On TV this Friday: Animaniacs and Big Mouth are back, Narcos: Mexico comes to an end, and Tom Hanks, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nina Dobrev headline new streaming movies. Here are 13 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Tom Hanks Is Finch, Cumberbatch Is Louis Wain, Big Mouth and Dickinson Return and More
Season 2 premiere (all 13 episodes): Yakko, Wakko and Dot, along with Pinky and the Brain, return with more pop culture parodies and musical showstoppers.
Season 5 premiere (10 episodes): Pamela Adlon (Better Things) voices love bug Sonya, while Keke Palmer (Scream Queens) is hate worm Rochelle. (Watch trailer.)
Final season premiere (first three episodes): The Dickinsons mourn one of their own, as a civil war arises at home. (Watch trailer.)
The Electric Life of Louis Wain
Film premiere: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the eponymous British artist whose playful/psychedelic pictures helped transform the public’s perception of cats; Claire Foy (The Crown) co-stars. (November Streaming Guide!)
Film premiere: Tom Hanks stars in this dystopian sci-fi pic about a man, a robot and a dog who form an unlikely family. (Watch Hanks’ Peter Scolari tribute.)
Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show
Series premiere (all 10 episodes): Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) teaches preschoolers that a little act of kindness can change the world. (Watch trailer.)
Film premiere: An L.A. journalist (Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev) swipes right on a dreamy guy out East, only to discover that she’s been catfished by his childhood friend (Silicon Valley‘s Jimmy O. Yang). (Guide to 135+ Christmas Movies!)
Film premiere: High school friends Maya and Alex (The Royals‘ Merritt Patterson and Queen of the South‘s Jon Ecker) work to sell Alex’s uncle’s Mexican bakery, which is famous for its magical, wish-granting gingerbread cookies. Yes, really.
A case of cold feet culminates in a life-or-death situation for Higgins when she and Magnum are hired by an anxious groom (PLL‘s Ian Harding).
Nancy turns to Temperance for help getting answers from a murder suspect, while George has a confrontation with someone from her past.
The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek
Docuseries premiere: Narrated and exec-produced by Gates McFadden (Star Trek: TNG), the 10-part program offers insight into how the franchise began, where it’s been, and where it’s (boldly?) going.
Eli Roth's History of Horror
Season 3 finale: For the last installment on mad scientists, interviewees include Margaret Cho, Geena Davis, Joe Hill, Vanessa Hudgens, Meat Loaf, Greg Nicotero, Quentin Tarantino and Rob Zombie.
🤵 ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY 👰
On Nov. 5, 1999, Boy Meets World’s Cory and Topanga got married.