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Before that doorbell rings or you pack up the car, fill your watch list with our favorite holiday shows and a new heartwarming musical special starring Tony Bennett

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Love is in the air — OK, maybe not at every Thanksgiving table, but definitely on stage between the legendary Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Check out their latest delightful duet special, pick from our Thanksgiving watch list, and we’ll see you on the sofa. Pass the remote (and a turkey sandwich)!

Get out the handkerchiefs for this lovely collaboration

One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Join Lady Gaga in celebrating Tony’s 95th birthday at Radio City Music Hall. He sings "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and more. She sings "Luck Be a Lady" and "Let's Do It." They duet on "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Love for Sale" and "Anything Goes." Don’t miss this historic duo!​

Watch it: One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, coming Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET, to CBS​​​

Don’t miss this: ​​​The Top 8 Reasons Tony Bennett Will Never Leave Our Hearts​​​​


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Welcome to all the Thanksgiving movies (and more!) to watch on TV!​​

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from Silver Linings Playbook and Alex Moffat in the film Holidate

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(Left to right) Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"; Alex Moffat in "Holidate."

As you write your shopping lists for Turkey Day and make final plans for the holiday, take a break and enjoy our critics’ favorite Thanksgiving movies, TV episodes and more. Here’s everything you need between the turkey and the touchdowns:​​


Miss Game of Thrones? Have we got a new series for you!​​

The Wheel of Time

Can’t wait for Amazon’s 2022 Lord of the Rings series? Try the new series based on Robert Jordan’s 14 rather Tolkienesque tales about a fantasy world where women have all the power (because magical powers drive men mad). Rosamund Pike radiates gravitas as the Gandalf-ish leader Moiraine, who has the power of the One Ring — oops, the One Power — and tries to find out which of the youngsters she meets is the Dragon Reborn. Could help (or hurt) her battle with the Dark One, orc-ish trollocs, a band of religious fanatics and more. The first Wheel books came out before Game of Thrones was ever dreamt of, so this series version may scratch your GoT itch. It’s not quite as great as the HBO juggernaut, but it’s exciting, imaginative, world-building and looks like a million bucks — actually, $10 million per episode.​

Watch it: The Wheel of Time, on Amazon Prime​


Love a juicy historical riff? This Hulu series is for you!​​

The Great, Season 2

The Favourite’s writer Tony McNamara gave Hulu an even wickeder satirical royal hit in what it calls the “occasionally true story” of Russia’s empress Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning in a role that’s impressive even by Fanning standards). In the new season, she’s pregnant by the husband (Nicholas Hoult) she deposed — a womanizing party animal who makes Tyrion Lannister look like a saint — and struggling to impose the Enlightenment on her countrymen. And now her formidable, manipulative mom (Gillian Anderson, 53) has arrived to try to impose her will on bossy Catherine.

Watch it: The Great, on Hulu


Don’t miss our Netflix watch of the week

Bruised

Liked Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby? Try Halle Berry’s directing debut, starring herself as Jackie Justice, a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter whose life is on the ropes, a single mom who has one last shot at reentering the ring and redeeming her life.​

Watch it: Bruised, on Netflix and in limited theaters​​​

Don’t miss this: The 20 Best Things Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in November


The other Rat Packer gets the spotlight treatment, and it’s fascinating​​

Dean Martin

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Dean Martin: The King of Cool

First, take in this fascinating, Citizen Kane-style documentary on the most mysterious Rat Packer, the missing link between Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley (who hailed Dean Martin as his favorite singer). Then, chase it with TCM’s lineup of four classic Martin movies: Ocean's 11, Rio Bravo, Robin and the 7 Hoods and The Caddy — which gave us his signature tune “That’s Amore.”

Watch it: Dean Martin: The King of Cool, coming Nov. 26, 8 p.m., to TCM​​


Calling all Beatles fans (pretty much all of us)!​​

The Beatles: Get Back

There’s never been a better time to be a Fab Four fan. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson turns 150 hours of 50-year-old footage of the Beatles in the studio creating 14 songs (and doing their last public performance) into a spanking-new docuseries with scenes you’ve never seen before. ​

Watch it: The Beatles: Get Back, coming Nov. 25 to Disney+​

Don’t miss this: Giles Martin, son of their first producer George Martin, tells AARP about his new, five-disk Let It Be album and the new documentary from Peter Jackson. Read it all here: Beatles Fans, Rejoice: New Documentary and Album Set the 'Get Back' Record Straight​​


Are you the Master of your Domain?

​​If you get this headline, then you’re going to love our latest critics’ roundup. In honor of all 180 episodes of Seinfeld arriving on Netflix this weekend, we’ve picked the 20 best episodes in the landmark sitcom about nothing, and ranked them. Who wins — the Soup Nazi or Elaine dancing? Did your favorite make the list? ​

Check it out here: The 20 Best Episodes of Seinfeld, Ranked​


What is the best, most hilarious TV sitcom of all time?

Cast photos of The Jeffersons, Seinfeld and The Office

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(Left to right) Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford in "The Jeffersons," Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld" and Steve Carell in "The Office."

​Is it M*A*S*HI Love LucyThe Jeffersons? Since 1951, great situation comedies have been brightening our prime times, and it’s high time to name the best of the best. Our critics went through the entire history of the small screen to name the 25 all-time best sitcoms. Bonus? We ranked them! Get the whole countdown, watch hilarious video clips, and see if our list matches yours. ​

Get the list: This Is the All-Time Best Sitcom in TV History — Can You Guess What It Is?​​


Paging all Schitt’s Creek fans!

Schitt's Creek

PopTV

(Left to right) Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy

Love that wry Canadian point of view that has defined the Netflix cult favorite (and snagged a bunch of Emmys along the way)? We thought so, which is why we decided it was high time to celebrate our neighbors to the north with this grade-A roundup. Whether it's more Canadian humor, stirring dramas or sweeping adventures, you’ll discover a whole world up there.​

Get the list: 11 Great Canadian Films and TV Shows Streaming Now​


Your feel-good watchlist of the week is here (and queer!)

RuPaul stars in the Netflix series AJ and the Queen and John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze star in the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

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(Left to right) RuPaul in "AJ and the Queen"; John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar."

Inspired by the movie Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the cinematic adaptation of a hit West End musical that follows a 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a drag queen, our critics have rounded up nine fantastic TV shows and movies that capture the fierce culture in all its glory. Bet you can’t stream just one!

Get the list: The 9 Most Fabulous TV Shows and Movies About Drag Queens


Did you know that one man controls three entire nights of prime time network programming?

Television producer Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf

If you’re a Law & Order fan, you may already be guessing the right answer. It’s Dick Wolf, the 74-year-old crime-drama impresario who has — are you ready? — eight one-hour shows in prime time this season. Learn more about the amazing Mr. Wolf and what he’s got planned for our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this season.

Get the scoop here: The Man Who Gave Us Law & Order Is Taking Over Prime Time


Fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, prepare to binge nonstop with our inside guide

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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Chip and Joanna Gaines

If you love HGTV and home renovation shows, chances are you’ve fallen hard for Joanna and Chip Gaines, the married hosts of Fixer Upper. But did you know that the designers are in the process of launching their own entire television channel? The Magnolia Network is coming, but until it hits the airwaves in January 2022, we’ve got a shortcut (two, actually) to stream their new lineups of original unscripted programming, which officially launched this July. Start bingeing now, folks!

Get the list: The Insider’s Guide to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Magnolia Network


Love game shows? You’re going to love this watch list!

Michael Strahan and Elizabeth Banks

Heidi Gutman/ABC; Eric McCandless/ABC

Michael Strahan (left) hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid" and Elizabeth Banks hosts "Press Your Luck."

Turn the nostalgia up to 11, because network TV is officially in love with all our favorite game shows of the past and is rebooting them. We’re talking new versions of everything from The Dating Game and Supermarket Sweep to Name That Tune. Our critics have the lowdown on all the new shows and where to watch them. What is amazing TV for $1,000, Alex?

Get the list: Love Game Shows? Don’t Miss These Fresh Revivals of 9 All-Time TV Classics


From football and ice hockey to professional wrestling, these TV comedies are all-star fun

Jason Sudeikis stars in Ted Lasso and Ralph Macchio in Cobra Kai

Apple TV+; Guy D'Alema/Netflix

Jason Sudeikis (left) and Ralph Macchio

Take your local live sports seriously? We know, we know. But there’s a wonderfully funny world of sports sitcoms out there, and what with Ted Lasso ruling the airwaves right now (have you watched?), our critics thought it was high time we named names. From Coach to this week’s new show Big Shot, check out our hottest new watch list: The Best Sports-Themed Sitcoms to Stream Now


Love Law & Order? Have we got a list for you!

The cast members of Law and Order and Law and Order Special Victims Unit

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If you’ve been part of Law & Order nation since Jerry Orbach was shaking his head at corpses on the mean streets of New York in the 1990s, we know you’ve followed the spin-offs and have watched some of them become blockbusters. But which ones are the best of the best? Our critics have ranked all seven Law & Order iterations, plus offered up the very best episode from each series to watch right now. It’s a dream come true. Check it out here: What’s the Best Law & Order Series of All Time?


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The Shrink Next Door

(Apple TV+)

Loved People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive Paul Rudd (52) and Will Ferrell (54) in Anchorman? Get ready for something way darker in this limited series about a therapist, Dr. Ike (Rudd), who manipulates his milquetoast client Marty (Ferrell) in outrageous ways. Though inspired by Joe Nocera’s nonfiction podcast of the same name, the story is bizarre beyond belief. Dr. Ike gradually takes the reins of Marty’s life, reducing him to a servant at parties at his own Hamptons beach mansion — with Ike as host. And both are convinced this is a good thing. Ike drives a wedge between Marty and his increasingly alarmed sister (a brilliant Kathryn Hahn, 48). It’s a comic situation in a way, but no sitcom — more unsettling than hilarious.

Watch it: The Shrink Next Door, on Apple TV+


Mayor of Kingstown

(Paramount+)

If you thought Mare of Easttown lived in a tough burg, wait until you see Kingstown, Michigan. This is a show about moral rot in a broken-down city that feeds vulturelike on the multiple prisons in its vicinity. The mayor in question — really more of a corrupt fixer — is Mitch (Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler, 56). The not-very-heroic hero is his ex-convict brother Mike (The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner, 50), who tries to get everybody to be more reasonable, even when they’re police officers planning to execute a defendant who accidentally lit a fatal fire. Their mom (double Oscar winner Dianne Wiest, 73) sternly disapproves of her good/bad boys. Created by Taylor Sheridan, auteur of Kevin Costner’s smash hit Western series Yellowstone, it has some of the same pungent cynicism and brooding style.

Watch it: Mayor of Kingstown, on Paramount+


Tiger King, Season 2

(Netflix)

A wild tale even by Florida standards, the massive hit docuseries that got lots of us through the pandemic is back — even though big-cat wrangler Joseph “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel is doing a 22-year prison stint for hiring a hit man to murder his nemesis, Carole Baskin, the animal rights activist who tried to shut down his Exotic Animal Park. Now she owns the property, and unsuccessfully sued to stop this sequel, calling the show “low-brow, salacious and sensational.” Not sure that will discourage many fans of a show whose first season was subtitled “Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.” Could it get any crazier?

Watch it: Tiger King, Season 2, on Netflix


Passing

(Netflix)

Actress Rebecca Hall, who is biracial, makes her directorial debut in an adaptation of the classic 1920s novel about two Black sisters, one who joins the Harlem Renaissance (Tessa Thompson), the other passing as white (Ruth Negga).​

Watch it: Passing, on Netflix


No Time to Die

James Bond (leathery but lethally sexy Daniel Craig, 53) dashes from Italy to Cuba to London in one switchback after another, with stunning scenes of escalating danger, stolen kisses and fast cars — joined by newcomer Paloma (Ana de Armas), who kicks butt in a plunging evening gown. The pair’s spark recalls the martini-swilling, devil-may-care Bond, who has left his emotional baggage in his other tux.

Watch it: No Time to Die, on demand on DirecTV, Xfinity, Spectrum, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+ and Google Play


Yellowstone, Season 4

(Paramount Network)

​One of TV’s biggest hits sounds a lot like Succession, only it’s got eight times as many viewers: Kevin Costner, 66, plays John Dutton, a fabulously wealthy Montana rancher whose kids fight for his approval, and he schemes to thwart developers, Indigenous tribes and other rivals for power. Think of it as Succession with murders, or The Godfather with cowboy hats. Costner's tall-in-the-saddle tyrant evidently survived last season's cliffhanger ending, when he faced a fusillade of bullets. But now he faces a scary new enemy. Market Equities, the deep-pocket firm that tried to heist his ranch and turn it into an airport/ski lodge development, just hired a new CEO (Jacki Weaver, 74, Oscar nominated for the must-see movies Silver Linings Playbook and Animal Kingdom). “She’s a city slicker walking through fields of cowpats in designer heels and classy tailored suits," Weaver told TV Insider. "She looks out of place, but she’s terrifying."​

Watch it: Yellowstone, on Paramount Network


Dalgliesh

(Acorn TV)

In the third and some say best adaptation of highbrow P.D. James’ classic mysteries, two-time Olivier Award-winning Bertie Carvel plays a soulful, widowed poet and smart-as-Sherlock sleuth in 1970s England, investigating the poisoning of two students at the Nightingale House nurse training school — and it turns out to be connected to a historic mass murder.​

Watch it: Dalgliesh, on Acorn TV


The Harder They Fall

(Netflix)

​Like a Tarantino romp, only faster-paced, Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western is a sort-of-historical hoot and a holler. It really is history-inspired: Blacks were a quarter of America’s cowboys, and the movie’s stampede of stars play wildly fictionalized actual people: Bass Reeves (Delroy Lindo, 68), the West’s first Black deputy U.S. marshal; outlaws Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) and Nat Love (Jonathan Majors); and Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), the first Black U.S. mail carrier. Treacherous Trudy Smith (Regina King, 50) is a gas but not real. Get ready for tongue-in-cheek genre pastiche, high-noon showdowns and saloon shootouts, shot with flippant style and a killer soundtrack by everyone from Fela Kuti to Jay-Z (a coproducer). It’s overstuffed with terrific actors having a blast, and the fun’s infectious.​

Watch it: The Harder They Fall, on Netflix

Don’t Miss This:​ 11 Gems From the Black Film Archive to Watch Now​


Succession, Season 3

(HBO)

​In the superb show about power struggles in a super-rich, entertainingly evil family, downtrodden son Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) has the upper hand over his domineering dad, Logan (Brian Cox, 75), who vows to “go full [expletive] beast” on his offspring. New cast members Alexander Skarsgard and Adrien Brody liven up the wicked mix.​

Watch it: Succession, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET, HBO

Don’t miss this: 10 Things to Know About Succession


B Positive, Season 2

(CBS)

In the comedy series about a retirement community from the maker of The Big Bang Theory and The Kominsky Project, grownups are taking over. Linda Lavin (83) plays a sharp, witty resident of the Valley Hills Assisted Living facility, a surrogate mom to impulsive young Valley Hills van driver Gina (Annaleigh Ashford). The killer cast includes Celia Weston (69), Lavin’s costar on TV’s classic Alice, as the terminally ill wife of a brusque Valley Hills resident (Héctor Elizondo, 84), Jane Seymour (70), as a beauty who finds aging unwelcome, and Ben Vereen (74) as a retired professor with memory issues.​​

Watch it: B Positive, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS​

DON’T MISS THIS: Linda Lavin tells AARP her 16 steps to aging well


Maid

(Netflix)

In a new Netflix original series adapting Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Margaret Qualley plays a single mom and Andie MacDowell, 63 (her actual mom), plays her lively, apparently mentally ill mother who refuses treatment and acts out in a dramatic way that is God’s gift to an actress. A grueling but important study of domestic abuse, poverty and overwhelming dysfunction.​

Watch it: Maid, on Netflix​


The Wonder Years 

(ABC)

The 1980s hit about coming of age in the ’60s is back, this time chronicling the life of a Black kid (Elisha “EJ” Williams) in Montgomery, Alabama, and his musician/professor father (Dulé Hill), working mom (Saycon Sengbloh) and teen sister (Laura Kariuki). But the most famous actor is the narrator, Don Cheadle (56), who says, “One thing about being 12 that hasn’t changed over the decades is that it’s around 12 that you figure out what your place is in the world.” It’s produced and directed by Fred Savage (45), who played the 12-year-old originally.​

Watch it: The Wonder Years, on ABC, Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET

DON’T MISS THIS: It's Reboot Mania Right Now in TV Land


The Chair

(Netflix)

Don’t miss Sandra Oh’s comedy about the new chair of the English department at a floundering college. Jay Duplass is great as her fellow prof and maybe-lover-to-be, spiraling after his wife’s death, and Holland Taylor and Bob Balaban as irascible elder colleagues. It’s touching and funny, and a wicked satire of undergrad wokeness gone mad as a hatter to boot.

Watch it: The Chair, on Netflix

DON’T MISS THIS: Sandra Oh dishes on The Chair and turning 50


Fantasy Island

(Fox)

Who doesn’t remember the kitschy-fabulous original Fantasy Island that lit up Saturday nights in the late 1970s and early ’80s? Like everything nostalgic on TV, this juicy gem is back in a whole new reboot. Now Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace) steps into Ricardo Montalban’s shoes to help folks with fantasies learn a life lesson.

Watch it: Fantasy Island, on Fox

DON’T MISS THIS: It’s Reboot Mania Right Now in TV Land

AND SPEAKING OF FANTASY ISLAND: Take a beach walk down memory lane with our critics, who unearth some of the biggest celebrity appearances on the original show, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Sherman Hemsley and, yes, Tori Spelling. 

Check it out: 16 Classic Celebrity Appearances on Fantasy Island


Ted Lasso, Season 2

(Apple TV+)

If you watch only one show this summer, make it this one, a heartwarming, dark-horse hit comedy that’s the antidote to our bitter times. Jason Sudeikis plays a relentlessly upbeat American football coach who knows nada about soccer but gets hired to coach a soccer team in England. Apple TV+ has a first-week-free offer, and if you bought a new iPhone lately, you probably have a year’s free subscription on it.

Watch it: Ted Lasso, on Apple TV+

DON’T MISS THIS: 10 Facts You Need to Know About Jason Sudeikis’ Hit Show Ted Lasso


Atypical, Season 4

(Netflix)

In a smart, heartwarming family show by the talented auteur of Horrible Bosses, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport play the parents of a son (Keir Gilchrist) coming of age on the autism spectrum.

Watch it: Atypical, on Netflix

DON’T MISS THIS: Jennifer Jason Leigh Isn’t Afraid of Anything


The Underground Railroad

(Amazon Prime Video)

You knew this 10-episode adaptation of MacArthur genius Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning novel about escaping slaves by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) would be worth seeing. But it turns out to be an epic, Handmaid’s Tale-topping dystopian masterpiece that dwarfs every other new film or TV show.

Watch it: The Underground Railroad, on Amazon Prime Video

DON’T MISS THIS: 11 Black Filmmakers You Should Know


Hacks

(HBO Max)

In the intergenerational show of the year, Jean Smart (Designing Women, Mare of Easttown) stars as a Las Vegas comedy legend forced to mentor an up-and-coming comic (Hannah Einbinder). The show is much-buzzed, and insiders predict that Smart, who got Emmy nominations for Watchmen, Fargo and 24, may land her first lead actress nomination for this extremely juicy role. High time!

Watch it: Hacks, on HBO Max

DON’T MISS THIS: Getting Smart: Jean Smart shares her secrets about feeling sexy and nabbing the best roles of her life at 69


Godfather of Harlem, Season 2

(Epix)

Forest Whitaker, 59, returns for his second season as Bumpy Johnson, the real-life 1960s mobster who dated Lena Horne, played chess with Lucky Luciano and befriended Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Joining the cast are Cliff “Method Man” Smith, as the Philly Black Mafia chief Sam Christian, and Annabella Sciorra, as mob wife Fay Bonanno.

Watch it: Godfather of Harlem, on Epix

Don’t miss this: Forest Whitaker talks with AARP about playing Bumpy Johnson and looks back on his life and shares what he knows now.


Your Honor

(Showtime)

Bryan Cranston, who played a good-hearted teacher forced to go criminal to save his family on Breaking Bad, plays a New Orleans judge scheming to help his son escape a hit-and-run accident charge in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with the law.

Watch it: Your Honor, on Showtime

RELATED: Cranston talks with AARP about his two good bad-guy roles and his real-life near-recovery from COVID-19: Bryan Cranston Is Back to Challenge Our Loyalties in Your Honor


Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection

Netflix unveils a useful, intelligently curated menu of 48 or so top titles including When They See Us, Moonlight, Malcolm X and the current must-see, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (which could win star Delroy Lindo the Oscar he’s deserved for some time, and maybe the Emmy, too).

Watch it: Netflix


Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.


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