Netflix is king of the streaming television landscape, holding an edge in the minds of consumers over such competitors as Hulu and Amazon. In 2017, Netflix’s status is expected to remain as the network is coming out with even more original content than previous years. In fact, as Netflix’s investment in other programming wanes and its complete library shrinks, its budget for original content continues to rise. These original shows are not just TV series either; this year Brad Pitt is on-board to star in a Netflix original movie, War Machine. The projects range from movies to documentaries to talk shows, and we, the viewers, get to see them all in 2017.
Here is an all-encompassing list of Netflix’s upcoming releases. Not all of the following shows have specific release dates because that information has yet to be declared by the network. There are also more shows pending for 2017. Netflix lynch pins like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have new seasons on the docket; we are simply awaiting word on their airing dates from the next public announcement.
Netflix TV Shows
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1
One of the earliest new releases from Netflix in 2017 will be A Series of Unfortunate Events. The first season is set to hit the internet just two weeks into January.
This program is based off of the children’s book series of the same name. The book series is pretty dark in nature, especially for stories designed for children. It revolves around three orphaned children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, attempting to escape the clutches of a murderous, evil relative after the death of their parents. The premise is obviously bleak, but the stories have a sense of wonder and adventure to them. Apparently the TV show will remain incredibly dark, though.
The main villain, Count Olaf, the children’s closest living relative, is played by Neil Patrick Harris in the new show. Harris, in interviews, has called the show “shockingly dark,” which would seem to imply things will be taken farther than the Jim Carrey movie from 2004 did, and perhaps even extrapolating further than the book dared to go. Netflix is reportedly already planning for the story to last three seasons; the book series spanned 13 novels.
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1
Dear White People
Girlboss: Season 1
Gypsy: Season 1
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1
Less than three months into 2017, Netflix will release its latest Marvel project, Iron Fist. Danny Rand, AKA Iron Fist, is an expert in martial arts. His backstory follows the Batman ilk in that his parents were killed when he was young and he trained his skills after the fact. From here is where Rand and Bruce Wayne deviate considerably. Rand has legitimate super powers and can channel the iron fist by concentrating his chi.
Marvel’s Iron Fist is one of six Marvel TV franchises on Netflix. Three have already been released and are heading into subsequent seasons. Those are Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Iron Fist is the fourth, with The Defenders and The Punisher still filming. Daredevil received good reviews for its first season but took a step back in season two. The other shows have delivered great results in their respective first seasons as well.
Anne: Season 1
Crazyhead: Season 1
Kiss Me First: Season 1
Real Rob: Season 2
Sense8: Season 2
Sense8 is a sci-fi drama series directed by the Wachowskis, who are best known for their work writing and directing The Matrix movie series. The show follows eight strangers who become linked both emotionally and mentally.
Season one of Sense8 was generally well-received but really hit home with a large contingent of the viewing public. Critic reviews were positive but generally underwhelming. Some critics sighted illogical scenarios but enjoyed the character intersections. On the other hand, viewer reviews loved Sense8, and reports indicate it was one of the more heavily binged shows Netflix offers. Season two comes nearly midway through 2017. The 10-episode block follows story-lines from season one, as well as a Christmas special.
Stranger Things: Season 2
Season one of Stranger Things took over internet talking spaces like nothing we have seen in quite a while. It seemed unexpected until after the fact. It checked all the boxes of what the internet loves: nostalgia, 80’s stuff, horror, science fiction, Steven Spielberg and Stephen King homages, a great soundtrack, etc. It resonated so perfectly with a large swath of the internet that it had a flawless viewer rating for a while in its infancy. The show’s reported ratings made it the third-most watch series of any Netflix original content, and it seemed to generate more responses and articles online than any other show the network has created. Season two does not yet have a release date, though episode titles have been divulged to whet fans’ palates just a bit.
Watership Down: Season 1
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
One Day at a Time
Dark: Season 1
Friends From College: Season 1
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Calling fans of this show as a cult following would be underselling their love of it. Series creator Joel Hodgson will be joined in the reboot by new host Jonah Ray, as well as Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt.
Master of None: Season 2
Aziz Ansari took the internet by storm in the first season of Master of None. It was one of the first looks behind the scenes at the Indian stereotype in Hollywood, as well as being a hilarious romp through a common-thread sitcom. Season one was nominated for four Emmy awards, winning for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Lady Dynamite: Season 2
Comedian Maria Bamford’s semi-biographical series received rave reviews in its first season. The show tackled the topic of mental breakdown and runs in a nonlinear order to convey different mental stats people can have. Though the show is essentially about Bamford’s life, she ironically does not write the episodes, instead allowing her writers to extrapolate her experiences in whatever directions they desire. Bamford will be back for season two sometime this coming year.
David Brent: Life on the Road
No one was clambering for a David Brent comeback, but that feels like exactly the reason why Ricky Gervais would bring back the former star of The Office for a road trip.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
A huge cast, including Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, and Anthony Michael Hall, War Machine is a weird one: a war film that is also a comedy. It is based on the nonfiction book titled The Operators.
Our Souls at Night
A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend; who just happens to be a massive animal named Okja. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun and Giancarlo Esposito.
First They Killed My Father
Chef’s Table: Season 3
David Gelb considers Chef’s Table a follow-up to his previous documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Each episode travels around the world to focus on one world-renowned chef. 2017 episodes will travel to such locales as South Korea, Peru, and Russia. Past seasons have featured stars such as Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Ruth Reichl, David Chang, Luiz Américo Camargo and Enrique Olvera.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
Abstract: Art of Design
Netflix Kids Series
Stretch Armstrong: Season 1
The show you didn’t know you wanted until you found out it existed. Hasbro Studios are behind bringing Stretch Armstrong to the television medium.
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2
The Worst Witch: Season 1
Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1
Greenhouse Academy: Season 1
Untitled Horse Mystery Project: Season 1
Bill Nye Saves the World
It is about time a new generation of science fans got to experience and learn from Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye’s new talkshow will discuss science, as it relates to “politics, pop culture and society.” Nye will have five correspondents helping him, each of whom has their own area of expertise, ranging from fashion to comedy.
That wraps up Netflix’s batch of original programming scheduled for the new year. Check back for updates and statements about other pending releases.