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8 TV shows you're going to want to watch in November

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 Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh in a scene from the AMC series "The Little Drummer Girl." Credit: AP / Jonathan Olley

November should keep you happily glued to whatever screen you're normally glued to. There is much to see and savor, beginning with:

WATERGATE (History, Nov. 2-4, 9 p.m.)  Three nights, six hours, and perhaps more than you'll ever want to know about the Watergate break-in and aftermath. But besides being exhaustive, it's also fascinating and addictive and quirky. Quirk No. 1: Distinguished British actor Douglas Hodge's performance as the slowly sinking 37th president. "Watergate" comes from Oscar winner Charles Ferguson, whose 2010 film, "Inside Job," was a massive flame-throw at the financial services industry's role in the Great Recession.  

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix, Nov. 2)   Finally, the series that put Netflix on the map, and essentially launched the streaming (and bingeing) revolution comes to an end, and without the star who got the party started (Kevin Spacey, fired after accusations of sexual misconduct). In this eight-episode closer, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is now president, but there are some shadow power players in Washington, notably scions of a family dynasty that shapes American politics according to their whim and will: Annette  Shepherd (Diane Lane) and Bill Shepherd (Greg Kinnear).

OUTLANDER (Starz, Nov. 4, 8 p.m.)   The anticipated (Oh wait, aren't they all "anticipated?") fourth season is here, with Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)  back in each other's arms and in 18th century North Carolina this time. You'll get to know a lot more about Claire's daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) -- left back in 1960s Boston -- and about Jamie's tough-minded Aunt Jocasta ("Orphan Black's" Maria Doyle Kennedy). A side note: While parts of Season 4 are set in Colonial North Carolina, all the American scenes were filmed in Scotland.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN (CNN, Nov. 11, 9 p.m.)   Bourdain's remarkable series come to an end right at our doorstep, on the Lower East Side, where he visits some legendary habitués (Richard Hell, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch , Fab 5 Freddy,  Danny Fields, Amos Poe, Jim Jarmusch, among them)  and, of course. some eateries, too. These last few episodes have aired without Bourdain's signature narration. He took his own life in June.

SALLY4EVER (HBO, Nov. 11, 10:30 p.m.)  This scabrous, ribald comedy comes from British star, comedian-writer Julia Davis ("Nighty Night") and is about dear, kind Sally (Catherine Shepherd) who falls for wild child actress-singer-author-poet Emma (Davis).

THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix, Nov. 16)  Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory," et al.) comes to Netflix with this ten-part comedy about  Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), a former actor turned acting coach, and his agent friend, Norman (Alan Arkin.)  One fine day, Lisa (Nancy Travis) -- a recent divorcee -- decides acting lessons might just be the perfect diversion.

THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (AMC, Nov. 19, 9 p.m.)  This six-parter is based on the 1983 John le Carré novel and from the folks who brought you that memorable adaptation of le Carré's "The Night Manager." It's about Israeli spy Kurtz (Michael Shannon) and a young British actress, Charlie (Florence Pugh) who while on vacation in Greece meets the mysterious Becker (Alexander Skarsgård.)  Charlie ultimately becomes a double agent, for both the Israelis and Palestinians. This one's directed by South Korean star director Park Chan-wook, a Cannes Grand Prix winner for the 2003 thriller, "Oldboy."

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (Showtime, Nov. 18, 10 p.m.) This eight-partner is about the June 6, 2015, escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and the subsequent manhunt. What's notable is the cast: Benicio Del  Toro (Matt), Patricia Arquette (Tilly Mitchell, a prison worker who helped them escape), and Paul Dano (Sweat). Oh, and the director: Ben Stiller.

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