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 Breaking Bad television event exclusively premieres on Netflix, along with the return of Big Mouth. New originals include the existential comedy Living With Yourself starring Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd, Raising Dion, a super powered family drama, and Jenny Slate’s comedy special. On the movie front, it’s a good month for Brad Pitt with Troy and Ocean’s Twelve. Catch the OG Men in Black and the OG Charlie’s Angels before you see their sequels.
Available in October
My Next Guest with David Letterman and Shah Rukh Khan (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The late-night king interviews the king of Bollywood, celebrated Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Available Oct. 1
Carmen Sandiego: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The stakes are higher than ever for Carmen, Ivy and Zack as V.I.L.E. unleashes a host of dastardly new villains while A.C.M.E. closes in.
Nikki Glaser: Bangin’ (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Following her popular set on Season 1 of Netflix’s The Standups, Nikki Glaser is back with her first hour long Netflix original comedy special, Bangin’. Launching globally on October 1, Nikki keeps the audience at the edge of their seat as she delves into taboo topics like sex and... sex. The gloves are off as she pushes back at the unreal sexual expectations women face with her hilarious, no-holds-barred style.
Along Came a Spider
Bad Boys II
Bring It On, Ghost: Season 1
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Get ready for the Charlie’s Angels reboot coming out this November by watching the 2000s movies starring Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore.
Cheese in the Trap: Season 1
Chicago Typewriter: Season 1
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
House of the Witch
Lagos Real Fake Life
Men in Black II
Moms at War
At one point in Ocean’s Twelve, Julia Roberts’ character pretends to be Julia Roberts. It’s great. Brad Pitt and George Clooney’s characters have the best bro dynamic of the 2000s, always worth a rewatch.
One Direction: This Is Us
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Signal: Season 1
The Bucket List
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Rugrats Movie
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Tomorrow with You: Season 1
Does this movie accurately depict the events of the Iliad? Eh. Does this movie have oiled up young Brad Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, and Orlando Bloom? Does it have this really deep quote that people on the internet keep attributing to Homer even though it’s definitely written by Game of Thrones screenwriter David Benioff? Yes and yes. Please enjoy this movie for those two things.
Tunnel: Season 1
Available Oct. 2
Living Undocumented (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: From executive producer Selena Gomez, LIVING UNDOCUMENTED follows eight undocumented immigrant families who volunteered to tell their stories at great personal risk, revealing the high cost many must pay to try and live the American dream.
Ready to Mingle (Solteras) (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After the man she thought she’d marry breaks up with her, Ana joins a class for single women who are in search of a husband.
Rotten: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Explore the secrets behind sugar and chocolate, the true cost of avocados and bottled water, and the changing world of wine and marijuana edibles.
Available Oct. 3
Seis Manos (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Set in Mexico in the 1970’s era, Seis Manos centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federal to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town.
Available Oct. 4
Big Mouth: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Tuca and Bertie was cancelled, but hey at least we’ve got Big Mouth! Amirite? The kids at Bridgeton Middle grapple with the ugly parts of growing up: sex, drugs, and hormones.
Creeped Out: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Creepy apps, wishes gone wrong and portals to another dimension: Brace yourself for 10 new spine-tingling tales.
In the Tall Grass (Netflix Film)
Never has Panicum virgatum looked so menacing. Based on a Stephen King and Joe Hill novella, In the Tall Grass stars a creepy field of tall grass. Two siblings enter, following the voice of a child screaming for help. They can’t get out. No one can get out. What does the grass want?!
Peaky Blinders: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As the Shelbys grapple with the 1929 stock market crash, Tommy confronts new threats to his power from younger family members and fascist rivals.
A single mother raises her son, Dion, after the mysterious death of her husband (Michael B. Jordan). The catch? Dion starts to manifest superpowers and there’s totally a government agency trying to hunt him down.
Super Monsters: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The fun-loving Super Monsters learn new lessons — and make new friends — while exploring the world around them in Pitchfork Pines.
Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The Super Monsters share their Halloween traditions with Vida, then get invited to a Día de los Muertos party in the Howlers’ backyard.
Available Oct. 5
Legend Quest: Masters of Myth (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: When mythical creatures come to life, it’s up to Leo, Teodora, Don Andrés and Alebrije — super-secret monster hunters — to save the day.
Available Oct. 7
Match! Tennis Juniors (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A tennis prodigy battles the odds to excel on the court while balancing schoolwork and inspiring fellow players on his team.
The Water Diviner
Available Oct. 8
Deon Cole: Cole Hearted (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Chicago’s own Deon Cole is relentlessly hilarious in his first hour-long Netflix original comedy special, Deon Cole: Cole Hearted. Doubling down on his unrestrained and engaging set from the Netflix stand-up comedy series, The Standups, Cole beta tests bottomless jokes about offering mints to strangers, dining while Black, post-sex salutations and the preservation of comedy as the last raw form of expression.
The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: When Halloween is declared illegal, best friends Harold and George search for a clever way to fight back against the outrageous new law.
Available Oct. 9
Rhythm + Flow (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip T.I. Harris search for the next breakout hip-hop star in this music competition series. Starting October 9, new episodes of Rhythm + Flow will roll out each Wednesday, with different phases of the competition featured across 10 episodes.
Available Oct. 10
Schitt’s Creek: Season 5
Ultramarine Magmell (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Decades after the sudden birth of a new continent, a young rescuer-for-hire provides aid to adventurers exploring this dangerous, uncharted world.
Available Oct. 11
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix Television Event)
Find out what happened to Jesse after he drives out of neo-Nazi drug den. The movie picks up right after the series finale. The only confirmed cast returning is Aaron Paul as Jesse, but a teaser trailer hinted at some other returns.
The Forest of Love (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Auteur Sion Sono helms the fictionalized retelling of how one charismatic leader led his followers down a bizarre, gruesome, deadly and depraved path.
Fractured (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe (Sam Worthington), a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) and daughter Peri (Lucy Capri). The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what happened to them.
Haunted: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In an all-new season of true-life terror, real people recount unsettling run-ins with demons, ghosts and more, as told via dramatic reenactments.
Insatiable: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In season two of Insatiable we find Patty dealing with, well, a lot. Her past is haunting her, and her struggle to be “good” is becoming harder and harder each day as she battles her inner demons. And Bob - well - he’s helping her cover up Christian’s murder, but just how far will his loyalties go? Will he continue to allow his romantic relationships, his career ambitions, and his integrity to take a beating, just to help Patty pursue her pageant dreams? And when beauty queens start going missing, who’s to blame? Patty’s rage? Or is there more at play?
La influencia (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Back in her childhood home to care for her comatose mother, Alicia is forced to face a past she thought she’d buried and a body that refuses to die.
Plan Coeur: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Four months after bidding farewell to her BFFs, Elsa stages her return to Paris. But guilty secrets take a toll on her love life and her friendships.
The Awakenings of Motti Wolenbruch (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Pressured to marry a nice Orthodox Jewish woman, Motti is thrown for a loop when he falls for classmate Laura, who his mother will never approve of.
YooHoo to the Rescue: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: In a series of magical missions, quick-witted YooHoo and his can-do crew travel the globe to help animals in need.
Available Oct. 12
Banlieusards (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Noumouké, 15, must decide which of his brothers’ footsteps he’ll follow: law student Soulaymaan or mobster Demba. Directed by Kery James and Leïla Sy.
Available Oct. 15
Available Oct. 16
Ghosts of Sugar Land (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A group of suburban Muslim friends trace the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.
Available Oct. 17
The Karate Kid
The Unlisted (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Identical twin brothers Dru and Kal uncover a secret government plot to control and track Australia’s students.
Available Oct. 18
The Yard (Avlu) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After a fateful domestic clash, a devoted mother finds herself in prison and fighting to survive in hopes of reuniting with her daughter.
Baby: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Chiara and Ludovica find their lives spinning out of control as they navigate relationships, high school dramas and new corners of Rome’s underworld.
Eli (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Eli is the story of a young boy (Charlie Shotwell) plagued with an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting every option, his parents (Kelly Reilly and Max Martini) put their trust – and his life – in the hands of a doctor (Lili Taylor) whose experimental, cutting edge treatments at her clean house facility may hold Eli’s last hope. As Eli undergoes the tremendously intense process that could potentially cure him, he begins to be haunted by experiences that make him question who he can trust and what is lurking inside the house. Co-starring Sadie Sink.
Interior Design Masters (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Aspiring interior designers transform a variety of spaces from dowdy to delightful as they vie for a life-changing contract with a top London hotel.
The House of Flowers: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The de la Mora family grieves a loss while trying to recover sold businesses, plotting revenge and entangling themselves in romantic disasters.
The Laundromat (Netflix Film)
Living with Yourself (Netflix Original)
Two Paul Rudds, one shared life. Grumpy Paul Rudd undergoes a spa process in order to feel good about his life again. When he awkwanes, he’s happy! He’s finally good at his job and his marriage! And then he realizes, oh shit, he’s actually a clone — the real grumpy Paul Rudd clawed his way out of a grave.
MeatEater: Season 8 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Steve’s journeys in search of such delicious game meat as venison and mutton take him as far afield as Mexico and Alaska.
Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: From decorating his home to devouring sweets, join Bheem as he makes merry — and a bit of mischief — while the festival of lights is in full swing.
Seventeen (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: To find his therapy dog, a 17-year-old escapes from juvie and embarks on a journey of reconnection with his brother and grandmother through Cantabria.
Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales Collection 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The fun continues for Lucky and her friends with more adventure than ever before. Wherever they go, it’s quite a ride — and you get to come along!
Tell Me Who I Am (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: After losing his memory at age 18, Alex Lewis relies on his twin brother Marcus to teach him who he is. But the idyllic childhood Alex paints is hiding a traumatic family secret that the twins must finally face together decades later.
Toon: Seasons 1-2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Reclusive, socially awkward jingle composer Toon must navigate the nightmarish world of show biz after a viral video skyrockets him to fame.
Unnatural Selection (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Pioneers in gene-editing techniques and artificial intelligence confront ethical and technological challenges unlike any humanity has faced before.
Upstarts (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Upstarts, is a bromance about three college graduates from small-town India, captivated by the startup mania sweeping the country. As they enter the rollercoaster startup ecosystem of big dreams, big money and bigger sharks, they are faced with a big choice - their dreams, or their friendship. Directed by Udai Singh Pawar, Upstarts is produced by Raja Menon, Janani Ravichandran and Jawahar Sharma of Bandra West Productions. This film is supported by real-life heroes from the startup world in Bengaluru.
Available Oct. 19
Men in Black
Aliens. New York. Will Smith. Secret government organizations. What more do you want?
Available Oct. 21
Echo in the Canyon
Available Oct. 22
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian and actress Jenny Slate’s first Netflix original comedy special Stage Fright gives the audience an inside look at the comedian’s world. Interspersed within her hilarious stand-up set, Jenny shares personal clips of her childhood and interviews with her family in an intimate look at her life. Launching globally on October 22, Jenny overcomes her stage fright while telling stories about her visit to a midnight Catholic Mass and the ghosts that haunted her childhood home.
Available Oct. 23
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Each episode of Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will feature David Chang accompanied by a different celebrity guest exploring a single city, its culture and its cuisine. As the pair travels through each city, they will also uncover new and surprising things about themselves. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is produced by Tremolo Productions in association with Majordomo Media. Morgan Neville, Dara Horenblas, David Chang, Christopher Chen, Caryn Capotsto, and Blake Davis serve as Executive Producers.
Dancing with the Birds (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Some of the world’s most majestic birds display delightfully captivating mating rituals, from flashy dancing to flaunting their colorful feathers.
Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy
Available Oct. 24
Daybreak (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: High school isn’t the end of the world… until it is. In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast (on the night of Homecoming…ugh). Following an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world, DAYBREAK is part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale. This Generation A series (A for Apocalypse! Get it?) is rated TV MA.
Revenge of Pontianak
Available Oct. 25
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Brigada Costa del Sol (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This series explores the history of drug traffic in Spain and focuses on the first law enforcement organization created to fight it in the mid 1970s.
Brotherhood (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An honest lawyer (Naruna Costa) reaches a moral crossroads after learning her brother (Seu Jorge) is the leader of a rising criminal faction in Brazil.
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
Greenhouse Academy: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The teen drama set in an elite boarding school in Southern California returns for Season 3, with the two rival student houses joining forces to uncover an evil plot.
The Kominsky Method: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The sun isn’t setting yet on aging actor slash acting coach, Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander in the award-winning Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method. Academy Award® Winners Michael Douglas (Kominsky) and Alan Arkin (Newlander) continue their journey as two friends tackling life’s inevitable curveballs as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that, above all else, values youth. This season, Sandy meets and bonds with his daughter’s new boyfriend (guest star Paul Reiser) who is uncomfortably close to Sandy’s age. Meanwhile, Norman reconnects with an old flame from his youth (guest star Jane Seymour) and after fifty years, they decide to start again. Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker co-star. Both comedic and emotional, The Kominsky Method is a half-hour single camera comedy created by 8-time Emmy Award Nominee Chuck Lorre. Lorre, Al Higgins and Michael Douglas executive produce the series which is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. The second season consists of eight episodes.
Monzon (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This series explores the criminal investigations of Argentine boxing champion Carlos Monzón, who in 1989 was found guilty of the violent murder of his wife Alicia Muñiz.
Nailed It! France (C’est du gâteau!) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: “Nailed it!” hits France with a splat as home bakers talented in catastrophe compete to make almost-edible wonders. French pastry may never be the same.
Nailed It! Spain (Niquelao!) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: “Nailed It!” cruises to Spain, where novices try to avoid a fiasco while baking stunners. La Terremoto de Alcorcón hosts alongside chef Christian Escribá.
Prank Encounters (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hosted by Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers on the surprise ride of a lifetime. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and their one-day assignments turn into supernatural surprises. Where fear meets funny, Prank Encounters is the most elaborate hidden camera prank show ever devised.
Rattlesnake (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) is a single mother driving cross country to start a new life with her young daughter Clara (Apollina Pratt) when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. As Katrina changes the tire, Clara wanders off the desert road and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake. Desperate to save her daughter’s life, Katrina accepts the help of a mysterious woman, but after she miraculously heals Clara, Katrina is asked to repay the good deed by killing a stranger in exchange for the life saved. Without time to lose, she must wrestle with the morality of who deserves to live and who should die, before her daughter’s life is once again put in peril at sundown. Rattlesnake is a pulse-pounding, psychological horror film directed by Zak Hilditch (1922, These Final Hours), also starring Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Emma Greenwell (Shameless, Love & Friendship, The Rock) and produced by Ross Dinerstein (1922, The Package, 6 Balloons).
It Takes a Lunatic (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An intimate portrait of Wynn Handman, a teacher who impacted generations of actors and directors — including Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, Aasif Mandvi, Alec Baldwin, Burt Reynolds, Joanne Woodward and many more.
Available Oct. 28
A 3 Minute Hug (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This documentary captures the joy and heartbreak of families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border sharing a short but bittersweet reunion in 2018.
Little Miss Sumo (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Banned from competing professionally, sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change the rules of Japan’s national sport — and fight gender inequality.
Shine On with Reese: Season 1
Available Oct. 29
Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Actor, talk show host, producer, and comedy legend Arsenio Hall makes his Netflix comedy special debut with Smart & Classy. Over the course of his illustrious career entertaining audiences around the world, Arsenio reflects on stand-up in today’s political climate, Coming to America, winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” his favorite drug, and more!
Available Oct. 30
Flavorful Origins: Yunnan Cuisine (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Explore the diverse flavors of China’s Yunnan province and get to know the cooks and ingredients that shape its rich culinary tradition.
Available Oct. 31
Kengan Ashura: Part ll (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: The Annihilation Tournament rages on: corporate leaders jockey for the Kengan chairmanship while their gladiators beat each other bloody in the ring.
Nowhere Man (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Two nefarious schemes taking place 10 years apart entangle a dauntless triad member who must break out of prison to rescue a loved one.