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 Julie’s Greenroom
Seasons: 1
KIDS GLOBAL ORIGINAL
March 17, 2017 Marvel’s 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​k​, 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 — 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