With so many different streaming platforms and cable deals to browse through, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make it easier for you, here are our top tune-up tips for the week ahead.
TUESDAY DEC. seven
Abbott Elementary School
This new workplace comedy centers on a group of dedicated teachers who are brought together at a Philadelphia public school where the odds are stacked against them. A campy plotline for sure (“Dangerous Minds” anyone?) but still worth a watch. The series comes out on Tuesday, but we have to wait until the new year for new episodes.
Global and StackTV, 7:30 p.m. ET
WEDNESDAY DEC. 8
This Amazon Prime Video Original takes audiences on a journey across the planet. It introduces viewers to frontline workers charged with preventing the depletion of the world’s most precious resource, fresh water. It took three years to put together the doc and the film connects Cape Town’s water problem in 2018, Australia’s 2019 wildfires and the effects of deforestation in the Amazon to the looming water crisis. . Powerful content.
Amazon Prime Video
The great Christmas light fight
This decorating contest series returns for its ninth season. It showcases some of the shiniest homes south of the border with the help of celebrity judges and decorating experts Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak. In the end, four families will compete to win $50,000.
FRIDAY DEC. ten
Saturday Morning All Star Hit
If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for the Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear, “SNL” star Kyle Mooney has you covered. He hosts this new hybrid comedy series that combines adult animated segments and live-action sequences. The bizarre series features Mooney playing two hosts named Skip and Treybor as they take a trip down memory lane. Check out the unique trailer if you can.
For Auld Lang Syne
Cartoons seem to be the order of the day. If you’re ready to ring in the New Year with old friends, a new “Peanuts” special is here to save the day. Although we’ve seen Charlie Brown and his friends in holiday-themed specials for most of our lives, this is only the second time the crew has celebrated the New Year in a special presentation. Charlie will try to complete his resolutions while Lucy plans the party to end all parties. What could go wrong?
Apple TV Plus
Political schemes and personal agendas are the order of the day in this Indian import. The seven-part thriller is based on a Bengali novel and involves the search for a missing foreign tourist. The book was about the differences between city life and rural life in which a young boy was forced to cut trees for a living, which went against his love of nature. While we can’t expect this series to follow the same plot, it will be interesting to see how it draws from it.
This drama from Israel sees a former tech worker find a new life as a cook at a famous restaurant. While learning the ropes and the craft of cooking, Nimrod (played by Guri Alfi) befriends a new chef, which puts a damper on things.
Gem of Radio-Canada
“It’s time to stop being polite and start getting real.” That tagline from MTV’s “The Real World” could easily apply to this new Netflix reality series because the concepts are nearly identical. Originally titled “Roaring Twenties”, a better title might be “The Real World on Netflix”. This show follows the same general format as its predecessor MTV, long considered the premier network reality series. Eight strangers live together (with the men and women separated in two neighboring houses) as they navigate their way to adulthood in 2021 in America. The show promises to be voyeuristic television at its finest and it will be interesting to see if the streaming giant can find another hit here.
SUNDAY DEC. 12
Easily the most anticipated season finale of 2021, Succession will wrap things up on Sunday. Will we finally see someone replacing Waystar Royco with Logan? Will Logan really succeed in the episode? We have suffered painfully without a real successor in each of the last two finals. Could this finally be where we learn if Kendall’s power play from last season succeeded or if Shiv will finally put a proverbial knife in the back of a family member to get what she wants? The crush of the week.
Craves, 9 p.m.
License in paradise Canada
It’s the last night in paradise as the remaining couples face the fantasy suites. Will we see commitments? As the final’s press release so succinctly suggests, “It’s time to commit…or quit.” The finale will be followed by an “After the Final Rose” special where even more secrets will be revealed. But wait, there’s more. This special will be followed by the final episode of “The Bachelor After Show: After Paradise Canada”. If you like love stories, wine/wine and cheese (both edible and cheesy that we’re used to every Sunday), this is your Super Bowl.
Citytv and Citytv.com, 8 p.m.
Correction — December 6, 2021: This article has been edited to correct that the upcoming Peanuts special is the second time they’ve celebrated the New Year in a special presentation, not the first.