This month, it looks like HBO is taking a break from a holiday-centric cache of new titles for its November HBO Now list, opting instead for more routine fare. But that doesn't mean that a lack of Thanksgiving-themed specials or the first wave of holiday season staples means that there isn't a bevy of must-watch titles being added to the premium cable channel's streaming site.

With the ever-popular HBO originals Project Greenlight and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver consistently making headlines over the past year, it's more or less certain that their two respective season finales will be some of the most highly anticipated of the month. The cable channel's original documentary The Diplomat, which follows the life of ambassador Richard Holbrooke through the eyes of his son David, will also be available to stream on Nov. 2. The doc's much-awaited cable premiere comes months after it's lauded debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, and will fall in concurrence with the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, which ended the Bosnian War in 1995, and which Holbrooke was instrumental in orchestrating.

On top of that, fans of Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, who scored a Best Actor award as cosmologist Stephen Hawking in 2014's The Theory of Everything, will have a chance to take a look at the making of his latest prestige film, The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper, the historical and biographical drama follows the life of Lili Elbe (played by Redmayne), a trans woman and artist who became the first person in history to undergo sex reassignment surgery, and most importantly, a proto-advocate for trans visibility. The controversy surrounding the casting choices and narrative focus of the movie will be sure to arise some additional interest.

Fans of classic sci-fi might have some marathoning in store (which might come in handy for Thanksgiving after all—for avoiding family dysfunction brought on by close-quarters holiday frenzy): Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes will all become available on Nov. 1, the perfect line-up for a day spent on the couch (and/or avoiding your in-laws).

For some, however, a title that is little less highbrow and a little more below-the-belt might be the movie of choice for the colder weeks of late November: an unrated and uncut version of the BDSM blockbuster and critical flop Fifty Shades of Grey will also be available to stream this month. 

And lastly, if you're in the mood for something that makes you feel young again, HBO Now might be the place to get your fix. For those who grew up on Nickelodeon cartoons and the more teen-oriented SNICK Saturday nights, Good Burger might be the ultimate '90s-themed go-to pick, starring the old school comedy duo Keenan and Kel from Nickelodeon's classic sketch comedy show All That. And for those who need a cure for their Halloween hangover, the satirical, slasher-happy Scream I might be just the thing to cure you of your post-season of the witch woes.

Here are the highlights of what you can expect from HBO Now in November. 

New Original Programming:

Project Greenlight, Season Finale (11/1)

The Diplomat (11/2)

The Leisure Class (11/2)

Kareem: Minority of One (11/3)

Getting On, Season 3 Premiere (11/8)

U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour (11/14)

The Latin Explosion (11/16)

The Danish Girl: HBO First Look (11/18)

Real Time with Bill Maher, Fall Finale (11/21)*

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fall Finale (11/23)*

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (11/23)

*Added to HBO NOW the morning after HBO debut

Saturday Night Movies:

Unfinished Business2015 (11/7)

Run All Night2015 (11/14)

Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015  (11/21) (Original and Unrated cuts)

Kingsman: The Secret Service2014 (11/28)

Estrenos en Español:

Los ases del corrar2015 (11/1)

Muerte en Buenos Aires2014 (11/6)

No robarás2013 (11/13)

Notable Films New to HBO NOW:

(Available Nov. 1)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes1973

Beneath the Planet of the Apes1970

Don't Say a Word2011

Double Jeopardy1999

Dreamgirls, 2006

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer2007

Field of Dreams1989

Good Burger1997


Planet of the Apes1968

Ride Along2014



The Last King of Scotland2006

The Thomas Crown Affair1968

The Waterboy1998

Throw Momma from the Train1987

Last Chance to Catch:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug2013 (ends 11/24)


Ending Nov. 30


Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery1997

Dances with Wolves1990



Ice Age: The Meltdown2006

Jersey Boys2014

Let's Be Cops2014

Miami Vice2006


Rush Hour1998


The Fly1986

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