I mean … are you surprised? Maureen Ryan:

The best part of being a TV critic is celebrating awesome shows, examining contradictory ones, thinking out loud about fascinating characters and trying to come to terms with everything that’s confounding and compelling about the medium.

Then there’s the “I Watched So You Don’t Have To” part of the job, which is one of the most important aspects of the gig, in my opinion. If the time I’ve spent watching crappy pilots can help just one person, it’s all been worth it. Almost.

Welcome to my mini-reviews of “Guys with Kids,” “Partners" and "Neighbors,” which prove that three different networks can come up with sitcoms that are ferociously awful in very different ways.

We’ve seen CBS’s new fall pilots, and while they’re not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.
There are four new scripted shows coming to CBS that were ready to preview, and they all proved one thing: We might not be the demo for CBS. At all. But not all were universally panned — HuffPost TV staff Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Leigh Weingus had plenty of varying opinions.
Here’s how we broke them down:
Watch It - awesome show, can’t wait for more
Skip It - it’s either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there’s potential, will give it a second chance
Let’s take a look at “Partners” …

Jaimie Etkin: Skip It There is a running — yes, running — heart on/hard on joke. Enough said.
Maggie Furlong: DVR It Holy hell my colleagues really don’t like this one. Maybe I was tired when I watched (or, more likely, just emotionally beat down by all the other horrible shows in this new season’s crop), but I laughed at a few things Michael Urie’s character said, and that’s more than I can say for some other upcoming “comedies.”
More here.

We’ve seen CBS’s new fall pilots, and while they’re not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

There are four new scripted shows coming to CBS that were ready to preview, and they all proved one thing: We might not be the demo for CBS. At all. But not all were universally panned — HuffPost TV staff Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Leigh Weingus had plenty of varying opinions.

Here’s how we broke them down:

    • Watch It - awesome show, can’t wait for more
    • Skip It - it’s either horrible or just totally not their thing
  • DVR It - there’s potential, will give it a second chance

Let’s take a look at “Partners” …

Jaimie Etkin: Skip It
There is a running — yes, running — heart on/hard on joke. Enough said.

Maggie Furlong: DVR It
Holy hell my colleagues really don’t like this one. Maybe I was tired when I watched (or, more likely, just emotionally beat down by all the other horrible shows in this new season’s crop), but I laughed at a few things Michael Urie’s character said, and that’s more than I can say for some other upcoming “comedies.”

More here.

Fox Fall TV First Impressions
We’ve seen Fox’s new fall and midseason pilots, and while they’re not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

There are four new scripted shows coming to Fox that were ready to preview — the good (holy hell, “The Following”), the questionable (we can’t believe they’re calling a show “The Mob Doctor”) and the we-totally-want-to-be-BFFs-with-Mindy Kaling — and HuffPost TV staff Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Leigh Weingus and Laura Prudom had plenty of varying opinions.
Click here to read the full reactions.

Fox Fall TV First Impressions

We’ve seen Fox’s new fall and midseason pilots, and while they’re not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

There are four new scripted shows coming to Fox that were ready to preview — the good (holy hell, “The Following”), the questionable (we can’t believe they’re calling a show “The Mob Doctor”) and the we-totally-want-to-be-BFFs-with-Mindy Kaling — and HuffPost TV staff Maureen RyanMaggie FurlongJaimie EtkinChris HarnickAlex MoabaLeigh Weingus and Laura Prudom had plenty of varying opinions.

Click here to read the full reactions.

These are our discards.

The hats of fall TV. Seriously, I wrote this. It’s funny — or so people say.

More hats here!

My colleague Maggie watched the first episode of Season 2. For you. You’re welcome.

'Smash.' 'Apartment 23.' 'G.C.B.' 'Awake.'

All midseason, all with a huge amount of critical praise. Maggie Furlong investigates the trend.

Meet the fresh faces of fall TV, including Margot Robbie (above), Steve Jones and more.
Full gallery.
Photo via ABC.

Meet the fresh faces of fall TV, including Margot Robbie (above), Steve Jones and more.

Full gallery.

Photo via ABC.

AOL TV’s Maggie Furlong and HitFix.com’s Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV’s Mo Ryan discuss which stars they’re most excited to see on TV.

Hint: SMG.

AOL TV’s Maggie Furlong and Mo Ryan dish best new drama with HitFix.com’s Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine.

SPOILER ALERT: They also love ‘Smash.’