In any other year, this would be the time that we’d be turning to the overabundant wealth of series that a new calendar year might bring. December is usually a time for holiday specials and relative programming afterthoughts and the shows that networks aren’t really sure where to fit in elsewhere.
Some of that still remains true in 2020. While the influx of fresh stories in the new year feels far from guaranteed, there are — against continued heightened odds — still plenty of new shows making their way to stateside networks and streaming services this month. Once again, a handful of them are imports that found international audiences at various points in the year. But also as usual, these series span a variety of genres that don’t stick to a single December-y feel.
To help plan out the next few weeks of TV watching, we’ve included synopses and basic viewing info for 13 of these new shows below. (And, as always, in case you’ve missed any of our past monthly roundups, you can find former editions for February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, and our fall preview.) In the next few days, we’ll have picks for what to anticipate on Netflix, as well.