While Netflix users have been rejoicing at the slew of highly-anticipated recent additions to the streaming platform, the new spate of titles sadly also means we have to bid farewell to some much-loved ones. From a hilarious Korean drama to the classic spooky tales of Goosebumps, check out the list below for a quick glance at everything that’s coming and going on Netflix Hong Kong this November.
Great British Menu (November 30)
Calling all self-proclaimed foodies, aspiring Gordon Ramsays, and home cooks! This month is your last chance to watch Season 7 of the Great British Menu – a BBC television series in which top British chefs compete for the chance to cook one of four courses at a banquet dinner. This season takes us back to the 2012 London Olympics. With competing athletes coming in from all over the world to celebrate the games, the heat is on as some of UK’s greatest chefs are tasked with creating a menu that could perfectly capture the Olympic spirit.
Detective Alice (November 30)
With laughs at every turn, the lighthearted Korean drama Detective Alice follows bubbly, determined Food and Drug Administration investigator, Chun Yeon Joo (Kim Nam Joo). With her extremely sensitive taste buds, she works with her straight-laced partner to track down all manner of crimes against food safety. Each episode of this short drama is only about 12 minutes long, with storylines that aren’t always realistic but are bursting with comic relief. Fair warning, though – Netflix only has the first season – eight episodes which don’t see the storyline resolved, so if you don’t like cliffhangers, hold off on starting this.
Goosebumps (Nov 18)
Running the gamut from creepy to spooky to just plain weird, R.L. Stine’s irreverent children’s tales take on a life of their own in Goosebumps, a tween-and-teen-targeted horror anthology series that will give you, well… goosebumps. While each episode tells a different tale, they all happen in a strange reality in which unusual events occur on a regular basis, and curses, mysticism, paranormal activity, sinister characters and creepy creatures lurk around every corner, delivering PG-friendly, heart-pounding suspense.
Rick & Morty (November 18)
Rick & Morty is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom following the adventures of one Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. In each episode, Rick and his grandson Morty travel to strange dimensions, meet strange people, and interact with numerous other-dimensional incarnations of themselves and their families. Rick uses their escapades to educate and emotionally-scar his grandson, all the while their adventures bring potentially harmful consequences for their family and the world. The show is hysterical, irreverent, and often profound in a “we weren’t really trying” sort of way. And yes, it really is as bizarre as it sounds, but that’s exactly why you need to watch it.
New On Netflix
The Princess Switch (November 16)
If the summer of fairytale weddings has left you in dire need of some more royal romance, The Princess Switch is the film for you. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a plan to trade places. From a contrived reason to cross paths with the royal family, to the vaguely British accents and fictional country, The Princess Switch has all the cliche makings of a royal romance film. Cheesy as it is, it’s still perfect for days when you just need a reason to smile.
Narcos: Mexico (November 16)
The world of Narcos returns to screens once more, post-Pablo Escobar and with copious amounts of violence and dramatic power-play in Narcos: Mexico. With a new cast, location, and story, Narcos: Mexico chronicles Mexico’s cartels and how they became intertwined with Colombia’s. The series follows the birth of the Mexican drug war in the 1980s, charting the ascent of the Guadalajara cartel and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo – the criminal mastermind behind Mexico’s drug trade. Starring Michael Peña from Ant-Man, and Diego Luna from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this is a show you cannot miss.
Suicide Squad (November 14)
DC Comics supervillain movie Suicide Squad turns up the crazy with its team of psychopathic super-villain ex-convicts, recruited by a secret government agency. The Squad – made up of weapons fetishist Deadshot (Will Smith), fire-breathing ex-gangster Diablo (Jay Hernandez), former psychiatrist turned evil-barbie Harley Quinn (Robbie), Aussie opportunistic thief Boomerang (Jai Courtney), specialised assassin Slipknot (Adam Beach), and genetic mutant Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) – work together to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, all the while the diabolical Joker launches an agenda of his own.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (November 4)
In the second episode of Patriot Act, host Hasan Minhaj described his weekly political-comedy show as a “woke TED Talk” – and we couldn’t have phrased it any better ourselves. In each 20-minute episode, Minhaj picks a timely topic that’s shaping the trends of our fragmented world and deep dives into it, giving us facts and figures, building up a solid background before offering an opinion on how things should be done as we go forward. His unique comedic voice and storytelling skills are complemented with background screens that share images, videos, and data to further emphasise his points. A large part of Patriot Act‘s appeal is Minhaj’s sincereness. Minhaj is never afraid to speak his mind. If you’re a fan of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, this show will have you hooked in no time.
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons (November 5)
John Leguizamo is the self-professed ghetto scholar we all wish we had in our school days. This filmed version of his one-man Broadway show – Latin History For Morons – is the most hilarious history lesson you will ever have. Blending comedy and history, the Colombian-American actor attempts to fill a void in his son’s history books by firing through 3,000 years of Latin contributions to the Americas. Easy laughs pour in as Leguizamo delves into Latin history while sugar-coating it with tongue-in-cheek jokes and witty humour to make painful truths easier to digest.
The Outlaw King (November 9)
The Outlaw King follows the untold story of King Robert the Bruce as he transforms from a defeated nobleman to outlaw hero, assuming the mantle of Scottish independence and rallying an army to seize the Scottish crown from oppressive English rule. Starring Chris Pine as King Robert the Bruce, this period drama is set on dashing the romantic notions of battlefield glory many medieval dramas portray. Instead, the packed and muddy frames are heavy on the action, while the plot is fuelled by political intrigue, laying bare the tiring, grim reality of warfare.
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