All The Original New Shows And Movies Coming To Netflix
Get ready for some serious Netflix time!
Over the next year, Netflix is set to debut a whole slew of original new TV shows and movies. From dark thrillers to lighthearted comedies to family-friendly options, you are pretty much guaranteed to find something you like, no matter what genre you prefer.
With so much content set to hit the streamer, how do you choose what to watch? To help you decide, check out this comprehensive list of Netflix’s upcoming original shows and movies.
‘Nailed it! Holiday,’ Dec. 7, 2018
“Nailed It!” is back for a seven-episode special this December. The beloved baking competition show will return in its original format, with an added holiday twist. And fans shouldn’t worry — comedian Nicole Byer and pastry chef Jacques Torres are back as the lead hosts and judges.
‘Pine Gap,’ Dec. 7, 2018
Drama junkies will want to tune into this Netflix show, which centers on the employees of the top-secret, U.S.-Australian joint defense facility known as Pine Gap. The series follows the employees as tensions arise in the critical international alliance as spies work both with and against each other. Season one will consist of six episodes.
‘Dumplin’,’ Dec. 7, 2018
Based on Julie Murphy’s YA novel of the same name, this book-to-film adaptation follows a Texas teen who enters a local pageant run by her ex-beauty queen mom to prove a point about fitting in. Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston co-star in the comedy-drama. Audiences can also expect an epic soundtrack. Dolly Parton and Linda Perry teamed up on the music, even reworking some versions of Parton classics, like “Jolene.”
‘5 Star Christmas,’ Dec. 7, 2018
In this holiday-themed flick, an Italian prime minister arranges to meet his lover (and political rival) during an official trip to Budapest during Christmas. But as you can probably expect, things don’t go exactly as planned.
‘The American Meme,’ Dec. 7, 2018
Plunge into the lives of four prominent social media personalities — Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Birill Bichutsky and Brittany Furlan — with this documentary, which follows them as they build their brands via online empires. Though the four boast a hefty number of followers, they also learn that exposure comes with some downfalls. Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski and Dane Cook also appear in the film.
‘Tidelands,’ Dec. 14, 2018
Go down under with Netflix’s first Australian original series, “Tidelands.” The show follows the story of a former criminal who returns to her home in the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. After the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, the ex-con begins investigating the town’s inhabitants and uncovers some strange secrets.
‘The Fix,’ Dec. 14, 2018
“The Fix” isn’t your typical reality show. The concept: A panel of comedians and experts come together and attempt to solve the world’s most significant problems. In each episode, U.K. comedian Jimmy Carr and team captains Katherine Ryan and D.L. Hughley will host guest comics and experts in tackling one huge global issue — through comedy, of course. Season one will consist of 10 episodes.
‘Inside The Real Narcos,’ Dec. 14, 2018
Calling all “Narcos” fans! The first season of this new Netflix series, “Inside the Real Narcos,” gives viewers a rarely seen perspective on the drug wars. Throughout the docuseries, ex-Special Forces commando Jason Fox interviews cartel members, traffickers, and kingpins to get an inside look at the Latin American drug world. Viewers can expect to see Fox explore the underworld of cartels throughout Mexico, Colombia and Peru.
‘Roma,’ Dec. 14, 2018
Netflix may have its strongest Oscar contender of the year with Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical “Roma.” The foreign movie, shot in black and white, looks back at Cuaron’s youth in Mexico. It focuses mainly on the family maid (played by Yalitza Aparicio) who helped raise him.
‘Sunderland Till I Die,’ Dec. 14, 2018
The eight-part British docuseries documents the events around English football (or as Americans call it, soccer) club, Sunderland A.F.C., during their 2017-2018 season, in which they were relegated from the Premiere League down to League One. The documentary will give a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s coach and players in the aftermath. The series will reportedly culminate with the takeover of a new owner, Stewart Donald.
‘The Innocent Man,’ Dec. 14, 2018
Fans of “Making a Murderer” and “The Staircase” may get their next true crime fix in this new docuseries from Netflix. “The Innocent Man” centers around the grisly murders of two women in Ada, Oklahoma, and the four men convicted of the crimes. Based on John Grisham’s 2006 nonfiction book of the same name and Robert Mayer’s 1987 book “The Dreams of Ada,” the series profiles the accused men and raises questions about the justice system and their guilty convictions.
‘Bird Box,’ Dec. 21, 2018
This post-apocalyptic horror film from Netflix stars power duo Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson. The movie follows a woman and two children who survived an ominous unseen presence that drove most of society to suicide. Five years later, they must once again make a desperate attempt to reach safety.
‘7 Days Out,’ Dec. 21, 2018
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a major live event like the Kentucky Derby? This docuseries captures the excitement, drama and preparation that play out in the week leading up to significant historical and cultural events. The show will cover happenings across various industries, from fashion and entertainment to space, sports and food.
‘Perfume,’ Dec. 21, 2018
Netflix is bringing this German crime drama to global audiences. The six-part series delivers a loose, modern-day adaptation of Patrick Suskind’s bestselling book of the same name. It follows a young detective as his investigation into a series of murders leads him to a small group of boarding school boys who experimented with manipulating people using human scents.
‘3 Below: Tales of Arcadia,’ Dec. 21, 2018
Guillermo Del Toro’s “Trollhunters” trilogy continues with the second installment, “3 Below: Tales of Arcadia.” The series follows two royal aliens and their bodyguard as they escape from their home planet and crash-land on Earth, in the city of Arcadia. Once there, the aliens must adapt to human culture while they try to return to their home planet, which is being taken over by an evil dictator.
‘Watership Down,’ Dec. 23, 2018
Based on the 1972 novel of the same name, this animated miniseries follows a band of rabbits as they take a perilous journey to find a new home. James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and Ben Kingsley are among the star-studded voice cast. Daniel Kaluuya, Olivia Colman, Taron Egerton and Rosamund Pike also lend their voices to characters.
‘Murder Mountain,’ Dec. 28, 2018
This true-crime murder mystery docuseries hails from the same team behind “Man on Wire” and “LA 92.” The six-part show takes place in the remote California community of Humboldt County, where dozens of people have gone missing in the last few years — more than any other county in California. It focuses specifically on the 2013 disappearance of 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez, which launched an investigation that “exposes a wild, lawless place.”
‘The Umbrella Academy,’ Feb. 15, 2019
Based on the Dark Horse Comics, this live-action superhero series follows an estranged group of superheroes who reunite to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. It’s not long before the family begins to come apart again — not only due to their varying personalities and abilities, but also because of an imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
‘Cannon Busters,’ March 1, 2019
Netflix’s anime adaptation of the 2003 comic finally got a release date after months of anticipation. The 12-episode series tells the story of a royal droid named S.A.M., who launches a search for her best friend, the heir to a kingdom. On her journey, she’s joined by a maintenance robot and a deadly fugitive.
‘Ultraman,’ April 1, 2019
Netflix is also adding to its anime collection with “Ultraman,” a series loosely based on the comic of the same name. The show centers on Shinjiro, the son of Shin Hayata, who must take over the Ultraman mantle from his elderly father. Shinjiro inherits his father’s powers to fight an evil force pretending to be the legendary superhero.
‘Our Planet,’ April 5, 2019
If you liked “Planet Earth,” you’ll want to check out this new nature series from the same creator. The eight-part show takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through some of the world’s most natural habitats. Shot in Ultra HD 4K format, audiences will get a dazzling glimpse into never-before-filmed settings, from remote wilderness areas to deep oceans and ice caps.
‘Rilakkuma And Kaoru,’ April 19, 2019
Also joining Netflix’s 2019 anime slate: “Rilakkuma and Kaoru.” The stop-motion animation series brings one of Japan’s most popular characters to life. It follows a soft toy bear as he takes up residence in an apartment with a woman in her 30s, who soon finds that the secret to life is sometimes as simple as relaxing.
‘All The Bright Places,’ 2019
Based on Jennifer Niven’s popular 2015 novel of the same name, this movie follows the story of Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, who meet each other at a time when they’re struggling with emotional and physical scars. Their relationship highlights the impact of young love and the stigma of mental illness. Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp, Keegan-Michael Key and Luke Wilson co-star in the film.
‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing,’ 2019
“Archibald’s Next Big Thing” is one of several new DreamWorks Animation Television kids’ series hitting Netflix over the next few years. Inspired by the children’s book of the same title, the show follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, a chicken whose tendency to “yes-and” his way through life often leads him astray. Despite that, he always finds his way back home, reminding viewers that celebrating the journey is just as important as the destination.
‘Always Be My Maybe,’ 2019
Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Day Kim star in this flick, which follows a pair of childhood friends who have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. Years later, one has become a celebrity chef while the other remains a struggling musician. When they reconnect, they must figure out how to adapt to each other’s worlds.
In this coming-of-age musical drama, Anthony Anderson and Khalil Everage play a disgraced music manager and a young musical prodigy who cross paths on Chicago’s South Side. As the unlikely duo comes together, they end up helping free each other from the demons of their past. The movie will serve as an ode to Chicago’s hip-hop scene.
‘Carmen Sandiego,’ 2019
Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” will lend her voice to the animated series, based on the beloved ’90s property of the same name. The 20-episode series will follow the titular character as she delves into a new crop of international capers. It will also explore the past that led her to become a super thief. Finn Wolfhard (yes, from “Stranger Things”) will voice Player, Carmen’s chief accomplice and friend.
‘Central Park 5,’ 2019
Acclaimed “Selma” director Ava DuVernay will bring this powerful new docu-series to Netflix. The investigative show explores the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system through the events of the infamous Central Park Five case. The cast includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo.
The New York Times and Netflix are teaming up for this new docu-series. The show follows a group of individuals who can’t figure out the cause of their troublesome symptoms. Those featured will appear in both the Times’ “Diagnosis” column (written by former journalist-turned-doctor Lisa Sanders) and the Netflix show.
Uma Thurman will have a starring role in the upcoming supernatural series, “Chambers.” The show centers on a young woman who survives a heart attack and then becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. The closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased. Thurman will play the mother of the heart donor who maintains a relationship with the recipient.
‘Christmas In The Wild,’ 2019
Set against the backdrop of the conservation battles in the African wilderness, “Christmas in the Wild” centers on a woman who goes on a family safari by herself after her longtime husband walks out on her. Upon arriving in Africa, she meets a bush pilot and elephant conversationist. Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe co-star in the movie.
“Daybreak,” a new dark comedy series from Netflix, is based on Brian Ralph’s graphic novel of the same name. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, in which a teenage outcast searches for his missing girlfriend. The freshman season will consist of 10 episodes.
‘The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance,’ 2019
Serving as a prequel to the 1982 film, “The Dark Crystal,” this 10-episode series will further explore the world of Thra seen in the original movie. It will follow three Gelflings who uncover a horrifying secret and must then inspire a rebellion to try to save their world from a cruel emperor.
‘First Ladies,’ 2019
“Behind every great woman … is another great woman.” So reads the synopsis for the upcoming Netflix comedy, “First Ladies.” The movie will feature Jennifer Aniston as the first female and lesbian President of the United States. Comedian Tig Notaro, who wrote the script, will also star opposite Aniston as the first lady.
‘Go! Go! Cory Carson,’ 2019
This animated series may soon become your kid’s new favorite. Based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, “Go! Go! Cory Carson” follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills.
‘High Flying Bird,’ 2019
“High Flying Bird” centers on an NBA agent who tries to get his rookie client to accept a controversial business opportunity after a lockout temporarily shuts down the league. Steven Soderbergh directs the movie, while “The Knick” actor André Holland stars.
‘After Life,’ 2019
Ricky Gervais is back on TV! In this freshman comedy, the actor stars as a devastated widower who adopts a “nothing to lose” approach to life. The new attitude throws him into some unexpected circumstances.
This upcoming supernatural drama will mark Netflix’s first Arabic-language original series. The show will follow a group of teenagers, whose lives are disrupted when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of Jinn into their world. They must work together to stop the unleashed ancient darkness from threatening the world.
‘The Last Dance,’ 2019
Michael Jordan fans will want to tune into this 10-part documentary series from Netflix and ESPN Films. The series will chronicle the rise of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and the simultaneous growing popularity of the NBA during the 1990s. Made with the full participation of Jordan and some of his former team members, the series features hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from the Bulls’ championship run in the 1997-1998 seasons.
‘Murder Mystery,’ 2019
Adam Sandler stars in this comedy about a cop who takes his wife on a long-promised trip to Europe. On the flight, they meet a mysterious man who invites them to an event on the yacht of an elderly billionaire. When the rich man is murdered, the pair immediately becomes prime suspects. The cast also includes Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans.
‘Mr. Iglesias,’ 2019
This Netflix comedy show stars Gabriel Iglesias as a good-natured high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He chooses to teach gifted misfit kids to help them fulfill their potential and protect them from the bullying assistant principal.
‘Raising Dion,’ 2019
Michael B. Jordan, Jason Ritter and Jazmyn Simon co-star in this intriguing new series, which mixes sci-fi and drama. The show tells the story of a woman who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband. After Dion starts to manifest magical, superhero-like abilities, his mom must figure out how to keep her son’s gifts secret.
‘Sex Education,’ 2019
Netflix’s new British coming-of-age series follows Otis Thompson, an awkward high school virgin who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and open conversations about sex at home, Otis becomes a reluctant expert on the subject and sets up an underground sex therapy clinic at his high school. As if the premise doesn’t sound brilliant enough, the show will also feature some stellar actors. Asa Butterfield will star as Otis while Gillian Anderson co-stars as his mother.
‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City,’ 2019
Netflix is reviving this series based on Armistead Maupin’s books about a young woman living in 1970s San Francisco. The new version will star Laura Linney as Mary Ann Singleton who returns home to San Francisco to reunite with her daughter and ex-husband, 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Once home, she is drawn back into the orbit of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Paul Gross, Olympia Dukakis and Ellen Page co-star.
‘The Last Kids On Earth,’ 2019
In 2019, Netflix will also debut this animated adventure comedy series based on Max Brallier’s bestselling books. The show follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out treehouse. They spend their time playing video games, eating candy and battling zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse.
This suspense thriller series chronicles the world’s reaction to a man in the Middle East who claims to be the Messiah. As he gathers a groundswell of followers, a rift breaks out over whether he’s really capable of performing miracles or just a dangerous fraud. The story unfolds from multiple points of view, including that of a young U.S. CIA agent, a Palestinian refugee and a Latino preacher and his daughter. Michelle Monaghan and Mehdi Dehbi will star.
Based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel “Polar: Came From the Cold,” this Netflix thriller follows the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, as he attempts to settle into retirement. When his former employer marks him as a liability, he finds himself facing off against an army of younger, ruthless killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars in the film while Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas round out the cast.
‘Rhythm + Flow,’ 2019
Netflix recruited Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper as judges for its first ever music competition show. Viewers will follow the three celebs as they search for the next breakout hip-hop star. In season one (which will consist of 10 episodes), audiences can expect to see talent from around the country, including New York, Atlanta and Chicago.
‘Russian Doll,’ 2019
If you’re into offbeat comedy series, look no further than this one starring Natasha Lyonne of “Orange is the New Black.” It follows a woman who gets caught in a loop in which she repeatedly attends the same party and dies at the end of the night. She wakes up the next day unharmed, just to do it all over again. The first season, executive produced by Lyonne and Amy Poehler, will consist of eight episodes.
‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ 2019
Eddie Murphy is set to return to the screen in this Netflix feature based on the real-life story of larger-than-life entertainment personality Rudy Ray Moore. When Moore couldn’t find work in Hollywood, he decided to create his own — including writing and directing one of the most well-known blaxploitation films of all time, “Dolemite.” The cast also includes Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Titus Burgess and Craig Robinson.
Wagner Moura plays the late Brazilian-born U.N. diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello in this Netflix biopic. Despite having a divisive reputation amongst the public, de Mello rose through the ranks to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He tragically passed away in a 2003 terrorist bombing. The movie recounts the dramatic efforts to save his life in the hours after the attack.
‘Six Underground,’ 2019
Netflix shelled out a reported $150 million for this action film, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay. Though plot details are being kept under wraps, The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that the movie would revolve around “six billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite team to take down bad guys.” Netflix has also confirmed it will feature several international locations, including locales throughout Italy and Abu Dhabi.
‘Wizards: Tales of Arcadia,’ 2019
The last installment in Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters” trilogy also hits Netflix in 2019. The final season of “Tales of Arcadia” follows the city’s trolls, aliens and wizards as they face off in an apocalyptic battle for control of their magic world.
‘The Highwaymen,’ 2019
“The Highwaymen” stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault. The crime follows two lawmen who are commissioned by a consortium of banks to end the robbery spree committed by a notorious gang. Kathy Bates, John Caroll Lynch and Kim Dickens also co-star.
‘The Irishman,’ 2019
Martin Scorsese directs this mob drama, inspired by Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses.” The movie stars Robert De Niro as hitman Frank Sheeran, who claimed on his deathbed that he committed the unsolved murder of American Teamster union leader, Jimmy Hoffa. Al Pacino co-stars as Hoffa, while Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano also appear.
‘The King,’ 2019
Netflix’s Shakespeare-inspired flick follows a disgraced young prince who takes over the English throne after his father’s death. He must learn to navigate the king’s duties among inherited war and chaos. The movie features a fantastic star-studded cast, including Timothée Chamelet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp.
‘The Last Summer,’ 2019
“The Last Summer” revolves around a group of teens navigating relationships with family and friends over a Chicago summer in the last few months before going off to college. The ensemble rom-com stars a cast of young actors, including K.J. Apa of “Riverdale,” Maia Mitchell of “The Fosters” and Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf.”
‘The Laundromat,’ 2019
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Netflix drama will retell the story around the Panama Papers. The leaked documents proved how a Panamanian law firm allowed politicians and rich businesspeople to funnel money illegally around the world. Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, David Schwimmer, Will Forte and Robert Patrick will star.
‘Triple Frontier,’ 2019
In this crime drama, the loyalties between friends are tested when they reunite to take down a powerful drug lord. Their actions unleash a chain of unexpected consequences. If that premise isn’t convincing enough to get you to watch, the cast probably will be. The movie stars an A-team of actors, including Ben Affleck, Adria Arjona, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Oscar Isaac.
‘Velvet Buzzsaw,’ 2019
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo lead this thriller, which is set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles. The movie follows a group of big money artists and wealthy collectors who end up paying a high price when art and commerce collide. Sounds vague but intriguing — and the movie features a solid cast, also including John Malkovich, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and Natalia Dyer.
‘Turn Up Charlie,’ 2019
People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2018 is coming to Netflix in 2019. Idris Elba will star in “Turn Up Charlie” as a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who has a shot at success when he becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s daughter. The cast also features Piper Perabo and JJ Feild.
‘Walk Ride Rodeo,’ 2019
This biopic recounts the story of paralyzed rodeo champion Amberley Snyder who lived through a severe car accident at age 19. Doctors told her she would never walk again, but she overcame her prognosis and returned to riding just a year and a half later. Spencer Locke will portray Snyder, while Missi Pyle, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Alyvia Alyn Lind co-star.
What happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things? This anthology thriller series from Netflix will explore that question, with each season tackling a different morality tale. Renee Zellweger, Jane Levy and Blake Jenner will lead the drama during season one.
‘The Last Thing He Wanted,’ 2019
Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck are slated to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Joan Didion’s 1996 novel. The feature follows a journalist who inherits her father’s position as an arms dealmaker and finds herself in dangerous territory. Toby Jones, Rosie Perez and Edi Gathegi round out the cast. Dee Rees (who helmed Netflix’s critically acclaimed “Mudbound”) directs.
Santa Claus is comin’ to Netflix. This animated flick tells the story of a postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack are featured in the voice cast.
This story originally appeared on Simplemost.