What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on December 14

By | December 11, 2020

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 Top 10 list for Monday, Dec. 14 finds the Jessica Chastain-led thriller Ava holding on to the top spot, while the star-studded Broadway adaptation The Prom comes in at No. 2. Manhunt: Deadly Games, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Virgin River Season 2 round out the rest of the top 5.

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 Monday, Dec. 14

1. Ava

For fans of: Prestige actors, morally gray assassins | Is it good?: Not particularly

Three very talented actors — Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and John Malkovich — are all pretty under-utilized in this generic thriller about an assassin (Chastain) who is targeted by her own black ops after a hit goes wrong. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)


2. The Prom

For fans of: Broadway musicals, proms | Is it good?: It’s big, flashy, and filled with celebrities, if that’s your kind of thing

Ryan Murphy does his Ryan Murphy thing — casts very famous actors and goes larger than large with the material — in this adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name about washed up theater actors who shake up a small town when they advocate for a teen who wants to go to prom with her girlfriend. You know everyone in it, from Meryl Streep to Nicole Kidman to James Corden, and it’s pretty faithful to the original material. At the very least, it’s definitely going to make you miss live performances. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)

3. Manhunt: Deadly Games

For fans of: True stories, crime shows | Is it good?: It drags in some places but it’s worth a watch

Cameron Britton stars as Richard Jewell, the security guard turned FBI suspect in the investigation of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Over 10 episodes, this series tells Jewell’s story, as well as the stories of the real bomber Eric Rudolph (Jack Huston), journalist Kathy Scruggs (Carla Gugino), and Jewell’s mother, Bobi (Judith Light). (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

For fans of: Jim Carrey, Baby Grinch | Is it good?: People certainly love it

Jim Carrey’s 2000 adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book has become a holiday classic for plenty of people. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably already made a plan to revisit it for the holidays. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

5. Virgin River

For fans of: Hallmarkian romance, heartwarming tearjerkers | Is it good?: It’s a fun time for any hopeless romantic out there

Adapted from the Virgin River novels by author Robyn Carr, the romantic drama stars Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda “Mel” Monroe, a midwife and nurse practitioner from Los Angeles who moves to a beautiful but remote Northern California town following a series of traumatic heartbreaks. It all has a very Hallmark vibe to it, but in a good way! (Yesterday’s rank: 8)

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6. Big Mouth

For fans of: Puberty, Hormone Monsters | Is it good?: It keeps getting better with every season

Do you remember how awful puberty was? If you don’t, Big Mouth wants to make sure you can’t walk away from an episode without doing so. Now in its fourth season, the Netflix animated series tackles a host of new issues, including race, growing up as a young transgender person, and summer camp. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)

7. Selena: The Series

For fans of: Selena Quintanilla, good music | Is it good?: It doesn’t really do the beloved singer justice, but it’s sweet

Selena Quintanilla, the iconic Queen of Tejano music who was tragically killed at 23, gets her origin story told in this Netflix series. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t give Selena (played by Christian Serratos) very much depth at all. Honestly, you’d probably just be better off watching the 1997 Jennifer Lopez film, Selena(Yesterday’s rank: 6)


8. 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

Budding 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: 10)

9. The Christmas Chronicles 2

For fans of: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Christmas | Is it good?: The first is better, but it still gives a good dose of holiday cheer 

In the sequel to 2018’s The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus, which is pretty delightful all on its own. There’s also a plot here, though, with Kate Pierce (Darby Camp), who has grown into a cynical teen, reuniting with the Clauses to help save Christmas after it’s threatened by an elf gone bad. (Yesterday’s rank: 9)

10. Triple 9

For fans of: Crime thrillers, saying “hey, I know them” over and over | Is it good?: The movie itself is hit or miss, but the cast is solid

Triple 9 is one of those movies that are more notable for their actors than their plot, with the stacked cast including the likes of Gal Gadot, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Casey Affleck. The film itself centers on a group of criminals and corrupt cops who are recruited by the Russian mob to pull off their biggest heist yet, setting off a dangerous chain of events in the process. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

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