Netflix Originals began with House of Cards in 2013. It was unique for the streaming service because the show had high production value and strong, A-list actors and actresses. Because House of Cards proved Netflix could compete with traditional networks, the show paved the way for multitudes of original programming.
For the past several years, Netflix has continuously increased its budget for new programs, taking more chances on exclusive content and pulling in big-name actors. It has paid off: Netflix has won a variety of awards, including Oscars, Daytime and Primetime Emmys, and Golden Globes. Netflix series are susceptible to cancellations due to low ratings or costly productionss, which are common reasons any network dismisses shows. Although Netflix doesn’t share or release ratings numbers or the number of times a show has been watched, you can usually tell the success of a streaming TV show by the buzz online. For example, Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things are two originals loved by generally everyone.
If it seems Netflix has also increased the influx of new Originals - and returning old favorites for new seasons - the feeling is probably accurate. In 2019, Netflix plans to premiere dozens of Originals, with possibilities of more. This list provides you with Netflix Originals that have been announced for premieres in 2019, though keep in mind that many have been given a general release date of 2019. The others provided are releases that have a chance of appearing next year-- or even later.
Here are 20 Netflix Originals Coming In 2019 (And 5 Possibilities).
25 A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 3)
Season three of A Series of Unfortunate Events is scheduled to premiere right out of the gate of 2019 on January 1, 2019. The tale of the Baudelaires and Count Olaf will come to a close as the finale four books of the series are adapted into seven episodes. The first three are two episodes each, while The End will be one long single episode.
Directors for the third season include Barry Sonnenfeld, Liza Johnson (American Horror Story and Good Girls Revolt), and Jonathan Teplitzky, who worked on Broadchurch.
24 The Central Park 5
The Central Park Five is a mini-series that will premiere in 2019. It’s a show based on a true story of how five teenagers of color were wrongfully convicted. Netflix describes the limited series as a docuseries that “exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.”
The Central Park Five was created, written, and directed by Ava DuVernay, who helmed Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time. Felicity Huffman, Vera Farmiga, Michael K. Williams, Joshua Jackson, Famke Janssen, and John Leguizamo are a few of the stars slated to appear in the four episodes.
23 The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix Original based on the comic book series named the same, which was created by Gerard Way and published under Dark Horse Comics.
A dysfunctional family’s father mysteriously passes away and seven brothers and sisters - who also happen to be superheroes - attempt to answer why. Their personalities and abilities are vastly different, which estranges them. The show stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, and Mary J. Blige. Although Netflix continues to list the premiere date as 2018, many other sources have stated a February 5, 2019 release.
22 Orange is the New Black (Season 6)
Orange is the New Black has been a global hit for Netflix. After premiering in 2013, OITNB will run into 2019. Next year will see the seventh and final season hit the streaming service.
It is Netflix’s most-watched series. The series has won awards and been nominated for dozens of others. Critics love the show, and fans can’t get enough of it, even cosplaying as some of the characters at conventions. If Netflix stays the course, Orange is the New Black will probably release some time in June or July of next year; previous seasons released in those same months.
21 Possibility: The Witcher
Based on the set of books with the same name, The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. He’s a monster slayer who's kind of out of style in his world. Cavill was announced as the lead in September of 2018 and in October of 2018, the rest of the cast was named.
As with many fantasy stories, Geralt's destiny will dictate his journey. He meets a sorceress and a princess, and figures out how to survive on the Continent. The main production filming finished at the end of October 2018 so it’s possible Netflix will release The Witcher in 2019.
20 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Netflix is reviving The Dark Crystal franchise with a prequel, Age of Resistance. The atmosphere and tone of the new series should remain the same since The Jim Henson Company is working on the show.
Ten episodes are planned, running about 22 minutes each. The story follows a massive journey by three Gelflings to ignite the fires of rebellion, hoping to save the world when they find out the secret behind the Skeksis’s power. The series will be CGI-less, minus the usage of a green screen to omit puppeteers. Filming began in November 2017, and the show should finally be out some time in 2019.
19 Stranger Things (Season 3)
With two successful seasons under its belt, Stranger Things is moving on to a third. Most likely, the third season will be called Stranger Things 3, much like Stranger Things 2 was the name of the second season.
The Duffer brothers will direct the first couple episodes, like they did with the first two seasons. No other directors have been named yet. The cast will remain intact, with the addition of Maya Hawke. A teaser released in July 2018 hinted at the show's release "next summer" so fans have a few more months to wait.
18 Carmen Sandiego
Netflix has ordered a series based on the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego game simply called Carmen Sandiego. The show goes into Carmen’s backstory told from her point of view. The plotlines will delve into her life as a thieving and constantly vanishing villain. Netflix’s version will be the fourth title in the Sandiego franchise.
Gina Rodriguez and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) will star as Carmen Sandiego and Player respectively. Release for the animated show is some time in 2019, but Netflix ordered a live-action movie of Carmen Sandiego in March 2018, which will also star Rodriguez.
17 Turn Up Charlie
Idris Elba has been in large properties like Star Trek, Thor, and The Dark Tower, as well as critically acclaimed TV like Luther and The Wire. Now he is slated to star in a Netflix Original Comedy, Turn Up Charlie.
Elba plays a down-on-his-luck DJ looking to start his music career anew but finds himself as a nanny to his friend’s crazy little girl. In real life, Elba is a talented DJ. Piper Perabo will star opposite Elba. Turn Up Charlie has a 2019 premiere.
16 Possibility: Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Netflix ordered the third season of Jessica Jones one month after the second season appeared on the site. The main cast will return, but no release date has been confirmed. In May 2018, Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) went into training to begin filming, which began in June. Ritter will also direct an episode in season three.
While there was about a two-and-a-half-year gap between season one and two, more recent releases in the rapidly dwindling Marvel Netflix franchise have had a quicker turnaround. It's likely we'll see Jessica Jones season 3 in 2019.
Another comic adaptation is Daybreak, created by Brian Ralph. This 10-episode series stars Colin Ford (Under the Dome) as a 17-year-old looking for his girlfriend in a post-apocalyptic California town.
The show boasts a large cast of characters played by actors and actresses like Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Krysta Rodriguez, and Jeante Godlock. Daybreak is co-created by Aron Eli Coleite, who worked on Locke & Key and Star Trek: Discovery. A mix of science fiction and horror, Daybreak will premiere some time in 2019.
14 Russian Doll
With Orange is the New Black ending in 2019, one of its stars has moved on to another Netflix Original with Russian Doll. Natasha Lyonne plays a woman who is stuck in a strange time loop.
From Deadline, the official description is “a young woman named Nadia on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.” Each morning, she wakes up no worse for wear. Netflix ordered eight episodes, which will air in 2019. Lyonne created the show with comedy sitcom alum Amy Poehler.
13 October Faction
Do you like fantasy? Do you like monsters? Then Netflix might have something for you. October Faction, based on the comic series with the same title, is about the family of a monster hunter who also happens to be well-known. There’s also warlock and a witch.
The executive producer has experience writing supernatural shows, because he was involved with Sleepy Hollow. Tamara Taylor, who acted on the TV show, Bones, will star. Others in the ensemble cast includes J.C. MacKenzie (Hemlock Grove, Madame Secretary) and Maxim Roy. The 2019 premiere date is not yet announced.
Diving into the reality competition shows, Netflix Originals has Rhythm + Flow arriving next year. While many music shows focus on similar types of music (contemporary, R&B, etc.), Rhythm + Flow will take on hip-hop. The structure, however, appears similar in that hip-hop and rap artists compete in front of judges to get their big break.
Judges include Cardi B., Chance the Rapper, and T.I. Producers include John Legend and Jeff Gaspin, who is a form NBC executive. Success isn’t guaranteed, but Gaspin developed The Biggest Loser and Project Runway.
11 Possibility: The Punisher (Season 2)
The Punisher is slated for a season two, and though filming wrapped in August, but no release date has been stated. This series is a spin-off of Netflix’s Daredevil, which has been recently canceled by Netflix. The story follows Frank Castle as a vigilante fighting crime under the moniker, “The Punisher.”
Netflix ordered a second season in December 2017, and with the close proximity between the release dates for Iron Fist and Daredevil, 2019 is an adequate guess on when the second season of The Punisher will find its way to Netflix.
10 After Life
Ricky Gervais brought the UK The Office to life, and has appeared in many comedies-- on film and TV-- as well as hosting the Golden Globes four times.
Now Gervais is ready for a new comedy series in After Life. It’s about a widower who contemplates taking his own life but decides to treat the world any way he wishes, without considering the feelings of others. Besides Gervais, Ashley Jensen (Extras) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter movies) also appear.
Netflix isn’t afraid to seek out the best talent in Hollywood. In 2019, the TV series What/If premieres. The show stars Renee Zellweger. Robert Zemeckis is also attached as an executive producer.
While many upcoming Netflix shows are comedies, What/If is a thriller. Newlyweds who are hurting for money meet a strange woman who offers them something that will make them rich, but messes with their morality. Each season will explore different ways that morality could be affected in negative ways. Showrunner for What/If, Mike Kelley, comes from the TV show Revenge.
Chambers is a supernatural drama about a woman who gets a heart transplant. Soon after, the recipient wants to know more details about the donor-- especially the mysterious details about how the donor passed away.
Another A-lister stars in Chambers: Uma Thurman. She plays the donor’s mother, Nancy. Accomplished actor and director Tony Goldwyn portrays Ben Lefevre. Relative newcomer Griffin Powell-Arcand (Little House on the Prairie) plays TJ Locklear. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes - which have been reported as 60 minutes each - that will premiere some time in 2019,
7 No Good Nick
You don’t need to be logged into the “KIDS” section of Netflix to find shows for kids and preteens. No Good Nick is primarily for adolescents, but the theme and main plot of the show can be enjoyed by adults.
A 13-year-old girl, Nick, appears at the house of a family she’s related to-- or so she says. You know early on that Nick is a con artist, so the show will probably make you constantly wonder if Nick is scamming the family or not. Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin will star in No Good Nick.
6 Dead to Me
If dark comedy is your thing, Dead to Me could be right up your alley. It’s about two women who become friends and are total opposites. One is an uptight widow, and the other is a free spirit-- but she has an astounding secret.
Lots of talent is attached to the show, both in front of and behind the screen. Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, and Ed Asner are some of the top names in the cast. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (among others) are executive producing the show. Dead to Me is created by Liz Feldman.
Kingdom is a period piece from South Korea. It takes place during medieval times, with some political intrigue mixed with fantasy elements. Oh, and zombies!
The series stars Doona Bae from Cloud Atlas and Sense8 and Jihoon Ju, who’s been in a variety of South Korean TV shows. Kingdom is about a prince who investigates a mysterious plague that turns his people into zombies. The first season is six episodes long, but it appears that a second season is in the works. Kingdom arrives on January 25th.
4 Possibility: The OA (Season 2)
The OA is about a woman who reappears after missing for seven years. Prairie Johnson - the main girl - now calls herself The Original Angel. When she disappeared, Johnson was blind, but now can see.
The show was popular among critics, and Netflix ordered a second season in February 2017. This next installment will be called “Part II.” Production and filming began in January 2018, so it's possible we'll see the new season some time in 2019, which will be about three years since the first season premiered.
The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder is starring in another vampire TV show, this one called V-Wars. Netflix ordered ten episodes in April 2018. The story centers on Somerhalder’s character, who lives in a world where a virus gets released into the world when ice caps melt because of climate change. People turn into vampires, including Somerhalder’s character’s friend, Michael.
Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) and Adrian Holmes (Arrow) also star. Filming began in June 2018, so it stands to reason this new Somerhalder vampire show will see a 2019 release.
2 Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Netflix has added a number of anime Originals to its catalogue, building on cartoon-like content geared towards adults. Rilakkuma and Kaoru will continue the anime focus with a stop-motion style. In the series, a girl gets a new roommate who is a bear that has a zipper located on his back. The bear, Rilakkuma, doesn’t have much ambition in life: he just wants to be lazy every day.
Rilakkuma is a character created by Bandai and has been around for fifteen years. This popular character is on tons of products in Japan. Rilakkuma and Kaoru will premiere in 2019.
1 Possibility: To All the Boys I've Loved Before Sequel
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before got positive reviews with critics and repeat viewings from Netflix subscribers. In the rom-com, Lara has secret love letters that somehow reach their recipients - despite her writing them for only an emotional release. The letters get released, and she enters into a fake relationship with one of the boys she wrote a letter to. They pretend to be a couple, but develop real feelings.
Netflix might be bringing a sequel soon but has approved anything. With the success of this first one, fans are hopeful that Netflix will make the sequel.
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