From ‘The Buccaneers’ to ‘The Curse’: Your November 2023 TV Watch List

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Television doesn’t sleep. Backstage is breaking down, month by month, the buzzy shows and performances that merit attention from awards voters and couch potatoes alike across the ever-expanding landscape of the small screen.

Netflix is hitting the ground running this month with a host of buzzy programming. The biggest fish, of course, is the final season of Peter Morgan’s decades-spanning award winner “The Crown,” which will see Imelda Staunton & Co. reprise their roles one last time as the royal family moves into the late ’90s and early aughts (Nov. 16).

Notable Netflix premieres include “All the Light We Cannot See,” a miniseries adaptation of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer-winning World War II novel (Nov. 2), plus two star-studded animated offerings: “Blue Eye Samurai,” a stylish anime with a voice cast that includes Maya Erskine, Randall Park, and George Takei (Nov. 3), and “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” (more on that below). The streamer will round out the month with “Obliterated,” a new action comedy from the creators of “Cobra Kai” (Nov. 30).

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Elsewhere on the small screen, critically acclaimed period dramas “For All Mankind” (Nov. 10 on Apple TV+) and “Fargo” (Nov. 21 on AMC) are returning for their fourth and fifth seasons, respectively. Genre buffs can get in on the battle between humans and kaijus with the Godzilla series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” starring Kurt Russell and his son, Wyatt (Nov. 17 on Apple TV+). But the biggest news for sci-fi aficionados is David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s return to the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” which will air in the U.S. on Disney+ (Nov. 25). 

Here are the new offerings we’re the most excited about this November, from a dishy period romance to a modern whodunit, plus a full rundown of series premiering or returning.

“Lawmen: Bass Reeves”

“Yellowstone” impresario Taylor Sheridan is executive producing this new miniseries for Paramount+, a very different kind of Western than his epic rancher franchise. Emmy nominee David Oyelowo stars as Bass Reeves, a real-life legend who was one of the first Black men to serve in the U.S. Marshals. Born into slavery, he escaped his owner in the midst of the Civil War and went on to become one of the most successful marshals in American history, capturing more than 3,000 outlaws over the span of his career. Chad Feehan created the series, which drops on Nov. 5. Dennis Quaid, Joaquina Kalukango, and Donald Sutherland co-star.

“The Buccaneers” 

“The Gilded Age” meets “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on this Apple TV+ series from Guy Remmers, Matthew Broome, and Simone Kirby, based on Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel of the same name. Premiering on Nov. 8, the show follows a group of upper-crust American teen girls who decamp to 1870s London in hopes of matching with sexy British noblemen. The series also features six-time Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks as a mother determined to get her daughter Nan (Kristine Froseth) an in with the English peerage. Though it’s billed as a drama, “The Buccaneers” looks much more fun than fraught. 

“The Curse”

Fans of “Nathan for You” and “The Rehearsal,” good news: Nathan Fielder, the king of existential cringe comedy, is back with his first scripted show, which he co-wrote with “Uncut Gems” scribe Benny Safdie. Fielder stars alongside Oscar winner Emma Stone as Asher and Whitney, a couple struggling to conceive a child even as they prepare to launch a home-makeover show, which is produced by Safdie’s Dougie. But as is to be expected from a Fielder joint, things take a turn for the weird when the pair discover they may be afflicted by, yes, a curse. The A24 series hits Showtime on Nov. 12.

“A Murder at the End of the World”

“The Crown” breakout Emma Corrin does a 180 from their Princess Di days on this gritty mystery from FX on Hulu, premiering Nov. 14. Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s limited series is an old-school whodunit with a Gen Z twist, as nine strangers come together at a remote mansion and, before long, find a dead body in their midst. Corrin stars as Darby Hart, a woman who slots herself into the role of amateur detective so she can root out the mysterious killer before they claim another victim. The ensemble cast also includes Raúl Esparza, Clive Owen, Alice Braga, Jermaine Fowler, and Marling herself.

“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off”

We all know Edgar Wright’s freewheeling 2010 comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is a classic. But considering it’s based on a cult comic book series from Bryan Lee O’Malley, it only feels right that there should be an animated version, too. Netflix is coming through on Nov. 17 with “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” which follows O’Malley’s pack of Toronto 20-somethings as they struggle with everything from battles of the bands to brutal breakups to video-game-style death matches. The cast of the movie will reprise their roles, from Michael Cera as the titular slacker to the actors whose careers took off post-2010, including Brie Larson, Chris Evans, and Kieran Culkin. O’Malley co-wrote the series with BenDavid Grabinski.

Read on for the full list of series premiering or returning in November.

Apple TV+

Nov. 8 – “The Buccaneers” premiere
Nov. 10 – “For All Mankind” Season 4
Nov. 17 – “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” premiere

BET+

Nov. 2 – “Kingdom Business” Season 2

CBS

Nov. 2 – “SEAL Team” Season 5
Nov. 15 – “NCIS: Sydney” premiere
Nov. 16 – “Ghosts UK” premiere

Disney+

Nov. 25 – “Doctor Who” Season 14
Nov. 29 – “The Artful Dodger” premiere

Hulu/FX on Hulu

Nov. 1 – “Black Cake” premiere
Nov. 14 – “A Murder at the End of the World” premiere
Nov. 21 – “Fargo” Season 5
Nov. 28 – “Faraway Downs” premiere

Max

Nov. 9 – “Rap Sh!t” Season 2
Nov. 16 – “Julia” Season 2

Rap Sh!t

“Rap Sh!t” Credit: Erin Simkin/Max

MGM+

Nov. 12 – “Beacon 23” premiere

Netflix

Nov. 2 – “All the Light We Cannot See” premiere
Nov. 2 – “Cigarette Girl” premiere
Nov. 2 – “Onimusha” premiere
Nov. 3 – “Blue Eye Samurai” premiere
Nov. 3 – “Daily Dose of Sunshine” premiere
Nov. 3 – “Ferry: The Series” premiere
Nov. 10 – “At the Moment” premiere
Nov. 16 – “The Crown” Season 6
Nov. 17 – “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” premiere
Nov. 24 – “A Nearly Normal Family” premiere
Nov. 30 – “Obliterated” premiere

Paramount+

Nov. 5 – “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” premiere
Nov. 9 – “Colin From Accounts” premiere

Prime Video

Nov. 3 – “Invincible” Season 2

The Roku Channel

Nov. 17 – “The Holiday Shift” premiere

Showtime

Nov. 12 – “The Curse” premiere