November 11, 2019 2:48 pm

Best streaming shows this month (December 2019)

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His Dark Materials BBC

Want to know the best streaming shows this month? You’ve come to the right place!

These are the 10 we’re watching now, or top picks for what we’re waiting for. From the surprisingly good See to the hotly anticipated The Mandalorian, there’s plenty to be excited for.

We give you key information, the Rotten Tomatoes verdict, and release dates if they’re not out yet. If you prefer movies, check out this month’s best now.


If you’re still here, let’s begin!

His Dark Materials (HBO Now & Go)

The plot: Set in a parallel universe where magic, science, and theology intermingle. We follow the story of Lyra, an orphan with a mysterious past and a future tied to a prophecy. Her journey begins with the search for a missing friend and the reveal of a phenomenon called Dust.

What you need to know:

  • Developed by BBC Studios, New Line Cinema, and Bad Wolf.
  • It has the biggest BBC budget ever and Season 2 is already commissioned.
  • It’s based on Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights book series.
  • The show’s written by Olivier Award- and Tony Award-winning playwright Jack Thorne.
  • Episodes are released weekly.

The verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes critics have rated the show at 80 percent, while the audience rated it 83 percent. His Dark Materials is one of the best new streaming shows so far this year!

See (Apple TV+)


The plot: Everyone is blind, and the ability to see is considered witchcraft. Warrior and tribe chieftain Baba Voss’ wife gives birth to a set of twins. Voss is not the biological father — an outlaw with the ability to see is. Treachery unfolds as rumors spread, and a tyrannical queen chases the tribe down for the twins.

What you need to know:

  • You can watch two episodes for free now.
  • Created by Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders‘ fame.
  • The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence directed the first three episodes of See.
  • It stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Alfre Woodard (Empire and Luke Cage)
  • Episodes are released weekly.

The verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes critics have rated the series 41 percent so far, while the audience has rated it 87 percent. See is a massive surprise from Apple. Don’t let the trailers put you off — it’s one of the best streaming shows this month.

The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

The plot: Set in the cutthroat world of breakfast television. Jennifer Aniston’s co-host Steve Carrell gets fired amidst a sexual misconduct scandal. Aniston then ends up fighting to keep her job as the breakfast show looks to have a career rebound of her own.


What you need to know:

  • You can watch two episodes for free now!
  • Hollywood A-listers Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston star.
  • Created by Jay Carson; Kerry Ehrin is a main writer and Mimi Leder directs the first two episodes. Credits include House of Cards, Bates Motel and Vanished.
  • Episodes are released weekly.

The verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes, critics have rated the series 63 percent so far, with audiences rating it 94 percent.

For All Mankind (Apple TV+)

The plot: In an alternative history during the race to the Moon, Russia gets their first. Unlike our own history, the space race doesn’t end, and the United States becomes desperate to be the first to put a woman on the moon.

What you need to know:

  • You can watch two episodes for free now on Apple TV+.
  • The show creators include Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Ben Nedivi (Fargo), and Matt Wolpert (The Umbrella Academy).
  • According to Moore, the idea of the show came about during lunch with former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman.
  • Episodes are released weekly.

The verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes critics have rated the series 71 percent so far, with audiences rating it 85 percent.

The End Of The F****** World (Netflix)

The plot: Teenager James thinks he is a psychopath, and Alyssa is the new girl at school. They come together as Alyssa persuades James to take a road trip in search of her real father. The second season sees this story continue with a new traveler, Bonnie.

What you need to know:

  • Based on the award-winning comic books by Charles Forsman.
  • The show was created by Jonathan Entwistle, who normally shoots ads for Netflix, Nike, and PayPal.
  • All episodes of Season 2 are available now.
  • Season one released January 2018.

The verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes critics rate the series 93 percent, with audiences rating it at 90 percent.

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

The plot: The show is set five years after Return of the Jedi, and 25 years before The Force Awakens. The Mandalorian follows a bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the New Republic.

What you need to know:

  • The Mandalorian is the first-ever live-action Star Wars TV series.
  • It’s exclusive to Disney+, which means its trailers mature tone will actually be fine for families.
  • The show was written by Jon Favreau (Chef, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King), and George Lucas was creatively involved.
  • Disney has spent $100 million on Season 1.
  • Pedro Pascal stars; credits include Narcos and Game of Thrones.

The verdict: The Mandalorian is a must watch show for any Star Wars fan. From the story, through its characters and production value, it’s absolute top-tier and makes the Disney+ subscription worthwhile.

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime)

The plot: Set in a parallel universe where Germany and Japan won World War II. Season 1 begins in 1962, with the United States split into two nations. The east is controlled by Germany, while the west is controlled by Japan. The story focuses on the discovery of newsreels that show an alternate timeline where both nations lost.

What you need to know:

  • Based on the 1962 book by Philip K. Dick, whose source material has served adaptations such as Blade Runner, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau.
  • The opening episode in 2015 was Amazon’s most-watched original series pilot.
  • The show was developed by Frank Spotnitz, whose credits include The X-Files, Crossing Lines, and Ransom.
  • Executive producers include Ridley Scott.

Verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes, critics have rated the series 81 percent, with audiences rating it 89 percent.

The Crown (Netflix)

The plot: The Crown tells the story of the second half of the 20th century from the perspective of England’s two most famous addresses: Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street.

What you need to know:

  • Claire Foy has won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for her performances in the show.
  • The show has been nominated for many awards including the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, and Emmy Awards since 2016.
  • The show has been highlighted for historical inaccuracy by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Lead actress Claire Foy was replaced by Oscar winner Olivia Colman in season 3.

Verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes, critics have rated the show 89 percent and audiences 90 percent.

The Dragon Prince (Netflix)

The plot: Elves attempt to assassinate the human King Harrow and his heir, Prince Ezran. Ezran, his brother Callum and an elf named Rayla embark on a journey to return the stolen dragon egg so that the conflict can end.

What you need to know:

Verdict: On Rotten Tomatoes, critics rated the show 100 percent and the audience rated it 93 percent.

Servant (Apple TV+)

The plot: A Philadelphia couple suffers a tragedy, and as the couple is in mourning, they let in a young nanny. It soon becomes clear things aren’t quite as they seem.

What you need to know:

  • There are 10 episodes in the first season, each running for 30 minutes.
  • Cast includes Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones), and Toby Kebbell (Warcraft).
  • M. Night Shyamalan directs two episodes of the show. Credits include Glass, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense.
  • Show creator Tony Basgallop’s credits include Hotel Babylon.

Verdict: This is Apple TV+ best show so far. It’s dark, twisted and absolutely compelling. Check out our review for Servant now.

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