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The Best New Shows on Netflix This Week - Atypical, Iron Fist

Danny Rand is back, and Sierra Burgess is a loser

Tim Surette

Netflix will stop at nothing until you glue your eyeballs to your TV/phone/laptop/projection contact lenses and watch its programming 48 hours a day (you have two eyes), and the company is releasing content at a rate to make sure that happens. In fact, in the time you read that last sentence, Netflix dropped three more new shows.

I can barely keep track of what Netflix is pushing out, and IT IS MY JOB. Good luck to everyone else. So to help you wade through the streaming masses, I'll keep you up to date on what's coming out on Netflix each week, from the AAA titles to the quiet international gems.

This week, we have the return of one of Marvel's most controversial TV superheroes, but there might be a good reason to give the show a second chance. There's also the return of one of TV's quietest and sweetest comedies out there, a new movie for your kiddos to check out and a powerful documentary that shows the power of community in the face of everything awful. Additionally, I have a funny and wacky pick you may have missed when it aired back in 2016.

And if you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, click over to our Watch This Now! page.

Here's what's coming out on Netflix on Friday, Sept. 7:

The Big Releases

Atypical, Season 2
Known colloquially as that Netflix comedy about the boy with autism, Atypical is actually a sugary-sweet comedy about can't-live-with-them-can't-live-without-them family and the frustrating and confusing path toward finding love. But yes, there is a boy with autism, played convincingly by Keir Gilchrist, and his simple look at life will seem troubling in one moment and sage in the next. In Season 2, Sam (Gilchrist) will begin thinking about college while his sister Casey (sneakily the show's best character, played by Brigette Lundy-Paine) tries to adjust to her new school. This is an easy, heartwarming watch with laughs.

Marvel's Iron Fist, Season 2
Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is back, whether you want him to be or not. But there's hope that things will be better in Marvel's Iron Fistthis time around. The follow-up to the universally panned first season comes with a new showrunner (Raven Metzner) and villain (Typhoid Mary), meaning things could look a lot different. Or it could be more of the same, in which case you're better off spending time with the other Defenders. Early word from those in the TV Guide office who have watched a few episodes is it's more of the same.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
Barb is finally getting justice with her own film! Shannon Purser, who played Stranger Things favorite Barb, stars in this high school take on what's essentially Cyrano de Bergerac in the FaceTime age. Thanks to internet latency, the school loser gets to woo her popular boy crush by feeding words to the popular girl while she's in front of the laptop camera. And for all you people under 25 out there, Netflix film heartthrob Noah Centineo [SCREEAAAAMMMMMMM!] also stars.

Next Gen
Did you know that there are companies beside Pixar, Dreamworks and Disney that make animated feature films? Apparently! This movie about a young girl who befriends a robot is Netflix's big spendy splash into kids' flicks (Netflix reportedly paid $30 million for distribution rights), and from the trailer it looks as colorful and loud as anything else playing in a theater full of screaming tykes. John Krasinski, Charlene Yi, Jason Sudeikis and David Cross provide their voices.

The One You Didn't Hear About But Should Watch

City of Joy
It's called City of Joy but you'll be weeping your eyes out over this documentary film. In war-ravaged Africa, female refugees who survived rape at the hands of ruthless soldiers find rehabilitation, power and camaraderie in a women-led community that aims to transform their pain and suffering into strength. This is a powerful one.

The Rest of the Bunch

Cable Girls, Season 3
This Spanish Netflix original isn't a gender-swapped reboot of a Jim Carrey comedy, it follows four women in the late 1920s as they face hardships and opportunity working for a telecommunications company.

First and Last, Season 1

A docuseries about the first and last days of sentences that prisoners are serving inside a Georgia jail. This looks real.

The Most Assassinated Woman in the World
OK, it's only pretend assassinated, as she's an actress whose stage role includes being "murdered" in interesting ways before an audience at the legendary Grand Guignol theater in Paris. But when her stage deaths are linked to real-world deaths, this French film gets interesting.

Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters, Season 2
This throwback animated series in the style of '80s after school 'toons follows three high school kids who become superheroes with the powers of flight, super-strength and super-stretchiness.

In Case You Missed It

Netflix Presents: The Characters
There's not a lot of new bizarre comedy out on Netflix this week, so if you're looking for some of that action, give this series of sketch comedy that came out in 2016 a gander. Eight up-and-coming comedians, including Lauren Lapkus ( Comedy Bang Bang) and John Early (Search Party), are each given carte blanche, a bag of cash and about 30 minutes of airtime to do whatever kind of sketch comedy they want to. Make sure to check out the opening sketch of Detroiters star Tim Robinson's episode, in which a suave casino high-roller loses it all. And I mean all. Sadly, this was never renewed for a second season because people must have been too busy watching House of Cards or something.

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