Netflix Original Movies and Shows Coming in 2021

So many shows and movies are heading our way this year. We're tracking all the premiere dates here.

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'Clickbait' | Netflix
'Clickbait' | Netflix

Netflix never stops. The streaming service has never been in the business of "less is more"—instead favoring pumping out original series, movies, and documentaries by the dozen—and 2021 is no different. A not insignificant number of movies, as well as new and returning series, are slated for a 2021 premiere, and many more will inevitably be on the way. 

Its model of cracking out releases, on top of licensing popular shows and movies, has its flaws, since not everything can be an Emmy or an Oscar contender (see duds like The Last Days of American Crime or hate-watches like Emily in Paris), but it does pull impressive talents to the streamer (David Fincher! Spike Lee! Shonda Rhimes!) which allows for more than a few binge-worthy gems (including The Queen's Gambit) to find a massive audience. Here's a regularly updated list of what to look out for on Netflix in 2021, from true-crime docuseries to highly anticipated movies, so you know what to add to your queue. 

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'Control Z' | Netflix


Pray Away 

New documentary. This Ryan Murphy-produced documentary brings attention to the harmfulness of "conversion therapy" by featuring interviews with survivors who were forced to undergo the practice and former leaders of it. 
(Watch the trailer)

Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord 

New documentary. Finished bingeing the German Netflix show How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)? Great. Now you can learn about the real teenager the series is based on in this doc. 
(Watch the trailer)

Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified 

New docuseries. There's truly never been a better time to put on your tinfoil hat. This docuseries dives into recently uncovered UFO case files and the individuals who are certain that there's extraterrestrial life out there.  
(Watch the trailer)


Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami 

New docuseries. A six-parter about two teenage best friends who went from high school dropouts to Colombia's biggest distributors of cocaine in the US in the '80s. The series comes from documentarian Billy Corben and acts as a follow-up to his Cocaine Cowboys documentaries in the 2000s, which were also about the Miami Drug War. 
(Watch the trailer)

Control Z

Season 2. The Mexican teen thriller about a hacker who exposes a high school's secrets returns, now with a new mystery to solve. 
(Watch the trailer)

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'Cooking With Paris' | Netflix

Cooking With Paris

New reality series. No, not Parisian cuisine—this cooking show features Paris Hilton. The Princess of the '00s is back on TV with her latest reality series: a relatable cooking show in which she brings her own flair to recipes anyone can make. That's hot.
(Watch the trailer)


Hit & Run 

New series. This thriller series from the creators of the Israeli crime drama Fauda follows a man who goes on an intense mission to track down the person who killed his wife in a hit and run. 
(Watch the trailer

The Swarm

New movie. If you have a fear of bugs, you might want to stay away from this one. The French film follows a single mother who tries to save her farm by breeding edible grasshoppers—a plan that goes alive when she discovers they have a craving for flesh.  
(Watch the trailer)


New movie. It's a big summer for Lin Manuel Miranda. Not only did his musical In the Heights get a theatrical release, he stars in and contributed music to this Sony Pictures Animation musical. In Vivo, he voices a kinkajou who travels from Havana to Miami with the hopes of delivering a love song.
(Watch the trailer)


Shaman King 

New anime. Shaman King is a reboot of the popular 2001 shonen anime of the same name about a shaman who enters an epic battle against other shamans in order to become the all-powerful Shaman King.
(Watch the trailer)


UNTOLD: Malice at the Palace 

New documentary. Malice at the Palace is the first of five parts of Untold, a docuseries from the team behind Wild Wild Country and The Battered Bastards of Baseball that's being released weekly and takes deep dives into unknown stories from the sports world. The first installment explores the famous Pacers-Pistons brawl. 


Bake Squad

New reality series. Bake Squad is for the ones with a sweet tooth. Renowned baker and founder of the popular Milk Bar, Christina Tosi is behind this reality series in which she hand selects a group of bakers who have the task of making "dessert dreams come true." 
(Watch the trailer)

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'Kissing Booth 3' | Marcos Cruz/Netflix

Kissing Booth 3 

New movie. To All the Boys… isn't the only Netflix teen rom-com series wrapping up this year. The final Kissing Booth movie is also on the way, so fans will finally find out which of the Flynn brothers really has Elle's heart.
(Watch the trailer)


Monster Hunters: Legends of the Guild

New anime. Inspired by the Monster Hunter video games, this computer-animated anime film tells the story of a young monster hunter who sets out to save his village from a dangerous dragon. 
(Watch the trailer)



New movie. Luca Guadagnino is among the producers of this upcoming thriller starring John David Washington and Alicia Vikander as a couple on vacation in Greece who get wrapped up in a dangerous conspiracy. Midsommar 2.0? But in Greece? We'll see!
(Watch the trailer)

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Brand New Cherry Flavor

New series. Brand New Cherry Flavor is an adaptation of Todd Grimson's horror novel about an aspiring filmmaker who moves to Hollywood in the '90s and falls down an occult rabbit hole. Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, and Manny Jacinto are among the stars. 
(Watch the trailer)

Gone for Good 

New series. Years after a young man lost everybody close to him, his girlfriend mysteriously disappears and he's sent on a dangerous mission to find her in this French thriller series. 
(Watch the trailer)

The Kingdom 

New series. Hailing from Argentina, The Kingdom is a political thriller about a televangelist who quickly finds himself in the lead to rule Argentina when his running mate dies under mysterious circumstances. 

Misha and the Wolves 

New documentary. Sundance 2021 favorite Misha and the Wolves focuses on a peculiar case about a woman who published a memoir about how she survived the Holocaust, and escaped to live among the wolves, and a publisher who played detective to investigate the truth of her book.


UNTOLD: Deal with the Devil 

New documentary. This installment of UNTOLD profiles boxer Christy Martin, who has been called the most successful woman boxer in the US and legitimized the sport among women athletes.


The Defeated 

New series. A German historical series about an American officer who travels to Berlin in 1946 to help the city create a police force during the aftermath of WWII. 

Memories of a Murderer: The Nielsen Tapes 

New documentary. A chilling true-crime doc that features personal recordings from British serial killer Dennis Nilsen about his life and the crimes he committed. 
(Watch the trailer)

Out of my League 

New movie. An Italian rom-com about a woman with a rare genetic disorder who sets her sights on dating and landing her dream boy. 

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The Chair

New series. The Chair is the first of many Netflix projects from producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones fame. Maybe GoT fans were hoping the two were cooking up a similar fantastical, big budget series (or maybe not), but this show's a bit different than that. Co-created and showrun by Amanda Peet, the dramedy is about an English department chair at a fictional university. Sandra Oh and Jay Duplass star.
(Watch the trailer)

Everything Will Be Fine 

New series. Diego Luna created this Mexican dramedy about a separated couple who decides to stay together for the sake of their young daughter. 

Sweet Girl

New movie. A Jason Momoa gritty action movie always sounds like a good time. Here, he plays a father who's angry with a vengeance, out to find the people responsible for killing his wife (Marisa Tomei) and protect his daughter.
(Watch the trailer)

August 23

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf 

New anime. To tide yourself over before The Witcher Season 2 arrives in December, Netflix is releasing this anime movie that's a prequel in the world of the series and about Vesemir, Geralt's Witcher mentor. 
(Watch the trailer)


UNTOLD: Caitlyn Jenner

New documentary. Crystal Moselle (HBO's Betty) directs this definitive look at the life and Olympic-gold-medal-winning career of Caitlyn Jenner featuring archival athletic and family footage and new interviews about her experience transitioning. 

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'Clickbait' | Netflix



New series. Here's a twisty thriller series that's sure to hook you. Adrian Grenier stars in this series as a seemingly perfect family man who disappears one day—only to have a video of him being held hostage, and revealing a dark secret, to surface online. As the clip goes viral, his wife and sister (Zoe Kazan) must use social media to track down his whereabouts. 
(Watch the trailer)

John of God: The Crimes of a Spiritual Healer 

New documentary. João Teixeira de Faria, who was known professionally as John of God, claimed he was a psychic medium who could perform miracles. This documentary explores his career, and the abuse he committed upon loyal, vulnerable followers. 

Motel Makeover 

New reality series. A pair of friends and business partners attempt to flip an old motel in Ontario into a an adorable getaway. 
(Watch the trailer)

Open Your Eyes 

New series. Open Your Eyes is a Polish teen thriller following a young woman who wakes up in a memory care facility after surviving an accident that killed her family. There, she bonds with other young people suffering from similar conditions, and finds the facility might not be what it seems. 
(Watch the trailer)

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes 

New series. This Scandanavian series is definitely an interesting take on a young person fighting against all odds to support the family business. In Post Mortem, a young woman dies, wakes up undead, thirsty for flesh, and goes on a bloody mission to get her family's funeral parlor some clients. 
(Watch the trailer)


Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed 

New documentary. Bob Ross warmed your heart with his iconic comfort show The Joy of Painting, but do you know much about the man, other than how he can bring life to a serene waterfall and happy little trees on a canvas? This documentary gives an inside look at his life, career, and who he really was.


New anime. Set in outer-space aboard the ship EDENS ZERO, this anime follows the quest of a young boy with gravity-defying abilities as he looks for a rumored space goddess. 
(Watch the trailer)

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'He's All That' | Netflix


He's All That 

New movie. The '90s teen classic that started the strange she takes off her glasses and now she's hot trend, She's All That, is getting a roles reversed remake. Instead of Freddie Prinze Jr. making over Rachel Leigh Cook, this time around TikTok phenom Addison Rae plays a social media savvy gal who bets she can make an uncool male classmate (Cobra Kai's Tanner Buchanan) into prom king. Rachel Leigh Cook will make an appearance, though, playing Rae's character's mother.

Titletown High

New reality series. If you weren't a football star in high school and, for some reason, still wish you got to feel that homecoming glory, you can live vicariously through Titletown High. The reality show focuses on the high school football team with the most wins in the nation, the Valdosta High School Wildcats from the Atlanta suburbs. 


Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 

New series. A remake of the Korean film Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong, which follows the romance between a pragmatic woman who moves to a small fishing village and a handyman.
(Watch the trailer)


Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo 

New reality series. Marie Kondo is back to spark some more joy! Sparking Joy is an all-new show with the organization icon, finding her helping a handful of struggling small businesses get their work in order. 

UNTOLD: Crimes and Penalties 

New documentary. In what sounds like an episode of The Sopranos, Crimes and Penalties examines the stranger-than-fiction case of a youth hockey team that was making plays at the behest of the son of an alleged mob boss. 

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'Q-Force' | Netflix



New series. Archer won't be the only adult animated show about spies for long. That's also the premise of Netflix's Q-FORCE, but it focuses on a group of LGBTQ+ secret agents as they try to prove themselves in their intelligence agency. Sean Hayes, Patti Harrison, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Metcalf, David Harbour, and others are among the cast.
(Watch the trailer)


Money Heist

Season 5. After five seasons, yet another one of your Netflix obsessions is coming to an end. The first half of the Spanish hit heist show arrives in September, and then you'll have to hold out until December for the rest.


UNTOLD: Breaking Point

New documentary. The final installment of UNTOLD looks at tennis star Mardy Fish, who at one point quit tennis altogether due to severe anxiety, and now aims to destigmatize mental illness. 


Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

New documentary. Kenya Barris (Black-ish) is behind this documentary about the relationship between Malcolm X and boxing icon Muhammad Ali, based on Johnny Smith’s book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X



New movie. Mary Elizabeth Winstead will appear as a bonafide action star in Kate. She's playing the titular role, an assassin who has just 24 hours left to live and is using that time to track down her murderer and get back at him. Woody Harrelson and Michael Huisman also star.


Season 6. Lucifer once made a deal with the Devil to find a new life with more seasons on Netflix, but that deal is coming to an end, now that the show is wrapping up with a sixth and final season. The last installment sees Lucifer wrestling with becoming God himself. 
(Watch the trailer)

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'Sex Education' Season 3 | Sam Taylor/Netflix


Sex Education

Season 3. Class will be back in session for the horny high schoolers of Moordale Secondary, and there's plenty of unfinished drama waiting for us, including Jean's unexpected pregnancy, Eric and Adam's relationship, Maeve's tragic home life, and whatever the hell Otis is up to.
(Watch the trailer)


The Witcher

Season 2. Toss another coin to your local Witcher: Henry Cavill's brooding, wandering monster hunter Geralt of Rivia is coming back this year with all the Hmm's and Fuck's you could hope for. Video game and book series fans should be in for a little treat—we're betting Season 2 is adapting the first book of the main Witcher series, Blood of Elves. Ciri could be much older; Yennifer should still be on a mission to become the greatest sorcerer; Jaskier, without a doubt, will still be penning his annoyingly catchy bard songs. You can't escape destiny, Geralt.


Afterlife of the Party 

New movie. It's Victoria Justice's party and she can definitely cry if she wants to in this comedy, considering her popular girl character dies the week of her birthday. She is given one more chance to right her wrongs, though, before the big guy upstairs decides if she's worthy of coming to Heaven.

Back to the Outback 

New movie. Koalas, kangaroos, platypuses, wombats! Some of the most interesting animals on Earth definitely come from the land Down Under. In this animated movie, a group of those cuddly and not-so-cuddly critters are making a run for it out of one of Australia's zoos and into the outback. Appropriately, Aussie stars like Isla Fisher, Guy Pearce, and Keith Urban contribute to the voice cast.


New movie. Lena Waithe wrote this drama about a talented Black singer who starts to lose her identity and finds her relationship taking a hit when she's offered a high-profile recording contract.


New movie. Smash fans—a more definitive Marilyn Monroe biopic is in the works. Ana de Armas is taking on the iconic movie star in this biopic. Based on Joyce Carol Oates' book of the same name, the film is said to chronicle her life and rise, starting out with her humble beginnings as Norma Jean.


New movie. Halle Berry is getting behind the camera for her first-ever film as a director. She's getting in front of it too, as she's also starring in this film about a former MMA star athlete trying to regain custody of her daughter and career.

Dead to Me

Season 3. It's time for Ben's (James Mardsen) dark secrets to take front-and-center in the upcoming season of this addictive series. Stock up on plenty of wine before the Thelma and Louise of streaming—Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate)—come crashing back onto your screens with their sometimes murderous intent.

Dear White People

Season 4. It's senior year for Justien Simien's Dear White People series and the Black students fighting the embedded institutional racism at the mostly white Winchester University. Before graduation day (er, the finale), radio host Sam White (Logan Browning), Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), investigative journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), and co. clash with the mysterious secret order that maintains the university's prestige at all costs.

Don't Look Up 

New movie. Adam McKay's (Anchorman, The Big Short) latest is as star-studded a blockbuster as they come. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCarprio lead the cast as two astronomers tasked with informing the public that a destructive comet is approaching Earth, and supporting them is an ensemble featuring the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Chris Evans, music stars Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, and many others.

Escape from Spiderhead 

New movie. Based on a short story by George Saunders, Escape from Spiderhead is set in a near-future where an organization conducts experiments on the incarcerated by manipulating their emotions with drugs. Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett star.

The Guilty

New movie. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is bringing his twisty procedural writing talents to the big screen in this English-language adaptation of a popular Danish film of the same name. Jake Gyllenhaal leads the cast, playing a police officer demoted to desk duty who feels conflicted when he receives a 9-1-1 call from a kidnapped woman.

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'The Harder They Fall' | Netflix

The Harder They Fall 

New movie. Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, and Regina King are heading west. The three lead the cast in this highly anticipated Western about a man out for revenge against the man who murdered his parents. 
(Watch the trailer)

Into the Deep

New documentary. This documentary began as filmmaker Emma Sullivan's attempt to profile Danish inventor Peter Madsen in 2016, but became something much bigger after Madsen shockingly murdered journalist Kim Wall aboard his self-made submarine the following year.


New movie. Prepare to feel claustrophobic by this one: As the title suggests, it follows a woman (Frieda Pinto) who recently moved to a small town and becomes the target of a home invasion.

Midnight Mass

New series. Director Mike Flanagan can't stop churning out that creepy Netflix content. Before The Haunting of Bly Manor even hit the streamer in October 2020, the spooky filmmaker started shooting his latest new series in August. Taking place on a desolate island, it follows disturbing events that start to unfold among the community there when a mysterious young priest arrives.

Night Teeth

New movie. Alfie Allen stars in this thriller as a chauffeur who drives two young women (Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry) to parties in LA, and follows his night that turns into a twisty ride as he learns his passengers are not who they claim to be.


Season 4. The final season of the tense Missouri-set money laundering saga will be nothing short of shocking, we expect. The Byrdes keep getting deeper in bed with dangerous people—now, the cartel boss Omar Navarro and the FBI—and it's only a matter of time until the blocks crumble beneath them, sending their family and associates into a free fall.

Peaky Blinders

Season 6. Our Peakies! The biggest question at hand after a doozy of a fifth season in Steven Knight's English mob series is: Who betrayed Tommy Shelby and caused his plan to take out political rival and literal fascist Oswald Mosley to fail? (We have some thoughts.) This will be the last season of Peaky Blinders.

Pieces of Her 

New series. Toni Collette leads the cast in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter's popular thriller about a woman who tries to stop an active shooter, and the effects it has on her relationship with her daughter who feels she witnesses a change in her mother after the traumatic interference.

The Power of the Dog 

New movie. Oscar-winner Jane Campion is on as writer-director of this adaptation of Thomas Savage's novel about a pair of rival brothers who own a ranch and tensions start to rise between them when one gets married. Real-life couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons lead the cast, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch, Thomasin McKenzie, and others.

Red Notice  

New movie. Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds all star in this action film that follows an Interpol agent tracking down the world's most-wanted art thief.

Robin Robin 

New movie. OK, cute: Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant voice little critters in a tale about a bird raised by mice who sets off to discover more about her own kind.

Stranger Things

Season 4. The Hawkins crew has to figure out how to get Hopper out of Russia in the next season of Stranger Things, presumably digging into its '80s-ness with its own interpretation of the Cold War.

tick, tick… BOOM 

New movie. Lin-Manuel Miranda may be known for penning and starring in Broadway hits In the Heights and Hamilton, but now he's heading behind the director's chair, too. Tick, tick… BOOM, which stars Andrew Garfield, marks Miranda's directorial debut and tells the story of an aspiring theater composer in NYC with his sights set on writing the next great musical.
(Watch the trailer)


Season 3. Murderous creep Joe (Penn Badgley) sets his eyes on a new target of obsession, blonde neighborwoman Natalie, who he peeped engrossed in a book he almost certainly has at least five opinions on. Such wandering eyes when his girlfriend, the equally bloodlusting Love (Victoria Pedretti), is so pregnant! For shame, Joe. Season 3 will also feature an ensemble of the finest LA stereotypes, including a wellness guru, "momfluencer," and tech venture capitalist.

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