Fall TV shows declare themselves worthy of your attention

Andrew Lafrance

Andrew Lafrance

Wondering what shows are worth catching this fall? Make time in your schedules for these six shows, which concentrate on being funny, musical, dramatic, awkward or all of the above.

Cougar Town – ABC Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

If you are a Friends fan, then you will probably enjoy Courteney Cox Arquette’s new show about a 40-year-old woman who is recently divorced and back on the dating market. The small Florida town where the show takes place is perfect for all the drama and comedic happenings that occur. While it may not sound completely original, Cox’s funny expressions and perfect comedic timing are sure to make viewers laugh at her antics and wish her the best in her dating adventures.

The Big Bang Theory – CBS Monday at 8:30 p.m.

If you like nerds, science, awkward moments and/or good-looking next-door neighbors, check out The Big Bang Theory. Socially inadequate Sheldon and Leonard are roommates who seem to have nothing in common with their beautiful next-door neighbor Penny, but that does not stop her from trying to be their friend. The Big Bang Theory offers fresh laughs in an oft-tired genre and charms viewers with a great cast ensemble.

The Office – NBC Thursday at 8 p.m.

America has grown to love the goofy and mismatched workers at The Office. Boss Michael Scott will keep you both frustrated and amused with his non-stop antics, while eager-to-please Dwight usually ends up doing something ridiculous. Thankfully, fiancés Jim and Pam are offered plenty of screen time to balance out the oddities at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The Office is a great show because no matter how awkward or horrifying the situations may be, they always end up making you laugh. If you enjoy humor, sales calls, drama, sabotage and of course office parties, do not miss visiting The Office.

Gossip Girl -The CW Monday at 8 p.m.

Do you wish that your life were more vivacious but lack the drive to make it so? Do not fear; simply tune into Gossip Girl to get your weekly fill of teenage scandal. New York City, at least in this show, is teeming with young adults trying to figure out how relationships and themselves function in the upper-class society. Gossip Girl features hit music and an already impressive cast, so why not travel on over to the Upper East Side and see what is going on?

Glee -Fox Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Are you looking for a show that has everything a famous musical has but is on the little screen? Look no further than Glee, a delightful and silly hour-long comedy about a high school show choir. Singers Finn and Rachel may have great voices, but that does not mean they are immune to high school issues, such as climbing the social ladder and figuring out just who they are. Actress Jane Lynch appears as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester and spouts delightful and quotable lines almost every time she is on screen. The music and choreography is top-notch, and although the show is new this fall, the cast has already mastered the art of playing off of one another. The title reveals just how joyful this colorful show really is.

Saturday Night Live -NBC Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Now in its 35th season, the famous live plethora of skits, songs and celebrity guests is still making viewers laugh. Saturday Night Live, or SNL as it is often referred to, is currently starring Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg. No matter who is guest starring or singing on the show, SNL usually manages to crack smiles and elicit giggles from its fans and critics alike.