With their first run of episodes complete, this week's Friday Fiver takes a look at the five new shows that have impressed us the most in fall 2012. There's the return of an old favourite, a comic book brought to life and a series cruelly cut off before its time...
After a couple of TV misfires - the underrated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and the messy Mr Sunshine - Friends star Matthew Perry finally landed another hit vehicle in 2012. Go On stars Perry as sportscaster Ryan King - who finds comfort amongst an unlikely band of misfits after losing his wife in a car accident - and has attracted rave reviews and strong ratings Stateside. Now if only it could find a home in the UK...
It may be cheesier than a particularly whiffy lump of mature cheddar, but NBC's Chicago Fire - which airs on Sky Living in the UK - has become our new guilty pleasure with its absurdly good-looking cast, soapy storylines and silly twists. We hope Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) won't be leaving our screens any time soon.
After a shaky start, superhero drama Arrow (on Sky1 in the UK) has really found its footing in recent weeks. The show's a great example of what The CW does best - love triangles and rollercoaster action, all brought to life by an easy-on-the-eye cast of characters. Oh, and star Stephen Amell's abs already have a dedicated online following.
So this is awkward. We were loving ABC's Last Resort - another Sky1 acquisition in the UK - until it was announcing that the network had decided to drop the axe on the action-thriller series, citing disappointing ratings. Still, we've been promised a "satisfying" climax, so we feel confident in putting this show in our list of 2012's most impressive TV debuts.
It may not be Sherlock but when it comes to crime procedurals, Elementary is one of the more imaginative ones currently airing in the US. Much of the credit for the show's success has to go to Jonny Lee Miller for his winning performance as an endlessly energetic Holmes. CBS have clearly been impressed by this show's early episodes too, giving Elementary the much-coveted post-Super Bowl slot this coming February.
What are your favourite new US shows from 2012? Share your own picks below!