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, so you won't find the likes of Frontier or Sharknado: The 4th Awakens here.
Instead, 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 the shows and movies getting progressively less new as you scroll down and switch pages
Martin Scorsese’s classic exploration of isolation, obsession and mania has just landed on Netflix, and you know what that means: anyone who considers themselves a fan of cinema should drop everything, fire up their Netflix app of choice and settle down for 113 minutes of masterful moviemaking, as Scorsese’s camera follows increasingly unhinged cabbie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in one of his defining roles) as he navigates the sleazy streets and avenues of 1970s New York.
Another month, another gripping documentary makes its debut on Netflix. If you loved the recent cult series Wild Wild Country, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (from the same executive producers, Mark and Jay Duplass) should be right up your street.
Recounting the unbelievable events of what later came to be called the “pizza bomber heist” (and, let’s face it, those three words alone should be enough to pique your interest), this four-part miniseries starts with a dazed man walking into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck and finishes… well, that would be telling.
Created by bestselling crime author Harlan Coben and starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, this Netflix original series is a slightly silly but gripping suburban drama in the mould of Broadchurch, Marcella or Line of Duty.
Part police procedural, part soap (maybe a little too heavily weighted towards the second part at times), Safe is a missing person story in which the suspects are many – and all of them have some kind of dark secret or dodgy agenda. This kind of twist-heavy thriller is perfect for bingeing on, which makes it a good fit for Netflix.
Arrested Development (S4 remix)
Arrested Development’s long-awaited fourth season, funded by and exclusive to Netflix, arrived with great fanfare but ended up disappointing many of the sitcom’s fans. Due to the stars’ busy schedules, creator Mitchell Hurwitz decided to structure episodes differently to the previous seasons, focussing on a handful of characters rather than the whole Bluth ensemble and structured around a back-and-forth timeline. The result was a show that felt, well, not like Arrested Development.
Four years on, and in the run-up to a brand new fifth season of the show (debuting on 29th May), Hurwitz has re-edited the 15 season four episodes into 22 that follow the traditional Arrested Development story structure. If you’ve already ploughed through the season watching it again seems excessive, but if you were one of the many viewers who gave up after a couple of episodes, now might be the time to re-board the Bluth train.
Bobby Kennedy for President
This four-part documentary series explores the life and death of Robert F. Kennedy, seventh of the Kennedy children and looking likely to follow in his brother’s footsteps as American president, until he followed in his footsteps in another way – by being assassinated. For those who know a little about RFK but want to get a clearer picture of his political journey, this series is a fantastic primer, full of new interviews with people who knew the man and contemporary footage examining how he became one of the foremost proponents of American liberalism and racial and economic justice – a stance that conspiracy theorists believe got him killed.
The Rain (S1)
Brits love talking about the weather as it is, but we suspect the frequency of such conversations would increase exponentially if rain actually started killing everyone that got caught in it. That’s the premise behind this Scandi drama series, in which precipitation brings with it a deadly virus that offs its victims in minutes. This, naturally, leads to a Walking Dead-style civilisational collapse, within which a pair of siblings must not only stay alive but attempt to find out how their father is involved in bringing about this damp apocalypse.
The Week Of
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock play the fathers of a bride- and groom-to-be in this Netflix original movie, which aims at being a sort of National Lampoons meets Parenthood mashup – but falls a few yards short of the mark. Netflix’s movies have been a mixed bag in general and The Week Of, while it does offer up the occasional laugh out loud moment, does nothing to challenge this perception. It’s both undercooked and bloated – a film like has no business being two hours long – with too much reliance on its two stars. It is presented in 4K and HDR, however, making it bizarrely among of the best-looking movies on the service!
The Alienist (S1)
Forget little green men from Mars. The Alienist is a tale firmly rooted on our own planet, more specifically New York in the late 19th century, when an alienist was (according to the show’s opening title) the preferred name for a psychiatrist. Mentally ill people, you see, were thought to be alienated from their true nature, and it appears one such individual is responsible for a series of brutal child murders in the bustling city. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, keen to see this killer swiftly brought to justice, assembles a motley band of would-be detectives, played by Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans, who must use psychology and forensic science, still in its early infancy, to put an end to the reign of terror.
Inspired by 2010’s true-life exodus of shutterbugs to a small camera store in Parsons, Kansas – then the last place on the planet able to process Kodachrome film, and about to stop doing so – this Netflix original movie is a story of family, loss and redemption starring Ed Harris as a dying photographer, Jason Sudeikis as his estranged son and Elizabeth Olsen as his nurse and assistant.
While Kodachrome seems just the kind of weighty and well-acted drama that could turn around Netflix’s growing unwanted reputation as a peddler of patchy original movies, it falls somewhat short of greatness, with characters that develop (no pun intended) a little too fast to be truly believable. Still, if you’re in the market for some #feelings this weekend, Kodachrome might well click.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus etc.
In something of a coup for Netflix, the service has bought up basically everything the Monty Python team ever made in one fell swoop – a move sure to please both longtime fans of the absurdist comedy pioneers and newcomers eager for a chance to see what the fuss is about.
From the team’s iconic feature-length efforts like Life of Brian to every episode of Flying Circus, there’s hours upon hours of classic sketch comedy, satire and trailblazing humour to get your teeth into here. What are you waiting for?