Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
November is the best month of the year for a variety of reasons (Thanksgiving! My birthday! The blissful period right before the rush of holiday season where anticipation is high but stress is low!) This month’s Netflix offerings support the thesis that November is just better. Animation fans should be satisfied with The Dragon Prince and She-Ra: Princesses of Power returning, Dino Girl Gauko making a series debut, and Klaus, the lush 2D animated Santa origin story, and I Lost My Body, French Indie animated film, throwing in their hats in for the Animated Feature Oscar.
The holiday movies and shows are starting to roll out, along with Netflix’s big pushes for award season, The Irishman and The King. There is also the Queer Eye in Japan special, the third season of The Crown, and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. This is all to say, Netflix is gearing up its original content to compete with Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus, which both launch this month.
Available in November
Levius (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: With the casualties of war still haunting him, young Levius uses his prosthetic arm to take his fight into the brutal world of Mecha Boxing.
Available Nov. 1
American Son (Netflix Television Event)
From Netflix: Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event American Son tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the adaptation which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son. American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street. Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as executive producers.
Atypical: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Sam heads into his first year of college, he grapples with new challenges, from making friends to managing his schedule.
Drive (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A notorious thief allies with a street racer for a grand heist involving an elaborate game of deceit with authorities, who have their own dirty secrets.
Fire in Paradise (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: This documentary short chronicles the Camp Fire tragedy in Paradise, CA, beginning the morning of November 8, 2018. The film charts the course and consequences of the harrowing disaster — part of a terrifying new trend in California wildfires, and the deadliest fire in the United States in over 100 years — through personal interviews and first-hand video footage from survivors and emergency responders.
Hache (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Created by Verónica Fernández and directed by Jorge Torregrossa (La vida inesperada, Cocaine Coast, Velvet Collection), Hache is a tale inspired by true events. It tells the story of Helena (Adriana Ugarte), a prostitute who starts as a simple pawn in the hands of Malpica (Javier Rey), the head of a gangster band that operates in Barcelona in the 1960s. But a steep and hazardous learning curve takes Helena from the lowest rung of the organization to the top, seizing control of its heroin operation.
Hello Ninja (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: BFFs Wesley and Georgie and their silly cat sidekick Pretzel transform into ninjas and enter a magic world, where they solve problems and save the day.
Holiday in the Wild (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a ‘second honeymoon’ with her husband. Instead of thanking her, he brings their relationship to a sudden end; jilted Kate proceeds to Africa for a solo safari. During a detour through Zambia, she helps her pilot, Derek Holliston (Rob Lowe), rescue an orphaned baby elephant. They nurse him back to health at a local elephant sanctuary, and Kate extends her stay through Christmastime. Far from the modern luxuries of home, Kate thrives amidst majestic animals and scenery. Her love for the new surroundings just might extend to the man who shared her journey.
The King (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, The King co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.
The Man Without Gravity (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A gravity-defying baby raised in seclusion matures into an extraordinary man — and an international celebrity — but longs for an ordinary life.
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Fab Five - Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming), Karamo Brown (Culture), and Tan France (Fashion) - will bring their expertise to Tokyo, working to make-better four heroes while experiencing Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand.
True: Grabbleapple Harvest (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: It’s Grabbleapple harvest season in the Rainbow Kingdom ... but Glummy Glooma doesn’t want autumn to come. Can True and her friends save the festival?
We Are the Wave (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A mysterious classmate leads four idealistic teens in a revolt against a rising tide of nationalistic fervor, but their movement takes a dark turn.
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Go Team Roberts: Season 1
Billy on the Street
Christmas in the Heartlands
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Before the Grease prequel and the Grease TV show and whatever other Grease reboot/remake we’re going to get in the next decade or so, check out the OG summer lovin’
How to Be a Latin Lover
Mars: Season 2
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Seasons 1-2
Paid in Full
Spitfire: The Plane that Saved the World
The Christmas Candle
The Deep: Season 3
A thriller full of twists and turns — and twists and turns to those twists and turns — The Game is a fun ride with an absolutely bonkers “Aha!” moment at the end.
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix movies are back again! Catch them before the fourth movie comes out. Anything to see more Keanu Reeves, let’s be real.
Available Nov. 4
A Holiday Engagement
The Devil Next Door (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: A Cleveland grandfather stands accused of an Earth-shattering crime -- being the infamous Nazi concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
Available Nov. 5
The End of the F***ing World: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Two years after James and Alyssa’s hair-raising road trip, a woman obsessed with the man they killed is released from prison and sets out for revenge.
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Late Night host, Seth Meyers, steps out from behind his desk and onto the stage at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis to explain to his fans that you can love a lobby baby as much as a hospital baby...in time. In his Netflix comedy-special debut, Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby, Meyers touches upon family, fatherhood, and why you should never take your girlfriend to Paris for her birthday. Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby will launch globally on November 5, 2019.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 4 (Netflix Family)
After a very high stakes season 3, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power returns to face the consequences. Glimmer takes up the throne as Queen of Brightmoon. Catra is now the co-leader of the Horde.
Tune in for Love (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A student and a reticent teen first meet at a bakery in the 1990s and try to find each other through the years, as fate keeps pulling them apart.
Undercover Brother 2
Available Nov. 6
SCAMS (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hit hard by the Lehman shock, a well-meaning young man joins a phone scam operation and gets increasingly embroiled in the underworld.
Available Nov. 7
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Available Nov. 8
Busted!: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Amateur detectives attempt to untangle a string of mystifying cases, which may be connected to an enigmatic figure known as the Flower Killer.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Twinkling eyes? White beard? Santa has nothing on Paul Hollywood as he and Prue Leith judge festive treats baked by some favorite former competitors.
Greatest Events of WWII in HD Colour (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: From the attack on Pearl Harbor to D-Day, the most pivotal events of World War II come to life in this vivid docuseries featuring colorized footage.
Green Eggs and Ham (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Opposites Guy and Sam take a road trip to save an endangered animal, learning to try new things like hope, friendship — and a certain delectable dish.
Let It Snow (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. Come Christmas morning, nothing will be the same. Based on the best-selling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, Let it Snow stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Jacob Batalon, and Joan Cusack.
Paradise Beach (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Mehdi gets out of prison, planning to settle old scores. But first, he must reconnect with his gang, now living in an idyllic beach resort in Thailand.
Wild District: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Still working as a hitman, JJ tries to assimilate into civilian life. Daniela’s campaign for president is plagued with practical and ethical challenges.
Available Nov. 9
Little Things: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Kavya and Dhruv’s relationship goes from live-in to long-distance, their respective journeys of self-discovery begin to impact their life as a couple.
Available Nov. 10
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: With his sharp comedic takes on politics and culture, Hasan Minhaj returns for Volume 5 of this variety series.
Available Nov. 11
A Single Man
Chief of Staff: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Newly elected Tae-jun moves through the familiar grounds of the National Assembly with bold intent — and the will to do whatever it takes.
Available Nov. 12
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The girls pull out all the stops to show Harvey Street’s newest resident — child bazillionaire Richie Rich — the simple joys of being a kid.
Jeff Garlin: Our Man In Chicago (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Multi-hyphenate comedy veteran, Jeff Garlin - best known as Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Greene – brings his new Netflix comedy special Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago. Filmed in his hometown, Chicago and on the 37th anniversary - to the day - of his comedy debut, the one-hour special is ripe with Garlin’s signature blend of storytelling and improv. The comedian takes viewers on a stroll down memory lane, with some detours into the personal lives of the audience, a few hours in jail and enough donuts to last a lifetime. Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago launches globally on Netflix on November 12, 2019.
Available Nov. 13
Maradona in Mexico (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Arguably soccer’s greatest player, Diego Maradona comes to Culiacán, the heart of the Sinaloa Cartel, to save the local team, and maybe himself, too.
Available Nov. 14
The Stranded (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 18 year old Kraam survives a devastating tsunami along with thirty-six of his fellow students at an elite private high school on a remote island in the Andaman Sea. As mysterious events start happening on the island, it quickly becomes clear that no one is coming to rescue them and Kraam must lead the students to rescue themselves.
Available Nov. 15
Avlu: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Shocking truths surface as Deniz reckons with intrigue, Kudret tightens the screws and Ecem confronts a growing threat.
The Club (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A band of misfit rich kids in Mexico strike out on their own selling ecstasy and quickly run into trouble with other narcos, the law and their families.
Earthquake Bird (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In 1980s Tokyo, an enigmatic expat is suspected of killing her friend, who’s gone missing in the wake of their love triangle with a local photographer.
GO!: The Unforgettable Party (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Mía’s vacation with her dad is disrupted by the surprise arrival of Lupe, Mercedes, Juanma and Álvaro as their school drama moves lakeside.
House Arrest (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A man trapped in his own fears locks himself in his home to keep out the onslaught of modern life. Starring Ali Fazal, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Jim Sarbh.
I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In an era where there is no roadmap to success in the music industry, global pop star Charli XCX handpicked four women to form the alt-pop band, Nasty Cherry. The latest signing to Charli XCX’s label, Nasty Cherry is an unconventional mix of seasoned musicians and first timers. This six-episode series documents their origin story: from moving in together and their first practice to their first performance and debut single release and everything in between. An intimate look into what it takes to make your dreams come true, I’m With the Band: Nasty Cherry follows the women as they navigate a new age of music, making up their own rules as they go and blowing up Instagram feeds in the process. With Charli’s support and guidance, Nasty Cherry has the potential to really catch fire…or completely implode if they can’t keep their egos and insecurities in check, and in this unfiltered and intimate series, viewers find out what it takes to make — or break — this badass band.
Klaus (Netflix Film)
The creator of Despicable Me, Sergio Pablos, wants to bring back 2D animation, infusing it with computer technology. Klaus is a Santa origin story, following a postal worker named Jesper who is stationed in a remote Arctic town. It’s there where he meets mysterious carpenter Klaus, and the two work to bring laughter and cheer to the town.
Llama Llama: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: New lessons, new adventures and new friends living right down the street! Join Llama Llama and his pals for another season of sweet fun and learning.
The Toys That Made Us: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Take a deep dive into the origins -- and creative battles -- behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, My Little Pony and wrestling figures.
Available Nov. 16
Available Nov. 17
The Crown: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: While England in the Swinging Sixties confronts an economic downturn and fierce nationalism, the royals are scrutinized as aristocratic freeloaders.
Available Nov. 19
Iliza: Unveiled (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Iliza Shlesinger is back in her fifth Netflix original comedy special titled Unveiled. Armed with the newly wed ring on her finger and stories to tell, Iliza pulls back the veil on wedding planning, garters, honeymooning, and the dangers of a zombie bachelorette army. Iliza: Unveiled launches globally on Netflix on November 19, 2019.
No hay tiempo para la verguenza (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: A series following the life and work of provocateur fashion designer and influencer Santiago Artemis.
Available Nov. 20
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator explores the dramatic rise and fall of Bikram Choudhury, the controversial founder of hot yoga
Lorena, la de pies ligeros (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Rarámuri champ Lorena Ramírez dons sandals and traditional dress to compete in ultramarathons. Today she’s among the fastest runners in the world.
Available Nov. 21
The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After a magical sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who’s been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world and helps him discover how to fulfill his mysterious one true quest — the only act that will return him home. But as he and Brooke grow closer, Sir Cole begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life. Directed by Monika Mitchell (The Christmas Contract, Royal New Year’s Eve) and also starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isabelle Franca, Ella Kenion, and Jean-Michel Le Gal, The Knight Before Christmas is a cozy holiday romance about learning to let yourself believe in magic again.
Mortel (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Desperate to find his missing brother, Sofiane lures classmate Victor into a deal with a mysterious figure, who gives them supernatural powers.
Available Nov. 22
Dino Girl Gauko (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: In this Netflix original animated kids comedy series set in Japan, Naoko Watanabe is a typical tween ... except that she possesses a strange gift and curse: when her anger exceeds a maximum level, she turns into Gauko, the fire-breathing dinosaur girl!
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Dolly music you love, the stories you’ve been waiting for. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies.
The Dragon Prince: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
Last we left our young heroes, they were scattered and broken (literally, in the case of Soren) across the Five Human Kingdoms and Xadia. While Callum and Rayla journey into the heart of the magical realm, Ezran must assume his place on the throne. Soren and Claudia, meanwhile, will have to confront their father and their own motives.
High Seas: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: High Seas, an original thriller series, set on the 1940’s, starring Jon Kortajarena, Ivana Baquero and Alejandra Onieva, will follow its path to Rio de Janeiro and will welcome new passengers, who will get involved in disturbing situations, mysteries and a lot of secrets that will increase the suspense inside the ship. Among the new faces are Claudia Traisac on the character of Casandra, Antonio Reyes playing Erich, Chiqui Delgado in the role of Teresa and Pepe Barroso as Julian. All of them will be key pieces throughout the new season.
Meet the Adebanjos: Seasons 1-3
Mon frère (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Thrust from a violent home into a brutal custody center, a teenager learns to navigate a tough new reality and forge unlikely alliances to survive.
Nailed It! Holiday!: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Jingle bells. Funky smells. Panic in the air. We’re bringing hilarity home for the holidays with wonder-fail creations and woefully botched bakes.
Narcoworld: Dope Stories (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Examine all sides of the brutal business of drugs in locales around the world, from the U.S. and Brazil to the U.K. and France.
Nobody’s Looking (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Guardian angel Uli is new to the Angelus System. A rebel spirit, he makes shocking discoveries about life and how the world is run when he goes rogue.
Singapore Social (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Peer into the lives of young Singaporeans as they defy expectations and traverse the tricky terrain of career, romance and family.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 8 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Explore a brand new season of radical adventures with Branch, Poppy, Biggie and the rest of Troll Village.
Available Nov. 23
End of Watch
Available Nov. 24
Available Nov. 25
Dirty John: Season 1
Available Nov. 26
Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia brings his award-winning Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia: The New One, to a global audience for his newest and most highly anticipated Netflix comedy special. Filmed at the Cort Theater in Manhattan, Birbiglia brilliantly blends observational and confessional comedy as he struggles with the existential question of whether he wants to bring a child into the world. The special will launch globally on Netflix on November 26, 2019.
Super Monsters Save Christmas (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: It’s Christmas Eve in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are joining forces to deck the halls, find Santa’s missing reindeer and save the holiday!
True: Winter Wishes (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: An ice crystal from a frosty realm is freezing everything in the Rainbow Kingdom, its citizens too! Can True save Winter Wishfest -- and her friends?
Available Nov. 27
Broken (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: From the creators of the critically-acclaimed series Rotten and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Netflix’s new investigative documentary series Broken exposes the unknown fraud, corruption and negligence behind some of the world’s most popular merchandise. Launching just days before Black Friday — the biggest shopping event of the year — Broken takes on four big consumer arenas including cosmetics, e-cigarettes, furniture and plastics.
The Irishman (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
Available Nov. 28
Holiday Rush (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Popular New York radio DJ Rush Williams (Romany Malco) has been spoiling his four children since they lost their mom. Unfortunately, the kids share their pricey Christmas lists right when he loses his job. To keep Rush on the air, his producer Roxy Richardson (Sonequa Martin-Green) and his Aunt Jo (Darlene Love) plan to help him buy another station — if the Williams family can downsize fast and embrace a simpler life. In this heartwarming film, a loving father reconnects with his children and opens his heart to love when they all learn that true joy comes from not what you have but who you have around you.
John Crist: I Ain’t Prayin For That (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Get ready for the divine comedy special of the year as the country turns its eyes upon John Crist with I Ain’t Prayin’ For That. The son of a pastor and one of 8 homeschooled children, Crist evaluates the weakness of millennial culture, how to be a “good” Christian, dating in the modern era and more. Filmed while on his Human Being Tour at the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, John Crist: I Ain’t Prayin’ For That launches globally on Netflix on November 28, 2019.
Merry Happy Whatever (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A strong-willed dad navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas. Starring Dennis Quaid.
Mytho (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: When Elvira begins to suspect her husband is having an affair, she pretends to be gravely ill — a small white lie that brings huge consequences.
Available Nov. 29
Atlantics (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In a suburb of Dakar, 17-year-old Ada falls in love with young construction worker Souleiman, who returns to the neighborhood after disappearing at sea.
Chip and Potato: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Join cheerful pug Chip for another season of adventures alongsid her secret mouse-friend, Potato.
I Lost My Body (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body in this Cannes Critics’ Week selection. During a hair-raising escapade across the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Its memories of Naoufel and his love for librarian Gabrielle may provide answers about what caused the hand’s separation, and a poetic backdrop for a possible reunion between the three. Based on the novel “Happy Hand” by Academy Award nominee Guillaume Laurant (Amelie).
La Reina del Sur: Season 2
The Movies That Made Us (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Get the real story behind the blockbusters that defined a generation. Actors, directors and industry insiders lead the way on essential deep dives.
Sugar Rush Christmas (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: It’s everything you love about “Sugar Rush” — with a holly jolly holiday twist — in this Christmas-themed spin on competitive baking.