What to see on Netflix Prime 10 Rankings on December 17th

The Netflix Top 10 list doesn’t show how many people watch a program, but it does show which shows the most people watch. In the top 10 list for Thursday, December 17th, the Netflix Christmas movie A California Christmas is still number one, while Manhunt: Deadly Games is number two and the ballet drama Tiny Pretty Things is number three. The only new addition to the rankings is the UK true crime documentaries The Ripper, which debut at number 10.

But of the Netflix Top 10, which of these shows and movies are really worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix top 10 list and walk you through what to do and what to skip.

The best TV shows and movies on Netflix in November 2020

Based on Netflix’s Top 10 as of December 17th

1. A California Christmas

For fans of: Stupid vacation films, lies | It is good?: It must be

It’s the season for lovably ridiculous rom-coms! A wealthy businessman poses as a ranch worker in hopes of convincing a hardworking farmer to sell their family’s property before Christmas. You can probably guess where this is going. (Rank yesterday: 1)

2. Manhunt: Deadly Games

For fans of: True stories, thrillers | It is good?: It drags on in a few places, but it’s worth a watch

Cameron Britton plays Richard Jewell, the security officer who became an FBI suspect in the investigation into the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing. In over 10 episodes, this series tells the story of Jewell as well as the stories of the real bomber Eric Rudolph (Jack Huston), the journalist Kathy Scruggs (Carla Gugino) and the mother of Jewell, Bobi (Judith Light). (Rank yesterday: 2)

3. Little pretty things

For fans of: Ballet, high school melodrama, soap operas | It is good?: Not really, but the dance sequences are well done

After the star student of an elite ballet academy suffers an accident, her replacement is thrown into a cutthroat world in which almost all students seem to be in fierce competition with one another. It’s pretty over the top in its soapiness. (Rank yesterday: 3)

4. Ava

For fans of: Prestigious actor, morally gray assassin | It is good?: Nothing special

Three very talented actors – Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and John Malkovich – are pretty underutilized in this generic thriller about an assassin (Chastain) who is attacked by their own black ops after a hit fails. (Rank yesterday: 4)

5. How the Grinch stole Christmas

For fans of: Jim Carrey, baby Grinch | It is good?: People definitely love it

Jim Carrey’s 2000 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s book has become a vacation classic for many people. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably already made a plan to revisit for the holidays. (Rank yesterday: 7)

6. Virgin River

For fans of: Hallmarkian romance, heartwarming flow of tears | It is good?: It’s a fun time for every hopeless romantic out there

Based on the Virgin River novels by author Robyn Carr, the romantic drama plays Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda “Mel” Monroe, a midwife and nurse from Los Angeles who moves to a beautiful but remote city in Northern California after a series of traumatic heartache attacks. It all has a very distinctive atmosphere, but in a good way! (Rank yesterday: 5)

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7. Cocomelon

For fans of: Vegetable puree, pacifier | It is good?: Safe for babies

Colorful items, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger kids who have the time. (Rank yesterday: 8)

8. Big mouth

For fans of: Puberty, hormone monsters | It is good?: It gets better with every season

Do you remember how awful puberty was? If you don’t, Big Mouth wants to make sure you can’t leave an episode without doing so. The fourth season of the Netflix animated series brings up a ton of new topics, including racing, growing up a young transgender person, and summer camp. (Rank yesterday: 6)

9. The Queen’s Gambit

For fans of: Chess, drugs and character drama | It is good?: It’s one of the best shows of the year

Budding superstar Anya Taylor-Joy (she was cast as Young Furiosa in the next Mad Max movie) stars in this literary adaptation as Beth Harmon, a brilliant but troubled chess master in Kentucky in the 1950s. She was an orphan who developed an incredible skill for playing in her teens, but also a debilitating addiction to pills that calmed her obsessed mind. It’s a detailed character study of brilliance and madness that is usually reserved for male characters. It comes from one of Netflix’s limited series producers, Godless’ Scott Frank. (Rank yesterday: 9)

10. The ripper

For fans of: The story of the ripper, but not this ripper | It is good?: It’s great if you like real crime

If you already know all about Jack the Ripper, it’s time to brush up on a less famous horror. This four-part British documentary about true crime focuses on the serial killer Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women in northern England between 1975 and 1980. The rampage eventually sparked a massive manhunt that put the country at risk. Beyond the terrifying topic, what makes The Ripper compelling is how well it studies the social and economic problems that the Ripper’s victims – many of whom were sex workers – put on its path. The cops don’t do well either. It’s cool stuff. (Rank yesterday: n / a)

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