Young Wallander (September 3)
If “The Big Bang Theory” could get a spinoff about a younger version of its main character, then why not Kurt Wallander, the protagonist of Henning Mankell’s popular series of crime novels? The new series stars Adam Pålsson as the title character (whose adult incarnation has been played on Swedish TV by Krister Henriksson and Rolf Lassgård, and in English-language TV by Kenneth Branagh). Just out of the police academy and working in an immigrant community in Malmö, Wallander is assigned his first case: a hate crime that – you may not be surprised to learn – turns out to be connected to something bigger. Also, like Casino Royale, this reboot takes place in the present day, so the Wallander adaptations of the 1990s and 2000s aren’t canon here.
Away (September 4)
Netflix’s first big star vehicle series of the month is based on an Esquire story of the same name by Chris Jones, who profiled Scott Kelly, an American astronaut who led a multinational crew on a long and gruelling space mission, to find out more about the effect of long-term space travel on the human body. Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank signed on to a TV series based on the story, so Scott Kelly became Emma Green, and her mission will last three years (a perfect length for a Netflix series) instead of the original, one year. The pilot writer and showrunner is Andrew Hinderaker, a playwright who previously worked as a staff writer on “Penny Dreadful”.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (September 4)
Another big name coming to Netflix this month is Charlie Kaufman, whose mind-bending screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind turned him into that rarity of rarities: a famous screenwriter. This film, which Kaufman also directed and co-produced, is his first film since 2015. He adapted the screenplay from a novel of the same name by the Canadian Iain Reid. It’s about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who accompanies her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm, where her experiences are less than pleasant, and where the story takes some twists that will demonstrate why Kaufman became interested in adapting it.
Ratched (September 18)
Another origin prequel for a fictional character, but this time a villain rather than a hero. Nurse Mildred Ratched is famous as the sadistic mental-hospital administrator from Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and its Oscar-winning film version. In the tradition of Bates Motel, this series examines how a famous villain got to be that way: Sarah Paulson plays Ratched as a young nurse who starts work at a California hospital just after World War II, and gradually evolves into the monster we all know and love. The series, co-produced by prolific Netflix contractee Ryan Murphy, is the first-ever screen credit for creator Evan Romansky, whose “dark and gritty” spec scripts brought him to the attention of a major entertainment agency.
ARASHI’s Diary -Voyage- ep 12 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The monthly saga of the popular Japanese boy band and their 20th anniversary tour.
GIMS: On the Record — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
A behind-the-scenes promotional documentary for the superstar rapper GIMS and his 2019 concert at the biggest stadium in France.
Coming to Netflix on September 1, 2020
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices — NETFLIX FAMILY
Marley Dias, the young activist who launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks hashtag, hosts this series of 12, five-minute short films where children can hear Black celebrities reading excerpts from children’s books by Black authors. Each short highlights a particular issue that parents can discuss with their children afterward.
The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! — NETFLIX FAMILY
An interactive special spin-off from the popular DreamWorks animated franchise about a boss who is a baby. This puts you, the viewer, in the position of applying to work at a baby-run corporation and see if you have what it takes.
Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
The first solo Netflix special for this comedian (host of the podcast “What’s Up, Fool?”) is actually two specials: one from an English-language performance, and the other from a Spanish-language performance of the same material in the same venue.
La Partita / The Match — NETFLIX FILM
Francesco Carnesecchi (aka “Frank Jerky”) wrote and directed this film about a championship soccer match in Rome, and several people who have a lot (career-wise and money-wise) riding on the outcome.
- 3:10 to Yuma
- American Psycho
- Blade Runner: The Final Cut
- Blades of Glory
- Captain Phillips
- Daddy’s Home
- Dinner for Schmucks
- Family Guy: Season 18
- The First Purge
- Four Brothers
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Ghost in the Shell
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- I Am Legend
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
- The Next Karate Kid
- Old School
- Saturday Night Fever
- Saving Private Ryan
- School of Rock
Coming to Netflix on September 2, 2020
Bad Boy Billionaires: India — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Documentary series about billionaires who wound up getting in trouble with the law for the business practices that helped make them billionaires.
Chef’s Table: BBQ — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Chef’s Table was Netflix’s first attempt at a documentary series, in the ancient days of 2015. Each episode goes to a different place to profile a chef and find out their approach to cooking. The theme of the new season, as the title suggests, is barbecue cooking, with the filmmakers going to the U.S., Mexico and Australia to highlight people who are known for their special BBQ styles.
Freaks – You’re One of Us — NETFLIX FILM
About a mild-mannered cook who finds that she has gained superpowers. The title (“Freaks: Du Bist Eine von Uns” in German) is a shout-out to the classic horror film Freaks, so this might not go well for her.
- Captain Fantastic
- Dumb and Dumber To
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- The Bourne Identity
- The Bourne Legacy
- The Bourne Supremacy
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- Jaws 1, 2 and 3
- Jaws: The Revenge
- Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13
Leaving Netflix on September 2, 2020
Ready Player One
Coming to Netflix on September 3, 2020
Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Filmed at a comedy club in Curitiba, Brazil, the comic talks about his childhood days.
Love, Guaranteed — NETFLIX FILM
In a classic high-concept romantic comedy premise, Damon Wayans Jr. plays a man who hires a lawyer (Rachael Leigh Cook) to sue a dating service that falsely guaranteed him that he would find true love. If he finds true love with the lawyer, will they lose the case?
Young Wallander — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
See introduction for details
Coming to Netflix on September 4, 2020
Away — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
See introduction for details
I’m Thinking of Ending Things — NETFLIX FILM
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Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Netflix has done so many different incarnations of this animated children’s series that it’s difficult to keep track, but it’s still about a girl named Lucky, and she and her friends still love horses very much.
The Blacklist, season 7
Coming to Netflix on September 5, 2020
Step Up: All In
Leaving Netflix on September 5, 2020
Once Upon a Time: Seasons 1-7
Coming to Netflix on September 7, 2020
My Octopus Teacher — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Filmmaker and deep sea diver Craig Foster directed this film, where he spends a year getting to know a wild octopus.
Record of Youth — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Drama series starring Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, Byeon Woo-seok as three ambitious young people looking to make it in the fashion industry.
Coming to Netflix on September 8, 2020
StarBeam: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Loris Lunsford and Jason Netter created this Netflix original children’s series about a girl who leads a double life as a superhero named StarBeam.
A Star Is Born
Coming to Netflix on September 9, 2020
Corazón loco / So Much Love to Give — NETFLIX FILM
In this film from Argentina, two women discover that they’ve both raised families with the same man, and team up to get revenge.
Get Organized with The Home Edit — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer, founders of the home-improvement service “The Home Edit” tell the viewers how to use their empty home space and make their ugly homes look presentable. This series is co-produced by Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims.
La Línea: Shadow of Narco — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
A documentary series about a city, near the Spain/Gibraltar border, that has become known as the drug-trafficking capital of Spain.
Mignonnes / Cuties — NETFLIX FILM
A French film about an 11-year-old girl who finds freedom by joining a dance troupe and learning to twerk. This film’s marketing got Netflix embroiled in controversy.
The Social Dilemma — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Jeff Orlowski directed this documentary where experts warn that the prevalence of social media may be reprogramming our minds, blurring the difference between truth and lies, and leading to social dysfunction.
Coming to Netflix on September 10, 2020
The Babysitter: Killer Queen — NETFLIX FILM
Definitely not to be confused with “The Baby-Sitters’ Club,” McG (Charlie’s Angels) directed this comedy/horror film about a teenager who is still haunted by the memory of a former babysitter who turned out to be the leader of a satanist cult.
The Gift: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this Turkish series, Atiye (Beren Saat), continues to learn the secrets behind her own past and an archeological site with a mysterious connection to her.
The Idhun Chronicles — NETFLIX ANIME
Animated adaptation of Laura Gallego’s novels about children who must protect a group of magical refugees from an evil sorcerer.
Julie and the Phantoms — NETFLIX FAMILY
Madison Reyes stars as Julie, a teenager who finds fulfilment by becoming part of a band. The twist is that the other members of the band are the ghosts of three dead guys.
Greenleaf, season 5
Coming to Netflix on September 11, 2020
The Duchess — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Comedian Katherine Ryan created and stars in this series based on her life as a Canadian single mother living in London. In this first season, she considers having another child with her daughter’s father.
Family Business: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
French series about a family that decides to switch from running a struggling butcher shop to selling legalized marijuana.
Pets United — NETFLIX FAMILY
2019 animated film about spoiled pet animals who need to step up and work together to save their city from a robot invasion.
Se busca papá / Dad Wanted — NETFLIX FILM
In this Mexican film a girl wants to enter a BMX bicycle race, but her mother won’t let her. So she hires an actor to pretend to be her father until the race is over.
Coming to Netflix on September 12, 2020
Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 2
Coming to Netflix on September 14, 2020
Close Enough — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The team behind Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show” created this animated comedy (airing on the HBO Max service in the U.S.) starring the voices of Gabrielle Walsh and creator J.G. Quintel as a couple of millennials trying to adjust to being in their 30s and the responsibility that comes with being parents.
Leaving Netflix on September 14, 2020
Coming to Netflix on September 15, 2020
Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The true story of a family that decided to have their two-year-old daughter cryogenically frozen after her death.
Izzy’s Koala World — NETFLIX FAMILY
The animal-rights brand The Dodo co-produces this family series about an 11-year-old Australian girl whose family specializes in rescuing and sheltering koalas.
Michael McIntyre: Showman — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
The first Netflix comedy special for the English comic, who talks about his recent trips to Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Taco Chronicles: Volume 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Another six-episode season of the documentary series about the stories behind various types of tacos.
Ancient Aliens: Season 3
Beyond Scared Straight: Season 4
Intervention: Season 6
Coming to Netflix on September 16, 2020
Baby: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Italian series about two teenage girls who form an odd friendship and get involved in sex work.
Challenger: The Final Flight — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This four-part series tells the story of the 1986 space shuttle disaster and its impact on America.
Criminal: UK: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The U.K. incarnation of this procedural (there are three others, each taking place in a different country in a different language) returns with the same format: each of the four episodes takes place on a single set and follows the interrogation of a suspect by police.
The Devil All The Time — NETFLIX FILM
Tom Holland found some time in between Spider Man movies to star in this thriller, based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel, about family secrets and violence in a town in Ohio. The cast includes Sebastian Stan, who is also probably not playing his Marvel character.
MeatEater: Season 9 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Steven Rinella stars in this non-fiction series about hunting and eating wild game in various U.S. locations. The show used to air on the Sportsman Channel, in case you’re wondering how a Netflix series lasted this many seasons.
The Paramedic — NETFLIX FILM
Carles Torras directed this thriller about a man who, embittered by an accident that left him paralyzed, decides to get revenge on everyone who treated him badly.
Signs: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Drama series about a town in Poland’s Owl Mountains and the aftermath of a recent murder that has the same M.O. as an unsolved case from the past.
Sing On! — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt) hosts this karaoke competition series where contestants are judged based on how closely they can replicate the original singer’s performance.
Coming to Netflix on September 17, 2020
Dragon’s Dogma — NETFLIX ANIME
Adaptation of the Capcom game about a guy who becomes a demon-fighting “Arisen” after his heart is ripped out by a dragon.
The Last Word — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Six-episode German comedy/drama about a widow (Anke Engelke) who makes money by giving eulogies at the funerals of strangers.
Coming to Netflix on September 18, 2020
American Barbecue Showdown — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In case “Chef’s Table: BBQ” wasn’t enough barbecue for the month, this reality competition series consists of eight episodes where contestants must prepare BBQ dishes in all kinds of different ways.,
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous — NETFLIX FAMILY
In an animated spinoff of the Jurassic Park franchise, six teenagers go to a camp that features live dinosaurs and – you may not be surprised to learn – the dinosaurs run amok and threaten their lives.
Ratched — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
See introduction for details
Coming to Netflix on September 21, 2020
A Love Song for Latasha — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Sophia Nahli Allison directed this award-winning experimental documentary short about Latasha Harlins, trying to learn more about her life instead of solely focusing on her death.
Coming to Netflix on September 22, 2020
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
It’s an animated series about a monkey with a tool belt. He and his friends fix things. That’s about it.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
You know a Netflix series is doing well when it makes it past three seasons, as comedian Jack Whitehall continues to film what happens when he goes travelling with his crotchety old father. This season was shot during their trip to Australia and New Zealand.
The Playbook — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Successful coaches from various sports appear on camera to explain the secrets of their success.
Mighty Express — NETFLIX FAMILY
PAW Patrol creator Keith Chapman is back with this series about talking locomotives and the obstacles they face in making their essential deliveries.
Coming to Netflix on September 23, 2020
Enola Holmes — NETFLIX FILM
The title character is the teenaged sister of Sherlock Holmes, who must put her own detective skills to the test to find her missing mother. Not to be confused with “The Adventures of Shirley Holmes.” That was about Sherlock Holmes’s teenaged grand-niece.
No Strings Attached
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Coming to Netflix on September 24, 2020
The Chef Show: Season 2 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Another season of the buddy cooking show where Iron Man director Jon Favreau (who is not a chef) and Roy Choi (who is a chef) team up to share their mutual love of food.
This Is Us: Season 4
Coming to Netflix on September 25, 2020
A Perfect Crime — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Documentary about the 1991 assassination of German politician Detlev Rohwedder, shot in his own home by a sniper, whose identity remains a mystery.
Country-Ish — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Reality show about the family life of country music star Coffey Anderson and hip-hop dancer Criscilla Crosland, and the way their different parenting approaches reflect the differences between country and city living.
The School Nurse Files — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jung Yu-mi stars in this drama series, based on Chung Serang’s novel, about a school nurse who has the power to see monsters that are invisible to other humans.
Sneakerheads — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A six-episode comedy series about a stay-at-home dad (Allen Maldonado) who loses $5,000 on a get-rich-quick scheme and must engage in another scheme to get the money back before his wife finds out.
Modern Family: Season 11
Coming to Netflix on September 26, 2020
The Good Place: Season 4
Coming to Netflix on September 28, 2020
Whose Vote Counts, Explained — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In case Americans weren’t worried enough about the election, this series covers all the different ways in which voting can be rigged, from cheating to gerrymandering to voter-suppressing rules.
Coming to Netflix on September 29, 2020
Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Producers Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes bring us a new, hour-long special for the American stand-up comedian, host of the Late Night Whenever! podcast.
Coming to Netflix on September 30, 2020
American Murder: The Family Next Door — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
True-crime documentary about a headline-making 2018 murder in Frederick, Colorado. Director Jenny Popplewell chose to tell the entire story through archival videos and images, including home videos that appear here for the first time.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Leaving Netflix on September 30, 2020