The broadcast networks will roll out 11 new series next week, and family is the key in the strongest entries.

“Mom,” at 9:30 p.m. Monday on CBS, casts Anna Faris and Allison Janney as estranged daughter and mother, both struggling to remain sober. They display sarcastic oomph in a promising sitcom from Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men"). You'll know it's Lorre because it's so bawdy, but it is also so well acted. Faris is a revelation.

“The Goldbergs,” at 9 Tuesday on ABC, delivers a funny, personal look at an argumentative family in the 1980s. Just how personal becomes clear when series creator Adam F. Goldberg shares his home movies. Jeff Garlin charms as the blustery dad, and Wendi McClendon-Covey has a wonderfully brassy style as the mom. George Segal plays the dotty grandpa in a surprisingly edgy entry.

The Monday 10 p.m. slot features two of the most heavily promoted dramas: CBS' "Hostages" and "The Blacklist" on NBC. I prefer the raw power of "Hostages" to the slickness of "The Blacklist."

In “Hostages," a top surgeon (Toni Collette) frets about her captive family as she prepares to operate on the U.S. president. The hostage takers, led by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott), demand that the surgeon kill the president to save her family. How will she outwit them? Strong acting propels this feverish drama.

James Spader exudes creepy flair as a criminal mastermind in "The Blacklist," which may initially remind viewers of "The Silence of the Lambs." The mastermind is fascinated by an FBI agent (Megan Boone) and guides her in this fast-moving, secret-filled thriller. Spader is the main attraction.

Other new series lean heavily on star power. Malin Akerman has a grand time as the title character in “Trophy Wife,” at 9:30 Tuesday on ABC. The family comedy presents Bradley Whitford as her husband and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden as his first wife. ABC is aiming for another "Modern Family," but this trifle falls short.

Michael J. Fox is the main reason to catch the NBC sitcom carrying his name, which debuts at 9 Thursday. He portrays a TV anchorman with Parkinson's disease who returns to work -- to the delight of his family. Betsy Brandt of "Breaking Bad" plays his wife. The charming Fox buoys the pleasant but flimsy pilot.

Clark Gregg adds some dazzle to the otherwise standard “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” at 8 Tuesday on ABC. Yes, it's one of the most-anticipated new series this fall, but this entry from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") doesn't have that extra zing you'd expect. Give it three episodes and let's see where it stands.

All in all, it’s a pretty standard fall.

Also debuting:

"Lucky 7," at 10 Tuesday on ABC, explains what happens when seven co-workers at a gas station win the lottery. The general wackiness clashes with dark undertones. Neither charming nor credible, "Lucky 7" is not a winner.

"Back in the Game," at 8:30 Wednesday on ABC, is a sitcom about a single mom (Maggie Lawson) and her son who move in with her grouchy dad (James Caan). Mom will teach lessons on the ball field, but the predictable show is a foul ball.

"The Crazy Ones," at 9 Thursday, is CBS' big one, a comedy about an ad agency run by a zany father (Robin Williams) and his sensible daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). They clash frequently in this comedy from David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal"). Despite all that talent, the show is a hard sell, because so little happens. I rate it the fall's biggest disappointment, but Kelly Clarkson does sing in the premiere.   

"MasterChef Junior," at 8 Friday on Fox, gives us Gordon Ramsay working with children. It is not a horror show, but a cooking contest.

The best new series this fall can be found over in cable. "Masters of Sex," about the sex researchers Masters and Johnson, arrives Sept. 29 on Showtime. More about it later.