5. “Broadchurch” Season 3 (available November 27)
Why Should I Watch It? When this British crime drama first debuted in 2013, it quickly earned a reputation as one of TV’s best mysteries. So good was the eight-episode thriller starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant that it spawned a (terrible) American remake and, eventually, two more seasons. The follow-up was met with mixed reviews, if not outright maligned, but Season 3 saw a solid comeback thanks to Alec and Ellie’s final case. So if you’ve come this far, go ahead and finish. If you haven’t started yet, know the binge will end well.
Best Episode: The midway point of the final season, Episode 4, takes the prize here. Not only is it an extremely emotional episode all around, from suspenseful highs to unsettling lows, but it features a notably strong performance from Julie Hesmondhalgh. The actress playing Trish is asked to do something unimaginable, and she handles it with precision and power.
6. “Marvel’s The Punisher” Season 1 (available November 17)
Why Should I Watch It? Well, this is a tricky one. We’re not sure you should watch “Marvel’s The Punisher,” and it has nothing to do with its quality or lack thereof. (We can’t say, so prepare for more disappointment in the next section.) Given the state of gun violence in America, shows that celebrate vigilante justice via automatic weapons are on high alert. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, “Marvel’s The Punisher” was pulled from New York Comic-Con. So think twice before taking this one on; read a few extra reviews to know what you’re walking into; if you’re a parent, think about the impressionable nature of younger comic book fans; then do what makes you feel comfortable, and, no matter what, don’t shy away from the gun control debate. It needs to be had, even if a Marvel show is what starts it.
Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until November 13. Dear readers, is this information helpful? Do you care how long you have to wait to hear yay or nay votes on the show? Or do you just want to know when it’s coming out? For this one, I hope you want to read a few reviews. Just be sure to check out IndieWire, where early reviews are always spoiler-free.
7. “Longmire”: The Final Season (available November 17)
Why Should I Watch It? “Longmire” is the epitome of what a cult TV show can be in 2017. It doesn’t have to be based on a comic book or part of the science-fiction genre. It can just be a solid drama about a sheriff trying to move on from the death of his wife, and the fandom for it is still absolutely insane. So insane, that after three seasons of little buzz and mediocre reviews on A&E, the show’s first home canceled it, and Netflix stepped in to keep it going. Maybe the streaming giant can’t resist Robert Taylor’s excellent, charismatic performance as a devout lawman, or maybe it recognizes an untapped market. Either way, “Longmire” still exists because we’re in the golden age of television. In any other era, this would’ve been long dead.
Best Episode: Though the end of Season 5 is pretty solid, how can you resist voting for a title like, “Pure Peckinpah”? It takes moxie for a western to even cite the legendary film director, so it’s a good thing Episode 5 lives up to its namesake. There’s addiction, an ambush, and a shootout cliffhanger that sends you racing for the “next episode” button. “Longmire” may be a show of great patience, but you’ll have a hard time slowing down.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Stranger” Season 1 (available November 1)
“Under Arrest” Season 7 (available November 1)
“Ten Percent (a.k.a. Call My Agent!) Season 1 (available November 2)
“The Big Family Cooking Showdown” Season 1 (available November 3)
“P. King Duckling” Season 1 (available November 7)
“Project Mc2” Part 6 (available November 7)
“Blazing Transfer Students” Season 1 (available November 10)
“Dinotrux Supercharged” Season 1 (available November 10)
“Glitter Force Doki Doki” Season 2 (available November 10)
“Luna Petunia” Season 3 (available November 17)
“Shot in the Dark” Season 1 (available November 17)
“Spirit: Riding Free” Season 3 (available November 17)
“Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters” Season 1 (available November 17)
“Frontier” Season 2 (available November 24)
“The Many Faces of Ito” Season 1 (available November 24)
“Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA” Season 1 (available November 24)
“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” Season 7, Part 2 (available November 27)
“Glitch” Season 2 (available November 28)
“Good Morning Call” Season 2 (available November 28)
“Guerra De Idolos” Season 1 (available November 29)