What to see on Netflix Prime 10 Rankings on December 21st

The Netflix Top 10 list doesn’t show how many people watch a program, but it does show which shows the most people watch. The top 10 list for Monday, December 21st, shows that the film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis, is still number one. It makes sense to see how the Grinch stole Christmas and A California Christmas holds their places at the top three, while the ballet drama Tiny Pretty Things ranks fourth today. Braven, the action thriller from Jason Momoa, comes in at number 5.

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 21st

1. Ma Rainey’s black bottom

For fans of: Great performances by great actors, monologues | It is good?: It is very good

Chadwick Boseman’s last film role was in this Netflix original based on the Tony nominated August Wilson play. Viola Davis plays Ma Rainey, a strong Chicago blues singer from 1927 who holds a recording session with her white manager to bump heads, and Boseman plays a trumpeter in the recording session to get a foothold in the music business. It’s a good movie on its own that has a lot to say about race and musical possession, but Davis and Boseman’s appearances elevate it. (Rank yesterday: 1)

2. 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: 3)

3. 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: 2)

4. 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: 5)

5. Brave

For fans of: Jason Momoa’s very special skills | It is good?: To be honest, yes!

In this 2018 action thriller, Jason Momoa is portrayed as a family man whose plan for a chilly weekend at his hunting lodge with his father is foiled by a gang of drug dealers. You probably guessed this when you looked at him, but it turns out he has the skills to fight back. (Rank yesterday: 6)

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6. The ripper

For fans of: The story of the ripper, but not this ripper | It is good?: It is a must if you are into 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: 4)

7. 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: 7)

8. 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)

9. The Christmas Chronicles 2

For fans of: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Christmas | It is good?: The first is better, but there is still a good dose of holiday joy

In the 2018 sequel to The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus, which is pretty delightful on its own. However, there’s also a conspiracy here with Kate Pierce (Darby Camp), who grew up into a cynical teenager and teams up with the Clauses to save Christmas after being threatened by an elf who turned bad. (Rank yesterday: 9)

10. The Queen’s Game

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: 10)

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