Binge Guide

7 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This November

House of Cards, Vikings, Narcos, and Outlander are among the month's top binge TV offerings.

by | November 1, 2018 | Comments

Fall TV is now in full swing, so why not add a few more shows to your queue before you hunker down for the winter? Prepare for the return of fan-favorites, the end of long hiatuses, and discover some hidden gems with Rotten Tomatoes’ list of November’s most binge-worthy series. Among our suggestions for your November TV marathons: catching up with House of Cards as its final season debuts, celebrating the end of the latest Droughtlander by revisiting Outlander, and more.


House of Cards 77% (Netflix)

What it is: This decorated ensemble-driven political drama showcases the endless ways in which Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), will manipulate, deceive, and even murder to gain power on Capitol Hill. While the series’ fate hung in the balance at Netflix after Spacey’s sexual misconduct scandal, Wright stepped up to the plate and helped bring the sixth and final season to fruition.

Why you should watch it: The behind-the-curtain wheeling and dealing that makes our nation’s capitol go ’round has never before been as tantalizingly imagined as it is in this hit political drama. The series, which counts David Fincher as an executive producer, has racked up some serious accolades over its five-year run and helped establish Netflix as a major player in original programming. Find out why when season 6 premieres on November 2.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 55 hours (for the first five seasons)


Outlander 91% (Starz)

What it is: Based on the hit fantasy novel series from author Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of World War II nurse Claire (Caitriona Balfe), who is inexplicably transported back in time to 18th-century Scotland and quickly swept up in the drama and romance of Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) — despite being a married woman in her own time to Frank (Tobias Menzies).

Why you should watch it: There’s little to dislike about this lavish Starz series. Fine performances and, ahem, titillating character arcs have consumed audiences in a “who will she choose” debate unseen since Twi-hards of yore. This time, though, the series in question has the scripts, direction, and overall production value that’s worthy of the fawning, too. Season 4 premieres November 4.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first three seasons)


Room 104 88% (HBO)

What it is: Room 104 is Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass’ addition to the current anthology series craze. The series sets each 30-minute installment of its 12-episode first season in the titular hotel room. The varied assortment of characters who spend a night or two within that average hotel room’s walls experience things that are far from typical, however.

Why you should watch it: Part of the joy of watching Room 104 is bracing yourself for the unexpected. Luckily, the series’ narrative means you never quite know what you’re going to get. Genre, tone, time, cast — basically everything but place — changes with each installment. While that allows the viewer to watch the episodes out of sequential order (and even means you don’t necessarily have to binge season 1 before catching season 2), we still recommend you do if only to appreciate the bigger picture the Duplass brothers are creating. Season 2 premieres November 9 with even more star power than season 1. Guests include Mahershala Ali, Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry, Judy Greer, and Rainn Wilson.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for each season)


Patriot 91% (Amazon)

What it is: Spy John Tavner (Michael Dorman) is tasked with helping to prevent Iran from going nuclear by going uncover on assignment at an industrial piping firm.

Why you should watch it: Patriot, from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty filmmaker Steve Conrad, is pretty hard to pin down — and that’s precisely why it works. A melding of genres both well-trod (espionage thriller) and singular (cerebral comedy?), it ropes you in with the familiar, but hooks you with the unexpected. Plus, Dornan is just excellent. Season 2 premieres in full on Amazon Prime Nov. 9.

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for season 1)


Narcos 89% (Netflix)

What it is: This critically acclaimed Spanish- and English-language Netflix original takes a closer look at formidable and feared Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) and his criminal contemporaries — until its fourth season with Narcos: Mexico, that is.  The series dives into the roots of the modern drug war and the rise of cocaine trade from the 1970s through the 1980s.

Why you should watch it: Narcos is riveting and entertaining television, boasting fine performances and equally engaging scripts — not to mention its precision in documenting the history of the drug trade that still plagues the world today. Narcos: Mexico drops in full November 16 and changes location and jumps back to the 1980s to tell the drug trade story from another angle.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 25 hours (for seasons 1 through 3)


No Activity (CBS All Access)

What it is: Created by Trent O’Donnell and Patrick Brammall, who also stars, this CBS All Access comedy is a practice in minimalism that works, in that it simply depicts low-level pairs of colleagues involved a major drug cartel operation and bust: two cops, two criminals, two dispatch workers, and two Mexican tunnelers.

Why you should watch it: Sometimes the best comedy comes from simple conversation. That’s what’s explored here in the monotonous day-to-day musings of a the series’ ensemble of duos. Relying on air-tight writing and exemplary performances from the likes of Tim Meadows, Amy Sedaris, Jesse Plemons, Arturo Castro, Jason Mantzoukas, and Will Ferrell (who also executive produces with Adam McKay), it’s the kind of smart, rat-a-tat humor that keeps you coming back for more. Season 2 premieres November 22.

Where to watch: Amazon, CBS All AccessFandangoNOW

Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for season 1)


Vikings 93% (History)

What it is: In the mood for a meaty, generations-spanning period drama that has violence, politics, sex, and true-to-history recreations to spare? Look no further than Vikings, Michael Hirst’s brilliant follow-up to The Tudors. The heart of the series is legendary rags-to-riches viking Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), his rise to power, and how he passes that power to his children and their children.

Why you should watch it: Vikings is complex, calculated storytelling at its best. Gorgeous, lush sets and production design, committed and gritty performances all around — it is a wonder that the program doesn’t garner awards acclaim on par with Game of Thrones (though it certainly draws comparisons). Still, there’s a mild pleasure to being in on a well-kept secret. Join the club before season 5 returns for its second half November 28.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNow, Google PlayHuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 51 hours (for the first five and a half seasons)

Tag Cloud

politics AMC Pirates Baby Yoda Endgame unscripted french a nightmare on elm street Anna Paquin black TCM discovery stoner satire The Academy CNN Horror stop motion BET Disney Plus psycho Superheroe See It Skip It Disney+ Disney Plus directors blaxploitation binge dogs Turner superhero toronto nature Britbox SDCC crime Hallmark Christmas movies criterion Marvel Studios football theme song Comedy Spring TV 2016 comiccon GLAAD indiana jones Sony Pictures breaking bad TV Film Festival Mystery werewolf RT21 Columbia Pictures El Rey based on movie dc political drama Arrowverse MSNBC PBS 2020 DGA Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 21st Century Fox FX Action canceled IFC Films best historical drama series Academy Awards LGBTQ Opinion cooking Rocky 45 Comics on TV MCU remakes strong female leads Avengers Mary Poppins Returns justice league Sci-Fi romantic comedy critics Sundance TV documentaries Summer comics rotten movies we love technology Superheroes jamie lee curtis Winners nfl thriller italian 2015 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina E3 E! mission: impossible Television Academy Adult Swim Writers Guild of America Spectrum Originals scorecard Television Critics Association documentary Fantasy X-Men news Elton John joker Quiz Stephen King Funimation mutant Music television President scary movies TruTV BBC Awards Tour Western BBC America The Witch Mindy Kaling Holiday Turner Classic Movies Star Wars Chernobyl Tomatazos Extras talk show YA green book zero dark thirty Disney Channel Amazon Prime Video DirecTV cancelled television spinoff HBO Max doctor who versus Premiere Dates composers Lifetime History American Society of Cinematographers rotten science fiction halloween tv ITV Lionsgate ratings SXSW vampires Animation golden globes Nat Geo Starz archives CBS films emmy awards venice Classic Film Acorn TV TNT social media Polls and Games Awards Watching Series Crunchyroll period drama cats TCA Awards 2019 Box Office concert aliens child's play Election screen actors guild streaming Tubi Vudu Musical Esquire anime Tumblr screenings Black Mirror 007 Video Games adaptation A&E OneApp Masterpiece twilight Lucasfilm Film 20th Century Fox Fox Searchlight Shudder movies IFC First Reviews Walt Disney Pictures romance toy story hollywood A24 Lifetime Christmas movies The Purge Schedule Christmas Marathons Cannes Showtime Black History Month nbcuniversal zombies Set visit foreign Biopics FOX TV renewals Peacock animated reviews sequel cancelled Countdown Apple TV Plus Tarantino Ellie Kemper Amazon Studios reboot boxoffice comedies Pop USA classics dramedy crossover sports robots ID festival spider-man Red Carpet TCA Winter 2020 APB die hard Nickelodeon The Walking Dead Calendar WGN Country Ghostbusters psychological thriller GoT game show transformers kids Mary poppins TIFF 71st Emmy Awards zombie Mary Tyler Moore BET Awards cancelled TV shows Heroines Paramount Network Podcast crime drama DC Universe VOD Sundance parents TBS Pet Sematary Emmy Nominations spanish Universal canceled TV shows CMT biography video on demand serial killer Paramount Captain marvel richard e. Grant elevated horror Cartoon Network New York Comic Con VICE Warner Bros. BBC One ESPN singing competition Amazon Prime The CW Hear Us Out Photos Binge Guide Marvel Television Musicals First Look batman obituary Brie Larson Reality dragons Syfy DC streaming service Crackle cops Spike christmas movies Fall TV war Comedy Central Drama Discovery Channel natural history Pop TV Logo all-time 4/20 Fox News mockumentary Character Guide teaser Winter TV sequels NYCC what to watch Family SundanceTV CBS All Access supernatural tv talk Apple TCA Interview Grammys facebook name the review Disney streaming service dceu Oscars revenge Trophy Talk MTV halloween children's TV fast and furious Reality Competition VH1 2017 24 frames casting YouTube Red Sneak Peek Trivia BAFTA Year in Review festivals Certified Fresh YouTube sitcom OWN worst movies laika GIFs docudrama Rom-Com miniseries Infographic Star Trek Dark Horse Comics stand-up comedy sag awards spanish language adventure Amazon Cosplay space FXX Thanksgiving TV Land movie Rocketman australia National Geographic indie Women's History Month Apple TV+ hist Travel Channel Holidays Toys franchise TCA 2017 Shondaland Hallmark Rock DC Comics witnail diversity Creative Arts Emmys Epix true crime chucky spain medical drama Song of Ice and Fire Bravo Freeform finale slashers anthology japanese NBC Pixar Valentine's Day RT History free movies disaster harry potter TLC book Food Network Trailer ABC travel Comic Book cancelled TV series San Diego Comic-Con game of thrones FX on Hulu Disney Emmys dark renewed TV shows worst Kids & Family Marvel Mudbound Sundance Now Best and Worst independent spy thriller video HBO Go award winner PlayStation comic asian-american LGBT CW Seed comic books WarnerMedia cults south america YouTube Premium USA Network 72 Emmy Awards Martial Arts Ovation blockbuster ABC Family quibi police drama hispanic The Arrangement universal monsters cars Netflix Christmas movies 2018 Nominations Super Bowl Hulu latino cinemax crime thriller PaleyFest Netflix Teen HBO Pride Month ghosts cartoon