The fall season has begun, which means you are about to have more TV on your hands than your eyes can handle. Of course the idea of a fall season is antiquated, born by broadcast television when there were only three channels and new shows were timed to grab families who were no longer summer vacationing in the station wagon, so should we even consider the idea of a fall season anymore?
In its quest to dominate the market via content explosions, Netflix obviously doesn't have seasons, so how would it respond to the beginning of the so-called fall season? By pumping out 14 new releases on Friday alone! Take that, broadcast television and your new shows that are actually old shows without mustaches!
There are two to really pay attention to this week. BoJack Horseman is absolutely one of my favorite shows on television right now. It's animated, but carries so much weight in its look at depression and celebrity in Hollywood that you'll forget you're watching a cartoon about an alcoholic horse. The second is American Vandal, which returns for Season 2 after being one of the biggest surprises of 2017. It's a true-crime parody that does a great job of showing off what teens are really like.
Let's go through all the Netflix releases this week, shall we? And if you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, click over to our Watch This Now! page.
(All titles are out Friday, Sept. 14 unless specified otherwise.)
The Big Releases
American Vandal, Season 2
What started off as a parody of true crime in Season 1 became an insightful look at high school life and one of the surprise hits of the year. Also, it was about someone drawing dicks on cars in spray paint, so don't think it's super high-brow or something. This season on American Vandal, the wannabe documentarians take on a new case: The Turd Burglar. There is lots of poop in this one.
BoJack Horseman, Season 5
If I were to tell you that one of the best shows on television right now is a cartoon about an alcoholic anthropomorphic horse who used to be a sitcom star, you'd look me right in the eye and say, "That's pretty specific so I guess you're talking about BoJack Horseman." Well, yeah, and Season 5 further explores depression, success and addiction better than any 3-D drama out there. And steel yourself for one of the year's greatest episodes, because it's a real punch in the face. If you've never seen the show before, don't be freaked out; I feel obligated to mention that it's very funny, too. It's a personal favorite. (Trailer)
The Land of Steady Habits
This flick debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival (it's like Cannes, but much more polite) on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and then it's streaming at your house two days later? This is the new Netflix, people! The film stars Ben Mendelsohn — much less creepy than in his Emmy-nominated role for Bloodline — as a divorced man who changes his cushy life in search of something better... but ends up missing what he lost. Edie Falco and Connie Britton — drinking wine! — also star. (Trailer)
Well this seems kind of timely. With Brett Kavanaugh close to being confirmed as the next Supreme Court judge, pro-choicers are concerned the conservative judge will stamp out the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which is the current backbone for legalized abortion. This documentary explores the current state of abortion and women's rights in America. (Thursday, Sept. 13 / Trailer)
You Might Want to Get Really High for This One
I won't pretend to be a big manga fan (though I saw Ninja Scroll and it was dope), but I do know that the Bleach franchise is pretty beloved and the idea of turning anime into live-action is risky at best and sacrilegious at worst. So I'm wondering how its fanbase reacted to the live-action movie that was released in Japan back in July. Well, it's here in America via Netflix, and it looks WILD. Giant blades, monsters and over-moussed hair? Check times three.
Everything Else, and It's a Lot This Week
Norm Macdonald Has a Show, Season 1
Comedian Norm Macdonald tries to buck the failed Netflix talk show trend with the help of his celeb friends in very casual — and I mean VERY casual, Norm sometimes like looks like he just got out of a golf cart — conversations about show business and whatever else Norm wants to talk about. At some points Norm Macdonald Has a Show is genius, at other times you'll be wondering how this got made and where it's going. That's Norm for ya.
Daniel Sloss: Live Shows
The Scottish comedian goes dark in this stand-up special, but his accent will keep things light. (Tuesday, Sept. 11 / Trailer)
The Resistance Banker
This Dutch film received the most nominations ever for the Golden Calves, the Dutch equivalent to the Oscars and also my nickname when I played volleyball in high school. It's about a banker who created an underground bank during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Seriously! (Tuesday, Sept. 11 / Trailer)
Life, Season 1
At a Korean medical center, ideologies and desires clash between a doctor who wants to save patients and the new CEO who has to keep things afloat. ABC's The Good Doctor was based on a Korean medical drama, so if you are a network executive do the right thing: ignore original ideas and hope an adaptation of this works! (Trailer)
On My Skin
This Italian film, based on a true story, recounts a man's detention for a minor crime and the events that led to his death while he was in police custody. (Trailer)
Your heart may just make a run for it if you watch this spy thriller film set in 1972 about an Egyptian who crossed the border into Israel to prevent a war between the two countries. (Trailer)
Boca Juniors Confidential, Season 1
Amazon just released its own soccer doc in Six Dreams, so Netflix is like OH YEAH? This series follows the legendary Argentinian club, one of the most successful soccer teams in the world. (Trailer)
Car Masters: Rust to Riches, Season 1
Grease monkeys take jalopies and buff 'em until they're sick whips. [Mechanics take old cars and make them nice.] ( Trailer)
The Dragon Prince, Season 1
This anime follows two human princes who team with an elven assassin to broker peace between their fighting homelands, but you already made your mind up about watching this after you read "anime," right? (Trailer)
Last Hope, Part 1
Like all great animes worth your time, this one has giant crabs and mech suits and people screaming at each other! (Trailer)
The Rise of Phoenixes, Season 1
Have you been watching Game of Thrones but thought it needed more characters and they needed to be Chinese? Voila! The Rise of Phoenixes is set in ancient China and follows all the mayhem of warring factions as they battle to be the... whatever is analogous to the Iron Throne here. This looks pretty good! (Trailer)
Super Monsters Monster Party, Season 1
This show is for kids who are, like, one day old. Just pop the kid out of the womb and throw this on. Little kids turn into monsters (like Frankenstein and Dracula) and then sing songs, I guess. Hey, I'm a completionist.
The World's Most Extraordinary Homes, Season 2
It's right there in the title. It's a reality show about some very nice domiciles. Will it resolve the insane cliffhanger from Season 1 when the hosts were like, "Wow, this home is extraordinary!" ( Trailer)
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