It feels like it’s been a very busy spring and summer for Netflix, and for a while there, it was hard to keep up with all the new series, from House of Cards to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Orange is the New Black, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Bojack Horseman (which I still haven’t been able to watch) to Wet Hot American Summer.
Now, in the dregs of August, however, seems like a good time to either catch up on those you missed during their initial release or watch a new Netflix series. Alas, after a number of releases in 2015, things will begin to slow down for the rest of the year.
Here’s what’s left:
Narcos (August 28th) — The 10-episode serialized take on drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel will star Pedro Pascal but has lost much of its buzz, considering its lead — and only recognizable star — is a year removed from his standout season of Game of Thrones.
Longmire (September 10th) — After three seasons on A&E, Longmire — a cop procedural crossed with a Western, starring the Lee Majors-type Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff — will move to Netflix. Overall ratings were actually good for A&E, but the audience skewed over 60, which is not to say that Longmire isn’t enjoyable. It’s just not a series that requires urgent viewing.
Hemlock Grove (Third Quarter) — One of the first original Netflix series, Hemlock Grove benefited early on from the novelty of binge-watching and — despite terrible reviews, and an audience who seemed to actively dislike it — will limp into a third and final season with 10 episodes.
Beasts of No Nation (October 16th) — While Nic Pizzolatta continued on with season two of True Detective, apparently the true talent behind that series, director Cary Fukunaga, moved on to write and direct this Netflix original movie starring Idris Elba. Based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, the movie follows a young boy who becomes a mercenary after a civil war in a West African country tears apart his family and kills his militant father. These kinds of films — grown-up movies with mid-level budgets — are increasingly scares in movie theaters, and with Beasts of No Nation we will find out if streaming services can continue to support them.
Master of None (November 6th) — Aziz Ansari follows up Parks and Recreation with Master of None, a semi-autobiographical series that follows the personal and professional life of Dev (Ansari), a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Dev’s story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner. Parks’ Mike Schur is an executive producer, and Ansari’s real-life parents will play his parents on the series.
Ridiculous 6 (December 11th) — The Adam Sandler movie. Ugh.
A Very Murray Christmas (December) — Bill Murray and a whole lot of celebrities, including George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, Jason Schwartzman, join Murray for a Christmas variety show, directed by Sofia Coppola.
F is for Family (December) — This is a six-episode animated “family comedy” set in the 1970s based on the stand-up act of Bill Burr, which means it will mostly be about complaining about political correctness. I am, as always, every conflicted about Bill Burr. Laura Dern and Justin Long will also provide voices.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Unknown release date, but sometime by the end of the year, according to Netflix) — The second in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries, this one stars Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Ritter stars as Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career, and based on the early buzz, Jessica Jones could be as good as — or even better — than Daredevil.
With Bob and David — The four episode series comes from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, and will feature much of the same writers behind Mr. Show with Bob and David, but it’s not exactly the same sketch show, though you can certainly expect a similar comedic sensibility.