While Netflix has long been in the business of pushing high-profile licensed content to its subscribers, the service’s real gems lie in its original programming.
Marvel’s Iron Fist/The Punisher/The Defenders
For many of you, this is what you came for. Obviously, Marvel has been killing it the last year or so on its Netflix offerings. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have already captured our wonder with gripping drama, fantastic action and incredible soundtracks. We can only hope that these three will follow suit.
Iron Fist should hit us first, early next year, with Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones as the titular living weapon. Then we’ll get the crossover The Defenders and the Jon Bernthal-led The Punisher series a few months later. Man, it’s a good time to be a Marvel fan.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
You’ve seen the cult-classic film. You’ve hopefully seen the prequel series released on Netflix set three months prior to the film but was made 14 years later. Now, you’ll get to see what happens next.
This absolutely bonkers comedy series will continue with a new set of episodes set to premiere next year, with the entirety of the film’s original cast returning, and of course some new faces. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, and Paul Rudd are just a sample of who you’ll see when the show premieres.
Dear White People
Based on the 2014 film with the exact same name, Dear White People is a satirical look at race, cultural identity and success. The film starred Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) but the series will have a mostly new cast, with DeRon Horton taking over for Williams. The show premieres sometime next year.
Bill Nye Saves The World
All hail the return of Bill Nye. Nearly 20 years after the end of his kid-friendly PBS show The Science Guy, Bill Nye is returning to television. Well, streaming television at least.
This new show will take cues from the likes of The Daily Show with a focus on politics, pop culture and current events, all wrapped together in a neat little scientific bow. Nye will be joined by correspondents Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller, Nazeem Hussain, Joanna Hausmann and Emily Calandrelli.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Billed as a faithful imagining of the famed book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events will tell the tale of the Baudelaire children as they deal with the maniacal grip of Count Olaf. Not related to the 2004 film of the same name, this new series will hopefully paint the books in a better light, critically at least.
With a cast including Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack and, of course, Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, this is sure to be a blast. The series premieres Jan. 17 on Netflix.
Reggie Watts: Spacial
Like comedy? Well, if you do and haven’t heard of Reggie Watts, then you better get to it. This legendary comic and rhythmic genius has been on the scene for a while now, but his fresh take on the typical comedy set is something every funny fan needs to experience.
And on Dec. 6, his new stand-up special Reggie Watts: Spatial, hits the small screen. He’ll joke about guns, drugs and plenty of other relevant nonsense.
While it may look like another family-friendly animated cash-in, Trollhunters is actually something else entirely. Created by monster mastermind Guillermo Del Toro, this animated tale chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jim Lake Jr., who becomes the defender of mythical trolls the live below a town called Arcadia.
Trollhunters is also the last project Anton Yelchin completed before his untimely death earlier this year. The cast is rounded out by Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, and Steven Yeun.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
There’s no shame in returning to the world of Gilmore Girls, a world packed with intricate characters, storybook settings and a dash of reality. While the show is centered mostly around the mother/daughter duo of Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), the real fun comes out in the show’s side characters, played by Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Jared Padalecki, Sean Gunn and many, many more.
This new revival season will chronicle a new year in the life of the Gilmores, and will most likely bring back all of the drama the original series dealt out. How are Lorelai and Luke doing? Did Rory choose anyone or is she more focused on her career?
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Nov. 25 of this year.
Something quite out of left field, Ozark is the brainchild of Bill Dubuque (The Accountant, The Judge) and director/star Jason Bateman. Yes, the same Jason Bateman from Arrested Development. The Netflix drama will premiere late next year and tells the story of a man who moves from the urban jungle to the Ozarks. The problem? He’s indebted to a Mexican drug lord. Whoops.
Well, if you’ve had enough of brand new stuff coming to Netflix in the next year, you always have a bunch of new stuff from some already fantastic Netflix shows coming.
New seasons of Orange Is The New Black, Master of None and Stranger Things are all coming next year, with shows like House of Cards, Narcos and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sure to follow.