It’s really not fair what Netflix has done to us, but here we are, living week to week waiting for one Netflix Original to debut after the next. For some of us it’s the highlight of our months when Netflix debuts something new and buzzworthy. For others our nightly binges on prestige dramas or quirky comedies are simultaneously depressing and enjoyable affairs. But nonetheless we all keep on reading lists about the best new releases that Netflix has waiting for us month after month.
So grab a seat in front of your tablet, laptop, or TV and get ready to click play. As always we at Screen Rant are here to tell you what’s worth all of your time, what you might as well take a look at, and what deserves to be skipped right alongside episodes of The Ranch. Get ready for a hot June, because this month Netflix is heating up, and burning your social life to the ground.
Here’s a complete ranking of the 15 New Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix You Need To Watch This June.
15. The Sixth Sense (1999) – June 1
Kicking off the start of a new month is one of the very best thrillers made in the past two decades. The film with the twist that the whole world now knows, The Sixth Sense still holds up despite everyone and their mother going on about seeing dead people.
From its deeply haunting yet compellingly personal story to the incredible performances turned in by the actors, M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece is everything we could ever want from a film. The original twisty brain-melter, many movies have tried to copy The Sixth Sense over the years – including Shyamalan’s own – and all have failed. But now that it’s on Netflix for us to stream we get the privilege of re-watching this Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis classic and dissecting every frame piece by piece, and marvelling at this one of a kind movie whenever we want.
14. Flaked: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series) – June 2
When Flaked debuted last year we were all very excited about the comedy series from the minds of Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett. Described as a comedy about a man from Venice Beach who gets caught up in his own web of lies, we expected the series to be the quirky, absurd, madcap farce that its creators excel at. But then it debuted and… it wasn’t even close to that.
The series is best described as a depressing half-hour character study that focuses on the lives of recovering addicts and delves perhaps too deeply into the Venice Beach community. But then, you gotta give Hurwitz and Arnett credit for trying something different and expanding their horizons. While the show wasn’t hilariously funny, or even a little bit funny, we’re still cautiously anticipating the second season to see if it can build on its unique tone and change directions just enough to wring some laughs out of the premise.
13. Lucid Dream (Netflix Original Film) – June 2
A Korean film that Netflix has acquired for international distribution, Lucid Dream is exciting simply because it’s not the type of thing that English-speaking audiences would normally get to see. Directed by Jun-seong Kim, the film follows a father that has been searching for his abducted son for three years. The twist? He’s looking for his missing boy through lucid dreams.
Smart and moody, Lucid Dream will fulfil that promise that you once made to yourself to watch more foreign films, but it will do so without being typically ‘art-house.’ Equal parts sci-fi and cool fantasy, the film looks to be as engaging as it is original, and whether you’re a fan of Korean dramas or not, this release should definitely be on your radar.
12. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) – June 17
The Stanford Prison Experiment is one you may have heard of from any Intro to Psychology course you’ve ever taken, or alternatively, any friend that took an Intro to Psychology course and wants to sound intelligent. Regardless of what you know of the real-life case that happened in 1971, the film version (one of many to have been released) takes a fascinating look at the people involved in the experiment and paints a human picture of a textbook moment.
With a stacked cast featuring Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, and more, the film follows the students and professors that conducted the experiment where people were either assigned a role as a prisoner or a guard. From there, understandably, all hell breaks loose, and the film does a great job at painting the panic, fear, and paranoia that came with such a famously botched psychological experiment.
11. Moana (2016) – June 20
Let it go, let it go! That is, let go of the fact that Frozen isn’t available on Netflix and watch Moana instead, because it’s just as delightful! And while certainly not underrated, compared to the love that Frozen got, Moana is basically unheard of in some corners, which is a damn shame and needs to change immediately.
Starring Dwayne Johnson and featuring a scene stealing performance by Jemaine Clement, Moana is Disney at its finest, as their latest princess movie tells the story of the daughter of a Polynesian tribal leader who has to save her island. With compelling themes and incredible songs written by the Internet’s favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is a can’t miss animated film that thankfully no one can miss now that it’s coming to Netflix.
10. El Chapo: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series) – June 16
Netflix already has a hit in Narcos, but that didn’t stop them from making another series featuring drug traffickers and mustaches, as El Chapo is coming to the streaming service on June 16th. A co-production with Univision, El Chapo is the big budget dramatization of the infamous El Chapo, the world’s most famous drug cartel leader.
Starting at the beginning of his rise in 1985 and already renewed for a second season, we can look forward to the series going deep into a fascinating life and being bloody and violent along the way. As binge-worthy as Netflix’s best dramas, this series is one you can’t miss, especially if you need your Narcos fix ASAP. And yeah, that was a reference to the addictive nature of Netflix dramas.
9. Oh, Hello On Broadway (Netflix Original Special) – June 13
If you ever thought you’d live to see the day that John Mulaney and Nick Kroll put on old age makeup, yelled a lot, made a meta show about the theater, and did it all in front of a Broadway audience, well, you’re very smart. All of those things did happen, the show was called Oh, Hello On Broadway, and if you didn’t see it, here’s some good news: We live in a golden age of comedy and thankfully Netflix is supporting those of us that don’t live in New York by bringing the aforementioned Mulaney and Kroll show right to our streaming accounts.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney play their popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland as they take the stage to do something that’s a little bit theater, a little bit stand-up, and a whole lot of insanity. Funny, satirical, and infinitely strange, Oh, Hello On Broadway is something that you can’t miss, even if you want to.
8. Young Frankenstein (1974) – June 1
Mel Brooks is a living comedy legend and yet we’re willing to bet that many of our readers haven’t seen a single Mel Brooks movie. For all the modern comedy that you love, we can guarantee it was at least partly inspired by Mel Brooks. And at the top of Brooks’ resume is Young Frankenstein, which is quite simply one of the funniest films ever made.
A spoof of the classic Universal monster of the 1930s, calling Young Frankenstein a spoof movie – even though we just did – is unfair. Spoof movies have a bad reputation, and this film works both as a send-off of classic black and white horror as well as a classic film in its own right. With legendary performances by Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, to describe Young Frankenstein here would be a disservice. There’s simply no explanation that can grasp how essential this film is to modern cinema, how deeply entertaining it still is to this day, how immediately you need to push play on your Netflix account and watch this.
7. Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5, Part 2 (2016) – June 2
It’s finally here, or should we say its finale here. No? We shouldn’t say it’s finale here? Well, it’s too late, but the series finale of Comedy Bang! Bang! is now on Netflix for everyone to enjoy, then promptly cry over. Although the weirdest show on TV defied all odds by staying alive through 110 episodes, it’s still sad to see it go when it easily could have lasted hundreds more.
For those not in the know, Comedy Bang! Bang! follows Scott Aukerman as he hosted an insane talk show and dispensed with a new “special episode” gimmick every episode. From time travel to murder mystery to thriller and even to the tropes involved in series finales, Comedy Bang! Bang! did it all and it did it in the most anti-comedy way imaginable. Though the show could best be described as lame, unfunny, and unintelligible, those were the things that Aukerman and the writers did intentionally to make the show what it was. On top of those things, Comedy Bang! Bang! was above all else weird, and that may be the best compliment any TV show could ever get.
6. Zodiac (2007) – June 1
Zodiac is the hidden gem of David Fincher’s filmography, if only because it was made at a time when – believe it or not – Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal just weren’t that famous. And yet, of all the classics that Fincher has made, Zodiac is second only to The Social Network, and there’s no doubt that once this 2007 gem starts getting rediscovered on the likes of Netflix its status will go from that of a cult hit to one of the most appreciated thrillers of all time.
Sprawling, beautiful, thrilling, gripping, and any other adjective one can think of, Zodiac is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s also nothing short, as the director’s cut (definitely the best version) runs 158 minutes long. Featuring one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performances and that typical Fincher dread that lies under every scene, there’s not one frame of Zodiac that isn’t incredible to behold. And that’s why come June 1st everyone should be on Netflix watching this film at least twice.
5. Shimmer Lake (Netflix Original Film) – June 9
Shimmer Lake is that exciting breed of Netflix Original Film that seems like it was made just for us. Described as a darkly comic crime thriller, the film follows a local sheriff as he hunts three bank robbery suspects, one of which is his own brother. And though the synopsis doesn’t sound like anything miraculous or ground breaking, it’s when we get into the details about Shimmer Lake that we get truly excited.
Starring Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson, Rob Corddry, Adam Pally, and Ron Livingston, the film is Oren Uziel’s directorial debut. Uziel, for the uninitiated, wrote 22 Jump Street and the upcoming Cloverfield: God Particle. When you add all that up it amounts to something pretty special, but then we have to consider that the film takes place over a reverse timeline and is said to be genuinely funny, not to mention incredibly suspenseful and well-made. With all of that in mind, there’s no doubt that Shimmer Lake looks to be our new indie film obsession, and we can’t wait to get caught up in the twists and turns of Netflix’s newest – and most bizarre – Original Film.
4. Orange is the New Black: Season 5 (Netflix Original Series) – June 9
Remember when Orange is the New Black was the world’s obsession? Oh, how simple we were then, back when a Netflix Original was just House of Cards, Arrested Development, or OITNB. But now that Netflix debuts mote series than pretty much everyone, does anyone really care about Piper, Crazy Eyes, and the rest of the inmates? Does anyone talk about this show with the fervor that it once brought? Is anyone going to watch the upcoming fifth season?
We’d have to imagine that the answer is yes, even if we stopped watching the series a few seasons back. After all, why would Netflix keep making something if no one was watching it. Maybe we’re wrong and Orange is as strong as it’s ever been. Maybe we’ll go back and check it out for the upcoming fifth season. Maybe people are constantly talking about Litchfield Correctional Facility and we’re just not listening. Maybe.
3. GLOW: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series) – June 23
Speaking of no one watching Orange is the New Black anymore, maybe we’re on to something considering that even showrunner Jenji Kohan is onto her next series, Netflix’s GLOW. The feminist neon 1980s set wrestling show that the world has been waiting for, we’re genuinely excited for this comedy series starring Alison Brie, if only because it looks like the type of show that wouldn’t be made if it wasn’t amazing.
Created by writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the series follows the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in both their professional and personal lives as they navigate a world that is probably foreign to all of us. But that’s exactly what’s set to make this series compelling. Just like how OITNB once made the unfamiliar world of female prison fascinating, GLOW is set to do the same and become the series that all of us are talking about, at least until Netflix’s next original series debuts the week after. Speaking of which…
2. Gypsy: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series) – June 30
There’s a lot we still don’t know about Netflix’s next big new drama series, but maybe it’s better that way. Considering the tone and subject matter of Gypsy, we’re actually excited to go into the show knowing as little as possible and loving it all the more. Described as a thrilling series that follows a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives, Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup star in Netflix’s latest attempt to grab our attentions and never let go.
With all the trappings of a prestige series and all the star power we’ve come to expect from Netflix, Gypsy is the first really big new Netflix drama in what feels like a long time. No doubt hoping that the show enjoys the same level of hype as some of their previous shows, Netflix seems to have high hopes for Gypsy and so do we.
1. Okja (Netflix Original Film) – June 28
Let’s be totally honest. Netflix hasn’t really succeeded at their original films as much as they have with their original series. Though Netflix’s The Discovery was met with a lot of hype before release, the Jason Segel and Rooney Mara starrer fell flat on arrival. Then came last month’s War Machine, which was all set to be Netflix’s first blockbuster and then… disappointment. But their past failures aside, we can’t stress enough how excited we are for Okja and how sure we are that this will be Netflix’s first bonafide hit film.
Fresh off of a Cannes premiere where it tore the roof off of the festival, the newest film by director Jon-ho Bong of Snowpiercer fame looks to be as strange and beautiful as you’d expect. With a giant pig, a fight between animal activists and corporate greed, and a whole bunch of cloudy grey moral ethics thrown into the mix, there’s no doubt that Okja will be a special and very weird movie. Even more exciting is the film’s cast, which includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Considering that those three actors have almost never been in a bad film, yeah, it’s safe to say that Okja will be amazing.
It’s also safe to say that with two entries on this list, Jake Gyllenhaal is the guy you’ll be seeing a lot of on Netflix this June. At least, that’s the case if you’re doing Netflix right.
Which of these new releases are you most excited to watch? Let us know in the comments!
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