New month, new programming, and the time has come to take a look at Netflix in November, as the streaming service, besides featuring a library of film and TV titles, continues to offer a wide variety of original programming. These include television series — both live-action and animated — feature films, reality series, documentaries, stand-up specials, and much more.
The sheer quantity of originals is pretty staggering, and the same is true over at the competition and such streaming services as Hulu and Amazon. In the beginning, when each of these brands were first introduced, the idea was to provide a large selection of films and TV shows at the viewer’s fingertips. But gradually that started to change, with the recognition that to get ahead in the public’s mind, there needed to be original programming that couldn’t be found anywhere else. That lesson was probably provided by HBO with shows like The Sopranos and Oz, and Showtime, particularly with, relatively early on in the process, Dexter.
Once that need was recognized, the floodgates have opened and the sheer quantity of series — let alone films — that have resulted is so strong, that it isn’t unusual to hear about a television show that’s currently in its third or fourth season that you may not have ever heard of at all.
At the beginning of the year, The New York Times reported, “At least 487 original scripted programs aired in 2017, the latest record-breaking figure for the TV industry, according to data released Friday by the cable network FX. That was more than the 455 shows that broadcast in 2016, more than the 288 in 2012 and far more than the 182 from 15 years ago. The staggering growth largely comes from the seemingly endless budget lines that help produce new shows for streaming services. Netflix, for example, has said it will spend $8 billion on content this year. In 2013, the year that Netflix’s House of Cards premiered, online services distributed only 24 original programs. In 2017, that number skyrocketed to 117.”
And it’s gone up from there. But we’re here to help, at least as far as Netflix in November is concerned.
Scroll down for a guide to all of the originals streaming on Netflix this month.