What happened to Sophia? (and six other burning TV questions)

Part of why it's been a great TV season is that there are so many compelling questions that keep us watching from week to week. And these aren't just a matter of "Oh well, I've followed it this far so I might as well keep going" like I sometimes felt with "Lost." A lot of shows this fall actually have mysteries where I want to know the answer. Here are seven of the most burning questions among currently airing shows (No, I haven't forgotten about "Who killed Rosie Larsen?," but I'll save that for when "The Killing" returns). (All times Central.)

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The new fall shows — not too shabby so far

I've done "first episode impressions" of the noteworthy new shows this season, and many TV critics have done the same. We do this because it's fun and quick-hitting more so than because it's an accurate and fair way to judge a show. Indeed, my views of some shows have changed quite a bit in the month or so since the pilot episodes aired, so here's a rundown on where I now stand with these series, ranked in order of quality. (All times are Central.)

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First episode impressions: ‘Terra Nova’

Just when the theoretical water cooler was starting to get lonely, along comes "Terra Nova" (7 p.m. Central Mondays on Fox) to make it a popular gathering spot again. (Metaphorically, of course; the actual water cooler at my workplace is tucked in a corner office and you have to pay to be part of the water club.) This is the best new show of the fall, easily, and there are many reasons why.

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