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PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
If you devoured the first season of Disney XD’s animated series based on the popular old-school videogame, get ready to gobble up 26 more episodes featuring Pac (Erin Mathews) and his pals. Titles include “Indiana Pac and the Dentures of Doom,” “Honey, I Digitzed the Pac-Man” and “Pac’s Very Scary Halloween Parts I and II.” Look out, ol’ Pac-ky is back!
THE ENFIELD HAUNTING (Hulu)
And you thought The Amityville Horror was scary. This three-part British docudrama, based on the best-selling book This House is Haunted, documents the case of a paranormal incident that took place in London in 1977. Matthew Macfayden (Ripper Street) stars as the lead investigator, while Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) and Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply) play a newbie researcher and his wife. Who you gonna call?
IDRIS ELBA: MANDELA, MY DAD AND ME (Netflix)
The actor, who may be up for an Academy Award again this year for his work in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, got more than just an Oscar nomination from his performance in the titular role of 2013’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It also inspired him to record an album of music in South Africa as a tribute to Nelson Mandela — as well as to his own father, who died shortly before the tunes were recorded. This documentary chronicles the process. Geez, is there anything this guy can’t do?
BLACK WORK (Acorn TV)
Created by Matt Charman — who cowrote Steven Spielberg’s great new movie Bridge of Spies with the Coen Brothers — this three-episode miniseries follows a British policewoman (Sheridan Smith) as she investigates the mysterious death of her undercover-detective husband (Kenny Doughty). The first episode is streaming now, with the other two rolling out on Nov. 9 and 16.
THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE, AGAIN (Netflix)
It’s like Groundhog Day multiplied by 365. This Australian comedy series concerns a high-schooler (Ned Napier) who wakes up one morning only to discover he has to relive the traumatic previous twelve months. Over the course of 13 episodes, can he ace this do-over? We’re hoping for an American remake with Claire Danes: The Worst Year of My So-Called Life, Again.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Time, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.