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Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: Elite, The Spy

Plus: What if Lost but a miniseries?

Liam Mathews

Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of Sept. 6-12.

This week, Netflix is about splashy limited series. Two of the biggest releases are The Spy, a based-on-a-true-story tale that stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a Mossad agent who went deep undercover in Syria in the early '60s, and The I-Land, whose premise seems to be "What if we contained Lost to seven episodes?" Beyond that, there's the usual mix of foreign series, documentaries, kid stuff, and comedy.

All titles are out Friday, Sept. 6 unless otherwise noted.

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The Biggest Releases

Elite, Season 2
Netflix's Spanish teen drama Elite crossed over to the English-speaking world in a big way last fall, proving that we uncultured Americans will watch foreign TV provided it's sexy enough. Elite is a delightfully trashy melodrama made with undeniable style. Season 2 will find the students dealing with the fallout from the apprehension of Marina's murderer, and new secrets will be revealed. Wash the taste of that dismal third season of 13 Reasons Why out of your mouth with something actually fun!
The Spy, Limited Series
Israeli national hero Eli Cohen is not Sacha Baron Cohen's first dramatic role, but it's undoubtedly The Artist Formerly Known as Borat's biggest. Cohen plays a Mossad spy who infiltrated the Syrian government in the 1960s in this thriller miniseries from The Red Sea Diving Resort director Gideon Raff. The comedian chose the role because he relates to the spy; after all, they both disappear into character when they go undercover. The show itself has problems, but SBC is great in it. (Trailer)

The I-Land, Limited Series
Netflix is getting Lost with this sci-fi miniseries about a group of ten people who wake up on a desert island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. It turns out it's a simulation, and surviving the island is only half the battle. The seven-episode series is written and co-directed by Neil LaBute, who made his name as a misanthropic playwright but in recent years has transitioned to genre TV (he created Syfy's Van Helsing). The cast includes Kate Bosworth and Natalie Martinez. This could be an OA-style sleeper hit. (Trailer / Thursday, Sept. 12)

Everything Else

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger
Comedy's reigning king of average white male rage returns with a new stand-up special. He's not a Republican or a Democrat, he's just pissed. Did you know he's gonna be in The Mandalorian? It's true! (Tuesday, Sept. 10)

Archibald's Next Big Thing, Season 1
Arrested Development and Veep star Tony Hale created this kids' show about a happy-go-lucky young chicken named Archibald Strutter, for whom he also provides the voice. He probably won't say "f--- a doodle doo," because this isn't Veep. (Trailer)

Hip-Hop Evolution, Season 3
Season 3 of this hip-hop history docuseries follows the rise of West Coast rap and the infamous West Coast/East Coast beef, as well as the rise of late '90s lyrical underground rappers in reaction to the flashy materialism of the mainstream. (Trailer)

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, Season 3
Comedian Jack Whitehall takes his extremely conservative British father on a tour of Los Angeles in the third season of this mockumentary-ish reality comedy show. (Trailer)

In this heartbreaking yet life-affirming documentary, a family walks from Scotland to London in an effort to finally talk about their brother's suicide twelve years earlier and start to heal. (Trailer / Tuesday, Sept. 10)

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020
The world's gentlest relationship-based reality series is back for another season. This crop of Terrace Kids heads to Tokyo for some light Japanese Real World antics. (Trailer / Tuesday, Sept. 10)

The Mind, Explained
Vox's Netflix series Explained is diving deep on a single topic this season, with each episode exploring a different part of the mind, from dreams to how psychedelic drugs work. Emma Stone narrates. (Trailer / Thursday, Sept. 12)

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