December 2, 2023

The approaching weeks and months are going to be jam-packed with so many top-tier new Netflix releases as we get nearer to the top of the yr. The streaming big is debuting all the things from a brand new season of The Crown to a Scott Pilgrim anime that I completely can’t look forward to, plus Zack Syder’s “house opera” Insurgent Moon, and a darkish and twisty new movie from director David Fincher (starring Michael Fassbender as a hitman). That’s all a bit farther down the street, nonetheless. As for the brand new Netflix content material coming to our telephones, tablets, and TV screens a lot sooner — as in, over the following a number of days, now that September has arrived — that’s what this put up is all about.

Netflix is closing out the third quarter of the yr with new releases that embrace all the things from returning favorites (a brand new season of Virgin River) to extra experiments within the streamer’s most profitable genres (like Korean drama in addition to new documentary titles). We’ve highlighted six such titles, under, to think about including to your individual watch checklist — and, as all the time, our newest week-ahead Netflix snapshot is a part of a broader mixture of Netflix protection that’s meant that can assist you determine what to observe subsequent, different examples of which embrace:

Let’s now dive in and take a more in-depth have a look at a few of the largest upcoming new titles.

Virgin River Season 5 is lastly right here

So many Netflix exhibits come and go, but Virgin River endures — a uncommon TV present from the streaming big that’s not solely made it to the fifth-season mark but additionally has an excellent rarer sixth season already ordered.

Zibby Allen as Brie and Colin Lawrence as Preacher in episode 501 of “Virgin River.” Picture supply: Netflix
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Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan and Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 509 of “Virgin River.” Picture supply: Netflix

Whereas we’re at it, let’s not cease there. Anecdotally, I by no means come throughout anybody (on- or offline) who raves about this present, not to mention mentions it as a favourite. Dig into the Rotten Tomatoes viewers opinions for the latest season of the present — which relies on the collection of novels from Robyn Carr — and it’ll go away you scratching your head over the present’s unbelievable longevity (“Worst season ever … cleaning soap with out bubbles.” “Too many characters with too many issues.” “Sorry, however this present is a collection of Lifetime Motion pictures episodes.”)

And but, right here we’re.

Season 5 of Virgin River guarantees extra romance, in addition to “paternity drama, rural drug kingpins, and basic small-town theatrics,” to not point out a large wildfire threatening the city. Continues Netflix’s description of what’s in retailer for followers: “Problems with motherhood push Mel to make a giant determination about her future on the clinic whereas her being pregnant unexpectedly sparks an emotional connection to her previous.

“To additional show himself to Mel, Jack squares off with some long-overdue confrontations — along with his personal demons, and naturally, with Charmaine. And as Doc and Hope’s respective impairments throw their identities into query, the physician and the mayor should discover solace of their group, of their younger new household, and in one another.”

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Annette O’Toole as Hope in episode 507 of “Virgin River.” Picture supply: Netflix

I’m certainly not the goal demographic for a present like Virgin River, however I suppose I can perceive the attract. To start with, you possibly can’t discuss this present with out raving in regards to the setting (which is meant to be Northern California, although the present is shot in Canada). It’s breathtakingly picturesque. Then there’s the truth that the present doesn’t depict actual life; it’s a small-screen simulacrum of a sure form of heat and fuzzy small city, with characters that embrace the city mayor, the native physician, the bar proprietor, nurse practitioner, and too many others to checklist right here. It’s one thing good to flee to — that’s my guess, at the very least, as to the draw of a present that’s nonetheless bought sufficient viewership for Netflix to maintain it going this lengthy.

Along with the presence of a brand new showrunner (Patrick Sean Smith), Virgin River followers must also know that Netflix is delivering the brand new season in two components. The primary features a 10-episode batch, coming this Thursday, whereas Half 2’s pair of holiday-themed episodes arrive on Nov. 30. Half 1 launch date: Sept. 7.

The ultimate season of a darkish British crime drama

Shifting proper alongside, the upcoming week’s new Netflix releases additionally embrace the third and closing season of High Boy, which is able to reunite us with Dushane, Sully, and the remainder of the Summerhouse crew on the streets of East London one final time.

Ominously, the brand new season guarantees “no free ends” and picks up following the conclusion of Season 2 — when Sully’s motion fully modified his enterprise relationship with Dusane. Now, based on Netflix, “the 2 of them will endure new issues as all the things they’ve constructed comes underneath menace from forces exterior and inside their empire. The foundations that Sully and Dushane have lived by their entire lives are examined in an ever-changing world in a closing chapter that may resolve who can reign as High Boy of Summerhouse.”

The present, which has a near-perfect 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is very suited to followers of Netflix crime sagas like Snabba Money, Peaky Blinders, and Narcos.

Extra Netflix new releases for Okay-drama, documentary, and actuality present followers

As for what different Netflix releases will hit the streamer subsequent week, right here’s a have a look at the remainder of what I anticipate will drive vital viewing time on the platform.

Promoting the OC Season 2: The California solar, West Coast cool and glamour, stunning ladies, and multimillion-dollar actual property listings. After all, we might solely be referring to Netflix’s Promoting the OC franchise, which is again for an 8-episode sophomore season.

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Tyler Stanaland and Alex Corridor in episode 201 of “Promoting the OC.” Picture supply: Netflix

The present is mainly wealth porn, flaunted by statuesque actual property brokers in excessive heels that may most likely not enchantment to anybody who’s not already a actuality present fan. The Oppenheim Group, after all, is similar brokerage depicted in Netflix’s hit collection Promoting Sundown, which itself has a seventh season on the best way — so it shouldn’t come as a shock that there’s additionally curiosity in companion exhibits like this one, too.

“Reputations, romances, and relationships are on the road when The Oppenheim Group’s Orange County group returns for season two of Promoting The OC,” Netflix teases. “These younger and hungry brokers will threat all the things whereas navigating a scorching actual property market and even hotter rumors.” Launch date: Sept. 8.

A Time Known as You: Okay-drama followers, your subsequent binge is about to reach.

Right here’s what to learn about Netflix’s new 12-episode drama, A Time Known as You: “Jun-hee (Jeon Yeo-bin) lives restlessly making an attempt to recuperate from (the) grief of her long-time lover, Yeon-jun (Ahn Hyo-seop), who died in a sudden accident a yr in the past,” explains the official synopsis.

A Time Called You on NetflixPicture supply: Netflix

“She lives an empty life, feeling like Yeon-jun continues to be alive someplace, when sooner or later [she] receives a mysterious picture and a bundle from an nameless individual. A photograph of a lady who appears precisely like herself, a boy who appears precisely like Yeon-jun, and an unknown boy standing in entrance of the ’27 Report Store.”

That bundle additionally comprises an outdated cassette participant. Jun-hee inserts the cassette, and so begins a time journey thriller she must unravel. Lengthy story brief: The 2023 model of Jun-hee wakes up as Min-ju in 1998. As if that wasn’t bizarre sufficient, the primary boy she sees appears precisely like her long-lost lover. I’ve a sense this one goes to be one other Netflix Okay-drama traditional. Launch date: Sept. 8.

Scout’s Honor — The Secret Information of the Boy Scouts of America: As for this subsequent Netflix launch, it’s an altogether completely different type of venture — an uncomfortable but pressing movie that may shock and horrify.

As he did along with his 2021 Netflix documentary collection Turning Level: 9/11 and the Conflict on Terror, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger has as soon as once more shined a light-weight in a darkish place, bringing consideration to a horrifying little one intercourse abuse scandal that shatters any healthful notion the viewer may in any other case have held in regards to the Boy Scouts program.

“I don’t care if I carry the entire temple down,” one interviewee ominously declares at one level within the movie. “That is an abomination.” Launch date: Sept. 6.

Spy Ops: Final however not least, whether or not it’s a documentary in regards to the godfather of spy fiction or a cracking good Chilly Conflict drama a couple of Stasi agent, there’s nearly nothing I like extra (entertainment-wise) than a superb spy story.

Spy Ops on NetflixPicture supply: Netflix

This 8-episode docuseries options interviews with officers, operatives, and spies, together with representatives of businesses just like the CIA and MI-6, to share insider tales about spy craft, coups carried out by secret brokers, and varied and varied Chilly Conflict campaigns. The one factor higher than a spy novel or function movie about secret brokers? The true offers, speaking about what working within the shadows is definitely like. Launch date: Sept. 8.

This new collection, by the best way, is the proper companion to an present Netflix docuseries — the 8-episode Spycraft, which is all in regards to the instruments, methods, and applied sciences of the key world.