Opinion: the best of the best – Fall tv Print Ads

We all know by now that the new Fall TV season is upon us. We’ve been hastily filling out our spreadsheets and cluttering up our DVRs, but have we once stopped to smell the roses? And by smell I mean gawk at and by roses I mean the glorious, but sometimes horrific, ad art for each new show.

Well, the great ew.com has taken care of this for us displaying and grading a plethora of print ads for new and returning shows. I love Entertainment Weekly and when they have articles about graphic design for TV and movies, it makes me love them even more. Is that possible? I didn’t think so, but yes. Yes, it is.

There were a ton of  images to choose from, but here are just a few of my favorites:

American Horror Story

Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on in this ad, but I think that’s why it’s so intriguing. Why is there a person clad in patten leather hanging from the ceiling? Why is it so focused on the lady’s unborn baby? Why am i already creeped out by this show and I don’t really know what it’s about? Regardless, I’m going to watch because A) Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott are in it, B) Ryan Murphy is the creator and he’s had a pretty good track record with Nip/Tuck and Glee, C) I’m digging the typeface that American Horror Story is in. That’s reason enough for me.

American Horror Story premieres on FX Wednesday, October 5.

Pam Am

This is just glorious. I love it all. The blue, the Pan Am logo, the uniforms and those bags! I need one. This ad is so good it doesn’t need a tagline cheesing it up. My only beef with this? The gal on the right is out of step with the others? You’re only as strong as your weakest link, ladies, and I think we know who that is.

Pam Am premieres on ABC Sunday, September 25.


I’ve never seen an episode of Dexter. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe if it ever gets heavily edited and airs on TBS I’ll give it a shot, but I just.. can’t. That doesn’t mean I don’t love this print ad, though. First, Michael C. Halls’ face is fantastic. He’s so creepy. And the blood splattered all over the wall behind him giving him wings might be even more creepy than his face. Apparently this season is supposed to have heavy religious undertones, hence the wings. Very nice, Showtime, even if you do have a tagline.

Dexter returns on Showtime Sunday, October 2.

The Office

I really have no words for this ad for The Office. It’s a pretty great recreation of Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte which I hope everyone on the planet will recognize immediately. I love it. My jaw definitely dropped the first time I saw it. What’s not to like? I do feel kind of sad for Oscar and Kevin who got stuck waaaaaaay in the back and Daryl somehow made it to the front of the photo. I know he’s been on the show since the beginning as well, but not as much as Oscar and Kevin. Does that mean he could be taking over for Michael? Or was he just more well suited to wear the top hat? I bet Oscar could have pulled it off.

The Office returns on NBC Thursday, September 22.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

LOOK AT THEIR FACES! ALL OF THEM! Look at Charlie’s cat wearing mittens! I can’t handle it. I just can’t. All the shades of yellow, Mac’s closed eyes, Frank’s chin propped on his fist senior portrait-style. It’s all just too much goodness to take in at once.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returned on FX September 15.

Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time

This is pretty. I mean, really really pretty. Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White is kind of perfect and I’m a sucker for a cryptic well-Photoshopped head shot that doesn’t tell you much about the show. You can watch the trailer and read a brief synopsis here.

Once Upon a Time premieres on ABC Sunday, October 23.

What are your favorite ads for the new TV season? Do you like to look at them as much as I do? And are you sad there wasn’t any artwork for Parks & Recreation? (I was!) View the full slide show from Entertainment Weekly here then tell us what you think!


Molly Gentry is a lover of anything Jimmy Fallon or Tina Fey related and a nap enthusiast, you can find her on Twitter and FacebookRead more posts from Molly.

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