This November on Netflix, the royal family prepares to take its final bow and Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. But the streamer’s slate next month is just as packed with documentaries as it is with scripted series, so we can look forward to moments of high drama and unnerving revelations in equal measure. Here are some of the most exciting premieres, including another close look at the Twin Flames cult, the return of a nourishing travelogue series, several promising international shows, and something to put you in the mood for Drinksgiving (that is, if you observe).
Netflix’s latest sports documentary centers on another soccer star: Colombia’s René Higuita, whose boundary-pushing ways as a goalkeeper earned him the nickname “El Loco.” The Medellín native made the daring “scorpion kick” his own; off the field, he struck up friendships with everyone from Pelé to Pablo Escobar. His is no mere rags-to-riches story, though the odds were certainly stacked against Higuita in childhood. The Way of the Scorpion is bound to be a thrilling ride.
To mark the 60th anniversary of The Improv, Netflix invited a whole slew of comics — Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Bert Kreischer, Craig Robinson, Deon Cole, Fortune Feimster, Jeff Dunham, Kevin Nealon, Mark Normand, Jo Koy, and Whitney Cummings — to perform at the iconic comedy club. In addition to their sets, 60 and Still Standing also features rare archival footage of some of the biggest comedians of all time, including Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and the late Norm Macdonald.
Get ready for a little déjà vu — in the wake of Prime Video’s Desperately Seeking Soulmate: Escaping Twin Flames Universe, Netflix is releasing the similarly (if more succinctly) titled Escaping Twin Flames. The three-part documentary will also shine a light on the inner workings of this cult, whose leaders have found ways to twist the love that members seek when they join the group. Escaping Twin Flames directors Cecilia Peck and Inbal B. Lessner have already gone one round in the dueling documentaries fight; they’re behind the superior NXIVM cult doc, Seduced, which premiered on Starz in October 2020
Netflix is betting that enough time has passed since the onset of the pandemic to indulge in some “Love in the Time of COVID-19” tales. This anthology series, which stars Kang Ren Wu, Po-Hung Lin, Gingle Wang, Xia Weiting, and Ruby Lin, among others, will tell “10 unique stories of passion and heartache.”
Italy has plenty of its own sprawling crime drama franchises, but Suburra is one of its most stylish. What began in 2015 with an adaptation of Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini’s novel of the same name has now spawned two sequel series. The latest is Suburræterna, which sees Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti (Giacomo Ferrara) return home to Rome and try to take back control of the city.
Soon it’ll be time to bid farewell to Windsors, as The Crown enters its final season. There are a few new faces in Season 6, which has been split into two parts, but Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Elizabeth Debicki still own much of the story. The final episodes won’t be out until December, but there’s already been some controversy over the inclusion of an otherworldly appearance by Debicki’s Diana.
This anime, which is based on Bryan O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, is also a period piece — the setting is 2000s-ish Toronto, and Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is mooning over Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) for the first time. But though this animated series reunites the cast of Edgar Wright’s 2010 movie, including Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, and Brie Larson, it’s no mere retelling. Viewers can expect to see new sides to these characters, and new twists on familiar story beats.
Host and sommelier Stephen Satterfield returns for a second season of venturing across the United States to explore the history and impact of African-American cuisine — the way it powers social justice movements, builds community, and nourishes artists.
Las Vegas is under threat again in this silly Netflix thriller from Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald. After fending off a nuclear doomsday, the Special Forces team led by Chad McKnight (Legends of Tomorrow’s Nick Zano) throws a celebration for the ages, only to find out that the threat hasn’t really been, well, obliterated. This time, they’ll have to save the world while fending with the worst of hangovers.
TOPICS: The Crown, Netflix, At the Moment, Escaping Twin Flames, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, Higuita: The Way of the Scorpion, The Improv: 60 and Still Standing, Obliterated, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Suburræterna