Here are the best new Netflix Originals series
Look, we all love Netflix – it lets you watch all the most prestigious or trashiest shows you could ever want at the push of a button. It’s basically the future we always dreamt of! But what’s not so great about the SVOD service is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with new releases.
While we don’t have all the answers for when exactly every upcoming Netflix Originals show will be scheduled, we do have dates for a fair bulk of its new releases. And at the very least, we can give you a heads up on what Netflix Originals shows to look forward to in the next twelve months. Here are all the Netflix Originals shows we know about that are coming out this year.
Apparently the world doesn’t have nearly enough “fast-paced baking” competitions on screen as it is, because this new Netflix one concentrates on a rush to bake the greatest sweet treats in the known universe.
Hosted by Hunter March alongside world-class pastry chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo, Sugar Rush sees contestants facing off for a $10,000 prize while feasting our eyes with some extreme confectionery porn. It’s a win-win!
All About the Washingtons
This autobiographical scripted sitcom sees iconic rapper Rev Run (a.k.a. Joseph Simmons) and his wife Justine depicting fictionalized versions of themselves as Joey and Justine Washington. The show follows Joey as he retires from a career in hip hop to focus on raising on his family, while his wife takes the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that her hubby can keep the house in order.
La Casa de las Flores
The Spanish-language dark comedy (a.k.a. The House of Flowers) centers around a seemingly idyllic family-run flower business full of shocking dysfunctional secrets. Including the secret children of the family patriarch’s mistress, who are moved in with him and the rest of his family when his mistress passes away. Drama!
It’s a new animated show from Matt Groening! Disenchantment features the voice talents of cult comedians Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Eric André (Man Seeking Woman), Noel Fielding (The IT Crowd), and Matt Berry (Toast of London) in lead roles!
Disenchantment follows the messy medieval misadventures of a heavy-drinking princess, her feisty elf, and her personal demon! If none of that instantly fills you with excitement, you’re officially dead to us.
An Indian-language horror series from the makers of Insidious, Udta Punjab, and Get Out, Ghoul stars Radhika Apte (Parched) and follows a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation center and somehow turns the tables to expose the shameful secrets of his interrogators.
From what we can tell, there are plenty of allegorical personal demons involved, as well as some legit otherworldly demons – sounds like fun!
2018 is officially the year of the supernatural young adult story (with an angsty love story at the heart of it) and this latest one hails from Britain and follows a pair of star-crossed lovers (Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott) whose relationship is derailed when the young woman discovers her ability to shapeshift.
A mysterious professor played by the always wonderful Guy Pearce (Memento) seems to know a whole lot about the condition and seeks to help the young couple as their love is tested to breaking point.
The Good Cop
Starring Monica Barbaro (UnReal), Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?), and Josh Groban, Andy Breckman’s upcoming NYPD drama is based on the Israeli show of the same name and follows a honest cop receiving life advice from his rule-breaking ex-cop father.
Whether you even know any kids or you just have a secret love for catching up on kids’ shows on a Saturday morning (no shame, ladies and gentlemen), Hilda sounds like a fun way to waste a few half hours – especially if you’re hungover.
The show follows the adventures of a brave, blue-haired girl who encounters a series of weird and sometimes dangerous creatures when she ventures away from her home of Trolberg and will likely make you want to regrettably break out the Manic Panic.
Dogs of Berlin
This super intense sounding German drama sees a politically sensitive murder, forcing two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld as they confront their own potential corruption as officers (and manipulators) of the law.
Green Eggs and Ham
Executive producer Ellen DeGeneres brings the iconic Dr. Seuss story to the small screen where we’ll all likely learn some vital lessons about hope, friendship, food, and the power of a good nonsensical rhyme.
Starring Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club), Debby Ryan (Rip Tide), and Alyssa Milano (Charmed), this black comedy follows a disgraced civil lawyer turned beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
We’re stupidly excited to see Ethan and Joel Coen’s first foray into television with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – an anthology series featuring six different tales about the American frontier, written and directed by the distinctive filmmaking duo.
The Coen brothers’ series features such acting talent as James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Tom Waits (Seven Psychopaths), and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and we expect nothing short of the bros’ usual levels of genius.
The upcoming black comedy may be one of the most prestigious Netflix Originals productions to date, boasting a cast including Emma Stone (La La Land) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) and a showrunner in Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).
Based on the Norwegian TV hit of the same name, the mysterious show will most definitely be everyone with a Netflix subscription’s latest obsession the second it comes out.
The Umbrella Academy
Like many Netflix Originals productions, it’s preposterously unclear as to when The Umbrella Academy is due for release, but we do know it’s sometime within the colossal chasm between 2018 and 2019 – so that’s a big help.
The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book of the same name, written by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, and follows a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after their adoptive father (who trained them to save the world) dies. The show boasts a big name cast including Ellen Page (Inception), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), and cult fave Robert Sheehan (Misfits).
The fifth Spanish Netflix Originals series is an eight-part thriller about drug trafficking and is set in the 60s. Based on true events, the heroin drama follows a woman at the center of the dangerous drug trade in Barcelona.
A.k.a. the one that sounds almost exactly like that dating app episode of Black Mirror, Osmosis is set in Paris in the near future and centers around a dating app that matches people with their ultimate loves by mining their brain data. Naturally, such decoding of “true love” comes with a hefty price tag, and we’re not just talking about unexpected in-app purchases.