You shouldn't be surprised that the 2005-'06 network TV season offers only a half-dozen or so promising shows, nor should you be surprised when a majority of these shows fail in the first season.
That's the way of the television world.
This season will be like every other one, only more so. Among the 31 new shows are six with supernatural themes and another half-dozen law/crime series. That's a lot of science fiction and murder investigations at a time when we could all use some laughs.The new season has those, but overall the decline of the basic sitcom continues. It's noteworthy that while there are four quality new comedies (out of nine total), only one has a laugh track. And since non-laugh-track comedies have a poor track record, it'll be interesting to see how long these shows last. In trying to help you navigate through these shows, I'm going to try to give as much guidance as possible. But in some cases I can't help. I prefer comedies and dramas about regular people to science fiction, horror and procedural dramas. And there were a few shows I never saw. And if you're wondering about cable, there'll be plenty of time for that in the coming weeks and months. But this is the time for the networks to attempt to shine. With that in mind, here's how the season stacks up.