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The Best New TV Shows of 2011  

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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
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
2
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
3
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
4
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
5
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
6
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
StevenCooper added Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
10
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
veronikawaller added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
11
Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin
12
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
13
House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
SibunASeason34 added Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh
14
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman
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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
mkckjclub added Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
lasseshansen15 added Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy
18
Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams
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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin
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Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao
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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney
22
Ringer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd
23
A Gifted Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
cdu827 added Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale
24
Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez
25
Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2011
Randolph Strauss added Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett