Binge Guide

6 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This December

The HBO series Euphoria, Netflix's animated Big Mouth, the DC Comics series Pennyworth, and more shows to catch up on this month.

by | December 1, 2020 | Comments

Fresh off a surprise history-making Emmy win, Euphoria star Zendaya is back with a holiday special for the hit HBO series this month — and that’s not all that’s in store. With new outings from Pennyworth, Big Mouth, a final season for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and more, it’s time to buckle up for a binge-tastic holiday season.


What it is: Co-created by Nick Kroll and featuring the voice talents of comedy heavy-hitters like John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, 2020 Emmy winner Maya Rudolph, and Andrew Rannells, Big Mouth is a coming-of-age series about awkward teens discovering their sexuality through the raging hormones of puberty.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen plenty of naughty comedies in the past, but none of them excavate the triumphs and traumas of pubescent adolescence quite as fearlessly or uproariously as Big Mouth, and that’s in part thanks to its animated treatment, where the limit is quite literally the writers’ imagination. Season 4 premieres Dec. 4 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 16 hours (for the first three seasons, plus a Valentine’s Day special)


What it is: Euphoria charts the lives of a group of diverse, troubled high schoolers and their rainbow of experiences living in the digital age — experiences befitting of the series title, yes, but others all the more tragic.

Why you should watch it: This dark, gritty, hallucinatory hit from creator Sam Levinson not only marks a career-best, attention-grabbing turn from its Emmy winning star Zendaya, but it introduces us to a whole new class of Young Hollywood along the way. Mining real-world ailments of drug addiction, sexual abuse, online harassment, and more, it’s not always an easy watch, but it’s a worthwhile one. The long-awaited Season 2 teases its premiere with a Christmas special on Dec. 6.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle Play, HBO MaxMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)


What it is: This Showtime series has been around for so long that it’s hard to define here in all its glory. But at its core, it’s an hour-long dysfunctional family comedy-drama about six children (led through the first nine seasons by an excellent Emmy Rossum as Fiona) who are forced to grow up too fast while under the watch of their single, alcoholic father, Frank (William H. Macy).

Why you should watch it: It’s tricky to strike the balance between broad comedy and aching drama, but it’s a skill that Shameless has perfected since its 2011 debut. Credit where it’s due: Rossum is an absolutely fearless knockout who bested herself season to season. Sadly, Season 9 was her last with the Gallagher family, but the remaining ensemble more than made up for her absence last season, and they’re sure to do it again this round. You can’t help but love them – even when they don’t make it easy. Season 11 premieres Dec. 6 on Showtime.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 107 hours (for the first 10 seasons)


What it is: Alfred Pennyworth is just a former British SAS soldier trying to make a living as a London bouncer when he becomes the target of the evil Raven Society, forcing him into an alliance with the super rich Wayne family and pitting them against a common enemy. If you ever wondered how Alfred first came to the Waynes and eventually Batman, this is a story for you.

Why you should watch it: We can all agree that the world has enough origin stories of the Dark Knight, but what about Bruce Wayne’s trusted right-hand butler Alfred Pennyworth? Creator Bruno Heller and star Jack Bannon give the iconic character his due treatment with Pennyworth, one of the sleekest and best-acted entries to the espionage thriller genre in some time. Season 2 premieres Dec. 13 on Epix.

Where to watch: Amazon, EpixFandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)


What it is: Based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name of collaborators Daniel Abraham and T Franck), this space-hopping science-fiction series follows Earth-bound United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), asteroid belt-dwelling police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), and officer of an ice freighter Jim Holden (Steven Strait) as they uncover a conspiracy that risks disrupting the intergalactic peace within disparate colonies and the survival of humanity as they know it.

Why you should watch it: If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we have enough social and political turmoil here on Earth to know that if and when we expand our humanly horizons to other planets in the solar system, tension is likely to continue. Fortunately in the case of The Expanse, it just makes for great, cult-favorite TV with timely allegorical themes to spare. Season 5 premieres Dec. 16 on Amazon Prime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 46 hours (for the first four seasons)


What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.

Why you should watch it: If we didn’t already love her for her stellar child actor work on Mad MenChilling Adventures of Sabrina is an absolutely star-making vehicle for Shipka, and we’re here for it. Gruesome and ghoulish adventures await, all brought to life by a talented ensemble that includes next-gen heartthrobs Ross Lynch, Chance Perdomo, and Gavin Leatherwood, leading ladies-to-be like Abigail Cowen, scene-stealing character actors like Michelle Gomez, and others. Its fourth and final season premieres Dec. 31 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 28 hours (for the first three seasons)


Thumbnail images by Netflix, HBO, EPIX

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Year in Review dceu Horror hispanic heritage month USA Network Paramount VICE Tokyo Olympics Podcast streamig First Reviews nbcuniversal Quiz New York Comic Con video on demand Starz films OneApp hollywood Cartoon Network Oscar movie PaleyFest parents Superheroes TCA Awards Best Actor vs. directors hispanic X-Men Spring TV spy thriller Awards Tour Turner summer preview 007 Ghostbusters Holiday Trailer 79th Golden Globes Awards 72 Emmy Awards adaptation game of thrones social media Acorn TV ABC genre spanish language BET Awards based on movie broadcast ViacomCBS Comedy Central canceled TV shows vampires sitcom ITV biography Heroines TCA sequels docudrama CNN Nat Geo Grammys TIFF dragons 99% San Diego Comic-Con RT21 boxing reboot CBS All Access Holidays Legendary Instagram Live Television Critics Association biopic slasher Fall TV The Arrangement teaser wonder woman Superheroe Travel Channel Western 2016 Pixar Netflix Christmas movies TV movies police drama Binge Guide Valentine's Day blockbusters YouTube harry potter worst versus Best Picture 24 frames Comic Book Martial Arts streaming movies finale casting medical drama Peacock festival comic book movie rotten movies we love trailers jamie lee curtis zombie Lucasfilm crime thriller video MCU Tubi Rom-Com football Musicals pirates of the caribbean a nightmare on elm street Spike sopranos Disney Plus Apple TV+ critic resources boxoffice TV tv talk 45 debate elevated horror nfl dreamworks Oscars Country classics The Walt Disney Company suspense Amazon Prime 1990s TLC scorecard Disney HBO Go king arthur Brie Larson Pride Month comic movies theme song The Walking Dead 71st Emmy Awards die hard scary latino thriller Women's History Month Star Trek feel good rotten Trophy Talk 93rd Oscars DC Universe jurassic park Mary Tyler Moore Nominations satire adventure Tarantino mockumentary DGA cancelled TV series Arrowverse 2018 VH1 dogs BET Elton John 73rd Emmy Awards south america dark animated Extras Shudder french Dark Horse Comics universal monsters DirecTV archives Pop TV Warner Bros. documentaries cults Polls and Games MSNBC heist movie new star wars movies E! royal family marvel comics canceled Song of Ice and Fire godzilla anthology 20th Century Fox blockbuster Sundance TV venice Thanksgiving LGBTQ new zealand Opinion Election singing competition First Look SXSW 2022 MGM YouTube Red breaking bad Watching Series 2019 black Walt Disney Pictures Black Mirror YA Pacific Islander binge 4/20 doctor who Character Guide foreign toronto Christmas TCM high school politics Writers Guild of America supernatural transformers superman women Musical El Rey MTV composers concert Comedy Mindy Kaling robots dramedy Fantasy what to watch LGBT Biopics rt labs Sneak Peek mcc legend Focus Features cancelled TV shows rom-coms action-comedy Fargo streaming 94th Oscars italian Universal Pictures Red Carpet diversity cancelled emmy awards Funimation Cannes dc TV One National Geographic science fiction cats fast and furious aliens japan superhero Hulu ABC Family CMT marvel cinematic universe australia serial killer BBC golden globe awards Stephen King romantic comedy fresh scene in color asian-american WGN Infographic zombies Netflix Apple TV Plus Classic Film psycho Rocky golden globes TV Land black comedy Exclusive Video cops 2015 2021 children's TV Lionsgate cancelled television rt labs critics edition Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2017 kaiju CW Seed Photos sequel monster movies Wes Anderson festivals The Witch A24 stand-up comedy game show international Mystery cars Syfy See It Skip It USA scary movies History green book news Shondaland Nickelodeon 2020 Logo historical drama Disney streaming service Paramount Pictures reviews Winners Music TCA 2017 BBC America IFC Films rt archives Epix series young adult BAFTA NYCC Tags: Comedy chucky Television Academy Action Trivia Reality Competition stop motion Freeform FX Image Comics DC Comics indie RT History Summer Spectrum Originals IMDb TV richard e. Grant interviews CBS revenge documentary dexter GLAAD slashers sag awards indiana jones know your critic gangster comic book movies travel all-time Toys Marvel Studios screenings space king kong independent WarnerMedia spanish TNT comedies Amazon Studios PlayStation Animation Countdown new york Rocketman HFPA technology Sundance Now Lifetime Best and Worst Video Games political drama docuseries art house Turner Classic Movies justice league nature war ESPN Disney+ Disney Plus Certified Fresh Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt A&E FX on Hulu stoner Calendar james bond ABC Signature Prime Video Baby Yoda Black History Month Paramount Network obituary ratings crossover renewed TV shows Emmy Nominations spain Winter TV spinoff Film Festival AMC Cosplay The Academy 21st Century Fox telelvision japanese Rock live event Drama Kids & Family SXSW hidden camera Film NBA APB Endgame anime unscripted Mary poppins NBC Crackle kong Box Office Neflix Reality sports natural history HBO Max kids zero dark thirty Marvel Television lord of the rings Marathons adenture Creative Arts Emmys Apple spider-verse live action free movies Teen Hallmark Christmas movies leaderboard facebook E3 critics Mary Poppins Returns Adult Swim aapi AMC Plus comiccon TCA Winter 2020 cinemax Crunchyroll BBC One TBS quibi saw cartoon halloween Esquire cooking Chilling Adventures of Sabrina true crime Amazon Super Bowl Tomatazos franchise The CW Academy Awards basketball Fox Searchlight olympics Sundance Family trophy American Society of Cinematographers GoT mob FOX posters GIFs IFC batman spider-man discovery Anna Paquin Tumblr PBS 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Comic-Con@Home 2021 Alien ghosts TV renewals talk show SundanceTV Avengers OWN Schedule Hear Us Out crime drama Sci-Fi Broadway FXX TruTV Chernobyl strong female leads romance mutant Columbia Pictures screen actors guild ID Pop remakes comics Pet Sematary criterion Masterpiece YouTube Premium Comics on TV blaxploitation Discovery Channel Mudbound Hallmark christmas movies worst movies Star Wars Best Director Set visit summer TV preview joker werewolf disaster The Purge popular Pirates obi wan summer TV name the review Marvel Showtime Captain marvel laika twilight Vudu Best Actress Interview Lifetime Christmas movies Fox News Food Network Amazon Prime Video comic books SDCC child's play target psychological thriller South by Southwest Film Festival Awards book Ellie Kemper award winner DC streaming service best Sony Pictures Bravo Universal Paramount Plus 90s hist Disney Channel mission: impossible toy story VOD crime prank witnail book adaptation miniseries halloween tv Premiere Dates razzies television HBO period drama Britbox Ovation Emmys deadpool President