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The biggest shows and movies coming to Netflix this year

From the highly-anticipated Witcher show to some Oscar-worthy flicks

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

To keep ahead of every other streaming service opening its doors, Netflix boasts its own originals. Each month, the platform churns out tons of shows, movies, and specials. But what’s worth paying attention to?

Out of everything coming to Netflix (that we know of!) over the course of the next few months, we’ve selected a handful of pickings that look intriguing and promising. Queer Eye returns for a Japanese special. Newcomers include promising fantasy series like The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and The Witcher. Additionally, Netflix tries its hand at another round of awards season potential with big whoppers like Martin Scorsese flick The Irishman, David Michod’s The King, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat.

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The I-Land

Premieres Sept. 12

It’s Fyre Fest meets the Hunger Games. A bunch of partygoers are sent to an exclusive private island. The imagery in the trailer harkens back to the infamous Fyre Fest — turquoise waters on sandy white beaches! Neon-colored raves! An endless supply of hot people in swimsuits! Swimming pigs! — but the ominous voiceover (“You were chosen for a reason…”) immediately shifts the tone. A pullback to multiple screens watching the events unfold on the island feels like watching the gamemakers of the Hunger Games. Only this time, it seems, it’s the rich being pit against each other.

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The Politician

Premieres Sept. 27

It’s Glee meets Election, with flair only Ryan Murphy can achieve. In a cutthroat Santa Barbara high school, Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) must navigate the treacherous political landscape. The trailer showed us just how over-the-top this world of high school politics gets. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars, along with Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton, with Ryan Murphy staple Jessica Lange as Dusty Jackson.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Premieres Oct. 11

The Breaking Bad saga continues with a movie that picks up right after the end of the show. Though Walter White got a definitive end — he’s dead as a doorknob — Jesse’s ending was left pretty open-ended. El Camino will explore just what happens after Walter busted Jesse out of a drug den and Jesse drove off into the sunset. He’ll be forced to reconcile the actions of his past and grapple with a way forward.

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Raising Dion season 1

Premieres Oct. 4

Based on a comic of the same name by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion follows a mother trying to keep her son’s superpowers a secret following her husband’s death. Starring Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters) and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), along with Jason Ritter and Ja’Siah Young. The series has been in development since 2017, but was shelved in order to avoid overlap in sci-fi kid-starring content with Stranger Things.

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The King

Premieres Oct. 11

The internet’s favorite dreamboat Timotheé Chalamet rocks a bowl cut in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V plays. And somehow he pulls it off?! Henry ascends to the throne after his father’s death and must navigate political perils and inherited war. From director David Michod, The King also stars Ben Mendelsohn as Henry IV, Lily-Rose Depp as Catherine of Valois, and Robert Pattinson as The Dauphin. This will be the first of the prestige Netflix films this year to hit the festival circuit and then a limited release, before heading to the streaming platform.

Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in slick suits, standing in the stairwell of what looks like a swanky nightclub Claudette Barius/Netflix

The Laundromat

Premieres Oct. 18

Director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama is based on the high-stakes true story of The Panama Papers, the leaked documents that exposed a multi-million dollar money laundering scheme involving high-profile political leaders. Starring Meryl Streep as an unassuming woman who stumbles into a network of shady money deals, with Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as the scheming partners at the center of it all. Also, Ross Geller is there. This one’s also hitting the festival circuit and getting a limited release before it comes to Netflix.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver lay on a bed together. A small child curls between them. Scarlett looks up at the ceiling, somewhat forlorn. Adam looks at her. Netflix

Marriage Story

Premieres Dec. 6

Noah Baumbach’s heartbreaking portrayal of a divorce already wrecked us with two short trailers. Told from two separate perspectives, Marriage Story stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple going through “a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.” What that means exactly is still pretty nebulous, but just from the trailers, where both parties talk about their partner in loving detail before the sharp cut to the divorce court, we’re already gearing up for heartbreak

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The Irishman

Premieres Nov. 27

Martin Scorsese’s passion project is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which tells the true story of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran turned mafia hitman. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star, with Ray Romano and Anna Paquin rounding out the cast. The film was originally set to only have a limited release before landing Netflix — ala Roma — but there have reports of a wide release in an effort to pander to the Oscar crowd.


Ares season 1

Premieres sometime in 2019

A Dutch horror series, Ares keeps up Netflix’s tradition of secret student societies. This time, though, the horror is primarily psychological, as best friends Rosa and Jacob “surrender to a world of wealth and power.” The first Netflix original from the Netherlands, Ares will delve into the secrets of Amsterdam’s past.

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The Witcher, season 1

Premieres sometime in 2019

The highly-anticipated adaptation of popular fantasy series (turned popular video game series) stars Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Riveria. The Netflix series will focus on the novels and short stories instead of the games, so if you want the full Witcher experience, best to check out the books from your local library. We’ll see just how that long, sleek silver wig looks in action later this year.

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Premiering winter 2019

An animated tale from the co-creator of Despicable Me, Klaus follows a young postman who moves to remote Scandinavian town where he meets an old toymaker. Is that toymaker Santa Claus? From the winter landscape and the title, sure seems like it. Netflix plans to release this one in theaters, too, making it eligible for an Oscar nomination. The film will utilize 2D animation but with digital effects. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons and Joan Cusack.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

Premiering winter 2019

Word’s still out on whether or not Netflix will create an interactive Christmas Prince experience, but for fans of the over-the-top holiday rom-com, never fear. The Christmas Prince saga returns sometime later this year with a third installment. Given the title, we can probably assume that Amber gets knocked up.

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

Premieres sometime in 2019

We are Dolly Parton stans first and human beings second. This anthology series will dive into the inspiration and stories behind Dolly Parton’s most famous songs. It’s not just the old classics getting the spotlight; Heartstrings also features new songs by Dolly Parton. With episodes ranging from tender romances to family dramas, sweeping westerns to revenge stories, Heartstrings seems poised to, well, tug on our heartstrings. Get your tissue box ready, it’s time to watch the story of “Jolene” unfold on the screen.

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In the Shadow of the Moon

Premieres sometime in 2019

A genre-defying thriller that somehow blends high stakes murder cases and time travel?! Sure thing, sign us up. Starring Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) as a police officer bent on becoming a detective, In the Shadow of the Moon follows the officer as he investigates a murder case where the killer reappears every nine years. But things are not what they seem...

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!

Premieres sometime in 2019

If there is anything we always need more of, it is more Queer Eye. After tackling the South and the Midwest, this time the Fab Five head across the globe to — you guessed it — Japan! In the four episode special, they will help four people, bringing a bit of fabulousness and self-care to their lives. It’ll be interesting to see the international take on the new Queer Eye, which has already become a cultural phenomenon.

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