What to Watch on Netflix This November
November is upon us, which means three things: Thanksgiving, Daylight Saving Time, and new stuff to stream on Netflix when you're depressed about the fact that all of a sudden it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. Read on for our picks of what to watch, from throwback flicks to hotly anticipated original series.
Scary Movie (2000), November 1
How long has it been since you watched this movie? 16 years? Yeah, sounds about right. While I'm not about to argue that it's high cinema or anything, the Wayans brothers are awesome, Anna Faris is a national treasure, and this send-up of contemporary horror tropes could be worth a revisit during your post-Halloween sugar crash.
Silent Hill (2006), November 1
Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean you can't hole up and watch a scary movie. This psychological thriller centers on a mother whose adopted daughter is haunted by an abandoned town called Silent Hill. Looking for answers, the pair travel there, only to find that the eerie hamlet is also the portal to another dimension. The movie spawned not just a sequel but a video game series, which means if you're a fan of horror, it could be a wold worth diving into.
Alias Grace, Season 1, November 3
This six-part Netflix original series is an adaptation of a book by TheHandmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood, which means it's going to be good and it's also going to be all over your newsfeed. Set in Canada in the 1840s, it's based on the true story of Grace Marks, played by Sarah Gadon, an Irish immigrant and domestic servant accused of murdering her employer. While it's a very different premise from Handmaid's Tale, expect the same high drama and feminist undertones.
Lady Dynamite, Season 2, November 10
Comedian Maria Bamford stars as a fictionalized version of herself in this show about a woman attempting to get her life back on track after spending six months in recovery for bipolar disorder. It's occasionally surreal, always funny, has guest appearances by the likes of Mira Sorvino, Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman, and is produced by Arrested Development's Mitch Hurwitz. If you haven't seen the first season, you've got ten days to hop aboard the Lady Dynamite train.
Cherry Pop (2017), November 22
If you like RuPaul's Drag Race, you'll want to check out Cherry Pop, a new film about an aspiring drag queen attempting to prove himself within a crew of back-stabbing performers at a seedy drag club. It stars RuPaul grads Bob the Drag Queen, Latrice Royale, Detox, and Tempest DuJor, three people who definitely know a thing or two about making it in the drag world.
Godless, Season 1, November 22
This Steven Soderbergh-produced drama follows in the footsteps of HBO's Westworld with its Wild West setting. The seven-episode series follows an outlaw who is on the run after betraying his former partner, a powerful criminal. He finds himself in a mysterious New Mexico town populated only by women. The show stars Michelle Dockery and Jeff Daniels and has already been met with some positive reviews, but honestly, they had us at “town populated only by women.”
Bushwick (2017), November 24
This Sundance thriller has one heck of a premise: A graduate student and her boyfriend visit her grandmother in Bushwick only to find that the Brooklyn neighborhood has been taken over by soldiers who are systematically killing everyone as part of an attempt by the state of Texas to seize the area for a growing successionist movement. Equal parts timely and terrifying, it's gotten mixed reviews but is worth checking out if watching fictional apocalypses unfold helps make you feel less awful about everything that's going on in the real world.
The Details (2011), November 30
How did we miss this Tobey Maguire/Elizabeth Banks rom-com when it came out six years ago? It centers on a young Seattle couple who have to duke it out with a group of raccoons living in their yard, prompting a series of darkly comedic events that lead Maguire's character to become convinced the pests are responsible for the problems in his marriage and home life that he refuses to otherwise acknowledge.