1. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (available November 20)
Why Should I Watch It? How many female superheroes are there? Okay, maybe quite a few, but how many are on TV? Well, yes, I guess “Supergirl” did just premiere to rave reviews on CBS, but can you binge watch “Supergirl”? Is “Supergirl” a psychological thriller? Does “Supergirl” deal with dark subject matter (possibly including rape) in a gritty, real way? More importantly than contextualizing “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” as a female superhero show, let’s just look at it for what it is: a damn good looking piece of TV. That should be enough to get excited about.
Best Episode: Unknown. Marvel is keeping things pretty close to the vest (big surprise), so we haven’t seen any screeners yet. That being said, if any episode is as good as the above trailer, this show is going to be stellar.
2. “Master of None” (available November 6)
Why Should I Watch It? If you only know Aziz Ansari from “Parks and Recreation,” then you really don’t know Aziz Ansari at all. The stand-up comedian has been using his act as a way to open up discussion about social issues for years and recently channeled his experiences — as well as actual sociological experiments and data — into a book titled and about “Modern Romance.” “Master of None” is an expansion of that mentality, with Ansari (and co-creator Alan Yang) diving into the topics many millennials are discussing over dinner: love, marriage, kids, but also family, work and much, much more. Think of it as a version of “Louie” without a grumpy old man at its core. In other words, this might be one to discuss instead of brainlessly binge.
Best Episode: Without giving too much away, “Parents” — the second episode of the 10-episode season — has been getting a ton of advanced praise online, and we can safely say it does not disappoint. Aziz Ansari directed this one himself, and it stars his and Yang’s actual parents. Second generation immigrants and their relationships with Mom and Dad are put under the microscope in a way that’s widely relatable and deeply affecting. Budget some time after it ends to call home.
3. “W/ Bob & David” (available November 13)
Why Should I Watch It? Well, for one, it won’t take you very long. The sketch series from the minds behind “Mr. Show” (if you’re old enough to remember the HBO comedy) is only four episodes in total, clocking in at about two hours (maybe less) with an option to watch an hour-long making-of special if you’re so inclined. But the real draws are the comedians at its core: co-creators Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Most Netflix viewers probably know the former from “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” but the Emmy-nominated actor was first a comedian before transitioning into dramatic work. Cross, of course, is everyone’s favorite analrapist, so the combination of the two has to bring nothing but good things.
Best Episode: We haven’t seen this one yet either, but here’s hoping it’s not the episode with the above sketch. The basic joke works fine, but it’s far from spectacular or spectacularly executed. The timing feels a bit off, and the dialogue a little dated. There’s too much talent here to believe this is the best they have to offer, so don’t be discouraged. “W/ Bob & David” says all you need to know.
4. “River” – Season 1 (available November 18)
Why Should I Watch It? Abi Morgan is set for a pretty big November. With the Meryl Streep-starring “Suffragette” out in theaters — and thrusting the unparalleled actress back into the Oscar race — and “River” making its international debut on Netflix, the screenwriter of stage, film (“Shame”) and TV (“The Hour” with Dominic West) should be the talk of the town. If supporting an Emmy-winning female writer isn’t enough motivation for you, how about this: “River,” starring Stellan Skarsgard, tracks Detective John River as he works outside the law to find his partner’s killer, all while trying to stay on the force by passing a psych evaluation his bosses want him to fail and working another case that’s drawing a little too much media attention. Dark, complex and British? Pretty sure that describes “The Fall” and “Luther,” so “River” might very well be worth checking out.
Best Episode: It can’t be said for certain. Episodes have begun airing in the U.K., but the six-part first season is not available in its entirety until the 18th. The pilot, though, is pretty darn solid, if only based on buzz from across the pond.
5. “The Red Road” – Season 2 (available November 23)
Why Should I Watch It? SundanceTV’s second wholly-owned original series may not have reached the same creative highs as its first (#Rectify4eva), but the Jason Momoa- and Martin Henderson-starring drama about a small town sheriff who comes into conflict with an unrecognized Native American tribe during the course of a missing person investigation still has plenty of pull. Momoa continues to be a force following his early run on “Game of Thrones,” and the respect paid to minorities is admirable. That being said, “The Red Road” was abruptly canceled after Season 2, so don’t expect complete closure when your binge ends.
Best Episode: After gaining official recognition as a tribe in Season 1, Kopus (Momoa) & Co. were bound to run into some trouble with the citizens of Walpole, and it’s no real surprise the big man himself was caught in the middle. It all didn’t really play out until the final two episodes (given it’s a six-part season, that’s also not surprising), so we’ll split the difference and say the final half of “The Hatching” and the first half of “Shadow Walker” make up the best hour of “The Red Road” Season 2. The finale would take the cake if it wasn’t for the cliffhanger ending that will never be resolved.
6. “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” – Season 1 (available November 1)
Why Should I Watch It? Bravo’s first scripted original series actually turned out a lot like Bravo’s first reality series: Pretty good. Hopefully the quality will last a little longer than “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy,” but the first season (inspired by Vicki Iovine’s book series), as is, works perfectly well for a network trying to establish its brand in the scripted game. Plus, Lisa Edelstein is the star. That’s right. Dr. Cuddy is front and center for all 13 episodes. How can you pass that up?
Best Episode: While not the best title, “Rule No. 3: Don’t Stand in the Doorway” is probably the best of a lot of pretty good episodes. Abby (Edelstein) writes a Huffington Post article that gets picked up on Twitter, big time. It lands her a job offer, but puts her in a bit of trouble with the moms at school and her daughter, Lilly (Conner Dwelly). The self-help expert has to find a way to help herself out of yet another jam (the ironic theme of the series), but a pretty big twist helps elevate the tenth episode above the rest.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Seven Deadly Sins” – Season 1 (November 1)
“Worst Year of My Life, Again” – Season 1 (November 1)
“Last Tango in Halifax” – Season 3 (November 2)
“Care Bears and Cousins” – Season 1 (November 6)
“Atencion Atencion” – Season 1 (November 13)
“Young & Hungry” – Season 2 (November 13)
“Continuum” – Season 4 (November 15)
“Jessie” – Season 4 (November 15)
“Cristela” – Season 1 (November 16)
“Black Butler” – Season 3 (November 18)
“LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” – Season 3 (November 20)
“Ultimate Spider-Man” – Season 3 (November 23)
“Liv and Maddie” – Season 2 (November 24)
“Gringolandia” – Season 2 (November 25)