Now that you’re in a post-holiday, post-Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping haze, it’s prime time (pun intended) to check out some new TV series. And as we enter a new month, every streaming service is adding tons of new titles to their lists.
There’s plenty of Christmas cheer as well as full seasons of throwback sitcoms that will make you laugh hysterically and probably recall some fond memories. In the mood for something darker? There are lots of options to quench your thirst for riveting dramas, too.
Whatever your mood, we have spent hours investigating (and watching!) to report on what’s coming soon and, most importantly, what’s worth watching from the top streaming services this week.
The Holiday Movies That Made Us (2019)
The series, a spin-off of The Toys That Made Us, debuted last year as The Movies That Made Us, highlighting four influential films: Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, Ghostbusters, and Die Hard. Season two shifts focus just to Christmas movies. There will only be two episodes, but they’ll look at a pair of the most memorable holiday films: Elf, Jon Favreau’s hilarious 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as an oversized child-like man who believes he’s an elf, and the 1993 stop-motion Tim Burton classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. In both cases, there are some truly intriguing facts about how the movies were made, and this series will delve deep into the behind-the-scenes details. It’s a perfect watch for movie buffs and those in need of some Christmas cheer.
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Sci-fi fans will revel in the news that this cult classic Canadian-American military sci-fi adventure series is finally coming to Netflix. Based on the 1994 film Stargate, the series picks up where the movie left off. When it’s discovered that an alien device called the Stargate is able to access various devices in space, the United States Air Force creates a special ops team, known as SG-1, to try and fend off attacks. Combining elements of both sci-fi and mythology, the series flew under the radar for so long, despite many pundits, including Rolling Stone magazine, calling it one of the best sci-fi series of all time. Stream all 10 seasons.
Big Mouth (2017)
This coming-of-age animated sitcom isn’t for kids: created by Family Guy writer Andrew Goldberg, actor-comedian Nick Kroll, and writer-producer husband and wife team, Marin Levin and Jennifer Flackett, it’s based on Kroll and Goldberg’s lives growing up as teenagers in suburban New York City. Kroll provides the voice for the younger version of himself as he explores the pivotal changes that come with reaching puberty. Stream the first three seasons with the new fourth season set to premiere on December 4.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays (2010)
Marking the fifth special holiday edition of this popular baking competition show, competitors take to the tent to bake the most scrumptious holiday-themed dishes they can put together, both savory and sweet. In the past, the shorter-length holiday show featured just four returning bakers from previous seasons showing off their holiday baking talents to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in hopes of impressing them with their flavor, technical, and presentation skills. Also known as The Great British Bake Off, the British series has been airing since 2010 and the holiday shows since 2016.
Selena: The Series (2020)
The 1997 movie adaptation of Tejano singer Selena and her life and brutal killing helped put Jennifer Lopez on the map as both a serious actor and a talented singer. And now, the story of this Spanish singer whose life was cut short at just 23 will be returning to the screen in this biographical drama. Rather than focusing on her death, it tells the story of Selena’s life, her rise to fame, and the sacrifices her family made to help her make it in Hollywood. Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) stars as Selena in the musical series that will be a must-watch for fans of the late singer and Tejano music in general. All nine episodes of season one will be available to stream starting December 4.
Starting December 5, fans of the supernatural horror drama genre can check out this Taiwanese series that is based on the video game of the same name. The setting is a time of martial law known as the White Terror in the ’90s and begins with a transfer student named Yunxiang (Lingwei Lee) discovering a ghost when she ventures into a forbidden area of the school. From this ghost, she learns 30 years of history of the school, including their fight for freedom.
Sugar Rush Christmas (2018)
The second Christmas edition of this reality baking competition series and the fifth season overall, professional teams of two compete to bake delicious Christmas-themed confections. The winning team takes home a cool $10,000. The first Christmas season last year consisted of six episodes and a different guest judge each week, including competitive ice dancer Meryl Davis and actor Tiffani Thiessen. The self-professed cupcake queen Candace Nelson and pastry chef Adriano Zumbo return as judges alongside a new slate of celebrity guests and Hunter March as host. It’s the perfect series to watch for some inspiration in the kitchen this holiday season.
We Are the Champions (2020)
It’s part reality series and part docuseries as players compete in a variety of quirky competitions that some people might consider unusual but that are totally common within the respective communities. From cheese rolling and chili eating to fantasy hairstyling, yo-yo, dog dancing, and frog jumping, they’re all “sports” you’ve likely never heard of but are downright entertaining to watch and cheer for your favorites. The first season includes six fascinating episodes.
Voices of Fire (2020)
Pharrell Williams takes viewers deep into the world of gospel, following his uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams and his team of gospel singers as they share their talents and go in search of adding new singers to the world-class choir. There are just six episodes of the faith-based docuseries. It will be a must-watch for anyone who loves gospel music as well as the multitalented Pharrell, who has made his mark in not only the music business as a respected rapper, songwriter, and producer but also as a fashion designer and successful entrepreneur.
The Crown (2016)
Covering the period of Queen Elizabeth II’s life from 1977 through to 1990, fans have been anxiously awaiting the fourth season of this historical drama that tells the story of the still-reigning queen’s rise to power and prominence within the British monarchy. Lauded for its historical accuracy, writing, cinematography, and talented cast, the new season has been particularly anticipated given that it introduces the role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, and Lady Diana Spencer, played by newcomer Emma Corrin.
Dawson’s Creek (1998)
Thirty- and forty-somethings everywhere can relive their youths while younger viewers will learn what all the fuss is about in this teen drama that made celebrities out of James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes, and Busy Philipps. At the heart of the story was the deep yet complicated relationship between Dawson and his best friend/love interest Joey, the dramatic love triangle with their other friend Pacey, and the troubled family lives and issues each kid had to deal with at home. The show defined a generation, and while it might be more than 20 years old already, the teen issues the characters encounter as they come of age are still relevant today.
The Hardy Boys (2020)
While the teen drama is designed for kids, parents who grew up with these memorable characters and the novels will appreciate the show as well. Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy move to the small town of Bridgeport for the summer to stay with their aunt. But when they find out their father, a detective, is part of a secret investigation, their penchants for sleuthing means they can’t help but get caught up in trying to help him solve the case. These boys might be from a big city, but they quickly realize that even in a small town, anyone could be the culprit. Stream the first season starting December 4.
While the story sounds pretty despondent, this really is a hilarious British sitcom that will have you laughing the whole way through. At the heart is Vinnie, a man with a troubled past and suffering from bipolar disorder who struggles with making changes in his life. His four close friends feel the same, each wondering if it’s time to leave their small northern English town of Hawley and start a new life on the straight and narrow. While it might be time to move on and grow up, when that means leaving your lifelong buds behind, not to mention the only way of life you’ve known, it’s a lot easier said than done. Season 1 is available now with season 2 starting December 4.
No Man’s Land (2020)
After Antoine swears he saw footage of his sister in a news report from Syria, where she was presumed dead two years prior, he becomes determined to find her. But as he gets deeper and deeper into the mystery of her disappearance, he encounters a unit of Kurdish female fighters who are headed toward ISIS-occupied territory. As he journeys with them, Antoine comes across anarchists, spies, and victims. The series sheds light on the Syrian civil war, with eight intensely emotional and action-packed episodes.
Check out the revival of this ’90s animated comedy-musical series, which aired on Fox Kids then The WB through to 1998. Presented as a variety show, each episode sees various short skits involving the cast of characters, like Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, Pinky and the Brain, and the three pigeons known as The Goodfeathers. They each have their own catchphrases and signature music. While it’s an animated program for kids, parents and adults will appreciate the sly humor that kids won’t pick up on. Originally created by Steven Spielberg as part of his Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Animation, the revival was created in conjunction with Amblin, with many of the original voice actors returning to reprise their roles. Season one is now streaming.
Grey’s Anatomy (2005)
Stream season 17 episodes after they air to keep on top of the ever-evolving stories in this long-running medical drama that centers around the personal and professional lives of a team of doctors, nurses, administrators, and interns at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. While the series has seen plenty of cast changes over the years, it remains the longest-running scripted prime-time medical drama and continues to be popular among its core 18-49 demographic. Fans have fallen in love with the characters, particularly Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), and feed off the nail-biting drama, heartbreaking stories, and intense storylines that are consistently delivered in every episode, including deaths of popular characters. New episodes will stream weekly the day after they air on ABC.
Rick & Morty (2013)
You can now stream the fourth season of this adult animated science fiction series, which originally aired in November 2019, while anxiously awaiting season five. Rick Sanchez is an eccentric, alcoholic mad scientist who finds himself engaged in a variety of misadventures with his 14-year-old kindhearted yet naive grandson Morty in every episode. While the pair have a pretty normal life back home, things get exciting when they go on adventures traveling throughout various realities, planets, and dimensions using a portal and flying car.
The Conners (2018)
Stream new season 3 episodes of this sitcom spin-off about the same Conner family featured in the ’80s and ’90s sitcom Roseanne. While it’s a comedy at heart, the series tackles serious political and cultural issues head-on, from the presidential election to bullying and sexual identity, financial issues, immigration, and more, all from the perspective of a lower-to-middle-class, average American family. The new season tackles current issues head on. Some might watch and nod their heads in agreement, while others shake their heads in disapproval. Nonetheless, it sparks conversation, as the series isn’t afraid to delve deep into serious, timely topics to which we can all relate.
Check out the latest episodes of the seventh season of this popular sitcom about the upper-class Black Johnson family navigating their lives and everyday issues. While funny at heart, the series often features racial undertones, from Dre’s entitled, rich white boss who doles out ignorant and racist comments daily to the family trying to teach the children about Black culture and influential Black figures. But at its heart, Black-ish is just a show about a well-off family and each quirky member of it. What makes it effective is that the important lessons are bookmarked by consistent hilarity, so the message is received loud and clear while you’re still thoroughly entertained.
The Goldbergs (2013)
Anyone who grew up in the ’80s or ’90s will totally appreciate the consistent references to the era in this hilarious period sitcom that is based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s real life. A budding filmmaker from a young age, Goldberg often filmed his family’s antics. He runs through old footage to build episodes of the series, each of which is based on events that really happened. The end of each episode shows a clip of the actual footage that inspired the series. Narrated by Patton Oswalt as a grown Adam, the series has largely flown under the radar, but its star-studded cast — which includes Wendy McLendon-Covey as Adam’s overly affectionate and overbearing “smother,” Jeff Garlin as his loud, angry dad, and George Segal as his free-spirited “Pops” — along with the relatable family conversations make it universally funny for all ages. There are episodes inspired by everything from The Goonies and Spaceballs to Weird Al Yankovic and Ferris Bueller. It’s a total look down memory lane that will have kids laughing and parents reminiscing. Check out the newest season 8 episodes as they are released.
Adam Ruins Everything (2015)
Dubbed an educational comedy, Adam Conover sets out to debunk commonly held misconceptions and falsehoods about a variety of topics. Based on the CollegeHumor web series of the same name, each episode is pretty formulaic: first, Conover is introduced to a common misconception, then he embarks on a journey to disprove it. He delves into the historical background, chats with experts, and examines peer-reviewed scientific studies to back up his claims. As a comedy series, the information is presented in a humorous way using sketches, animation, and time travel. Now in addition to streaming season 1, you can also streams seasons 2 and 3.
Death Row Stories (2014)
Catch the first four seasons of this riveting docuseries that looks into capital murder cases and those who were sentenced to death. Susan Sarandon serves as narrator for 12 episodes of the first three seasons, after which Concetta Tomei takes over. Various parties discuss capital punishment and the potential for more humane methods of execution.
Starring The Walking Dead‘s Michael Cudlitz, Kevin Alejandro (Parenthood, True Blood), Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Gotham), and multi-Emmy winner Regina King, all five seasons of this crime drama are available to stream. Focused on LAPD officers and their interactions with detectives, criminals, and other parties, it has been lauded for being raw, authentic, and character-driven versus your standard police procedural. It draws comparisons to other shows like The Wire and The Shield, so it’s safe to say if you like shows that fall into that genre, this one is worth checking out.
The Flight Attendant (2020)
Marking Kaley Cuoco’s return to the small screen, this miniseries features the former Big Bang Theory star as a flight attendant who wakes up hungover in a Bangkok hotel, with a dead body beside her. In shock and terrified, she decides to go about her day as if nothing happened instead of calling the police. But when she arrives in New York, FBI agents are there to question her about her layover. The series continues as she tries to piece together the events that led up to the night and wonders if she might actually be guilty of murder. Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive, praising Cuoco’s performance as a “hot mess” and calling the series “addictively intriguing.”
His Dark Materials (2019)
Based on the Philip Pullman novel series of the same name, this BBC fantasy drama premiered in 2019, and the second season of seven episodes is now available for streaming. Set in an alternate world, humans walk with daemons, animal companions that are manifestations of the human soul. The story centers around a young orphan named Lyra who, in searching for her missing friend, discovers sinister goings-on and embarks on a journey full of adventure and danger. Season two begins when Lyra enters an entirely new world through a portal, and the adventure continues with even more special effects and stunning visuals to captivate viewers.
Lena Dunham directed the first episode of this new British drama about a group of talented, young, career-minded individuals who set their sights on working at a prestigious investment bank in London following their graduation. However, they must compete with one another for the few open positions, and quickly learn that the corporate world can be cruel and cutthroat. There are eight episodes in the inaugural season, with one released weekly through to December 14. Early reviews thus far are decent. Critics call it both enthralling and appalling and suggest the show might just help launch the careers of up-and-coming writers Mickey Down and Konrad Kay.
Rick & Morty (2013)
For those who don’t have Hulu or prefer HBO Max, you can now stream season 4 of this adult animated science fiction series here as well, following the misadventures of scientist Rick Sanchez and his naïve yet sweet teenage grandson Morty. Travel with the pair to different dimensions as you wait for the already confirmed fifth season.
Looney Tunes (1930)
If you cringe when someone under 30 doesn’t know who Bugs Bunny, Speedy Gonzales, or Wile E. Coyote is, you’ll be elated to know that all episodes of this long-running series of cartoons, from 1930 through to 1969, are now streaming. Introduce your children and grandchildren to iconic characters (and nostalgia-filled musical compositions) like Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety, Porky Pig, Road Runner, and Elmer Fudd. They’ll be “hunting wabbits,” Googling ACME Corporation, and declaring that they “ain’t no chicken” in no time.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001)
One of the great comedic talents of this generation, Bernie Mac managed to get his own show that aired for five seasons. The sitcom was loosely based on some of his own stand-up material as well as elements of his own life. Mac’s character and his wife are childless until they find themselves having to care for Bernie’s three nieces and nephews when his sister goes to rehab. Naturally, he knows nothing about parenting but does his best, often to hilarious ends. As many sitcoms did in that era, Mac breaks the fourth wall often, speaking to the audience, whom he refers to as “America,” to share his feelings, which are both funny and emotional. Stream all five seasons starting December 8.
Mad About You (1992)
This premise of this sitcom about a professional couple living in New York — the husband a documentary filmmaker and the wife a public relations specialist — sounds pretty mundane. But it became widely popular thanks to its starring cast, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, and the clever writing that made them so relatable as a couple. The series has such staying power, in fact, that it spawned a limited series revival in 2019. Even if you watched back in the ’90s, it’s worth watching all eight seasons a second time, starting December 8, just for the revolving door of recurring characters. These include names like Hank Azaria, Mel Brooks, Jeff Garlin, and Lisa Kudrow (as Ursula Buffay, Phoebe’s twin sister from Friends); while the guest star list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood, with Kevin Bacon, Steve Buscemi, and Eugene Levy as just a few of those who appeared in episodes.
Small Axe (2020)
This BBC anthology film series, created and directed by filmmaker and video artist Steve McQueen, is about the experiences of Black people living in Britain. There are six films in the series, three of which were first shown at the New York Film Festival in September. The first episode, Mangrove, which stars Shaun Parkes and Letitia Wright (the season also counts John Boyega among its star-studded cast), has been referred to as a “powerful indictment of institutional racism” by critics, who have given it a 98% Certified Fresh score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Looking for a good, hearty laugh? This hilarious medical comedy-drama that aired for nine seasons is now available to stream in its entirety. John “J.D.” Dorian (Zach Braff) narrates the story for the first eight seasons from his perspective as a medical intern and eventually, a full-fledged doctor. Through the series, he discusses what’s going on in reality while also flashing into funny daydream sequences. The strong chemistry between Braff and Donald Faison, who plays Christopher Turk, an intern then chief of surgery and J.D.’s longtime best friend, is at the heart of the series as the pair portray two men responsible for saving human lives who often also act like silly frat boys. The supporting cast also shines, including Sarah Chalke as Elliott Reid, a fellow intern-turned-physician, Ken Jenkins as the chief of medicine Bob Kelso, and Judy Reyes as head nurse Carla Espinosa. But it’s the brilliantly funny writing that will have you laughing all the way through.
Whether you watched already and want to watch again, or have had this show on your “must-watch” list, you can finally stream all six seasons, including seasons 1 to 5 that originally aired on NBC and the sixth season from Yahoo! Screen. The star-studded ensemble cast, which includes Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, and Chevy Chase, brings the laughs as an eclectic group of students and teachers at a fictional community college. There’s plenty of clever meta-humor and parodies of typical TV tropes, along with lots of pop culture references. While the chatter about a possible film follow-up continues, you can catch up with all 110 episodes for now.
This might just become your new latest obsession to watch with the kids. The animated series, which is suitable for kids 7 and up, is about three siblings, Karl, Addy, and Michael, who live next door to a wise panda named Stillwater. Despite their differences, the kids learn a lot from Stillwater, who is able to regale them with stories that teach them new perspectives on life, love, and each other. It’s heartwarming and sweet, with a lesson in every episode that will teach kids to have faith in themselves, work harder, and be confident that they can achieve anything to which they set their minds.
Doug Unplugs (2020)
Based on the book series Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino, a young robot named Doug decides that he wants to explore life beyond just facts. So instead of plugging in like the rest of the robots for his usual daily download, he unplugs and sets out on an adventure to experience the wonders of the world by joining human life with his best friend Emma. Each episode is a short 11 minutes long.
Apple TV+’s reboot of this popular ’90s children’s mystery series has become just as beloved as the original, so it’s no surprise the streaming service is launching a second season. Ghostwriter follows the adventures of a group of young friends working together to solve neighborhood crimes with the help of their trusty ghost friend. The aspiring detectives take clues from a ghostly presence that spells them out using any letters or numbers it can get its hands on. Ghostwriter earned an impressive eight Daytime Emmy Award nominations during the 2020 ceremonies.
The Mandalorian (2019)
The second season of this Star Wars franchise space Western commenced on October 30, 2020, and you can stream the sixth episode starting December 4. Not surprisingly, season 3 is also already in the works. The series, which took home an impressive seven Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, is set five years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a bounty hunter who is trying to locate someone known as “The Child.” It also, of course, introduced everyone to the adorable “Baby Yoda.” Episodes are released weekly through to December 18, 2020.
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