Netflix is primed to be bigger than ever in 2018, and we’re taking a look at the top original movies and TV shows that you need to keep an eye out for in the coming year. The streaming service will be producing more content than ever in the next 12 months, with as many as 80 original movies making their debut in 2018. (We’re still not quite sure how many television series are on the way.) The price tag for all this content? A whopping $8 billion.
It’s all part of Netflix’s plan for their library to ultimately be composed of 50% original programming. $20+ billion debt be damned; this streaming service is shooting for the moon. And they can afford to do it, too. Because while that debt is likely temporary, the rising number of subscribers just keeps climbing. Q4 statistics from 2017 haven’t been released yet, but subscriber numbers are expected to be in the 115 million range, an area in which Netflix will soon surpass cable television.
Netflix’s relentless pursuit of its goals leads to one simple outcome for subscribers: more binge-worthy content than ever before. It won’t be easy to keep track of all the original movies and TV series that Netflix will release in the coming year, and more titles will surely be added over the coming months. But in an effort to ensure that you miss out on as little as possible, we’ve gathered together some of the most promising projects to come in the new year. Here are 25 Netflix Originals To Look Out For In 2018.
25. The End of the F**king World (Season 1) – January 5th
We’re a bit late to the game on this one, and it technically first premiered on Channel 4 in the UK, but if the folks upstairs are calling it a Netflix Original, then so shall we. Rave reviews are pouring in for The End of the F**king World, which follows a pair of teenage runaways — played by newcomers Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther — who may or may not be psychopaths.
Check out the trailer for this hilarious, jet-black comedy, get to bingeing, and thank us later.
24. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman – January 12th
Longtime late night talk show host David Letterman is coming out of retirement, and his new series is definitely a mouthful. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman unexpectedly dropped its first trailer yesterday, confirming that his return to the small screen is coming far sooner than expected.
President Barack Obama will be the first guest on the new series.
23. Altered Carbon (Season 1) – February 2nd
Netflix’s first big-budget show of 2018 will be Altered Carbon, an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 sci-fi novel of the same name. Showrunner Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys) first optioned the book over 15 years ago, hoping to shape it into a movie. That didn’t quite work out, but with House of Cards‘ Joel Kinnaman leading the way, Altered Carbon could very well be the next big thing on Netflix.
22. Seven Seconds (Season 1) – February 23rd
Two weeks later, Netflix returns to Earth with Seven Seconds, which will explore the explosive fallout of a black teenager who has been critically injured by a white cop. Racial tensions will be high in the new series from Veena Sud (The Killing), which stars Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men). Gavin O’Connor (Suicide Squad 2) is set as both director and executive producer.
21. Jessica Jones (Season 2) – March 8th
The first season of Jessica Jones stands as one of Netflix’s finest efforts, so hopes are high for season 2. Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, and (somehow) David Tenant will all return as the titular hero reluctantly explores her mysterious past.
Jessica Jones will be the first Defender to hit the screen in 2018, but she certainly won’t be the last. Stay tuned.
20. Game Over, Man! – March 23rd
The headlining trio behind the Comedy Central series Workaholics (Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson) star in this action comedy, which sees the three battling terrorists in an effort to get their video game financed.
19. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2) – March 30th
Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) and company are back for season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This time around, the hit show will reportedly adapt books five through nine of the beloved children’s series. In a move that should please Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog fans, Nathan Fillion will be along for the ride in year two.
It must be pretty decent, because a season 3 order has already been given.
18. Lost In Space (Season 1) – May
The latest attempt to reboot the quirky ’60s sci-fi series Lost in Space will star Toby Stephens and Parker Posey. Netflix hasn’t confirmed an exact release date yet, and we don’t even have an official image of the show yet, but it’s still slated to arrive sometime in May.
If nothing else, it’ll almost certainly be better than the 1998 film starring Matt LeBlanc and Gary Oldman.
17. Luke Cage (Season 2)
The first entry on our list without an official release date is the second season of the hit Marvel series, Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter. Filming on season 2 wrapped in November, however, so it will likely hit Netflix sometime this summer.
Cage will be squaring off against familiar faces like Mariah Dillard, Shades, and Comanche, as well as a newcomer to Harlem’s underworld, Bushmaster.
16. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Season 1)
The Coen brothers are making their first full-on dive into television with the anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The pair are executive producers on the FX series Fargo, but they’ll be writing and directing this time around.
Little is known about the plot, but James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson will star, amongst others.
15. Hold the Dark
Following the cult success of Green Room, director Jeremy Saulnier’s next project is worth keeping an eye on. Based on the novel of the same name, Hold the Dark stars Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Skarsgård as men on converging paths. Both are attempting to get to the bottom of a young boy’s death and his mother’s probably-not-unrelated disappearance.
Plus, it’s got killer wolves!
Alexander Skarsgård is primed for a big year on Netflix, as he’s also starring in the latest sci-fi effort from director Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft). Mute was actually supposed to release last year, but unexplained delays led to it being bumped to 2018. It looks like Netflix is giving Jones all the time he needs to fully realize his admittedly spectacular-looking vision.
Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, and Sam Rockwell round out Mute‘s stellar supporting cast.
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