One of the great things about Netflix is their Netflix Original content – 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 the new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We will aim to post every week on Thursday evening with what will be available over the coming week. 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.
Love Netflix Originals? Well here’s our list of ‘Top Picks’ for this week. Check out the trailers below and let us know what you’re looking forward to this week -full list of this week’s additions and regional availability at the end of the post. Netflix aren’t always that clear about geographical availability so please bear with us as we try to be as precise as possible about where Netflix Originals will be available. If in doubt titles will be listed simply as [Original] in the full list at the end of the post and as ‘available in selected regions’ within the post.
After Life (Season Two)
British comedy actor Rick Gervais (The Office) returns as Tony, the desperately devastated widow who is saved, by the skin of his teeth, from himself and his depression, after the death of his wife Lisa. Kerry Godliman plays Lisa in the ‘pre-recorded’ video messages she has left him to watch after her death. Created, written and directed by Gervais himself, you’d be forgiven thinking this was all about him, as it kind of is! Well, it’s all about Tony, a man who thinks he is invincible; what is there left to lose by telling people exactly how you feel when you value your own life so worthless? Sounds incredibly dark we know, however, Gervais, has been hailed king of comedy in some circles so of course there is humour in the darkness. Season two of ‘Afterlife’ delivers just that as Gervais explores how far he can push the limits of offensive under the guise of grief. The first season took viewers by surprise and we’re hoping this second season is the cry-laugh-cry we all need right now.
Available globally from Friday 24th April 2020
Chris Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a man who finds himself with nothing left to lose as he embarks on a mission to extract the son of an international crime lord from a kidnapping by an opposing crime lord. In the midst of warring terrorist gangs, the mercenary must rescue the boy and return him to his home safely which rapidly becomes obvious as a near-impossible mission. Between the gunfire Rake and the boy form a connection which only makes Rake more determined to save the boy whilst facing his own demons.
Available from Friday 24th April 2020
The world finds itself in a global pandemic. If you don’t know what we’re talking about then I’m not sure where you’ve been but hey, here we are, locked down in our houses with only Netflix to save us! Now the TV watching world appears to be split; those who want to follow the pandemic and everything about it and those who want to escape anything to do with it and immerse themselves in anything that was pre-coronavirus 2020 in a bid to preserve some normality. If you fall into the former category then this is for you. Leading scientists explore and deliver opinions on the current pandemic in this limited Netflix series that lands on our devices this Sunday. Well, if nothing else it just goes to show how fast Netflix can turn around production and deliver content to its catalogue.
Available from Sunday 26th April 2020
Never Have I Ever
Awww that childhood game we all played ‘Never Have I Ever…’ Well, no, let’s just stop right there, this is anything but childish. A group of teenage girls considered nerds decide that they want a piece of the sexual activities that their popular counterparts appear to be getting. In a bid to get laid, the girls assign themselves ‘targets’ and set to work. Sounds so American Pie, however, these girls are taking no prisoners and this is the brave new world after all.
Available from Monday 27th April 2020
A Secret Love
Producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy present this wonderful love story of two women who have spent their whole lives hiding their love for one another from the world. In this candid documentary film, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel have spent over 65 years loving one another in secret, even some of their family members didn’t know they were more than just close friends. The pair now live openly as a couple and have struggled with decisions over marriage and their ‘coming out’ to their conservative families. Donahue played in the women’s professional baseball league which inspired the hit movie ‘A League of Their Own’. This heartwarming, powerful documentary follows them in the latter years of their lives as they look back on the lives they’ve lived and the choices they made and didn’t make as well as ill-health and all that comes with ageing. Sadly Donahue passed away with Parkinson’s at the age of 93 last year.
Available from Wednesday 29th April 2020
Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story
Cyntoia Brown was 16-years old when she was prosecuted as an adult for the apparent act of cold-blooded murder of a 45-year-old man in 2004. Sentenced to life in prison, Cyntoia called for clemency capturing the attention of some A-list celebrities who were now championing her cause. Back at the time of her trial she was considered a sex worker. By today’s standards, she would be considered a victim of child abuse. This documentary series follows the case from 2004 through 16 years of Miss Brown’s life from the generations of domestic violence towards women she grew up with to the crime itself up to her appeal for clemency in 2019.
Available from Wednesday 29th April 2020
Here’s the full list of additions to the Netflix Original content from Friday 24th April 2020 to Thursday 30th April 2020.
Friday 24th April 2020
“After Life” Series (Season Two) [Global Original]
“Extraction” Film [Original]
“Love 101” Series (Season One) [Original]
“Yours Sincerely: Kanan Gill” Stand Up Comedy Special [Global Original]
Saturday 26th April 2020
“Coronavirus Explained” Ltd Series [Original]
Sunday 27th April 2020
“The Last Kingdom” Series (Season Four – New Episodes) [Original]
“Never Have I Ever” Series (Season One) [Original]
Tuesday 29th April 2020
“A Secret Love” Film [Global Original]
“Extracurricular” Series (Season One) [original]
“Murder to Mercy: The Cyntonia Brown Story” Documentary Series [Global Original]
“Summertime” Series (Season One) [Original]
Wednesday 30th April 2020
“Dangerous Lives” Film (Season One) [Original]
“DRIFTING DRAGONS” Series (Season One) [Original]
“The Forest of Love: Deep Cut” Series (Season One) [Original]
“Rich in Love” Film [Original]
“The Victims’ Game” Series (Season One) [Original]
A number of series have been given the go-ahead for subsequent seasons this year. Check out the coming soon page on our websites (UK, USA, Can, Aus) to find out which new seasons will arrive in your region in 2020.
Thanks for visiting and let us know in the comments what you’ve enjoyed (and what you haven’t) and what new Netflix Originals and season updates you’re looking forward to. Don’t forget to check out the blog next week on Thursday evening (Thursday 30th April 2020) at our usual time of 8.15 pm for more information and throughout the week for updates and general news.