From Christmas crooners to holiday light fights, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Hidden Figures – Monday, November 26, 5:50 p.m., TMN1
Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer head up this fact-based spotlight on a few unsung heroes of early space travel; specifically, a trio of African-American mathematicians who fought their way through institutional racism to play a pivotal role in sending John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit.
2. The Great Christmas Light Fight – Monday, November 26, 8 p.m., ABC I Season Premiere
Lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and interior designer Taniya Nayak are throwing on their toques and tightening up those scarfs as the ultimate celebration of outdoor Christmas decorations returns for a sixth season. The judges are ready to critique a slew of excessively adorned houses as the holiday-happy inhabitants compete for a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize.
3. 9-1-1 – Monday, November 26, 9 p.m., Global & Fox
Only Ryan Murphy could take a cops-and-firefighters procedural and transform it into such a pageant of absurdity. As with most lines of work, life for first responders tends to get craziest around the holidays—which is right when this fall finale takes place!
4. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath – Tuesday, November 27, 6 p.m. & 10:03 p.m., A&E I Season Premiere
At this point, you have to wonder how much worse the story of Scientology, the (alleged) cult that’s roped in so many A-list movie stars, could get now that we’re three seasons into Leah Remini’s A&E exposé. But as it turns out, the microscope on the dark religion is just starting to take focus.
5. 86th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center – Wednesday, November 28, 8 p.m., NBC
When you plan an entire two-hour special around the lighting of a giant Christmas tree, you’d better make sure the tree in question is nothing short of spectacular. This year, the Rockefeller Center team has headed out into the snow-covered woods of Wallkill, New York, and chopped themselves down a 75-year-old Norway spruce. It stands 72-feet-tall with a 45-foot diameter, weighing in at a whopping 12 tonnes.
6. Vikings – Wednesday, November 28, 9 p.m., History
If, like Shakespeare has told us, the head that wears the crown lies uneasily, then consider Ivar the Boneless one tormented soul. As Vikings returns for the second half of its fifth season on Wednesday, Alex Høgh Andersen’s pathologically cruel Norseman has ascended to the throne of Kattegat and his tyrannical reign has ushered in a new Dark Age in Scandinavia (in a promo for the new episodes, Ivar can be seen painted in white-and-red, proclaiming himself a god). It’s a reign that is sure to be challenged by the sons of the late Viking ruler Ragnar. What’s more, one of the original cast of Vikings, Rollo (Clive Standen), now the Duke of Normandy, arrives in Kattegat apparently a changed man. But can Ivar trust him?
7. A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy – Wednesday, November 28, 10 p.m., NBC
NBCThe concept of celebrities hosting variety-style holiday specials is as old as television itself. This year, NBC is handing over the reins to the husband-and-wife duo of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who—surprise!—just happens to be releasing a new holiday album.
8. Will & Grace – Thursday, November 29, 9 p.m., Global & NBC
After talking it out with Will, Grace realizes she was wrong to get upset with Noah when he wouldn’t let her meet his daughter. Alas, when she drops by Noah’s place to apologize... well, guess who’s visiting? In other news, Will’s mother arrives, grief-stricken over the loss of her dog.
9. F is for Family – Friday, November 30, Netflix I Season Premiere
Some series leave you fretting until the last possible second about what to expect from their new seasons, but F is for Family is not one of them. Of course, fans are well aware of this, since the Twitter account for the show’s writers has made a concerted effort to keep those who follow @FIFFNetflix in the loop. This season picks up three months after season two, and it's been widely reported that Vince Vaughn—who's been executive producer on the series from the beginning—is now part of the voice cast, playing legendary Air Force fighter pilot Col. Chet Stevenson, who moves in next door to the Murphys.
10. Inside Jokes – Friday, November 30, Amazon Prime Video I Series Premiere
Director Neil Berkeley (Harmontown) believes that standup comedians have an addiction. They absolutely need to get up in front of an audience and share what’s on their minds. And after watching his new six-part docuseries, Inside Jokes, it’s tough to disagree with that assessment. The series follows seven up-and-coming comics in New York and Los Angeles as they pursue their dream of being selected for the “New Faces” showcase at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs Festival.