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Ordered annually by top networks like CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX, the best new shows provide us with new storylines, fresh characters and the return of some of our favorite actors and actresses. While often these new shows, such as some of the worst new shows of 2011, only last a few episodes before they are axed by the cancellation gods, others begin what will become a long and prosperous run on television.

Created to fill the open slots on the prime time television schedule left by other shows that ended, moved or were cancelled, these new shows vary in subject matter with drama series, such as "Person of Interest," comedies, like "2 Broke Girls," and even give us fantasy settings, like on "Once Upon a Time." Not to leave reality television or animated programming out, the CW introduced a new reality series "H8R" while FOX expanded its "Animation Domination" with the new series "Allen Gregory."

But just because these shows are new to the fall 2011 television lineup does not mean they are things we've not seen before. "Charlie's Angels" for instance has been remade numerous times from its original showing, both in film and on television. In the reality competition world, "The X Factor" aired for the first time in an American version in 2011 after becoming wildly popular in the United Kingdom.

Going a step further, many new shows took a bit of inspiration from shows we're familiar with, like the return of patriarch Tim Allen in "Last Man Standing," a sitcom rebooted from the premise of "Home Improvement," and the new CBS series "How to Be a Gentleman," which has been compared to a modern-day "Odd Couple."

Be them fresh ideas for dramas or remakes of sitcoms, the best new dramas are all looking for one thing, success. Without that many will go the way that "The Playboy Club" already has in the 2011 season, right down the crapper to cancellation land.

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

2
58 44
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

3
55 44
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

4
50 40
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
American Horror Story Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

5
49 42
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

6
47 40
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

7
54 54
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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43 52
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

9
11 10
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
veronikawaller added Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

10
30 38
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
StevenCooper added Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

11
28 36
Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Suburgatory Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin

12
36 50
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

13
2 2
House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
SibunASeason34 added House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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15 26
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
mkckjclub added SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

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18 31
Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
lasseshansen15 added Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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22 44
Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Hart of Dixie Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams

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22 44
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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20 41
Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Unforgettable Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao

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18 38
Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011

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17 39
Ringer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Ringer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd

21
17 41
A Gifted Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added A Gifted Man Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale

22
16 40
Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Prime Suspect Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez

23
14 41
Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Up All Night Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett

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16 50
Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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14 51
The X Factor (Australia) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added The X Factor (Australia) Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

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11 56
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Charlie's Angels Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Robert Wagner

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5 43
Enlightened is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Enlightened Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns

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5 46
Allen Gregory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Allen Gregory Jonah Hill, Will Forte, French Stewart

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4 41
Free Agents is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Free Agents Hank Azaria, Natasha Leggero, Kathryn Hahn