Kevin Hart gets serious, puppets set an unprecedented party, and yet the strangest thing on Netflix this November is still “Tiger King 2”.
1. “Cowboy Bebop” (available November 19)
Why should I watch? Calling the original anime “Cowboy Bebop” a cult classic does not entirely do justice to its impact on animation, television and culture as a whole. Hajime Yate’s neo-noir space-western originally ran in the late ’90s, skipping two Japanese television networks to broadcast its 26 episodes before becoming the first anime title to premiere on Adult Swim here in USA (circa 2001). Often referred to as a bridge for animation fans to invest in anime, as well as Western audiences to appreciate a medium originating from the East, “Cowboy Bebop” is also just a completely wild time. Bounty hunters are called cowboys, the Earth is practically uninhabitable, and space is the de facto travel limit. Aboard the spaceship Bebop, a group of “cowboys” are chasing dangerous convicts at the right price, led by Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda). There is also jazz. What is not to love?
Bonus reason: There is also a dog. Played by a corgi named Henry, Ein is what is known as a “computer dog”, meaning his mind was altered in a laboratory – giving him improved intelligence – before he joined the Bebop herd. And while he may be smarter than the average puppy using futuristic science, his cuteness is 100 percent natural. Just take a look for yourself.
2. “True Story” (available November 24)
Adam Rose / Netflix
Why should I watch? Wesley Snipes. OK, that may be too simple an answer, but it is also the right answer. Snipes, an icon on the screen thanks to “Major League”, “New Jack City”, “White Men Can’t Jump”, “Demolition Man” and many more, have enjoyed a low-key resurgence lately, primarily thanks to a commendable tour in “Dolemite Is My Name”, but also excellent cameos (in “What We Do in the Shadows”, where he semi-revives Blade) and strong support turns (in middle sequels like “The Expendables 3” and “Coming II America” ). Here he plays the wayward big brother of a world-famous comedian (Kevin Hart), who gets his little brother in big trouble after a bad night on the town. Whether he’s the villain or a lost soul, watching Snipes is always a captivating experience, and “True Story” gives us seven hour-long episodes to appreciate his reach.
Bonus reason: Unlike Snipes’ recent roles (and pretty much all of Harts’s), “True Story” is not a comedy. This dramatic Netflix thriller comes from “Narcos” showrunner Eric Newman, and “Watchmen” Emmy winner Stephen Williams directs the first three episodes (while serving as executive producer). Toss in music supervisor extraordinaire Liza Richardson and “True Story” have plenty of top talent in front of and behind the camera. Let’s see how it plays out.
“Big Mouth” Season 5 (Available November 5)
Lent by Netflix
Why should I watch? “Big Mouth” is still one of the best ongoing Netflix series out there. Co-creators Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett continue to create identifiable and engaging youth stories that work to shatter the enduring embarrassments that puberty-stricken teens feel. Season 5 tackles the extreme ends of young romance by exploring how pure, uncontrolled worship can quickly turn into misplaced hatred as Nick (voiced by Kroll) and Jessi (Jessi Glaser) get their first visit from Love Bugs (played by Pamela Adlon and Brandon Kyle Goodman), while Missy (Ayo Edebiri) falls victim to a hatred that is just heating up. And do not despair: Everyone’s favorite monsters – the Hormone Monster (Kroll) and the Monstress (Emmy winner Maya Rudolph) – are still harassing children like Andrew (John Mulaney), who can’t help but be turned on by everything.
Bonus reason: Can you say “Holiday Special”? Featuring a variety of animation styles (including the classic Christmas stop-motion technique), season 5 offers a snow-covered spectacular that you have never seen before.
4. “Waffles + Mochi Holiday Feast” (available November 23)
Lent by Netflix
Why should I watch? The other items on this list are not exactly family price, so lucky for anyone with young people running around the house, “Waffles and Mochi” is holding a holiday party. Wait, can you remember who Waffles and Mochi are? Did you not see the first season? God, take your life together. Waffles (a felt-skinned blue lizard with Eggos for ears) and Mochi (a pink rice cake with eyebrows) come from The Land of Frozen Food, and are two best friends with the common dream of becoming top-tier chefs. So they walk out of their icy hometown and visit Mrs. Michelle Obama in her whimsical supermarket, filled with fresh food and even better advice. Soon they will be flying around the world and meeting with various restaurant owners and famous foodies so that they can expand their taste buds and train themselves to become better chefs! Educational and encouraging, full of color and culturally inclusive, “Waffles + Mochi” is a muppet-driven masterpiece – IndieWire called the first season “the best children’s TV show of a generation”, so you’d better believe that we will tune in for the special.
Bonus reason: OKAY OKAY. You did watch the first season you know how good “Waffles and Mochi” is and that’s you sorry with me to assume otherwise – sorry. So what’s special about it? Details are a bit sparse, whether it’s guest stars, section length, or general plot, but what we do know is that Waffles and Mochi decide to hold a holiday party … without knowing what holidays are or what they’re about. Overwhelmed as always, Waffles simply finds a vacation based on his No. 1 interest: food. But before he knows it, guests are on their way, and Mochi has to venture out of The Land of Frozen Food (to places like Norway and Hawaii) to discover the true meaning of this special day. We think they will find out in time, but we can not wait to see how they get there and what they learn along the way.
5. “F Is for Family” Season 5 (Available November 25)
Lent by Netflix
Why should I watch? Co-created by Michael Price and Bill Burr (the latter of whom also voices the main character, Frank Murphy), “F Is For Family” is an effortless look back at 1970s working-class family life. Frank works at the local airport, stuck in a medium-sized management position that leaves him too frustrated when he comes home to Sue (Laura Dern), his wife and budding entrepreneur, as well as their four children, Kevin (Justin Long), Bill (Haley Reinhart), Maureen (Debi Derryberry) and a newborn daughter (name TBA). But instead of painting the past through rose-tinted glasses, this family’s existence is harsh, at times shocking, and filled with characters who deal with emotional abuse or try to correct their scornful habits. Filled with crude humor and clever character growth, “F Is For Family” is never what you would expect, and since this is the final season, the Netflix series should take its place among modern animated adult titles that helped expand the medium. over jokes. It’s a mature story that’s still dark fun.
Bonus reason: Did I mention this is the last season? That means anyone waiting to binge, your time has come. (That said, I do not recommend plowing too much “F Is For Family” through at once; each season deserves a little space.)
“Gentified” Season 2 (Available November 10)
Lent by Netflix
Why should I watch? “Gentefied” is adapted from the 2017 Sundance feature of the same name, and is a half-hour genre hybrid about three Mexican-American cousins who try to chase their dreams without sacrificing their identities, their culture or their friendship in the process. With JJ Soria (as Erik), Karrie Martin (as Ana) and Carlos Santos (as Chris), the series takes place in Los Angeles and is centered around a family-owned taco shop owned by Casimiro “Pop” Morales (Joaquín Coslo)), who has recently become a widow. Filled with intergenerational conflicts and ambitious writing, “Gentefied” Season 1 had all the selections from a series ready to leap forward in its second season, so now is the time to hop on the hype train.
Bonus reason: “Gentefied” received strong reviews for its first season, including high marks from The New York TImes, Variety and IndieWire. However, given that it is more than 18 months since the show first aired, audiences will be forgiven for sleeping on this one for the time being. Just do not forget it again.
7. “Tiger King 2” (available November 17)
Lent by Netflix
Why should I watch? Honestly, I do not have a good answer to this one. The “Tiger King” mania swept into America in the early months of the pandemic, and although the positive early reception shifted fairly quickly toward its more problematic elements, success breeds more content, especially in the streaming era. So here we are. “Tiger King 2.” Are you going to see? Reviews are subject to embargo, so I can not say (nor have seen). But I think your gut instinct is probably right: If you really crave more from Carol Baskin and Joe Exotic, I think you could make it worse. But if you feel like leaving them in the past, along with the toilet paper crisis and the sourdough obsession, do not guess yourself.
Bonus reason: I do not know, nostalgia? Are you a complete? Your remote control is broken and can only choose the first option that you get? Heck, maybe it’s going to be good! Strange things have happened and we know when the reviews start running in. Until then, I’m fighting. Why do we need it again?
The rest of the incoming TV
“Disconnected” (available in November)
“60 Days In” Season 6 (Available November 1)
“Angry Birds” Season 4 – Slingshot Stories (Available November 1)
“Bella and the Bulldogs” Season 2 (Available November 1)
“Forged in Fire” season 7 (available November 1)
“Ridley Jones” Season 2 (Available November 3)
The “Club” (available November 5)
“Glória” (available November 5)
“Narcos: Mexico” Season 3 (Available November 5)
“The Unlikely Murderer” (available November 5)
“Arcane” (available November 6)
“Swap Shop” (available November 9)
“Love Never Lies” (available November 11)
“Legacies” Season 3 (Available November 12)
“America’s Next Top Model” Season 21-22 (Available November 15)
“Survivor” seasons 16 and 37 (available November 15)
“Lies and Deception” (available November 15)
“Christmas Flow” (available November 17)
“The Queen of Flow” Season 2 (available November 17)
“Supergirl” Season 6 (Available November 17)
“Blown Away: Christmas” (available November 19)
“Hellbound” (available November 19)
“The Mind, Explained” Season 2 (Available November 19)
“New World” (available November 20)
“Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 2” (available November 23)
“Selling Sunset” Season 4 (Available November 24)
“Super Crooks” (available November 25)
“Light the Night” (available November 26)
“School of Chocolate” (available November 26)
“Elves” (available November 28)