Mark your calendar.

Netflix is unloading a massive amount of content in 2018—at least 80 movies and even more series and documentaries. It’s a lot to take in—and even harder to plan for, since Netflix release dates usually only appear about a month in advance. (You can check out our regularly updated guide to what’s new on Netflix here.) But there’s plenty to look forward to.

Here’s a running list of the original movies, series, anime, standup specials, and documentaries debuting this year.

Netflix release dates: August 2018

August 23

Follow This (documentary)

A new documentary series from BuzzFeed looks at the online experience.

August 24

Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (standup)

The comedian talks sports and takes off his shirt.

The After Party (movie)

Teyana Taylor and Wiz Khalifa star in this comedy about virality and after parties.

Ghoul (series)

This three-episode horror series from India pits interrogators against evil forces.

The Innocents (series)

A teenage girl discovers she has a superpower, and she’s not alone.

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August 31

Ozark season 2 (series)

The Jason Bateman drama returns.

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The Comedy Lineup Part 2 (standup)

Another round of comedians gets there 15 minutes: Aisling Bea, Emma Willmann, Janelle James, Josh Johnson, JR De Guzman, Kate Willett, Matteo Lane, and Max Silvestri.

The Laws of Thermodynamics (movie)

Can romance and science get along?

Paradise PD (series)

The creators of Brickleberry bring you a new animated series about cops in Paradise.


Netflix release dates: September 2018

September 1

La Catedral del Mar (series)

A historical drama set in 14th century Barcelona during the Inquisition.

Monkey Twins (series)

A fighter and a cop battle a crime ring.

Sisters (series)

A woman discovers she has more siblings after her father passes away.

September 3

A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities (series)

A look at heritage in Taipei and San Francisco.

September 7

Atypical season 2 (series)

The family dramedy returns.

Cable Girls season 3(series)

Women working at the National Telephone Company in 1920s Madrid fight for independence.

City of Joy (documentary)

A refuge known as City of Joy helps women in the Congo.

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First and Last (series)

A look at inmates’ first and last days at Gwinnett County Jail.

Next Gen (kids)

A young girl and a robot team up for adventure.

Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters: Season 2 (kids)

The Flex Fighters protect Charter City. 

The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (movie)

An actress famous for dying on stage faces real danger.

Iron Fist season 2 (series)

The Marvel series teases some new villains.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (movie)

Stranger Things‘ Shannon Purser stars in a rom-com about finding yourself.

September 11

Daniel Sloss: Live Shows (standup)

The Scottish comedian gets irreverent.

The Resistance Banker (movie)

A banker helps fund an underground Nazi resistance.

September 12

Life (series)

A drama set in a Korean medical center.

On My Skin (movie)

Based on the tragic death of Stefano Cucchi, who died in police custody.

September 14

American Vandal season 2 (series)

Last season it was dicks. This time, Peter and Sam investigate the Turd Burglar.

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BoJack Horseman season 5 (series)

BoJack has a new show, but he might be up to his old tricks.

Norm Macdonald Has a Show (series)

The comedian’s new talk show is set to feature Michael Keaton, Jane Fonda, Drew Barrymore, and more.

Last Hope (series)

A scientist who unleashed a disaster on the world must make things right.

Ingobernable season 2 (series)

Mexico’s first lady makes a confession.

Bleach (movie)

A high schooler is turned into a reaper.

Boca Juniors Confidential (documentary)

A docuseries about Argentine soccer.

Car Masters: Rust to Riches (series)

Gotham Garage gives cars and trucks a makeover.

The Angel (movie)

The story of Ashraf Marwan, a spy for Israel who died mysteriously in 2007.

Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs (kids)

Sing with monsters.

The Dragon Prince (kids)

Princes battle for peace and justice.

The Land of Steady Habits (movie)

Connie Britton and Edie Falco star in this dramedy about starting over.

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part A (series)

Piers and Caroline are back, and they’re coming in. 

September 18

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian (standup)

The comedian has thoughts about Black Panther and family.

September 21

Maniac (series)

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are trapped in a surreal drug trial in this limited series directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Nappily Ever After (movie)

Sanaa Lathan stars as Violet, a woman who thinks she has it all.

Hilda (kids)

Hilda goes to Trolberg.

Quincy (documentary)

A look at the life of producer Quincy Jones, directed by daughter Rashida Jones.

Battlefish (series)

Fishers go after tuna on the Oregon coast.

DRAGON PILOT: Hisone & Masotan (series)

A dragon finds a pilot.

The Good Cop (series)

Finally, Josh Groban and Tony Danza are in a comedy series together.

September 26

Norsemen season 2 (series)

The people of Norheim face a new season of power struggles.

September 28

Hold the Dark (movie)

A wolf expert (Jeffrey Wright) is called to a remote Alaskan village to investigate the disappearance of a child.

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Chef’s Table Volume 5 (series)

Chefs in Philadelphia, Istanbul, Bangkok, and Barcelona are the focus this season. 

El Marginal season 2 (series)

Season 2 goes into the backstory of this Argentine crime drama.

Forest of Piano (series)

A piano unites two people.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 2 (series)

Father and son trek to the Bavarian Alps, Istanbul, Budapest, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. 

Lessons From A School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane (series)
Two priests are brought together through tragedy.

Lost Song (series)

Two women must harness their powers.

Made in Mexico (series)

Lifestyles of the rich and famous in Mexico City.

Reboot: The Guardian Code: Season 2 (kids)

The Guardians battle new evils.

Skylanders Academy: Season 3 (kids)

Spyro and the Skylanders join forces. 

The 3rd Eye (movie)

After returning to the house they grew up in, sisters begin to experience unexplained events.

Two Catalonias (movie)

A look at the politics of Catalonia.



October 2018

October 5

Dancing Queen (series)

Drag performer Alyssa Edwards teaches a new generation.

October 12

Apostle (movie)

Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) tries to get his sister back from a cult.

The Kindergarten Teacher (movie)

Maggie Gyllenhaal fixates on a student who might be a genius.

October 26

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (series)

A reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Kiernan Shipka.


Netflix release dates: Later in 2018

Dogs of Berlin (series)

Green Eggs and Ham (series)

House of Cards season 6 (series)

Mindhunter season 2

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Narcos season 4

O Mecanismo (series)

Osmosis (series)

Outlaw King (movie)

Private Life (movie)

Robozuna (kids)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (series)

Springsteen on Broadway (movie)

Spy Kids: Mission Critical (kids)

The Hollow (kids)

The Other Side of the Wind (movie)

The Umbrella Academy (series)

Treehouse Detectives (kids)

Netflix release dates: Recommended new releases 

Netflix original movies


In Cargo, the zombie apocalypse is intimate, compelling and showcases the best and worst of humanity in the Australian Outback. And for one father (Martin Freeman), the stakes have never been higher as he only has only 48 hours to find someone to take care of his young daughter before he turns into one of the undead. —Michelle Jaworksi

Catching Feelings

South African film Catching Feelings follows the young academic Max and his wife, Sam, as their relationship is tested by a combination of money problems, infidelity, and an older white writer who moves into their home in Johannesburg. It may feel like an Owen Wilson comedy, but the layered film explores racial tension and gentrification in South Africa. Kagiso Ledigo’s ambitious turn as star and director pays off despite its slow pacing. —Tess Cagle

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John Woo gets back to basics with the melodramatic and ridiculously entertaining Manhunt. After waking up in bed next to a dead woman, Du Qiu finds himself accused of her murder. To prove his innocence he must go on the run while he looks for evidence. On his trail is detective Yamura. The two men find himself in a shootout after shootout and chase after chase. If you’ve ever enjoyed one of Woo’s action movies, you’ll get a kick out of Manhunt.Eddie Strait

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A French co-production between Netflix and Canal+, Safe has just arrived on streaming in America while France will air it on channel C8. The series is not set in France or America, though, instead taking place within a gated community in England. It’s there that Michael C. Hall’s Tom Delaney, a surgeon with two daughters, is trying to put his life back together after the death of his wife. As you probably could have guessed, not all of Tom’s neighbors are who they appear to be, and everyone within the community’s secured fences has secrets—including Tom. Things take another turn when Tom’s daughter, Jenny (Amy James-Kelly), goes missing one night after a party. —Chris Osterndorf

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Netflix original documentaries

End Game

In just 40 minutes, End Game makes a big impact. Filmmakers Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein bring viewers face to face with terminally ill people receiving palliative care as they prepare to die. Grappling with one’s own mortality is obviously heavy subject matter, and the film embraces that in order to show you what the process has on the patients, the family members, and the doctors themselves. End Game is a tough watch, but it does offer perspective and is worth your time. —Eddie Strait

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Netflix original docuseries

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist

In August 2003, pizza delivery driver Brian Wells robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a bomb strapped to his neck. He didn’t get far: Wells died after the bomb exploded, his agonizing last minutes caught on police dash cams. The mind-boggling crime, also known as the collar bomb heist and the pizza bomber, is the starting point for Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist. Before we’re taken through the truly bizarre events of that day, we’re introduced to Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, a longtime Erie resident who, we’re told, had a difficult childhood and later developed mental illness. Any further analysis will have to wait, though. The four-part series, produced by the Duplass brothers and directed by Barbara Schroeder, devotes its first episode to Wells, who was supposed to be sent on a macabre scavenger hunt after robbing the bank. A stoic coroner explains that they had to decapitate Wells (in a “caring way”) in order to get the clunky bomb off, something his family was not happy about. He’s painted as a quiet man who happened to get involved with some bad elements, but over four episodes that focus gets softer. —Audra Schroeder

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Vox Entertainment’s Netflix collaboration, Explained, is a no-brainer. With documentaries thriving in the streaming age, editor-at-large and Vox co-founder Ezra Klein finds himself in an ideal position—with a built-in, receptive audience—to present bite-sized documentaries. They’re fun and compelling arguments for anyone to consider, and they cover everything from dead-serious politics to Korean pop music. The series’ greatest strength is that even in a short amount of time, it’s invested in illuminating how events of the past shape modern times, and it delivers in every episode.

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Netflix standup specials

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

Live from Radio City, John Mulaney delivers his fourth special. Mulaney has proven himself to be reliably and consistently funny, and Kid Gorgeous feels of a piece with prior specials The Comeback Kid and New in Town. Mulaney riffs on the silliness of school assemblies, college, and recalls his time as a writer for Saturday Night Live. After being a darling of comedy nerds for nearly a decade, Mulaney is proving that the hype is justified. —Eddie Strait

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Ali Wong, Hard Knock Wife

Hard Knock Wife is a lot of things: an exploration of fame; an indictment of American healthcare and its lack of maternity leave; an illustration of the body horror of motherhood. But this is Ali Wong’s take, so she’ll tell you up front that sometimes, when you’re breastfeeding, a duct will become clogged, resulting in “a kidney stone in your titty.” It’s a line that might make you involuntarily grab your own, and a good portion of Hard Knock Wife explores the intricacies and indignities of motherhood. She unravels the fantasy versus the reality; being a stay-at-home mom is not ideal when you’re in “solitary confinement” with a “human Tamagotchi.” She likens joining a new moms’ group to linking up for survival in The Walking Dead. Breastfeeding is “chronic, physical torture,” and her daughter is the bear in The Revenant. She deftly plays the two sides of being told she’ll need diapers after giving birth—for herself. Wong isn’t ragging on motherhood for laughs; these are things she and so many other women learned on their own, through trial and error, and Wong subtly plays up the loneliness, confusion, and despair of being a new mom. —Audra Schroeder

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Tig Notaro, Happy to Be Here

The title of Tig Notaro’s first Netflix special could have a few different meanings, but that’s probably by design. Notaro’s comedy has always leaned on wordplay and language; Happy to Be Here could be referencing the traditional standup greeting or it could be applied more broadly to existence. Filmed in Houston, Texas, and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Happy to Be Here is Notaro’s first standup special since 2015’s special Boyish Girl Interrupted. She again plays with words and meaning, admitting early in the set that she’s mistaken for a man once a week, but she now has an equalizing retort. A bit about talking to her cat goes on a thrilling linguistic journey and abruptly turns a corner when her wife, fellow comedian and actor Stephanie Allynne, warns her not to accidentally hang the cat while playing with it. These situations might seem unremarkable, but Notaro finds the glimmer of absurdity within each. —Audra Schroeder

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Netflix original anime


This new original Netflix anime follows the life of Retsuko, a young professional red panda trying to make it in the big city. She’s “single, a Scorpio, blood type A” with a demeaning office job and two obnoxious supervisors, but she also has a secret: She has a death metal karaoke persona—an aggressive Retsuko, if you will—Aggretsuko. In other words, angry is the new cute. —Christine Friar

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Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.

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