Best New Fall Show of 2013

By the end of 2013, Smaller on the Outside put together a three-month long test to find out the winner of the wide selection of new television shows. The battle itself was hosted on our Facebook page. The shows included in the test were:

  1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2. Almost Human
  3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  4. Dads
  5. Dracula
  6. Hostages
  7. Lucky 7
  8. Mom
  9. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
  10. Sleepy Hollow
  11. Super Fun Night
  12. The Blacklist
  13. The Crazy Ones
  14. The Michael J. Fox Show
  15. The Millers
  16. The Tomorrow People

Look at each round and find out our winner after the jump!

Round 1 – Mom vs. Dads


Winner: Moms

It almost seems poetically just to have these sitcoms face off against each other, but that’s what we have.

The winner was of course MOM, which was of no contest. Seth Green is a great guy, but failed to bring that familiar ‘oomph’ that is usually associated with his performances. Anna Faris, however, did bring that oomph. Therefore ‘Mom’ succeeded in reeling in a decent amount of laughs.

Congratulations to ‘Mom’!

Round 2 – Hostages vs. The Blacklist


Winner: Hostages

Well, it’s been another week of negotiations, and we have found a winner to Round 2! The winner is HOSTAGES! We decided that the one flaw The Blacklist held was being too procedural while Hostages continues throwing twists and turns, furthering the overall story, which is turning out to be one heck of a thriller.

Congratulations, HOSTAGES!

Round 3 – The Michael J. Fox Show vs. The Crazy Ones


Winner: The Crazy Ones

This one was a tough call, folks. Both introduced wildly famous actors trying on the world of network television. The winner? After some deliberating, we declare the winner of this bout ‘The Crazy Ones’!

We appreciate Michael J. Fox for endearing such a project, but the target audience here was for comedy. We want laughs, and Robin Williams just has that special ability to warm our hearts with his comedic magic. Good job, Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Round 4 – Super Fun Night vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn-99-SFNWinner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Like the others, this one was a bit of a tough call as well. Both of these shows have funny lead actors, similar types of humor, and both seem to have a similar structure overall. What won it for this show was little bits here and there that made one show funnier than the other, and performances from the entire cast being exemplary.

Round 5 – The Crazy Ones vs. Mom


Winner: The Crazy Ones

It’s another week, and the Crazy Ones face off against Mom. Both are still pretty funny, but nothing, and I mean nothing in regards to TV sitcom comedy can match Robin Williams and his unique style of humor.

Round 6 – The Millers vs. Lucky 7

Millers-Lucky-7Winner: Lucky 7

This is the first competing genre bout, so in times like this, we simply compare the two as if they were playing on TV live, and we had to choose which one to watch…which one are we more excited to see, even if it’s by a small margin.

The winner here is an obvious LUCKY 7. I mean…come on, it’s produced by Spielberg while The Millers is a tacky sitcom that doesn’t look like it’ll last.

Round 7 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine vs. Lucky 7


Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I guess some of you probably already know the answer to this battle. The cancellation to Lucky 7 automatically advances BROOKLYN NINE-NINE to the Semifinals! WOOHOO…but lets face it, we were expecting as much anyway.

Round 8 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland


Winner: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

This one was so tough it required two full weeks of deliberation, but here’s what we came up with. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is incredible, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s importance down the road is limitless. However, while SHIELD is a bit procedural, it’s still only THAT much better than Wonderland, as Wonderland is the same kind of thing as it’s spinoff counterpart. Which makes it almost predictable.

The winner is AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Round 9 – Dracula vs. Sleepy Hollow


Winner: Sleepy Hollow

This one seemed obvious as far as dark tones/paranormal/classic stories go. Dracula is one of the only vampire shows that actually takes place in the past while Sleepy Hollow did the fish-out-of-water routine that accounts for it’s slick humor while still maintaining that dark humor. However, there could only be one winner.

Round 10 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. Sleepy Hollow


Winner: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sorry it’s been so long, folks. We’re trying to spread out the game as we wait for Almost Human to air this week, but the end is near, we promise! This time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D faces off against Sleepy hollow. It was harder to choose than previously imagined, because Sleepy Hollow is getting better by the episode, while SHIELD is hard to place…but in the end Whedon’s TV shows are always promising, even though they start out albeit a bit slowly.

Round 11 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vs The Crazy Ones


Winner: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s never easy to distinguish which TV show is better than the other when the shows in question are different types of shows. Agents of SHIELD is clearly an action/drama while The Crazy Ones is a sitcom. Now, The Crazy Ones is a very funny show with some really memorable and well-written characters, but Agents of SHIELD is getting better by the episode, having connections to Marvel’s never-ending films.

Round 12 – Almost Human vs. The Tomorrow People


Winner: Almost Human

Wow, what a round. This one took a really long time because each show is remarkable for totally different reasons. Each week, we thought this one is better…no THAT one is better. Finally we both discussed the shows and decided almost randomly what the winner has to be. Almost Human only won by a microscopic margin.

Round 13 – Almost Human vs. Hostages


Winner: Hostages

Both great shows, but when it came right down to it, the show I am more excited to see week in and week out is Hostages, which surprisingly keeps a story going strong. *edit* If the battle was still going today, I’d be more inclined to choose Almost Human.

Round 14 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine vs Hostages


Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Now this one was a little more difficult. It’s apples and oranges again, and if I had to pick between the two shows…I think it would simply differ on my mood. So I had to decide based on time. B99 is shorter, and has a better chance at a future…therefore,

Round 15 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Finals)


Winner: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s finally upon us, the decision of best new fall TV show! On one end, we have a hilarious new sitcom with a lot of promise for a future, and on another, we have an action/drama that is sometimes slow, but probably one of the most important shows on right now with endless connection possibility to future Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a no-brainer here!

The Winner for Best 2013 Fall TV Show is Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. !!




2 thoughts on “Best New Fall Show of 2013”

    1. I won’t say you’re wrong. Brooklyn 99 is absolutely hysterical, but I will say I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Agents of SHIELD quite yet. It is the most promising show on TV right now just because of the connections it CAN eventually have with other Marvel films, and that’s something to consider. Thanks for the comment!

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