10 TV Series You Must Catch Up On Before Fall 2012

July 17th, 2012 4:00pm EDT

The Walking Dead You know the feeling. Everyone at the office is talking about how great last night's TV show was, and you don't watch the series. By the time you realized how good the show was, it was too late to catch up.

But there's still time to watch some of last season's popular shows on DVD, Netflix, on demand or online, particularly if they're only half-hour comedies or 10-episode seasons.

First, check out AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the show goes on, more people are tuning in. About 9 million viewers tuned in to see the final episode in the show's second season in March - 50 percent more than those who watched the first season's finale in December, 2010.

Season three doesn't premiere until Sunday, Oct. 14, so newbies have nearly three months to catch up on season 1 (only six episodes) and season 2 (13 episodes).

"The Walking Dead," created by Frank Darabont, centers on a police officer who leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.

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"Once Upon A Time" was a surprise hit for ABC. Emma learns the son she gave up years ago believes she comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. Let the fairy tale begin...

Season 2 will air Sundays on ABC starting in September.

You don't need to watch every episode of CBS comedy "2 Broke Girls" to get the gist of the show, but you may want to anyway. The series centers on two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash.

"2 Broke Girls" returns for season 2 on Monday, Sept. 24.

Guilty pleasure "Revenge" is must-see TV for primetime soap lovers. Actress Madeline Stowe was nominated for a Golden Globe for the show, which centers on a young woman (Emily Van Camp) who returns to the Hamptons to exact revenge on those who were responsible for her father's imprisonment and death.

Season 2 premieres this fall on Sunday nights.

Zooey Deschanel lit up the small screen on "New Girl" last season. All 24 episodes (less than 30 minutes each minus commercials) are worth watching. The show and its lead were nominated for Golden Globe awards, and it was one of eight honorees in the "most exciting new series" category at the 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards.

"New Girl" returns Tuesday, Sept. 25, on FOX.

"Person Of Interest" gained a lot of momentum during its first season on CBS. The series centers on a former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) recruited by a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City.

The series returns Thursday, Sept. 27.

Showetime's "Homeland" was a bona fide hit. If you don't have Showtime, get it now. The series and its lead, played by Claire Danes, won big at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. "Homeland" season one revolved around a U.S. Marine Sergeant who is found 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad. Was he a traitor?

Watch all 12 episodes before season 2 premieres on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The following three series don't premiere until winter 2013, so you have more than enough time to catch up!

HBO's "Game Of Thrones" is one of the few (only?) fantasy TV series that has been received with such tremendous support and critical acclaim. Based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, the show depicts the violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom's noble families for control of the Iron Throne.

Seasons one and two each had 10 episodes. Season three premieres March, 31, 2013.

"Downton Abbey" was a shocking hit for PBS. The British series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. Ratings were very high for the "period" drama. It averaged more than 6 million viewers.

Season one included just seven episodes, and season two had eight episodes. The series is expected to return in early 2013 with Shirley MacLaine added to the cast.

"Girls" wasn't a ratings hit on HBO, but it showed the lives of 20-somethings navigating life and love in New York City in a more realistic way than "Sex And The City." Still in its infancy, the show is still gaining its footing and covered topics such as abortion, virginity, and the general awkwardness experienced by young girls and their partners.

Judd Apatow co-executive produced the series created by Lena Dunham. Season 1 had 10, 30-minute episodes.
Season two kicks off on April 15, 2013.

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