One of the great things about Netflix are their Netflix Originals – be it films or series made by Netflix themselves or exclusive content available only on Netflix after it airs on regular TV. Every week we will give you a round up of new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We will aim to post every week on Wednesday evening with what will be available over the coming week starting the following Friday. Perfect if you’re looking to check out what new Originals are available to watch over your weekend or if you’re planning a week long Netflix binge watch! This area is exclusively for Netflix Originals, for general Netflix additions and removals or to view the current full catalogue check out your regional New On Netflix website.
‘Groundhog Day’ (1993) type comedy inspired by the Swedish film ‘Naken’ (2000) in which immature groom, Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans) must make it to the church on time after finding himself naked in a hotel elevator across town an hour before his wedding. After irresponsibly going out on the town the night before his wedding day, English teacher Rob finds himself being taught a lesson in the harshest of forms. What should be the happiest day of his life is fast turning out to be the most stressful as it is repeated over and over again. It’s fairly obvious there will be a moral ending to this tale given its far from original narrative however, the trailer for ‘Naked’ shows the opportunity for comedic value in this category of story line is still in abundance and with this new take on an old story, the farcical comedy that we have all grown to love in this type of movie is far from dead. Directed by Mike Tiddes – ’50 shades of black’.
Available from Friday 11th August 2017
You may recall we announced the arrival date for ‘Atypical’ back in June and then announced the trailer release last month in July well now it’s here. Just like the New On Netflix commander and chief, I too have an autistic child (there’s a lot of us) and I think I speak for the autism community when I say there are a lot of people waiting to see how this portrays autistic life for teenager Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist, who you may recognise from; ‘It Follows’) as well as his family and friends. Many shows have attempted to characterise autistic people in one way or another, usually male characters with the exception of ‘The Bridge’ which was sadly pulled from Netflix back in November last year and never actually stated but instead insinuated heavily that the leading lady was autistic. I cannot ever recall autism being the main narrative of a show, particularly a comedic one, let alone a coming of age comedy. The usual profiling that films and series tend to adhere to include common misconceptions of savant qualities (usually mathematics or art), male dominated roles as previously mentioned, non-verbal and miss-understood children or older adults and the casting directors often come under fire for casting neuro-typical actors to play these parts.
Starring Jenifer Jason-Leigh as Sam’s mother, Elsa and Michael Rapaport as his father Doug, Sam has a sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and therapist Julia (Amy Okuda). The series of eight episodes follows Sam’s journey through his teenage years as he navigates through his hormones and decides he would like to experience relationships with girls.
The show is written by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace) and looks set to challenge at least some of the stereotypes alongside providing some very funny scenes. I am sure there are many of us waiting with baited breath, hoping that this show will be great in it’s representation of an autistic individual and his family and if you’re not really won over by any of these reasons to watch then a Forbes contributor has just yesterday reviewed ‘Atypical’ with the review title; “The Best Show Netflix Has Ever Made” (- Forbes.com 8/8/2017 contributor Merrill Barr).
Available from Friday 11th August 2017
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo
The Wild West Comedy Festival, Nashville is the backdrop for Country Singer Brad Paisley’s Stand Up Comedy Special debut. The show features a night of comedy and country music with a special guest appearance from David Hasselhoff! Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Sarah Tiana, Mike E Winfield and Jon Reep all star in this western country comedy show.
Available Tuesday 15th August 2017
Summary of Netflix Originals released week commencing Friday 4th August 2017
Friday 11th August 2017
“Naked” Film [Available Globally]
“Atypical” series (Season one – 8 episodes) [Available Globally]
Tuesday 15th August 2017
“Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo” (Stand Up Comedy Special) [Global Original]
That’s it from us on the Netflix Original releases for this week. Let us know in the comments what new Netflix Originals you’re looking forward to and check out the blog next week on Wednesday evening (16th Aug 2017) for more new Netflix Originals.