It's the most wonderful time of year — in more ways than one. TV is bursting with new shows to watch this week on Netflix, Prime Video and the other streaming services, as well as broadcast and cable.
This week's new TV shows include the series finales of The Crown and Archer, both long-running fan favorites. Reacher season 2 brings back the hulking ex-military vigilante to Prime Video, plus a new docuseries tracks the World Cup journey of the U.S. Women's National Team.
Here's our guide on the new TV shows to watch this week. For more recommendations, check out our roundup of what's new on Netflix.
Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team (Netflix)
Netflix has been steadily building up its sports documentaries section. The latest entry is this series following the U.S. Women’s National Team through their preparations for the 2023 FIFA World Cup. As the most decorated team in soccer history, the U.S. women must grapple with intense pressure, criticism and doubt and conflicts about equal pay. Their journey is filled with joy and euphoria, as well as hardships like injuries.
The doc features veteran champs Alex MOrgan and Lindsey Horan, 18-year-old rising star Alyssa Thompson, and World Cup first-timers Savannah DeMelo, Lynn Williams and Kristie Mewis.
Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix
Car Masters: Rust to Riches season 5
The Gotham Garage crew is back to work transforming beaters from the scrap yard into road-ready vehicles. Mark Towle, Tony Quinones, Constance Nunes, Shawn Pilot, and Michael "Caveman" Pyle welcome some new faces to the shop as they take their business to the next level. They'll deploy their creativity and skills to carry out their over-the-top visions.
Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix
The Crown season 6 part 2 (Netflix)
Long live the Queen … in our memories. As we all know, Queen Elizabeth II died last year after reigning for seven decades. And with her passing comes the final chapter of Peter Morgan’s fictionalized version of her story.
Part 1 of season 6 dealt with Diana’s tragic death; in part 2, Prince William (Ed McVey) and Prince Harry (Luther Ford) will grapple with their loss. We’ll also witness romance blossom between Will and Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy) when they meet at St. Andrews University.
While Morgan hasn’t stated how he’ll close out the series, our guess is that it’ll run up to year 2002, which saw the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret and the celebration of Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee.
Premieres Thursday, Dec. 14 at 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy
Reunited and it feels so ... complicated. Over a decade after first appearing on The Real Housewives of New York City, the cast gets back together for Girls Trip. Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and Kristen Taekman jet off to St. Barth's to return to the infamous house on Saline Beach, aka the Pirate House, which was featured in RHONY season 5. Theyr'e in for an adventure they — and the viewers — won't forget.
Premieres Thursday, Dec. 14 at 3:01 a.m. ET on Peacock
Reacher season 2 (Prime Video)
Jack Reacher, the hulking former military policeman, is hitting the road again to apply his very particular set of skills to a new crime in a new location involving new people. Lee Childs' books are essentially an anthology, and the series creator Nick Santora has indicated he will keep to that structure.
Season 2 will adapt Bad Luck and Trouble, the 11th book, which plunges Reacher into a conspiracy that is killing old friends. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) joins the cast as Langston, an ex-NYPD officer now working for a defense contractor.
Premieres Friday, Dec. 15 at 12:01 a.m. ET on Prime Video
Such Brave Girls (Hulu)
This BBC co-production comes from the wickedly funny mind of British comedian Kat Sadler. She also stars in the series, alongside her real-life sister Lizzie Davidson and veteran actress Louise Brealey. Josie, Billie and their single mum Deb are navigating life with nothing but poor judgment and self-esteem issues tied to people who couldn’t care less about them. They’re also vain, narcissistic, selfish and heavily in debt. Even so, they’re still trying to claw their way toward a better life and the all-consuming love they crave.
Premieres Friday, Dec. 15 at 12:01 a.m. on Hulu
Archer: Into the Cold (FX)
The world’s greatest spy has one final mission to carry out. The long-running raunchy animated comedy is concluding after 14 seasons with a series finale event that will send off Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), Lana (Aisha Tyler), Cyril (Chris Parnell) and the rest of the characters into the sunset.
Plot details are thin on the ground, but season 14 ended with The Agency learning that the U.N. had declared all private spy organizations illegal and ordered them to shut down within 30 days. We have a feeling that something or somebody nefarious will imperil the world within that time period and Archer and Co. will have to save the day yet again. And they’ll curse up a storm doing it.
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Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.