Americans’ desire to turn back the clock hasn’t been lost on television programmers.

In addition to reviving old series (“S.W.A.T,” “Will & Grace” and “Dynasty” premiere this fall; “Roseanne” returns mid-season), they’ve got newcomers that showcase military heroes, space travelers and superheroes.

A breakout hit?

Thus far nothing emerges but even “Friends” took time to gestate.

Of the entries, “Young Sheldon,” a look at the “Big Bang Theory” character in childhood, and “Star Trek: Discovery,” another take on the venerable franchise, hold the most promise.

By network, here’s what’s coming this fall:


THE GOOD DOCTOR (9 p.m. Sept. 25) ABC

Premise: A young doctor on the autism spectrum has to prove to others at his hospital that he’s a good hire.

Stars: Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”); Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”)

It’s like: “Doogie Howser, MD” meets “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

Grade: B plus. This has potential to put the brakes on chaos television and get back to storytelling.

MARVEL’S INHUMANS (8 p.m. Sept. 29) ABC

Premise: A military coup splits the Royal Family, pushing them to Hawaii. Black Bolt doesn’t speak but Maximus more than makes up for the silence. In case you didn't realize, this is a world of superheroes.

Stars: Anson Mount; Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones”) and Serinda Swan

It’s like: Any number of Marvel superhero offerings.

Grade: C


Premise: After a TV writer gets done with revisions to a script, she returns  home to discover her daughter is missing.

Stars: Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”)

It’s like: “American Crime” as seen through the eyes of “L.A. Confidential”

Grade: B

THE MAYOR (8 p.m. Oct. 3) ABC

Premise: A rapper gets elected mayor.

Stars: Brandon Michael Hall, Lea Michele (“Glee”)

It’s like: An older “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” if he decided to capitalize on his popularity.

Grade: C. This tries too hard to be a comedy with a conscience.


Premise: A not-so-good guy is plucked to bring hope to the world. He’s a reluctant hero, but what else does he have to lose?

Stars: Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kimberly Hebert Gregory

It’s like: A better “Angel from Hell.” It’s not quite “The Good Place,” however.

Grade: B


YOUNG SHELDON (7:30 p.m. Sept. 24) CBS

Premise: What was the “Big Bang Theory” brain like when he was a boy growing up in Texas? This is the account.

Stars: Iain Armitage; Zoe Perry; and Jim Parson narrates

It’s like: “The Wonder Years” or “Brooklyn Bridge”

Grade: A. Armitage is a great tour guide into the world that produced Sheldon.

SEAL TEAM (8 p.m. Sept. 27) CBS

Premise: One of three new military shows, this looks that the high-stakes Navy SEALS and the cases they attack to make the world safe.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Jessia Pare, Max Thieriot

It’s like: “American Sniper” with weekly missions.

Grade: C. While this is the most respectful of the three, it still has the predictability of a CBS drama.

WISDOM OF THE CROWD (7:30 p.m. Oct. 1) CBS

Premise: A tech whiz creates an app that will help solve his daughter’s murder and other crimes.

Stars: Jeremy Piven

It’s like: Any number of CBS procedurals, but with a tech overlay.

Grade: Unpreviewed

9JKL (7 p.m. Oct 2) CBS

Premise: The family that lives together, well, argues. Based on Mark Feuerstein’s real-life experience, the comedy shows how an actor traverses a landmine of meddling when his parents and brother live next door.

Stars: Mark Feuerstein; Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould

It’s like: A Neil Simon comedy without all the sharp Neil Simon oneliners.

Grade: C

ME, MYSELF AND I (8:30 p.m., Oct. 2) CBS

Premise: A look at one man through three phases of his life.

Stars: Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), John Larroquette and Jack Dylan Grazer play Alex at different phases.

It’s like: More introspective than a comedy needs to be, it’s like so many coming-of-age series that have the wisdom of a narrator; here, though, we see the narrator.

Grade: C plus

S.W.A.T. (9 p.m., Nov. 2) CBS

Premise: A Los Angeles native is named to head a special police unit. He’s torn between loyalty to his friends from the street and his fellow law enforcement officials.

Stars: Shemar Moore

It’s like: The old TV show, only with new values and a hunky cop.

Grade: C


 VALOR (8 p.m. Oct. 9) CW

Premise: Helicopter pilots, called the Shadow Raiders, embark on a mission that goes awry. Two return but they’re determined to find out what really happened.

Stars: Christina Ochoa, Matt Barr

It’s like: Most of these military dramas. But this one suggests everything isn’t by the books and clean.

Grade: B plus. It goes for realism (and, yes, raises eyebrows).

DYNASTY (9 p.m. Oct. 11) CW

Premise: The former ABC soap is back, this time with a younger crowd and an environmental message.

Stars: Grant Show, Mathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies

It’s like: The original but with twists; Cristal, for example, isn’t the picture of sweetness and light; Sammy Jo is now a male.

Grade: C


THE ORVILLE (7 p.m., Sept. 10) FOX

Premise: A flawed captain (Seth MacFarlane) leads a ragtag team 400 years into the future. The Orville is their vehicle; the universe is their beat.

Stars: MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

It’s like: “Star Trek,” circa 1983. Although the ads suggest this is a funny version of “Star Trek,” don’t expect “Spaceballs.” The laughs are few and far between.

Grade: B minus. It looks great but it should have gone for the laughs.

GHOSTED (730 p.m. Oct. 1) FOX

Premise: Aliens are amongst us. One of those fighting them doesn’t believe, another is all-in. Working for a secret agency called The Bureau Underground, they’re charged with saving the human race.

Stars: Craig Robinson (“The Office”); Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”)

It’s like: “Ghostbusters” as seen through the eyes of “The X-Files’” writers.

Grade: B plus.

THE GIFTED (8 p.m. Oct. 2) FOX

Premise: Folks who are kinda like the X-Men are hunted; when a couple discover their children are among the gifted, they realize they’ve got to go on the lam and fight back.

Stars: Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”); Amy Acker

It’s like: “X-Men,” duh.

Grade: B plus. The “talents” of the gifted will surprise you (and, in some cases, leave you dumbfounded). How a honeycomb wall works is sorta fascinating.


THE BRAVE (9 p.m. Sept. 25) NBC

Premise: A special military team is sent on secret missions, led by a government group of analysts.

Stars: Anne Heche and Mike Vogel

It’s like: Two other series we’ve got this year. This is the one that lets you see some of the government officials pulling the strings.

Grade: C plus


Premise: Uber-producer Dick Wolf takes a page from Ryan Murphy’s playbook and looks at real-life crimes with his “Law & Order” franchise. This one tracks the murder trial of the Menendez brothers.

Stars: Edie Falco as attorney Leslie Abramson

It’s like: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” but with a Dick Wolf vibe.

Grade: B plus

WILL & GRACE (8 p.m. Sept. 28) NBC

Premise: Those urban friends are back, a little weary for the lessons they’ve learned but willing to take on the world.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, all Emmy winners

It’s like: They never left.

Grade: A



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