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The Best of Broadcast TV, So Far

Phew! We've made it through the first wave of fall premieres. Here's what's working ("Speechless") and what's not ("This Is Us").

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - "Pilot" - Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated ABC series "Designated Survivor"

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Before we get too far in, let us say this: There are so many more shows coming out. Even limiting our list to the upcoming debuts on broadcast TV, we still have “Timeless,” “No Tomorrow,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Man With a Plan,” to name just a few.

But over the past few weeks, Fall TV has kicked into high gear. With prominent new releases like “Lethal Weapon,” “Designated Survivor” and “Pitch” as well as low-profile favorites like “Speechless” and “Son of Zorn,” there’s been a lot of new options to sift through. Which ones should you be watching? Which shows should you skip? Which pilots are worth sampling, and which series should have a permanent slot on your DVR?

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Enter Very Good TV Podcast. IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic run through as many shows as they can remember, including all of the aforementioned series as well as “This Is Us,” “Bull” and more. While you don’t have to take their word as gold — nor do they agree on every show — hopefully the discussion should tip your own decision-making one way or the other.

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