Many popular series take a break this week for the holiday, which is kind of a bummer — for some of us, the Real Housewives are the closest thing we have to family! But it does give us a chance to feast on some buzzed-about shows on streaming sites and devices. Here are some great choices to enjoy between football and plates of grub.
Misfits (Hulu, iTunes) – This British sci-fi dramedy is so addicting, one could easily start Season One this week and catch up in time for the series finale on Dec. 11. A group of young delinquents performing community service witness a crazy electrical storm that leaves them all with strange powers — for some, a supernatural gift; for others, a curse. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is what makes Misfits so seriously good.
Sherlock (Netflix, Hulu) – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman offer a modern, dynamic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fabled duo, Detective Holmes and Dr. Watson (respectively). If you haven’t seen Cumberbatch’s work, you must see what the fuss over the funny-named Brit is all about — the third installment premieres in January 2014 in PBS.
Summer Heights High (HBO Go, iTunes) – If you enjoyed the new HBO series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, you must check out creator/star Chris Lilley’s 2007 mockumentary series (his first, We Can Be Heroes, is only available on DVD or iTunes). Follow bad-boy Jonah, music teacher Mr. G and Ja’mie herself — all portrayed amazingly by Lilley — during one term at an Australian high school.
Party Down (Starz Play, iTunes) – This comedy — about a group of part-time L.A. caterers with big-time Hollywood dreams -— is one of those series cancelled well before its time. Thanks to streaming sites, though, the show has found a growing fan-base. A Party Down movie is even in the works now! Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Lizzy Caplan all starred before taking on major current TV roles.
Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (9 p.m., NBC) – Classic holiday-themed sketches including Adam Sandler’s turkey song, Ed Grimley’s Thanksgiving, Paul Simon dressed as a bird and more.
THURSDAY NOV. 28
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 p.m., ABC) – Happy holidays, blockheads.
Glee (9 p.m., FOX) – When Sue Sylvester was born, did she come dressed in swaddling active wear? The origin of her iconic track suit is revealed.
Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular (9:30 p.m., ABC) – Gaga is sort of a living, breathing Jim Henson creation, isn’t she?
FRIDAY NOV. 29
Comedy Bang! Bang! (10 p.m., IFC) – Phil Coulson himself, Clark Gregg stops by with plenty of Marvel-y gadgets.
SUNDAY DEC. 1
The Walking Dead (Midseason Finale, 9 p.m., AMC) – War between the Governor’s clan and the prison group is imminent. Déjà vu, anyone? With the prison in a decidedly weakened state and “Brian’s” group stocked with arms and a tank, heads are sure to roll.
Homeland (9 p.m., Showtime) – Brody’s fragile state endangers the risky mission with which he’s been tasked; Quinn learns an unsettling secret about Carrie.
Treme (Season Premiere, 9 p.m., HBO) – The fourth and final mini-season of this post-Katrina NOLA drama opens as New Orleans revels in the 2008 election of Barack Obama. Despite the renewed sense of hope, troubles remain for many of our characters.
Masters of Sex (10 p.m., Showtime) – A former participant in the sex study comes searching for names when she discovers she’s pregnant, sparking a disagreement between Bill and Virginia over responsibility and the study’s confidentiality; Ethan fails his performance review.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl (10:30 p.m., HBO) – Ja’mie completes for a solo dance role and puts the moves on Mitchell.
MONDAY DEC. 2
How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS) – Barney proposes he and Robin host a laser tag rehearsal dinner.
Generation Cryo (10 p.m., MTV) – This new MTV docu-series follows Bree, a teen conceived using a sperm donor, as she searches for her father’s identity and her 15 half-siblings.
TUESDAY DEC. 3
The Mindy Project (9:30 p.m., Fox) – Mindy throws a building-wide Christmas party as a platform to get cozy with Dennis Cliff, but Brendan’s date (Maria Menounos) steals the spotlight with a sexy rendition of “Santa Baby.”
Sons of Anarchy (10 p.m., FXX) – The removal of two major players may be the resolution Jax wants, but will the rest of the crew and their allies back his acts of revenge? Alvarez returns to confront Nero.
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