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5 to Find: Shows to binge-watch before new fall TV season launches

August 22, 2013

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Aug. 22--'Revolution'

21 episodes

NBC, channel 2, cable 9 or tulsaworld.com/nbcrevolution

On this conspiracy theory/sci-fi series, the characters (including Charlie, played by Tracy Spiridakos, above ) spent the first season trying to find out why the lights (and everything else electrically powered) stopped working, what happened to a family member, who is Charlie's uncle, what's the purpose of the Tower, what's up with bad guys Miles and Monroe, why are they determined to keep the lights off for another 15 years and what the heck does any of it have to do with Cuba. It's an ongoing puzzle whose pieces allegedly fit together and keep intriguing viewers. It returns for a second season at 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

By Rita Sherrow -- World Scene Writer 918-581-8360 -- rita.sherrow@tulsaworld.com

'Scandal'

29 episodes

ABC, channel 8 or tulsaworld.com/scandal

It's a drama series with just about everything -- sizzle, sex, politics -- and it's oh-so messy. Just the way fans like their addictive dramas. In this part conspiracy thriller, part soap opera series, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington, right) can fix anything. Well, almost anything. She protects and defends the image of the nation's elite, including that of her former boss (and paramour) the president of the United States. Her life, and the lives of those at her crisis-management agency, are in constant upheaval as they "fix" other people but not always themselves. Catch up online and then watch the third season premiere at 9 p.m. Oct. 3.

'Revenge'

45 episodes

ABC, channel 8 or tulsaworld.com/revenge

In the soap world of the Hamptons, it's all about money, revenge and corruption. The series, which stars Emily Van Camp and Madeleine Stowe, started out with a simple premise. VanCamp's character, Emily Thorne (aka Amanda Clarke), is the daughter of a framed executive who made it her mission to learn the truth about her past, infiltrate the Hamptons crowd and exact revenge on those who destroyed her father. That was season one, but it has become so much more. In season two, there are juicy storylines wrapped around themes of power and politics, subterfuge, betrayals, an attempted assassination, an explosion, a blackout, loads of relationship chaos plus a confession. "Revenge" returns for season three at 8 p.m. Sept. 29.

'How I Met Your Mother'

187 episodes

CBS, channel 6 or tulsaworld.com/metyourmother

The hit sitcom, starting its ninth and final season next month, follows the lives of five best friends in Manhattan with, lucky for us, the same five stars it started out with back in 2005 -- Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. The premise is simple -- Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is telling his son and daughter in the year 2030 the story of how he met their mother. It has been nominated for 24 Emmys and won seven. It premieres at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

'Homeland'

36 episodes

Showtime, premium cable 350 or tulsaworld.com/homeland

Go back to the beginning and catch up with Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) who is both a decorated hero and a serious threat in the brilliantly written and acted thriller "Homeland." CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, above) is a bipolar agent who is top in her field. The two complex characters are forced to perform a delicate dance built on lies, suspicion and desire with the fate of the nation at risk. Season three debuts Sept. 29.

The fall TV season is set for launch on Sept. 23. To prepare, here's five hit network and cable TV shows to binge on before the official start of the season. If you missed them, grab the DVDs or watch online. Web addresses are provided or check them out on your favorite subscription internet TV providers like Netflix or HuluPlus.

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