“Ethos” (Netflix streaming anytime) Who’s in the mood for some serious Turkish drama? A group of individuals in Istanbul “transcend sociocultural boundaries and find connection as their fears and wishes intertwine.” Öykü Karayel (from “Muhteşem İkili” and “Kalp Atışı”) stars.
“Valley of Tears” (HBO Max streaming anytime) With Hollywood shut down, entertainment continues to trend globally. Here, HBO snaps up Israel’s most expensive TV series ever. Inspired by true events, the 10-part series depicts the 1973 Yom Kippur War as seen through the eyes of several young combatants.
“Alex Rider” (IMDbTV streaming anytime) James Bond meets Harry Potter as the best-selling series of tween spy novels comes to IMDbTV.
“Becoming You” (Apple TV+ streaming anytime) Oscar winner/Emmy nominee Olivia Colman (“Peep Show,” The Favourite, “The Crown”) narrates a documentary series exploring how our first 2,000 days on Earth as babies shape our whole lives.
“The Minions of Midas” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Set in contemporary Madrid, Spain, this six-part series about a millionaire blackmailed by a mysterious criminal organization is actually based on a 1901 short story by Jack London.
“The Astronauts” (Nickelodeon 5pm) A bunch of pre-teens (because Nickelodeon) find themselves blasted into space on a rocket and must work together to get home. ‘Member Space Camp. Nickelodeon sure does.
“History’s Greatest Mysteries” (History 7pm) Hot damn! Step aside Leonard Nimoy, Mitch Pileggi and Zachary Quinto (“In Search of…”). Also Robert Stack, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Farina (“Unsolved Mysteries”). If anyone can figure out the truth behind real-life mysteries like the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, the sinking of the Titanic and the UFO crash in Roswell, it’s host Laurence Fishburne.
“The Crown” (Netflix streaming anytime) Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) joins the cast for Season 4—set between 1977 and 1990—as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
“E! People’s Choice Awards” (E!/USA/Syfy 7pm) Demi Lovato hosts the annual ceremony honoring bland things ordinary people like (Justin Bieber, Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Ellen Degeneres, Trolls World Tour, Will Smith).
“While the Rest of Us Die” (VICE 8pm) VICE’s newest feel-good series (based on the nonfiction book by national security expert Garrett M. Graff) explores the various ways in which political and economic elites will survive nuclear war and other doomsday scenarios while schlubs like you and me will die a fiery death.
“The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Sadly, not an adaptation of the notorious 1978 TV special long buried by George Lucas. Still, expect plenty of winking in-jokes for fans in this animated Christmas special.
“We Are the Champions” (Netflix streaming anytime) Unique competitions around the world, from the quirky to the bizarre (cheese rolling, dog dancing, extreme hair styling), are profiled in this documentary series. Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) hosts.
“Big Sky” (KOAT-7 9:01pm) A pair of private detectives teams up with an ex-cop to hunt for two sisters, kidnapped by a mysterious truck driver in small-town Montana. Katherine Winnick (“Vikings”), Kylie Bunbury (“Under the Dome”) and Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) star.
“Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas” (Netflix streaming anytime) Benjamin Bradley brings holiday cheer to families and communities with much-deserved Christmas-themed home makeovers. No offense, Mr. Bradley, but who the hell died and made you “Mr. Christmas”?“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” (Disney+ streaming anytime) Disney’s Sensational Six (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto) return for as series of new shorts from producer-director Paul Rudish (who gave us the stylishly updated 2013 to 2019 Disney Channel series “Mickey Mouse”). [ ]