The broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW -- will roll out 21 new scripted shows between now and the first of the year.

Having seen 20 of the 21 -- ABC hasn’t made the pilot of its 1980s crime drama “Wicked City” available to critics yet -- I rank them from best to worst in groups of five. Here’s what I like, don’t like and why:

The A List

1. “The Grinder,” Fox. We know Rob Lowe can -- literally -- do comedy from his supporting role on “Parks and Rec” to those DirecTV commercials. Here he’s front and center with Fred Savage (all grown up from “The Wonder Years”). They are hilarious together.

2. “Blindspot,” NBC. Jaimie Alexander is Jane Doe, a tattooed woman who climbs out of a duffle bag in Times Square with a serious case of amnesia. One of those tattoos is the name of an FBI agent, played by Sullivan Stapleton. Together they begin a roller coaster ride of uncovering who she is. This one’s from Greg Berlanti, who’s also behind “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

3. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW. Rachel Bloom turns down a partnership in a high-power New York City law office and moves to West Covina, California -- just two hours from the beach, four in traffic -- in order to reconnect with a boyfriend from a summer camp when they were teenagers. Sound crazy? It gets better, the well-written comedy is filled with elaborate, show-stopping musical numbers to help tell the story.

4. “The Muppets,” ABC. Combine the off-camera interview technique from “The Office” with the behind-the-scenes comedy of “30 Rock” and then add Muppets. What you get is a sharp, funny adult sitcom that bears no resemblance to the original variety show.

5. “Limitless,” CBS. This one’s from Bradley Cooper, who starred in the movie version and has a recurring role in the series. Brad Finch (Jake McDormand) is a bit of a loser until he’s introduced to NZT, a brain-boosting drug that allows him to do remarkable things. The FBI knows this and pairs him with agent Rebecca Harris (“Dexter’s” Jennifer Carpenter) to thwart crime.

The B List

6. “Supergirl,” CBS. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by superheroes, I was ready to hate this. Instead, I found this to be fresh and fun, with a story about an insecure woman coming into her own. Of course, having superpowers helps. This one’s from Greg Berlanti, too.

7. “Angel From Hell," CBS. Jane Lynch plays a character that closely resembles her Emmy-winning Sue Sylvester from “Glee.” Here she’s a hard-living, wise-cracking angel who keeps a watchful eye over Allison (Maggie Lawson). Lynch pretty much chews up and steals every scene she’s in.

8. “The Player,” NBC. The premise of this is so wacky and out there that this just may work. Super-rich people gamble on former military operative Alex Kane’s (Philip Winchester) ability to stop major crimes from happening. Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) is the mysterious man running the operation. This one’s not short on action.

9. “Grandfathered,” Fox. John Stamos is Jimmy Martino, a successful restaurant owner and lifelong bachelor who learns he not only has a son, but his son has a daughter. The humor comes from Stamos' chartering unknown waters as dad and grandad, and he does it well.

10. “Quantico,” ABC. An FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) is accused of orchestrating a devastating terrorist attack. Told in flashbacks, the story presents the young recruits in training, which leads up to the present-day tragic event.

The C List

11. “Heroes Reborn,” NBC. We meet a whole new group of Evos -- humans with extraordinary abilities -- who are in hiding after a terrorist-type event in this reboot of the 2006 drama. The mythology is just as dense and confusing as the first time around.

12. “Code Black,” CBS. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden stars in the intense drama based on a real-life hospital, where emergency room patients sometimes outnumber the medical staff. The scenes at times are graphic.

13. “Life in Pieces,” CBS. The sitcom features a unique storytelling device, with each episode containing four individual, separate stories about members of one big family. It features a great cast led by Dianne Wiest and James Brolin as the parents.

14. “Truth Be Told,” NBC. Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars in this so-so comedy about neighbors and best friends who navigate the ups and downs of everyday life. There’s not much new here.

15. “Minority Report,” Fox. The network’s bread-and-butter is mismatched duos taking down baddies (“Bones,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Gotham”). This one’s set in the future, with a cop (Meagan Good) pairing with a young man who can see the future (Stark Sands). It’s based on the 2002 Stephen Spielberg film.

The D List

16. “Scream Queens,” Fox. Jamie Lee Curtis is mildly amusing as the dean at a college where a costumed serial killer is taking out the student body, specifically focusing on a sorority. It has its moments, but they are few.

17. “Rosewood,” Fox. We have another medical examiner solving crimes. This time it’s Morris Chestnut, playing an autopsy-for-hire pathologist in Miami. Boring is a good word for it.

18. “Chicago Med,” NBC. Granted what I saw was the backdoor pilot that aired last spring as a “Chicago Fire” episode. But I wasn’t impressed. “Code Black” is the better of the two new medical shows. This one just follows the Dick Wolf formula.

19. “Dr. Ken,” ABC. Ken Jeong (“Community”) is a wise-cracking doctor and family man who comes off more annoying than funny.

20. “Blood & Oil," ABC. Don Johnson returns to broadcast TV for this. Wow! Bad performances. Bad story. North Dakota, the setting, deserves better.

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