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The Unmissable TV Shows To Add To Your Watch List

L-R: Lily Collins and Ashley Park return to the small screen to reprise their roles in Emily in Paris

From the return of a fashion-fueled rom-com to an intimate insight into the life of a pop icon, these are the TV shows you’ll want to binge-watch this season

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Emily in Paris

Coming in haute, Emily (Lily Collins) is back for a third instalment of her Parisian misadventures. This time around, we can expect an even more outré wardrobe (courtesy of Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field), increasingly questionable Franglais and a ménage à trois so tense it will make us all go “ooh la la”. On Netflix from December 21

Toby Fleishman (aka Jesse Eisenberg) is at the center of some strange goings on in Fleishman is in Trouble

Fleishman is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s bestselling debut novel gets the small-screen treatment this month, with Jesse Eisenberg playing pained protagonist Toby Fleishman – a divorced doctor who, after finally getting his groove back in the world of online dating, is faced with the disappearance of his ex-wife and sole custody of their two young children. Also starring Claire Danes and Lizzy Caplan, this black comedy is sure to strike a chord in the same way the book did back in 2019. On Hulu from November 17

Jenna Ortega (third from left) leads an all-star cast as Wednesday in this spooky Tim Burton respin of The Addams Family

Wednesday

Who better than Tim Burton to take on the spookiest family in fiction? The director is at the helm of this highly anticipated Addams Family spin-off, which centers on the enigmatic Wednesday. Scream queen Jenna Ortega plays the lead, while Catherine Zeta-Jones takes on Morticia and Christina Ricci (the original Wednesday) makes a welcome cameo. In short, this is a must-see for all Burton fans. On Netflix from November 23

Juliette Lewis (center) stars as Denise – a Chippendales fan turned club manager who weathers the scandal storm

Welcome to Chippendales

This is the largely unknown and very strange tale of how the Chippendales (think first-gen Magic Mikes) came to be. It follows founder Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee and the trail of scandal he left in his wake – from strippers to suicides, money-laundering to murder. Watch out for appearances from Nicola Peltz Beckham (who plays Playmate Dorothy Stratten), as well as Juliette Lewis, Dan Stevens and Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus). On Hulu from November 22

Selena Gomez opens up about living with lupus and mental-health issues in this raw but inspiring documentary

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me

A brave new documentary from Selena Gomez is set to shed light on the enormous pressure of becoming a global star at such a young age. Focusing on Gomez’s ongoing battle with lupus, as well as her mental-health struggles over the past six years, it promises to be an edifying and inspiring watch – and is already tipped to scoop awards next year. On Apple TV+ from November 4

Emily Blunt puts in a powerful performance playing Lady Cornelia Locke in The English

The English

Emily Blunt is back in the saddle for this highly anticipated Western co-starring Ciarán Hinds and Rafe Spall. The year is 1890 and Lady Cornelia Locke (Blunt), an aristocratic Englishwoman, travels to America to exact revenge on the person she believes is responsible for the death of her son. This fraught journey of grief and bloodshed is one of Blunt’s most powerful roles to date, so be sure not to miss it. On Prime Video from November 11

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in series five of The Crown

The Crown

The blockbuster period drama jumps to the early 1990s, with Margaret Thatcher’s government and the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage at the forefront. There’s also a whole new cast to enjoy, with Elizabeth Debicki replacing Emma Corrin as the Princess of Wales, Dominic West taking over from Josh O’Connor to play Charles, and Imelda Staunton playing Queen Elizabeth after Olivia Colman’s much-lauded reign. On Netflix from November 9

Aubrey Plaza (left) and Haley Lu Richardson join the cast of The White Lotus for season two

The White Lotus

No hotel since The Shining has seen quite so many sinister happenings play out within its walls. Indeed, November marks the return of the holiday-from-hell at The White Lotus resort. For the second season, the action moves to Sicily, where Jennifer Coolidge is back as fragile heiress Tanya McQuoid, and new castmembers Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson and Theo James also join the roster of toxic guests. It was the talking-point show of 2021, so expect great things for the next instalment. On HBO now

The Peripheral

Those mourning the end of Westworld won’t have to wait long for their next sci-fi fix. Its creators, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, have put their heads together for this dystopian thriller based on the bestselling book by William Gibson. Chloë Grace Moretz plays lead character Flynne, who witnesses an unspeakable crime while covering her brother’s shift in what she initially believes is a virtual-reality game – but, inevitably, all is not as it seems. Award whispers are already rife, so make sure to add this to your watch list. On Prime Video now

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon

No other fantasy series has quite filled the hole Game of Thrones left behind, but House of the Dragon – the prequel to George R.R. Martin’s blockbuster series – might just come close. Set 200 years before the fall of the throne, House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryen dynasty, with Paddy Considine playing the King and Matt Smith as his scheming brother. Supporting roles from Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke and Sonoya Mizuno (plus a few dragons to boot) are sure to help this show go stratospheric. On HBO Max now

Nazanin Boniadi (left) and Ismael Cruz Córdova star in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Fans will rejoice at the return of the wildly popular fantasy franchise The Lord of the Rings. For this prequel, we rewind to the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit, to see how the Rings of Power came to be. There will be some familiar characters – Galadriel, played by an ethereal Morfydd Clark, as well as Elrond and Isildur, who appeared in the original trilogy. With the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, also out now, it’s time for some truly magical escapism. On Prime Video now

Stanley Tucci (center) stars in Inside Man

Inside Man

This is the BBC’s headline drama for fall, and it’s set to be a real ‘water-cooler moment’. Spanning four episodes, the show follows a prisoner on death row in America, a vicar in a sleepy English village, and a teacher trapped in a cellar, as each of their narratives begin to intertwine in a surprising way. With Stanley Tucci, Lydia West, David Tennant and Dolly Wells all starring, expect some award-worthy performances. On BBC One now

Pantheon is an animated thriller based on the short stories by Ken Liu

Pantheon

Maude Apatow and Paul Dano lend their voices to this animated thriller, based on the short stories by Ken Liu. It follows Maddie, a teenager who is being bullied and receives help from a mysterious stranger online. Pantheon promises to be as spine-chilling as an episode of Black Mirror, delving into the worlds of artificial intelligence and the ethical order of a dystopian future. One for all sci-fi fans. On AMC now

L-R: Harry Lawtey, Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela, David Jonsson and Nabhaan Rizwan return for season two of Industry

Industry – season two

The first season had the adrenaline levels of a Bruce Willis movie, so expect a similar energy from series two, which sees the Pierpoint Bank grad-schemers return for more all-nighters, power politics and number crunching. Indeed, its cast of newcomers are well on their way to becoming household names, with lead Myha’la Herrold landing a role in Bodies Bodies Bodies – an indie horror based on the screenplay by Kristen Roupenian (Cat Person), and banking bad boy Harry Lawtey starring in The Pale Blue Eye alongside Christian Bale and Lucy Boynton. On BBC iPlayer and HBO now

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