‘The paper house’, ‘The Witcher’ and other outstanding series of December 2021 | TV

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For the last month of the year, the chains and platforms have kept some cartridges in the chamber with the intention of conquering the leisure time that the spectators will have at the Christmas parties. Netflix and Disney + are in charge of putting the entertainment that accompanies the popcorn with the closing of the assault on the Bank of Spain of The Professor and his henchmen, the new adventures of the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, the galactic adventures of the bounty hunter Boba Fett and the chapters that will show the fate of the alliance of the karate schools of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

In addition to the selection below, the December television fiction offer will include more Spanish proposals. Amazon Prime Video premieres the third season of The village, with the adventures and misadventures of a group of urbanites in rural Peñafría and the cultural shock with its inhabitants. Comedy will debut on HBO Max No novelty, written by Rodrigo Sopeña and Álex Mendibil, with Arturo Valls and Carlos Areces leading the cast, and which follows two policemen on a night watch, two inspectors at the police station switchboard and a couple of criminals about to go into action . Those who prefer space adventures, have double help with the new seasons of Lost in Space and The Expanse. And it also comes back Emily in Paris for those who prefer a carefree comedy with a good amount of romantic and French clichés.

Of the premieres and comebacks of this month (which you can check in our calendar), we recommend giving this selection a try.

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The Money Heist

Rodrigo de la Serna, Itziar Ituño, Jaime Lorente and Belén Cuesta, in an image from the fifth season of ‘La casa de papel’.

Last hours with the robbers in the red jumpsuit and Dalí’s mask. The coup against the Bank of Spain comes to an end with the last batch of chapters in the series that became a worldwide phenomenon with that first assault on the Mint and Stamp Factory. Four years after what seemed to be its end, the series will close the second robbery turned into one of Netflix’s greatest global phenomena and as one of the main responsible for having placed Spain on the map of television production in the era of platforms . With a handful of serious casualties, the thieves are torn between doubts about the loyalty of some of them and the need to end a coup that has been drawn out and complicated more than expected. But the thing does not end here: at the moment there is already confirmed a derivative series that will premiere in 2023 and will tell the past as a Berlin thief (Pedro Alonso).

Where and when to see it? On Friday the 3rd, on Netflix.

Beforeigners (Visitors)

An image from the second season of ‘Beforeigners’.

A mixture of fantasy and detective story, the first season of this Norwegian production attracted and received multiple praises for its originality and its ability to reflect the refugee problem from a different point of view. The story began with the appearance of people from three eras of the past: the stone age, the Viking era and the end of the 19th century. The newcomers will have to live with the inhabitants of the present, and vice versa, in an extreme exercise of coexistence. The new chapters bring together detective Lars and the Viking Alfhildr in an investigation that links several countries and different centuries and that asks if Jack the Ripper could have traveled to the present.

Where and when to see it? The second season begins on Sunday the 5th on HBO Max.

And Just Like That

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker y Kristin Davis, en ‘And Just Like That’.

Expectations are high for the highly anticipated sequel to Sex in New York one of the series that promoted and put HBO on everyone’s lips in the late nineties and that made Sarah Jessica Parker a television star. The then thirty-year-old friends are now women who have already turned fifty and see life and friendship differently. Sarah Jessica Parker regains the role of Carrie Bradshaw, while Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis do the same with Miranda and Charlotte. As noted in the US media, each of them has pocketed just over a million dollars per chapter. Who will not be in this return will be Kim Cattrall, Samantha in fiction, due to the irreconcilable differences that separate her from Sarah Jessica Parker and that will make this reunion not complete.

Where and when to see it? It premieres Thursday 9 on HBO Max.

Hacks

Jean Smart, en 'Hacks'.
Jean Smart, en ‘Hacks’.

This dramatic comedy starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder was a surprise at the past Emmys by winning three awards (best leading actress, direction and script in a comedy). Its triumph at the awards was preceded by the applause of the critics, who received it as one of the best premieres of the year and especially praised the performance of Jean Smart. It tells the story of the relationship that is created between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and a 25-year-old girl who has been disgraced by a controversial tweet. The two will be forced to understand each other as they work together.

Where and when to see it? The first chapter will be available on HBO Max on December 15.

The Witcher

Freya Allan and Henry Cavill, in the second season of 'The Witcher'.
Freya Allan and Henry Cavill, in the second season of ‘The Witcher’.Jay Maidment

Based on a successful fantasy book saga (with an even more successful adaptation in video game form), the series follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, Princess Cirilla, and the witch Yennefer. The story, which in its first season ran in different timelines and plot lines, will resume after the battle of Sodden. Geralt thinks that Yennefer is dead and takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen, where she spent her childhood. There he will try to protect the girl from external forces and also from his own dangerous power. Although not much more details about the plot have been provided, it can be assumed that the next chapters will see the training of the young Ciri and, of course, new battles and dangers for the protagonists. An entertainment that, amid the grunts of Henry Cavill, managed to hook in its first season and that works better the less seriously it takes itself.

Where and when to see it? The eight chapters of its second installment will be available on Friday the 17th on Netflix.

The Great

Elle Fanning, in the second season of ‘The Great’.

Catherine the Great’s rise to the Russian court serves as the basis (with much historical freedom) for this satirical comedy created by screenwriter Tony McNamara (The favourite) with a somewhat surreal and cheeky humor and two protagonists, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, bright and hilarious. The second season, which is receiving high praise from the American critics, picks up the story after Catalina has managed to dethrone her husband. But freeing a country is not easy when that country does not want to be free, and the queen will find rivals at court and even in her own mother, played by Gillian Anderson as a guest actress.

Where and when to see it? On Starzplay from Sunday 19.

Boba Fett’s book

Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, in an image from ‘The Book of Boba Fett’.

This year there is no new season of The Mandalorian, but this spin-off story that continues to explore the Star Wars television universe does come on time and that Disney trusts to end the year in style. Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen are the main actors in this story that follows the adventures of the bounty hunter Boba Fett and the mercenary Fennec Shand as they navigate the underworld of the Galaxy. Together they will return to Tatooine. Judging by the trailer, you can expect the usual spectacular scenarios typical of this franchise, adventures in the style The Mandalorian and, of course, references to the rest of the Star Wars universe.

Where and when to see it? Starting Wednesday 29, on Disney +.

Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio y William Zabka, en ‘Cobra Kai’.

Just the last day of the year has been chosen by Netflix to hang the new season of the comedy that tells what happened to the characters of Karate Kid. After its first two seasons (produced by YouTube) became a success on Netflix, the platform decided to take advantage of that universe with new installments that, despite having a larger budget, maintain the tone that worked so well in its season one, with a clever and effective blend of nostalgia, light humor, martial arts, and adolescent dramedia. The fifty-fifty Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, once irreconcilable enemies, have had to join forces to defeat John Kreese. After a third season that was about to derail by taking itself too seriously, the new chapters will follow the fate of an alliance that will surely have tug of war, because the series has already been renewed for a fifth season.

Where and when to see it? The fourth installment will be complete on Netflix on Friday, December 31.

Other featured series of December

Third season. Day 1 on Netflix.

Third season. Day 2 on Amazon Prime Video.

Premiere. Day 2 on SundanceTV.

Premiere. Day 3 on Amazon Prime Video.

Second season. Day 3 at # 0.

Second season. Day 6 at National Geographic.

Premiere. Day 7 at Filmin.

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