Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
The most exciting addition of this month is Stranger Things 3, which picks up just as summer hits Hawkins, Indiana. Queer Eye’s fourth season also hits the platform hot on the heels of its third season in March, with a fifth season on the way in 2020. New film additions include Cloverfield and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds alongside the decidedly less serious Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Available July 1
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Cloverfield is a found-footage monster film that tells the story of an alien attack on New York City through the eyes of the people on the ground. Despite the fact that the most recent film in the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox, was lackluster at best, the first film of the franchise merits at least a watch-through.
Designated Survivor: 60 Days (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Designated Survivor: 60 Days follows the main storyline of the original format, but has been adapted to feature more of the Korean reality. It is a story of a politician, who suddenly ascends from the position of Minister of Environment to President, as an explosion at the National Assembly kills everyone in the Cabinet who is ahead of him in terms of the presidential succession. Park Mu-jin is a scientist-turned-politician who struggles to fit in politics. Park is the acting president for 60 days, and during this period, albeit inexperienced and unwilling, he tries to uncover the truth behind the attack.
Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Everyone’s favorite single mom is back with her second Netflix original stand-up special Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, launching globally on July 1. A follow-up to her 2017 special In Trouble, Katherine toured Glitter Room across the UK with an unprecedented four-week run at London’s Garrick Theatre in the West End. After dividing The Belasco Theater audience on their love or dislike of the Kardashians, Katherine showcases her skillful and hilarious storytelling style with tales about following a man to Japan and meeting her daughter’s first celebrity crush, Anna Kendrick.
Kill the Irishman
Lady in the Water
Nights in Rodanthe
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Perhaps best described as “Die Hard if Die Hard cranked the meme factor up to 11,” Paul Blart: Mall Cop has been a kind of internet cult classic since it was released in 2009. Despite being slammed by critics and audiences alike, its legacy still lives on through chaotic meme edits of its original poster, which features Paul Blart on his classic Segway.
Room on the Broom
Starsky & Hutch
The Accountant of Auschwitz
The Book of Eli
The Brothers Grimm
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther 2
War Against Women
Who’s That Knocking at My Door?
Available July 2
Bangkok Love Stories: Objects of Affection (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A kind computer repairman falls for a street-smart graffiti artist who’s multiple personality disorder worsens after she witnesses a double murder.
Bangkok Love Stories: Plead (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In Bangkok’s Chinatown, a spirited digital marketing expert falls for a blind fortune-teller, but their love is predestined to end in disaster.
Good Witch: Season 4
Available July 3
The Last Czars (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: When social upheaval sweeps Russia in the early 20th century, Czar Nicholas II resists change, sparking a revolution and ending a dynasty.
Yummy Mummies: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Yum Mums welcome a new member as they settle into motherhood, spice up their sex lives and ponder whether they want to get pregnant again.
Available July 4
Kakegurui: Season 2
Stranger Things 3 (Netflix Original)
Netflix’s flagship horror series, and one of the most anticipated releases of the summer, Stranger Things 3 brings summer to Hawkins, Indiana. The crew is plagued by romance, adolescence, and existential peril with the arrival of both a new mall and a novel threat. At its core, the series is all about banding together in the face of danger, and the third installment looks ready to deliver on the thrilling precedent set by the first two seasons.
Available July 5
In The Dark: Season 1
Available July 6
Free Rein: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Competition heats up at Bright Fields over the summer as tryouts for the “UK Under 18s” team pit friend against friend for just one available spot.
The Iron Lady
Sicilian Ghost Story
Available July 9
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns
Available July 10
Family Reunion (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to Georgia, life down South -- and traditional grandparents -- challenge their new-age ways.
Grand Designs: Season 10
Grand Designs: Season 15
Parchís: El documental (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Get an in-depth look at Parchís, the 1980s kids’ band from Spain, through interviews with ex-members and other insiders, concert footage and more.
Available July 11
Cities of Last Things (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In a dystopian tale unfolding in reverse chronology, a man with a complicated past takes revenge on the individuals who wronged him decades ago.
Available July 12
3Below: Tales of Arcadia: Part 2 (Netflix Family)
The second installment of Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy, which began with the fantastic Trollhunters, 3Below shifts the focus from the trolls beneath our feet to the aliens past our solar system. That is, except for the two who are hiding away in Earthen suburban paradise. Season 2 of 3Below: Tales of Arcadia follows royal siblings Aja (Tatiana Maslany) and Krel (Diego Luna) as they continue to evade General Morando, who instigated the coup that forced them to flee their home planet.
4 latas (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In hopes of visiting a dying friend, longtime pals reunite for a desert road trip from Spain to Mali, while bringing along his estranged daughter.
Blown Away (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the title of champion.
Bonus Family: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Martin adjusts to life with a new partner and a baby, Lisa and Patrik grapple with difficult news, and Katja reconnects with an old flame.
Extreme Engagement (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An engaged twosome take their love on the road and test their commitment as they explore eight cultures’ marriage traditions in the span of one year.
Kidnapping Stella (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Snatched off the street and held for ransom, a bound and gagged woman uses her limited powers to derail her two masked abductors’ carefully laid plans.
Luis Miguel — The Series: Season 1
Point Blank (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: An ER nurse and a career criminal are forced into an unlikely partnership in taking down a ring of corrupt cops threatening the lives of both of their families.
Taco Chronicles (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A tribute to the mighty taco: its history, significance in Mexico, global appeal and varieties: pastor, carnitas, canasta, asada, barbacoa and guisados.
True Tunes: Songs (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: This fun series of short, silly music videos puts a modern spin on classic nursery songs. Sing along with True and her friends!
Available July 13
Available July 16
Disney’s The Princess and the Frog
A standout in the Disney canon, The Princess and the Frog brings new life to the old Frog Prince myth. Its jazzy soundtrack, featuring songs like Tiana’s ambitious “Almost There” and the occult “Friends on the Other Side,” is both memorable and compelling. With a wide cast of characters ranging from a benevolent heiress to a firefly prone to waxing poetic, The Princess and the Frog is a classic worth revisiting.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this new mockumentary, join “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour as he uncovers lost footage from his father’s televised stage play, Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein. Expect the unexpected in this over-the-top and often dramatic(ish) reimagined tale of mystery and suspense . With appearances by Alfred Molina, Kate Berlant, and more special guests, Harbour explores the depths of his family’s acting lineage to gain insight into his father’s legacy - all in 28-minutes. Directed by Daniel Gray Longino (“Kroll Show” and “PEN15”) and written by John Levenstein (“Arrested Development” and “Kroll Show”), Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein launches globally on Netflix on July 16, 2019.
Wynonna Earp: Season 3
Available July 17
Pinky Malinky: Part 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Pinky Malinky isn’t the type of hot dog boy who sits around on his buns, and with his BFFs Babs and JJ, he’s learning how to relish the little things.
Available July 18
Secret Obsession (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Recuperating from trauma, Jennifer (Brenda Song) remains in danger as she returns to a life she doesn’t remember.
Available July 19
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Jerry Seinfeld’s roving talk show combines coffee, laughs and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-fueled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy.
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Fourth-grade friends George and Harold have a shared love of pranks and comic books -- and turning their principal into an undies-wearing superhero.
La casa de papel: Part 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.
Last Chance U: INDY: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Netflix’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Last Chance U returns to give viewers an intense, unfiltered look at the junior college football program at Independence Community College (ICC). Entering his third season with ICC and second season on Last Chance U, Coach Brown has assembled a team that looks sure to compete for a national championship, but a disastrous season on the field puts a spotlight on all of the ugliness of college football that winning tends to polish over. With some new and returning faces, this season captures the Pirates fall from grace that leaves the coaches and the town looking for change.
Queer Eye: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
It’s been less than a hot minute since the third season of Queer Eye hit Netflix in March, but the Fab Five are back in Kansas City to get to work helping people get their lives and looks together. Netflix has already renewed the critically acclaimed series for a fifth season that will take place in Philadelphia and air in 2020.
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Sworn to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, Seiya and the Knights of the Zodiac aid her in battle against those who seek to end mankind.
Typewriter (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Typewriter is about a haunted house and a haunted book that stir the imagination of a group of young, wannabe ghost hunters, and a dog, determined to capture the ghost that plagues the notorious home in their neighbourhood in Goa. When a new family and their captivating daughter move into the haunted home, the crew finds it difficult to balance the demands of school and chores with the renewed urgency to capture the neighbourhood ghost before it is too late. (MC)
Available July 22
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds follows intersecting plots to exact revenge on Nazi Germany leadership: one planned by French Jewish cinema proprietor Shosanna Dreyfus and another planned by 1st Lt. Aldo Raine, who leads a team of Jewish-American soldiers.
Available July 24
The Great Hack (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
Available July 25
Another Life (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission. (MC)
Workin’ Moms: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Kate, Frankie, Anne and, now, Ian grow up alongside their kids as they juggle toddlers, aging, work-life balance and tough relationship issues.
Available July 26
Boi (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: As a young Catalan chauffeur drives two Chinese businessmen around Barcelona, he finds himself falling deeper into an illusory adventure.
Girls With Balls (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Stranded in the woods and eyeballed by twisted hunters, members of a women’s volleyball team bump it up in the most dangerous game of their lives.
My First First Love: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Tae-o and his friends navigate the twists and turns of friendship and love, as they face new challenges in their relationships with one another.
Orange Is the New Black: Season 7 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of “Weeds.”
The Son (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Lorenzo, a 50-year-old bohemian painter, is looking forward to the son he’ll have with his new wife. But during pregnancy she becomes obsessed with taking care of the baby, isolating it from the world and its father.
Sugar Rush: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Time’s the most important ingredient as teams race against the clock -- and each other -- to bake up the best-tasting sweets.
The Worst Witch: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Armed with newfound confidence, Mildred returns to Cackle’s Academy, where her mother is joining the staff as the school’s first non-witch teacher.
Available July 29
Available July 30
Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Multi-hyphenate comedian, Whitney Cummings, makes her Netflix debut with her 4th stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? Filmed at the Sidney Harmon Hall in her hometown, Washington, DC. Cummings’ signature incisive commentary on gender dynamics is more relevant than ever. Do women need to wear service vests instead of “Rosé All Day” t-shirts? Are their nicknames for each other hurting the cause? Now that people are actually listening what should women change? How are men holding up with all the “new” rules they have to follow now? Tune in for Whitney’s take on everything including why we should give sex robots a chance. The special will launch globally on Netflix on July 30, 2019.
Available July 31
Kengan Ashura: Part 1 (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Underground gladiator Tokita Ohma fights on behalf of business mogul Nogi Hideki who wagers mega-business deals on the outcome of these brutal matches.
The Letdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Audrey, mother of a 2-month-old, joins a new-parents support group, where she makes some quirky friends facing various challenges and life changes.
The Red Sea Diving Resort (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Inspired by remarkable true life rescue missions, THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT is the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. The undercover team carrying out this mission is led by the charismatic Ari Kidron (Chris Evans) and courageous local Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams). The prestigious cast also includes Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.
Wentworth: Season 7