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Ranking the Trailers for Fox's New Series, From J.J. Abrams' 'Almost Human' to Seth MacFarlane's 'Dads'

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire May 14, 2013 at 9:30AM

Are you ready for some mismatched future cops, brilliant but gambling-addicted lawyers, army antics and headless horsemen? Having announced its fall schedule, Fox has released trailers for its new series, which we've taken the liberty of putting in approximate order by quality below.
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'Us & Them,' 'Dads,' 'Almost Human'
Fox 'Us & Them,' 'Dads,' 'Almost Human'

Are you ready for some mismatched future cops, brilliant but gambling-addicted lawyers, army antics and headless horsemen? Having announced its fall schedule, Fox has released trailers for its new series, which we've taken the liberty of putting in approximate order by quality from best to worst below. Do you agree? Take a look below and let us know if any of these shows strike you as notably watchable.

The top of the heap is the J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human," a kind of buddy cop drama set in a future in which androids are commonplace, with Michael Ealy playing a discontinued model matched up with a robot-phobic Karl Urban. Abrams doesn't have a perfect record when it comes to TV, but this one looks impressively like a movie, and Ealy and Urban are interesting leads.


"Gang Related" follows a gang member going undercover as a cop, and is the creation of "Fast and the Furious" franchise writer Chris Morgan -- it's a standout for the easy diversity of its cast, which includes lead Ramon Rodriguez, Sung Kang, RZA and Jay Hernandez. "Us & Them" is a U.S. remake of the charming U.K. series "Gavin & Stacey," and doesn't look half bad in its take on a long distance relationship, though issues of how sustainable it'll be (the original had only 20 episodes) remain.



"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" pairs up Andy Samberg (as a wacky detective) and Andre Braugher (as the uptight new captain of his precinct), and looks by the book, though Braugher gives good straight man ("That's a terrible robot voice"). "Rake," a remake of an Australian series, is centered around a great lawyer whose life is a disaster, and while the prospect of Sam Raimi directing the pilot is intriguing, Greg Kinnear having messy hair doesn't make him a very convincing hot mess.



"Enlisted" is a "Stripes"-esque sitcom starring Geoff Stults (late of "The Finder") as a sergeant forced to take over a group of misfit soldiers, including his brothers, and looks harmless enough save for a not-that-comedy-friendly context, given the likelihood of people who enlist getting shipped off to dangerous locales. "Surviving Jack" is a '90s period piece -- chew on that.



"Sleepy Hollow" is a modern riff on the Washington Irving story written by "Star Trek" scripters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that's an unintentionally amusing melange of supernatural and conspiracy cliches. And "Dads," which is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, is a wince-worthy variation on the "Family Guy" creator's typical approach to humor without the padding provided by animation.



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