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A look at Netflix’s upcoming premiere dates

It's a stacked lineup.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Sep 12, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:12 am CDT

After releasing 16 scripted shows in 2015, Netflix announced last December that it planned to debut twice as many shows in 2016. For us, that’s great but it also comes with a downside: We’re losing track of just what’s on TV.

Just look at the numbers. There were 409 original scripted TV shows in 2015 (a number that includes streaming services such as Amazon Studios, Hulu, and Netflix as well as more traditional channels). FX president Landgraf told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer tour last month he believed there would be between 430 and 450 scripted shows on TV (including streaming), which could rise up to as many as 500 in 2017. Many of those debut on Netflix—some on the same day—and short of an established hit, a nostalgia fest, or an instant pop culture phenomenon, some of Netflix’s other shows might get lost in the mix.

So what’s debuting when? We’ve got you covered for the next few months’ worth of Netflix scripted television premieres.

Sept. 22: Easy

The eight-part comedy anthology centers around a group of people in Chicago who are navigating “the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture,” and features an ensemble cast of familiar faces like Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, and Malin Akerman.

Sept. 23: Longmire: season 5

Longmire aired on A&E for three seasons before getting canceled, but it’s since found a second life on Netflix thanks to an old-fashioned second reprieve. The newer Netflix series continues the story of a Wyoming sheriff who has to rebuild and keep balance in his life after the death of his wife.

Sept. 30: Marvel’s Luke Cage

Luke Cage already made a memorable appearance in the first season of Jessica Jones, but now it’s finally his time to shine. Marvel’s third series on Netflix—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will eventually unite in the Defenders miniseries—stars the self-assured and indestructible hero as he tries to clean up his city, and it’s gonna have a hell of a soundtrack.

Oct. 7: The Ranch: season 1, part 2

The first half of The Ranch’s first season is already available to stream on Netflix, which reunites That ’70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson as two brothers trying to run a business after one has a career as a semi-professional football player.

Oct. 14: Haters Back Off

Colleen Ballinger-Evans is bringing her YouTube persona, Miranda Sings—a talentless star striving to become famous like she believes she should be—to a bigger screen with a half-hour Netflix show, which is described as a “bizarre family comedy, and a commentary on society today and our fascination with fame.” Expect to see plenty of familiar YouTube faces and the same kind of uncomfortable humor that Sings excels at.

Oct. 21: Black Mirror: season 3

The rest of the world finally got to see why everyone loved Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s anthology series that explores aspects of modern society (and how its technology will kill us all), a couple of years ago once it debuted on Netflix, but now Netflix is doing one better. It ordered 12 episodes from Brooker, and early, non-spoilery descriptions of upcoming episodes look to tackle our obsession with social media, the ability to rank others, and online outrage. Let’s hope they aren’t so closely linked to our reality that it gets creepy.

Oct. 21: Midnight Diner – TOKYO Stories

Originally airing in Japan, Midnight Diner follows the owner of a late-night food joint who offers a limited menu but will make anything along with the intrigue and drama his customers and employees bring with them.

Nov. 4: The Crown

The U.S./U.K. period drama explores the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and covers six decades over six seasons. Starring Claire Foy and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as Elizabeth and Prince Philip, it’s sure to fill the costume drama-sized holes in our hearts.

Nov. 17: Lovesick: season 2

Told largely in flashbacks, a man has to get in touch with his previous sexual partners after learning he has chlamydia. Originally airing on the U.K.’s Channel 4, a second season will air on Netflix.

Nov. 25: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

After airing on the WB and the CW for seven seasons, Netflix picked up the beloved binge-watcher for a four-episode miniseries with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino back as showrunner set to check back in on Rory, Lorelai, Emily, and pretty much everyone who ever guest-starred on Gilmore Girls over the years. (Even Melissa McCarthy!) Have your tissues handy, grab a coffee, and prepare to fight over who Rory ends up with—if anyone—as we finally learn those final four words.

Dec. 9: White Rabbit Project

Described as “MythBusters in Wonderland,” the build team from MythBusters—Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron—will dive down the rabbit hole that is the internet to test and solve mysteries of a pop culture, scientific, and historical nature.

Jan. 6, 2017: One Day at a Time

A classic sitcom is getting a modern-day Netflix makeover with Norman Lear coming on as a producer. With Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Stephen Tobolowsky set to star, the show will follow an ex-military servicewoman who is raising her children with the help of her Cuban grandmother after separating from her husband.

Series without a premiere date set to drop in 2016

  • Danger Mouse

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane

  • Frontier

  • Lalaloopsy

  • Lost & Found Music Studios: season 2

  • Luna Petunia

  • Paranoid

  • Skylanders Academy

  • The Fall: season 3

  • The OA

  • Trollhunters

Series set to debut/drop in 2017

  • Untitled Horse Mystery Project

  • Anne

  • Bill Nye Saves the World

  • Buddy Thunderstruck

  • Crazy Face

  • Dark

  • Girlboss

  • Greenhouse Academy

  • Gypsy

  • Kiss Me First

  • Kong: King of the Apes: season 2

  • Lady Dynamite: season 2

  • Llama Llama

  • Master of None: season 2

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000

  • Real Rob: season 2

  • Santa Clarita Diet

  • Stranger Things: season 2

  • Stretch Armstrong

  • The Worst Witch

  • Watership Down

  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

This story is updated regularly for accuracy.

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*First Published: Sep 12, 2016, 8:36 am CDT