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Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: Between Two Ferns, Disenchantment

Plus a crime procedural with a pair of interesting twists

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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. 20-26.

Are you ready for some good old-fashioned Galifianakiry? Netflix's biggest release this week is the Between Two Ferns movie, starring Zach Galifianakis as the fictionalized version of himself from the hilarious Funny or Die web series. Beyond that, the most notable thing is that less than half of the week's releases are coming out on Friday. Typically Netflix does a mega-drop leading into the weekend, but this week there are only six new titles coming out Friday. Which is still more than some networks release in a year.

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Here's what you may have missed this week! TV Guide's weekend editor breaks down the week's best, worst, and weirdest TV moments.

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All titles are out Friday, Sept. 20 unless otherwise noted.

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The Biggest Releases


Between Two Ferns: The Movie
We didn't ask for a Between Two Ferns movie, but we're not complaining about getting one! In this meta-comedy, Zach Galifianakis' obnoxious interviewer character has to go on a road trip gathering celebrity interviews for his show on Will Ferrell's website for a chance at a network talk show...and a shot at redemption. His interview guests include Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, and David Letterman, and his show's crew includes Comedy Bang! Bang! faves Lauren Lapkus and Ryan Gaul.

Disenchantment, Part 2
Matt Groening's other other show is back for a second batch of episodes that hopefully hits the ground running and avoids Season 1's shaky start. Netflix is weird with how it divides seasons. They're calling this Part 2 because the initial series order was for 20 episodes, and the first 10 premiered last year. So this is pretty much Season 2. But it will pick up where the first part left off. Whatever it is, it's 10 more episodes of this very funny animated comedy. (Trailer)

Criminal, Season 1
This crime procedural has an interesting two-part premise: One, every episode is set in an interrogation room as an investigative team questions a suspect. Two, the season is made up of four international editions. There's a British version, a Spanish version, a French version, and a German version. They're all in the same interrogation room; it's just different people speaking different languages every three episodes. It's kind of like 12 plays that are all variations on the same theme. Kinda neat! The biggest name is David Tennant, who plays a suspect in one of the British episodes, but other familiar faces include Hayley Atwell (in the U.K. story), Dark's Sylvester Groth (in the German story), and French movie star Jérémie Renier. (Trailer)


Everything Else


Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
This is a hagiography of Bill Gates, whose charitable foundation's investment arm still invests in private prisons. At least he's not Jeff Bezos.

Fastest Car, Season 2
This show is the sequel to Tracy Chapman's song "Fast Car." Seriously, though, it's a racing show where garage tinkerers race their rebuilt, souped-up junkers against expensive supercars. It's very gratifying to watch a 1994 Chevy Cavalier race a Lambo and win. (Trailer)

The Hockey Girls (Las del Hockey), Season 1
A girls' roller hockey team chases victory despite opposition on and off the rink in this inspiring Spanish teen series. (Trailer)

Team Kaylie, Season 1
This tween sitcom imagines what it would be like if Kylie Jenner had to lead a wilderness club for kids as part of community service. OK, she's not *actually* Kylie Jenner. But you get who a teenage celebrity billionaire named "Kaylie Konrad" is inspired by. (Trailer / Monday, Sept. 23)

Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself
Lena's father and his racist puppets are back. (Trailer / Tuesday, Sept. 24)

Abstract: The Art of Design, Season 2
I respect design, but designers seem so self-important, you know? "You have to question yourself in order to create," says Neri Oxman, a famous experimental architect whose lab at MIT sucked up to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. It's like, get over yourself. You're just looking at a computer like everyone else. The only people more in love with the smell of their own farts than designers are writers. (Trailer / Wednesday, Sept. 25)

Birders
This moving documentary follows the migration of birds back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border -- and the people on both sides of the wall who have made it their duty protect them. (Trailer / Wednesday, Sept. 25)

El Recluso, Season 1
An ex-Marine goes undercover in a brutal Mexican prison in order to infiltrate a gang and learn the whereabouts of a kidnapped teenager in this gritty crime thriller that originally aired on Telemundo. (Trailer / Wednesday, Sept. 25)

Glitch, Season 3
In the third season of this Australian import, the seven people who came back from the dead in Yoorana leave the small town and head out into the wider world, which means they'll face new threats from people who want what they have. (Trailer / Wednesday, Sept. 25)

Explained, Season 2
Coming hot on the heels of The Mind, Explained spin-off miniseries from two weeks ago is a proper second season of Vox's explainer series. This season explains a diverse range of topics, from the lure of cults to the rise of athleisure fashion. (Trailer / Thursday, Sept. 26

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