(In no particular order and absent of a lot of great shows I haven’t caught on to … yet)
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers and the coming apocalypse with the help of Sleepy Hollow detective, Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).
Despite a lackluster pilot, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow has developed into one of the best sci-fi/fantasy shows on TV right now. The added bonus is that it’s airing right now. Currently on its 9th episode, having recently aired its 8th.
Boasting an extremely talented supporting cast of Clancy Brown, Orlando Jones and the highly under appreciated John Noble, Sleepy Hollow can be genuinely scary, emotional and action packed.
The show is now in its sophomore season and is going from strength to strength.
Watch this show if you like: Fringe, Supernatural, Grimm, Once Upon a Time.
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion) gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. He then decides to retire his most famous literary character Derrick Storm to base a new lead on Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic).
If you don’t already watch Castle it may be hard to get into. Already in its 7th season, with over 20 episodes each season bar the first inaugural 10 episodes. It is in truth a periodical. Nevertheless it is a damn good one.
Nathan Fillion stars in fast witty episodes alongside a hilarious supporting cast and the beautiful former Bond girl Stana Katic.
You will go on incredible story arcs, terrific emotional family tales and see many cool guest stars pop up along the way.
Watch this show if you like: Rizzoli & Isles, White Collar, The Mentalist, Firefly
Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch the world’s most wanted with the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico.
Probably the biggest and most popular action/drama/crime show on American television today, The Blacklist stands as one of the most enjoyable and fast paced shows.
Although the leads in Spader and Boone chew the hell out of the scenery there are compelling story arcs, conclusions and single episode villains.
The great thing about the show is its multicultural cast which seems to contain a healthy balance or gender, race and culture unlike a lot of other shows on TV right now.
Watch this show if you like: 24, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Prime Suspect
Person of Interest
A former CIA operative (Jim Caviezel) is recruited by an enigmatic billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes before they occur with the use of a mysterious system.
Now in its 4th season, Person of Interest is always changing and always adopting which is perhaps why it garners millions of viewers each episode. Created by The Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan under producer J.J Abrams, Person of Interest has evolved from an action/drama into a meticulous look at democracy, artificial intelligence, surveillance, gang wars and corruption.
A good cop drama is hard to find. But a cop drama with terrific editing, visuals and actors is even harder to spot. Person of Interest provides all these things and more.
For a show that changes its focal point almost every season it is not shy from changing the lead characters. No one is safe and the show plays on that every episode.
Terrific performances from the lead two of Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) and Emmerson (Lost) are proof alone that this show will survive and dominate for years to come.
Watch this show if you like: Bones, NCIS, Eagle Eye, The Blacklist
Arrow focuses on spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Whilst The Flash follows the adventures of forensic scientist, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who fights evil in Central City as a superfast superhero.
I may be cheating by putting The Flash and Arrow together but I think to get the best of both shows you should watch both. They both air on The CW on consecutive days and exist in the same comic book universe.
If you do plan on watching The Flash and Arrow, then you must watch the first 2 seasons of Arrow first then start the 3rd season of Arrow and the 1st season of The Flash at the same time, alternating episodes as you go along.
The reason I recommend watching both even if you know The Flash and not Arrow is due to the two shows regularly sharing characters and arcs and even laying out crossover episodes along the way.
Arrow is far more serious and reality based whilst The Flash is certainly more humourous and bright. The two shows balance each other well whilst not always having the best performances.
They are the best comic book shows on air right now, surpassing the likes of Gotham, Constantine and Agents of SHIELD by a country mile.
They are also significantly greater in quality compared to its predecessor Smallville.
Watch these shows if you like: Gotham, Constantine, Agents of SHIELD, Smallville, Supernatural