Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm serving you new movies, new TV shows, and original programming tailored to your viewing habits, the streaming service’s fire hose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s info dump with a few recommendations for what to keep on your radar. This month, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland star in chilling Midwestern Gothic, The Devil All The Time. Ryan Murphy’s latest series, an origin story centered around One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Nurse Ratched (starring Sarah Paulson, naturally), also makes its streaming debut. Netflix tries its hand at Disney Channel spectacle with Kenny Ortega’s Julie and the Phantoms. Millie Bobby Brown fearlessly investigates a case as Sherlock Holmes’ sister in Enola Holmes. From the library, Netflix brings out the Back to the Future trilogy, Magic Mike, and one of the Muppets movies that isn’t on Disney Plus yet. And if you’ve been waiting to catch on on the final season of The Good Place, that hits later this month.
Available in September
ARASHI’s Diary -Voyage- ep 12 (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: In the lead-up to their 20th anniversary, the guys open up about going digital and the challenges of launching their official social media accounts.
GIMS: On the Record (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Go backstage with beloved rap superstar Gims in the year leading up to his major 2019 Stade de France performance in this up-close documentary.
Available Sept. 1
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is a live-action collection of twelve five minute episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. Hosted by Marley Dias (author and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign), the collection of books and conversations center around themes of identity, respect, justice, and action — providing families a toolset to start meaningful conversations with kids about difficult topics through short-form book-based content.
The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: In this interactive special, you’ll find your calling at Baby Corp by making choices and carrying out missions as part of a virtual aptitude test.
Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions (Netflix Comedy Special)
From Netflix: Stand-up comedian, actor and “Last Comic Standing” winner Felipe Esparza digs deeper into his past in his first Netflix Original comedy specials, Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions and Felipe Esparza: Malas Decisiones. Filmed in Santa Ana, California as two separate performances – one in English and one in Spanish – the specials showcase Esparza’s edgy style of humor as the perfect vehicle to weave through difficult anecdotes of his childhood and mistakes in his adult life with ease. Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions and Felipe Esparza: Malas Decisiones launch globally on Netflix on September 1, 2020.
La Partita / The Match (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A single football match played on a dirt pitch in suburban Rome centers this story of a poor community struggling with ethical and moral dilemmas.
True: Friendship Day (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: When a giant Grippity-Grab snags Grizelda’s friendship bracelet and turns her into a mermaid, True heads under the sea with magic wishes to save the day.
AdriftAnacondaBack to the FutureBack to the Future Part IIBack to the Future Part III
Photo: Universal Pictures
BarbershopBarbie Princess AdventureBorgen: Season 1-3Children of the SeaConeheadsGloryGreaseMagic Mike
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
The MuppetsMuppets Most WantedNot Another Teen MoviePineapple ExpressPossessionThe Producers (2005)The Promised Neverland: Season 1Puss in BootsRed DragonResidueSex DriveSister, Sister: Season 1-6The SmurfsWildlifeZathura
Available Sept. 2
Bad Boy Billionaires: India (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up — and ultimately brought down — India’s most infamous tycoons.
Chef’s Table: BBQ (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: The critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated series returns for its latest iteration, delving into the smoky, juicy world of barbecue. Featured chefs and pitmasters include Tootsie Tomantez, an 85-year-old grandmother who still shovels the coals at her Texas restaurant; Lennox Hastie, a remarkable Australian chef who sources all of his ingredients from the Outback; Rodney Scott of South Carolina, who is known for his whole hog barbecue; and Rosalia Chay Chuc, a traditional Mayan chef who serves Cochinita Pibil out of her Mexico home.
Freaks – You’re One of Us (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A working mom discovers she has superhero powers, suppressed by years of medication, and joins forces with two others like her to better the world.
Available Sept. 3
Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre (Netflix Comedy Special)
From Netflix: Brazilian comedian Afonso Padilha dives into his humble beginnings and digs out hilarious stories about his childhood in this very personal set.
Love, Guaranteed (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: To save her small law firm, earnest lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love. But as the case heats up, so do Susan and Nick’s feelings for each other.
Young Wallander (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An incendiary hate-crime stirs civil unrest, fast-tracking rookie cop Kurt Wallander to detective in this origin story for the popular character.
Available Sept. 4
Away (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As she embarks on a treacherous mission to Mars commanding an international crew, Emma Green must leave her husband and teen daughter behind.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Nothing is as it seems when a woman experiencing misgivings about her new boyfriend joins him on a road trip to meet his parents at their remote farm.
The Lost Okoroshi
Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: The PALs return to the Palomino Bluffs Riding Academy, where a new term brings big mysteries, fresh friendships and a chance to save the school!
Available Sept. 7
My Octopus Teacher (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: An unusual friendship develops between a filmmaker and an octopus living in a South African kelp forest that shares the mysteries of its world.
Record of Youth (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This drama follows the lives of three people in today’s fashion industry. While dreams are a luxury not everyone can afford, this trio’s youthful passion spurs them on to make them come true.
Waiting for “Superman”
Available Sept. 8
StarBeam: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: From the selfish Captain Fishbeard to the sullen Miserable Marla, it’s up to can-do kid superhero StarBeam to stop all the baddies and save the day.
Available Sept. 9
Corazón loco / So Much Love to Give (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Fernando is a family man — equally committed to each of his two families. But one wrong turn brings them crashing together.
Get Organized with The Home Edit (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit conquer clutter and transform lives. Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims coproduce.
La Línea: Shadow of Narco (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Go inside La Línea, the Spanish beach town turned into Europe’s drug trafficking hub, and meet the law enforcement officials determined to change that.
Mignonnes / Cuties (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Amy, 11 years old, tries to escape family dysfunction by joining a free-spirited dance clique named “Cuties,” as they become aware of their own femininity through dance.
The Social Dilemma (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.
Available Sept. 10
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee, Cole’s trying to forget his past and focus on surviving high school. But when old enemies unexpectedly return, Cole will once again have to outsmart the forces of evil.
The Gift: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Reckoning with a different world, Atiye races against time to realize her destiny as the mysterious syndicate behind Serdar threatens the future.
Greenleaf: Season 5
The Idhun Chronicles (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: After a necromancer takes over the magical world of Idhun, two adolescent earthlings help fight an assassin sent to kill all Idhunese refugees on Earth.
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix Family)
Photo: Eike Scroter/Netflix
From Netflix: Teenage Julie finds her passion for music and life while helping the Phantoms — a trio of ghostly guys — become the band they were never able to be.
Available Sept. 11
The Duchess (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Katherine Ryan stars as a single mom who’s weighing whether to have a child with her nemesis: her daughter’s dad. Can two wrongs make another right?
Family Business: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Forced to choose between growing weed and raising his kids, Joe tries to convince his family to quit the business, setting off a wild chain of events.
Girlfriends: Seasons 1-8How to Train Your Dragon 2
Pets United (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: A group of selfish pets are stranded in their luxury hangout when the machines that run Robo City go wild and take over, forcing all humans to flee for their lives. The pets must team up with strays to survive and save their homes, their city and maybe even the world.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series: Part 2 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Ash and Goh continue their travels as they research Pokémon with Professor Cerise. Not even Team Rocket will stop them from becoming Pokémon experts!
Se busca papá / Dad Wanted (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: What does a thrill-seeker tween girl do when her mom forbids her to enter a BMX race? Cast a struggling actor with nothing to lose to play her dad.
Available Sept. 15
America’s Book of Secrets: Season 2Ancient Aliens: Season 3Cold Case Files Classic: Season 1The Curse of Oak Island: Season 4
Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. The girl’s father, a laser scientist, yearns to give Einz the opportunity to experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body. He instills this dream inside his son, a 15-year-old whiz kid named Matrix, who wants to be a part of reviving his little sister. But what the boy later discovers will rattle the family’s radical hope in science.
Izzy’s Koala World (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Follow 11-year-old Izzy and her veterinarian mother as they rescue koalas and form remarkable friendships with animals on their Australian island.
Michael McIntyre: Showman (Netflix Comedy Special)
From Netflix: Multi-award winning comedian Michael McIntyre makes his Netflix Original Stand-up comedy special debut with Michael McIntyre: Showman. Fresh off his ‘Big World Tour,’ playing to over 800,000 fans in sold out arenas across the globe, the comedic superstar recalls international encounters like avoiding shark attacks in Australia, New Zealanders’ strange relationship with vowels, the difference between performing for a US audience vs. a British audience, as well as his trademark tales of family life. Filmed at the iconic London Palladium Michael McIntyre: Showman premieres globally on September 15, 2020.
Pawn Stars: Season 2The Rap Game: Season 2The Smurfs 2
Taco Chronicles: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Many of the most popular taco styles have long, rich, little-known histories. Explore some of them in Season 2 of this eye-opening, mouth-watering food adventure.
The Universe: Season 2
Available Sept. 16
Baby: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Chiara and Ludovica form an unlikely friendship as they struggle to find their place and search for love at a high school in an exclusive Rome neighborhood.
Challenger: The Final Flight (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Four-part docuseries on the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, unpacking an indelible moment for a generation of Americans.
Criminal: UK: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Following a hugely successful first series and great critical acclaim, Criminal returns with four new cases, four new suspects and one room that changes everything. Prepare for bold stories, some surprises, and a completely innovative take on the police procedural.
The Devil All The Time (Netflix Film)
Photo: Glen Wilson/Netflix
From Netflix: In an explosive Midwestern Gothic tale spanning two decades, sinister characters converge around young Arvin Russell as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and everything he loves. Based on Donald Ray Pollock’s award-winning novel.
MeatEater: Season 9 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Steve’s latest hunt-to-table adventures include eventful trips to Colorado, Texas and Wyoming — where he prepares savory dishes.
The Paramedic (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: After an accident puts him in a wheelchair, Ángel decides to get even with those who betrayed him, particularly the woman who left when he needed her.
Signs: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As Trela struggles with personal trauma, Ada takes over his responsibilities at the station. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger comes to town.
Sing On! (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hosted by the hilarious and talented Tituss Burgess, this eight-episode series is a karaoke-lover’s dream. In each themed episode, six contestants belt out the biggest hits from that genre while being judged by a vocal analyzer comparing their vocal performance to the original artist’s. The more they sing in tune, the more cash they add to a collective jackpot worth up to $60,000. The first round is worth $10,000 and lyrics are randomly assigned so contestants must be ready for anything – the highest scoring contestant moves on, while the remaining singers vote one fellow contestant out. For five more rounds, the stakes get higher and the jackpot gets bigger, and the final two contestants face off in a head-to-head battle to win the grand prize. Perfect for an at-home sing-a-long, viewers of all ages will find themselves off the couch, belting their favorite tunes and having a sing-off of their own.
Available Sept. 17
Dragon’s Dogma (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: Resurrected as an Arisen, Ethan sets out to vanquish the Dragon that took his heart, but with every demon he battles, the more he loses his humanity.
The Last Word (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In the aftermath of her husband’s death, a woman unexpectedly finds a new source of energy and a lust for life – as she becomes a professional eulogist to the surprise of her family and friends.
Available Sept. 18
American Barbecue Showdown (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: American Barbecue Showdown is an eight episode food competition series that follows the country’s best backyard smokers and competitive barbecuers as they compete for the title of American Barbecue Champion. The series is hosted by Rutledge Wood and Lyric Lewis, with judging duties falling on barbecue legends Kevin Bludso and Melissa Cookston. Each episode, Kevin and Melissa will task the cookers with a challenge that will test their barbecue skills in ways they couldn’t possibly imagine. From unique meats to old school techniques, they will have to prove they have the skills to smoke another day.
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Six teens attending an adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar must band together to survive when dinosaurs wreak havoc on the island.
Ratched (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This dramatic prequel to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” follows the character Nurse Ratched.
Available Sept. 21
A Love Song for Latasha (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: Latasha Harlins was 15 when she was wrongfully killed by Soon Ja Du, 13 days after the brutal beating of Rodney King. Du was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter but received no jail time. The death of Latasha was a leading catalyst for the 1992 LA Riots.
Available Sept. 22
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: It’s another season of solving problems for monkey mechanic Chico Bon Bon and his Fix-It Force.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Jovial comic Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, chronicle more travel misadventures in another season of this unscripted comedy.
Kiss the Ground
The Playbook (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: The Playbook profiles legendary coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life. Through emotional and in-depth interviews, each coach reveals the critical moments in their personal lives and careers that ultimately helped form their coaching philosophies. Featured coaches include the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers; two-time FIFA World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis, the winningest coach in U.S. soccer history; Premier League’s José Mourinho, one of the most decorated football managers of all time; Serena Williams’ famed tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou; and hall of fame basketball player and coach Dawn Staley. The Playbook is produced by SpringHill Company, Delirio Films and Boardwalk Pictures.
Mighty Express (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: In a playful world crisscrossed by railway tracks, a team of locomotives and their kid pals keep things moving and get deliveries through no matter what!
Available Sept. 23
Enola Holmes (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When Enola Holmes — Sherlock’s teen sister — discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
Available Sept. 24
The Chef Show: Season 2 (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: The Chef Show returns for another season as Jon Favreau (Director/actor) and award-winning Chef Roy Choi come back together to continue learning, sharing, and celebrating different flavors, cultures and people. The two friends explore new recipes, collaborate with big names in the culinary world, and connect over their shared passion for bringing people together over a delicious meal.
Available Sept. 25
A Perfect Crime (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: In April 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, the head of Treuhand, the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency, was assassinated in Dusseldorf. An inspection of the scene revealed three cartridge cases, a plastic chair, a towel and a letter claiming responsibility by the Red Army Faction (RAF), a radical left terrorist group that killed 33 people between 1971 and 1993. To this day, the assassin has never been identified.
Country-Ish (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Country-Ish follows country singer Coffey Anderson and his hip-hop dancer wife Criscilla as they raise their children and navigate their opposite country vs. city perspectives of life and parenting. They’ve amassed a large social following with videos reaching more than 50 million people who fall in love with their family. Perfectly relatable—and at the same time filled with one-of-a-kind humor and heart – each half house episode highlights their unique personalities as they navigate everyday life in a far-from-the-country locale – Los Angeles.
The School Nurse Files (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Eun-young might seem like an ordinary school nurse, but behind her mundane appearance is her supernatural ability to see monsters (ectoplasm) as jelly figures. When she’s appointed to a new high school, she quickly discovers mysterious secrets that threaten the students and fights alongside her fellow teacher In-pyo, the handsome heir to the school.
Sneakerheads (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Devin (Allen Maldonado), a former sneakerhead turned stay-at-home dad, gets back in the game only to quickly find himself five G’s in the hole after falling for one of old friend Bobby’s (Andrew Bachelor) get-rich-quick schemes. Desperate to get his money back before his wife finds out he’s fallen off the wagon, Devin enlists the help of a ragtag group of fellow shoe lovers on his global hunt for the elusive “Zeroes,” the holy grail of hard-to-find kicks.
Available Sept. 26
The Good Place: Season 4
Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC
Available Sept. 27
Bad TeacherVan Helsing: Season 4
Available Sept. 28
Whose Vote Counts, Explained (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Fears about the voting process being rigged — by powerful donors and corporations, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, voter suppression, fraud at the ballot box, and the ways votes are counted — are untangled in this docuseries.
Available Sept. 29
Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix Comedy Special)
From Netflix: Michelle Buteau, the scene stealing queen of Netflix, delivers the night out we all need right now in her uproariously funny new special Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia. Letting loose with a goblet of frosé in hand, she delivers a dynamic hour of comedy that delves into parenthood, cultural difference, and the overlooked value of short men. Her refreshingly honest approach reminds us to appreciate government workers named Otis and, most importantly, that character counts. Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions. Hurwitz also serves as director. The special premieres globally on Netflix on September 29, 2020.
Welcome to Sudden Death
Available Sept. 30
American Murder: The Family Next Door (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their story made headlines worldwide. Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, director Jenny Popplewell pieces together an immersive and truthful examination of a police investigation and a disintegrating marriage. AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR is the first film to give a voice to the victims.
Wentworth: Season 8