Give us an “L”, give us a “U”, give us “KE CAGE”. Yes, September is almost upon us and that means one thing: Marvel’s new superhero series is coming to Netflix. And judging by the trailers so far, it’s set to be their coolest yet.
Netflix, though, is never one to do things by halves: Luke Cage is the climax of a month that sees the streaming giant build up a host of diverse original titles, from the second season of Narcos and the intriguing new series from Joe Swanberg (starring Orlando Bloom, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and more) to a promising variety of documentaries, particularly Chef’s Table Season 3 – enough to keep your mouth watering in between episodes of Great British Bake Off. For those wanting fiction over fact, meanwhile, Netflix’s US acquisitions are back in full force too, with new seasons of Once Upon a Time and From Dusk Till Dawn. All that and The Big Short? Bring on September.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK:
Tangerine – TBC
After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson. Sean Baker’s micro-budget comedy was a sensation at this year’s Sundance, thanks to it being film on an iPhone. Baker’s film has something of an early Kevin Smith and the caustic, queer wit of John Waters. Never mind how it was shot: Tangerine is consistently smart and never phoney. Read our full review.
Following the closure of Tangerine’s distributor, Metrodome, it is unclear when or if this film will be added to Netflix. The same is true for Bang Gang below.
Narcos: Season 2 – 2nd September
The streaming giant’s drug thriller returns to continue the real-life stories of the infamous kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. And conflict is certainly what’s in store, with Pablo Escobar on the run and the Colombian authorities in relentless pursuit – and determined to put an end to his illegal activities.
Kulipari – An Army of Frogs – 2nd September
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs is based on a trilogy of books created by American football star Trevor Pryce and is inspired by his childhood fear of frogs. A story about bravery and heroism, this animated series targets grade school boys and follows poisonous frogs, scorpions and spiders who must go to war to ensure their power – and the survival of their entire world.
Chef’s Table: Season 3 (France) – 2nd September
Chef’s Table: France will showcase the crème de la crème of French chefs, talking about what inspires them and how it translates into their individual styles. The filmmakers will embark on a personal look into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, from their diverse backgrounds to the evolution and craft of their chosen cuisine, as well as their quests for sensory perfection.
The following French chefs will be featured in the upcoming season: Alain Passard, L’Arpege; Michel Troisgros, Maison Troisgros; Adeline Grattard, Yam’Tcha; and Alexandre Couillon, La Marine.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3 – 7th September
The TV spin-off from Robert Rodriguez’s horror film continues its small-screen run with a third season. It kicks off with Episode 1 on 7th September and subsequent new episodes then arriving weekly on Netflix within 24 hours of their US debut. (Note: Episodes 1 and 2 are both broadcast on 6th September in the US, so don’t be surprised if Netflix adds an extra episode at some point to stop being a week behind.)
Extremis – 13th September
Extremis, directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss, is a verité documentary exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. With extraordinary access to the intensive care unit of a public hospital (Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA), the film offers an intimate look at the intersection of science, faith, and humanity.
Only Fools and Horses: Season 3 and 4: 15th September
How do you follow the Season 2 finale of Only Fools and Horses, in which Del Boy and Rodney smash a chandelier? With two more seasons offering more of the same classic BBC comedy.
Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville – 16th September
Comedy icon Cedric the Entertainer brings the laughs to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, taking aim at the aggressive lyrics of today’s rap artists, raising kids in the Snapchat generation, and Obama’s legacy.
The White Helmets – 16th September
From the filmmaking team behind Virunga, this short documentary is set in Aleppo, Syria and Turkey in early 2016. As the violence intensifies, The White Helmets follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones.
Designated Survivor – 22nd September
Kiefer Sutherland stars in this new US political thriller, which sees, a low-level cabinet member appointed the “designated survivor” during the President’s State of the Union address – a role that leaves him locked safely away, just in case something should happen to the President during his speech. When an attack on the US Capital does take place, Kirkman finds himself unexpectedly appointed POTUS, and Kirkman finds himself struggling to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the fallout from the attack and leading the search to find who is responsible. New episodes arrive each Thursday. Read our review of Episode 1.
Easy: Season 1 – 22nd September
Easy is an anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. The eight-episode series, written and directed by Swanberg, features Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit and more.
The Big Short – 23rd September
The Big Short is a patronising, awkward and uneven Oscar-winning comedy about the financial crisis. And, against all the odds, that’s a very, very good thing.
Audrie & Daisy – 23rd September
This documentary, which was acquired by the streaming giant at this year’s Sundance festival, examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual crimes against them have been caught on camera.
Iliza Schlesinger: Confirmed Kills – 23rd September
Filmed at The Vic in Chicago, smart, straight-talking Iliza Shlesinger returns to Netflix with her second original special.
Once Upon a Time: Season 6 – 28th September
The fantasy series returns for a sixth run, with the town of Storybrooke threatened by Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer), along with his fellow inhabitants from the Land of Untold Stories, and Regina’s other half declaring war on the Heroes.
Freaks and Geeks – 30th September
Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s 1999 comedy series is one of those US comedies that was cancelled before its time – but that doesn’t make it not worth watching. The show follows a group of Michigan high-school students in the 1980s, with Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and her friends making up the Freaks half of the programme (cast members including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel) and her brother, Sam (John Francis Daley), heading up the Geeks (cast members including Samm Levine and Martin Starr). From Ben Foster and Ann Dowd to Lizzy Caplan, it’s a series that not only established Segel, Feig and Apatow as comedy forced to be reckoned with, but paved way the way for a number of future stars.
Marvel’s Luke Cage – 30th September
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem. Netflix’s latest superhero series looks, quite simply, badass.
Amanda Knox – 30th September
Was she a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive student abroad trapped in an endless nightmare? Directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn and producer Mette Heide explore the notorious case that made headlines around the world.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix in September 2016:
Behind Enemy Lines
Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Season 1 (2015)
I Am The Ambassador: Season 1 and 2
A Perfect Day
Air Bud: Spikes Back
Air Bud: World Pup
Power: Season 3, Episode 8
Digimon Fusion: Season 2
Hoe Dan Ook
Saneamento Básico, O Filme
Most Likely to Die
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
From Fat to Finish Line
Natural Born Pranksters
Power: Season 3, Episode 9
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 3
VeggieTales in the House: season 4
Power: Season 3, Episode 10
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 3, Episode 4
Designated Survivor: Episode 2
We’ll Never Have Paris
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