As the cold weather draws in and the evenings get darker, it feels like there’s no better time to snuggle up on the sofa and indulge in some seriously great television. From nostalgic classics like When Harry Met Sally, to the second highly-anticipated Margaret Atwood adaptation to hit screens, Alias Grace - let’s just say it’s going to be a good month.
So, to help you narrow down all the choices on offer, we’ve put together a list of the absolute must-sees on Netflix for November 2017.
The original series that you can watch all in one binge session:
Alias Grace: Season 1
Margaret Atwood’s award-winning 1996 novel has been brought to life in this six-part limited series, which is based on the true story of Grace Mark (Sarah Gadon), a poor young Irish woman who emigrated from her home country to Canada in 1840.
She soon found work as a servant in the household of Thomas Kinnear, but attracted the ire of his mistress, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin) when she became increasingly suspicious of Kinnear’s affections for Marks.
Driven mad by jealousy, Montgomery eventually fired Marks in a fit of rage – and was later found brutally murdered, alongside the body of Kinnear. Marks was later arrested for the crime – and, even now, there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not she was truly guilty. Indeed, Atwood has previously said that her book intended to reveal the differences in how the media and society treats men and women accused of a crime, something we are looking forward to being explored in the series.
Launch date: 3 November
Stranger Things: Season 2
So, technically the return of one of the best shows of 2016 falls on 27 October. But, as we’ll be up binge-watching the whole season until the early hours of 1 November, we reckon it deserves to be in this round-up.
As the adverts for the second series says, some doors can’t be closed, and there’s no coming back from our obsession with Stranger Things now. For the second season, writers have reassured fans that they will be sticking with the core group of characters, their terrified fascination with the Upside Down, and how they’ve changed following their experiences in season one.
More importantly, there’s still a bevy of strong female characters who refuse to conform to the norm.
Launch date: 31 October
Lady Dynamite: Season 2
This quirky series – starring actor and comedian, Maria Bamford – is back for another eight episodes, and they’re just as surreal as the first season.
Inspired by Bamford’s own life, the latest installment sees her looking for love. But, naturally, it doesn’t quite go to plan as she grapples with trust issues, bad advice from her childhood and the stresses of cohabitation.
Launch date: 10 November
She’s Gotta Have it: Season 1
This 10 episode series is an adaptation of Spike Lee’s 1986 film of the same name, which follows an uncompromising and sexually liberated twenty-something woman, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) as she struggles to define herself in New York’s Brooklyn. All while, you know, juggling her social life between her group of friends and three lovers.
Launch date: 23 November
The Sinner: Season 1
Jessica Biel stars as a young mother who suddenly, and inexplicably, murders a stranger, stabbing him to death on a busy beach in the height of summer. Unable to explain or understand her own actions, an empathetic detective tries to uncover the secrets that led to this horrific crime.
Launch date: 7 November
The weekly episodes you won’t want to wait for:
Riverdale: Season 2
If Jason Blossom’s (Trevor Stines) murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface back in season one, we have a feeling that the shooting of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) is going to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.
Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1
This thirteen-part prequel set roughly a decade before the original Star Trek series – but there’s a twist.
That’s right: this time around, the story of the crew’s voyages and search for new life is not told from the perspective of the ship’s captain, but from that of Rainsford (Sonequa Martin-Green) , aka the badass lieutenant commander of the USS Discovery. Expect plenty of intrigue as she navigates her role upon the starship, experiences dynamic relationships with her crew, learns about new civilisations and, above all else, uncovers the darkest corners of the universe.
Dynasty: Season 1
After a 30 year break, the iconic eighties TV series is back. The reboot will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) – daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington – who is poised to take over her father’s global energy empire and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley) – a Hispanic woman marrying into the WASP family and America's most powerful class.
Netflix films that deserve your attention:
When armed gunmen seize the Iranian Embassy in 1980, a tense six-day standoff ensues while elite British soldiers prepare for a dangerous raid.
Launch date: 3 November
In racially divided post-World War II Mississippi, two men – one black and one white – forge a friendship based on their shared war experiences.
Launch date: 17 November
Original documentary to pique your interest:
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
In 1999, Jim Carrey portrayed his idol Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon.” For twenty years, the behind-the-scenes footage has been left unseen, until now. Through footage from the set and a present-day interview, actor Jim Carrey ruminates on life, identity and becoming Andy Kaufman.
Launch date: 17 November
Awesome films that you can now enjoy on Netflix:
La La Land
When aspiring actor Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) fall for each other, you could say it’s their unified passion for doing what they love that creates such a powerful connection between them. But, as they both desperately persue their dreams, Mia is forced to choose between her relationship and her career.
When Harry Met Sally
When previous acquaintances, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), bump into each other in a bookshop ten years after a rousing debate over whether men and women can have a platonic friendship on a trip home from college, they forge a relationship that tests this theory.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
This 2003 romantic drama imagines the backstory behind the famous painting of the same name by 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is a poor maid working in the house of Vermeer, where she strikes up an unlikely friendship with him. After being asked to pose for a commissioned portrait by a wealthy patron, their relationship becomes closer.
When Rosie (Lily Collins) becomes pregnant just after being accepted to a Boston university, her plans of travelling and living in America with her best friend Alex (Sam Caflin) are put to the side.
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Instead, she ignores her ambitions (and real feelings for Alex) to provide for her daughter and attempts to give her a stable home life by staying with the brutish Greg. That is, until a moment of empowerment sees her take back her life and her dreams.
Just My Luck
Ashley (Lindsay Lohan) is the luckiest girl in the world. Everything just seems to go her way, until she exchanges a passionate smooch with a stranger at a masked ball. In that moment, all of her good luck is passed on to him, and in return she gets his terribly bad luck and life suddenly feels very different.
Consider your Sundays officially sorted.