Karen Gillan, John Cho, Ken Marino, Casey Wilson Karen Gillan, John Cho, Ken Marino, Casey Wilson

Love is in the air this season. The new fall lineup has no fewer than four romantic comedies. But they're not all merely "boy meets girl" stories — though there's plenty of déjà vu. Here is our handy guide to help you navigate TV's detours of the heart.

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A to Z
(premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC; pilot online now)

Premise: From Ben Queen (Drive), the sitcom chronicles Andrew and Zelda's (get it?) relationship, which lasts eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. Each episode will be titled after a letter of the alphabet (the pilot is called "A Is for Acquaintances").
Boy: Andrew (Ben Feldman), a hopeless romantic, believe-in-destiny type like Ted Mosby without the pretentiousness (yet) who works at an online dating site.
Girl: Zelda (Cristin Milioti), a no-nonsense, career-minded Robin Scherbatsky type who doesn't believe in fate. Related: Her hippie mother didn't know who her father was.
Sidekicks: Stu (Henry Zebrowski), Andrew's BFF, coworker and prototype husky, bearded bro; and Stephie (Lenora Crichlow), Zelda's gal pal who "likes whatever her boyfriends like" and "giving relationship advice." (cough Black Best Friend Syndrome cough)
Feels like: A dash of How I Met Your Mother in a vat of (500) Days of Summer — down to the omniscient, disembodied, quirky voiceover narration by Katey Sagal.

Manhattan Love Story (premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC)
Premise:
Dana and Peter decide to give it another go after a disastrous first date — and we get to hear every minute detail via their rambling, internal monologue voiceovers. The show is from Spin City's Jeff Lowell.
Boy: Peter (Jake McDorman), a douchey, jaded lifelong New Yorker who later decides he wants to win Dana over the right way.
Girl: Dana (Analeigh Tipton), a naïve, small-town girl (what other kind is there?) determined to conquer the Big Apple and who inexplicably can't text.
Sidekicks: David (Nicolas Wright), Peter's brother who's a beta to his alpha wife Amy (Jade Catta-Preta), who was also Dana's college roommate and is awesome at everything. The guys' half-sister Chloe (Chloe Wepper) is O Ye Wise One who tells it like it is.
Feels like: What Women Want without the mind-reading and every stereotypical rom-com film trope tossed into one TV pilot. He thinks about boobs and sex! She thinks about purses! 

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Marry Me (premieres Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on NBC)
Premise:
Dating for six years but not living together, Annie and Jake are ready for the next step, but when they can't get their engagement right, they're not sure if they're right for each other. The show was created by Happy Endings' David Caspe and is based on his relationship with star and real-life wife Casey Wilson.
Boy: Jake (Ken Marino), your classic straight man in the couple who's entertained by (tolerates?) Annie's wackiness.
Girl: Annie (Casey Wilson), a frenetic, over-the-top Penny Hartz 2.0 who complicates things from the get-go by not turning around while Jake is on bended knee.
Sidekicks: Gil (John Gemberling), Jake's schlubby divorced pal who sells hair plugs; Dennah (Sarah Wright), Penny's BFF who's proudly single; and Kay (Tymberlee Hill), Jake and Annie's neighbor who spends all day hiding in Annie's closet for the botched engagement.
Feels like: Happy Endings: The Year of Penny. The dearly departed ABC sitcom started with a called-off wedding and became a zany ensemble show, which seems like Marry Me's fate regardless of when Annie and Jake tie the knot. Then there's Caspe's trademark, rapid-fire, pop-culture-laden dialogue (Gravity! Paula Deen!).

Selfie (premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8/7c on ABC; pilot online now)
Premise:
A modern take on My Fair Lady from Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek, the show follows image-obsessed Eliza Dooley, who hires her coworker Henry Higgenbottam to rebuild her image after she goes viral for the all the wrong reasons.
Boy: Henry (John Cho), a slightly smug, workaholic marketing guru who is, ironically, anti-social media and reluctantly agrees to rebrand Eliza with exasperated condescension. He lives in a glass house. Subtle.
Girl: Eliza (Karen Gillan), an obnoxious, shallow pharmaceutical sales rep whose phone is another limb and who loves making her coworkers "jelly." She also pronounces it "jif."
Sidekicks: Twist! Neither of them have BFFs — Henry because he's so work-obsessed, which his boss Sam (David Harewood) recognizes, and Eliza because she's so self(ie)-absorbed. But that will change after Henry teaches her how to (be)friend people IRL, starting with their receptionist Charmonique (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) and her frenemy neighbor Bryn (Allyn Rachel), who's a Jess Day knockoff.
Feels like: An aggressively cartoonish SNL spoof meets My Fair Lady (duh). There's no rain in Spain, but there is a ukulele rendition of "Bad Romance" during Eliza's make-under.

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