Rotten Tomatoes’ premiere dates calendar keeps track of the most anticipated new series of fall TV and your favorite returning shows. Bookmark this page to get updates on when the latest Netflix series launch, when Disney+ shows will premiere, what the holiday films and specials are coming your way, and more.
Netflix has set February 7 for the premiere of Locke and Key, the Carlton Cuse–produced adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s IDW comic book series that has been in development for more than a decade. The mystery series revolves around the Locke family, three siblings and their mother who move into their ancestral home – Keyhouse – after the murder of their father. Keyhouse, as the Lockes quickly discover, is filled with magical keys that hold special powers. That draws out a demon who wants to steal the keys, which may have played a role in the murder of the Locke paterfamilias. The series stars Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), Jackson Robert Scott (IT), and Connor Jessup (American Crime).
Find out when the rest of your favorite shows return and new shows premiere below.
Update (12/12): Pavarotti (Dec. 30), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Jan. 24), Next in Fashion (Jan. 29), Briarpatch (Feb. 6), The Sinner (Feb. 6), Interrogation (Feb. 6), Wrong Man (Feb. 9), Hillary (Mar. 6), Ride with Norman Reedus (Mar. 8); Messiah (Jan. 1)
Also: Renewed & Cancelled
Monday, Dec. 2
Making It: Season 2 (2019) NBC
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) Netflix
The First Temptation of Christ (2019) Netflix
Team Kaylie: Part 2 () Netflix
One Day at Disney (2019) Disney+
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Let's Dance (2019) Netflix
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Magic for Humans: Season 2 (2019) Netflix
The Moodys: Season 1 (2019) 64% 9 p.m., Fox
Vikings: Season 6 (2019) 100% 9 p.m., History
Five Day Biz Fix: Season 1 (2019) CNBC
The Gulf: Season 1 (2019) Sundance Now
Thursday, Dec. 5
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79% Amazon Prime Video
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) 36% Netflix
Same Time, Next Christmas (2019) Netflix
Apache: The Life of Carlos Tevez: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Home for Christmas: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
V Wars: Season 1 (2019) 56% Netflix
Growing Up Hip Hop: Season 5 (2019) WE tv
Tell Me a Story: Season 2 (2019) CBS All Access
Friday, Dec. 6
Reprisal: Season 1 (2019) 53% Hulu
Into the Dark, Episode : "" % Hulu
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show: Season 1 (2019) 100% Netflix
The Chosen One: Season 2 (2019) Netflix
The Confession Killer: Season 1 (2019) 100% Netflix
Fuller House: Season 5 (2019) Netflix
Glow Up: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Marriage Story (2019) 94% Netflix
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas (2019) Netflix
Three Days of Christmas: Season 1 () Netflix
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2 (2019) Netflix
Triad Princess: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Virgin River: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Truth Be Told: Season 1 (2019) 31% Apple TV+
One Day at Disney: Shorts: Season 1 (2019) Disney+
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Season 1 () Amazon Prime Video
Monday, Dec. 9
A Family Reunion Christmas, Netflix
The Heart Guy: Season 4 (2019) Acorn TV
Thursday, Dec. 12
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father (2019) Netflix
Sunday, Dec. 15
A Very Merry Cavallari, 10 p.m., E!
Monday, Dec. 16
Slings & Arrows: Season 3, Acorn TV
Laurel Canyon, 9 p.m., Epix
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019) Netflix
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Don't F**K with Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer: Limited Series (2019) 67% Netflix
Soundtrack: Season 1 (2019) 38% Netflix
Mad About You: Season 1 (2019) 42% Part 2, Spectrum On Demand
Wisting, Sundance Now
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times' (2019) 80% ABC
Good Times: Live in Front of a Studio Audience, ABC
Friday, Dec. 20
The Two Popes (2019) 89% Netflix
The Witcher: Season 1 (2019) 68% Netflix
The Aeronauts (2019) 71% Amazon Prime Video
Pick of the Litter: Season 1 (2019) Disney+
Togo (2019) 92% Disney+
Saturday, Dec. 21
Crash Landing on You: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Monday, Dec. 23
From Father to Daughter, Acorn TV
Tuesday, Dec. 24
Lost in Space: Season 2 (2019) 85% Netflix
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) 96% Netflix
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 2, Netflix
Carole & Tuesday: Part 2, Netflix
Como caído del cielo (2019) Netflix
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13, Acorn TV
Call the Midwife: Holiday Special, PBS
Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas, PBS
Friday, Dec. 27
Into the Dark, Episode : "" % Hulu
The Gift: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Kevin Hart: Don't F... This Up: Season 1 (2019) Netflix
Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) 83% Showtime
Saturday, Dec. 28
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy, Netflix
Sunday, Dec. 29
Flirty Dancing: Season 1 (2019) 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, Fox
Monday, Dec. 30
Alexa & Katie: Season 3 (2019) : Holiday Episode, Netflix
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened, Netflix
Pavarotti, 8 p.m., Showtime
Also: Renewed & Cancelled
This week in TV news, we take a look at the Emmy nominations that were announced this morning!
Emmy nominations are out! And Game of Thrones is leading the pack with 23 nominations. The 6th season of the acclaimed fantasy drama is joined by a slew of other worthy competitors in the Outstanding Drama category. In fact, this year we finally see the acclaimed series The Americans break through with series and first-ever Emmy actor and actress noms, along with a first-time series and actor nod for breakout hit Mr. Robot. Many favorites also return with a splash and round out the Outstanding Drama category, including series noms for Downton Abbey‘s final season, Better Call Saul, House of Cards, and Homeland.
Veep nabs the office of Comedy Nominee-in-Chief with a commanding 17 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for the show’s star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Silicon Valley and Transparent are also on the ticket, with 11 and 10 nominations respectively. Surprises in the Comedy category included the announcement of a bonus seventh nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, and the perceived snubs of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and its lead, Rachel Bloom, in their respective categories.
The People v. O.J. Simpson (22 nominations) and Fargo (18 nominations) not only received the most nominations for limited series, but came in second and third, respectively, behind Game of Thrones overall. Also nominated in the category are Roots, American Crime, and The Night Manager. On the TV movie side, the nominees are A Very Murray Christmas, All the Way, Confirmation, Luther, and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. In the performance categories, other TV films and limited series to get nominations are American Horror Story (Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson) and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Audra McDonald).
The Variety/Talk Series Emmy category is looking a little different these days. For the first time in a long time, The Daily Show has not been nominated. Actually, it’s the first time since 2000 that Comedy Central has not had at least one show in the running for this category. Daily Show alum John Oliver made the cut with a nomination for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He joins fellow late show nominees The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Real Time with Bill Maher and first time nominees The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Critical darling Full Frontal with Samantha Bee didn’t receive a nomination.
Check out the full list of Emmy nominees here.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Dark skies by 4:00 p.m., temperatures below 30 degrees, and — best of all — crazed shoppers at every turn. Fortunately, there is no shortage of quality television to watch over the holidays, so to go with your December shopping list, Rotten Tomatoes has prepared your December bingeing list — a mix of new shows, returning shows, and what’s fresh on DVD and Blu-ray — some naughty, some nice!
What it is: The most recent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Jessica Jones, about a broken superhero (Krysten Ritter) who runs her own P.I. business. Battling PTSD, our anti-hero finds herself struggling to defeat Kilgrave (David Tennant), a super-villain who has inflicted unconscionable harm upon countless innocents.
Why you should watch it: Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a dark, psychologically complex, and thoughtful meditation on what it means to be a hero. It is also engrossing, action-packed, compassionate, and visceral. Jones is binge-worthy for a number of reasons, but what elevates this well-executed comic adaptation is having a powerful female centered alliance at its core.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: About 11 hours.
What it is: Jeffrey Tambor plays a father who wants to live his life as a woman and needs to tell his adult children.
Why you should watch it: Tambor’s turn as Maura is award-worthy, but what is most surprising is how it’s just one facet of this family dramedy. All the members of the Pfefferman clan are struggling with their own demons and each storyline is full and fascinating to follow. It’s a study of faith, family, and dysfunction that is well worth the day or two it takes to binge-watch it.
Where to watch: The complete first season is streaming on Amazon Prime now, with season two scheduled to drop on Dec. 11.
Commitment: 10 hours for both seasons.
What it is: A prequel to the AMC hit The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead begins in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie outbreak as the government employs survival tactics that fuel the apocalyptic fire.
Why you should watch it: Even though fans know what’s coming, somehow the prequel is even scarier than The Walking Dead. All of the shortcomings of the human race — fear, abuse of power, false trust — become factors in the death of society, as one already-dysfunctional family must stick together to survive. It’s not just zombies they must battle, though, but also the failing system that was designed to protect them.
Commitment: Five hours.
What it is: A group of five slacker friends — known collectively as “The Gang” — run an Irish pub in South Philadelphia and get into all sorts of predicaments because they lack both common sense and social graces.
Why you should watch it: Sunny isn’t a sitcom for everyone; its characters are self-centered, misanthropic, and frequently obnoxious. That said, their resilience in the face of countless defeats is strangely endearing, and their adventures are so outrageous and hilarious that it’s almost therapeutic to watch them scramble through each half hour. With season 11 set to premiere in early January, now’s the perfect time to catch up with the Gang’s insane antics.
Where to watch: The first nine seasons are available to stream on subscription services Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, and you can rent or purchase episodes from all 10 seasons on Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation Video, Vudu, and Xbox Video.
Commitment:About 42 hours.
What it is: This BBC drama follows a brilliant Detective Chief Inspector (Idris Elba) who finds it difficult to strike a work-life balance as he struggles to toe the line between genius and madness.
Why you should watch it: Elba won a Golden Globe for his performance as DCI Luther, a sexy cross between Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, in this gritty character study that adds a new dimension to the cop show genre. Plus, fans of The Affair will enjoy Ruth Wilson in her role as the seductive serial killer Alice Morgan. Catch up in time for season four, which starts on Dec. 17.
Commitment: 16 hours.
What it is: Based on Blair Tindal’s tell-all book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, this lighthearted comedy from Amazon Studios shows the inner workings of the contemporary fictitious New York Symphony, led by a young upstart conductor (Gael García Bernal).
Why you should watch it: What makes Roman Coppola’s adaptation of Mozart such a spritely binge is the commanding and hilarious performance by Bernal as Rodrigo (based on the Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel), along with memorable turns by Bernadette Peters as the elegant Symphony manager, Lola Kirke as the oboe-playing ingénue, and Malcolm McDowell as the ousted old-guard maestro.
Where to watch: Season one is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Season two premieres Dec. 30.
Commitment: Five hours.
What it is: Criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) assists the FBI in apprehending serial killers, but as the job begins to eat away at his mental health, he starts meeting with therapist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a cannibal who murders rude people and serves them at fancy dinner parties.
Why you should watch it: The third (and likely final) season of the critically acclaimed show comes to Blu-ray December 8. There really isn’t anything quite like Hannibal; it’s a crime procedural and a psychological thriller, filled with horror and just the right dash of romance and comedy.
Commitment: 27.5 hours.
What it is: Based on the award-winning BBC series of the same name, Showtime’s hit dramedy stars Oscar winner William H. Macy and tells the story of the scrappy Gallagher kids as they struggle to keep body and soul together despite the constant burden of a dysfunctional alcoholic father.
Why you should watch it: Shameless features a great cast, including a stellar Emmy-award winning performance by the ever-adorable Joan Cusack. Holidays have always been a time for dysfunctional family fun, and nobody does it better than the Gallaghers. Shameless comes back for a sixth season on Jan. 10 so now is the perfect time to binge.
Commitment: 60 hours.
What it is: In this western-sci-fi mash-up, humans, aliens, and hybrids all fight for their rights and acceptance, while a human lawkeeper bonds with his adopted Votan (alien) daughter in 2046 Defiance (formerly St. Louis, MO).
Why you should watch it: Defiance’s backstory is wonderfully complex and reads like a lesson in mythology. The humor is addictive and the scenery and creature designs are breathtaking. The show’s inter-species tension is a clear commentary on cultural struggles, but not presented as a lecture on contemporary acceptance. Rather, it throws intense action, soapy character interaction, and some sexy stuff at you. And Grant Bowler (Nolan) is still one hot leading man.
Commitment: 26 hours.
What it is: The residents and domestic staff of a grand English country estate deal with household intrigue and societal upheaval in the first decades of the 20th Century.
Why you should watch it: With its lavish setting and British accents, this might look like your typical PBS prestige show at first glance. But Downton Abbey gives equal dramatic weight to the household staff and the Crawley family. Indeed, what makes the show so compulsively watchable is its richly nuanced characters, each of whom are bound by societal conventions but occasionally finds a way to expand their limits.
Commitment: 43 hours.