Once simply a service for mailing customers DVDs, Netflix has since established itself as a leading site for streaming, and now creating, television and film. Just take a look at “Netflix Originals” such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
But are you looking for a new show to binge this fall? Then check out some of the upcoming original shows Netflix plans on adding to its line-up this season.
Easy (Release date: September 22)
Watch if you like: New Girl, Master of None.
What it is: A comedy anthology series with a different cast and story every episode, consisting of eight 30-minute installments. Directed by indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg, the show takes place in Chicago and features a variety of characters and their experiences with love and dating in this technological age.
Why you should watch: See all your favorite celebrities in one place, including Dave Franco (Now You See Me 2), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribean) and Hannibal Buress (Broad City). Director Swanberg is known for his previous work in the genre of “mumblecore comedy”— seemingly improvised dialogue that puts a fresh twist on familiar tropes, which makes for more realistic, modern comedy.
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Release date: September 30)
Watch if you like: Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil.
What it is: A new addition to Netflix’s line of Marvel shows, Luke Cage stars a former convict who now uses his superhuman strength and unbreakable skin to fight crime in Harlem, Manhattan. Mike Colter (Jessica Jones), Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and Alfre Woodard (Desparate Housewives) will star.
Why you should watch: To see Colter, who first appeared as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, get the chance to headline his own show. Characters Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist are set to reprise their roles in a cross-over series titled The Defenders, which will be released in 2017.
Haters Back Off (Release date: October 14)
Watch if you like: The Office or binge-watching YouTube videos late into the night.
What it is: A comedy series based on Miranda Sings, a fictional character created by YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger. Ballinger created her false persona Miranda Sings as a mockery of people who post off-key musical performances on YouTube in the hopes of becoming famous. The series, starring Ballinger, Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Steve Little, will follow Miranda’s life, backstory and eccentric family members.
Why you should watch: Discover why what started as an inside joke turned into an internet sensation and spawned a best-spelling book, live performances and now, a television series.
— Haters Back Off (@hatersbackoff) June 24, 2016
Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life (Release date: November 25)
Watch if you like: Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Bunheads, 2005 nostalgia.
What it is: A miniseries reboot of Gilmore Girls (four brand-new, 90-minute episodes). The show centers on a witty, inseparable mother-daughter duo and their quirky neighbors in a small town in Connecticut. The reboot follows the characters over the course of a year, and features the return of most the original cast members, including Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke Danes) and Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore).
Why you should watch: Though it originally aired in the early 2000s, Gilmore Girls has remained a fan-favorite over the past decade due to its heart-warming plot lines and beloved characters. Wannabe Stars Hallow residents will get to see characters in a present-day setting, and newcomers will appreciate seeing actors like Melissa McCarthy in a different role.
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Bill Nye Saves The World (Release date: Spring 2017)
Watch if you like: Bill Nye The Science Guy, The Magic School Bus, Fuller House.
What it is: A return of Bill Nye, otherwise known as “The Science Guy,” who entertained and taught science on PBS educational program Bill Nye The Science Guy from 1993 to 1998, leaving children with the theme song stuck in their heads ever since.
Why you should watch: “Adulting” millennials who fondly remember the days of viewing Bill Nye on VCR when they had a substitute teacher in science class will rejoice at the chance to relive their childhood. They and younger folks alike will also get the chance to learn a thing or two from Bill Nye’s wacky experiments and learning techniques.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Release Date: 2017)
Watch if you like: Pretty Little Liars, Stranger Things, The Twilight Zone.
What it is: A television adaption of the book and film series of the same name. A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire: orphaned siblings who bounce from relative to relative as they try to find a permanent new residence and discover the truth behind their parents’ death, all the while dodging their creepy Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother).
Why you should watch: The creepy, but addictive story has become something of a cult classic since the release of the first book in 1999. The movie version, while wildly popular, only covered the first three of thirteen books, so a television series may finally give television the opportunity to explore the entire series on screen.