say you hate them and don’t watch them, you probably do.

3. We are a nation made up of different kinds of families – some run solely by moms; some run solely by dads; some run by moms, dads and grandparents. Several new shows examine the lives of single parents this season. We also like to retrospectively look back at past generations.

4. We like to watch shows about criminals or psychopaths with high IQs. We like shows about police, lawyers and detectives, and we like a good conspiracy.

5. We like office and work place shows.

After taking a look at the list of new fall shows, here’s our Top 20 picks that you may want to check out this season.

1. The 100 (CW) – Almost 100 years ago, a nuclear Armageddon destroyed all civilization on Earth. The survivors were 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Since then, three generations have been born in space, and the survivors now number 4,000, but their resources are running out. The leaders decide to send a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to Earth to see if it’s habitable for the first time in nearly a century. (No series premiere date listed on CW.) The 100

2. Bad Teacher (CBS) – This show is based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film. It features a foul-mouthed middle-school teacher and divorcee who’s out to land a new husband. Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) and Sara Gilbert (“The Talk” and “Roseanne”) also are featured in the cast. (No series premiere date listed on CBS)

3. Betrayal (ABC) – When a beautiful, unhappily married, professional photographer begins having an affair with a lawyer (Stuart Townsend), she soon realizes he is defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband. Henry Thomas of “E.T.” is also featured in this cast. The show is based on the hit Dutch series “Overspel.” The series premieres Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Betrayal

4. The Blacklist (NBC) – One of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives (James Spader) mysteriously surrenders to the FBI with an offer. He’ll help catch a terrorist only if he speaks to new FBI profiler Elizabeth “Liz” Keen. The series premieres Monday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. The Blacklist

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) – Andy Samberg of “Saturday Night Live” stars in this show about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove. Samberg plays a good cop who has never had to follow the rules too closely, but that changes when he gets a new boss. The show has no premiere date listed on the Fox website. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

6. Cold Justice (TNT) – This unscripted docu-drama follows two female investigators as they attempt to solve cold cases. Each week, former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses and chase down leads in order to bring closure to unsolved small-town murders. The show premieres Tuesday, Sept. 3. Cold Justice

7. Dads (Fox) – This show from Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy,” follows “two successful guys – and childhood best friends – now in their mid-30s whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in.” There is no premiere date listed on the Fox site. Dads

8. Dracula (NBC) – If you haven’t seen Jonathan Rhys Meyers in anything since “The Tudors,” he’s back starring in a show inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. This period show set in London features Myers posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. But what he really wants to do is seek revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. His plan is interrupted when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. The series premieres Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. Dracula

9. The Goldbergs (ABC) – “Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy,” the ABC site said. The show premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. The Goldbergs

10. Ironside (NBC) – Blair Underwood stars in this show as a police detective who uses a wheelchair after his spine was shattered by a bullet. He works with his handpicked team of specialists to solve difficult NYPD cases. The show premieres Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. Ironside

11. Junior MasterChef (Fox) – This is a culinary competition series for kids ages 8-13 who love to cook. Twenty-four young cooks will participate in cooking challenges and cook-offs. The show is hosted by chef Gordon Ramsey. There is no premiere date on the Fox website. Junior MasterChef

12. Masters of Sex (Showtime) – The show is about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson that chronicles their lives and place in pop culture. “Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch,” Showtime said. The show premieres Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Masters of Sex

13. Mom (CBS) – Anna Faris stars in the comedy about a newly sober single mom of two children who is trying to pull her life together in California. However, her estranged mother, now back in her life, is testing her sobriety. The show premieres Monday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 p.m. Mom

14. Reckless (CBS) – “Sparks fly in this legal soap set in sultry Charlston, S.C., when a Yankee litigator and a Southern country girl attorney spar in and out of the courtroom. The heat rises as they struggle to hide their attraction, clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to tear the city apart,” CBS said. No premiere date was listed on the website. Reckless

15. Reign (CW) – This show is based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, a teenage monarch at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power. The series premieres Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. Reign

16. Resurrection (ABC) – “The people of Arcadia, Mo., are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return,” the ABC site reads. The show will premiere Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m. Resurrection

17. Super Fun Night (ABC) – Rebel Wilson stars as Kimmie, an attorney who hangs out every Friday night with her two best friends. But when she gets a promotion, things change. The series premieres Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m. Super Fun Night

18. Surviving Jack (Fox) – Christopher Meloni, of “Law & Order: SVU” and “True Blood” is back in a new comedy playing a dad who juggles raising a newborn and teenager in 1990s Southern California in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google, the Fox site reports. There is no premiere date listed on the Fox site. Surviving Jack

19. Trophy Wife (ABC) – A reformed party girl becomes the third wife of a man she met at a karaoke bar. The show premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Trophy Wife

20. Witches of East End (Lifetime) – The series is set in modern-day Long Island and follows Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters (Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Rachel Boston). Both have no clue they are their family’s next generation of witches. No premiere date was listed.

By LaReeca Rucker, The Clarion-Ledger

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