(Photo courtesy of espensorvik on Flickr under CC license)
(Photo courtesy of espensorvik on Flickr under CC license)

BY TROY A. BLEVINS, Webmaster

Fall is officially here, which means the beginning of new seasons of television shows, which you can practically watch anywhere and anytime you want.

If comedies tickle your fancy, here are a few that are returning to network television this year.


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The Emmy Award-winning “Modern Family” returns this Wednesday on ABC. Now in its fourth season, the series will pick up where it left off, with Gloria (Sofia Vergara) revealing she is pregnant. According to Nielsen ratings, its last season drew in just under 13 million viewers.

Also premiering this week on ABC is “The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck. “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen, moves to Friday nights and returns Nov. 2.

“Glee” on Fox, now in its fourth season, premiered on Thursday, Sept. 13, drawing in more than 7 million viewers.

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“New Girl” returns tonight, Tuesday, after being renewed for a second season by the network in May.

The third season premiere of “Raising Hope” is available right now on its Twitter page (@RaisingHopeFox), and will also broadcast on Oct. 2.

Animation Domination, the name for Fox’s Sunday evening animated programming block, premieres Sept. 30. “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad” all return this year.

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On NBC, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) met some real-life politicians during her trip to Washington, D.C. in the premiere of “Parks and Recreation.” In the episode, Senator John McCain had a brief cameo appearance. Also that night was the premiere of “The Office,” now in its final season.

The 38th season of “Saturday Night Live” premiered Sept. 15 with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. “Community,” listed by Entertainment Weekly in 2012 as one of the “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years,” returns to NBC on its new night, Friday, Oct. 19.

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The eighth season of “How I Met Your Mother” returned on Monday, after last season’s finale revealed that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) will marry in the future.

Also premiering on Monday was the third season of “Mike & Molly,” featuring Emmy Award-winning Melissa McCarthy as Molly.

CBS’s other hit comedies, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” premiere this Thursday.

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Catch up on television

Need to catch up on some episodes? A popular and easy-to-use video-streaming service that offers flexibility and options for viewers is Hulu. In August, the website launched a brand new design for its website, focusing more on cover art of television shows and personalized content for users.

For those looking to catch up on earlier episodes and seasons of shows, the company offers its Hulu Plus plan for $7.99 per month.

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