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By Nate Millado

Throw down the rose petals because a king is coming to CBS Sunday Night Movies! It's hard to choose a fave from Eddie Murphy's storied career, but this hilarious 1988 cult classic comes close to taking the crown.

In Coming to America, Murphy plays Akeem, prince of Zamunda, who flees an arranged marriage to find a more suitable mate in—where else?—Queens, New York. ("I want a woman that will arouse my intellect as well as my loins.") Bust out the Sexual Chocolate, order some McDowell's delivery, and enjoy these fun facts about the royal rom-com!

Watch Coming to America on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

McDowell's Was A Wendy's

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Louis Anderson as Maurice; Eddie Murphy as Akeem, who ends up working at McDowell's.

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Cleo McDowell's blatant McDonald's ripoff—right down to the golden arches!—was a real-life restaurant, a working Wendy's in Queens. No lawsuits filed from Ronald, though: The "stolen" uniforms, menu, and manuals were approved by the McDonald's Corporation for the film.

Nile Rodgers' Greatest Hit

Producer Nile Rodgers has worked with the likes of Madonna, Sam Smith, and Diana Ross, but the hitmaker considers the mock-commercial composition "Soul Glo," which he wrote for Coming to America, his "single proudest moment." The hair product jingle is a synth sax-heavy earworm, with lyrics like, "Just let your soul glow, baby/feeling oh so silky smooth."

Paula Abdul Choreographed The Wedding Dance

Paula Abdul was still a Laker Girl when she was tasked with the elaborate opening dance number at the palace. Director John Landis wanted to meet with "the person that choreographed Janet Jackson," she recalled to Rolling Stone. (The pint-size powerhouse was behind the routines for such iconic Janet videos as "Control" and "Nasty.") "I went in and he looked at me and said, 'What are you, a teenager?' And I said, 'Yes, I am!' He basically was telling me, 'What do you know about African dancing?' And this is my whole thing when becoming a choreographer: 'I'll just tell everyone yes, I know exactly what I'm doing, and then I'll figure it out later."

A Royal Reunion

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The royal family: Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, James Earl Jones as King Jaffe, and Madge Sinclair as Queen Aoleon.

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James Earl Jones plays overbearing King Jaffe. His booming baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. So it's no surprise that Disney tapped Darth Vader himself to bring Mufasa to life in The Lion King. The voice of his lioness queen, Sarabi, in the 1994 animated classic: None other than Madge Sinclair, Jaffe's compassionate wife, Queen Aoleon, from Coming to America! Unintentional Easter egg: King Jaffe wears a stately lion skin sash throughout the film.

Eddie Murphy's Multiple Personalities

Eddie Murphy has been known to juggle multiple roles in his movies, including The Nutty Professor, Bowfinger, and Norbit, with the help of impressive makeup. But did you know Coming to America is what kickstarted that trend in his career? In this barbershop scene, Murphy tackles Prince Akeem, owner Clarence, and Saul, the elderly Jewish gentleman. Another scene-stealing cameo: Murphy as Randy Watson, lead singer of the group Sexual Chocolate.

Fun fact: The film scored two Oscar nods, including one for Makeup and Hairstyling.

Launching Pad

Cuba Gooding Jr getting a haircut by Eddie Murphy's Clarence

Cuba Gooding Jr. makes his big-screen debut as "Boy Getting Haircut."

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Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. made his big-screen debut as a barbershop customer. Coming to America also introduced us to Shari Headley (Akeem's love interest, Lisa) and rose bearer Garcelle Beauvais, who would go on to star in The Jamie Foxx Show, NYPD Blue, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Before he became an ER doc, Eriq La Salle was the hair-apparent to the Soul Glo empire and Akeem's adversary for Lisa's affection. And yes, that is Shameless' Carol Fisher (Vanessa Bell Calloway) as the subservient bride-to-be.

Coming To America: The Sitcom?

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The opening credits of the Coming to America sitcom pilot.

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Coming to America was such a box office hit, earning nearly $300 million worldwide on a $36 million budget, that CBS decided to develop a TV sitcom series based on the movie. The pilot starred In Living Color alum Tommy Davidson as Prince Tariq but was ultimately not picked up.

Returning To America

Lisa and Akeem at their wedding ceremony

Lisa (Shari Headley) and Akeem (Eddie Murphy) marry.

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So what happened after Akeem married his queen from Queens? We'll soon find out! Coming 2 America premieres on Amazon Prime in March 2021, with Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, and more OG stars returning for the sequel.

Prince Akeem is about to become the king of Zamunda when he discovers he has a street-smart son stateside he never knew about named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). To honor the former king's (James Earl Jones) dying wish to meet his grandson, Akeem and Semmi set off to America once again. Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan co-star, and how's this for a mic drop? Randy Watson (Murphy) and Sexual Chocolate are back!

Watch Coming to America on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.


If you're looking for last-minute holiday recipe inspiration, Watch and our friends at Chowhound have got you covered with delectable dishes that your guests will gobble right up.

From Thanksgiving mains and sides to Hanukkah and Christmas treats, we've rounded up special recipes from your favorite stars like Blue Bloods' hostess with the mostess Bridget Moynahan. Get a taste of your new yummy holiday traditions!

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Gobble, gobble

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A perfectly roasted bird is a must-have for Turkey Day, and Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan has a classic Thanksgiving Turkey recipe that's guaranteed to bring people to the table.

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Cornbread with a kick

Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota (Cedric); cobraphoto/Getty Images (Cornbread).

At Cedric the Entertainer's house, the holidays mean festive feasts, starting the day before where nibbling and sampling bites during prep is all part of the fun.

The Neighborhood star shares with Watch on the set of his cover photo shoot that he likes to heat things up in the kitchen and whip up a batch or two of his famous jalapeño cornbread. While the family recipe is a closely guarded secret, you can get inspiration from this spicy variation from Chowhound.

COOKING TIPS: How To Prepare A Thanksgiving Feast In Less Than 8 Hours

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Filler up

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If you're going to invite Joshua Morrow of The Young and the Restless to your house for Thanksgiving, don't forget the stuffing!

When Watch asked about his favorite holiday food, he playfully dishes back: "No doubt about it: Stuffing. I went to [my wife] Toby's mom's for Thanksgiving one year and she didn't have stuffing. I said, 'I'm never coming back if you don't have stuffing. I'm just letting you know.'" Noted and noted.

RECIPE IDEAS: 20 Stuffing Recipes, Ranked

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Pass the sweet potatoes

Photo Credit: David Needleman (Noel); StephanieFrey/Getty Images (Yams).

FBI star Ebonée Noel never turns down a yummy yam casserole. "I love candy yams, with the marshmallow on top," she dishes. "That is my absolute favorite!"

RECIPE IDEAS: From Traditional Candied To Bourbon Mashed, Try These Sweet Potato Dishes

Watch all-new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Say cheese!

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SEAL Team star AJ Buckley puts his healthy diet habits on hold and indulges in his favorite fromage-filled Thanksgiving dish: Bacon-Jalapeño Mac 'N' Cheese.

A new season of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Slice of life

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Missy Peregrym of FBI is a self-described apple pie aficionado. She tells Watch on the set of her winter wonderland photo shoot that "My mom's apple pie is like my favorite thing in the whole world, and I'm furious to share it. For my birthday, I ask for two pies—one that people can share and one that's just mine."

Missy has learned how to make her mother's special apple pie and bakes one every Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. The recipe is top-secret, but we've got you covered with this classic apple pie recipe from our friends at Chowhound.

BAKING TIPS: 10 Ways To Make Your Pie More Beautiful

Watch all-new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Sweet as pie

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The Good Fight star Nyambi Nyambi adores this toothsome Fruit Pizza treat that his mom whips up every Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday.

DISCOVER: More Holiday Recipes And How-Tos At Chowhound

Stream The Good Fight exclusively on CBS All Access.

Scandinavian sipper

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Magnum P.I. star Perdita Weeks has her own family tradition that gets everyone in the yuletide spirit. "We make this Swedish dish called Glogg, which is a mixture of dessert wine and raisins and cut-up almonds," she gushes. "It is so delicious!"

RECIPE IDEAS: Christmas Cocktail And Punch Recipes

Watch all-new episodes of Magnum P.I. on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bring on the green beans

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The Young and the Restless star Bryton James has three must-have eats for the holidays. "I really love Honey Baked ham, green bean casserole, and a good homemade mac and cheese," he tells us.

We couldn't agree more!

RECIPE IDEAS: Classic, Creamy-Topped Green Bean Casserole

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One potato, two potato

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Yael Grobglas loves to make her special Potato Latkes and hosting Hanukkah for her chosen family. Getting home to Israel for the holidays isn't always possible for the former Jane the Virgin star, so she created a new tradition in Los Angeles.

Stream all seasons of Jane the Virgin on Netflix.

Red, red wine

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Gabrielle Ruiz of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is all about a warm and cozy cup of Citrus Mulled Wine. Every Christmas, she makes a big batch in the crockpot that she and her extensive family sip on while they open presents.

Stream all seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix.

Moynahan meatballs

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Bridget Moynahan of Blue Bloods cooks up a special Christmas Eve dish that would no doubt be a favorite in the Reagan house too.

Her traditional Swedish Meatballs are such a crowd pleaser with the Moynahans that she makes sure to cook a double or triple batch so there are plenty of leftovers to take home.

SEE MORE: 33 Photos Of CBS Stars So Stunning You'll Be Thankful You Saw Them

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

The Girls are back in town! For seven seasons, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) gave us all the feels with their unbreakable mother-daughter bond and rapid-fire caffeine-fueled repartee.

And now, just in time for its 20th anniversary, Gilmore Girls returns to The CW with the four-part miniseries that follows Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) through four seasons—Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall—in (fictional) present-day Stars Hollow, Conn.

So grab your Pop-Tarts and settle in: Here's everything you need to know about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life!

The broadcast premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life begins Monday, Nov. 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free for a limited time on The CW App.

When We Last Saw Rory

Rory Gilmore smiling

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore.

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It's been 13 years since the Gilmore Girls' series finale, titled "Bon Voyage," so here's a refresher to get you back up to speed. Rory graduated from Yale and is planning a summer road trip with her mom—to ride roller coasters!—when she gets a job for an online magazine to cover the campaign of a presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama. (Perhaps you've heard of him?) She even got to meet her idol, journalist Christiane Amanpour, who just so happened to be staying at the Dragonfly Inn.

When We Last Saw Lorelai

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Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, ready for her favorite season.

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Bummed that their roller coaster road trip is on hold, Lorelai throws herself into getting everything on Rory's campaign trail checklist, from travel-size shampoo and a book light to a fanny pack (random!). When Rory asks her mom why she isn't her usual overly emotional self, Lorelai fesses up that it's "too soon" and that if she stops to think about it, she'll fall apart. Later, as she watches Rory sleep, Lorelai finally breaks down in tears.

When We Last Saw Emily

Emily Gilmore

Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore.

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Lorelai's judgmental mother keeps lobbing ideas at her on how to upgrade the Dragonfly—a spa or tennis court, perhaps? Emily even says she and Richard (Edward Hermann) would be happy to lend her the money, interest-free. Lorelai soon catches on that Emily is doing this only to stay in her life, so she assures her mom that Friday night dinners will continue, even after Rory leaves.

When We Last Saw Luke

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Scott Patterson as Luke Danes.

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At the start of the series finale, Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai are "just friends." Lorelai spent much of the final season marrying then divorcing her childhood sweetheart/baby daddy, Christopher (David Sutcliffe). Unbeknownst to Lorelai, Luke enlists the entire town to stage a surprise farewell for Rory—rain be damned! Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) lets it slip that the party was all Luke's idea, and a grateful Lorelai and her on-again-off-again coffee-serving beau share a kiss, hinting at another go at love.

What To Expect From A Year In The Life

Kelly Bishop Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as three generations of Gilmores

Three generations of Gilmores: Kelly Bishop as Emily, Lauren Graham as Lorelai, and Alexis Bledel as Rory.

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The four-part revival picks up many years after the finale. Rory has found success as a journalist. But when career-related drama boils over—and a few of her exes resurface—how does the girl who's always had it together deal when it all falls apart? Lorelai still runs the Dragonfly Inn and is firmly with Luke, but when her father dies, she's forced to face some unresolved issues. Emily is also at a crossroads; what does she do now that she's no longer just Mrs. Richard Gilmore?

Returning Favorites

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore

Fancy seeing you here: Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) reunite at Doose's Market, where they shared their first kiss so many years ago.

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Whether you were Team Dean (Supernatural's Jared Padalecki), Team Jess (This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia), or Team Logan (The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry), you'll be happy to know that all of Rory's former beaus are back. As is kooky Kirk (Sean Gunn) and Rory's BFF, Lane (Keiko Agena)—a married mom of twins when we last saw her. Snooty French concierge Michel (Yanic Truesdale) is still at the Dragonfly, and we finally get some confirmation on his love life.

Rory's frenemy Paris (Liza Weil) is thankfully present, with an ambitious job that's so Paris. And in case you were wondering, yes, lovable accident-prone chef Sookie stops by; getting award-winning A-lister Melissa McCarthy back is nothing short of a coup.

Wait…Was That…?

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Celebrity chef Rachel Ray as herself.

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Expect tons of fun cameos in A Year in the Life. To name just a few: celebrity chef Rachael Ray; music icon Carole King, who appeared as Stars Hollow music shop owner Sophie and also performed GG's theme song, "Where You Lead," with her real-life daughter Louise Goffin (plus: look for Louise strumming her guitar as a town troubadour); Graham's real-life partner and former Parenthood co-star Peter Krause; and Broadway royalty Christian Borle and Sutton Foster—star of TV Land's hit Younger and GG creator Amy Sherman Palladino's 2012–13 cult series Bunheads—in a hilariously off-the-rails Stars Hollow: The Musical (the rap number is a must-see!).

Famous Last Words

\u200bLauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore

Are they thinking about coffee? That's always a safe assumption with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel).

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Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino always knew what the "last four words" would be. But since she and executive producer Daniel Palladino exited the series prior to the seventh season, she never got to see her vision through…until now. With the husband-and-wife team back to write, direct, and produce the revival, you'll finally get to see who utters the famous last words.

Watch miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life starting Monday, Nov. 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free for a limited time on The CW App.

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By Nate Millado

Every November, the nation comes together to honor the brave veterans of the armed forces. To anyone who has served our country: We thank you. Many of our favorite TV characters boast some impressive military credentials—and have been forever changed by their experiences on the field.

Sam Hanna (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Special Agent Sam Hanna in camo holding a rifle

LL COOL J as special agent Sam Hanna in NCIS: Los Angeles.

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Although his father was a colonel in the Marines, Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) opted to serve in the Navy instead—much to his dad's chagrin. As a member of SEAL Team 6, he went on missions in Afghanistan, Chad, and Iraq; he was captured, tortured, and buried alive in Bosnia before being rescued by his unit.

Season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS and CBS All Access.

Penelope Alvarez (One Day at a Time)

Penelope Alvarez horsing around with her Army pals

Justina Machado (center) plays Army vet Penelope Alvarez on One Day at a Time.

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One Day at a Time matriarch Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, where she was deployed as a medic in Afghanistan.

Stream select episodes of One Day at a Time on CBS.com. Watch all of Season 4 via the Pop Now app.

Thomas Magnum (Magnum P.I.)

Thomas Magnum in a prison cell

Jay Hernandez plays former prisoner of war Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.

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Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) is an ex–Navy SEAL and former POW in Afghanistan who repurposed his military know-how as a private eye in Hawaii.

Season 3 of Magnum P.I. premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Danny Reagan (Blue Bloods)

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Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan in Blue Bloods.

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Decorated Marine Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) took a leave of absence from the NYPD to serve two tours in the Iraq War. He saw combat in Fallujah, but sadly was the only member of his platoon to come home alive.

Season 11 of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)

NCIS special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in Afghanistan

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) travels to Afghanistan to search for a missing Marine in NCIS.

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Before he became an NCIS special agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent several years with the military police, then rose up the ranks and became a scout sniper. Gibbs saw several overseas deployments, including to Panama as part of Operation Just Cause and to Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.

Season 18 of NCIS premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Steve McGarrett (Hawaii Five-0)

Steve McGarrett in full Navy uniform saluting

Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0.

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Hawaii Five-0's Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) is a former Navy SEAL and decorated war vet. He served for six years (four in Afghanistan) before transferring to Naval Intelligence. Among his many accolades: a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Navy Expert Rifleman Medal.

Stream all seasons of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS All Access.

Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)

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Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) as a Confederate soldier in The Vampire Diaries.

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Bad boy vamp Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) is a veteran twice over on The CW hit series The Vampire Diaries: He fought in the Civil War for the Confederate army and in World War II with the U.S. Army.

Stream The Vampire Diaries on Netflix.

Bravo Team (SEAL Team)

SEAL Team in uniform

AJ Buckley, Neil Brown Jr., David Boreanaz, and Max Thieriot.

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Although Veterans Day largely recognizes living heroes for their sacrifice, it's also a day to pay tribute to all who have served this country, in wartime and peace. That certainly extends to the fearless members of the Navy SEALs.

On television, Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) leads his elite Tier One team on clandestine high-stakes missions, knowing the toll it takes on them and their families.

Season 4 of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up on CBS All Access.

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