March is the month that Netflix subscribers have all been waiting for: the month when Daredevil finally returns for a second season, pitting Hell’s Kitchen’s top lawyer against a far more violent kind of justice-seeker. Add a fourth season of the streaming giant’s political powerhouse and you’ve got a month where your social calendar has never seemed less important.
But if Will Arnett’s Flaked, a new sketch series and Jimmy Carrs’ stand-up special are keeping the adults busy, March is also a month that sees Netflix doubling down on its kids’ content, with a host of animated shows returning for new seasons. Whether you’re super-excited for The Punisher or Mr. Peabody, you better stock up on supplies – because you may not be leaving the house for some time.
Bates Motel: Season 3 – 1st March
Twin Peaks meets Smallville, this prequel series exploring the younger years of Alfred Hitchcok’s eponymous Psycho, A&E’s Norman Bates drama has already been renewed for a fourth and fifth season. Check in and start catching up while you can.
Episodes: Season 3 – 1st March
Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe in 2012 for playing himself in the BBC’s transatlantic sitcom. Season 3 sees his send-up of himself become more nuanced and even funnier, with a stellar supporting cast all developing their characters – not to mention Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan as the frustrated British writers stuck with him starring in their TV series.
The Return of the Pink Panther – 1st March
Peter Sellers returns once more as the bumbling detective in this hilarious, slapstick-filled sequel.
Gored – 1st March
This film, released globally on VOD on the same day, tells the story of Antonio Barrera, holder of the dubious title of ‘most gored bullfighter in modern history’.
House of Cards: Season 4 – 4th March
“I saw a future.” “We had a future.” Frank and Claire continue their pursuit for power in the fourth run of Netflix’s political drama, as the Underwoods battle everyone in their way – including each other.
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 1 – 4th March
Based on the popular LEGO Bionicle franchise and line of action figures, this new, four-episode series takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta is working to cast the world into darkness. The desperate island inhabitants enlist six heroes – called the Toa – to help save their beloved island.
The Characters – 11th March
The Characters will give eight up-and-coming comedians a full episode to feature characters they’ve created. The line-up consists of Dr. Brown, John Early, Kate Berlant, Henry Zebrowksi, Natasha Rothwell, Paul W. Downs, Lauren Lapkus and Tim Robinson.
Flaked: Season 1 – 11th March
After Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman, Will Arnett returns to Netflix with a new comedy series, co-created with Mark Chappell. Set in Venice, California, it follows a self-appointed guru who falls in love with the object of his best friend’s fascination, something that causes his public persona to unravel. AD’s Mitch Hurwitz is an Executive Producer.
Popples: Season 2 – 11th March
This Netlix original animated series is based on Saban’s line of toys first introduced in 1985 – when they also inspired a popular Saturday morning television show. The new show re-imagines the nostalgic adorable species of brightly colored creatures, which transform from fluffy balls to furry friends and back again.
Dinotrux: Season 2 – 11th March
Is there a better word in the history of palaeontology and mechanised construction work than “Dinotrux”? Netflix thinks not, because its bringing its co-production with DreamWorks Animation back for a second season of dinosaur-truck hybrids and important lessons about teamwork.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 12th March
One of Marvel’s best to date, the sequel to Captain American takes Steve Rogers’ biggest flaw – his unwavering nobility and honesty – and contrasts it with a modern world of espionage and double-crosses. The result is more 70s political thriller than superhero movie and all the better for it.
Hotel Transylvania – 16th March
With The Ridiculous 6 proving to be Netflix’s most-watched film to date, the site continues to build its Adam Sandler collection with this animated outing.
Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 2 – 18th March
The second run of Netflix’s original Marvel series sees Charlie Cox’s blind lawyer, Matt Murdock, face a new threat on the block: Frank Castle. A man looking for vengeance, Castle (Jon Bernthal) is reborn as The Punisher, a vigilante who takes justice into his own hands. Matt, meanmwhile, must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday – 18th March
Paul Reubens will reprise his iconic role of Pee-wee Herman for Netflix’s latest original film, which follows Herman as he is inspired to take his first ever holiday after a “fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger”. Reubens teamed up with Judd Apatow to bring the project to fruition, producing the film from a script by Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development).
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business – 18th March
After scrapping his Christmas DVD last year, Jimmy Carr makes the leap to the streaming world with Netflix’s first British original stand-up special.
My Beautiful Broken Brain – 18th March
The latest Netflix documentary, exec-produced by David Lynch, follows the story of Lotje’s Sodderland’s rehabilitation and recovery after a stroke. The movie captures the strange new world she inhabits, teeming with color and sound.
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 2 – 18th March
The second season of Netflix’s TV reboot of the movie, which sees the familiar pair host a late-night comedy show in front of a studio audience – an idea inspired by the original shorts that featured Sherman and Mr. Peabody in Jay Ward’s Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Jane the Virgin: Season 1 – 22nd March
Missed the show on E4 in the UK? Here’s your chance to catch up.
Krampus – TBC
A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a demon to his family home in this festive comedy. Released on DVD in April 2015, it joins a number of titles on Netflix UK that have landed ahead of their disc release, including Draft Day.
Veggietales in the House: Season 3 – 25th March
A Christian animated series featuring a range of anthropomorphic vegetables acting out Bible stories? It sounds cringe-worthy, but the scarily catchy songs and unfettered silliness make this cartoon surprisingly enjoyable stuff. Or at least, it did 10 years ago. Netflix’s reboot gives the whole thing a shiny update.
Brave – 26th March
Pixar’s animated gem may look like a story about an archer versus a bear but emerges as a sweet and simple tale of one daughter and her relationship with her mother.
Trailer Park Boys: Season 10 – 28th March
Canadian Netflix subscribers rejoice! The Trailer Park Boys return for another original series.
Deep Web – 31st March
Alex Winter’s documentary, narrated by Keanu Reeves, follows the arrest and trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old believed to have created the online black marketplace Silk Road.
The Gift – 31st March
Joel Edgerton’s psychological thriller, starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, is a gripping and endlessly surprising gem.
45 Years – 31st March
Andrew Haigh’s drama about an elderly couple – Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling – plays out more like a horror story than a romance, as husband Geoff receives a letter out o the blue informing him that the body of a former girlfriend has been found, after falling off a mountain in The Alps 50 years ago. The powerful movie earned its leading lady a deserved Oscar nomination.
The Legend of Barney Thomson – 31st March
Robert Carlyle makes his directorial debut with The Legend of Barney Thomson, a title that fits the dark comedy of juxtapositions like batter deep-fried around a Mars Bar.
Turbo Kid – 31st March
From the company that brought you Hobo with a Shotgun, Turbo Kid is an action/sci-fi/comedy set in the post-apocalyptic future… of 1997. Munro Chambers stars as The Kid, who is scavenging for relics when he befriends a mysterious girl (Laurence Leboeuf). After she is kidnapped by Zeus (Michael Ironside), the tyrannical leader of the Wasteland who murdered his parents, The Kid must face his ultimate destiny: to rid the Wasteland of evil.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in March 2016:
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 3
Hell’s Kitchen: Season 13
Queen of Carthage
Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour: Season 2
The Real Miyagi
A Dog’s Breakfast
Desperately Seeking Susan
Good Night Good Morning
Deadly Women: Season 2, 3, 5
It’s Now or Never
The Bright Day
The Girl Is in Trouble
Arthur & George: Season 1
Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries: Season 1
Aldnoah.Zero: Season 3
La Cage aux Folles II
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Go! Mrs. Go!: Season 1
Wayne’s World 2
Your Lie in April: Season 1
Heartless City: Season 1
Pretty Little Liars – Season 6, Episode 18
Shadowhunters: Episode 8
Green Street Hooligans 2
Mark & Russell’s Wild Ride
Good Morning Call
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship: Season 1
Hell and Back
The Falcon and the Snowman
Halo: The Fall of Reach
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 4
The New Girlfriend
Janoskians: Untold and Untrue
Shadowhunters: Episode 9
Pretty Little Liars – Season 6, Episode 19
Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 12
Beyond the Reach
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 5
Never Die: Season 1
9 Seconds – Eternal Time: Season 1
Power Rangers Dino Charge: Season 1
The End of the Affair
Shadowhunters: Episode 10
Pretty Little Liars – Season 6, Episode 20
Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 13
He Never Died
Atlantis: Milo’s Return
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 6
My Favorite Spy
Shadowhunters: Episode 11
Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 14
The Diabolical Horror
Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 7
Shadowhunters: Episode 12
Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 15
Republic of Doyle: Season 3 to 6
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 1 & 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
David and Goliath
The Ouija Experiment
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death
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