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Clockwise: The Pope’s Exorcist, Squid Game, Leo, Faraway Downs.
Clockwise: The Pope’s Exorcist, Squid Game, Leo, Faraway Downs.

Pop CultureNovember 20, 2023

New to streaming: What to watch on Netflix NZ, Neon and more this week

Clockwise: The Pope’s Exorcist, Squid Game, Leo, Faraway Downs.
Clockwise: The Pope’s Exorcist, Squid Game, Leo, Faraway Downs.

What are you going to be watching this week? We round up everything coming to streaming services this week, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, ThreeNow, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

Squid Game: The Challenge (on Netflix from November 22)

A real-life Squid Game feels a little bit on the nose for a dystopia, but hey, that’s where we are in 2023 apparently. In this series, 456 players compete to win $4.56m, the largest single cash prize in reality TV ever (breaking a previous record of $2.6m). As per the hit series, each player is put through a series of games. Not per the series, players will not be killed off in droves. / Sam Brooks

Faraway Downs (on Disney+ from November 26)

Remember Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 film Australia? Probably not, because it was hyped a lot and came out to middling box office returns and even more middling reviews. The general consensus that it was simply too much movie, and a pretty disjointed one at that. So now, 15 years later, it is coming to Disney+ as a six part miniseries, using what has to be swathes of unused footage. I actually have a soft spot for the OG film – it’s very 1930s, in a good way – so I’m looking forward to this. / SB

Fargo (season five on Neon from November 22)

If you told me 10 years ago that a Coen brothers film would have a spinoff series that lasted for five seasons, I would have assumed that spinoff series would come from O Brother Where Are Thou?, not Fargo, but that’s where we are. The fifth season of this anthology series sees Ted Lasso’s Juno Temple as Dot, a seemingly typical Midwestern housewife whose past comes to haunt her, when Sheriff Roy Tillman (Jon Hamm!) comes searching for her. / SB

The notables

Doctor Who: The Star Beast (on Disney+ from November 26)

It’s been a hard few years to be a Doctor Who fan. Several mediocre seasons made it seem as though the show was destined to be cancelled for the second time in its 60-year history. But now, with returning talent behind and in front of the camera in the forms of writer Russell T Davies and stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate, it’s starting to feel like Doctor Who has been saved from extinction. The uniquely British show has partnered with Disney+, bringing international production values to a programme that has historically been made on a shoestring budget. Hype for these three specials, celebrating six decades of the time lord, is at an all time high. / Stewart Sowman-Lund

Devil’s Peak (on ThreeNow from November 21)

This series, adapted from Deon Meyer’s detective novels of the same name, follows disillusioned detective Benny Griesel, who is forced back into action in crime-plagued Cape Town by a new case – a local vigilante killer with a personal vendetta is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to people committing crimes against children. Gritty! / SB

Utopia (all seasons on TVNZ+ from November 23)

In this cult hit, a community of comic book fans believe that a graphic novel predicted several disastrous epidemics, including mad cow disease, and a rumoured unpublished sequel supposedly contains further information on future world events. When one fan finds the manuscript, he and his friends find themselves as the target of a secret organisation who will kill anyone in their way to get their hands on it. I’ve not seen this one but fans speak incredibly highly of it, so if this sounds even remotely like your jam, give it a spin. (This is the original British version of the series, by the way! You can also watch the American adaptation on Prime Video if you so desire.) / SB

The films

The Pope’s Exorcist (on Neon from November 24)

This isn’t your mother’s Exorcist, it’s your Pope’s exorcist! This horror is, somewhat surprisingly, based on not one but two books by Father Gabriel Amorth – An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories (sadly “The Exorcist” was already taken). All you need to know, really, is that Russell Crowe plays a scooter-riding priest in the 1980s. I’ll let you take it from there. / SB

Leo (on Netflix from November 21)

The second animated film from Adam Sandler’s production company stars the man himself as Leo, a jaded and desperate lizard who gets depressed after a visitor to the classroom where he lives suggest he’s old. Sure! When the chance to explore the world presents itself, Leo jumps at the chance to be taken home by his students but surprise surprise, it turns out he can talk. Hijinks, presumably, ensue. SB

Salt (on Neon from November 24)

Is Salt a good movie? Maybe, maybe not. But what it definitely is, is a film where Angelina Jolie knocks things and people down while wearing a very conspicuous wig. Those movies (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Wanted, Mr and Mrs Smith, Maleficent) are always guaranteed good times, and Salt is no exception to the rule. / SB


November 20

Stamped from the Beginning

November 21


November 22

Squid Game: The Challenge

Crime Diaries: The Celebrity Stylist

I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America: Season Two

November 23

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark: Chapter 6

My Daemon

November 24

A Nearly Normal Family

My Demo

Last Call for Istanbul


Wedding Games


November 20


November 21


November 22

Fargo: Season Five

The Little Rascals

November 23

Navajo Police: Class 57

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known

Four Brothers

November 24

Chucky: Season 3

The Pope’s Exorcist


November 25

An Unexpected Christmas

Merry Liddle Christmas Baby

My Christmas Family Tree

The Santa Stakeout

Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas

Christmas Carole

Wonder Park


November 20




November 21


November 22

Catching a Serial Killer: Sam Little

August: Osage County


November 23


November 25

Country Music Awards Highlights


November 21

Devil’s Peak: Season One

November 23

Saving the Manor

November 24

Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox


November 23

The Naughty Nine

November 26

Doctor Who: The Star Beast

Faraway Downs

Prime Video

November 22

Comedy Island: Japan

November 24

Elf Me

November 26

Polite Society

Apple TV+



November 20

Hollington Drive


November 20

Sons of Steel

A Dangerous Summer



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