What you should watch
Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie (June 3)
This film, from the beloved manga/anime franchise, already played in movie theatres in Japan earlier this year, but Netflix is releasing it everywhere else, and it’s said to be the first Sailor Moon movie to get an international release. It’s a continuation of the 2014 animated series “Sailor Moon Crystal;” an arc from the original manga series that was originally supposed to be the show’s fourth season was made into a long two-part feature film instead. The story involves a villain who makes nightmares real, and (this is a real heartbreaker) an apparent decline in the relationship of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask.
Sweet Tooth (June 4)
In 2009, Canadian comic book writer/artist Jeff Lemire created the series “Sweet Tooth” for Vertigo, the now-defunct adult comics imprint of DC Comics. It took place in a post-apocalyptic world—though one that bears some resemblance to the small-town Ontario of Lemire’s youth—so it was inevitable that it would find a home on Netflix eventually, in the form of this TV series, developed by writer/director Jim Mickle. Thanks to the aforementioned apocalypse, the world is now full of mutant children who are half-animal, half-human; the lead characters are a half-human, half-deer kid named Gus (Christian Convery) and a mysterious man named Jepperd (Nonso Anozie) who promises to take Gus to a place where “hybrids” are safe.
Penguin Town (June 16)
Patton Oswalt has been busy lately, or at least his voice has been. In addition to his animated show “M.O.D.O.K.,” he’s the narrator of this nature series about penguins, the birds you can always turn to when you need to get your cuteness fix. The twist of this eight-episode show is that, despite being a documentary, it’s also a fish-out-of-water comedy in which a group of endangered penguins in South Africa have to do the usual penguin things—including looking for a mate—in the city. Oswalt told Yahoo Entertainment that what interested him about the show is that it’s “about nature invading urban spaces and how nature still wins out in spite of all these obstacles.”
The House of Flowers: The Movie (June 23)
Netflix gave us three seasons of creator Manolo Caro’s comedy/drama about the dysfunctional de la Mora family and their equally dysfunctional family-owned businesses. This being Netflix, there will be no fourth season, but instead, we’re getting this movie spinoff, directed by Caro. The premise finds the de la Moras learning that there is a secret treasure hidden in their old family home, leading to a feature-length scheme to break into the house; this is intercut with a flashback story taking place in the 1980s, where the family parents Virginia and Ernesto carry out a similar scheme.
Ali & Ratu Ratu Queens — NETFLIX FILM 🇮🇩
Iqbaal Ramadhan plays a teenager who reacts to his father’s death by traveling to New York to find the mother he hasn’t seen in years.
Jiva! — NETFLIX SERIES 🇿🇦
Noxolo Dlamini plays the role of Ntombi, who thinks dancing might be her ticket out of her depressing life, and forms a dance troupe with very different women with very similar dreams.
Ray — NETFLIX SERIES 🇮🇳
Another in Netflix’s string of themed anthology series from India: the theme of the four short films in this series is that they’re all based on stories by filmmaking legend Satyajit Ray.
Record of Ragnarok — NETFLIX ANIME 🇯🇵
Animated series about a fight between 13 gods and 13 mortals to decide whether mortal humans get to survive or not. Not to be confused with Disney’s “Thor: Ragnarok” or Netflix’s “Ragnarok” series.
So Not Worth It — NETFLIX SERIES 🇰🇷
The story of international students all living together in the same dormitory. Was it worth coming all the way to another country to study? The title may or may not supply the answer.
Coming to Netflix June 1, 2021
Super Monsters: Once Upon a Rhyme — NETFLIX FAMILY
From Goldilocks to Hansel and Gretel, the Super Monsters reimagine classic fairy tales and favourite nursery rhymes with a musical, magical spin!
Coming to Netflix June 2, 2021
Carnaval — NETFLIX FILM 🇧🇷
After a breakup, an influencer takes her friends on a free trip to Bahia’s vibrant Carnival, where she learns life’s not just about social media likes.
Coming to Netflix June 3, 2021
Alan Saldaña: Locked Up — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL 🇲🇽
The Mexican comedy star returns to Netflix for his second special, where being “locked up” refers to being at home with the kids.
Creator’s File: GOLD — NETFLIX SERIES 🇯🇵
In this mockumentary series, comedian Ryuji Akiyama parodies the world of social media content creation by casting himself as pretentious or self-absorbed social media influencers.
Dancing Queens — NETFLIX FILM 🇸🇪
Helena Bergström directed this film about Dylan (Molly Nutley), a young woman who wants to dance at a nightclub where only drag queens are allowed to perform.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie: Part 1 / Part 2 — NETFLIX FILM 🇯🇵
See introduction for details
Summertime: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇮🇹
In the first season, two teenagers (Coco Rebecca Edogamhe & Ludovico Tersigni) fell in love even though she’s a waitress’s daughter and he’s a rich bad-boy motorcycle driver. In the second season, they and their friends continue to have romantic complications in a beautiful Italian coastal town.
Coming to Netflix June 4, 2021
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Prolific TV science guy David Attenborough hosts his third Netflix documentary, about how humans have been bad stewards of the Earth and pushed it beyond sustainable limits. Featuring Swedish Professor Johan Rockström, an expert on sustainability.
Feel Good: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
Mae Martin created and stars in a semi-autobiographical comedy about an abrasive Canadian comic living in London. This is the final season.
Human: The World Within — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
PBS documentary series where each episode looks at a particular aspect of how the human body works: The six episodes are titled “Birth,” “Pulse,” “Fuel,” “Defend,” “Sense,” and “React.” Jad Abumrad (Radiolab) narrates.
Sweet Tooth — NETFLIX SERIES
See introduction for details
Trippin’ with the Kandasamys — NETFLIX FILM 🇿🇦
The third in a series of movies about Shanti (Maeshni Naicker) and Jennifer (Jailoshini Naidoo), two ultra-competitive next-door neighbours. In this instalment, both decide to go on vacation with their husbands at the same time.
Xtreme — NETFLIX FILM 🇪🇸
Daniel Benmayor directed this thriller about a hitman plotting revenge on the stepbrother who was responsible for the death of his son and father.
Coming to Netflix June 5, 2021
Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 🇳🇱
The title doesn’t need much explaining; it’s a documentary about cats, for people who love watching cats do cute cat things.
Coming to Netflix June 9, 2021
Awake — NETFLIX FILM
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Jennifer Jason Leigh are among the stars of writer-director Mark Raso’s science fiction film about what happens after all human beings are robbed of the ability to sleep.
Fresh, Fried & Crispy — NETFLIX SERIES
Food critic Daym Drops hosts a documentary series about places that serve the best fried foods, such as the fried chicken at Yo’ Mama’s Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tragic Jungle — NETFLIX FILM 🇲🇽
Indira Andrewin stars in director Yulene Olaizola’s mystical period piece, about a woman who flees into the jungle to escape being forced into marriage with an Englishman.
Coming to Netflix June 10, 2021
Locombianos — NETFLIX SERIES 🇨🇴
A stand-up special from Colombia, featuring four different comics in their first post-lockdown performances.
Coming to Netflix June 11, 2021
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce): Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇰🇷
Drama about three women from three different generations who all work on a radio show and all have issues making their marriages work.
Lupin: Part 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇫🇷
One of Netflix’s biggest recent hits was this French series, starring Omar Sy as a gentleman thief who models his life and technique on the classic fictional character Arsène Lupin.
Skater Girl — NETFLIX FILM 🇮🇳
Manjari Makijany co-wrote and directed this film about a small-town girl (Rachel Sanchita Gupta) who decides to enter a national skateboarding competition.
Trese — NETFLIX ANIME
Based on the comic series created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, this show’s title character, Alexandra Trese (voiced in English by Shay Mitchell), is a private detective who is frequently called in to solve cases involving mythological or fantasy creatures.
Wish Dragon — NETFLIX FAMILY 🇨🇳
An animated feature film about a guy who finds a genie who is also a dragon, hence the title. Chris Applehans wrote and directed, and Jimmy Wong and John Cho provide the English-language voices of, respectively, the guy and the wish dragon.
Coming to Netflix June 14, 2021
Elite Short Stories — NETFLIX SERIES 🇪🇸
While waiting for the fourth season of the hit Spanish teen drama Élite, the producers offer these mini-episodes that fill us in on what the characters were doing during the summer.
The Sun Is Also a Star
Coming to Netflix June 15, 2021
Rhyme Time Town: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
DreamWorks animated series about talking animals who recite, and act out, classic nursery rhymes.
Unwind Your Mind — NETFLIX INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
Another Netflix co-production with the Headspace meditation app. Company representatives tell you, with the aid of animation, three different techniques for mind-unwinding, depending on what time it is and whether you want to call it “meditation” or not.
Power Rangers Dino Fury: Season 1
Coming to Netflix June 16, 2021
The Hurricane Heist
Penguin Town — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
See introduction for details
Silver Skates — NETFLIX FILM 🇷🇺
A big hit in Russia, notable as the first Russian film released by Netflix, this film moves the basic plot of “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates” from Holland to Russia, and also adds a Romeo-and-Juliet style romance, with that plot also relocated to Russia.
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Coming to Netflix June 17, 2021
Black Summer: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
It’s hard to keep track of all the zombie apocalypse shows out there. This is the one that’s filmed in Calgary and stars Jamie King.
The Gift: Season 3 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇹🇷
Beren Saat returns for the final season as Atiye, a painter who discovers she has a connection to some form of mystical power.
Hospital Playlist: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇰🇷
Drama about five doctors who all went to medical school together and all work at the same Seoul hospital.
Katla — NETFLIX SERIES 🇮🇸
The basic format for a lot of drama series is to have a horrible disaster and a survivor looking for someone who may or may not be alive. In this series from Iceland, the horrible disaster is the eruption of a volcano, and the lead character, played by Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð, is looking for her daughter, who has been missing since the disaster began.
Coming to Netflix June 18, 2021
A Family — NETFLIX FILM 🇯🇵
Writer-director Michihito Fujii tells the Godfather-style story of Kenji (Gô Ayano), who spends two decades as a member of the Yakuza.
Elite: Season 4 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇪🇸
The previously-mentioned hit Spanish teen drama, about students at a snooty secondary school. This season, four new kids and one new principal are added to the cast.
Fatherhood — NETFLIX FILM
Kevin Hart stars as a Matthew Logelin, who is left alone to raise his daughter after his wife suddenly dies. Co-written and directed by Paul Weitz, based on a memoir by the real-lie Matthew Logelin.
Jagame Thandhiram — NETFLIX FILM 🇮🇳
A gangster (Dhanush) is summoned to London to help a crime boss (James Cosmo) in this action thriller from Indian writer-director Karthik Subbaraj.
The Rational Life — NETFLIX SERIES
Drama series about a woman (Qin Lan) who seeks to lead a “rational life” when it comes to her career and love life, but finds it isn’t so easy, especially after she ends up in a love triangle with two of her co-workers.
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals — NETFLIX SERIES
Netflix already brought you “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes,” and now this series takes you to great short-term vacation rental properties, for when vacations are legal again.
Coming to Netflix June 19, 2021
Nevertheless — NETFLIX SERIES 🇰🇷
Romantic drama about two people who want a relationship even though they claim not to want a serious romantic commitment.
Coming to Netflix June 21, 2021
Coming to Netflix June 22, 2021
Blinded by the Light
Coming to Netflix June 23, 2021
Good on Paper — NETFLIX FILM
Iliza Shlesinger wrote and stars in a comedy about a stand-up comic who meets a guy (Ryan Hansen) who seems to be everything she ever said she wanted in a man, but is he really? Probably not, judging by the title. Directed by Kimmy Gatewood.
The House of Flowers: The Movie — NETFLIX FILM 🇲🇽
See introduction for details
Murder by the Coast — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 🇪🇸
Tània Balló Colell directed this documentary about one of Spain’s most famous murder cases, the 1999 killing of teenager Rocío Wanninkhof, and a conviction that became a notorious miscarriage of justice.
Too Hot to Handle: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES
In yet another reality show that was conceived before the pandemic but accidentally took on new meaning because of it, a group of contestants are ordered to live together but never have sex or romantic contact; whoever distances the longest wins $100,000.
Coming to Netflix June 24, 2021
Godzilla Singular Point — NETFLIX ANIME 🇯🇵
Sadly, the monster in this animated Godzilla spinoff is probably not called “Godzilla Singular Point.” It’s about an engineer and a grad student who are investigating unexplained occurrences when they both hear a mysterious song that will lead them to uncover a threat to the world.
The Naked Director: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇯🇵
Eight more episodes of the biographical drama about the pornographic film director Toru Muranishi (played by Takayuki Yamada). This season picks up Muranishi after he’s worked his way up from porn magazines to porn films, as he sets his sights on conquering the medium of satellite TV.
Sisters on Track — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The true story of Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard, three sisters who went from a homeless shelter to youth track stardom. Directed by Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenne.
Coming to Netflix June 25, 2021
The A List: Season 2 — NETFLIX SERIES 🇬🇧
Lost meets Pretty Little Liars in a teen drama about teenage girls jockeying for status on an island-based summer camp where supernatural secrets and brainwashing are the order of the day.
Sex/Life — NETFLIX SERIES
Billie (Sarah Shahi) is living a quiet suburban life with her husband and children when her ex — and a reminder of the life she used to lead — arrives on the scene. Stacy Rukeyser adapted this series from the B.B. Easton novel “44 Chapters about 4 Men.”
Coming to Netflix June 26, 2021
Wonder Boy — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 🇫🇷
A portrait of the French designer Olivier Rousteing and how he became creative director of the Balmain fashion house.
Coming to Netflix June 27, 2021
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Coming to Netflix June 28, 2021
The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement — NETFLIX ANIME 🇯🇵
Another instalment in the long-running anime series about an order of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins.
Coming to Netflix June 29, 2021
Black Lightning: Season 4 – NETFLIX SERIES
The final season of the DC Comics series about Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), an educator who keeps trying and failing to quit his old job as the superhero Black Lightning.
StarBeam: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Another batch of episodes in the non-threatening animated superhero series about a little girl who turns into a hero named StarBeam.
Coming to Netflix June 30, 2021
America: The Motion Picture — NETFLIX FILM
Archer director Matt Thompson brings a similar sensibility to this animated retelling of the American Revolution, with Channing Tatum voicing George Washington, Judy Greer as Mrs. Washington, Simon Pegg as Sam Adams and Bobby Moynihan as Paul Revere.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 🇬🇧
Three-part docuseries about the 1996 murder of French television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier while on holiday in West Cork, Ireland, which led to years of attempts by the French government to extradite her suspected killer.
Leaving Netflix in June 2021