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Best of Netflix’s November Streams

Do you miss your Halloween movies and shows? Dreading the thought of watching Christmas themed movies and TV series? Don’t be upset, it’s November, and Netflix has got huge line of new shows premiering. Here are five shows I recommend watching this November that will leave you praising Netflix.

Words: Jason John, Subeditor: Lauren Burgess

It’s November, the middle month for all things related to autumn and winter. Fun things happen in November: Guy Fawkes Night where we witness dazzling fireworks, Thanksgiving for American audiences where we remember to be thankful for what we have and have been given this year, and finally Black Friday sales which have been recently introduced here in the UK; so be prepared for those crazy shopping sprees. However, if you’re the type of person who hates anything related to being outside, why don’t you enjoy this season with new Netflix shows that will surely highlight November as the best month of this year.

Here are my five shows I recommend to watch this November.

  1. Marvel’s Jessica Jones:
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Based on the comic book series Alias written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jessica Jones is about a former super-heroine called Jewel who has the abilities of enhanced strength, partial invulnerability, and flight (but she was terrible at it) that finally found her purpose in saving innocent people. But ever since her run-in with Dr Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man who mind-controlled and mentally tortured Jessica for eight months, she gave up her superhero name and costume and became a private eye. Now a somewhat hero-for-hire, Jessica searches for missing people, uncovers conspiracies, and drinks her nightmarish past away in New York City.

After Netflix’s huge success with Daredevil, Jessica Jones will be catching everyone’s interest and has the potential to become another big franchise, adding a notch to Marvel’s belt of successful films and series. I also bet this show will be brilliant as it’s created by Melissa Anne Rosenberg (Dexter and the Twilight saga), stars Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23) as Jessica, and has the Purple Man being played by the great David Tennant (Doctor Who).

I’m getting giddy just reading about this series. I hope they have a cameo with Matt Murdock meeting Jessica. Hell, I’d like to even see one of the Avengers just appear in a scene. Jessica Jones is a series that will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat and cheering on both the hero and villain.

This spectacular superhero series will premiere on 20th November.

 

  1. Seven Deadly Sins:
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An anime based on the manga series Nanatsu no Taizai written by Nakaba Suzuki. Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of a group of seven holy knights branded as the Seven Deadly Sins that were disbanded after their supposed plot to destroy the royal family and assassinate the Great Holy Knight Zaratras. Ten years later, the Holy Knights are still hunting the members of the Seven Deadly Sins and have the royal family arrested under the crime of treason. Elizabeth, the third princess, escaped her imprisonment and is now in search of the Seven Deadly Sins to defeat the Holy Knights and save the country of Britannia from war. Her first encounter with one of the members is with their leader Meliodas who was depicted as a legendary and vicious warrior, when in reality he is a 15-year-old boy that has tendency to be perverse and owns a tavern on top of a giant pig.

This anime caught my eye with its whimsical story and diverse characters; with a legendary knight who’s actually a boy, a wise-cracking talking pig and a female giant that gets jealous over normal sized girls, this is one peculiar series. The art style is also something to admire, it’s similar to animes like Fairy Tale and HunterXHunter. It’s simple, with funny facial expressions, bright colours, and something always moving in the animation. The voice acting is also on point, they work so well for each character and you can hear the effort they put into getting a lot of emotion in their sentences.

Seven Deadly Sins is a brilliant show to watch for all you anime fans, it’s even something good to start for viewers new to the anime and manga culture. The only issue I have is the echhi sub-genre (perverted jokes, panty shots, scantily clad female characters), I feel that doesn’t need to be in an anime to make it popular. But you’ll love it for its characters, fights, and the magical and tragic storyline.

Season one of Seven Deadly Sins is available to watch now on Netflix.

 

  1. W/ Bob and David:
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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development) are back to be America’s best comedy duo. If you remember their former series Mr. Show on HBO from the mid 90’s, look forward to seeing the two again in Netflix’s exclusive W/ Bob and David. In this day and age we need some old style sketch comedy to make people laugh. You’ll love the well written jokes and strange situations where ordinary people feel awkward as hell.

The two have found success over the past 17 years playing hilarious characters such as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development. Who knows what intricate and strange characters they will play in W/ Bob and David that will make us reference their jokes and maybe even dress up as for next Halloween. The trailer for the show looks very promising. From the looks of it there will be famous comedians and celebrities guest starring as part of Bob’s and David’s crazy world.

One preview of the series shows a sketch where a gang of middle age men are playing poker and talking about their New Year’s resolutions. One friend says he placed his house on the market to finally direct Hollywood films, while another sold his truck and is working in his basement to start his own phone company. They both get support from the gang, but when another member of the group says he will quit eating red meat they all laugh at him and believe his goal will never work out. Looking at this preview, I feel that W/ Bob and David will be an excellent comedy sketch show in Netflix’s library.

W/ Bob and David will premiere on Netflix 13th November.

 

  1. Master of None:
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Master of None tells us the story of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York City working on getting a job, making his father proud of him, and finding the love of his life. Being Dev, however, makes all these goals real hard as he has low self-esteem, an awkward attitude, and a sceptical outlook on life.

Master of None is written by Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Alan Yang (Date and Switch) with Ansari playing the lead role in the series. He even brought in his own father to play Dev’s father. In one scene Dev talks to his father about why he picked his mother over the first girl he ever dated, the father answers “She was a little bit too tall. As soon as she stood up I was like, ‘Ooh no!’”.

Master of None looks similar to Louie, a sitcom revolving the life of an underdog trying his best to win in this mad world, but with a hint of comedy from old sitcoms like Friends. You can see this influence in Dev’s peculiar talks with his associates such as the one about dirty comments they receive on their Instagram post. If you liked those shows I am sure that Master of None will leave you laughing and relating to Dev’s life.

Season one of Master of None will premiere on Netflix on 6th November.

 

  1. River
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If you missed the whole of season one of River on BBC One, look no further as the series will be coming to Netflix. River is drama series following the life of Detective Inspector John River who is haunted by visions of his recently murdered colleague and is determined to find her killer. Over the course of his investigation, more visions of the people involved in the case cloud John’s mind and he has to take psychiatric tests to see if he is still capable of being on duty. His commanding officer thinks this is very unlikely and wants him off the case. Will John find his colleague’s killer in time, or will he slowly descend into madness?

This show has got me hooked, and with it being written by Abi Morgan who was a writer of one of my favourite films, Shame, it just makes me want to watch the whole season in one sitting. River looks to be an amazing series, and with the lead role taken by Stellan Skarsgård (Thor: The Dark World), you just know we’re in for good ride.

The plot sounds original, and from what I can tell there is a conspiracy that John River will uncover. Skarsgård has his own say on what drew him into playing this role and his opinion on the plot, “I’m not interested in ‘who did it’ – this being a much more internal story about a man, and his difficulties in surviving in a reality that doesn’t accept people that are different, is more interesting to me”.

John is also a unique character, he calls his visions “manifestations”, as if he knows he created them to remind him what he must do to set things right. This series looks like it’s set to be an iconic piece of UK drama. Some naysayers claim it’s just a watered down version of Luther, but give it a chance. It’s only six episodes.

Season one of River will be available to stream on Netflix from 18th November.

 


 

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