There’s a crop of new comedy shows this fall, and we analyze which pilots look the most promising based on their trailers.

It’s that time of year again: the networks have debuted their new fall programming and schedules, and critics have begun to analyze the potential of the new shows.

Please note the use of the word ‘promising’ and not ‘best’ in regards to these new pilots. There’s room for improvement and the end of season one can look drastically different – and better- than the pilot; for example, look no further than The Mindy Project. At Hypable, we have high hopes for the following new comedy shows – the more television shows to watch, the better!- and while we’re sure some of these shows will go on to have long, fruitful series, some may not make it to Christmas. For a list of the least promising shows, be sure to check back here tomorrow, as well as the least and most promising drama shows over the next few days.

I didn’t mean to choose at least one comedy from each network, but it would be very unusual to have one network be completely shut out from this pool, and with it being a record-breaking year for comedy pilot orders, the ratings rat-race will be as fierce as ever come September. Without further adieu, here is a preview of the most promising new comedy shows for the fall 2013 season.

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

This makes the list because while it may not be ROFL-worthy yet, it does have tons of promise. As was the theme with many new shows the networks picked up, Michael J. Fox is funny, charming, and a proven winner. NBC knows they’re not taking a huge risk with this, and their new push for broader, more family-oriented comedy should be refreshing for most viewers. With fan-favorites The Office and 30 Rock both ending this past season, NBC’s oldest comedy is Parks and Recreation, which is only entering it’s sixth season itself.

Fox’s willingness to poke fun at himself and the world of television makes this trailer entertaining rather than cheap cringe-worthy jokes, as so many comedy shows quickly turn to.

The Crazy Ones (CBS)

I don’t know where to begin to discuss this show. It stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellear, a father-daughter duo who work in the world of advertising. Before you think you’ll see Robin William’s character, Simon Roberts, emulating a modern-day Don Draper, it’s important to clarify this is not Mad Men; there are no ephionies about how to sell the Kodak Carousel, no, this is a much more lighter and comedic take on the industry. From the preview below, we can see there is potential. The cast is funny, and they have Kelly Clarkson as a guest star in the pilot singing a provocative song about McDonalds.

Do I think this will be winning any Emmy’s next year? Probably not. But it looks like a show a wide audience will thoroughly enjoy come fall.

Mom (CBS)

Say what you will about Chuck Lorre, but he has got a strangely winning formula to create new comedies. Allison Janney stars as Bonnie, the mother to Anna Faris’ Christy. An ex-alcoholic with a dysfunctional relationship with her mother, raising two kids alone, Christy’s life is going in all sorts of directions, which leads to certain promising moments in the trailer.

With Two and a Half Men‘s glory day’s behind it and The Big Bang Theory probably at the height of it’s ratings reign, it will be nice to see this female-driven comedy come fall.

Super Fun Night (ABC)

Rebel Wilson has graced us with her presence in so many fantastic movies, it’ll be interesting (and undoubtedly, funny) to see if and/or how well her comedic skills hold up on a week to week basis. ABC certainly seems to have a lot of faith in this show, as it’ll have Modern Family as it’s lead in this fall season. My only reservation with Super Fun Night would be it’s lack of a seemingly strong seasonal direction. Though, by the looks of it, this show would be funny, regardless of the antics and stunts shown in the clip.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

The trailer for this show doesn’t show any promise until halfway through. Dependent on your comedic preferences, you may really love, or really not love this show. While Andy Samberg seems to play the goofy screw-up of a detective, he actually plays the goofy-but-fantastic detective – what a twist! Cop shows aren’t usually comedic, but judging by this trailer, this is a workplace comedy about people who just happens to investigate crimes. Andre Braugher also stars as the new captain of the precinct who puts the screws to Samberg’s character, Jake Peralta, and wants him to grow up and “respect the badge.”

Last year, only two comedies lived to see season two: The Mindy Project and inexplicably, The Neighbors – seriously, if you watch the latter show, please let me know in the comments why, I’m genuinely curious. Creating and getting a show on air is ridiculously hard and regardless of how good or bad it may be, countless hours of work went into it and it’s important to recognize all the cast and crew do for their shows.

Is there a new comedy show that you are looking forward to this season?

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

Play Mean Girls in the Episode app today!

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30