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31 of November’s best streaming debuts

From recent movies and TV to new original series and classic films, these are the streaming offerings most worth your precious viewing hours.

The Big Sick, The Punisher, Runaways, and She’s Gotta Have It are among November’s biggest streaming debuts.

Every month sees a glut of movies and television making their streaming debuts, across a huge range of platforms — it can be overwhelming just keeping track of what’s out there, never mind making time to actually watch it all. So in the interest of helping you curate your entertainment consumption, every month, we here at Vox Culture comb through the new offerings to highlight what’s most worth your precious viewing hours.

From recent movies and TV to new original series and classic films, here are November 2017’s best new streaming options, broken down by premiere date and platform. Happy watching!

Premiering November 1

25th Hour, Hulu

One of the best films made by the ever-prolific Spike Lee is also one of the best American films of the 21st century and perhaps the definitive cinematic response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (The script is by none other than Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff!) Edward Norton plays a man who has only 24 hours left before he goes to prison. He makes last visits to friends around New York, including one who works in an office overlooking the site where the World Trade Center’s rubble is being cleaned up. It’s a quiet, passionate evocation of New York spirit and American values, with one of the best endings ever committed to film. —Todd VanDerWerff

A Knight’s Tale, Amazon Prime

This gleefully anachronistic 2001 Heath Ledger vehicle will take every sports movie cliché in the book, slap some armor on top, and crowd-surf through a sea of haters straight into your heart. The story of a peasant boy who dreams of becoming a great knight and riding to glory on the strength of his lance is pure dumb fun, and in the hands of Ledger and his blindingly bright movie star charisma, it becomes sheer joy. — Constance Grady

Bound, Hulu

Before The Matrix, the Wachowskis made their mark on cult Hollywood films in 1996 with this sleek lesbian noir thriller about a wily femme fatale — the inimitable Jennifer Tilly — who turns to her smoking-hot neighbor (Gina Gershon) for help putting the screws to her smarmy ex-boyfriend (the always-wonderful Joe Pantoliano). Though you’ve seen this plot a million times, you haven’t seen it imbued with this much sheer scintillating chemistry between the romantic leads. Even if Bound plays out like something of a Wachowski wet dream, we all know by now how interesting the Wachowskis’ dreams can be. —Aja Romano

Chuck Jones Collection: A Very Merry Cricket, Hulu

This beautiful 1973 Christmas special aired briefly on TV before being largely forgotten. It deserves better. Featuring legendary animation director Chuck Jones’s versions of the characters from the beloved children’s novel A Cricket in Times Square, the special traces what happens when the cat, mouse, and, yes, cricket stop to celebrate Christmas. There are shenanigans along the way, but the special is worth it especially for its deeply humane closing. —TV

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Amazon

This modern-day noir comedy flew under the radar upon its release in 2005, but it’s since become something of a cult favorite, largely thanks to the winning buddy ensemble of Robert Downey Jr. as a petty thief lured under ludicrous circumstances into playing a lead role in a Hollywood movie, Val Kilmer as an exasperated detective trying to train him, and Michelle Monaghan as his lifelong crush and snarky femme fatale. The film offers plenty of the fast-paced comedy that writer-director Shane Black was well-known for — after all, it’s pretty much Lethal Weapon meets The Long Kiss Goodnight, both films Black wrote before this one. But it’s the chemistry of the main trio that’s made this film an underrated mainstay. —AR

The Quiet American, Hulu

This 2002 film contains one of Michael Caine’s very best performances, as a world-weary British reporter stationed in 1952 Vietnam who finds himself drawn into political intrigue centered on an American (a very good Brendan Fraser) whose loyalties aren’t immediately clear. The movie adapts Graham Greene’s novel of the same name, and keeps much of the book’s cynicism, including its dark ending. (An earlier film adaptation tried to brighten up the story.) —TV

Premiering November 3

Alias Grace, Netflix

Netflix’s Alias Grace is another Margaret Atwood adaptation featuring mob caps and repressed, potentially violent women, but unlike The Handmaid’s Tale, this one is historical rather than dystopian. Grace (based on the real life Grace Marks) is a young servant girl convicted of murdering her former employer in 19th-century Canada. A visiting psychiatrist tries to make the case that Grace is a hysteric, not a criminal — but Grace herself suggests that something more occult may be going on. —CG

Premiering November 4

Get Out, HBO Now

It’s one of the most successful films of 2017, the highest-grossing film made by a first-time director (Jordan Peele) in history, and a strong contender for this year’s Best Picture Oscar, a rarity for a horror film. But beneath all the hype, Get Out is the real deal: It’s both a superb horror film and a chilling deconstruction of what living in a society built around white privilege feels for the average black man in America. Never has horror been so trenchant, funny, or deeply relevant to the moment in which it’s being made. If you haven’t seen Get Out, see it. If you have, it’s already time for a rewatch. —AR

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 12, Hulu

Technically, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for a 13th and 14th season. But we say “technically” because a) nobody knows when they will air, and b) season 12 sure felt like the show’s last season, answering long-held fan questions, offering up a musical episode, and even airing a finale that suggested one of the show’s core characters won’t return with it, whenever it comes back. There’s as much finality to it as Sunny ever offers — but the show remains one of TV’s funniest, most scabrous looks at American horribleness. —TV

Man Seeking Woman season 3 (FXX), Hulu

Simon Rich’s comedy about how dumb and bizarre dating can be is sadly no more, but season three is absolutely worth checking out. While the first two seasons followed Josh (Jay Baruchel) trying to find a new girlfriend in a series of surreal sketches, season three let him settle into a relationship with Lucy (Katie Findlay) and had fun digging into the equally weird scenarios that can come from two people trying to merge lives. The third season also treated Findlay’s Lucy as a true co-star, which made for some of the show’s best episodes, period. —Caroline Framke

Premiering November 5

The Girlfriend Experience season 2, Starz

The first season of Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience was a cold, menacing gem that offered a glimpse into the luxurious world of upscale prostitution and the psychology of one deeply complex, damaged, brilliant woman who uncovers it. The new season is going to be a different experience (I’m sorry) that focuses on two, for now, seemingly disparate stories set in that same expensive, seductive, and ultimately dangerous world. —Alex Abad-Santos

The Lovers, Amazon Prime and Hulu

The Lovers simultaneously feels like an homage to cinema's golden age and a reflection on married love in 2017. Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play two people in an amiable but passionless long-term marriage; both of them have been cheating, and both are making plans to leave. But then they do the unexpected thing: start falling in love again. Their paramours are none too amused. Never succumbing to clichés, The Lovers is funny and surprising, and even when it's painful, it feels like a keen observation of what long-term love looks like. —Alissa Wilkinson

Premiering November 8

Much Ado About Nothing, Hulu

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon shot this Shakespeare adaptation on the cheap in his back yard, with actor buddies he knew from his previous projects, right after he finished filming The Avengers. The resulting movie feels as gleeful and nervy as a student film that the drama club threw together in secret, as if the cast kept whispering to each other, Can you believe we’re getting away with this? Most gleeful is Angel alum Amy Acker, whose sparkling delivery gives us one of the best Beatrices since Emma Thompson redefined the role in 1994. —CG

Premiering November 10

Allied, Amazon Prime and Hulu

Allied feels like a relic from a much older age, a serious drama that looks and acts more like Hitchcock by way of Casablanca than a Bond movie. There’s style aplenty, even though a faltering third act ultimately flattens the film’s substance. Allied reaches back to the tradition of old Hollywood romances against a wartime backdrop, with a noir twist, and it is content to move along at a methodical pace. The war romance genre doesn’t have many surprises left up its sleeve, but Allied is gorgeous, with conventional images shot in a way that evokes older influences. They may not make movies like they used to, but Allied is a good approximation. —AW

Lady Dynamite season 2, Netflix

There’s no TV show quite like Lady Dynamite because there’s no comedian quite like its star, Maria Bamford. In its first season, the Netflix comedy did a loose retelling of Bamford’s real experiences as an actor and standup comedian, all while showing how much her mental health issues have informed her entire life. In Lady Dynamite, Bamford is simultaneously chirpy and hilarious and frayed around the edges, and season two looks to promise more of the same, plus some appealing guest stars like Andy Samberg, Jenny Slate, and even Bamford’s actual parents. —CF

Premiering November 11

Their Finest, Hulu

Their Finest is a fictionalized, bittersweet drama about making movies during World War II, and it has all the romance, tragedy, and humor of the films its characters are creating. Catrin (Gemma Arterton), a Welsh girl recently transplanted to London in the middle of the blitz, finds herself unexpectedly working on a screenplay for a film designed by the Ministry of Information to perk up the weary public. Sparks fly between her and her co-writer, Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin). The film sidesteps some thorny ethical territory by the simplicity of its aim — and the result is a pleasure to watch. —AW

Premiering November 14

Future Man, Hulu

The newest venture from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is about a janitor whose favorite video game turns out to be a sly recruitment tool from the future. From there, who knows where this series will go — except, apparently, the 1980s — but it does feature Josh Hutcherson in his first leading TV role and, more importantly, consistent MVP Eliza Coupe as a future super soldier with frosted blue hair and little patience for bullshit. This one’s worth keeping an eye on. —CF

Premiering November 15

The Gate, Shudder

Already suffering from Stranger Things withdrawal? The Gate is the film you need. This underrated cult horror fantasy is an ’80s oddity, a bit like Jumanji meets Hellraiser, or perhaps the Gremlins versus Goonies crossover we never got to enjoy. Charming, fun, and often eerily creepy in that way only horror built from practical effects can be, The Gate is a must-watch for anyone who’s into monsters and/or ’80s nostalgia. The plot about a group of nerdy kids who uncover a hellgate full of pint-size demons in their backyard should sound awfully familiar to Stranger Things fans. But it’s also a sheer delight in its own right, chock-full of ’80s clichés, cheesy moments, and a parade of surreal, frequently inspired horror visions. —AR

Premiering November 16

Whose Streets?, Hulu

The co-directors of Whose Streets? are Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan, who were on the inside of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a raw, potent film pieced together from footage and interviews, and it’s unabashed about its perspective and connection to the activists. The film premiered at Sundance in January, but it opened in theaters the same weekend as the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Whose Streets? is an essential piece of historical documentation that cries out to be seen and heeded. —AW

Premiering November 17

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, Netflix

When Jim Carrey played famous comedian Andy Kaufman for The Man in the Moon, the 1999 biopic about Kaufman, he got into character. Deep into character. This new Netflix documentary examines what it means to disappear so far into a character that you almost forget who you are, as well as the legacy of Kaufman’s brilliant, infuriating anti-comedy and its effect on funnymen like Carrey. —TV

Landline, Amazon

Landline flashes back to the 1990s to follow two sisters trying to figure out their shit — or, as Dana (Jenny Slate) puts it more succinctly, “flailing.” It reunites Slate with her Obvious Child collaborators Gillian Robespierre (director and co-writer) and Betty Holm (co-writer), not to mention the great Edie Falco tapping in to play her harried mother. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the charm. —CF

Mudbound, Netflix

One of the year’s most talked-about films on the festival circuit has won accolades for its cast — including Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, and Jason Mitchell — and for its poignant story, about two men who return from World War II to rural Mississippi and struggle with the adjustment to civilian life and with the racism around them. It’s certain to get plenty of buzz during the upcoming awards season, too. —AW

The Punisher, Netflix

Played by Jon Bernthal, Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher, is the latest dark and bloody Marvel character to make the jump from comic books to Netflix. Unlike his cohort Daredevil, though, Castle is much more violent and exponentially more ruthless when it comes to stamping evil out of Hell’s Kitchen. He’s an antihero in the bloodiest sense of the word, and will make you question whether the hero part even applies. —AAS

Premiering November 19

Baskets season 2, Hulu

Baskets is one of the funniest TV shows you’re not watching, anchored by Emmy-nominated work by Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets, rodeo clown, and Emmy-winning work by Louie Anderson as Chip’s mother, Mrs. Baskets. The show falls somewhere in the Venn diagram intersection of “hilarious,” “tragic,” “whimsical,” and “really hard to describe.” Trust us. You’ll like it. —TV

Premiering November 21

Marvel’s Runaways season 1, Hulu

Hulu’s adaptation of the beloved Brian K. Vaughn comics series from the early 2000s (which has recently been revived by YA author Rainbow Rowell) comes from the minds behind Gossip Girl and The OC, sitting comfortably at the intersection of Superhero Street and Teen Soap Lane. That’s a pretty great place for this story to reside, centering as it does on a group of Los Angeles teens who learn their parents are secret supervillains, and discover their own superpowers in the process of uncovering and evading their parents’ evildoings. If that’s not enough to convince you of Runaways’ potential, there’s a telepathic velociraptor named Old Lace in the mix too. —Genevieve Koski

Premiering November 22

Godless, Netflix

At first, all we knew about Godless was that it stars Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell, and Jeff Daniels and is produced by Steven Soderbergh, which was intriguing enough. Now, we know the limited series is about a dusty Western town populated entirely by women who, in their words, are “a lot fuckin’ stronger” than any of the men arching skeptical eyebrows at them give them credit for. If you want your Thanksgiving entertainment to have a side of righteous payback, Godless may be your best bet. —Caroline Framke

Premiering November 23

She’s Gotta Have It season 1, Netflix

Spike Lee’s first film, made in 1986, is expanded to a 10-episode Netflix comedy while keeping the same plot, about a black woman in contemporary America juggling three very different suitors. The movie marked Lee as an exciting young filmmaker to watch, so it will be fascinating to see how he approaches the same material as an established filmmaker with some legendary films to his name. —TV

Premiering November 24

The Big Sick, Amazon Prime

The Big Sick is a paragon of the romantic comedy form, equal parts funny, heartwarming, and romantic, with a specificity that further amplifies all those qualities. That specificity comes from the screenplay, which was written by real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon and mirrors their own rocky road to romantic bliss. Nanjiani stars as Kumail, a struggling comic who’s also struggling with the expectations of his Muslim family, while Zoe Kazan steps into the role of Emily, who winds up in the hospital with a mysterious infection shortly after she and Kumail start dating. Bad timing, cultural differences, and familial pressure all come into play as the pair navigates the hand that fate has dealt them; that the movie manages to be both hilarious and romantic as they do so is what makes this film one of 2017’s cinematic joys. —GK

Fences, Amazon Prime and Hulu

Fences stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who also directed this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play about a middle-aged sanitation worker in Pittsburgh and his family. It’s a bit static onscreen, a serious movie most interested in showcasing its stars’ outstanding performances. But its story also feels fresh, as if it were written to address the concerns of its time: Questions of race and privilege, agency, and responsibility are all here. —AW

Premiering November 29

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime

Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is sending her signature patter-heavy screwball-comedy-with-secret-pathos style back to the 1950s, and judging from the episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that Amazon has made available, it’s a perfect fit. The Mrs. Maisel in question is the adoring housewife to an aspiring standup comic, but everything changes when her husband decides to leave her to pursue his comedy dreams — and she discovers that she just might be a better comedian than he is. —CG

Premiering November 30

Person to Person, Hulu

Person to Person feels like a film from a few decades ago, a meandering day-in-the-life drama about a handful of New Yorkers grappling with their relationships to one another and questions big and small. With a great cast led by Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Philip Baker Hall, Michaela Watkins, and more, it’s a convincing and affectionate portrait of a city full of people just trying to get by. —AW

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