The British import, which premiered in the U.S. on PBS Sunday night, transplants Downton's formula for success (British period drama with plenty of plot twists) from the English countryside in the early 1920's to a working class neighborhood in 1950's London.
"Call the Midwife" does, in its own gentle way, send the message that determined people -- many of them women -- who ignore their allegedly limited opportunities can help create and sustain a caring community.
Since Ryan Lochte is an unreliable narrator, here are the necessary talking points for each talked-about show this fall. We may have just saved your life.
But the manner of his death gave him a last shred of dignity and nobility in a world running shot of both of those things.
With its three new dramas, "Elementary," "Vegas" and "Made in Jersey," CBS goes back to the procedural well and tweaks law-and-order formats with varying degrees of success.
Neither comedy is really there yet, but "Ben and Kate" is the more promising of the two, which is weird, given that "Mindy Project" is the first solo project of "Office" writer-actor Mindy Kaling.
Really, whoever's idea it was to make Fox's Tuesday night a full-on funny one -- as well as bumping 'Glee' to Thursdays (where it totally fits in with 'The X Factor') -- definitely made the right decision.
Mindy is like the anti-Zooey Deschanel. She's a hot mess -- and she knows it. But that doesn't stop her from trying to change.
We kicked off episode 3 in Kansas City, where the big news in the arena was that poor, delicate Simon Cowell was feeling under the weather and was skipping the auditions, presumably to roll around on a bed covered in $100 bills.
It's that time of year again: Time to break out the TV Guide and get ready for a weekly battle with your DVR. Here are the stats for the new network shows of the season calculated based on their previews and/or pilot episodes.
We Midwesterners are used to coastal types thinking we've got all the intelligence and brainpower of Hobbits.
Leave it to me to save you a half-hour here or an hour there on a handful of comedies and dramas that you're unsure of. (You're welcome.) Here are some shows that are truly worth your time -- or, at the very least, your PVR/TiVo minutes -- even though at first glance, you're thinking "meh."
Luckily, since the new season of "Glee" premiered immediately after, there was only enough time for an hour of mortifying attempts at singing from those deserving of restraining orders, which marks the first occasion I'll ever feel grateful for "Glee."
I want "Revolution" to work, despite the fact that positive experiences with dramas like this are more rare than NBC's accidental encounters with healthy ratings -- they're just too inconsistent to believe in.
As "Damages" signs off for good, I find myself thinking about what the show has done for the television landscape and I come back to one central figure: Patty Hewes.
There are four shows that merit special recognition and they're all quite different from each other. No matter what your tastes are, I'm hoping you'll spot at least one or two promising candidates here.