By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media TV editor
Maybe it's the competition from streaming TV, or maybe it's just good timing, but after a few disappointing seasons, traditional TV networks are seriously stepping up their game. From quirky comedies to thrilling dramas, the 2013 network TV line-up offers some great new shows for families to enjoy together.
While it's sometimes hard to pick the winners and losers based on pilots or clips, we feel pretty confident that the five shows featured here will have something positive to offer families and teens.
The Michael J. Fox Show NBC Best for ages 12 and up Why We Think You'll Love It: Fox is one of TV's most beloved comedians, and this show demonstrates that his Parkinson's disease hasn't dampened his sense of humor. In a wonderfully meta manner, this comedy takes Fox's real-life situation (as a father with Parkinson's and a supportive wife, who's reentering the public sphere after being out of the limelight for many years) and turns it into comedy gold. Could be a great pick for whole-family viewing. Watch If You Like: Modern Family Read the full review.
MasterChef Junior Fox Best for ages 12 and up Why We Think You'll Love It: Gordon Ramsay keeps his famous temper in check in this spin-off of the popular home cooking contest -- this time starring kids! Wee cooking whizzes tackle both the savory and the sweet in this fun-for-the-whole-family reality competition. Watch If You Like: MasterChef
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC Best for ages 13 and up Why We Think You'll Love It: Avengers director/Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon helms this TV spin-off of the mega-popular superhero franchise. With clever dialogue and action-packed sequences, fanboys and fangirls (both teen and adult) will get a weekly thrill. Watch If You Like: Fringe Read the full review.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fox Best for ages 14 and up Why We Think You'll Love It: Andy Samberg has a lot of teen fans despite the fact that his Saturday Night Live humor was pretty risque. In this cop comedy, Samberg tones it down a notch while playing against Andre Braugher, whose comic delivery is deadly serious. While the success of this show rides heavily on Samberg's ability to maintain his quirky energy from week to week, we're willing to risk it. Watch If You Like: Scrubs Read the full review.
Tomorrow People CW Best for ages 14 and up Why We Think You'll Love It: This sci-fi fantasy about a teen who finds out he's part of an evolved race of people has the potential to be an entertaining ride for teens. It's certainly got some dark elements -- and lots of too-beautiful-to-believe characters -- but it looks well produced, and it taps into relatable teen anxieties. Watch If You Like: Arrow
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