What to Watch in November

Daniel Hautzinger
Jimmy Carter meets with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 1979
U.S. President Jimmy Carter meets with Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 1979. Photo: Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

There's a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, constructs the WTTW schedule by searching through offerings from many different sources which include the national PBS network, the BBC, and independent filmmakers to put together a varied and engaging broadcast schedule. Each month, she’ll recommend a few shows that she thinks you should watch.

Find all the ways to watch WTTW here.

Frontline: Putin's War at Home

Tuesday, November 1 at 10:00 pm

Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine without provocation earlier this year, Russia forbade journalists from calling the conflict a "war" or "invasion," hoping to limit information and stifle discontent in Russia. This Frontline examines the stories of some of the activists and journalists who have resisted Putin, his war, and his crackdown at home. 

Vote 2022: Election Night Special

Tuesday, November 8

The midterm elections for the U.S. House and Senate, Illinois Governor and various other statewide races, and other local and municipal races are on November 8. Don't miss Chicago Tonight's local coverage at 7:00 pm and PBS NewsHour's live national coverage beginning at 8:00 pm. Plus, WTTW News has all of your questions covered in a Voter's Guide.  

American Experience: Taken Hostage

Monday and Tuesday, November 14 and 15, at 9:00 pm


In 1979, 52 Americans were taken hostage in Iran and held for 444 days before being released. This special two-part American Experience tells the story of the harrowing time through the eyes of those who lived it.

Mystery Finales


Right before the holiday season begins, we're wrapping up a whole set of mysteries. Sister Boniface Mysteries ends on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, while Sunday, November 20 hosts the season finales of Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Magpie Murders, and Annika, starting at 7:00 pm.