19. Revenge (ABC)
Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Weschler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Connor Paolo, Margarita Levieva
Premiere date: September 30
Television's most addictive non-cable show is the one that your girlfriend can't stop talking about. A slightly edgier variation on the murderous intrigue of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, this show's illegitimate relative in terms of tone and appeal, the shamelessly campy Revenge powered through its immersive, surprisingly intense debut season with the heart of a soap opera and the spirit of the best "female vengeance" genre storytelling.
Emily VanCamp, who's aces, plays Amanda Clarke, a.k.a. Emily Thorne, a scorned gal who infiltrates Hamptons high society to administer fierce payback for her father's wrongly imprisonment. How she triggers romance, homicide, and endless backstabbing is what drives Revenge and makes it a pulpy pleasure that one need not feel guilty about.