Maniac and Netflix in September

It’s September, the kids are back to school, and you’re probably looking for something new and exciting to watch. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you’re in luck. The ninth month of the year looks like it will be an exciting one for this streaming service provider. There’s the debut of a new limited series, while old favorites have returned with new seasons. There’s even a host of cool retro movies with plenty of nostalgia for you to revisit.

Maniac is the show I’m looking forward to this fall. It’s billed as a limited original series and it won’t be available until September 21. That said, I’ve seen the trailer, read the cast list, and researched the plot. Everything I’ve seen and read so far suggests that this will be a strange but likely compelling watch. Before I dig into what I know and predict about it, check out the Netflix Maniac trailer:

So, as you can see, Maniac stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Their characters meet while they take place in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. By the looks of things, the drug treatment they volunteer for comes with some big claims. It also seems that the pills they take cause disorienting side effects. It seems to jump between the characters’ everyday lives and fantasy worlds created by the drug. The overall effect is likely meant to make them (and the viewer) question what is real and what isn’t.

Needless to say, Maniac looks like it could be very compelling television. There’s another reason why I have to see this limited series and that’s Cary Fukunaga. He is Maniac’s director. He also directed one of my all-time favorite TV series – season one of HBO’s acclaimed True Detective. Fukunaga’s direction of that popular detective series was dark, suspense-filled, and engaging. (His work on the fourth episode won him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.)

By all accounts, Maniac promises to be a strange, twisted thrill ride. That’s what I need since Stranger Things season three got postponed until summer. If the bizarre world of Maniac isn’t your thing, there are other great titles headed to Netflix this month. As of Tuesday, Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Black Panther is available. There’s also the fifth season of BoJack Horseman, season two of American Vandal, and the fifth installment of Chef’s Table.

If you’re looking for something retro, check out The Breakfast Club. I know I will. It’s been 30 years since I graduated high school. This film defined high school life for Generation X teens during that time, and I have a lot of fond memories associated with it. If you’re a Gen Xer, I highly recommend revisiting this classic from the past. Totally!

Here’s a complete list of everything new on Netflix this month:

September 1

  • 10,000 B.C.
  • Another Cinderella Story
  • Assassins
  • August Rush
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Delirium
  • Fair Game
  • Groundhog Day
  • King Kong
  • La Catedral del Mar
  • Martian Child
  • Monkey Twins
  • Mr. Sunshine
  • Nacho Libre
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Scarface
  • Sisters
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Stephanie
  • Summer Catch
  • Sydney White
  • The Ant Bully
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Keeping Hours
  • The River Wild
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  • Two Weeks Notice
  • Unforgiven

September 2

  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Maynard
  • Quantico: Season 3
  • The Emperor’s New Groove

September 3

  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities

September 4

  • Black Panther

September 5

  • Van Helsing: Season 2
  • Wentworth: Season 6

September 6

  • Once Upon a Time: Season 7
  • September 7
  • Atypical: Season 2
  • Cable Girls: Season 3
  • City of Joy
  • Click
  • First and Last
  • Iron Fist: Season 2
  • Next Gen
  • Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
  • Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters: Season 2
  • The Most Assassinated Woman in the World

September 10

  • Call the Midwife: Series 7

September 11

  • Daniel Sloss: Live Shows
  • The Resistance Banker

September 12

  • Blacklist: Season 5
  • Life
  • On My Skin

September 14

  • American Vandal: Season 2
  • Bleach
  • Boca Juniors Confidential
  • BoJack Horseman: Season 5
  • Car Masters: Rust to Riches
  • Ingobernable: Season 2
  • Last Hope
  • Norm Macdonald has a Show
  • Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs
  • The Angel
  • The Dragon Prince
  • The Land of Steady Habits
  • The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 part A

September 15

  • Inside The Freemasons: Season 1

September 16

  • Role Models
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

September 17

  • The Witch

September 18

  • American Horror Story: Cult
  • D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

September 21

  • Battlefish
  • Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan
  • Hilda
  • Maniac (limited series)
  • Nappily Ever After
  • Quincy
  • The Good Cop

September 23

  • The Walking Dead: Season 8

September 25

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

September 26

  • Norsemen: Season 2
  • The Hurricane Heist

September 28

  • Chef’s Table: Volume 5
  • El Marginal: Season 2
  • Forest of Piano
  • Hold the Dark
  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 2
  • Lessons From A School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane
  • Lost Song
  • Made in Mexico
  • Reboot: The Guardian Code: Season 2
  • Skylanders Academy: Season 3
  • The 3rd Eye
  • Two Catalonias

September 30

  • Big Miracle