Saints & Strangers (National Geographic, Nov. 22 and 23)
No need to partake in a Hell on Wheels marathon to get the memo that newly Industrialized American life -- even for the relatively privileged -- was freaking hard. But just imagine how the Pilgrims felt after stepping off the Mayflower onto our unsettled (though not unspoken for) shores -- or don't, because Nat Geo has re-created New England circa 1620 for you, along with all the sex, violence, culture-clashing, and turmoil that came with it. A impressively credible cast, including Man Men's Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men/Pitch Perfect/True Blood's Anna Camp, and Office Space's Ron Livingston (and hey, Revenge lovers, Aiden's back!), should help beckon Saints & Strangers to your DVR, where you'll no doubt watch it while consuming your weight in candied yams.