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October 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

A few weeks into the new TV season, we’ve already seen a few new shows fall victim to low ratings and overall stink. (Sorry, Free Agents.) But on the glass half-full side, we’re also slowly learning which shows have a strong pulse, and subsequently — if you’re one of those who waits to get invested — which ones we should be jumping on board.

Admittedly, that’s still a crap load of shows to sift through. Personally, three have floated to the top of my must-watch list (at least, this is the standing until Once Upon a Time premieres in two weeks): American Horror Story, 2 Broke Girls, and Hart of Dixie. My most controversial pick is easily Dixie — and not because Rachel Bilson’s microscopic shorts are basically illegal in Alabama. But it’s not a critically adored new show and hasn’t garnered huge ratings. (It has, however, gotten a full season pick up. WOO!) Whatever. I like it. And that’s the attitude we all have to adopt when talking about our new faves. Hold the torch even when it seems like there’s no one else who likes it. Spoiler: There’s always someone else.

That’s my official pep talk. Now, ‘fess up. What are your three favorite shows of the season, readers? (Take our poll below and tell us in the comments!) And while you’re at it, tell me some of your least favorites. Count me among the non-fans of Whitney, in part because it was simply not amusing enough to compete with the second half-hour of Grey’s Anatomy in my book.

Still need encouragement? Here are some picks from the EW family. This is a safe place.

Kristen Baldwin

Revenge, Homeland, American Horror Story

Ken Tucker

Homeland, Prime Suspect, Enlightened

Melissa Maerz

Homeland, American Horror Story, Revenge

Martin Schwartz

Enlightened, The X Factor, Suburgatory

Lanford Beard

American Horror Story, Up All Night, New Girl

Henry Goldblatt

Revenge, Homeland, Suburgatory

Kate Ward

Up All Night, 2 Broke Girls

Ben Wood

Revenge, Prime Suspect, American Horror Story

Erin Strecker

Revenge, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl

Tim Stack

Revenge, Homeland, American Horror Story

Jessica Shaw

Revenge, 2 Broke Girls, Hart of Dixie

For the results and some scoop on your new favorite shows, check out an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly!

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