Where on earth did summer go? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves as October arrives – but before the season gets you down, take a look at what Netflix has to offer. In short: everything. From the criminally underseen Rick and Morty to the impossible-to-unsee Black Mirror, there’s one impressively diverse month in store, as the streaming giant serves up Justin Timberlake concerts, provocative documentaries from Ava DuVernay and Werner Herzog, the musical stylings of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Skylanders, Jamie Dornan and even finds time to fit in some Homeland.
This is what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in October:
Rick and Morty – 1st October
Wubba lubba dub dub! This depraved, hilarious, warped time-travelling, sci-fi animated comedy is one of the most unusual, unique cartoons ever to hit the telly. If you like Archer, It’s Always Sunny or wish Back to the Future had more alcohol and swearing, this is for you. (In other words, don’t show your kids.) Season 2 arrives on Netflix UK on 26th October.10 reasons why you should be watching it right now.
The Siege of Jadotville – 7th October
Starring Jamie Dornan, Netflix’s original war film tells the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Guillaume Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Black Mirror: Season 1 and 2 – 1st October
Before Netflix’s new season of Charlie Brooker’s twisted, inspired tech anthology arrives, get in the mood with the sublime first two seasons. The bleak, depressing mood. 10 things we’ve learned from the show.
Stargate – 1st October
Roland Emmerich’s underrated sci-fi sees a group of scientists and soldiers travel through a mysterious portal to another planet, where humans resembling ancient Egyptians worship the god Ra. Kurt Russell and James Spader are on top form.
The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 – 1st October
The nerdy misadventures of Sheldon, Leonard and the gang continue.
Red River – 1st October
Howard Hawks’ classic western stars John Wayne as a headstrong man who starts a Texas cattle ranch, only for conflict to arise with his young protege.
The 13th – 7th October
Ava DuVernay’s documentary chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States, examining how the country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. From D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the rebirth of the KKK to the Civil Rights Movement, the 1994 Crime Bill, the rise of ALEC, and the Black Lives Matter movement, DuVernay traces a pattern of fear and division that has consistently driven mass criminalization.
The Ranch: Season 1, Part 2 – 7th October
This underrated sitcom, is set on a present-day Colorado ranch, stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. It follows the return home of failed semi-pro footballer Colt, who comes back to help run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Winger stars as Colt’s and Rooster’s mother, Maggie, who runs the local town bar.
Dinotrux: Season 3 – 7th October
Is there a better word in the history of palaeontology and mechanised construction work than “Dinotrux”? Netflix’s enjoyable kids animation gives us the prehistoric creature-construction vehicle hybrid you’ve been waiting for, a mix of machine and monster that paves the way for all manner of wonderfully dreadful puns.
El Marginal – 7th October
This award-winning Argentine series, acquired exclusively as a Netflix original for international distribution, follows a police officer who goes under cover in prison to solve a kidnapping, but finds himself trapped there, needing to clear his name to find redemption and freedom.
Kuromukuro: Season 2 – 10th October
Meteorites, mecha and a samurai sword-wielding boy clash in Netflix’s original anime. When mecha attack a research centre, its students, pilots, and researchers must fight back with the help of mysterious artefacts and a young samurai. The key to victory may lie with an underachieving schoolgirl…
Homeland: Season 5 – 11th October
Mature, moving and full of classic espionage, this is one of Homeland’s best seasons yet.
Photo: Stephan Rabold / SHOWTIME
Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids – 12th October
Ever wanted to spend the night with Justin Timberlake? Now you can, because Netflix has snapped up the global rights to Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. The concert movie is directed by Jonathan Demme and showcases the singer’s final date of his 20/20 Experience world tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Mascots – 13th October
Another Netflix original, Christopher Guest’s latest mockumentary delves into the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots fighting for the most prestigious award in their field: The Gold Fluffy.
Haters Back Off! – 14th October
Netflix’s original series, based on the character created by YouTube star Colleen Ballinger-Evans, delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it’s just no one knows it yet.
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang – 14th October
Snapped up at Sundance, this documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang follows his career and life story through his signature works, with a focus on his most ambitious project to date: the titular fireworks display in the shape of a ladder over his hometown.
Project Mc2: Season 3 – 14th October
This Daytime Emmy-nominated series is produced by Netflix in association with MGA, the company behind the Bratz dolls. Unlike Bratz, though, the Project Mc2 dolls celebrate smarts, with the story and characters (McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn) based around the STEAM curriculum, which prioritises the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Scream: Halloween Special – 19th October
A slasher movie as a TV series? MTV’s small-screen spin-off has proven surprisingly entertaining over its two seasons. Will it continue or will the channel cut it off there? This two-hour Halloween special, which arrives on Netflix just after it hits the US, will be the decider.
Black Mirror: Season 3 – 21st October
Love Netflix? Can’t enough of the latest technology? Struggle to survive without your phone? Season 3 of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian sci-fi anthology, which first started back on Channel 4 with a fictional Prime Minister having sex with a pig, is set to change all that.
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories – 21st October
In a back alley of a busy district sits a small eatery called Meshiya, referred to by its patrons as the Midnight Diner. The little joint, which the Master runs by himself, is open only from midnight to 7:00 AM. The menu consists only of a pork miso soup set, beer, saké and shochu, but the Master’s policy is to make whatever his customers request.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 1 – 22nd October
The CW’s superb series is a must-watch for fans of romance, musicals or just really very good telly. Season 2 episodes will arrive on Netflix UK exclusively every week, within 48 hours of their US broadcast.
Into the Inferno – 28th October
Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer embark upon a global journey exploring some of the world’s most mythical volcanoes in North Korea, Ethiopia, Iceland and the Vanuatu Archipelago.
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park Europe – 28th October
The Canadian mockumentary series heads to the continent.
7 Anos – 28th October
In one evening, four friends and business partners must decide which of them goes to jail, putting their friendship and their sanity to the test.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House – 28th October
The film tells the story of a Lily (Ruth Wilson), a young nurse hired to care of elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home – a home that holds an horrific ghost story of its own.
Skylanders Academy – 28th October
Because nothing is more guaranteed to get any young boys in your family more excited than the words “Netflix” and “Skylanders”. This animated series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a ragtag group of heroes with unique elemental skills who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. Futurama’s Eric Rogers is showrunner, with Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks and Susan Sarandon are among the voice cast.
Other new releases on Netflix UK in October 2016:
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
Bad Education: Season 3
Be with Me: Season 1
Be with You: Season 1
The Beginning of Life
Burnistoun: Season 2 and 3
Chato, O Rei do Brasil
Chewing The Fat: Season 1
The Curse of Drowner’s Cove
Death Wish 2
The Divide (2015)
Dueños del Paraiso
Everyone’s Going to Die
Fall in Love with Me: Season 1
Game of Silence: Season 1 and 2
HooplaKids: Season 1
It Looks Pretty From a Distance
La Casa de al Lado
Love Cheque Charge: Season 1
Magnificent Century: Season 1
Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
Mary’s Land (Tierra de Maria)
Masha’s Spooky Stories: Season 1
The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven’s Palace
Murphy’s Law of Love: Season 1
My Big Night
Much Ado About Nothing (2016)
Occupied: Season 1
Old Money: Season 1
Our Sister Mambo
Pleasure or Pain
Riphagen: The Untouchable
Rob the Mob
Saadey CM Saab
Sex After Kids
Someone Like You: Season 1
Still Game: Season 6
The Second Woman
The Trials of Cate McCall
Violet & Daisy
When I See You Again: Season 1
The Woman with No Face
Welcome Mr. President
Whitechapel: Season 4
X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time
All American Bikini Car Wash
Eva Doesn’t Sleep 5th October
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6, Episode 2
Under Arrest: Season 2
Russell Peters: Almost Famous
No Men Beyond This Point
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 6
Once Upon a Time: Season 6, Episode 3
Truth and Power: Season 1
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge
Trees of Life: Season 1
Maron: Seasons 1 to 3
A Family Affair
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 7
Once Upon a Time: Season 6, Episode 4
Against All Odds
Little Black Book
The Love Guru
Under the Sun
Joe Rogan: Triggered
Word Party: Season 2
Mr. Peabody & Shermon Show: Season 3
The American Dream Project
The Last Kingdom
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 8
Once Upon a Time: Season 6, Episode 5
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 2
Love in Her Bag
Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist
The Sunshine Makers
Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross
Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps
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