October 29, 2023
Streaming Queer: November 2023
Andrea Marks Joseph READ TIME: 7 MIN.
November's streaming offering has everything you could ask for and more: Badass women pulling off one last heist, a breathtaking, stylish Italian romance that spans 30 years, a long-awaited spotlight on the openly gay Black activist who changed history, the remarkable true story of a 60-year old woman determined to achieve her long-distance swimming goals, a lesbian couple's pregnancy getaway that turns into wellness cult nightmare, and two action-packed fan-favorite graphic novels brought to life...and that's not even half of what's to come this month. Let's dive right in! Happy Streaming!
We begin this month of queer streaming with a show that is not obviously queer but absolutely feels important because of its ensemble cast of three hot women, one of them being "Blue is the Warmest Color" star Adèle Exarchopoulos. "Wingwomen" stars Exarchopoulos and Mélanie Laurent (who also directs this film) as expert thieves and best friends who recruit a skilled racing driver played by Manon Bresch for one last job before they retire. This film has all the high-powered action, reluctant camaraderie, and heist shenanigans we could ask for, and we're always gonna tune in to gorgeous, talented, badass women doing badass things.
"Wingwomen" premieres November 1 on Netflix.
This stylish and emotional film is about the power of a once-in-a lifetime kind of love. In late 1970s Rome, what should have been a casual encounter between Enea and Pietro "turns into an unforgettable romance – until destiny pulls them apart." The local cinema where they met becomes the heart of a fierce love story that leaves the two men longing for decades after, as everything else they experience is compared against it. "For 30 years, they pursue the hope of finding each other again."
"Nuovo Olimpo" premieres November 1 on Netflix.
"Invincible" Season 2
The (literal, violent, and very bloody) smash hit is back for more shocking, devastating, extraterrestrial family drama and saving the world. This season, the twisted graphic novel adaptation continues its wild ride of equal parts horror and entertainment as Mark (Steven Yeun) struggles with wanting to be his best self and rebuild his personal life –while facing new threats, multiverse crime syndicates, and battling his greatest fear: That he might become his all-powerful supervillain father without even knowing it. Out actor Andrew Rannells returns as Mark's dramatic delight of a bestie, William.
"Invincible" Season 2 premieres November 3 on Prime Video.
Queer friendship is at the heart of this riveting film, which is based on a remarkable true story. "NYAD" follows Diana Nyad (Annette Bening) a lesbian who was known as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world from 1969-1979. In 2010, at the age of 60, with the help of her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (Jodie Foster), Nyad commits to achieving her life-long dream: becoming the first person to swim the 100-mile 60-hour long open ocean distance from Cuba to Florida. It's a quest she had to abandon when she first tried it at 28-years old, but is determined to complete now.
"NYAD" premieres November 3 on Netflix.
"You're Not Supposed to Be Here"
Chrishell stars as one half of a lesbian couple who find themselves at the heart of an increasingly suspicious wellness retreat. When pregnant woman Zoe (Chrishell Stause) and her partner Kennedy (Diora Baird) are offered a cabin getaway to escape the stress of work and family life, it should be a relaxing experience in a beautiful town, but turns out to be a nightmare. "Zoe feels uncomfortable with the looks and stares of the townsfolk, and questions if their unwanted attention has to do with them as a same-sex couple, while Kennedy tries to reassure her it's her pregnancy hormones getting the best of her. Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have."
"You're Not Supposed to Be Here" premieres November 5 on the Lifetime app.
"The Buccaneers" Season 1
"Girls with money, men with power. New money, old secrets," is the catchy tagline for this series based on Edith Wharton's unfinished novel. "A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash...Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers' hearts are set on much more than that, and saying 'I do' is just the beginning." With a trailer set to Olivia Rodrigo's "all-american bitch" and a soundtrack filled with modern female musicians, we're most excited for a show that's invested in the joyous rebellion of young women being authentically themselves. Following a group of girls with "a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition" "The Buccaneers" is the space we'll get to see trans actress Josie Totah continue to shine. Two of the girls are seen kissing in the trailer, so we're also hoping for a really fun sapphic romance plot!
"The Buccaneers" Season 1 premieres November 8 on AppleTV+.
"Rap Sh!t" Season 2
This season was initially set to air in August, but November is now its official time to shine. Season 2 of the Issa Rae-produced music industry comedy sees up-and-coming rap duo Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion) taking their career to new heights. Bisexual actor Jonica Booth plays Chastity, the self-proclaimed "Duke of Miami" and a stud who splits her time between managing the rap duo and managing a group of sex workers. The "Seduce & Scheme" hit makers wrestle with the sacrifices it takes to truly commit to the rap game. This includes working with Francois Boom (out actor Jaboukie Young-White) and going on tour with Reina Reign (Kat Cunning).
"Rap Sh!t" Season 2 premieres November 9 on Max.
"A Murder at the End of the World" Season 1
Nonbinary actor Emma Corrin leads this slick thriller as tech-savvy amateur sleuth Darby Hart, who receives a mysterious invitation to a reclusive tech billionaire's (Clive Owen) secret retreat. Hart finds herself surrounded by scenic landscapes and a lover played by Harris Dickinson, feeling "trapped at the end of the world" as she must prove that the fellow guest's death she witnessed was a murder, "all against a tide of competing interests and before the killer takes another life." There's lots going on in this trippy, glamorously-shot locked-room mystery series that will have your heart racing, especially when "no one believes her; the grief and shock of the events thrust her into remembering her own buried past." Brit Marling and queer actor Alice Braga also star.
"A Murder at the End of the World" Season 1 premieres November 14 on Hulu.
"Julia" Season 2
Out actors Robert Joy and David Hyde Pierce are among the series regulars returning for this delicious and delightful series about the rise of popular chef Julia Child and the show that made her as famous and beloved as she still is. This season, we'll join Julia (Sarah Lancashire) and her husband Paul (David Hyde Pierce) on their inspiration tour to France; When they return she finds "that her success has changed everything" as Hunter Fox (Robert Joy) embarks on a product placement adventure while everyone feels the pressure to maintain their success collide with the need to keep things fresh. "Through her singular joie de vivre, she and her team must navigate WGBH, the White House, and a threat from their past, while continuing to spearhead female-driven public television and confront social issues still prevalent today."
"Julia" Season 2 premieres November 16 on Max.
This stunning biopic puts an activist hero –the architect of 1963's momentous March on Washington– front and center of the landscape-shifting, history-making movement he made possible. "From the back rooms of power to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the new film tells the story of the civil rights movement from a never-before-seen perspective." Sixty years after the March on Washington, "Rustin" shines a spotlight on the openly gay Black civil rights leader Bayard Rustin (played by the magnificent, magnetic out actor Colman Domingo) and his lifetime of dedication to the quest for racial equality.
"Rustin" premieres November 17 on Netflix.
"Monarch: Legacy of Monsters" Season 1
Out actor Kiersey Clemons stars in this dramatic series that spans three generations, surrounding the "thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real." "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters" is about two siblings following in their father's footsteps to uncover their family's connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army Officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell, with his son Wyatt Russell playing his younger self). The series takes place both in the 1950s and half a century later, where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows.
"Monarch: Legacy of Monsters" Season 1 premieres November 17 on Apple TV+.
"Scott Pilgrim Takes Off"
The star-studded cast we know and love (Kieran Culkin, bisexual actor Aubrey Plaza, and Brie Larson among them) from the iconic live-action "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" film returns to voice this animated version of the "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novels. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is mysterious bisexual babe and unattainable dream-girl Ramona Flowers, whose seven evil exes Sex Bob-omb bassist Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat before he can be with her. Mae Whitman reprises her role as Ramona's evil ex, Roxie.
"Scott Pilgrim Takes Off" premieres November 17 on Netflix.
"Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain"
Bowen Yang is serving bob as a cult leader and Meg Stalter is a park ranger on a mission in this comedy about three "childhood friends turned deadbeat co-workers" (played by the sketch-comedy trio who call themselves Please Don't Destroy) who decide to go into the wilderness in search of priceless treasure, which should be the most difficult part of that plan. Instead, they face countless absurd obstacles along the way (a terrifying bird who does not seem to know it can fly, the above-mentioned cult, being followed by park rangers trying to beat them to the treasure) and realize that finding the treasure was the easy part.
Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain" premieres November 17 on Peacock.
"Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials"
To celebrate 60 years of the TARDIS and welcome international fans ahead of the new era in which Ncuti Gatwa will take over as the Doctor, Disney+ is delivering three spectacular hour-long "Doctor Who" specials. These episodes "will reunite the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate) as they come face-to-face with their most terrifying villain yet: the Toymaker." The Toymaker is played by out actor Neil Patrick Harris, in his "Doctor Who" debut. The specials will also serve as a very exciting debut for trans actress Yasmin Finney's Rose, who will join Gatwa in the new era of this iconic British show.
"Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials" will premiere November 25 on Disney+.