Netflix in July: ‘The Umbrella Academy’ and 5 Other Must-See Original Releases

With people still in binge-watching mode and the lingering uncertainty about movie theaters, many of us are resorting to creating our own summer blockbuster experiences. Cue — and queue — Netflix.

July brings a new sampling of fresh content for your consumption, including a slew of Netflix originals. Here’s a snapshot of what to watch, including Cursed and the highly anticipated The Umbrella Academy.

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ with Ellen Page | Courtesy of Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’

Adapted from the comic book series of the same name, The Umbrella Academy was a hit for Netflix when season 1 launched last year. Fans have been looking forward to season 2 which will send the superpowered gang through scattered timelines.

Once again, they’ll have to find each other and figure out how to work together to save the world. From Netflix’s logline:

“Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins.”

Season 2 debuts on July 31.

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‘Say I Do: Surprise Weddings’

Netflix continues to take risks with its unscripted content, and Say I Do: Surprise Weddings is one of its latest reality shows. Couples who have not walked down the aisle yet get an assist in making their big day come true.

Thai Nguyen is part of the team of experts pulling together the proposal, fashion, and wedding ceremony for the bride and groom. Check it out on July 1.

‘Unsolved Mysteries’

It’s a reboot of the original series that explored unusual events and the everyday people whose lives they affected.

This modern version of Unsolved Mysteries will not have a host (honoring the legend that was Robert Stack) and viewers can look forward to 12 episodes. The first six hit Netflix on July 1.

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’

In the realm of live-action adaptations, fans are looking forward to meeting Netflix’s incarnations of Claudia, Dawn, Kristy, Mary-Anne, and Stacey. Watch the books come to life when The Baby-Sitters Club arrives on July 3.

‘The Old Guard’

Charlize Theron stars in this action movie about a group of immortal mercenaries charged with protecting the world. Theron’s Andy and her team have to thwart the evil that threatens to control and exploit them. The Old Guard is based on a graphic novel and drops on July 10.


Pegged to be on the same level as Game of Thrones or Witcher, fantasy series Cursed follows the story of teenage Nimrue, the young hero who is bound to become Lady of the Lake in the Arthurian legend. Season 1 debuts on July 17.

‘The Kissing Booth 2’

Elle and Noah are back, only he’s away at college and she’s a senior high school. The pair try to handle a long-distance relationship as external factors make things complicated. The long-awaited sequel will be on Netflix on July 24.

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