STREAMING SATURDAY: What’s New in Netflix, August 2016

Netflix is set to eliminate 31 movies and series beginning August 1. While these shows will be gone, the network’s current lineup and the shows coming its way are definitely something to cause excitement.

Streaming and binge watching is something my wife and I love to do. If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you might already know that we love Marco Polo and Orange is the New Black. We burned through both of these series’ new seasons within a weekend for each. Those shows aren’t the only ones we watch on Netflix.

Bloodline Has Me Hooked
I’ve recently become enamored with another Netflix original series: Bloodline. Focusing upon a successful-but-troubled family living in the Florida Keys, Bloodline does an amazing job at building tension and viewer interest while accurately depicting the inner workings of dysfunctional families and the hidden dangers of the secrets they bury. I’m currently halfway through the second season and was pleased to read reports that Netflix has greenlighted a third installment. Bloodline fans can expect the third season to pop sometime next year.

Stranger Things a Likely Fave
As soon as I finish Bloodline, my wife and I are diving into the first season of Stranger Things. From the moment I saw the trailer, I knew this was something I wanted to see. First of all, it’s set during the 1980s, which is the decade of my youth. Secondly, it stars Winona Ryder, herself a late 1980s teen film icon. Lastly, this thriller-drama seems to focus on the topic of alien abduction. In other words, what’s not to love? Seriously!

Here’s a look at the Stranger Things trailer…

Making an Interesting Announcement
Wisconsin’s most-infamous murder case is coming back for a second season. Netflix recently announced that Making A Murderer is returning for another season. The first season was one of the most-talked-about shows on streaming TV last year. Netflix announced that the second season is set to focus upon Steven Avery and Brandan Dassey’s lives following their convictions in relation to the murder of Teresa Halbach. Speaking as someone who was riveted to every episode of the first season, I’m looking forward to more Making a Murderer. No release date has been given.

As Netflix Enters August…
It’s true that Netflix will be saying goodbye to more than 30 shows and programs. Most of these are older movies and series that likely have been watched and re-watched several times over by anyone and everyone interested in them. (I know Netflix gets a healthy workout in our home!) While it’s always sad to see shows go, the analogy of one door closing to allow another one to open comes to mind. Netflix is firmly committed to dynamic and refreshing new movies and series. If you’re into streaming, perhaps you should pick up what Netflix is putting down.

Here is the list of programs leaving Netflix this August:

August 1
Addams Family Values (1993)
The Best Man (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Johnny English (2003)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
The Replacements (2000)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 2 (1996)
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
The Sandlot (1993)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Teen Witch (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

August 14
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Seasons 1*-2
Clifford’s Puppy Days: Seasons 1*-2

August 15
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Wish Upon a Star (1996)

August 16
Inside Man (2006)

August 20
Harry the Bunny (2009)

August 23
Blitz (2011)

August 27
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

August 30
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

August 31
Death Note (2006)
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007)
Zathura (2005)