You know how new DVDs and Blu-rays always come out on a Monday? Netflix laughs in the face of such regimented scheduling and instead releases all of its new TV shows and movies whenever the heck it feels like it.
That can make keeping track of all of the new stuff a first-world nightmare of epic proportions.
But help is at hand: here we highlight all of the best new stuff on Netflix. And yes, that does mean we've left out all of the rubbish (I'm looking at you, The Ranch). So with no further ado, allow us to guide you, truffle pig-like, to the finest and freshest streaming fungus.
Note: the newest stuff is at the top of the list, with subsequent pages showing the shows and movies we added previously
BLACK MIRROR - SEASON 3
Black Mirror has made the move from Channel 4 to Netflix in sumptuous, unsettling style. Not only has the platform given Charlie Brooker and his team the freedom to tell more stories (this run has six episodes rather than the usual three) and let each one run without ad breaks for as long as it needs to, it's also given them a budget big enough to expand the scale, scope and special effects. The feature-length final episode, Hated in the Nation, is a perfect case in point.
What hasn't changed is the overall theme. Each episode may tell a standalone story, but they're all connected by the threads of modern humanity's relationship with technology, the internet and social media.
Make no mistake, this is unnerving stuff, enhanced by the fact that the stories are generally set in a very near future that's all too recognisable. But fear not, the trademark blacker than black humour has also been retained, so you'll guffaw almost as much as you'll squirm. This is must-see television for anyone who's obsessed with tech.
If you’re a fan of Christopher Guest you’ll know exactly what to expect here - a gentle mockumentary centred around the oddball enthusiasts of a marginal hobby. This time, as the title suggests, it’s sports mascots in the spotlight, with the annual Golden Fluffy Awards bringing together the finest mascots from across the globe.
It’s really formulaic stuff that generally delivers titters of amusement rather than belly laughs, but there are some stand-out performances. Chris O’Dowd as “the bad boy of mascotery”, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods as the henpecked half of a husband and wife mascot team, and Jane Lynch as a snobby judge and ex-mascot all make it well worth sitting through the film’s flatter sections.
Has there been a more high-profile murder case this millennium than that of ‘Foxy Knoxy’ – the American student arrested as a 20-year-old in Perugia for the murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher?
Nearly a decade later she’s back home in Seattle having been acquitted by an Italian court. But if she didn’t do it, who did?
Considering the amount of coverage the case received at the time – coverage that the film is keen to criticise for being OTT – it’s probably not surprising that it doesn’t reveal anything particularly new, although it does introduce us to tabloid journalist Nick Pisa, a man who makes Piers Morgan look like a shining example of his profession.
Knox’s one-to-one interviews are the most compelling part of the film, revealing a thoughtful, articulate woman who’s had plenty of time to think about what happened that day. It’s just a shame the film spends so long going over old ground, rather than examining what it’s like to live in the shadow of such a distressing crime.
Bulletproof widower Luke Cage was one of the best characters in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and while he struggles a little to carry his own series (it takes ages to get going), there's enough brooding and bad guy bruising here to keep Marvel TV fans plenty entertained. The occasions that Cage engages rampage mode are as enjoyable as you'd probably imagine.
If the show was as witty and clever as it thinks it is it would be an instant classic, but for now Daredevil remains the benchmark for superheroes on telly.
THE BIG SHORT
How the hell do you explain collateralised debt obligation to the 99% of the population that doesn’t work on Wall Street?
Stick Margot Robbie in a bathtub, of course.
Adam McKay’s scathing retelling of the 2007-2008 financial crisis is jam-packed with these little explainers. Just in case Ryan Gosling’s acerbic narrator hasn’t boiled it down enough for you already.
Don’t let the subject matter turn you off - The Big Short takes a complex money minefield and turns it into a devilishly funny and genuinely exciting tale. You’ll tune in for the incredible cast, but stay to the end for the dissection of adjustable-rate mortgages.
A big budget US series involving Kiefer Sutherland, international terrorism and the White House – but 24 this ain’t. Designated Survivor is a new Netflix-exclusive series in which Sutherland plays a nondescript, under-qualified cabinet member thrust into the presidency when most of the US government is wiped out in a bombing. With the country in chaos, he must step up into a role he never wanted and respond to the atrocity’s perpetrators – whoever they might be.
Unlike most Netflix originals, Designated Survivor is being released at a rate of just one episode each week – so if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied in the long term rather than a quick binge-watch, this could be your favourite new series.
PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING
An Office-like BBC mockumentary series following the daily lives of a West London pirate radio crew, People Just Do Nothing will strike a chord with anyone who appreciates the comedy of awkwardness – the cringes resulting from that David Brentian gulf that exists between reality and self-image.
You don’t need to have grown up in the late 1990s UK garage era to appreciate PJDN’s charms, but if you know your Todd Edwards from your Artful Dodger you’ll likely find yourself nodding along to the beats and rhymes, even as you’re chuckling at the idiocy of their progenitors.
BOJACK HORSEMAN SEASON 3
Our titular horse-man hit some astonishingly low lows in season 2, even by his rock-bottom standards, but it finished on an optimistic note - Bojack's movie has been finished (without him), he's opened an orphanage (accidentally) and is even *shudder* jogging. Clearly, this isn't going to last into season 3.
Nope, this is still the same selfish, self-destructive, alcoholic Bojack that we all know and love, and the press tour for Secretariat (and the subsequent, astonishing Oscar nomination) gives ample opportunity for his personality to peak and trough.
If you think all of that sounds a bit too serious for a cartoon, you've clearly not yet been exposed to the wonderful silly:serious ratio of Bojack Horseman. In which case, do not be tempted to start with season 3. Instead, head right to the start and allow the fabulous, flawed characters and setting to get under your skin.
For existing fans, season 3 is more of the same in the best possible way.
A grand melange of '80s pop culture references and cinematic stylings, Stranger Things blends Stand By Me, ET and the movies of John Carpenter to compelling effect. The plot is resoundingly formulaic: a boy is missing, a mysterious creature is on the prowl and some mighty shady authority figures are making a bloody mess of the ‘clean-up’. But despite its use of well-trodden tropes, Netflix’s latest original series remains a tantalising sci-fi mystery in its own right.
Winona Ryder puts in a fearsome turn as a mother trapped in the jaws of the supernatural, while directors Matt and Ross Duffer offer up some dazzling shots of rural Indiana and its many devious secrets.
At just eight episodes in length, the whole series can be binge-watched on a rainy Sunday. We’re bound to get another one of these very soon.
JIM JEFFERIES: FREEDUMB
Russell Howard fans, be warned: this is not the bland, inoffensive ‘satire’ that you’re used to. Aussie-born adopted American stand-up Jim Jefferies isn’t known for holding back and he certainly doesn't do anything to change that in Freedumb, his new Netflix exclusive.
If you discovered him off the back of his gun control routine ‘going viral’ after every mass shooting in America (so, every few weeks then), there might be more jokes about potty training here than you’d expect. But his Bill Cosby bit and the Donald Trump material shows he can still channel his inner Bill Hicks when he’s got a point to make. Just don’t watch it with your mum.
Looper is a superb, mind-bending, futuristic, time-travelling action-thriller that sees Joseph Gordon-Levitt assume the role of an assassin whose job consists of putting a bullet in the head of people teleported to his time by a future mob organisation (holy plot line, Batman!).
But when the poor sap that appears before him is his future self (played by Bruce Willis), things get rather, well, complicated.
The intricate plot is strongly complimented by plenty of action and strong performances from all, although Gordon-Levitt’s Bruce Willis-like prosthetic nose is initially a little distracting.
Words by Esat Dedezade