This show blew us away! It has amazing twists and turns and is absolutely riveting!
The APs tv reviewer Jake Coyle says “An air of mystery surrounded Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” but there’s no mistaking her in “I Care a Lot.” Sporting designer suits and a bob cut so sharp that you tremble for her stylist, Pike’s Marla Grayson is ruthlessly imperious from head to toe.”
And Jake adds “The title of J Blakeson’s sleekly sinister neo-noir is tongue and cheek. Marla, a shark on par with Gordon Gekko or Jaws, doesn’t care even a little. She’s a legal guardian to dozens of elderly people whom she bilks for everything they’re worth. A wall of their faces and names adorns her Boston office the way stock portfolios might a financier. “Playing fair is a joke invented by rich people to keep the rest of us poor,” she intones in the movie’s opening voice over.”
There’s plenty of TV to look forward to, ranging from returning favorites like Succession to highly anticipated new series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Here are the shows to put on your radar, and for even more things to watch in 2021, check out our previews of the upcoming year in movies, on Netflix, and on HBO Max.‘Behind Her Eyes’ | NETFLIX
Behind Her Eyes
Netflix, February 17 Sarah Pinborough’s popular novel is getting the miniseries treatment. The thriller should be full of salacious twists over the course of six episodes, following a single mother whose life is turned upside down when she finds herself in an affair with her new psychiatrist boss, and later befriends his wife. (Watch the trailer)
For All Mankind (Season 2)
Apple TV+, February 17 On its debut, For All Mankind set itself apart from the usual historical astronaut drama—for one thing, it begins with Soviet Russia landing a man on the Moon first. Kicking the American Space Program into high gear, this loss inspires a group of astronauts and engineers to go bigger than they’d planned to outdo the USSR in this alternate history take on the Space Race. (Watch the trailer)
House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered
Discovery+, February 17 Have you ever wondered what Dan Levy or John Mulaney’s interior design taste is? Or wanted to see Seth Rogen roast somebody else’s taste? This House Hunters spin-off, one of the many shows headed to the new streaming service Discovery+, finds comedians and other celebrities helping new homeowners pick out their next pad. ‘Tell Me Your Secrets’ | AMAZON STUDIOS
Tell Me Your Secrets
Amazon Prime, February 19 With a title like that, you know you’re in for some sort of smoldering mystery. The series stars Lily Rabe as a woman named Emma Hall who’s entering witness protection program—which doesn’t work out so well when another woman (Amy Brenneman) believes Hall has to do with the disappearance of her daughter and sends a predator out to look for her. (Watch the trailer)
Allen v. Farrow
HBO, February 21 The team who directed HBO’s documentary On the Record, about the accusations against hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons, are back with another high-profile doc. This four-part docuseries, produced largely in secret, chronicles the allegations against Woody Allen and the custody battle between him and Mia Farrow that followed. (Watch the trailer)
Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine
Showtime, February 21 This three-parter examines how the social media age contributed to the rise of highly controversial rapper 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, and the system that encouraged his behavior. (Watch the trailer)
HBO, February 22 This Swedish series that aired on HBO Europe is making its stateside debut. An adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel, Beartown centers around a small town where youth hockey is everything, but starts to pull the community apart when the teenaged star player commits an act of violence. (Watch the trailer)
Unplugged Presents: BTS
MTV, February 23 If you haven’t heard, MTV’s iconic Unplugged series is back. Specials have been released on and off over the course of the past few years, but Miley Cyrus brought it back most recently in fall 2020 with her backyard sessions. You likely won’t be able to stop hearing about it on social media in the next few weeks, though, now that the literal biggest K-pop act in the world is bringing their latest album to the live show. (Watch the teaser)‘Ginny & Georgia’ | NETFLIX
Ginny & Georgia
Netflix, February 24 A dramedy about the titular mother-daughter duo—the daughter Ginny often being much more mature than her mother—who move to a small town for a fresh start, which proves to be challenging when secrets from Georgia’s past resurface.
Peacock, February 25 Did you think Saved By the Bell was the only reboot headed to NBC streaming platform Peacock? Of course not! There’s always more nostalgia to go around, including some for Punky Brewster. Soleil Moon Frye is reprising the role—no longer a pigtailed child, but all-grown-up, obviously—playing Punky as a single mom of three. (Watch the teaser)
78th Annual Golden Globe Awards
NBC, Feb 28 The Golden Globe nominations are a bit confounding this year, but that won’t stop you from tuning into the major film and TV award show yet again. This year, the ceremony will be bi-coastal with Tina Fey hosting from NYC and Amy Poehler from LA.
NBC, March 1 Fringe executive producer J. H. Wyman’s latest sci-fi series is crash landing onto network TV. Debris follows a British agent and an American agent as they team up to investigate what appears to be the wreckage of some sort of space craft that shattered across Earth and is having bizarre side effects on people close to it.
The Real World Homecoming: New York
Paramount+, March 4 The news of Paramount+ was exciting for one reason alone: the ability to finally watch reruns upon reruns of The Real World. (Kidding. Sort of.) Mega fans of the series can get even more excited, though, because an all-new installment that reunites the original cast from Season 1 is on the way. ‘Genera+ion’ | HBO MAX
HBO Max, March 11 Generation is a teen series co-created by a teen, Zelda Barnz, daughter of showrunners Daniel and Ben Barnz—so this coming-of-age series might just be an accurate portrayal of Gen Z. (Lena Dunham is also on as producer.) The show follows a group of high schoolers discovering their sexualities in a conservative, status-obsessed Orange County community. (Watch the trailer)
Netflix, March 12 Aren’t we all just looking for the one? This series, based on John Marrs’ sci-fi novel, imagines a future where finding that predestined soulmate is as easy as looking at a DNA sample.
63rd Annual Grammy Awards
CBS, March 14 It’s music’s biggest night, baby! Of course, there’s a lot of snubs to get worked up about, but there are a lot of exciting nominations this year, too. Like nearly every awards show, this one got pushed back from January, but it’ll go down with Trevor Noah as host this March.
Waffles + Mochi
Netflix, March 16 The description for Michelle Obama’s new Netflix show is a little Mad Libs-y: Former First Lady Michelle Obama is starring in a cooking-slash-food-slash-travel show with two puppets named Waffles and Mochi, as well as a ton of celebrity guests. But we digress: It looks seriously adorable. (Watch the trailer)
Netflix, March 19 This show sounds like the country western version of The Sound of Music. TV musical fave Katharine McPhee of Smash fame plays a struggling country singer who takes a job as a nanny for a cowboy named Beau, and finds hope again when she forms a band with his kids. Yeehaw!‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ | DISNEY+
Disney+, March 19 At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers handed over his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, essentially crowning Wilson as the next Cap. Presumably, this Marvel show will feature Sam and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Cap’s best bro, teaming up to fight Helmet Zero and other bad guys. (Watch the teaser)
Nat Geo, March 21 Nat Geo’s Genius biographic anthology series previously covered Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, and now it’s turning its focus to one of music’s greats, Aretha Franklin. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Widows) is taking on the iconic soul singer, meaning she’ll definitely be putting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her name. (Watch the trailer)
NBC, March 25 It’s sadly time to close the doors on Cloud 9. After six successful seasons, the workplace sitcom starring America Ferrera is wrapping up with a special one-hour finale this March. ‘Invincible’ | AMAZON STUDIOS
Amazon Prime, March 26 Another one of Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman’s comics is getting the TV treatment. Invincible is a star-studded adult animated series starring Steven Yeun as the voice of Mark Grayson, the son of the most powerful superhero in the world, Omni-Man (played by J.K. Simmons), who begins to develop powers of his own. (Watch the teaser)
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Disney+, March 26 The Ducks still got game! In fact, the team from the beloved ’90s movie have so much game that they’re no longer underdogs in this reboot, but a highly selective, elite crew of youth hockey players. That’s what inspires a kiddo who didn’t make the cut to start his own team with none other than original Ducks coach Gordon Bombay. Yes, Emilio Estevez is reprising the role, and Lauren Graham also leads the cast. No cake eaters here! (Watch the teaser)
City on a Hill (Season 2)
Showtime, March 28 Showtime’s Boston-based crime thriller starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge is back for Season 2. (Watch the trailer)
Law and Order: Organized Crime
NBC, April 1 As much as Law and Order devotees love SVU and Olivia Benson, they know the show just hasn’t been the same since Elliot Stabler left. Thankfully, though, Christopher Meloni is reprising the bad boy cop role in a new Dick Wolf-created series with the officer returning to the NYPD’s organized crime unit. (Watch the trailer)
PBS, April 4 This PBS Masterpiece series tells the story of the relationship between Norweigen Crown Princess Märtha and President Franklin D. Roosevelt (played by Sofia Helin and Kyle MacLachlan), as he took in the royal and her family into the White House as the Nazi’s occupied Norway, and she influenced his political involvement in WWII. (Watch the teaser)
PBS, April 5 Ken Burns’ latest subject is none other than literary legend Ernest Hemingway. The three-part documentary not only delves into the writer’s iconic career but the mythology and tragedy behind his life. (Watch the trailer)
TBS, April 6 Chad is a coming-of-age comedy about a 14-year-old Persian-American boy navigating his first year of high school. Created by SNL alum Nasim Pedrad, the show has a bit of an unconventional twist, as she also plays the titular Chad, a la PEN15. (Watch the trailer)
Exterminate all the Brutes
HBO, April 7 I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck’s latest is a four-part docuseries that’s pieced together with new documentary material, archival footage, animation, and recreated scenes to examine just how exploitative and devastating the effects of European colonialism was on the globe and indigenous peoples.
ABC, April 7 Topher Grace is headed back to the sitcom world. He’s among the cast of this comedy about three siblings—one who grew up to be ultra-wealthy, one who grew up to be middle class, and one just getting by—and how their class affects their relationships.
Godfather of Harlem
Epix, April 18 Bumpy Johnson’s not relinquishing control of Harlem anytime soon. The historical thriller starring Forest Whitaker returns, with his role as the famed mobster battling the Italian crime bosses for control of an international heroin pipeline. (Watch the trailer)‘Mare of Easttown’ | MICHELE K. SHORT/HBO
Mare of Easttown
HBO, April 18 Kate Winslet stars in this HBO limited series murder mystery. (Her character’s name is Mare. She is the “Mare” in question and presumably hails from some place named Easttown.) It’s directed by Craig Zobel, whose most recent project was the troubled film The Hunt. (Watch the teaser)
Hulu, April 20 Looks like you already have your 4/20 plans carved out for you. This three-episode docuseries from the Duplass Brothers investigates an urban-legend-cold-case hybrid as an investigative journalist returns to the Redwoods decades after he learned of a triple homicide that took place there in the early ’90s and was thought to be the work of Bigfoot. (The fact that he learned of this case while visiting a marijuana farm may or may not be important).
Shadow and Bone
Netflix, April 23 Netflix has another big-budget fantasy series on the way. This one’s inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s popular books, the Grisha trilogy, and set in a frightening world of perpetual darkness, where one teenaged orphan discovers she has a power that may be able to help save her nation. (Watch the teaser)
93rd Academy Awards
ABC, April 25 After a weird year of movie delays and mostly streaming or VOD releases, the Oscars will finally commence (after its own delays) to honor the films that did see a release from 2020-early 2021.
HBO, April TBA This HBO drama features Victorian women with supernatural powers—so think Buffy meets, I don’t know, the Brontës. Olivia Williams, Laura Donnelly, and Ann Skelly play three of the so-called Nevers, while Nick Frost, Tom Riley, and Denis O’Hare also turn up. (Watch the trailer)
Shrill (Season 3)
Hulu, May 7 Aidy Bryant’s lovable comedy for Hulu is coming to an end with its third season this spring. ‘Atlanta’ | FX
FX Though it’s not totally clear what the theme of the landmark tenth season of Ryan Murphy’s campy horror series will be (maybe mermaids?), tons of AHS favorites—including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and many more—are returning to make this cryptic seaside screamfest a special one. Get excited for whatever cast addition Macauly Culkin’s role will be, and treat all of this as a creepy amuse bouche for Murphy’s spinoff series American Horror Stories—plural—that’s coming down the road.
FX As a social commentary on race and class masked as a show about a rising rapper that frequently experiments from episode to episode, it’s hard to say, without a trailer, what exactly will happen in the upcoming seasons of Atlanta. One thing is for sure, though: It’s likely to continue following the ceaseless struggle of Earn and Al trying to make it and failing miserably at both the hands of the music industry, systemic racism, and Earn’s own poor decision-making. Expect to see that all play out on Paper Boi’s first-ever tour, since Season 2 ended just as he and Earn were about to take off on a flight to Europe to join Clark County on tour.
HBO Bill Hader’s Barry has established itself as some of the most ambitious, darkly comedic shows out there. Chances are, Season 3 is going to be depressing as hell. After taking out a monastery of gangsters he murdered purely out of rage in the Season 2 finale, there’s now no denying that the titular hitman bitten by the acting bug is a Bad Guy. He is not a reformed killer; he’s a killer-killer. With the cliffhanger that Barry’s acting coach Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) realizes his student’s secret as he’s being (wrongly) arrested for his cop girlfriend’s murder, Barry should come back with a funbag of bleakness.
Better Call Saul (Season 6)
AMC When it debuted in 2015, Better Call Saul stood under the bald, fedora-sporting shadow of Breaking Bad, referencing Walter White’s crimes and hinting that it would catch up to that show’s iconic ending. Now, closing in on its 13-episode final season, the prequel series stands on its own as a vivid, wrenching crime series. Given the show’s level of creative consistency, it’s hard to imagine an ending that fails to satisfy.
HBO Max Aaron MacGruder’s hilarious Adult Swim anime-inspired staple is getting rebooted for HBO’s streaming service on a two-season order and a 50-minute special. Details are light, but we do know that Granddad and his grandsons, Riley and Huey, will have to deal with the neo-Nazis that have established a tyrannical regime in their comfortable suburb. The Boondocks never tiptoed around its bold leftist and racial politics, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store with MacGruder back as showrunner after stepping away in Season 4.
Bosch (Season 7)
Amazon Prime As Amazon Prime readies its Lord of the Rings series, undoubtedly its biggest attempt to court the mainstream, the service will say goodbye to its longest-running show. Bosch has rarely picked up awards attention, appeared on critic’s top 10 lists, or generated buzz on social media, but this character-driven police drama starring Titus Welliver is as sturdy and reliable as TV shows get. The final season, which reportedly draws its plot from Michael Connelley’s The Overlook and Dark Sacred Night books, should be a fitting sendoff.‘Dead to Me’ | NETFLIX
Netflix It’s time for Ben’s (James Mardsen) dark secrets to take front-and-center in the upcoming season of this addictive series. Stock up on plenty of wine before the Thelma and Louise of streaming—Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate)—come crashing back onto your screens with their sometimes murderous intent.
Netflix It’s senior year for Justien Simien’s Dear White People and the Black students fighting the embedded institutional racism at the mostly white Winchester University. Before graduation day (er, the finale), radio host Sam White (Logan Browning), young politico Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), investigative journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), and co. clash with the mysterious secret order that maintains the university’s prestige at all costs.
CBS The clever, kooky, and genuinely scary show from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King basically begged for a second season with the first’s cliffhanger. Katja Herbers’s Kristen Bouchard, a forensic psychologist helping priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) determine whether there’s a clinical explanation for strange events or something demonic is afoot, might be—that’s right—evil.
Apple TV+ Isaac Asimov took the world of science fiction by storm when he published his novel (and plenty of followups) about a vision of the future in which every major political event is predicted and planned for in advance by “psychohistorians,” who have turned seeing the future into a science. This adaptation stars Lee Pace as the Emperor of the Galaxy and Jared Harris as the brilliant Hari Seldon.
HBO Max The new reboot of the 2007 CW series isn’t another chronicle in the scandalous lives of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, but it will introduce a new crop of the Manhattan (and possibly even Brooklyn) teen elite and air all of their dirty little secrets in blog (Twitter? TikTok?) form. Original co-producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are running the show.
Hulu Escaped handmaid June has been planting the seeds for a full-blown revolution against the tyrannical Gilead, and Season 4 looks like it’ll blow the floodgates off its hinges to make that crusade more realized.
HBO “If life doesn’t look like how you imagined it, does that mean it’s a success or a failure?” said producer Prentice Penny about the big theme of Insecure‘s upcoming season. With Issa and Molly’s BFFship in a rocky place, and Issa in an even more confusing situation with boy-of-the-season Lawrence, the next installment is poised to be the most insightful batch of episodes to date.‘I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson’ | NETFLIX
I Think You Should Leave (Season 2)
Netflix What delights could the second season of Tim Robinson’s, dare-we-say, comedy masterpiece contain? Honestly, we couldn’t even begin to predict, but if it’s anything like the first set of sketches, it will be absolutely incredible.
Disney+ After escaping through time in Avengers: Endgame, Asgard’s exiled trickster god accidentally falls in with the Time Variance Agency. The secretive organization keeps track of the various timelines in the Multiverse, tweaking some and eliminating others it deems too dangerous to exist, generally keeping the citizens of the timelines from traveling back and forth in time, and changing the past or the future. How this all ties in with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 storyline is anyone’s guess. (Watch the trailer)
Amazon Prime The first of five very expensive Lord of the Rings seasons is headed to Amazon in 2021 as the company tries to serve up the next Game of Thrones before the next Game of Thrones (House of the Dragon) hits HBO. Set in the Second Age, this series will take place long before Frodo was running around The Shire, so it’s a gamble to suss out what will actually take place in this Middle Earthian prequel.
Netflix Director Mike Flanagan can’t stop churning out that creepy Netflix content. In August 2020, before The Haunting of Bly Manor hit the streaming service in October, the spooky filmmaker started shooting this new series that takes place on a desolate island and follows disturbing events that start to unfold among the community there after a mysterious young priest arrives.
Nine Perfect Strangers
Hulu Big Little Lies fans, assemble. This is another adaptation of one of BLL author Liane Moriarty’s works, and it brings back showrunner David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman, the latter of who stars as the director of a wellness resort where nine (seemingly perfect) strangers check in for a 10-day retreat that doesn’t turn out to be like what any of them expected.‘The Old Man’ | FX ON HULU
The Old Man
FX on Hulu Jeff Bridges, a major movie star who has yet to make a play for prestige TV glory, stars in this thriller about a retired CIA officer who wants to live “off the grid” but keeps getting pulled back into the shady world he thought he left behind. Adapted from a novel by veteran genre writer Thomas Perry, and co-starring John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat, the show—think True Grit meets The Americans—is still scheduled for 2021, even after Bridges announced during production that he’d been diagnosed with lymphoma. (Watch the trailer)
The Other Two (Season 2)
HBO Max It’s been a long wait for the second season of this still underrated show, which first premiered on Comedy Central in early 2019. Hopefully the story of the two aimless 30-something siblings of a tween pop star will gain more of an audience on HBO Max where its amazing songs can be fully appreciated.
Netflix The final season of the tense Missouri-set money laundering saga will be nothing short of shocking, we expect. The Byrdes keep getting deeper in bed with dangerous people—now, the cartel boss Omar Navarro and the FBI—and it’s only a matter of time until the blocks crumble beneath them, sending their family and associates into a freefall.
Netflix Our Peakies! The biggest question at hand after a doozy of a fifth season in Steven Knight’s English mob series is: Who betrayed Tommy Shelby and caused his plan to take out political rival and literal fascist Oswald Mosley to fail? (We have some thoughts.)
Pieces of Her
Netflix Toni Collette leads the cast in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter’s popular thriller about a woman who tries to stop an active shooter, and the effects it has on her relationship with her daughter, who feels she witnesses a change in her mother after the traumatic interference.
Pose (Season 3)
FX The third season of Pose shut down production at the start of the pandemic and gave the supplies from medical sets to Mount Sinai. Ryan Murphy, in announcing the donation, revealed that in the upcoming episodes, Blanca will be working as an AIDS counselor. As for what else is in store that remains to be seen, but Pose remains one of the most big-hearted, groundbreaking series on TV.
HBO Max This adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 speculative novel, which followed a troupe of actors and musicians as they traveled an America ravaged by a flu pandemic, doesn’t exactly sound like frothy post-2020 escapism. But, given the source material, it should be different from many of the more brutal dystopian tales of recent years. With Mackenzie Davis of Halt and Catch Fire in the lead role, Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) serving as showrunner, and Hiro Murai (Atlanta) behind the camera, this should be a special one.
Netflix The Hawkins crew has to figure out how to get Hopper out of Russia in the next season of Stranger Things, presumably digging into its ’80s-ness with its own interpretation of the Cold War.‘Succession’ | PETER KRAMER/HBO
HBO Who will win a kiss from daddy in this season of corporate heir war Succession? It certainly won’t be Kendall Roy, who hung his father Logan out to dry on national TV in the last minutes of the finale over the gross misconduct handling Wayco Roystar’s cruise ship scandal. We’re delirious to know how this nuclear bomb will rattle the many circles of the loathsome, ultra-wealthy Roy family.
Apple TV+ Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, a fish-out-of-water story (based on an ad campaign), turned out to be a veritable hug of the series and one of the more surprising quality TV releases of 2020. With Jason Sudeikis’ Ted—a jolly Kentuckian who is hired to coach the Richmond Premier League football club by its owner in a plot to humiliate her ex-husband—managed to win over his footie crew with infectious, if naive, optimism. Even after the finale’s loss bumped the team down a league, there’s so much potential in this puckish underdog story.
HBO Max The pitch for this HBO Max original, which was delayed by the pandemic but should debut next year, is pretty simple: Michael Mann crime drama. Following an American journalist (Ansel Elgort) as he reports on corruption in Tokyo’s elite vice squad in the late ’90s, with help from a detective played by Ken Watanabe, Tokyo Vice sounds like a potentially captivating mix of The Insider and another famous Mann production with the word “Vice” in the title. Sign us up!
Tuca & Bertie (Season 2)
Adult Swim The beloved buddy comedy from BoJack Horseman illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, and starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as the titular anthropomorphic bird people Tuca and Bertie, will live to see another day, thanks to Adult Swim, after being canned by Netflix after its charming first season.
BET This three-part miniseries documents the story of the iconic Uptown Records, which helped launch the career of huge names in R&B and hip-hop, like Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean “Diddy” Combs, and others. Label founder Andre Harrell, who was previously on board as an executive producer, died in 2020, but the show is still moving ahead. Many of the details are kept under wraps, but it should pay homage to his and his label signees’ legacy.
Amazon Prime Will this series—Amazon’s other bankable fantasy book series adaptation that’s been in confusing development hell for years—really come out in 2021, as the oracle IMDb says? We won’t hold our breath, but we are looking forward to finally seeing Robert Jordan’s written vision of the Third Age, apocalyptic Breaking of the World, and hunt for the Dragon Reborn brought to life on the silver screen.
Netflix Toss another coin to your local Witcher: Henry Cavill’s brooding, wandering monster hunter Geralt of Rivia is coming back this year with all the “hmms” and “fucks” you could hope for. Video game and book series fans should be in for a little treat—we’re betting Season 2 is adapting the first book of the main Witcher series, Blood of Elves. Ciri could be much older; Yennifer should still be on a mission to become the greatest sorcerer; Jaskier, without a doubt, will still be penning his annoyingly catchy bard songs. You can’t escape destiny, Geralt.
Netflix Murderous creep Joe (Penn Badgley) sets his eyes on a new target of obsession: blonde neighbor Natalie, who he peeped on in her backyard, engrossed in a book he almost certainly has at least five opinions on. Such wandering eyes when his girlfriend, the equally bloodlusting Love (Victoria Pedretti), is so pregnant! For shame, Joe. Season 3 will also feature an ensemble of the finest L.A. stereotypes, including a wellness guru, “momfluencer,” and tech venture capitalist.
Newcomers and old favorites include a Marvel series, the long-awaited return of “Gomorrah” and Judi Dench among the orangutans.
‘Call Me Kat’
Miranda Hart’s 2009 British comedy “Miranda” had an unmistakable influence on “Fleabag.” Now it has inspired a straightforward American remake, with Mayim Bialik in Hart’s role as the awkward, talkative woman who has her own small business (here a cat cafe) and a mother (Swoosie Kurtz), who’s obsessed with her daughter’s lack of a boyfriend. (Fox, Sunday)
‘In the Long Run’
While Steve McQueen won deserved acclaim this year for dramatizing the lives of London’s West Indian immigrants in the film anthology “Small Axe,” Idris Elba has been quietly making folksy situation comedy out of the lives of the city’s West African immigrants for years. He created this warmhearted series and stars in it as Walter, the father in an immigrant family in 1980s East London; in Season 3, Walter’s mother, previously present only on the phone from Sierra Leone, arrives for a visit. (Starz, Sunday)
Modern TV’s big tent may not be as full of interesting curiosities as it could be, but there was room for this bit of wackadoodlery from the horror-meister Álex de la Iglesia (“The Day of the Beast”). In a provincial town in Spain, a cow gives birth to a human baby (“Nobody puts this on Instagram until we know what it’s all about,” the mayor announces) and then things start to get weird. (HBO, Monday)
‘Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure’
The newest streaming behemoth, Discovery+, debuts Monday with a library of more than 55,000 episodes of nonfiction TV as well as new nature series with hosts as disparate as David Attenborough and David Schwimmer. Particularly alluring, though, is this two-part documentary featuring the noted thespian and orangutan groupie Judi Dench, who is irresistible, whether describing her first sight of true jungle (“it is like flying over broccoli”) or introducing her companion in life and adventure travel, the conservationist David Mills (“I’m here with my chap”). (Discovery+, Monday)
France’s gift to the police-procedural genre begins its eighth, and final, season. Caroline Proust and Thierry Godard complete their series-long runs as the cops Laure and Gilou, while Clara Bonnet joins the cast as a new investigating magistrate, in the show’s rough parallel to the “Law & Order” formula. (MHz Choice, Tuesday)
Change comes for everyone, even ViacomCBS. With its somewhat naturalistic style and its general avoidance of episodic procedural formulas, this six-episode thriller starring Michael Chiklis as a recently retired border-patrol officer stands out among the old-school CBS crime dramas and “Star Trek” spinoffs that populate Viacom’s streaming service. (CBS All Access, Thursday)
“The Morning Show,” with its big stars, and “Ted Lasso,” with its pandemic-salving sentimentality, have gotten the attention. But the best Apple TV+ shows have been two relatively under-the-radar series: “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” about a chaotic video game studio; and “Dickinson,” Alena Smith’s Transcendentalist teen comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as the poet Emily Dickinson, which begins its second season. (Apple TV+, Jan. 8)
The gentleman thief Arsène Lupin has been played by actors as diverse as John Barrymore, Jean-Claude Brialy and Ken Uehara. Joining that distinguished lineup is Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), whose Lupin is the son of a Senegalese chauffeur who was unjustly accused of theft. The French series, set in Paris, was created by the British screenwriter George Kay (“Killing Eve”). (Netflix, Jan. 8)
‘Pretend It’s a City’
Martin Scorsese, who already made a documentary (“Public Speaking” in 2010) celebrating the acerbic New York flâneur Fran Lebowitz, expands the concept into seven half-hour episodes of commentary — from both Lebowitz and Scorsese — about their beloved city and the many people who don’t deserve to live there. (Netflix, Jan. 8)WATCHING: Recommendations on the best TV shows and films to stream and watch.Sign Up
‘All Creatures Great and Small’
The demand for comfort viewing — whether actually felt by audiences or just assumed by producers — has inevitably brought us a new adaptation of the James Herriot veterinary memoirs. Tune in for bespoke nostalgia, Yorkshire vistas and arms inside cows, along with one of Diana Rigg’s last performances, as the owner of a pampered Pekingese. (PBS, Jan. 10)
This two-part, three-hour documentary about Tiger Woods will no doubt be compared to “The Last Dance,” the 10-episode opus about that other consummate winner, Michael Jordan, that drew huge audiences for ESPN last year. Woods’s story is more tragic and more complicated, but the real difference in the two shows (besides their length) is that Woods wasn’t involved in the making of “Tiger” the way Jordan was in “The Last Dance” — an absence which, paradoxically, contributes to a more intimate portrayal. (HBO, Jan. 10)
‘Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy’
The documentarian Stanley Nelson tackles a fraught history — the entwined stories of race, class, incarceration and crack cocaine — with his characteristic plain-spoken conscientiousness, demonstrating how the only thing that seemed to trickle down during the Reagan years was drugs. (Netflix, Jan. 11)
Wherever you find Lauren Ambrose on the TV landscape is a good place to be. She returns as a Type-A mom whose child is either an adorable living baby or a realistic baby-size doll — it has a habit of changing from scene to scene — in the second season of this mordantly funny horror series. (Apple TV+, Jan. 15)
The premiere of this show featuring the covert superheroes Scarlet Witch and Vision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany) marks an unofficial relaunch of the TV wing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was gradually uprooted from Netflix, Hulu and various cable and broadcast channels, and will now be consolidated on the streaming service of Marvel’s corporate parent, Disney. (Disney+, Jan. 15)
‘Call My Agent!’
This screwball French comedy about a talent agency scrambling to serve the needs of its A-list clients consistently attracts high-caliber guest stars willing to play themselves in sometimes less-than-flattering circumstances. The roster in Season 4 includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean Reno and Sigourney Weaver. (Netflix, Jan. 21)
An answered prayer. An offer we can’t refuse. The long-delayed arrival on American screens of Season 3 of this moody and engrossing Italian series is, for lovers of gangster dramas, the biggest news of the TV season. Genny and Ciro (Salvatore Esposito and Marco D’Amore), bound together more than ever by the story’s maddeningly complicated cycles of secrecy and betrayal, continue fighting for control of the drug trade in inner-city Naples. (HBO Max, Jan. 21)
The first season of this pleasingly vicious satire of the crisis-management business, starring Anna Paquin, was scheduled to appear last March on Pop, the network where comedies go to die (“Florida Girls,” “One Day at a Time”). It eventually surfaced on-demand, and a reported second season seemed like a pipe dream. But Amazon has stepped in, reviving Season 1 this month and promising Season 2 later in the year. (Amazon Prime Video, Jan. 22)
Ayelet Zurer stars in this Israeli series as Alice, a once-adventurous filmmaker who’s now raising a family, making commercials and feeling lost and unseen. Add a young woman (Lihi Kornowski of “False Flag”) who’s written a provocative screenplay that Alice’s husband (Gal Toren) wants to star in, and voilà, you’ve got a psychological thriller. (Apple TV+, Jan. 22)
‘We Are: The Brooklyn Saints’
Rudy Valdez, an Emmy winner for “The Sentence,” directed this charmingly inspirational series that documents a youth football program in East New York and celebrates the resilient community the program serves. (Netflix, Jan. 29)
No screeners yet, but great promise in the casting: Queen Latifah as the cryptic fixer-avenger played by Edward Woodward in the original 1980s TV series and Denzel Washington on the big screen. She’ll be backed up by Chris Noth and Lorraine Toussaint. (CBS, Feb. 7)
‘The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song’
An institution often relegated to providing background music is given the spotlight in a four-hour documentary written and hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. with Stacey L. Holman (“Tell Them We Are Rising”) as series producer and director. (PBS, Feb. 16)
An Alien Impersonates a Doctor
The title character of the Syfy series “Resident Alien,” which premieres on Jan. 27, does not have a green card, but he does have green skin, or at least a green-and-purple exoskeleton. He’s been sent to earth to exterminate us; there’s a delay, and in the meantime he has to impersonate a small-town Colorado doctor and learn, with exceeding awkwardness, how to act like a human being. This snowbound scary-monster comedy won’t make any Top 10 lists but it looks like a hoot, and it’s tailor-made for the eccentric comic talents of Alan Tudyk (“Doom Patrol,” “Arrested Development”), who never seems comfortable in whatever skin he’s in.
The Outsider (HBO) What We Do In The Shadows (Hulu/FX) Raised By Wolves (HBO Max) Ted Lasso (AppleTV+) Ozark (Netflix) Midnight Gospel (Netflix) Mandalorian (Disney+) Kim’s Convenience (CBC/Netflix) Cheer (Netflix) Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access) Rick and Morty (adult swim/Hulu/HBO Max) Search Party (HBO Max) Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun (Netflix) Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun (Netflix) Big Time Adolescence (Hulu) It’s OK Not to Be OK (Netflix) Middledich and Schwartz (Netflix) Happiest Season (Hulu) Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) Greyhound (AppleTV+) Solar Opposites (Hulu) Itaewon Class (Netflix) Defunctland (YouTube) Upload (Amazon Prime) Criminal: United Kingdom (Netflix) Supermarket Sweep (Hulu/ABC (new), Netflix/Amazon Prime Video (old)) The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) How To With John Wilson (HBO)
Getting a new streaming device this holiday season? These are the favorite shows and movies that the Cordkiller team of Brian Brushwood and Tom Merritt discovered in 2020 (and a few they abandoned). With Cordkillers producer Bryce Castillo ( http://twitter.com/brycas )
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer (2018) – Animated holiday feature film where Blitzen announces his retirement.
Forged in Fire (Season 1) – HISTORY Channel’s reality series that follows various bladesmiths competing for a grand prize.
Jumping the Broom (2011) – Comedy from Salim Akil about two families coming together for a wedding.
Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas feature in this thriller.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Seasons 1-3) – All three seasons of A&E’s look into the Church of Scientology.
Little Monsters (1989) – Family comedy from the late 80s about a boy finding a world of monsters under his bed.
Mile 22 (2018) – Mark Wahlberg action thriller
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – All-star Steven Soderbergh crime thriller.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) – Kevin James in the best movie ever.
Piercing (2018) – Horror mystery thriller
Platoon (1986) – Classic war movie.
School Daze – Unclear what version
Snowden (2016) – Biopic on Edward Snowden played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Garfield Show (Season 3) – Animated adventures with everyone’s favorite Lasagne loving cat.
The Impossible (2012) – Naomi Watts features in this movie about a family caught in a tsunami.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) – Family fantasy directed by Frank Oz.
The Next Karate Kid (1994) – Mr. Miyagi returns to teach a new pupil.
Voice (Season 2) – K-drama about a detective who had his life fall apart after his wife was murdered.
Wheels of Fortune
Yes Man (2008) – The Jim Carrey comedy where he can’t say no.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 2nd
Prospect (2018) – Sci-fi thriller starring Pedro Pascal about a father and daughter pairing heading to a mysterious moon to gather valuable resources.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 3rd
Felix Lobrecht: Hype (2020) N – German stand-up special looking into woke culture.
Gabby’s Dollhouse (Season 1) N – Dreamworks animated series for preschoolers.
Mother (2020) N – Asian film.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 4th
A Christmas Catch (2018) – A TV movie holiday romance
Christmas With A Prince (2018) – TV holiday romance starring Kaitlyn Leeb.
Love & Anarchy (Season 1) N – Comedy drama series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 5th
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020) – Otoja Abit directs this holiday romantic movie.
Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? (Season 1) N – Spanish true-crime series.
Midnight at the Magnolia (2020) – Christmas-themed holiday romance movie.
Operation Christmas Drop (2020) N – Holiday special about a political aide falling for an Air Force pilot.
Paranormal (Season 1) N – Netflix’s third Arabic full Netflix Original set in the 1960s where a doctor begins believing paranormal events are occurring around him.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 6th
Citation (2020) N – Nigerian Original about a student who reports her professor after trying to rape her.
Country Ever After (Season 1) N – Follow the family of Coffey Anderson in this reality series.
La trinchera infinita / The Endless Trench (2019) N – French movie set in 1936 with fascism taking over the country.
The Late Bloomer (2016) – Comedy about a man who goes through puberty a little later in life than most.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 9th
Undercover (Season 2) N – Dutch thriller series where undercover agents infiltrate drug operations.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 10th
A Lion in the House (Limited Series) – Docuseries on five families going through cancer treatments over a period of 6 years.
Dash & Lily (Season 1) N – Comedy teen drama set in the festive season about a little red notebook that is passed between two lovers.
Trash Truck (Season 1) N – Kids cartoon about a trash truck and his two human friends making friends and exploring.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 11th
A Queen Is Born (Season 1) N – Portuguese reality series featuring two drag queens that’s essentially Drag Race – rumored for November 11th.
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun (Season 1) N – Sketch comedy series.
The Liberator (Limited Series) N – Animation meets Band of Brothers in this WW2 limited series.
What We Wanted / Was wir wollten (2020) N – Austrian drama about parenthood with a couple facing fertility issues.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 12th
Fruitvale Station (2013) – Biopic of Oscar Grant III starring Michael B. Jordan.
Graceful Friends (Season 1) – Also known as Elegant Friends, a TV mystery series from South Korea.
Ludo (2020) N – Dark comedy from India.
Memories of a Teenager / Yo, Adolscente (2019) – Spanish drama.
Prom Night – Unclear what version.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 13th
American Horror Story (Season 9) – The ninth installment of the anthology series set in 1984.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) N – A musical adventure holiday special featuring original songs from John Legend.
The Life Ahead / La vita davanti a se (2020) N – Italian drama about a Holocaust survivor taking in a 12-year-old boy who robbed her.
The Minions of Midas (Limited Series) N – Political thriller about a millionaire publisher blackmailed.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 15th
A Very Country Christmas (2017) – Holiday-themed family romance movie about a country star heading back home to find his roots.
America’s Next Top Model (Seasons 19 & 20) – Two seasons of the reality series from CBS which airs on VH1.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2009) – Animated Sony Pictures movie that sees the return of the crazy scientist.
Hometown Holiday (2018) – Holiday romance.
Survivor (Season 20 & Season 28) – CBS’s reality series Survivor debuts on Netflix.
The Crown (Season 4) N – The latest and final season for Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth who will hand over the reins. The new epic seasons will introduce us to Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher.
V for Vendetta (2005) – The Wachowski’s dystopian thriller.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 16th
Loving (2016) – Romance based on a true story of an interracial couple in the late 1950s.
Whose Streets? (2017) – Documentary on the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 17th
The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Season 4) N – The latest Dreamworks adventures with The Boss Baby.
We Are The Champions (Season 1) N – Reality documentary series looking into some of the world’s oddest competitions.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 18th
Bitter Daisies / El sabor de las margaritas (Season 2) N – More episodes of the crime thriller series.
Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas (2020) N – Holiday reality special.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 19th
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) N – The sequel to The Princess Switch featuring Vanessa Hudgens playing the role of a down-to-earth baker and a prince’s wife.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 20th
Alien Xmas (2020) N – Christmas feature film about aliens attempting to steal Earth’s gravity.
Flavorful Origins: Gansu Cuisine (Season 1) N – Docu-series for foodies.
If Anything Happens I Love You (2020) N – Two grieving parents mourn the loss of a loved one in the family.
Voices of Fire (Season 1) N – Reality competition series about gospel singers.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 22nd
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020) N – Dolly Parton features in this small-town Christmas themed movie about a small town facing tough times around the holiday season.
Machete Kills (2013) – Robert Rodriguez directs this Danny Trejo action thriller.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 23rd
Hard Kill (2020) – Action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) N – Documentary on the famed singer/songwriter.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 24th
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday (2020) N – Holiday special for the Dreamworks series.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) N – Ron Howard’s Netflix debut with this adaptation of the best-selling book featuring Amy Adams.
Notes for My Son / El Cuaderno de Tomy (2020) N – Argentinian movie about a woman battling terminal cancer and writes a book to speak about her life.
Wonderoos (Season 1) N – Kids animated series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 25th
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020) N – Kurt Russell boots up as Santa Clause again with Christmas once again under threat from a new source.
Great Pretender (Season 2) N – Anime series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 26th
Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated (2020) – Stand-up special
Mosul (2020) N – War thriller from executive producers The Russo Brothers.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 27th
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas (2020) N – Christmas special.
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2020) N – Shondaland documentary looking into the ballet group.
Over Christmas / Überweihnachten (Season 1) N – Christmas series from Germany.
Sugar Rush: Christmas (Season 2) N – Cooking reality series.
The Beast / La Belva (2020) N – Film.
Virgin River (Season 2) N – The return of the popular Netflix romance series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 28th
The Uncanny Counter (Season 1) N
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 29th
Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday! (2020) N – Holiday kids animated special.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 30th
The 2nd (2020) – Ryan Pillipe action thriller.
Rust Creek (2018) – Crime thriller.
Spookley and the Christmas Kittens
What are you looking forward to watching on Netflix in November 2020? Let us know in the comments down below.
Queen of the South, Netflix, 3 seasons, Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas, she looks to become the country’s reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover’s murder. Queen of the South featuring Alice Braga (related to Sonya Braga) has episodes on Netflix, streaming via tv everywhere with USA (Via Cable/Satellite Provider), available for purchase on iTunes, and 5 others. It’s an action & adventure and crime show with 53 episodes over 4 seasons. Queen of the South is still airing with no announced date for the next episode or season. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 7.9 (17,734 votes) and was well received by critics.
Next – A Silicon Valley pioneer discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. NEXT featuring John Slattery and Fernanda Andrade has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Hulu, streaming with subscription on fuboTV, and free on FOX. It’s an action & adventure and crime show with 2 episodes over 1 season. NEXT has a new episode airing on October 26th, 2020 (PDT). It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.8 (411 votes) and was met with mixed reviews by critics.
A Life on Our Planet – The majestic documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” opens with its title subject standing in a deserted location. It’s the territory around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, a once buzzing area that was evacuated after human error rendered it uninhabitable. Only later will the directors, Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey, pull their camera back to reveal that the territory, in its vacancy, has grown into a lush wildlife paradise.
Calling the film (streaming on Netflix) his “witness statement” for the environment, David Attenborough goes on to trace his more than 60-year career as a naturalist, mapping how steeply the planet’s biodiversity has degenerated before him. Global air travel was new when he began his work, and footage of him as a young producer encountering exotic flora and fauna lends a moving, even haunting, note to his plea to restore ecological balance. – NY Times article