STRAP in, stay home and fire up your viewing device of choice. Because there are so many choices in what to stream in November.
Forget about having a life.
The full lists are further down but we’ve picked out some highlights you won’t want to miss.
BOY (Stan, November 3): This quirky, funny New Zealand movie is Taika Waititi’s breakout film. A different kind of coming-of-age story, Boy is about an 11-year-old Michael Jackson-loving boy whose world is changed when his estranged father shows up.
YOU’RE THE WORST S1-S4 (SBS on Demand, November 5): Rejoice because this criminally under-watched, acerbic and smart comedy is finally available to binge wholesale. You’re the Worst is the story of self-absorbed and self-important writer Jimmy and self-destructive music publicist Gretchen’s extremely unlikely romance — with that many self-s, what could go wrong?
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (Foxtel Now, November 20): The lush Italian-language adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s popular Neapolitan books, My Brilliant Friend takes place mostly in flashbacks of two girls growing up in the 1950s and the bond that turns into a lifelong friendship. In present day, one of those women have been missing for two months.
PUNCH DRUNK LOVE (Stan, November 8): One of few the “Adam Sandler movies” that doesn’t make you want to cringe — probably because it’s not an “Adam Sandler movie” so much as it is a “Paul Thomas Anderson movie”. It’s one of Sandler’s better performances, as a man with social anxiety under assault from thugs.
HOUSE OF CARDS S6 (Netflix, November 2): Netflix’s first original series is bowing out with these final eight episodes, crammed full of conspiracies, plotting and political operators whose motivations are never clear. With Kevin Spacey booted, Robin Wright’s dangerous, complex and enigmatic Claire Underwood takes charge.
HOMECOMING (Amazon Prime Video, November 2): From the creator of Mr. Robot, Homecoming is Julia Robert’s big arrival in TV. A 10-part psychological thriller, Homecoming centres on Heidi, a woman who works in a shady corporation’s war veteran transition program. Oh, there are secrets, so many secrets.
THE BOLD TYPE (Stan, November 9): Exactly the kind of glossy TV show lovers of Sex and the City and Younger will love, The Bold Type is set in the world of New York magazine publishing (oh yeah, that old trope). Need we say more?
CASTLE ROCK (Foxtel Now, November 12): Horror aficionados have been waiting for Castle Rock, which will drop all at once with 10 episodes. The anthology series will feature stories from Stephen King’s universe and stars Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard.
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (Netflix, November 16): Originally announced as the Coen brothers’ big venture into TV, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was retooled into a feature film made up of six anthology short films, each chapter a story set in the wild frontier of the American west. Its cast includes Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tom Waits and Zoe Kazan.
ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (Stan, November 19): Starring Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano, this expensive TV show is based on the true story of a brazen 2015 prison break and manhunt in New York.
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (Foxtel Now, November 1): If the current state of American politics and statesmanship has you down, pop this classic Aaron Sorkin movie on as a salve for the soul. Save us, President Andrew Shepherd, for the love of god, save us.
BLOCKERS (Foxtel Now, November 11): Riotously funny Blockers was one of the big surprises this year after its trailer promised, well, not much. But this movie about three teenage girls’ virginity-losing pact and the parents out to stop them is delightfully funny, thoughtful and sweet. Also: butt keg.
SWEET COUNTRY (Foxtel Now, November 17): A subtle but breathtaking piece of work, Sweet Country stabs right at the heart of Australian identity and the heartbreak that built this country, told through the story of the unassuming Sam Kelly, an indigenous man on the run after being accused of killing a white man.
LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (Foxtel Now, November 14): After the worldwide success of The Night Manager, its producers have gone and adapted another John Le Carre spy thriller, this time helmed by Korean director Park Chan-wook. This story follows a young actress who is recruited to help track down a terrorist.
OUTLAW KING (Netflix, November 9): There are a lot of people who will watch Chris Pine do anything so they’re not going to need any convincing. For everyone else, Outlaw King is the story of the legendary King of Scots, Robert the Bruce who fended off English occupation in the 14th century. The epic is directed by David Mackenzie, who made the very excellent Hell or High Water.
2 DAYS IN PARIS (SBS on Demand, November 16): Starring, written and directed by Julie Delpy, the French star of the Before Sunrise trilogy, the comedy follows Marion and her hypochondriac and paranoid American boyfriend who spends two manic, farcical days in her hometown.
THE SINNER S2 (Netflix, November 9): A lot of people are waiting for the second season of this bingey series, which will see Bill Pullman’s detective character returning to his hometown where an 11-year-old child has killed his parents with no apparent motive. Puzzling indeed.
NARCOS: MEXICO (Netflix, November 16): A companion show to the main Narcos series, Narcos Mexico will focus on the drug trade in, you guessed it, Mexico rather than in Colombia, tracking the 1980s rise of the Guadalajara Cartel and the DEA agent who tried to stop them. Starring Michael Pena and Diego Luna.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Foxtel Now, November 2): There’s a reason this movie is a classic, the story of an underdog peewee ice hockey team and the former player looking for redemption as their coach.
DONALD GLOVER: WEIRDO (Netflix, November 19): This Donald Glover stand-up special from 2012 is a great snapshot into the mercurial, genius mind of the Renaissance man who has his hands in just about everything today. Filmed before he really blew up, though was riding high on his Community and 30 Rock work, it’s an interesting look at how his comedy and sensibilities have evolved.
CARGO (Netflix, November 16): If the world is overtaken by a zombie-making virus within 48 hours, the best place to be is in rural Australia. Starring Martin Freeman and Caren Pistorius, Cargo is a zombie flick that’s thoughtful and deep.