Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of Oct. 18-24.
This is a high volume week for Netflix, with 19 new titles coming to the service. That’s a lot! And some of it has serious star power, like Living with Yourself, a comedy series that stars Paul Rudd in dual roles as a man and his clone, and The Laundromat, a movie led by Meryl Streep, who in 2019 has not only done a TV show, she’s also doing a Netflix movie. What a world. Beyond that, there’s the usual Netflix mix of comedy, documentaries, and international fare. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it.
All titles are out Friday, Oct. 18 unless otherwise noted.
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The Biggest Releases
Living with Yourself, Season 1
What’s better than Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudds! What’s better than Living with Yourself? A lot of stuff! But this sadcom is still pretty good. It’s about a depressed copywriter who undergoes a mysterious procedure that promises to rejuvenate his body and soul, which turns out to be that he’s been replaced by a clone with all of his memories. But the clone is, you know, him, and he wants to continue living the life he remembers living. So it becomes a struggle between which Paul Rudd gets to be the one Paul Rudd to rule them. It’s not funny the way Paul Rudd is usually funny; it’s the kind of self-serious dark comedy movie stars like to do when they do TV (see also: Kidding). It’s directed by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, which should give you a sense of the tone.
This is prolific director Steven Soderbergh‘s second Netflix movie this year, after basketball business drama High Flyin’ Bird, and it’s by far the bigger of the two, comedy-dramatizing the Panama Papers scandal with a cast packed with A-listers. It stars Meryl Streep as a widow who, in the course of trying to recover some money she was defrauded out of, uncovers a global financial conspiracy that traces back to the Mossack Fonseca law firm, run by a pair of larger-than-life crooks played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The cast also includes Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, and Sharon Stone. (Trailer)
Daybreak, Season 1
There’s a lot going on in Daybreak, a post-apocalyptic action series/’80s-influenced high school comedy in which grown-up Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick, plays the principal. It’s based on a graphic novel, and it feels like it. This kind of TV-MA young adult fare is one of the things Netflix is best at, and this is another worthy entrant to the genre that includes stuff like The Society and On My Block. (Thursday, Oct. 24)
Avlu (The Yard), Season 1
Since this is a women’s prison show on Netflix, it seems like Orange Is the New Black would be an obvious comparison, but not so much, actually. This Turkish series is more of a single-character thriller than an ensemble drama. It’s about a woman who gets sent to prison for committing a crime while protecting her daughter, and her fight to get home to her. (Trailer)
Baby, Season 2
Wow, I remember when Season 1 of this controversial Italian teen drama came out last year and I thought it looked kinda cool and I made a mental note to go back and check it out. I forgot about it until right now. It still looks kinda cool and I hope to check it out someday. (Trailer)
Interior Design Masters, Season 1
A British reality show in which aspiring interior designers compete to get a shot at becoming a professional. It’s a tough job market out there. (Trailer)
La Casa de las Flores, Season 2
More soapy, campy chaos for the de la Mora family in Season 2 of this glossy Mexican series. (Trailer)
Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali Special
Netflix’s non-verbal, super-strong toddler gets a special celebrating the autumnal festival of lights. (Trailer)
A 17-year-old boy escapes from juvie to find his therapy dog and get a fresh start on life in this heartfelt Spanish comedy. (Trailer)
Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales Collection 2
The streets were waiting for this. Ever since the first Pony Tales Collection came out, people were like “When is the next Pony Tales dropping? I need me some Pony Tales!” It’s like when Lil Wayne released No Ceilings 2. (Trailer)
Tell Me Who I Am
This documentary tells a really incredible story about a man who woke from a motorcycle accident with almost total amnesia, except that he still remembers his twin brother. So Marcus has to teach Alex who he is, which leads to another challenge: does he tell him everything, even the bad stuff? (Trailer)
Toon, Seasons 1-2
A reclusive, awkward young musician suddenly becomes famous due to a viral video in this slice-of-life Dutch comedy. Netflix is putting up two seasons at once, so if you get really charmed by Toon, you can watch his whole thing. (Trailer)
Unnatural Selection, Season 1
This limited docuseries explores the controversial science of gene editing, which has the potential for great benefits but has great moral and ethical dilemmas. (Trailer)
Three friends start a successful app-based business, but will money tear apart their friendship? If I were to very reductively describe this movie, I would say Indian Silicon Valley. (Trailer)
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Season 1
Celebrity superchef David Chang gets his Bourdain on in this food-travel series. In each episode, he tours a city with one of his famous friends. Guests include Seth Rogen in Vancouver, Chrissy Teigen in Marrakesh, Kate McKinnon in Phnom Phen, and Lena Waithe in Los Angeles. (Trailer / Wednesday, Oct. 23)
Dancing with the Birds
This is a documentary about birds’ mating rituals. If you need to know anything more than that to wanna watch this, I don’t know what to tell you. I guess I could tell you Stephen Fry narrates, which makes it even more entertaining? (Trailer / Wednesday, Oct. 23)
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