USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco offers his picks for the best new shows. Check out trailers and clips for the top shows of this fall! For more of the fall line-up, read this week's feature story, The Postmodern Family: This fall's new TV comedies celebrate American families in all their non-nuclear glory, and check out our Fall's Top Shows photo gallery.
The New Normal
(NBC, Tuesdays, 9:30 ET/PT, premiered Sept. 11) A single mother becomes a surrogate for a gay couple in the season's most promising new sitcom.
(CBS, Tuesday, 10 ET/PT, Sept. 25) Dennis Quaid battles the Mob in pre-boom, '60s Las Vegas.
(ABC, Wednesday, 10 ET/PT, Oct. 10) Connie Britton (previously on Friday Night Lights) shines in this country music soap that is fall's most promising new drama.
Last Resort (ABC)
(ABC, Thursday, 8 ET/PT, Sept. 27) The crew of an American nuclear sub seeks refuge when a conspiracy turns them into a target in this well-acted adventure.
(CBS, Thursdays, 10 ET/PT, Sept. 28) Yes, we already have Sherlock, but Jonny Lee Miller's take on Holmes is worth another go-round.
Call the Midwife (PBS)
(PBS, Sundays, 8 ET/PT, Sept. 30) This BBC drama about young London midwives in the early '50s was a huge hit in Britain.
(CW, Wednesday, 8 ET/PT, Oct. 10) The Green Arrow loses his color and gains a back story in this well-done comic-book twist.
The Dust Bowl (PBS)
(PBS, Wednesdays, 8 ET/PT, Nov. 18 and 19) Ken Burns returns with this four-hour history of America's worst man-made environmental disaster.