As Halloween finally comes and goes and we start to head into the coldest months of the year, Netflix has us covered with lots of new programming for cosy nights in.
We are looking at some wholesome food for thought with Reese Witherspoon and some other inspiring women in Shine on with Reese. We will also be watching some gritty documentaries. A Three Minute Hug looks at the heartbreak of families separated by immigration policies, and Little Miss Sumo examines the challenges on women trying to make their way in male oriented world.
We are also excited about Oscar-buzz Netflix original The King, and the next season of Atypical, as we root for Sam and his family to find happiness.
November 1st also sees Netflix release most of their back-catalogue movie titles for the month, but check out our New to Netflix in November post for a full list.
Shine on with Reese (Season One) – 28 October
Netflix is giving us a healthy dose of girl talk with this new chat show spearheaded by Reese Witherspoon, who speaks with interesting female guests such as Dolly Parton, Ava DuVernay and P!nk. Witherspoon has an infectious shone, so this show is sure to be easy watching and manage to deal with some serious topics at the same time.
A 3 Minute Hug (2019) – 28 October
This Netflix original documentary captures the brief reunification of families separated when in May 2018 the border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico was temporarily opened for reunions between families separated, as particular members were deported, denied asylum. These families were allowed brief reunifications on the border. This one is sure to pull on the heart strings.
Little Miss Sumo (2019) – 28 October
This documentary film follows a young girl born into a Sumo dynasty, but excluded for her gender. We follow her as she fights to earn her place in the sport that she loves, but which is shrouded in tradition and until, exclusively the domain of men.
Nowhere Man (Season One) – 31 October
In this new Taiwanese series, a man on death row has a mysterious encounter, after which he finds himself experiencing alternative timeline. With his new ability to understand and influence how events unfold, he escapes from prison, but will he be able to protect his family from the inevitable.
Atypical (Season Three) – 1 November
Back for a third season, we will be diving back into the life of Sam, a young man on the autistic spectrum as he tries to gain independence, and is family as they try and support Sam while leading their own complicated and messy lives. The first two season dealt with serious issues in a smart and funny way, and left a number of cliffhangers that we can’t wait to see unfold.
Billy on the Street – 1 November
In this show, our rather obnoxious host Billy goes to the street to ask average people questions, looking for hilarious answers. He also gets special guests in on the act, both confronting them with challenging questions, and using the to surprise his victims. Expect to see Will Ferrell, Rashida Jones, Lena Dunham and many more. No waiting here, Netflix is giving us all four seasons on Friday.
The King (2019) – 1 November
One of Netflix’s biggest movie releases, that will also be in cinemas, it stars Timothee Chalamet as a young king forced into power when his father dies, and must navigate both external threats and internal hostilities and rivalries. It is based on a number of Shakespeare’s Henriad plays. It also starts Robert Pattinson, Lily Rose Depp and Joes Edgerton, and already has some awards talk around it.
The Man Without Gravity (2019) – 1 November
This Italian fantasy, that mixes comedy and drama, starts when a young child named Oscar is born so light that he flies away like a balloon. Raised in seclusion, he soon finds himself a celebrity, but will this give him the human contact that he craves?
Hache (Season One) – 1 November
Inspired by real events, this gritty new Spanish series follows Helena, a woman who finds herself embroiled in the world of heroin trafficking in 1960s Barcelona. Mixing period piece and human drama, this is sure to be the next bog Spanish hit (though we still miss you Locked Up).
Hello Ninja (Season One) – 1 November
In a new show for kids, two friends and their cat are able to transform themselves into ninjas when they enter a magical world. There they must use their abilities to save the day, facing new challenges in every episode.