Fall TV's 10 Must-Watch New Comedies

According to the TVGuide.com Watchlist

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Yesterday we told you which new fall dramas were most popular among users of TVGuide.com's Watchlist, a customizable entertainment guide that lets viewers make a list of their favorite shows, actors and so on. Today we've got comedies for you.

As we explained yesterday, we're eager observers of Watchlist because of its predictive powers: For several of the past TV seasons, 8 of the top 10 most Watchlisted new shows were picked up for full seasons. The number of Watchlists created by TVGuide.com visitors and users of the TVGuide.com mobile apps now tops 1.5 million. With that sort of critical mass, a "wisdom of the crowds" thing starts to happen.

Some notes on today's chart:

• We first looked at the new batch of fall comedies in May, after the networks unveiled them at their upfront presentations to advertisers. NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show," No. 2 on our list then, now seems like the most promising new sitcom overall, displacing CBS's "The Crazy Ones," which slipped from first to second place. (To repeat yesterday's full disclosure: Shortly after our May publication, CBS Corp. bought out the half of TV Guide Digital -- TVGuide.com and its mobile apps -- it didn't already own, from Lionsgate. TVGuide.com has retained full editorial independence and Watchlist rankings remain entirely user-driven.)

• ABC and CBS lead with three sitcoms each on the top 10; Fox and NBC have two each.

• New additions to the top 10 since May: ABC's "Trophy Wife" and "The Goldbergs," CBS's "The Millers" and NBC's "Welcome to the Family."

• One controversial show on our May list actually moved up a notch. As TVGuide.com Editor-in-Chief Mickey O'Connor told us, "There's no such thing as bad publicity. Just ask the creators of Fox's 'Dads,' who got a drubbing at this summer's fall TV previews when critics zeroed in on the show's treatment of women and minorities in countless unflattering reviews. A subsequent protest by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans was unsuccessful in getting Fox to reshoot the pilot, but apparently raised awareness of the show. What does it say that it rose in our rankings -- from No. 5 to No. 4? Maybe people want to see how racist it really is? Or do they just want to see Brenda Song in a schoolgirl outfit?"

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. Follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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