What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on November 5

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The Netflix Top 10 list won’t tell you how many people are watching a show, but it will tell you which shows people are watching the most. The Netflix Top 10 list for Thursday, Nov. 5 is still topped by excellent limited series The Queen’s Gambit, but there are some interesting new titles a little further down the list: the 2010 Emma Stone comedy Easy A at No. 5, and at No. 8, the classic sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show

But of the Netflix Top 10, which of these shows and movies are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip.

The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in November 2020

Based on Netflix’s Top 10 from Wednesday, Nov. 5

1. The Queen’s Gambit


For fans of: Chess, drugs, and character drama | Is it good?: It’s one of the best shows of the year

Future superstar Anya Taylor-Joy (she’s been cast as young Furiosa in the next Mad Max movie) stars in this literary adaptation as Beth Harmon, a brilliant but troubled chess champion in 1950s Kentucky. She was an orphan who, in her youth, developed an incredible skill for the game but also a debilitating addiction to pills, which quiet her obsessive mind. It’s a detailed character study of brilliance and madness that’s usually reserved for male characters. It comes from one of Netflix’s go-to limited series producers, Godless‘ Scott Frank(Yesterday’s rank: 1)

2. Knock Knock


For fans of: Keanu Reeves, straight-to-video erotic thrillers | Is it good?: Not exactly

This 2015 erotic thriller about a married architect who offers shelter to two young women with ulterior motives jumped high on the list partially because it stars internet hero Keanu Reeves and partially because R-rated erotic thrillers do quite well with people who are alone and bored at home. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

3. Mile 22


For fans of: Mark Wahlberg action movies | Is it good?: It’s whatever

Mark Wahlberg loves to make movies with director Peter Berg. This is one of their five collaborations. It’s an action thriller about covert CIA operatives transporting a whistleblower through 22 miles of hostile terrain. It’s kinda confusing and dumb. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)

4. Holidate


For fans of: Crude and formulaic holiday-themed rom-coms | Is it good?: Not even by the standards of the genre

The title makes this seem like a Christmas rom-com, but it’s not. It’s every holiday. Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey play single people who make a deal to be each other’s dates to holiday parties, therefore avoiding awkward conversations about why they’re still single. Guess what happens. It’s a raunchy and retrograde bummer. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)

5. Easy A


For fans of: Emma Stone, Clueless | Is it good?: Yeah, it’s pretty good

Like Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, this comedy takes a piece of classic literature — in this case The Scarlet Letter — and adapts it for a high school setting. It was Emma Stone’s first starring role, and it helped make her the Oscar-winning star she is today. The movie itself is just OK, but she’s terrific. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

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6. Snowden


For fans of: Thrillers based on real life | Is it good?: Watch the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour instead (it’s on Amazon)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone‘s biographical drama about Snowden’s life and his leak of classified information about government surveillance to journalists. It’s not a great movie, and if you’re really interested in learning more about Snowden and the information he liberated, the documentary Citizenfour, footage of which gets incorporated into Snowden, is a better bet. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)

7. Cocomelon


For fans of: Mashed vegetables, pacifiers | Is it good?: For babies, sure

Colorful objects, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger kids who get screentime. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

8. Chappelle’s Show


For fans of: Rick James, Prince | Is it good?: It’s one of the funniest shows of all time 

The legendary comedy show is now on Netflix. It’s still screamingly funny. What’s your favorite Chappelle’s Show quote? Mine is “He’s a habitual line-stepper.” (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)  

9. Rogue City


For fans of: Shoot ’em ups, cops who don’t play by the rules | Is it good?: Ehhh, it is what it is

One of the most surprising entries into the Top 10 is this French film about corrupt cops and violent gangs in Marseilles, France. If you want guns, guns, guns and don’t really care about plot and character arcs, it will do the trick. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

10. Over the Moon


For fans of: Coco, Inside Out | Is it good?: It’s cute

This moving animated family musical is inspired by a Chinese folktale about the moon goddess Chang’e. A girl whose mother died builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove that the moon goddess is real. Oscar winner Glen Keane directs, and the voice cast includes Philippa Soo, John ChoMargaret Cho, and Ken Jeong(Yesterday’s rank: 6)

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