With all the amazing new dramas and comedies, and all the exciting stars to watch on TV this year, we haven't forgotten about our old returning favorites, those standby TV shows that keep us tuned-in season after season.
HuffPost TV gathered 19 of the top TV critics in the country to talk about our favorite returning TV shows (above), and since watching and talking about TV is our job, we had plenty to discuss. There was a bit of overlap, but not much -- the 19 of us named 14 TV shows that we're excited to see new seasons of, either this fall or in 2014.
Comedies and dramas, sci-fi, genre, horror and clone-tastic, there's something for everyone mentioned here, for all different reasons. Watch the video, above, and check back tomorrow for the fourth and final video in the series: Worst New Show. (Warning: After all this glowing positivity all week, that one is a doozy -- but so very necessary.)
Tell us: Which returning shows are you most excited for?
- "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres Spring 2014 on HBO.
- "Scandal" Season 3 premieres Thurs., Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
- "Parks and Recreation" Season 5 premieres Thurs., Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
- "New Girl" Season 3 premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
- "The Walking Dead" Season 4 premieres Sun., Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
- "Homeland" Season 3 premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.
- "Boardwalk Empire" Season 4 premieres Sun., Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
- "The Mindy Project" Season 2 premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
- "Sons of Anarchy" Season 6 premieres Tues., Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
- "Orphan Black" Season 2 premieres April 2014 on BBC America.
- "The Good Wife" Season 5 premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
- "Arrow" Season 2 premieres Wed., Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
- "Glee" Season 5 premieres Thurs., Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
- "American Horror Story: Coven" Season 3 premieres on FX.
A special thanks to all of the critics who shared their opinions, in order of appearance:
Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe; yours truly; Gail Pennington from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Dan Fienberg from HitFix; Denise Martin from Vulture; Alan Sepinwall from HitFix; Todd VanDerWerff from The A.V. Club; HuffPost TV's own Mo Ryan; Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV; James Poniewozik from Time Magazine; Michael O'Connell from THR.com; Meg Masters from TVLine; Alyssa Rosenberg from ThinkProgress.org; Eric Goldman from IGN; Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News; Laura Prudom from HuffPost TV; Damian Holbrook from TV Guide Magazine; Tierney Bricker from E! Online; and Jarett Wieselman from ETonline.com.
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