The stories of the eight families featured here mean we don’t have to rely on the hypothetical: Undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Laos, Israel and Mauritania — including small children, teenagers and a pregnant woman — share their journeys as they fight deportation orders, endure separation from their families, suffer death threats and seek asylum. Many of these desperate people face torture and even enslavement if repatriated to their home countries, and this series is a difficult and eye-opening watch.
‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 5
Starts streaming: October 4
“The man we’re about to meet,” the gangster Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) tells his family in the new season of “Peaky Blinders,” “is the devil.” Well, close enough. Tommy is talking about the British fascist Oswald Mosley, who in 1929 was railing against Jews, foreigners and the press. When this season opens, Mosley is a Labour MP, but he wants to start a new, hate-fueled political party and he wants to team up with Tommy, whose strain of populism is on the rise. Echoes of “The Godfather” abound this season, so keep your eye out for oranges.
‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’
Starts streaming: October 11
Still wanted: Jesse Pinkman. Six years after the finale of “Breaking Bad,” the series creator Vince Gilligan returns to the scene of the crimes to reveal what happens to Jesse (Aaron Paul) after he races away from the white supremacist compound in a 1978 Chevrolet. Now a fugitive on the run, Jesse is forced to rely on the few friends he can still trust (Badger and Skinny Pete?) and one longtime associate (the junkyard owner Old Joe). A half dozen other familiar faces from the original series also reappear, including one key cast member who had to be flown in and out of the Albuquerque film set on a private jet to escape notice during production.
‘Living With Yourself’ Season 1
Starts streaming: October 18
It’s a long story, but in this new comedy a listless man named Miles (Paul Rudd), ground down by life, decides to check into a special spa for rejuvenation — and winds up getting cloned. On one hand, Miles can now send his clone (also Rudd) to his boring job, while the original Miles stays home and pursues his dream of writing screenplays. Unfortunately, not only is the clone better at Miles’s job than Miles is, his co-workers like the clone more, too. Even worse, Miles’s wife (Aisling Bea), who’s unaware of what’s going on, prefers the clone’s company. Realizing that he’s being elbowed out of his own life, Miles determines to get it back. The show asks us to root for Miles, but you may find yourself pulling for the clone instead.
‘Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner’ Season 1
Starts streaming: October 23
Kate McKinnon hates ketchup, but it turns out she’s fine with the stinky durian fruit. In each episode of David Chang’s new travel series, the chef visits a different city with a guest star, and for McKinnon’s installment, the pair eat their way through Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The show is less structured than Chang’s previous Netflix show, “Ugly Delicious,” and mostly focuses on chatting, chewing and exploring. There are temple visits and political reflections, as well as a mani-pedi with Lena Waithe in Los Angeles and some camel riding with Chrissy Teigen in Marrakesh. As with most gustatory experiences, “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” is not just about the food, it’s about the company, too, and Chang’s reflective tone suggests he’s been taking a cue from Anthony Bourdain’s work.