The month of November is all about fall, meaning that the weather turns colder, it even starts snowing in some places, and there's nothing like spending more time at home in our fuzzy pajamas, curled up with a mug of hot cocoa, cuddled under a blanket to spend time catching up on shows and movies on Netflix. But November also brings a lot of new content to the streaming subscription service, stuff you will definitely want to see. From original series, such as Black Mirror, to other shows and movies you just never got around to watching in the summer, Netflix offers a lot of new entertainment options for the cooler fall month of November. Here are 15 things to watch on Netflix this month.
Remember those great horror movies from the 1980s and 1990s? Many of those movies are still cult classics, even in 2016. One of those movies, Ravenous, finally gets its debut on Netflix this month. The 1999 film stars some pretty big hitters, too, including Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones, and David Arquette. It takes place in 1840s California, during the Mexican-American war. But this isn't your standard historical docudrama. Because this is actually a movie about cannibalism... Warning: things get violent and gruesome. But Ravenous is also a black comedy, similar to other cult classic horror movies, such as Army of Darkness. That means it also offers some good laughs, at least by those who have a dark sense of humor and strong stomachs.
14 Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60"
Dana Carvey is arguably one of the best comedians to come out of Saturday Night Live. Everyone old enough to remember still has fond memories of some of the characters he created for that show, including Garth (from "Wayne's World) and the always judgmental Church Lady (who reappeared on SNL recently). Now, he's back with an all-new comedy special on Netflix, "covering the joys of aging, pharmaceuticals, millennials, and more." But we know Carvey mostly for his outstanding impressions, so expect a lot of that, too. To quote the Church Lady, "Isn't that special?" Yes, we think so. This stand-up special is a must watch for Dana Carvey fans, obviously, but it's also a fun time for those young ones who aren't already familiar with his work.
13 The Ivory Game
For those Netflix viewers wanting to tackle something a bit more serious, the streaming subscription provider brought The Ivory Game to its service this month. As we are well aware, the number of wild elephants in the world continues to decrease at an alarming rate, mostly due to poaching: their tusks are the source of the illegal, but lucrative, ivory trade.
This documentary "exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking from the planes of Africa to the streets of China," writes Netflix. "By working with undercover intelligence organizations, activists, frontline rangers and conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, the film inspires both outrage and hope." It's not only an eye opener, but also a cry for help from a species that could disappear in our lifetime.
12 Black Mirror, Season 3
Although season three of Black Mirror hit Netflix in late October, it's perfect for November watching. The British series made waves when it first hit the subscription service, with its Twilight Zone-like take on life in a modern technologically advanced world. When the series didn't get a season three, Netflix stepped up to the plate, and created six new episodes to placate fans who wanted more.
Often disturbing and way too in line with things we've all experienced (the ups and downs of social media and our highs and lows with technology and communication), the third season is a hit with both fans and critics alike. "In this world, it's easy to lose sight of what's real...," reads the official Netflix description. Find out for yourself by watching.
11 World of Winx
It's likely that you have no idea what a Winx even is, but if you've got kids, you probably know about Winx Club, which started out as an Italian animated series for kids, but somehow took the world by storm, thanks to its crazy amount of merchandise tie-in items. It's all about a girl, Bloom, from Earth who discovers that she has magical abilities after she saves a fairy princess, who convinces Bloom to attend fairy school in the Magic Dimension. "And this time the Winx are deep undercover on Earth, for the most top secret mission: to investigate the mysterious Talent Thief. And determined to save talented boys and girls in danger, along with an energetic host named Ace, they star in the talent reality show WOW!"
10 The African Queen
Maybe it's classic movies that you're into. Fortunately, Netflix offers as many great classic movies as it does modern films and TV shows. One of those that's a must-watch is The African Queen, starring the iconic Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Based on the novel by the same name, the film follows the adventures of an unlikely pair of missionaries in East Africa at the beginning of World War I. Although intended as a drama, the wonderful chemistry between the two lead actors also lent the film to get labeled as a comedy. The movie is one of few that holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that it still has what it takes to appeal to both young and old movie viewers alike.
9 The Crown
Have you ever wondered what life was like for Queen Elizabeth II? The Crown seeks to open up some of the mysteries surrounding the woman behind the British crown, beginning with her coronation in 1947 and working its way through her life until present day. This original Netflix series will show the young Elizabeth dealing with a failing Britain, a country struggling to recover after the second World War. This series will look into the life of Elizabeth, as well as follow events that not only shaped a country, but the world. Claire Foy stars as the royal monarch, with Doctor Who's Matt Smith playing Prince Phillip, who eventually becomes Elizabeth's husband. Expect political intrigue, romance, and more with all episodes of the first season now available on Netflix.
8 All Hail King Julien
Netflix has some pretty great offerings for kids this month, too. For those who can't get enough of the Madagascar movies, particularly that crazy King Julien, the streaming subscription service just released an entire original series dedicated solely to that hilarious character. That's right, Julien is back, in All Hail King Julien, and he's shaking his booty like never before. "Discover the wild world of Madagascar as the king takes on the jungle's craziest adventures in this comedy series," reads the official Netflix description. "With his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort, they meet a whole new cast of colorful animals, including ambitious head of security Clover and the villainous Foosa. No one can stop this king from ruling with an iron fist...in the air...wavin' like he just doesn't care."
7 Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
The Roman Empire did not rise in a day, nor did it fall in a day But it did fall eventually, thanks to some bad decisions made by certain leaders of the Empire, such as Commodus. It was his reign that signaled the decline of Rome, and Netflix thought this would make for an interesting documentary that brings that history to life by giving us a "stylish mix of documentary and historical epic" that "chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall." This isn't a story we've seen often, and Commodus isn't a well-known historical figure, so expect to not only find this series entertaining, but also highly educational. This one's perfect for the history buffs in your house.
Although Paddington originally released in 2014, it's making its Netflix debut this month. The movie follows the tale of how the now famous Paddington Bear came to become a London icon. Of course, a talking bear who speaks the Queen's English as well as anyone else soon becomes a target, meaning that there are some very bad people after him. The film isn't just entertaining for kids, but also for adults. Although it all seems silly at first, there's a lot of great heartfelt emotion in the movie, thanks to some wonderful acting by its cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Nicole Kidman. It's also a good movie to put you in a holiday mood. Watch it November 16 on Netflix.
5 Burn After Reading
Burn After Reading is one of those movies you'll want to watch for the cast alone, which includes a virtual "who's who" of Hollywood, including Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. But this film from 2008 is also a great black comedy, which follows the adventures of a group of people suddenly caught up in a huge government conspiracy. What happens when a disc containing the memoirs of a former CIA agent land in the laps of two gym employees who see it as a ticket to great riches and a way to pay for an expensive plastic surgery? Hilarity, that's what. This one comes from the brilliant minds of the Coen Brothers, so you know exactly what kind of odd comedy to expect.
4 The 100, Season 3
If you happened to miss the third season of The 100 on The CW, Netflix's new deal with the network means that season three will land on the streaming service on November 16. The first two seasons brought the first 100 kids, along with their families, back to Earth, after spending generations in space after the destruction of the planet. This time around, they now have to deal with those people who stayed behind, the Groundlings, who won't make things easier for these newcomers to Earth. There's also a big reveal about an artificial intelligence that's possibly behind the Earth blowing up in the first place. Expect the show to get even darker in the third season, meaning that you'll probably want to binge-watch to keep finding out what happens next.
3 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
November is the month that every fan of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore have been waiting for, and now, it's finally here. The Gilmore Girls return to TV on November 25 with a brand new four-episode mini-series titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. After the disappointing finale of the original series way back in 2007, we'll finally get to see what happened to our two favorite people from Stars Hollow. Also, expect to see the wacky town as we remember it, full of wonderfully silly people, such as Kirk, Miss Patty, Sookie, Lane, and Babette. The series promises to offer a nostalgic look at everything we loved about the show, including the witty repartee, the multitude of pop culture references, and the ups and downs of these two women's lives.
The 2014 movie Boyhood took a total of 12 years to make. This groundbreaking movie finally arrives on Netflix, as it follows the childhood and adolescence of one boy as he grows up in Texas, the son of divorced parents. Although the movie is fictional, the story feels very real, probably because of it actually showing an actor portraying a boy in real time as he grows up, which was the point of the movie. Because of this unique take on showing this subject, and a fantastic script, the movie was a critical success. Two years later, it remains one of the most talked about and acclaimed movies of the 21st century. If you haven't already seen it, don't miss Boyhood when it lands on Netflix on November 25.
1 The Jungle Book
One huge advantage that Netflix now has over its fellow streaming subscription service competitors is its new deal with Disney. That means that Disney movies will hit Netflix first after their theatrical release. This includes this year's The Jungle Book, the live-action tale of Mowgli, the orphan human boy who grows up in the jungle among the wildlife there. As Mowgli gets older, he begins a journey of self discovery that teaches him about his own humanity, as well as follows his adventures as he tries to protect himself and those he cares about from the threat of Shere Khan. This new film taps into the original animated Disney feature, but also brings in elements from the Rudyard Kipling book that inspired the original movie. This one arrives on November 30.