New Documentaries Coming to Netflix in November 2020


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We do hate to be the bearer of bad news, but November looks a pretty scant month for documentaries on Netflix. There are just nine new factual-based titles for you to get stuck into over the next 32 days. 

That said, there are still some cracking titles here to enjoy. Whether you like true-crime, music docs, or food series, there’s still sure to be something for everyone in November’s monthly drop.

Trial 4 (2020) N 

Episodes: 8
Available on Netflix: November TBC

Convicted at age 19, Sean K. Ellis spent 22 years imprisoned for the murder of Boston police officer, John Mulligan. However, Ellis has always insisted on his innocence. His conviction was overturned in 2015 and the charges dropped, but Sean K. Ellis is now facing his fourth trial and the possibility of life imprisonment.

This docuseries takes a deep look at the US legal system, allowing Sean K. Ellis to tell his story in his own words.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016-2019)

Seasons: 1-3
Available on Netflix: 1 November

Ex-Scientology follower, actress Leah Remini, exposes some of the dark secrets of the infamous religious organisation.

Over 35+ episodes, Leah Remini shares her experiences with the Church of Scientology, as well as speaking to other former members who managed to break free. However, as this Emmy Award-winning documentary shows, the trauma doesn’t necessarily stop after leaving Scientology.

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? (Season 1) N

Episodes: 4
Available on Netflix: 2 November

This Spanish language true-crime series explores one of Argentina’s most shocking crimes.

Maria Marta Garcia Belsunce was found dead in the bath at her home. Her husband posited that she drowned. However, the autopsy, and the nearby puddle of blood, portrayed a different story. She had been shot in the head five times: but who by?

A Lion in the House (2006)

Runtime: 3hr 49 min
Available on Netflix: 10 November

This emotional docuseries follows five young people (and their families) as they deal with childhood cancer. Aged between 6-19, these kid display amazing resilience, and unique coping mechanisms to overcome a very troubling situation. We could all learn something from A Lion In the House. 

Whose Streets? (2017)

Runtime: 103 minutes
Available on Netflix: 16 November

On August 9 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man was shot by a white police officer. The days that followed saw a great uprising in Michael’s hometown of Ferguson, Missouri. Whose Streets? tells the story of Michael, Ferguson, and police brutality in America.

We Are The Champions (Season 1) N

Episodes: 6
Available on Netflix: 17 November


Got a weird competitive streak? The one’s for you.

This new reality documentary series looking into some of the world’s oddest competitions, including cheese-rolling, dog-dancing, frog-jumping, and fantasy hairstyling.

Flavorful Origins: Gansu Cuisine (Season 3) N

Episodes: TBC
Available on Netflix: 20 November

This travel docuseries take a detailed look at the rich and varied national cuisine of China. Season three explores the cuisine of Gansu: a landlocked province in North-central China.

Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) N

Runtime: 1hr 23
Available on Netflix: 23 November


This up-close-and-personal documentary allows fans to get to know the 22-year-old singer-songwriter a little better. Just in time for his Christmas album drop…

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2020) N

Available on Netflix: 27 November

One of several titles to emerge as part of Shonda Rimes’s (AKA Shondaland) production deal with Netflix.

Dance Dreams takes a behind-the-scenes look at The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: an annual theatrical and ballet production put together by stage icon, Debbie Allen.

Which documentaries will you be watching on Netflix this November? Let us know in the comments below!

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