In a weird confluence of programming, we’ve got some soul-balm in the form of a double-dose of Lin-Manuel Miranda this week, ahead of next month’s Hamilton drop on Disney Plus. That, plus a new Spike Lee joint, the direct-to-streaming premiere of Artemis Fowl, a Padma Lakshmi culinary trek, and what Netflix promises is the FINAL SEASON of Fuller House!
Before Lin-Manuel Miranda was winning awards for Broadway groundbreakers like In The Heights and Hamilton, he was cutting his improv rap chops with a group called “Freestyle Love Supreme” alongside collaborators Thomas Kail, Christopher Jackson, and Anthony Veneziale. Now Hulu has got a doc about the group, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, which chronicles their creative journey together from their early days as sidewalk performers in 2005 all the way through their special reunion performances on Broadway last year. (June 5)
Then there’s the very well-timed new food show called Taste The Nation (June 19), where host Padma Lakshmi travels across the country to sample cuisines from the vast array of immigrant groups and explore the influences that have built what we know as American food. Remember: food is political! Also on June 19, Love, Victor is a new tale of high school self-discovery set in the same universe as 2018’s Love, Simon!
Hey look, it’s Kenneth Branagh’s big-screen adaptation of Artemis Fowl, coming exclusively to Disney instead of theaters so we can all continue justifying that subscription fee! (June 12)
There’s not a lot of new originals over on Amazon this month, though they do have the plane hijacking film 7500 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (June 19) — though be aware that it is NOT the same film as Flight 7500, which is a 2016 horror movie from the director of The Grudge, Takashi Shimizu.
Oh let’s be honest — all we REALLY care about is the fact that Knives Out will be available on June 12!
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The name of the game is “heartwarming” this month over on Ye Olde Apple, as they’ve got two celeb-stuffed originals all about the feels. First up is Dear… (June 5), a docuseries that profiles iconic figures including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird, and our second Lin-Manuel Miranda. The conceit, however, is that it uses fan letters written by those who have been influenced by these figures as gateways into their biographies — and that conceit was, itself, inspired by the company’s own “Dear Apple” campaign. Yeeeeahhhhhh.
Then there’s Dads (June 19), a documentary that looks at modern-day parenting through the stories of 6 fathers from around the world — as well as testimonials from celebrities like Judd Apatow, Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minhaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and Will Smith. The film is the feature directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard, who also looks at the dads in her own life, including interviews with her late grandfather Rance, her father Ron and her brother Reed.
It’s a good month to watch Netflix if you like endings, as a they’ve got a lot of series that are launching their final seasons, from Fuller House (June 2) to 13 Reasons Why (June 5) to my personal favorite TV obsession, the German time-traveling I’m-my-own-grandpa show Dark (June 27). If you’ve never seen the show before, you’ve got time to catch up on the previous two seasons! And if you ARE all caught up… face it, you probably don’t remember what happened and you’ll need to rewatch seasons 1 & 2 anyway.
Other returning hits this month include Ryan Murphy’s The Politician (June 19) and the supernatural drama The Order (June 18), as well as Queer Eye (June 5) and Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (June 7).
Then there’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (June 26), a spoof of the famous music competition starring Will Farrell and Rachel McAdams. Go ahead, wrap your head around this one:
And finally, Spike Lee’s latest movie is heading straight to Netflix: Da 5 Bloods (June 12) is the story of four African-American veterans — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam to look for the remains of their squad leader (Chadwick Boseman)… and also maybe treasure!
Coming Soon (Originals in BOLD)
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this romantic drama, a health care worker and an author suffering from an antisocial personality disorder end up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds.
One Take — NETFLIX FILM
Members of Thai girl group BNK48 share the ups and downs of preparing for the 6th Single Senbatsu General Election.
Roswell, New Mexico: Season 2
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story
Act of Valor
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Bad News Bears
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card
Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Card
Cocomelon: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Observe and Report
The Silence of the Lambs
The Car (1977)
The Disaster Artist
The Lake House
V for Vendetta
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
West Side Story
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Alone: Season 6
Fuller House: The Farewell Season — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jimmy and Steph bring their new baby home and dive headfirst into the world of parenting. But no worries: They’ve got a houseful of hands to help.
Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On: Season 1
True: Rainbow Rescue — NETFLIX FAMILY
True and Bartleby venture to the other side of the Neverending Rainbow to bring back Dillydally — a brave explorer who’s the Rainbow King’s best friend!
Spelling the Dream — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Following four hopeful competitors’ journeys, this documentary explores the trend of Indian Americans ruling the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999.
Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga — NETFLIX ANIME
Granted special entry into the Great Raitai Tournament, a poisoned Baki now faces fighters in China, where the next true Sea King will be chosen.
Can You Hear Me / M’entends-tu? — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Three friends in a low-income neighborhood find humor and hope in their lives as they grapple with bad boyfriends and their dysfunctional families.
13 Reasons Why: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the powerful final season of 13 Reasons Why, Liberty High School’s Senior Class prepares for graduation. But before they can say goodbye, the crew of friends will have to band together one last time to keep a dangerous secret buried, try to make peace with the past four years, and face final, heartbreaking choices that might alter their lives forever. Showrunner Brian Yorkey and stars Dylan Minette, Grace Saif, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler, and Devin Druid return for a fourth and final season that’s full of twists, turns, and the resounding message that you can’t move forward if you’re still haunted by the past.
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai — NETFLIX FILM
A bank employee weighed down by her jobless husband’s debts — and her own broken dreams — finds a secret source of seemingly unlimited cash in her home.
Hannibal: Season 1-3
The Last Days of American Crime — NETFLIX FILM
As a final response to terrorism and crime, the US government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Édgar Ramírez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt), and black market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off. Based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel created by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME is directed by Olivier Megaton, written by Karl Gajdusek, produced by Jesse Berger, p.g.a., Jason Michael Berman, p.g.a., and Barry Levine, with Patrick Bergin and Sharlto Copley also co-starring.
Queer Eye: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fab Five head to historic Philadelphia to make over a new cast of everyday heroes, from a hardworking DJ to a struggling dog groomer.
Queen of the South: Season 4
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 6 (New Episodes Weekly) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Peabody and Emmy Award-winning weekly comedy show explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Each week, Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.
Before I Fall
Curon - NETFLIX SERIES
Anna just got back to Curon, her hometown, together with her teenage twins, Mauro and Daria. When Anna mysteriously disappears, kids must undertake a journey which will make them discover the secrets hiding behind the town’s apparent tranquillity, coming face to face with a side of their family they never saw before. They will find out that you can run from your past but not from yourself.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5
Lenox Hill — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
An intimate look at the lives of four doctors — two brain surgeons, an emergency room physician, and a Chief Resident OBGYN — as they navigate the highs and lows of working at the renowned Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. With extraordinary access and an unflinching eye, the series shows each physician’s struggle to balance their personal and professional lives, and delves into each patient’s personal journey. From birth to brain surgery, each case offers a rare inside look at the complex, fascinating, and emotional world of medicine. Directed and produced by Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz.
My Mister: Season 1
Reality Z — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A zombie apocalypse imprisons contestants on a Brazilian reality show in a TV studio, where they try to evade the flesh-eating hordes.
Pose: Season 2
Da 5 Bloods — NETFLIX FILM
From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.
Dating Around: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Six new singles look for love — or something like it — in a series of back-to-back, real-life first dates in New Orleans. But who will each choose for a second date?
F is for Family: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
While Frank deals with an unwelcome visit from his father, Sue discovers the wonders of Lamaze, and Bill makes a name for himself in the hockey rink.
Jo Koy: In His Elements — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
For the first time ever, comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines in his new comedy special, Jo Koy: In His Elements. Koy celebrates his heritage by telling jokes about life as a Filipino-American while highlighting the culture of Manila. Koy uses this opportunity to shine a light on other Filipino-American performers by welcoming to the stage famed breakdancer Ronnie, Grammy-winning producer !llmind, singer/songwriter Inigo Pascual, and comedians Andrew Lopez, Joey Guila, and Andrew Orolfo.
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
It’ll take brawn — and brains — to rescue Lio and beat Scarlemagne, so Kipo sets out to master her powers and dig into the origins of her world.
ONE PIECE: Alabasta
ONE PIECE: East Blue
ONE PIECE: Enter Chopper at the Winter Island
ONE PIECE: Entering into the Grand Line
Pokémon Journeys: The Series — NETFLIX FAMILY
Two young Pokémon trainers become research fellows at a renowned Pokémon Laboratory, stepping into a world of adventures with their Pokémon friends.
The Search — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A child vanishes into thin air from a cachet neighborhood in Mexico City, unraveling family secrets and revealing how power works among the privileged.
The Woods — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A Warsaw prosecutor’s hopes rise when a body is found and linked to his sister’s disappearance 25 years earlier. Adapted from the Harlan Coben novel.
Alexa & Katie Part 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Summer’s over, and Alexa and Katie are starting their senior year. They’ve been through so much together — but there’s still more to come.
How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6
Marcella: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Eighteen months later, Marcella is living under a new identity in Belfast, where she’s infiltrated a crime family as a deep undercover operative.
Charlie St. Cloud
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
Mr. Iglesias: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The series about a hilarious high school teacher trying to make a difference in the lives of some smart but underperforming students returns for Part 2.
A Whisker Away — NETFLIX ANIME
In Studio Colorido’s second feature-length film, a girl with a funny nickname is desperate to get closer to her crush. Her solution: turn into a cat.
The Order: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
At Belgrave University, the bad blood between werewolves and magicians reaches a breaking point — until a greater evil threatens to destroy them all.
Babies: Part 2 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
As babies make sense of a brand-new world, breakthrough research details how they are already equipped to handle the complexities of human life.
Disclosure — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Father Soldier Son — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy.
Feel the Beat — NETFLIX FILM
After failing to make it on Broadway, April returns to her hometown and reluctantly begins training a misfit group of young dancers for a competition.
Floor Is Lava — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers. Yes, really.
Lost Bullet — NETFLIX FILM
A convicted car mechanic is recruited to work for the cops, pimping police vehicles for high-speed chases. But danger will follow him fast.
Girls from Ipanema: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Malu and the ladies move on from their recent tragedy, they take on career challenges, new love possibilities and confront injustices with bravery.
One-Way To Tomorrow — NETFLIX FILM
Two strangers cross paths on a train en route to Izmir, bonding over their turbulent — and unexpectedly intertwined — romantic pasts.
The Politician: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Double crosses, a three-way relationship and a single-issue candidate add up to a mud-flinging race for State Senate that Payton will do anything to win.
Rhyme Time Town — NETFLIX FAMILY
Two best friends find fun and adventure while living in Rhyme Time Town, a fantastical place filled with beloved nursery rhyme characters.
Wasp Network — NETFLIX FILM
Based on a true and gripping story: Cuban spies infiltrate exile groups in the 1990s to stop terrorism against the island, but at a high personal cost.
Eric Andre: Legalize Everything — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Comedian Eric Andre presents his very first Netflix original stand-up special. Taking the stage in New Orleans, Andre breaks the boundaries of comedy as he critiques the war on drugs, the war on sex, and the war on fart jokes!
Athlete A — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Follow the Indianapolis Star reporters that broke the story about USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse and hear from gymnasts like Maggie Nichols.
Crazy Delicious — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Using ingredients from a magical edible forest, amateur chefs must prepare inventive and delicious creations to impress three mighty food judges.
Nobody Knows I’m Here / Nadie sabe que estoy aquí — NETFLIX FILM
Memo Garrido was a child artist in the Latin music industry in the early 90’s. Decades later, he lives in seclusion in southern Chile practically cut off from the world. The unexpected appearance of Marta changes his world forever and forces him to face the confusing incident that destroyed his career.
Amar y vivir — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After returning home from the military, country boy Joaquín is blindsided by a tragedy that sends him to Bogotá, where he meets aspiring singer Irene.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — NETFLIX FILM
Two small-town singers seize a chance to fulfill their dream of competing in the world’s biggest song contest. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star.
Home Game — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
From voodoo wrestling in the Congo to roller derby in Texas, this docuseries explores unusual and thrilling sports traditions around the world.
Dark: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The final cycle is about to begin. Will the loop finally be broken?
Bratz: The Movie
Adú — NETFLIX FILM
Three stories transpire in Melilla, on the border between Spain and Morocco, as immigrants risk their lives to cross the Strait of Gibraltar.
BNA — NETFLIX ANIME
Morphed into a raccoon beastman, Michiru seeks refuge, and answers, with the aid of wolf beastman Shirou inside the special zone of Anima-City.
George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Comedy legend George Lopez returns to his stand-up roots making his Netflix original comedy special debut with We’ll Do It For Half. True to form, Lopez delivers a hilarious exploration of race, politics, and life lessons to be learned from the Latino community; especially the elders. Filmed at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, the one-hour special dissects cultural differences, emotional support animals, gender reveal parties, elevator etiquette and much more.
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