Five shows to binge in November 2020

Looking to camp out on the couch and take down a show that will keep you up way too late and help you procrastinate from doing more important tasks? Here are five shows to stream.

MOONBASE 8

Premise: NASA’s C-team of would-be astronauts struggles through a training mission in Winslow, Ariz.
Stars: John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker.
Service: Showtime.
Why it’s impossible to stop watching: Reilly, Armisen and Heidecker make up a dynamic trio of dry, understated comedy. The show is filled with awkward laughs and unrepentant goofiness. The series debuts Nov. 8.

EMILY IN PARIS

Premise: A Chicago marketing exec is transferred to Paris, where she tries to bring an American perspective to a set-in-its ways French firm and struggling to keep her social life alive.
Stars: Lily Collins, Lucas Bravo, Ashley Park, Camille Razat.
Service: Netflix.
Why it’s impossible to stop watching: Collins tackles the role of a lifetime with poise and charm, helping smooth over some of the irritating aspects of her Instagram-obsessed, privileged character. Snappy writing takes the story in unexpected directions, and a strong supporting cast of characters keeps things lively. The show makes you fall in love with the romance and culture of Paris.

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YELLOWSTONE

Premise: A Montana rancher and powerbroker deals with political and cultural attacks on his familiar way of life in this modern-age Western.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes.
Service: Peacock.
Why it’s impossible to stop watching: Costner anchors an excellent cast in this rough-hewn drama. With gorgeous Montana landscapes ever looming in the background, the characters connive against one another in ruthless, “Breaking Bad”-style escalations.

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CROSSING SWORDS

Premise: A zany animated comedy stars Playmobil-style medieval toys that reach for wildly inappropriate laughs.
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tara Strong.
Service: Hulu.
Why it’s impossible to stop watching: Following in the tiny, plastic footsteps of “Robot Chicken,” the series revels in the absurd, keeping the jokes flowing in a constant patter. There may not be much to the story, but you’ll be giggling too much to notice.

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TEHRAN

Premise: An Israeli agent is sent to infiltrate the deepest recesses of the Iranian government in order to disrupt its nuclear program.
Stars: Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, Liraz Charhi, Navid Negahban.
Service: Apple TV+.
Why it’s impossible to stop watching: Nailing an authentic feel with its dialogue, setting and casting choices, the thriller radiates intensity. With echoes of “Homeland,” the slow-burn drama ratchets up the tension throughout its run. The eight-episode season debuted in September and was scheduled to wrap up Oct. 30.

This story was originally published by Phil Villarreal at KGUN.

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