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  • STREAMING SATURDAY: Netflix Originals



    I'm taking the reins this week as Jake Buckler enjoys a well-deserved break with his family.

    I may not like it... but Netflix is fast moving away from being a source for movies and into being a production powerhouse. The company is on track to release a ton of original content, and it's possible that by the end of 2016 they could be the largest producer of scripted TV in the world. They started small, but they've managed to build a stable of very reliable and well-reviewed programs like Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things and Daredevil. Not only that, they've far surpassed traditional powerhouses like HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime with their comedy concerts from top names like Amy Schumer and Gabriel Iglesias.

    After a disjointed attempt in 2012 to spin off its disc business and name it "Qwikster," Netflix got back on track and refocussed. The stock tanked back in '12 but it's come back nicely, and Netflix, while not ridding itself of discs completely, has rebranded its disc service as "DVD.com" and while they're more than happy to take your money, it's not the primary focus of the business.

    The primary focus seems to be original content. They're more than happy to lose literally thousands of streaming catalog titles (estimates range at about 5,000 fewer titles in 2016 than in 2012) and put that money toward original programming that isn't going anywhere. It's smart, I suppose, because there are plenty of other places you can get that catalog content, but back in the day it sure was nice to think that you didn't need any other service but Netflix to get the movies you want.

    Even in the stinker summer movie season of 2016, most summer movies still aren't available for streaming, and the obvious answer is that Netflix doesn't want to pay the extra money to get them. Most will show there eventually I suppose, once they get old enough that they command low rates. In the meantime many can be found on HBO GO, Starz, Hulu, Amazon, and other streaming services.

    My personal feeling is that Netflix is emphasizing quantity over quality right now. There certainly are some good, high quality shows, but at the moment Netflix seems content providing a huge selection, a set of shows so overarching that certainly something must appeal to you, even if you're a suburban cannibal. (Yes, that's one of their shows.) In that vein, I present to you, courtesy of our friends at Cord Cutters News, every single original series debut for the rest of the year. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the list, which seems a bit suspect in places.

    March 16, 2017 Beau Sejour
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES ORIGINAL
    Available in US, Canada, Nordics, ANZ, Poland
    March 17, 2017 Julieís Greenroom
    Seasons: 1
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 17, 2017 Marvelís Iron Fist
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K and HDR
    March 17, 2017 Pandora FILM ORIGINAL
    Global ex. South Korea
    March 17, 2017 Deidra & Laney Rob a Train FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 17, 2017 Samurai Gourmet
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 24, 2017 Bottersnikes & Gumbles
    Seasons: 2
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Original excluding UK/IE, Australia, NZ, Japan, Asia, Middle East, Africa
    March 24, 2017 Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense STAND-UP COMEDY SPECIAL ORIGINAL
    Available: US, CA, LATAM, UK/IE, LUX, ANZ, JP, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, TURKEY, REST OF EU, AFRICA, ME, ASIA, RUSSIA
    March 24, 2017 Ingobernable
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 24, 2017 The Most Hated Woman in America FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 31, 2017 Bordertown
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES ORIGINAL
    Available in US, CAN, UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmar‚Äčk‚Äč, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Russia, Netherlands
    March 31, 2017 Dinotrux
    Seasons: 4
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Global except Germany
    March 31, 2017 Five Came Back SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 31, 2017 The Discovery FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    March 31, 2017 13 Reasons Why SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 4, 2017 Louis CK: 2017 STAND-UP COMEDY SPECIAL GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 7, 2017 The Get Down
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    April 7, 2017 Win It All FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 14, 2017 Sandy Wexler FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 14, 2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES ORIGINAL
    Available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
    April 21, 2017 Girlboss
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 21, 2017 Bill Nye Saves the World TALKSHOW GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 28, 2017 Casting JonBenet DOCUMENTARY GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 28, 2017 Dear White People SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    April 28, 2017 Las Chicas del Cable SERIES ORIGINAL
    May 5, 2017 Sense8
    Seasons: 2
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    May 5, 2017 The Mars Generation
    Seasons: 1
    DOCUMENTARY ORIGINAL
    May 12, 2017 Anne
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES FIRST RUN
    May 19, 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Seasons: 3
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    May 26, 2017 War Machine FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    May 30, 2017 House of Cards
    Seasons: 5
    SERIES ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    June 9, 2017 Orange is the New Black
    Seasons: 5
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Regional availability details outlined on title page ó Available in Ultra HD 4K
    June 23, 2017 GLOW
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 A Futile and Stupid Gesture FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Atypical
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Bright FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Castlevania
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Dark
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Death Note FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Disjointed
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Free Rein
    Seasons: 1
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Friends From College
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Frontier
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES FIRST RUN
    Global ex. CA
    2017 Greenhouse Academy
    Seasons: 1
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Gypsy
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On DOCUMENTARY GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 IO FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Kibaoh Klashers KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Kiss Me First
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Global Original excluding UK
    2017 Kong: King of the Apes
    Seasons: 2
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Lady Dynamite
    Seasons: 2
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    2017 LEGO Elves KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Llama Llama KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Master of None
    Seasons: 2
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K
    2017 MINDHUNTER SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Mute FILM ORIGINAL
    2017 Naked FILM ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K and HDR
    2017 Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press DOCUMENTARY GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Okja FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Available in Ultra HD 4K and HDR
    2017 Our Souls at Night FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Real Rob
    Seasons: 2
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    US, UK, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand only
    2017 Sand Castle FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Small Crimes FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Star Trek: Discovery
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES ORIGINAL
    2017 Stretch Armstrong
    Seasons: 1
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Super Monsters KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 The Worst Witch
    Seasons: 1
    KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Watership Down
    Seasons: 1
    SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    Original globally outside of the UK
    2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later SERIES GLOBAL ORIGINAL
    2017 Wheelman FILM GLOBAL ORIGINAL

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