En español | Thanksgiving’s coming and you know that Netflix is about to put up its own cornucopia of shows in November, so how can a person catch the good stuff? Here’s how. Our critics go through all the new releases on your favorite streaming platform and harvest the best series and movies for grownups — from Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station to Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. Here’s how to assemble the best November TV feast around.
A Clockwork Orange, 1971 (Nov. 1)
Stanley Kubrick’s violent sci-fi satire is, as its young hoodlum hero Alex (Malcolm McDowell) would say, “Horrorshow!” — that’s Russian-English for “good.”
Watch it here: A Clockwork Orange
Boyz N the Hood, 1991 (Nov. 1)
In director John Singleton’s dazzling intergenerational classic, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne) strives to save his son (Cuba Gooding Jr.) from L.A. gangs and a culture stacked against him. The incredible cast includes Ice Cube, Regina King and Angela Bassett.
Watch it here: Boyz N the Hood
Easy A, 2010 (Nov. 1)
Emma Stone became an instant star as a California teen who discovers that a (false) sexual confession is good for the soul but bad for her reputation. It’s the rare coming-of-age film with real wisdom.
Watch it here: Easy A
Ocean’s Eleven, 2009 (Nov. 1)
Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) took a break from making massive arthouse hits and outdid Sinatra’s original Rat Pack with his remake of their Vegas heist flick. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts have a blast. So will you.
Watch it here: Ocean's Eleven
Platoon, 1986 (Nov. 1)
Oliver Stone told AARP that his career-making hit was inspired by his own near-fatal Vietnam War experience, his kindly and terrifying sergeant role models (played by Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger), and the combat of his parents.
Watch it here: Platoon
American Horror Story: 1984 (Nov. 13)
In the ninth season of the hit over-the-top melodrama, Julia Roberts’ talented niece Emma Roberts plays a girl who escaped Night Stalker Richard Ramirez yet chooses work as a counselor at remote Camp Redwood (which might have been called Camp Deadmeat).
Watch it here: American Horror Story: 1984
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, 2020 (Nov. 13)
You didn’t know Forest Whitaker started out as a singer? He joins Keegan-Michael Key, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Phylicia Rashad in a musical about a toymaker who finds new hope in his kind and curious granddaughter.
Watch it here: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
The Crown, Season 4 (Nov. 15)
If you thought the smash series that puts you inside the hearts and minds of the royal family could not get better, wait until you see Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II contending with her son’s three-way marriage with a mistress (Emma Corrin) and Diana (rising star Elizabeth Debicki), plus Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher (X-Files’s Gillian Anderson).
Watch it here: The Crown
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, 2020 (Nov. 22)
Scroogelike Christine Baranski (The Good Fight) tries to sell a town out from under the townsfolk, but angel Dolly fights back with 14 songs.
Watch it here: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Hillbilly Elegy, 2020 (Nov. 24)
In Ron Howard’s adaptation of a hit memoir by conservative star J.D. Vance, a Yale Law student returns to his troubled Ohio hometown and reflects on the legacy of his mom (Amy Adams) and grandma (Glenn Close).
Watch it here: Hillbilly Elegy
The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2, 2020 (Nov. 25)
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus (Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn) defend the North Pole from assault. Watch out for the gingerbread cookie hand grenades.
Watch it here: The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2