The critics have spoken, and they think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a marvel.
In a press release sent out Wednesday, the Television Critics Association announced that they have chosen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the most promising new show of the fall season. The ABC dramedy, which comes from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), his brother Jed (Dollhouse) and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), was followed by Showtime newbie Masters of Sex and NBC drama The Blacklist, respectively.
The TCA also chose their favourite new comedy and drama of the upcoming season. Andy Samberg-starring cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine took the comedic honours — it was “far-and-way the top choice,” according to the release. Runners-up included CBS laffer Mom (Anna Faris and Allison Janney meet Chuck Lorre) and ABC’s Malin Akerman series Trophy Wife.
Meanwhile, The Blacklist was chosen as the best fall drama. That series has James Spader playing a wanted criminal who turns himself into the FBI and offers up his knowledge of the underworld in exchange for an easier deal.
Other major dramas recognized by the TCA? The aforementioned Masters of Sex, a racy serial portraying real-life sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan, Party Down), as well as Hostages, a new thriller from CBS starring Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Tate Donovan (The O.C.) and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story).
Masters of Sex ended up as a runner-up in the final category as well, with Caplan coming in third place among this fall’s breakout stars. First place, meanwhile, went to Sleepy Hollow lead Tom Minson. Rebel Wilson, of Super Fun Night, was also in contention.
Although the TCA has been known to hold an annual awards ceremony each summer, honouring the shows, actors and writers they think excelled that given year, this is the first time they have collectively sounded off on the fall season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on CTV/ABC.
For more information on these and other fall programs, check out TV Guide Canada‘s full Fall Preview here.