Got a boxset-shaped hole in your life? Want some new top TV shows to sink hours into? No problem: Here's every big Netflix original coming in 2016.
If, like us, you’re still feeling the winter blues, there’s no need to worry: there’s a whole lot of hope on the horizon. Firstly, spring is now only a month away, but secondly – and most importantly – there’s a whole raft of new Netflix originals on the way which’ll more than see us through the dark, cold days and nights.
If you’re not yet familiar with Netflix originals, where’ve you been?! They’re TV shows and movies exclusively distributed through Netflix. Think Orange Is The New Black, Making a Murderer, and Lilyhammer, all of which have had people glued to their telly over the past few years while scooping up numerous awards. And there’s plenty more coming throughout 2016. Here’s everything to watch out for…
Better Call Saul (Season 2): 16 February
Before Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad came to Walter White’s aid he was small-time lawyer James “Slippin’ Jimmy” McGill. This Emmy-nominated prequel/spin off sees Jimmy transform into criminal lawyer Saul, and in season two his evolution will take on darker and even more sinister twists.
Love (Season 1): 19 February
Judd Apatow’s first TV series for over ten years is a relationship comedy that follows friends Gus and Mickey as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other such tricky things they were hoping to avoid.
Fuller House (Season 1): 26 February
Remember Full House, which ended in the mid-90s and was the Olsen twins’ first ever gig? Fuller House in a continuation that welcomes back some of the original cast, such as D.J. Tanner-Fuller (played by Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie Tanner (played by Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy Gibbler (played by Andrea Barber). A must for nostalgia fiends.
House of Cards (Season 4): 4 March
We’ve seen the ambitious and ruthless Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) stop at nothing to get what he wants as he’s climbed the ladder in US politics. But how low will he go in HoC’s fourth season? Neve Campbell joins the stellar cast this time around.
Flaked (Season 1): 11 March
Love is complicated – even more so when it’s triangular. Best friends Chip and Dennis both like the same girl: a waitress named London. Gags, determination, happiness and tears are sure to ensue. Flaked comes from the minds of Will Arnett and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, so could be an instant comedy classic.
Marvel’s Daredevil (Season 2): 18 March
When a childhood accident leaves him with heightened senses that go above and beyond normal human ability, Matt Murdock puts them to use carrying out his own form of justice around New York’s Hell’s Kitchen area as Daredevil. The brutal action returns with a bang in March, and you can get the lowdown on how it came to fruition with Marvel’s Daredevil showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez here.
The Ranch (Season 1): 1 April
There’s only one place to go for failed semi-pro footballer Colt Bennett (Ashton Kutcher), and that’s back to the family’s countryside ranching business. Trouble is, he’s not seen his older brother or father in 15 years. Will Colt be able to slip back into the family without incident? Probably not.
Marseille (Season 1): 5 May
Having been mayor of the French city of Marseille for 25 years, Robert Taro will face his toughest election yet in this new show that’s already being referred to as the French House of Cards. Why? Because his political story will be equally full of treachery and revenge.
Orange Is The New Black (Season 4): 17 June
The female inmates at Litchfield are back and doing what they do best: time. Join Piper, ‘Red’, ‘Crazy Eyes’ and the rest of the cellblock as they do whatever it takes to survive in order to make it to release day. For some, that’s a long time…
Stranger Things (Season 1): 15 July
When a young boy vanishes into thin air, friends, family and local police start the search, only to be drawn into a much bigger mystery involving top-secret government experiments and supernatural forces. Stranger Things is being directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, the twins behind Wayward Pines.
The Get Down (Season 1): 12 August
Growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s was no walk in the park, as The Get Down aims to show. This new drama will follow a gang of teens as they grow up alongside their neighbourhood. Expect bittersweet coming-of-age stuff aided along with an unforgettable soundtrack.
The rest of 2016
The Crown (Season 1): 2016
They’re two of the most famous address in England, but what exactly goes on behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street? This series examines the intriguing backstage events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Season 1): 2016
(Spoiler alert for those not familiar with the comic books series): Eventual husband to Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Luke Cage is a street-fighting ex-con with unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. We’re looking forward to seeing yet more of the same high-calibre production found in Marvel’s other smash hit Netflix originals.
The OA (Season 1): 2016
Nobody knows much about The OA as yet, other than the fact that it’s an eight-episode drama helmed by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij – longtime collaborators on the indie movie scene. We’re expecting dark and edgy things.
Jadotville (Movie): 2016
Based on real-life events in 1961, Jadotville follows the progress of a vastly outnumbered Irish U.N. battalion tasked with defending a Congolese mining town against an assault by 3,000 soldiers and mercenaries.
Mascots (Movie): 2016
Christopher Guest, famed for This Is Spinal Tap, returns with another mockumentary about the eponymous costumed cheerleaders. Mascots ‘documents’ the lives of the unusual men and women of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, in which contestants vie for the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award.
Special Correspondents (Movie): 2016
What happens if you’re a journalist struggling to find anything to report on? You make it up. Well, that’s what Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana do in the upcoming movie Special Correspondents. Instead of travelling to war-torn destinations for reports, their version of the news is instead fabricated and filmed in a New York City apartment.
War Machine (Movie): 2016
Based on Michael Hastings’ bestselling book ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’, War Machine follows a US general with a lethal reputation. With Washington politics, international alliances and tricky troop requests taking centre stage, producer Brad Pitt aims to paint the war as an unenviable beast to have to manage.
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By Adam Bunker