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.
After a powerhouse month in August, September is a bit more sparse. Two thirds of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Two Towers and Return of the King) hit the platform on Sept. 1 along with season 6 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and season 9 of The Walking Dead. You can also get your fill of wholesome reality television with the newest season of Japanese series Terrace House. Get your Ryan Murphy fill later in the month with American Horror Story: Apocalypse and his Netflix Original high school political drama, The Politician.
Available Sept. 1
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Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical
If you’re lucky enough, you might remember the meme hellscape of Aug. 2018, which at its apex featured the horrifyingly banal “Johny Johny Yes Papa.” At the time, Polygon spoke with some of the internet’s top memesters to break down why a children’s rhyme was going viral. Anyways, now there’s a musical from Loo Loo Kids (whose version of “Johny Johny” has nearly two billion views) and it’s going to be on Netflix. Go nuts.
Adventures: Season 1
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6Moving Art: Season 3My Sister’s KeeperMystic RiverOlmo & the SEagullOpen SeasonRebel in the RyeScream: Season 3Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season1Spookley the Square PumpkinStripesSuperbadThe Lake HouseThe Last Exorcism
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films are classics at this point, and finally getting two thirds of the trilogy up on Netflix means that they’ll be just a bit more accessible for people who haven’t been hoarding their precious extended cuts for the past 15 plus years (hi, Dad). Unfortunately, The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film of the trilogy, won’t be available on the Netflix despite its six-month stint on the platform in 2018, so I wouldn’t give up your physical collection just yet.
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Available Sept. 4
The World We Make
Available Sept. 6
Archibald’s Next Big Thing (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: Archibald is an extraordinary young chicken who lives in the moment and “yes-ands” his way through life. Inspired by the acclaimed children’s book.
Elite: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In the wake of a classmate’s death, a student vanishes, allegiances shift, new friends join the drama, and dark secrets become too difficult to contain.
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Tupac, Biggie, Lil’ Kim and Jay-Z blaze a trail into the ‘90s as insiders sling the straight-up truth on the culture’s most iconic rappers and rhymes.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Now living and working in LA, Jack hopes to convince a reluctant Michael to move to the U.S. by showing him what the American West has to offer.
The Spy (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Available Sept. 9
Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure
Available Sept. 10
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster, Bill Burr, delivers a scathing review on the state of the world in his new Netflix stand-up comedy special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger. Filmed in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Burr dives into Michelle Obama’s book tour, the problem with male feminists, his hang-ups on taking a bath, and why his personality is affecting his marriage.
Eat Pray Love
Evelyn (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A man and his two siblings take an epic walk from Scotland to London to find peace and acceptance 12 years after their brother’s death by suicide.
Shameless (U.S.): Shameless: Season 9
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix Original)
Widely acknowledged as perhaps the only pure reality television series out there, Terrace House follows the tried-and-true format of sticking a bunch of strangers in a house together and seeing what happens. The newest season takes place in Tokyo on the horizon of the 2020 Olympics.
Available Sept. 12
The I-Land (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Wiped clean of memories and thrown together, a group of strangers fight to survive harsh realities — and the island that traps them.
The Mind, Explained (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover what’s happening inside your brain with this illuminating documentary series.
Available Sept. 13
The Chef Show: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Cooking is a journey. And making a meal is about more than just food. It’s about appreciating friends, family and tradition. An opportunity to come together. To learn, to share and to celebrate different flavors, cultures and people. In The Chef Show actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning Chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world.
Hello, Privilege, It’s Me, Chelsea (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture — and the ways it’s benefited her own life and career.
I’m Sorry: Season 2
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ikoma and the Iron Fortress take their fight to the battlegrounds of Unato, joining the alliance to reclaim the region from the kabane horde.
The Ranch: Part 7 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: While Colt tries to reconcile with Abby, Beau navigates the challenges of aging and Luke seeks his family’s forgiveness.
Tall Girl (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school — and she’s always been uncomfortable with it. After slouching her way through life for 16 years and being made fun of by classmates, Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), a seemingly perfect Swedish foreign exchange student who’s even taller than she is. Jodi’s new crush turns her world upside down and throws her into a surprising love triangle, but with the help of her two best friends (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) as well as her beauty queen sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), Jodi comes to realize that she’s far more than her insecurities about her appearance have led her to believe. TALL GIRL, director Nzingha Stewart’s first feature film, is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about finding the confidence to stop slouching and stand tall.
Unbelievable (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Based on real events, a teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth.
Available Sept. 14
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Available Sept. 15
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: On the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Cash’s famous prison concert, Los Tigres del Norte return to Folsom prison to tell stories through music.
Steal a Pencil for Me
Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1
Available Sept. 17
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: When zombies and monsters invade his hometown, a scrappy boy teams up with his friends to survive the apocalypse. Based on the popular book series.
Available Sept. 18
Come and Find Me
Available Sept. 19
Available Sept. 20
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” and uploaded it to Funny or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Directed by Scott Aukerman, BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years.
Criminal (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This revolutionary procedural comprises 12 unique stories set in 4 different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. It takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects.
Disenchantment: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: High-spirited Princess Bean walks through hell to save a friend, learns about a mystical destiny set for her, and helps restore her father’s kingdom.
Fastest Car: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Extremely expensive supercars take on massively modified undercover speed demons, including Hondas, Fords, Oldsmobiles and even a Mini Cooper.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (Netflix Documentary)
From Netflix: From Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) comes Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that explores the mind and motivations of celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates. After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Gates began what is undeniably one of the greatest professional second acts in modern history when he shifted his time and considerable intellect toward solving some of the world’s most persistent problems. The series, in-depth and unfiltered in its depiction of a man’s life journey, both his triumphs and setbacks, offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft. Interweaving these endeavors with personal moments, Inside Bill’s Brain draws on interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates in addition to their friends, family, and partners in philanthropy and business, creating an innovative and revealing portrait of a man who, after changing the world, might just change the way others see it.
Las del hockey (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The passionate members of a women’s roller-hockey team strive to keep their team afloat.
Available Sept. 21
Available Sept. 23
Team Kaylie (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: After a brush with the law, teenage celebrity billionaire Kaylie Konrad is court-ordered to lead an inner-city wilderness club.
Available Sept. 24
American Horror Story: Apocalypse
The latest installment in Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story: Apocalypse was a crossover between previous AHS seasons Murder House and Coven. Full of the kind of twisted mythology that defined the series, Apocalyse merits a close (and if you’ve already watched, second) viewing in order to pick apart all of its references to previous seasons. Plus, it’ll satisfy your AHS cravings in between episodes of the newest season, American Horror Story: 1984.
Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Ventriloquist and renowned comedy star Jeff Dunham talks parenting and pink eye, all the while skewering political correctness as only he can, in his second Netflix Original stand-up comedy special, Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself. Filmed at the American Airlines Center in his hometown, Dallas, Texas, Dunham is literally beside himself with his posse of unusual suspects: Walter, Bubba J, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and newest addition Larry – the high strung, chain-smoking, on-again, off-again personal advisor to the President.
Available Sept. 25
Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Abstract: The Art of Design returns to take you beyond blueprints into the art, science, and philosophy of design. The series goes inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers, showcasing the most inspiring visionaries from a variety of disciplines whose work shapes our culture and future.
Birders (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Border walls are no barriers to birds — or the people on both sides fighting to protect them.
El recluso (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An ex-Marine poses as an inmate inside a Mexican prison in order to infiltrate a gang suspected of kidnapping a U.S. judge’s teen daughter.
Glitch: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: More people rise from the grave and old friends become new threats as the mystery — and danger — intensifies in Yoorana.
Available Sept. 26
Explained: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
An original docu-series from Vox and Netflix, Explained takes a deep dive into topics like K-Pop or monogamy with the general goal to learn and explain (Disclaimer: Polygon is a part of Vox Media, which produces Explained). The second season will explain topics ranging from athleisure fashion to cults, and will be narrated by celebrities.
Available Sept. 27
Bard of Blood (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Kabir Anand is settling into his new life as a Shakespeare professor in the remote mountains of Panchgani when a call from the PMO thrusts him back into the world he is trying to forget. A brilliant agent who served under the recently murdered Sadiq Sheikh, Kabir was expelled from RAW because of a disastrous mission in Balochistan ten years prior. Kabir must now revisit those ghosts, avenge his mentor and face his deadliest enemies back in Balochistan while racing against time to save both his country and his long lost love. Based on the book by Bilal Siddiqui, the series is scheduled to launch in 2019 on Netflix.
Dragons: Rescue Riders (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: In the new Netflix original series, Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon eye — an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding dragonhunters, who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dragon Eye.
El marginal: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A cop goes undercover in a tough prison while looking for the daughter of a powerful judge who’s been kidnapped by a gang.
In the Shadow of the Moon (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer’s crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Locke’s obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Directed by Jim Mickle and also starring Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is a genre-blending psychological thriller that examines the power of time, and how its passing can either bring us together or tear us apart.
Locked Up: Season 4
The Politician (Netflix Original)
Starring Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), The Politician is a Glee-adjacent drama about a cutthroat high school election. Payton Hobart knows, with unshakeable confidence, that he is one day going to be the President of the United States. Of course, first he has to become the Student Body President of his high school, get into Harvard, and eventually make ascend to the nation’s presidency. To do that, he has to slyly outwit all of his classmates without compromising his public-facing persona.
Skylines (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In Frankfurt, a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music, organized crime and high finance collide when the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share.
Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: In a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland, a noble few wage war against their oppressors. The odds are stacked. But hope for a brighter future means that all is not yet lost.
Vis a vis: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A new director and a jailer-turned-inmate arrive at Cruz del Norte. Zulema is reunited with a long-lost relative, while Sole gets life-changing news.
Available Sept. 30
Gotham: Season 5
Mo Gilligan: Momentum (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian Mo Gilligan blends smooth moves and sharp humor as he riffs on humble beginnings, family dynamics and the complex art of dancing in the club.