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, Frontier). 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
Typically, when the entertainment industry represents people on the autism spectrum it’s either played for laughs (as in The Big Bang Theory) or represented in its most extreme terms (Rain Man), but Atypical takes a different tack – it aims to portray its main character Sam’s autism as merely one of his personality traits, not his entire being.
That alone makes this Netflix Original comedy drama series an interesting prospect, but there’s more to enjoy besides, particularly Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport as Sam’s parents.
What if, instead of being a horror film, The Omen was a horror comedy film? Well, that’s precisely the premise for Little Evil, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott as a man who’s convinced his new stepson is the literal spawn of the devil.
The latest in an ever-increasing line of movies distributed by Netflix, Little Evil comes from the director of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, one of the best horror comedies of recent years – so as lovers of both laughing and being spooked, we’re looking forward to adding it to our watchlists.
BOYZ N THE HOOD
It might be getting on for 30 years old, but John Singleton’s film about life in the Los Angeles ghetto remains every bit as pertinent and compelling today. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube star as teenagers who become steadily drawn into the circle of gang violence between Crips and Bloods in South Central LA, but there’s a lot more to Boyz n the Hood than death and destruction; it provided mainstream America and the wider world with an authoritative viewpoint of a place and situation about which little was known, and it did so with humour, heart and grace.
Pablo Escobar may be taking a long dirt nap, but that doesn’t mean the end of Colombia’s cocaine cartels – and so Narcosmarches on with its third season of brutal DEA versus cartel action, which switches its attention from Escobar’s Medellin Cartel to the Cali Cartel.
Don’t worry – these guys (who have been a big part of the first two seasons, just not the main focus) are just as horrifying, intriguing and OTT as Escobar and friends, so if you’ve enjoyed the series so far, there’s no reason to stop watching now.
THE DEFENDERS (S1)
The last few years of Netflix’s gritty Marvel series have culminated in this: the first season of The Defenders, in which the flawed superheroes of New York – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – finally team up to protect their city from an existential threat. And Sigourney Weaver.
Not everybody loves the ponderous pacing of these series, or the way they feel tonally disconnected from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but if you’ve made it this far through them, you’re going to have to watch this. As well as the Punisher series coming to Netflix later this year.
An American adaptation of a hugely beloved Japanese manga in which most of the Asian characters are now played by Westerners, and the setting relocated to Seattle? What could possibly go wrong!
And yes, this Netflix Original movie is not going to be remembered as the definitive version of Death Note – if it’s remembered at all. It feels overcrowded, far too frenetic and never able to properly explore the subjects and themes it touches on – a case where a slower paced series would have done the source material better justice.
Looking at the positives, Adam Wingard’s direction keeps the movie drenched with atmosphere, the casting of Willem Defoe as demon Ryuk is inspired – and the film’s whole premise (what would you do if you could cause the death of anyone in the world, as long as you know their name and face?) is undeniably intriguing. This movie simply doesn't give itself the space to examine it effectively.
THE MIST (S1)
A brand new Netflix Original inspired by Stephen King’s novella of the same name, this horror series follows the mania, bloodletting and general awfulness that befalls a small American town when it’s engulfed by a mysterious mist – one that’s full of terrible, terrible things.
With its frequent gory deaths and it ragtag group of survivors riven by mistrust, The Mist immediately invites comparisons with The Walking Dead – whether or not it can match the success of that series remains to be seen.
RICK AND MORTY (S3)
The first episode of the much-anticipated third season of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated sci-fi comedy series has just dropped on Netflix India, and it continues in the same riotous, quick-fire vein as previous seasons.
Despite being rooted in sci-fi staples like multi-dimensional travel (and generally coming off as pretty convincing, science-wise), Rick and Morty is focussed mainly on being hilarious and irreverent as it follows the misadventures of a misanthropic, booze-addled inventor, his teenage grandson and his neurotic family. Further third season episodes will drop onto Netflix India every Monday.