With the final stretch of the year, the pace of series premieres accelerates that seek to gain a place in the free time of viewers and be a leisure option on cold and rainy afternoons. Plots based on true stories share space this month with fantasy alternatives and several highly anticipated returns. Of the premieres and comebacks of this month (which you can check in our calendar), we recommend giving this selection a try.
Stories to not sleep
55 years ago, Chicho Ibáñez Serrador brought terror to all Spanish homes in a series that brought original stories and adaptations to the screen that, over time, have become television classics. Four current filmmakers recover four of those episodes and cover them from their own point of view. Paco Plaza, Rodrigo Cortés, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Paula Ortiz are in charge of reinterpreting the very disturbing Freddy, The Joke, The Double and Asphalt in an outstanding tribute to the master of television.
Where and when to see it? Friday the 5th on Amazon Prime Video.
The comedy that reimagines the life of the American poet Emily Dickinson from a contemporary perspective will end with this third season that goes into the time of the American Civil War, at which time the writer was at the height of her literary activity. In fiction, the war that shakes the country is reflected, to a lesser extent, in the confrontation that divides the Dickinson family, with Emily as mediator, while wondering about the role of art in a world in which it is increasingly more difficult to keep hope. Alena Smith signs this funny and intelligent story that maintains her excellent level.
Where and when to see it? The first three episodes will be available on Apple TV + on Friday the 5th. The weekly broadcast will complete on December 24th.
Juan is not like the others. Not because he is a man with a mustache who lives with his great-grandmother, who treats him like a child, but because he has the longest hair in the world. His huge member is difficult to tame, but he decides that he is going to use it to help others, although that sometimes brings him some trouble. This hilarious series aimed at children from four years old, with an animation stop motion tirando a tatre, is a Danish public television production and it swept audiences in its country while raising a heated controversy over whether it was appropriate for the protagonist of a children’s series to be a man with an extra-long penis. Its creators used as a defense the good values it teaches, with lessons such as that nothing happens to be different. Its 20 five-minute chapters are surprising, witty, a lot of fun, and yes, suitable for all ages.
Where and when to see it? At Filmin, on Friday the 5th.
Ana Rujas and Claudia Costafreda are the creators of the series that Rujas stars in and that follows the existential crisis of a young woman on the verge of thirty. Living with the precariousness and lack of perspectives characteristic of her generation, María burns the night between drugs and sex without thinking about the consequences. But an accident after a night out of control will turn her life around and force her to make decisions, although they will not always be the best ones. The Javis produce this provocative and generational story with an interesting formal bet and chapters that move between comedy and existential drama.
Where and when to see it? It opens on Sunday 7 with two episodes (and weekly deliveries) on Atresplayer Premium.
Dexter: New Blood
The serial killer and police analyst who played Michael C. Hall for eight seasons returns with a new installment that takes up the character 10 years later. Under the identity of Jim Lindsay, he now lives in a small town in New York State trying to put his past behind him, but something will bring his true nature to light again. The new chapters not only recover the protagonist, they are also under the baton of the scriptwriter of the first four seasons (the best), with the firm intention of redeeming the damage of the final stretch of the series.
Where and when to see it? From the 8th on Movistar +, with weekly episodes.
The Shrink Next Door
The trio of aces formed by Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn stars in this story based on a podcast of 2019 that reflected a real case of those that seem like a lie of how crazy they are. This black comedy heeled toward drama follows the over 20-year relationship of therapist Isaac Herschkopf, Ike for friends, and his patient Marty Markowitz. Little by little, the therapist will introduce himself into his life and manage it at will, eventually moving into Marty’s mansion, separating him from his sister and convincing him to appoint him president of the family business. Interesting story well executed with actors in registers that are not the usual ones in them and that demonstrate their versatility.
Where and when to see it? The first three episodes of the eight that compose it will premiere on Friday the 12th on Apple TV +.
Dopesick: Story of an addiction
Another story based on real events and with front-row names in front of and behind the cameras. Michael Keaton is the protagonist of this story directed by Barry Levinson (Oscar winner for Rain Man) and created and produced by Danny Strong (Empire) that delves into the opioid addiction crisis hitting the United States. With temporary leaps and changes of perspective, this harsh drama shows the consequences in a small community and the responsibility of the pharmaceutical industry in the drug addiction it generated. With a leisurely pace and a narrative a bit convoluted by time jumps, it is striking because of the closeness and rawness of its plot.
Where and when to see it? It premieres on Friday the 12th on Disney + with two episodes. The rest will arrive weekly every Wednesday.
Danish production that follows the journey of rediscovery of young Julie, 18, after losing her parents and her brother in a plane crash. Although she has everything you could dream of, from a large mansion to expensive cars and lots of money, nothing has value now and she is looking for a reason to move on by embarking on a journey that will take her far from her native Denmark. Applauded dramatic comedy in which the performance of its young protagonist, Marie Reuther, stands out.
Where and when to see it? On HBO Max, Sunday the 14th.
The popular anime The same title is transformed into a live action series that has raised great expectations. The story respects the western spatial action tone of the original (the director of the anime is an advisor to the series, which also has the original composer in a production that places great importance on music) to follow the adventures of three bounty hunters who try to escape their past: Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir ) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda). The deadly and sarcastic trio will try to capture the most dangerous criminals in the solar system. For now, both his images and his ambitious trailer point quite well.
Where and when to see it? On Friday the 19th, on Netflix.
The wheel of time
Within the genre the new Game of ThronesThis month comes this adaptation of Robert Jordan’s fantasy novels set in a world where magic exists, but only some women can access it. Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the powerful women’s organization Aes Sedai, arrives in the city of Dos Rios to embark on a journey around the world with five young people among whom it has been prophesied that there is the Dragon Reborn, who will save or it will destroy all humanity. The trailer invites us to expect good things from this blockbuster that is strongly committed to fantasy and that has the Spanish Álvaro Morte in its cast.
Where and when to see it? The first three episodes will be available on Friday the 19th, followed by a weekly broadcast that will complete on December 24th.
After a very good first season, the second installment of the series written by Leticia Dolera and Manuel Burque about three thirty-year-old friends delves into that life turned upside down that they have to face. Six months later, María is discovering that motherhood was not what she imagined, Cris and Pablo have decided to open their relationship to try to overcome their bumps and Esther fights against her fear of growing up. The tragicomedy of life in six half-hour chapters in which Dolera, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán repeat as protagonists, accompanied by Enric Auquer.
Where and when to see it? On Friday 19 the six episodes will premiere on Movistar +.
New dose of adventures with the Marvel seal and the universe of The Avengers as a backdrop and with a very timely Christmas atmosphere. On this occasion, ex-Avenger Clint Barton will try to reunite with his family at parties, but first he will have to face a presence from the past. As his assistant, he will have the young archer Kate Bishop, who dreams of becoming a superhero. Action, adventure and Christmas in the series starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld that is one of Disney’s big bets for the final stretch of the year.
Where and when to see it? It premieres with its first two episodes on Wednesday the 24th and will be followed by a new episode each week on Disney +.
Come on Juan
Javier Cámara once again gets into the skin of the politician without a trace of morality Juan Carrasco, who returns just as creeping as ever, but with more hair. In this third season (after Vote Juan and Come on Juan), the protagonist has taken advantage of the revolving doors to place himself in a good position. But everything falls apart when some papers involve him in a plot of municipal corruption in Logroño, which will force him to look for some trick so as not to end up in prison. This political satire has once again shown that comedies do very well to have time to grow and find their tone and, after a very good second season, we will have to wait to see if the third manages to keep the bar.
Where and when to see it? The new season will premiere on HBO Max (not on TNT, like previous installments) on November 28.
All creatures great and small
One of the great assets of this British drama is its simplicity and naivety that makes it a very comforting option for those seeking escape from television. With the landscapes of the British countryside in the background, the story follows the adventures of a young rural veterinarian who moves from the city to a small town to work as a veterinarian’s assistant in the Yorkshire Dales. Among the complications of day-to-day caring for cows and horses, the personal and romantic relationships of its protagonists slip through. A great option for those who miss Los Durrell.
Where and when to see it? The second season premieres on Tuesday 30th on Filmin.
The Other Two
One of the most praised and critically acclaimed comedies of recent years (even with headlines describing it as the funniest comedy on tv) is behind two former screenwriters of Saturday Night Live, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The plot follows the story of Brooke and Cary, two brothers in their thirties who have failed to succeed in dance and acting as they would have liked. Who has achieved fame is his brother Chase, 13, influence and music star. The older siblings will try to take advantage of their brother’s fame, but the discovery of a family secret will put them on the line.
Where and when to see it? The first of the two seasons that this series already has premieres on Tuesday the 30th on Comedy Central.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.