Netflix in November 2020: the best new films and TV shows, including Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

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There is an abundance of new TV shows and films coming to Netflix this November, including Shonda RhimesHot Chocolate Nutcracker, The Crown season 4, Hillbilly ElegyDolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, and more. 

Christmas is very much the theme of Netflix’s November line-up, which is packed to the brim with an abundance of festive films and TV shows.

From bingeable romcom series Dash & Lily, to Shondaland’s Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (more on that little gem later!), there’s plenty to lift your spirits as we settle into the UK’s second lockdown.

For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace the holidays quite yet, though, don’t despair: the streaming platform will also be offering up nostalgic favourites in the form of Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and Moesha.

As if that weren’t enough, we also have The Crown season four, as well as a nail-biting true crime documentary series, and a complex Scandi noir.

Throw in a brand-new movie from Amy Adams (hey there, Hillbilly Elegy), and there truly is something for everyone.

With that in mind, then, here’s our pick of what’s new on Netflix this November.

Please note that this article will be updated regularly to include new titles.

New York Minute – 1 November 

As in, yes, the story of two bickering teenage sisters (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) who accidentally find themselves caught up in the middle of a criminal operation. 

Cue the hijinks.

Love & Anarchy – 4 November 

In this intriguing Scandi drama, a married consultant and a young IT technician assign each other challenges that question societal norms in a flirtatious game.

However, as they begin to embrace their liberating new world, things soon begin to spiral out of control, leading to unintended consequences.

Operation Christmas Drop – 4 November 

Netflix’s Christmas movie lineup for 2020 is honestly perfect
Netflix’s Operatioon Christmas Drop.

In this frothy festive romcom, a by-the-book political aide falls hard for a big-hearted Air Force pilot.

Too bad, then, that her boss has tasked her with shutting down his tropical base and its airborne Christmas tradition.

Paranormal – 5 November

The first Netflix Arabic Original from Egypt, the series follows Dr. Refaat (Ahmed Amin), a cynical Hematologist with a dark sense of humour, who goes through a “journey of doubt” as his world is turned upside down after his lifelong scientific convictions are questioned.

Sister, Sister – 6 November

Everyone remembers this absolute classic, don’t they? And not just for its banging theme tune: this 90s show tells the story of Tia and Tamera, twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different parents. One day, though, the teens have a chance encounter while shopping at a clothing store in the mall. After the families meet, Tamera’s adoptive father reluctantly allows Tia and her mother to move into his home so the girls can be together. But just because they’re twins doesn’t mean Tia and Tamera are identical in any way other than looks…

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? – 9 November 

When socialite María Marta García Belsunce is found dead in her bathtub, with a puddle of blood nearby, her husband theorises she had an accident. 

As this four-part documentary series shows us, though, the autopsy told a very different story – and the case quickly became one of the most controversial criminal cases of Argentina.

Undercover: Season 2 – 9 November

Inspired by real events, this addictive crime thriller follows a group of Belgian agents as they work to infiltrate and expose large drug operations.

Dash And Lily: Season 1 – 10 November

Based on the books of the same name, a cynical Dash and optimistic Lily fall head-over-heels in love as they trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City.

A Queen Is Born – 11 November

A mix between Drag Race and Queer Eye, this new Brazillian reality series sees Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister teach a group of aspiring drag queens everything they know.

What We Wanted – 11 November

In compelling drama What We Wanted, a couple facing fertility issues finds their marriage tested on a vacation to a Sardinian resort — and the family next door only adds to the tension.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – 13 November

In this musical adventure, legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) teams up with his bright and inventive granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) when an ex-apprentice steals his most prized invention.

The Life Ahead – 13 November

In the colourful Italian port city of Bari, the streetwise 12-year-old Senegalese orphan Momo (Ibrahima Gueye) has ambitions to make his fortune in the underworld of the town’s shady alleyways. One day, he steals a bag of items from the elderly Madame Rosa (Sophia Loren), a Holocaust survivor who makes a meagre living raising the children of prostitutes with whom she once shared the streets.

When Momo is forced to apologise to Rosa, she reluctantly agrees to take him in temporarily and the two lonely individuals find an unlikely family in each other through a deep and unconventional bond. Cue the kindred spirits becoming connected to a common destiny that will change the course of their lives.

Girlfriends – 13 November

Another nostalgic favourite, this Tracee Ellis Ross–led sitcom aired from 2000 to 2008, starring Ross (Joan), Golden Brooks (Maya), Persia White (Lynn) and Jill Marie Jones (Toni) as best friends living in Los Angeles.

Celebrating the comedy’s revival, Ross shared a throwback photo of herself and her costars on Instagram.

“The Girlfriends back in the day getting their civic engagement on… supporting Kerry for President in super low rise jeans with little muffin tops because the 2000s — you know, simpler times,” she captioned the post. 

“Who’s ready for Girlfriends?”

The Crown: Season 4 – 15 November

Netflix’s The Crown season 4: Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.
Netflix’s The Crown season 4: Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

The official synopsis for the much-anticipated fourth season of The Crown reads: “As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30.

“While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, as the transformation from teenager to Princess of Wales takes place, it is anything but a fairy tale for Diana.”

Sorry To Bother You – 15 November

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson star in a daring satire on capitalist greed, code-switching and compromising your core values.

The Princess Switch: Switch Again – 19 November

Vanessa Hudgens doesn’t just reprise her roles as Duchess Margaret and Princess Stacy in this sequel to The Princess Switch: she plays Margaret’s party-girl cousin Fiona, too. Who, as you’ve probably guessed already, causes a great deal of trouble for our original duo…

Moesha – 19 November

Relive the 90s and watch all of Moesha? Sounds like a plan to us!

For those who didn’t catch this TV show the first time around, it sees Brandy Norwood’s Moesha Mitchell as a teenager juggling school, friendships and romance. Previously the female head of the household, she is learning to love and trust her father’s new wife, all while trying her hardest to be the “glue” that helps hold her family together.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square – 22 November

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square: Dolly Parton stars as a festive angel.

Featuring a whopping 14 new songs from Dolly Parton, this Christmas musical sees an embittered “Scrooge” of a woman plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there.

If only there were an angel out there who could show her the error of her ways, eh?

Hillbilly Elegy – 24 November

This non-linear drama, based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, sees Vance (Gabriel Basso) escape his gritty childhood in rural Appalachia and ascend into the ranks of ivy-leaguers. Despite this, though, he remains forever tethered to his family: his mother Bev (Amy Adams) who suffers from addiction, and his Mamaw (Glenn Close), who basically raised him. 

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two – 25 November

A cynical teenager unexpectedly joins forces with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) and Mrs Claus (Goldie Hawn) when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas forever.

Yes God Yes – 25 November

In Yes God Yes, Natalia Dyer’s Alice, a 16-year-old Catholic girl, finds herself plagued by “lustful” thoughts after an AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy. 

Detailing her discovery of masturbation (and all the guilt, shame, and pleasure that comes with it), it sees her attend a four-day religious retreat (described by the director as a “brainwashing” experience) to try and suppress what she sees as “sinful” urges.

However, her mission becomes increasingly impossible when she finds herself falling head-over-heels for a cute upperclassman.

Yes, God, Yes: Alisha Boe, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Karen Maine, Natalia Dyer, and Francesca Reale. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)
Yes, God, Yes: Alisha Boe, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Karen Maine, Natalia Dyer, and Francesca Reale. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)

Sugar Rush Christmas – 27 November

The outlandish baking show is back with another sugar-sweet Christmas special, whipping up a fresh batch of festive treats just in time for December.

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker – 27 November

Debbie Allen with Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) dancers in Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.
Debbie Allen with Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) dancers in Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.

Another must-watch title from Shondaland, Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker spotlights the career of trailblazing icon Debbie Allen and her reimagining of the classic ballet performed annually by the gifted students of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA). 

“The documentary features intimate interviews with Allen, her family, DADA’s world class dance instructors, and her inspirational students, and provides fascinating insights into Allen’s own personal journey pursuing an art form where she did not always see herself reflected in its imagery,” promises the official synopsis. 

“And the film also offers front row access to the grueling rehearsals, the passion and leadership of Allen and DADA’s dance instructors, and the huge commitment and undertaking by the dancers of all ages and backgrounds who come to train at the academy each year regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances or traditional expectations of the dance community. 

“Rehearsed for just over three months, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker has become a staple holiday performance in Los Angeles and the largest fundraising event on the school’s calendar.”

We are 100% here for this.

I Lost My Body – 29 November

In this Cannes Critics’ Week selection, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate in a Parisian laboratory and sets out to reconnect with pizza boy Naoufel. 

But what caused the hand’s separation from its body? And will they ever be reunited?

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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