If you can’t remember how we got through the holidays before WiFi and On Demand, you can be thankful leftovers aren’t the only things to binge over the long weekend.
Netflix knows you may have time on your hands, which is why it’s breaking its Friday release pattern this week, with Spike Lee’s series She’s Gotta Have It — based on his 1986 film and starring DeWanda Wise as free-loving artist Nola Darling — debuting Thanksgiving Day. That’s one day after the streaming premieres of the six-episode western mini-series Godless, starring Jeff Daniels and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, and the Barbra Streisand concert special Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The Magic!
Beyond that, though, there are enough streaming shows you may not have gotten to yet to keep you clicking “next episode,” including these:
Thrillers that thrill
Bosch (Amazon Prime). Philadelphia’s Titus Welliver stars as embattled Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch and Jamie Hector (The Wire) as his partner, Jerry Edgar, in a series based on the Michael Connelly novels. There are three seasons so far, and it’s been renewed for a fourth.
Longmire (Netflix). Based on mysteries by Craig Johnson, this modern western stars Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, a taciturn, recently widowed sheriff policing a county in Wyoming that borders a Native American reservation; Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as his Philly-raised deputy, Vic Moretti; Lou Diamond Phillips as Walt’s best friend, Henry Standing Bear; and A Martinez as Jacob Nighthorse, the casino owner whose relationship with Walt underlies much of the show’s conflict. Picked up by Netflix when A&E canceled it, it’s only gotten better and deeper. I’m sorry that the sixth episode that premiered last week will be its last, but 63 episodes is a good run.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu). The first streaming series to win the Emmy for outstanding drama stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as a modern woman trying to survive a nightmarish regime that’s stripped women of their civil rights and pressed many, including her, into service as surrogate wombs.
Mindhunter (Netflix). I’m not usually a fan of serial-killer dramas, but this 1970s-set drama, based on a memoir by former FBI profiler John E. Douglas, and starring Jonathan Groff (Looking, Glee) and Holt McCallany (Lights Out), is brainy, suspenseful, and doesn’t glory in the gore.
11.22.63 (Hulu). James Franco plays a time-traveling high school teacher who sets out to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy in this ambitious mini-series based on the Stephen King novel.
Trapped (Amazon Prime). When I wrote about this Icelandic murder mystery this year, it was on the cable channel Viceland, where its run ended before some viewers had time to find it. The 10-episode first season begins with the discovery of a mutilated torso in the harbor of a remote Icelandic town just as the weekly ferry is arriving from Denmark. (If you like this, you might like Fortitude, another chilly mystery available on Amazon.)
Families with drama
The Crown (Netflix). There’s time, before the new season premieres Dec. 8, to catch up on — or rewatch the show that turned 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II into one of television’s most intriguing characters. Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) plays the young monarch and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is Prince Philip in a period show that mixes, history, romance, and gender politics.
Big Little Lies (HBO On Demand and HBO apps). This seven-episode mini-series, set in a community of helicopter parents (some of whom probably have helicopters), features big stars — Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern — a murder mystery, and some staggeringly beautiful oceanfront properties. Its strength, though, lies in smaller moments that reveal unexpected truths about its characters’ lives.
Comedies and dramedies
Insecure (HBO). Issa Rae cocreated and stars in the story of the personal and professional tribulations of a nonprofit worker named Issa (Rae) and her best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), a lawyer in this show inspired by Rae’s YouTube series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.
GLOW (Netflix). The ’80s show I didn’t know I needed is the fictionalized story of a short-lived TV show, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) star as L.A. actresses-turned-wrestlers whose major conflict is outside the ring, and comedian Marc Maron as the down-on-his-luck movie director who hires them to be part of an all-woman wrestling show that’s as much soap opera as it is fighting.
Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Prime). Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, and Bernadette Peters star in one of TV’s best workplace comedies, where the workplace just happens to be a symphony orchestra.
No streaming? No problem
Anne of Green Gables — The Good Stars (8 p.m. Thursday, WHYY12). Martin Sheen returns as Matthew Cuthbert in PBS’s second installment of the L.M. Montgomery story of the orphaned Anne (Ella Ballentine) growing up on Prince Edward Island. (The first follows it at 9:30.) I haven’t seen this episode, but the first was more traditional than Netflix’s Anne with an E, but not nearly as good as the 1980s series that starred Megan Follows.
Thanksgiving with The Godfather (9 a.m. Thursday, AMC). The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II will be in heavy rotation all day. Completists (and insomniacs) can find The Godfather: Part III at 2 a.m. Friday.