Weekdays may be for working, but weekends are made for relaxing, so we've put together a collection of the best new and recent Netflix movies and TV shows for you to watch. The streaming service has been seriously amping up its original content, and by the end of 2018 Netflix Originals had overtaken acquired content for the first time. Netflix has also been attracting some star talent, including filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese.
2019 has seen some major new additions to Netflix's library of Originals, like comic book adaptation The Umbrella Academy, time-looping mystery series Russian Doll, and the darkly satirical horror movie Velvet Buzzsaw. This year also brings new seasons of existing Netflix shows that already have an eager fanbase, like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Stranger Things. Even if you're a hardcore binge-watcher, it can be hard to keep up with all the new weekly releases.
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That's why we're here to help, with a guide to all the new Netflix Original releases this weekend, and the best TV shows and movies from recent weeks that are worth checking out if you missed them.
New To Netflix
The Perfect Date - In this Netflix Original romantic comedy, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) plays a broke high schooler with dreams of going to Yale, but not enough money to cover tuition. Looking for a fast and easy way to make cash, he starts offering his services as a date-for-hire, whose personality and appearance can be customized by his customers.
You vs. Wild - Take a trip into the wilderness with survivial expert Bear Grylls, in the latest Netflix Original interactive experience. Similar to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you make decisions as each of the episode progresses, choosing which path Bear should take to survive the dangers of the jungle. Check out the wonders of the natural world, watch out for crocodiles, and try not to get Bear killed.
The Silence - The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Kiernan Shipka stars in this thriller about a family trying to survive the apocalypse. Ally (Shipka) lost her hearing in an accident three years prior, and her whole family learned sign language - which will come in handy following a sudden attack by creatures that multiply rapidly and hunt by sound. Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto also star as Ally's parents.
Black Summer - A prequel series to Syfy's Z Nation with a more serious tone, Netflix Original Black Summer follows a other (played y Jaime King) desperately searching for her daughter in the wake of the zombie outbreak. Together with a group of fellow refugees, she travels across a dangerous new landscape in search of a military evacuation site.
Special - This Netflix Original series follows a young gay man with cerebral palsy, who finds himself in a different kind of closet when he accidentally leads people to believe that the limp from his disability was caused by a car accident. Based on the memoirs of Ryan O'Connell.
Still Great On Netflix
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 - Teenage witch Sabrina returns in Netflix Original series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, having signed the book of the devil and (sort of) committed to life at the Academy of Unseen Arts. As the devious Ms. Wardwell starts to doubt her own devotion to the Dark Lord, things in Greendale spiral towards a prophesied apocalypse. Can Sabrina and her friends stop it before Hell takes up a holiday home on Earth?
Our Planet - Netflix Original nature documentary series Our Planet comes from the creators of the acclaimed BBC show Planet Earth, complete with narration by Sir David Attenborough. Four years in the making, Our Planet captures stunning wildlife footage from all over the globe to share sights that have never before been filmed.
Unicorn Store - The feature directorial debut from Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson, Unicorn Store is a quirky comedy that stars Larson as a failed artist called Kit, who moves back in with her parents and gets a job at a temp agency. Her life changes for the better when she receives a letter from "The Salesman" (Samuel L. Jackson), who runs a store where you can buy anything you need - even a unicorn.