Best Movies and TV Shows on Netflix Streaming Right Now
Netflix heats up in July with the debut or return of seven original series and specials, plus new seasons of about a half-dozen shows from network TV. Headliners include Season 2 of the equine satire BoJack Horseman and Netflix's remake of the 2001 summer-camp spoof Wet Hot American Summer. Although Halloween is a long time off, Netflix brings a hearty helping of horror with flicks like Almost Mercy and Saw V (yes, there have been that many). We've picked some of the best. So crank up the AC and chill out with these hot shows and flicks.
BoJack Horseman, Season 2 (July 17)
The strangest thing about this animated show starring a talking horse is that you soon forget it's about a talking horse and instead get pulled into its smart takedown of Hollywood culture. BoJack Horseman, voiced by Will Arnett, was a sensation in the 1990s with a top-rated sitcom. Today, he's wallowing in the past, endlessly re-watching DVDs of his own show — plus drinking and womanizing. Season One saw BoJack make a brilliant comeback and get a shot to play his dream role, yet happiness still eludes him. Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Alison Brie (Community) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) brilliantly voice BoJack's agent, ghostwriter and stoner roommate, respectively.
Glee, Season 6 (July 18)
In case you somehow didn't already know this, Glee is the story of very disparate (and at times dispirited) teens and adults who come together and find their voice — literally — in the New Directions glee club, at fictional McKinley High School. With more than 700 musical performances to enjoy, you could watch Glee purely for the song and dance. Lasting longer than high school itself, the dramedy sees characters going off into the world in the later seasons, but still retaining a connection to McKinley. Things got real in Season 5, after the death of actor Corey Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, one of the principal characters. The sixth and final season sees big changes for the characters, the school and even the nation with a crazy fast-forward in the final episode.
Knights of Sidonia, Season 2 (July 3)
Based on the manga (comic book) series written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei, this animated series is trippy Japanese futurism at its trippiest. In the year 3394, 1,000 years after Earth has been destroyed by mysterious shapeshifting monsters, called the Gauna, humans are surviving on giant spaceships made from the ruins of their planet. On one of these ships, the Sidonia, a half-million humans are once again threatened by the Gauna, and it's up to a young pilot, Nagate Tanikaze, to defend humanity. Though Netflix calls Knights of Sidonia an "original," Netflix's original act is to add subtitles to this very-Japanese anime series.
Turbo FAST, Season 2 (July 31)
Netflix's first animated series — created with the cartoon masters of DreamWorks — returns this month for a second season. It follows the unlikely story of snails that dare to upend stereotypes by strapping superchargers onto their shells, allowing them to race like speed demons. Slickly animated and charged with hip-hop music, this cartoon is entertaining enough even for parents to sit through.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 31)
A bright spot in the otherwise-sobering year 2001 was Wet Hot American Summer. A spot-on spoof of the summer-camp movies of the 1980s, the film spans the last day of camp and everyone's last chance to act on their young hormonal drives. The insanely talented cast included Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper, to name a few. In this Netflix original, made up of an eight-episode prequel, much of the same cast returns to enact the weeks that lead up to that famous day. Other comic stars also get in on the fun, including Jason Schwartzman and John Slattery.
White Collar, Season 6 (July 4)
Suave, brilliant con man and forger Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer) is facing four more years in prison when he makes a proposition to the man who caught him, FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). In exchange for getting him out of jail (with a tracking bracelet), Peter will "own" Neal for the remainder of his sentence as a consultant to help the FBI catch other white-collar criminals. It's not that simple, though, as complications from Neal's criminal past and his drive to find his lost love, Kate, prevent him from going totally straight. Through six seasons of friendship, intrigue and murder, Neal's journey comes to an end. You'll have to watch Season 6 to find out where that leaves him.
Movies and Specials
Almost Mercy (July 30)
What starts as a tale of childhood bullying and alienation takes a frightening turn after outsiders Jackson and Emily meet. Described by film critic Robert J. Sodaro as "burgeoning sociopaths," the teens set out to take revenge for all the injustices they feel they have suffered.
Changeling (July 16)
Perhaps even worse for a mother than having her son disappear is having the police bring another child and insist that he is her missing boy. That's the absurd dilemma faced by Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) in Clint Eastwood's thriller set in 1928 Los Angeles.
Chris Tucker Live (July 10)
The high-pitched funnyman best known for playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour films debuts his first standup comedy special on Netflix this month. If you enjoyed his Rush Hour antics with Jackie Chan or his frenetic androgynous persona in The Fifth Element, you should find plenty to laugh at in this Netflix-exclusive show.
Penguins of Madagascar (July 15)
Like John Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, the militant penguins from DreamWorks's animated flick Madagascar were such great secondary characters that they ultimately got their own gig. This time they are recruited as undercover agents to save the world from destruction by the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine.
Tig (July 17)
If you haven't seen Tig Notaro's brilliant standup delivered just days after getting diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, watch it right now (or at least this clip on YouTube). Revealing without being self-indulgent, serious with a hearty dose of gallows humor, Notaro's 2012 act redefined what standup could be and made her a superstar during what was otherwise the worst time in her life. This documentary tracks her life through a tumultuous mix of heartache and success.
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