This week: Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, 9-1-1, This Is Us, A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy, I Feel Bad, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Angela’s Christmas, F is For Family, Titans, Mingle All the Way, Doctor Who, Outlander, Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
New episodes on Sunday On Netflix
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**idobi rated: ❤️❤️**
Patriot Act is your home for news (and 90s basketball references) and this week’s topic is immigration. It’s an issue that has divided the country and brought out the worst in the administration. Hasan Minhaj breaks down the long history of ICE, deportation, and how the government division is fracturing from within. When times get so bad you can’t believe the news, sometimes you have to laugh at the absurdity, Minhaj taps into that humor to make the truth easier to swallow. Wait until you see him tell the story of Steven Miller, the President’s Senior Advisor on immigration. The mix of emotions—mortification, sadness, anger, frustration, wrapped up with some laughs—will hit you harder than a receding hairline hit Miller. Yup, Minhaj has to use ridiculous statistics to demonstrate how ridiculous the rhetoric America is fed everyday is. If Patriot Act doesn’t get you looking up resources on how to help end the migrant crisis, you weren’t paying attention. So hit play all over again.
From Netflix: Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj will explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Each week, Minhaj will bring his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.
“Merry Ex-Mas” – Season 2, Episode 10 Mon Nov 26 – 9PM On FOX
From TV Guide: The holidays are naughty and nice for the first responders, who must deal with a stampede at a toy store, a mistletoe stunt gone awry and neighbors competing in a Christmas-light showdown. Meanwhile, Bobby contemplates his future with Athena, Chimney and Buck attempt to lift Maddie’s spirits and Eddie must decide if he wants to give his son what he really wants for Christmas—a visit with his mom.
THIS IS US
“The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” – Season 3, Episode 10 Tues Nov 27 – 9PM On NBC
Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC
**idobi rated: ❤️❤️**
It’s the fall finale of This Is Us and the Pearsons are each on personal missions. Kevin (Justin Hartley) travels to the village in Vietnam where Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was stationed which helps to paint a visceral picture of his time there. This means more flashbacks and we finally get the truth about what happened to Nicky (Michael Angarano)…although you’ll find yourself asking if you really want to know. Back at home, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) faces his biggest campaign debate yet—and we’re rooting for him hard (if we could pass out buttons and flyers, we would). With every episode This Is Us beautifully explores the depths of humanity to remind us how the bonds of family are more complicated and strong than we’ll ever know—which is something we all should remember going into the holiday season.
From NBC: Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity. Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother.
A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy
Wed Nov 28 – 10PM On NBC
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Now Thanksgiving is over it’s officially okay to get hyped for Christmas and who better to kick off the countdown than our OTP John Legend and Chrissy Teigen? A Legendary Christmas is star-studded and starry-eyed so prepare to be charmed by John’s crooner style holiday tunes and giggle at Chrissy’s sass with a side of turkey (just don’t mention mac & cheese). Celebrity appearances are at an all time high with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Kris Jenner, Adam Levine to Awkwafina stopping by to add to the festive cheer. (And of course, the real star of the show, baby Luna is in fine form.) You’ll wish you lived in their neighborhood so John, Chrissy & co. could sing Christmas carols at your door…and maybe invite you to the most Legendary party of the year.
From NBC: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter alongside the couple’s family and talented celebrity friends; Legend performs a selection of songs from his 2018 holiday album “A Legendary Christmas.”
I Feel Bad
“I Need My Mom” – Season 1, Episode 9 Thurs Nov 29 – 9:30PM On NBC
From NBC: When Maya is temporarily unable to care for the kids due to an injury, Emet and David reluctantly hire a babysitter, only to discover their lives may be better for it.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Fri Nov 30 On Netflix
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Admit it, you all love a good Royal Wedding…and now Netflix is bringing the fairytale to your screens so you can live out your dream of taking the crown. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Weddingfollows on from the coronation of the
ever-charming Richard (Ben Lamb). Now he and Amber (Rose McIver) are in full wedding planning mode in the lead-up to Christmas…what could go wrong?
Settle in and return to the magical land of Aldovia to celebrate the holidays with a royal flourish.
From Netflix: A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding – but their plans are jeopardized when Amber finds herself second-guessing whether or not she’s cut out to be queen, and Richard is faced with a political crisis that threatens to tarnish not only the holiday season, but the future of the kingdom.
Angela’s Christmas is an adorable animated Netflix adaptation of the beloved children’s book by Frank McCourt that will give you all the feels…about stealing baby Jesus. Uhh, yeah. Prepare to be tickled with delight at this fresh and heartfelt take on the festive season.
From Netflix: Based on the beloved children’s book by Frank McCourt (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes), Angela’s Christmas is a funny, heartwarming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.
From Netflix: From comedian Bill Burr and EmmyⓇ award-winner Michael Price, F is for Family transports viewers back to the 1970s, a time when political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary, let alone the norm. Featuring the voices of Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell and more.
“Donna Troy” – Season 1, Episode 8 Fri Nov 30 On DC Universe
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We’ve gone from Batman’s second sidekick in the “Jason Todd” episode to Wonder Woman’s first in “Donna Troy”. There’s something about sidekick episodes that brings out all the humanity, pathos, and fun in Titans. Being in the shadows really accentuates the darkness in a superhero and we’re totally here for it. We can’t tell you anything else about this episode except, we suspected Titans had finally found its rhythm and we were right. We can’t say the show is banging quite yet but we’re starting to enjoy the plot beats…except for the wigs…but these days the plot twists are so mind blowing the wigs hardly matter at all. We can’t wait to see where this goes and how much wilder it’s gonna get.
From DC: As the Titans disband to go their separate ways, Dick decides to turn to old friend and investigative journalist, Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl (guest star CONOR LESLIE), for answers. When he’s soon embroiled in her undercover investigation of a crime syndicate, he realizes that past events have taken more of a psychological toll than he previously imagined. Meanwhile, seeing Kory’s distress over her inability to recover her identity, Rachel attempts to use her powers to heal Kory’s memory… with unintended and frightening consequences.
Mingle All the Way
Sat Dec 1 – 8PM On Hallmark
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It takes two to mingle…right? Hallmark, aka the Christmas of Christmas movies, is premiering Mingle All the Way, a new holiday romance for the digital age. You don’t even need to get off your phones to watch this one and fall in love.
From Hallmark: “Mingle All the Way” is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly, founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff. When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they’ve already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.
“It Takes You Away” – Season 11, Episode 8 Sun Dec 2 – 8PM On BBC America
From BBC America: On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods? cottage – and beyond?
“Savages” – Season 4, Episode 5 Sun Dec 2 – 8PM On STARZ
From STARZ: Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients’ household. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge.
From Freeform: Grace Manning (Francia Raisa) is the 20-something CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also in the middle of her quarter-life crisis, realizing she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.