New on Netflix: 9 shows and movies to watch this week (Oct. 16-23)

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We’re back with another look at what’s new on Netflix this week. The Hormone Monster-riddled Big Mouth season 7 is the heavy-hitter on the roster this time around, as well as some juicy Halloween-themed tidbits. 

This is the penultimate season of Big Mouth, and fans will know it’ll return with all the raunchy humor the series is known for. There are big changes on the horizon, as well as some big stars like Megan Thee Stallion joining the cast.

We’d also check out Bodies, an intriguing UK series that follows four detectives as they work together to solve a crime that occurs four different times throughout history. Here’s our day-by-day rundown of what's new on Netflix this week. 

New on Netflix this week: Top picks

I Woke Up A Vampire

This kid-friendly series looks like it'll be a scream for Halloween. Carmie Henley (Kaileen Angelic Chang) awakens to a major surprise on her 13th birthday: She's a Vampling! As the blended offspring of human and vampire, Carmie, with her best friend and sidekick Kev (Niko Ceci), grapples with growing up while understanding her mysterious heritage. But balancing middle school musical rehearsals with evading the relentless Dylan Helsing (Zebastin Borjeau) is a much harder job than it sounds. Does this mean she won't be able to stand out anymore at school? Being a vampiric teenager is kinda hard. 

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 17


Bodies may very well be one of the most interesting additions to Netflix in some time. It follows the echoes of a singular crime across centuries. Four detectives, separated by 150 years but bound by one mystery, try to unravel the threads of a murder that occurs not once, but four times. From Jack the Ripper's London to today and the eerie wasteland of 2050, these cunning crime-solvers work to chase clues that transcend time. Time travel and murder really do up the stakes a bit, and this series looks ambitious enough to bring some thrill to the spooky offerings this month. 

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 19

Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix

Based on the Far Cry: Blood Dragon video game, this animated series looks every bit as slick and stylistic as its inspiration. In 1992's retro-futuristic version of the United States, now known as Eden, the nation is awash with lies and corruption. After super-soldier Dolph Laserhawk (Nathaniel Curtis) is betrayed by his boyfriend Alex Taylor (Boris Hiestand), he finds himself in the clutches of Supermaxx's enigmatic Warden. There, he's forced to command a ragtag team on dangerous covert ops. It's a neon-soaked homage to the early ‘90s, where nostalgia meets high-octane action -- and looks awesome, to boot. 

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 19

Big Mouth season 7

You've laughed with these kids from their first pimple through countless jokes about masturbation. Now, Big Mouth season 7 marks the show's penultimate set of episodes before the end. The kids from Bridgeton are now making their way to high school, and that means a whole slew of new problems and cringeworthy situations to deal with. There are big changes on the horizon, as well as some big stars like Megan Thee Stallion joining the cast. Your favorite cartoon about puberty may even end up making you cry as you think about saying goodbye to these little hooligans. Or that could be a Hormone Monster sneaking up on you. 

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 20

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

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Halloween's right around the corner, so Netflix looks like it's beefing up its scarier content, but with a little pizzazz -- this looks like a double feature that should get the blood flowing. The intriguing Disco Inferno follows an expectant young couple heading to the disco to get their groove on. Unfortunately, their plans to dance the night away are rudely interrupted when some kind of evil force intervenes (and doesn't even ask permission to "cut in"). Elsewhere, a yoga teacher is the victim of a deadly home invasion and watches her life flash before her eyes. 

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 20

The Devil on Trial

A haunting true crime documentary, The Devil on Trial chronicles the only example in the history of the U.S. legal system of demonic possession officially being used as defense in a murder trial. In 1981 Arne Cheyenne Johnson claimed that he killed his landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. This unbelievable claim drew the interest of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and was the inspiration for the most recent Conjuring movie. This Netflix doc explores the events leading up to the murder, the trial and its aftermath and includes firsthand accounts from various people closest to the case, including Johnson himself. - Rory Mellon  

Watch on Netflix starting Oct. 17

Old Dads 

Bill Burr co-writes, directs and stars in this new Netflix comedy, Old Dads. The movie follows three best friends (Burr, Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine) who become fathers later in life and find themselves dealing with a rapidly changing world. The situation is complicated when they agree to sell their company to a group of millennials and must prove themselves capable of adapting to the times. This one looks to be a loudmouth comedy, but with a good heart, and should definitely appeal to fans of Blurr’s stand-up material as it’s got all the trademarks of his beloved observational humor routine. - Rory Mellon

Premieres Oct. 20 on Netflix.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is a real showcase of remarkable acting talent. Not only are Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence excellent in the leading roles, but Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker also shine with memorable supporting performances. If you’re craving a rom-com that is a little less glossy, then Silver Linings Playbook is an easy recommendation. It follows Pat (Cooper), a former teacher recently released from a mental institution. Trying to get his life back on track, but his recovery gets complicated when he meets Tiffany (Lawrence). - Rory Mellon

Premieres Oct. 17 on Netflix 


Neon follows three close friends (Tyler Dean Flores, Emma Ferreira and Jordan Mendoza) who move from their small hometown in Flordia to the bright lights of Miami all in the hopes of making it big in the world of reggaeton. The quirky comedy series follows the trio as they chase their dream of finding fame, or at the very least scoring a gig that will pay them something. But, it also chronicles the often harsh realities of attempting to find success in the cutthroat music industry. - Rory Mellon

Premieres Oct. 19 on Netflix

Everything new on Netflix: Oct. 16-22


Oggy Oggy: Season 3 (FR) (Netflix Family)
Kind and curious kitty Oggy Oggy wants to spread joy to all his friends and neighbors. But sometimes, he gets into playful mischief instead. Miaow!


The Devil on Trial (UK) (Netflix Documentary)
The Devil on Trial explores the first – and only – time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a U.S. murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and a shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.

Heather McMahan: Son I Never Had (Netflix Comedy)
A new stand-up comedy special from Heather McMahan.

I Woke Up A Vampire (Netflix Series)
On her 13th birthday, Carmie discovers that she's actually half human, half vampire — and that mythical powers make middle school way more complicated.

Silver Linings Playbook


Kaala Paani (IN) (Netflix Series)
When a mysterious illness descends upon the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a desperate fight for survival collides with a race to find a cure.


American Ninja Warrior Seasons 12-13 

Bebefinn: Season 2

Bodies (UK) (Netflix Series)
Four detectives. Four timelines. One victim. In order to save the future, they'll need to solve the murder that altered the course of history first.

Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix (Netflix Anime)
Branded an enemy of the state, a cyborg supersoldier struggles to find a cause worth fighting for in a dystopian society where nothing is what it seems.

Crashing Eid (SA) (Netflix Series)
When Razan's British Pakistani fiance crashes her Saudi family's Eid celebrations, she attempts to convince them that he is a suitable match.

Crypto Boy (NL) (Netflix Film)
Following a dispute with his father, a young man falls prey to cryptocurrency's allure and an entrepreneur's audacious promises of financial freedom.

Ghost Hunters: Seasons 8-9

Neon (Netflix Series)
An aspiring reggaeton star and his best friends move to Miami on a mission, weathering roadblocks and reality checks together in their quest for success.


Big Mouth: Season 7 (Netflix Series)
Season seven of Emmy Award winning Big Mouth follows the now teenage students of Bridgeton Middle School as they make their way to high school. Change is the only constant as our characters are faced with a new school, new friends, new adversaries, and new Hormone Monsters.

Creature (TR) (Netflix Series)
When tragedy befalls a reckless scientist in Ottoman-era Istanbul, his student uses untested methods to finish his work — with devastating consequences.

Disco Inferno (Netflix Film)
A young couple conjures a dark presence that hungers for their unborn baby as they prepare to burn up the dance floor at LA's hottest disco.

Doona! (KR) (Netflix Series)
A college student navigates life and school while dealing with a unique predicament — he's living with a beautiful former K-pop idol.

Elite: Season 7 (ES) (Netflix Series)
Omar is back. Iván has a broken heart. Isadora deals with her dangerous family. Is it possible for the students at Las Encinas to trust one another?

Flashback (Netflix Film)
A yoga teacher’s life flashes before her eyes during a deadly home invasion, sending her on a desperate race through her past to save the man she loves.

Kandasamys: The Baby (ZA) (Netflix Film)
The in-laws head to Mauritius for the birth of their grandchild and stir up comic trouble in this fourth installment of the Kandasamy franchise.

Old Dads (Netflix Film)
Three best friends become fathers later in life and find themselves battling preschool principals, millennial CEOs and anything created after 1987.

Surviving Paradise (UK) (Netflix Series)
An addictive new reality competition series.

Vjeran Tomic: The Spider-Man of Paris (UK) (Netflix Documentary)
In his own words, the burglar behind the 2010 robbery of the Paris Museum of Modern Art tells how he pulled off the biggest art heist in French history.

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Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over 13 years for publications including Tom's Guide, MTV, Rolling Stone, CNN, Popular Science, Playboy, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, and more. She's also appeared as a panelist at video game conventions like PAX East and PAX West and has coordinated social media for companies like CNET. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. You can follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.

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