Netflix Original Shows and Movies to Watch This Fall
The fall television season is almost upon us, and Netflix has tons of original shows on the way for subscribers to enjoy. Additionally, Oscar season is not far away, and so Netflix will also be offering some films this year that they’re clearly hoping will earn some awards recognition.
With summer coming to a close, let’s take a look at some of the Netflix original films and television shows you’ll want to keep an eye on for this fall. Although fall technically begins on September 22nd, we’re going to count anything that’s being released from the beginning of September onward.
Iron Fist Season 2 – September 7th
Iron Fist premiered its first season last fall to almost universally negative reviews. But now it’s back for a second season, with major changes having taken place off-screen: showrunner Scott Buck has been replaced with Raven Metzner, who previously worked on shows like Falling Skies and Sleepy Hollow.
Let’s hope the new season, which will be set after the events of The Defenders, will be an improvement on the first.
The Land of Steady Habits – September 14th
In the Netflix original movie The Land of Steady Habits, Ben Mendelsohn plays a man in his mid-fifties who decides to leave his wife and start an entirely new life for himself. Edie Falco stars as the man’s wife, while Thomas Mann plays his son and Connie Britton plays a woman he forms a connection with.
The film, which is based on the novel of the same name, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and hits Netflix shortly after.
BoJack Horseman Season 5 – September 14th
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The latest season of Netflix’s surprisingly existential animated series about humans living alongside anthropomorphized animals airs this September.
In June, Netflix released the first look at this new season: an image of BoJack being shot, presumably as part of an episode of the show Philbert. The new episodes will begin streaming on September 14th.
Maniac – September 21st
From True Detective Season 1’s Cary Fukunaga comes Maniac, a new miniseries starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. They play inmates at a psychiatric hospital who undergo an experimental drug trial.
Also starring in Maniac are Justin Theroux as the doctor carrying out the drug trial and Sally Field as another doctor at the hospital. The series will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere on September 21st.
The Good Cop Season 1 – September 21st
Tony Danza returns to television in the new Netflix series The Good Cop. Danza stars as a disgraced police officer who doesn’t play by the rules and who teams up with his son, a cop who always plays by the rules.
Danza says that this show, which is being described as a dramedy, is “playful, family-friendly, and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving,” according to TV Guide.
Private Life – October 5th
Kathryn Hahn stars in the new film Private Life as a woman undergoing fertility therapies, which puts a strain on her relationship with her husband, played by Paul Giamatti.
The movie was written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, and it received great reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year, currently holding a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hold the Dark – September 28th
Director Jeremy Saulnier follows up his masterful 2016 film Green Room with the new movie Hold the Dark for Netflix.
This thriller stars Jeffrey Wright as a man who is hired to find a missing boy in the Alaskan wilderness. Alexander Skarsgård also stars. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and then his Netflix at the end of the month.
Apostle – October 12th
Director Gareth Evans is responsible for two of the greatest action films in modern history, The Raid and The Raid 2. His latest film is a Netflix original, Apostle.
Set in 1905, the film stars Dan Stevens as a man who travels to a remote island to rescue his sister, who has been kidnapped by a religious cult. Lucy Boynton, who you may recognize as the female love interest in Sing Street, stars as the sister, and Michael Sheen stars as Prophet Malcom.
After premiering at Fantastic Fest in September, the movie will hit Netflix on October 12th.
22 July – October 16th
Director Paul Greengrass previously turned the tragic events of 9/11 into the brilliant film United 93, also adapting real-world events in Captain Phillips and Bloody Sunday. His latest film is 22 July, which will tell the story of the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks that left 77 people dead.
The film, which consists entirely of a Norwegian cast, will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September and then hit Netflix in October.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 – October 26th
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Sabrina Spellman is back, although expect this new Netflix series to be a lot different than the classic sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Instead, this one will draw inspiration from the 2014 comic series of the same name, which takes a darker look at the subject matter. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) stars in the lead role of a half-witch high schooler. The new show is being created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the man behind The CW’s Riverdale. This show seems to theoretically be set in the same universe as Riverdale, although it’s being treated as its own thing since it’s on Netflix and now The CW.
House of Cards Season 6 – November 2nd
The sixth season of House of Cards was placed in doubt after sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against Kevin Spacey last fall. In the aftermath of this scandal, Netflix fired him from the show but announced the series will continue for one last season without him, with Robin Wright taking the lead.
When we last left things, Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood had become president and was shutting out Frank Underwood, who was hoping to help influence her administration from the outside. It’s unclear how exactly the show will deal with Frank’s absence, but it is widely assumed that he will die off-screen.
The final season of House of Cards will debut on November 2nd.
Outlaw King – November 9th
Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotts who was declared an outlaw by the King of England in the early 1300s, in the new movie Outlaw King.
The film, which is directed by David Mackenzie, also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Douglas. It will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and then hit Netflix in November.
The Kominsky Method Season 1 – November 16th
Chuck Lorre’s last Netflix comedy was Disjointed, which earned terrible reviews and was canceled after one season. But hopefully, his next one, The Kominsky Method, will be an improvement.
This series stars Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a Hollywood acting coach who is a former actor himself. Alan Arkin plays Kominsky’s agent, and Nancy Travis stars as a recently-divorced woman who takes Kominsky’s acting lessons.
The show will premiere on November 16th.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 1 – November 16th
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The latest classic TV show to get a revival on Netflix is She-Ra: Princess of Power, the He-Man spinoff that ran for two seasons before being canceled in 1986.
Like the original, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power follows a young orphan who finds a magic sword that turns her into a powerful princess. Young & Hungry‘s Aimee Carrero will voice the lead character, and the showrunner is 26-year-old comic book artist Noelle Stevenson, known for the Lumberjanes series.
She-Ra premiers on November 16th.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – November 16th
The Coen Brothers, two of the most brilliant filmmakers alive today, are headed to Netflix with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which was originally thought to be a miniseries but is now going to be an original film.
We don’t know a lot about the movie so far other than that it will be a Western, and the cast will consist of Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson James, Tyne Daly, and Stephen Root. Although it doesn’t come to Netflix until November, it will premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in just a few weeks, so we’ll hear more about it pretty soon.
The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 – TBD
Mike Flanagan is one of the most underrated horror directors working today, having helmed the excellent films Gerald’s Game, Hush, and Oculus among others. Now, he’s re-teaming with Netflix for the new horror series The Haunting of Hill House, based on the classic novel by Shirley Jackson that was previously adapted into the classic film The Haunting.
The series stars Michiel Huisman, known for playing Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones, as well as Carla Gugino, who played the main character in Flanagan’s last movie, Gerald’s Game, and Kate Siegel, who played the lead in Flanagan’s Hush.
Netflix has not yet announced a release date for The Haunting of Hill House other than saying it will come out this year; it will likely be released sometime in October.