Netflix debuts a host of original offerings this month, from the sugary sweetness of the Care Bears to the bitter saga of washed-up superhero Jessica Jones. Between those two extremes, there's plenty of laugh potential from comedians Aziz Ansari, David Cross, John Mulaney and Bob Odenkirk. Toss in some drama, dramedy and sci-fi, and new offerings are all over the place in November. And that ups the chances that everyone will find something to watch.
Care Bears & Cousins (Nov. 6)
Netflix has gone all in for children's programming, but often with safe-bet revivals. This month, it's a reboot of the 1980s animated franchise about excruciatingly adorable mammals that teach lessons about love and sharing.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Season 1 (Nov. 1)
40(-ish) is the new everything. Bravo's first scripted series tells the story of a once-celebrated L.A. author played by Lisa Edelstein (House) whose marriage and career both go down the toilet. The upshot is she's free to reinvent herself, which essentially entails a lot of sex. Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer, 24) stars as one of the woman's guides to post-marriage single life.
Marvel's Jessica Jones, Season 1 (Nov. 20)
We'll see how dark Netflix is ready to go with this tale of a washed-up superhero who tries a new career as a detective in New York's Hell's Kitchen. Jessica Jones debuted in the comic book "Alias" (no relation to the Jennifer Garner show). It was Marvel's first "adult" comic, containing explicit content, starting with a barrage of F-bombs on the first page and moving on to depressed drunkenness and hate sex. Yikes! Netflix's Jessica Jones may not go as grim as the pulp version, but this will probably not be a Marvel tale to watch with the kids.
Master of None (Nov. 6)
There's a surprising lack of detail around this Netflix original by hot comedian, author and Parks and Rec alum Aziz Ansari. Hewing to a current trend in comedy shows (Louie, Difficult People), Ansari plays a less-successful version of himself: a young, New York City comedian with millennial ennui. He goes the extra step, though, of casting his actual mom and dad to play his parents. Ansari's standup features very funny, but also poignant meditations on relationships, and an amazing lack of male bravado and sexism when talking about women. He says that this show will be an extension of his comedy routines and writing.
River, Series 1 (Nov. 18)
If Stellan Skarsgård hadn't already creeped you out with his performance in the (original) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, give him another chance in this BBC drama. Skarsgård plays John River, a homicide detective who has a little trouble telling truth from fantasy as he encounters visions of the murder victims he wasn't able to save.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1 (Nov. 1)
To win back her kingdom, a deposed princess recruits a band of badass knights (though they look more like a boy band) in this sharply illustrated Japanese anime series. (Yes, there are subtitles.)
With Bob and David, Season 1 (Nov. 13)
In the mid-90s, comedians Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and David Cross (Arrested Development) teamed up for four seasons of Mr. Show, a wacky sketch-comedy program on HBO that had the unpolished, edgy feel of Monty Python's Flying Circus or early Saturday Night Live. (Odenkirk, in fact, wrote for SNL from 1987 to 1995, and was inspired by Monty Python as a child.) The two are back for this four-episode Netflix series that promises more awkward goofiness.
Atención Atención, Season 1 (Nov. 13)
The award-winning children's musical show from Puerto Rico comes to Netflix (en Español).
Continuum, Season 4 (Nov. 15)
The hit Canadian sci-fi show about a cop (and terrorists) from the future has just wrapped up its fourth, and final, season on cable, and now comes to Netflix.
Last Tango in Halifax, Season 3 (Nov. 2)
Titan of stage and screen Sir Derek Jacobi and British TV legend Anne Reid star in this tale of long-delayed romance, as a teen couple that reunites more than 50 years later.
Switched at Birth, Season 4 (Nov. 25)
The acclaimed ABC Family drama about two girls who were — you guessed it — switched at birth continues with the excitement and stress of college and relationship drama.
Movies and Specials
Anna Karenina (Nov. 12)
Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in Tom Stoppard's adaptation of this tale of infidelity and scandal in 19th-century St. Petersburg, Russia, based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy.
Dior and I (Nov. 14)
If you're a fan of Project Runway, you should love this one. The behind-the-scenes documentary tells the harrowing tale of Dior's new artistic director, Raf Simons, working with his team to pull together his first haute-couture show, in just eight weeks.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (Nov. 29)
Are you a fan of the Criterion Collection and a patron of your local art-house cinema? Then you may not have seen any of the 200-plus films put out from the 1960s to the 1990s by trashy-movie powerhouse Canon Films, run by gonzo producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
But you may still enjoy the crazy tale of how the films got made — often on the fly, and with heaping doses of violence and nudity. Cannon was the home of Chuck Norris, with trash classics such as Delta Force and 10 to Midnight. Cannon also brought us Bo Derek's raunchy coming-of-age flick Bolero, many adventures of Richard Chamberlain, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Superman IV (the one no one saw) and Alien from L.A. (in which supermodel Kathy Ireland visits the underground civilization of Atlantis). Some A-list actors also made their way through Cannon Films, and many of the studio veterans share their tales in this documentary.
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid Comedy Special (Nov. 13)
John Mulaney is a great observational comic who can crack you up just by pointing out the silliness of everyday life. And as a New Yorker, this former Saturday Night Live writer has plenty of material. While you're waiting for his Netflix special, check this clip from 2008.
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (Nov. 1)
You and your kids probably either love or hate this unlikely franchise about a smart-aleck sponge and his undersea adventures. If you're in the first group, check out this tale in which SpongeBob helps to find King Neptune's stolen crown and exonerate his boss, Mr. Krabs, of the crime.