It seems that every time I log in to Netflix, I'm bombarded with new releases. As one of the biggest online streaming hosting sites for television shows and movies, Netflix is offering competitive programming at an affordable monthly cost. To keep clients interested and to provide a unique product, they're continuously releasing Netflix Original series that are only available to Netflix subscribers. With over 25 million subscribers in the US alone, Netflix is steadily attracting a more international clientele, with streaming media available across North America, most parts of Europe, and South America. The larger the client base, the bigger the profits, and subsequently, the programming offered.
One of the biggest downfalls of Netflix is its overwhelmingly large variety. Sometimes too much choice leads to indecisiveness! We've all struggled through the Netflix blues, wasting minutes (hours?) scrolling through different options, only to end up discouraged and dissatisfied, so while we appreciate more choices, we don't always have the time to sort through all the new releases! Good thing we have the Internet. With dozens of new releases expected to air before the end of summer, you might want to consult this list before jumping in. Although we haven't seen any of these yet, we can tell you which ones we're looking forward to and which seem like flops. Save yourself the trouble of searching through all these titles yourself and take a look at 7 Upcoming Netflix Shows That Will Suck (And 8 That Won't).
Let's start with the ones to avoid.
15 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
Admittedly, I didn't really get into the Wet Hot American Summer movie or its subsequent Netflix series prequel. As much as I love comedies (not to mention almost all of the actors in the show!), I found it a little too ridiculous to be funny. The newest installment in the collection will take place ten years after the film. According to writer Michael Showalter, the newest series will take place in the camp setting and also in New York City. Returning cast members include Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, and Paul Rudd, while newbies Alyssa Milano and Mark Feuerstein will make debuts. Although this franchise has been highly acclaimed and well-received, it's not going to make my list because I didn't enjoy the previous installments, and quite frankly, I think this will suck, too!
Godless is a Netflix Original miniseries that's scheduled for release in 2017, although a fixed date for the airing is pending confirmation. The Western miniseries features a lead role played by Jeff Daniels and has quite a strange premise. In the American West in the late 1800s, outlaw Frank Griffin (Daniels) is on a manhunt for his ex-partner turned enemy, Roy Goode. The chase leads him straight into a town called La Belle in New Mexico. This town is strangely made up of only women. It's later revealed that all of the men were killed in a tragic mining accident. Although I'm a huge fan of Jeff Daniels, I'm not convinced that this show will be a hit! The good news? If it does suck as much as it sounds like it will, we won't have to worry about a renewal. This series is being marketed as a limited 6-episode series.
Mindhunter is a series scheduled for release on Netflix in October 2017. Based on the book of the same title, the show will focus on two FBI agents in the 1970s who interview imprisoned serial killers to try and solve murder mysteries. While this all sounds promising and very "True Detective," I'm feeling like this will be a flop. I hate to be biased, but I'm not a Charlize Theron fan, and anything that she's involved in (she's executive producer, along with David Fincher) is a "nope" in my books. FBI and special agent/detective shows are a dime a dozen these days, and it's not always easy to find one that delivers. Hopefully, lead actor Jonathan Groff (loved him in Looking) can make this at least somewhat enjoyable, but I'm not counting on it. I suspect that it will suck.
12 The Magic School Bus: Rides Again
I know that this show is obviously aimed at a younger audience, but I remember the original, and I really think this is going to be fit for the pit. Who needs a second round of one of the most annoying programs that ever aired? I have memories of turning the channel as soon as I heard the annoying theme song play. Terrible! Netflix is really pushing the envelope with some of their choices recently! Set to be released at the end of this year, The Magic School Bus: Rides Again will be based on the 1994 kids show but will have a new cast and touch on more millennial subjects. For anyone that loves 90s nostalgia, this is for you; otherwise, I would strongly recommend you skip out on this. The 26-episode first season is definitely going to suck, unless you're 8.
I'm not a huge fan of Chuck Lorre shows to begin with, so I'm slightly biased when it comes to any of his projects. Yes, I love Kathy Bates, but I do feel like the concept of this show is a little much. Disjointed is the story of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a pro-pot activist who opens up a cannabis dispensary in L.A. Her son and a security guard are the secondary characters who spend most of the show high out of their minds. Although pot comedies can be hit or miss (we loved Weeds), this Warner Bros. collaboration seems like more of a marketing project than a quality program. Our generation is enjoying more and more exposure to cannabis culture, thanks to the ever-increasing lax attitude and legal acceptance across many states and provinces. I still think this will be a terrible show; it's on the suck list.
10 Free Rein
I like horses quite a lot. I've always enjoyed visiting farms that had horses, and I've gone riding a few times. But, there's something inherently boring and not engaging about horse TV shows and movies. Free Rein, an upcoming Netflix Original series set for release later this year, is no different. It's a coming of age story (of course) about Zoe, a young teenage girl who spends a summer abroad at the Bright Field Stables in England. As you can imagine, she meets a horse, Raven, who changes her life forever. This done-before inspirational drama might as well be condensed into an hour-and-a-half "made for TV" movie. Do we really need another full-length series about a girl and her horse friend? Unfortunately, this isn't going to make it to my "must watch" list for upcoming Netflix releases.
9 Lost in Space
I won't even pretend to be excited about this release, which I will definitely not be tuning into. It's a science fiction series scheduled for release in 2018. A remake of a 1965 television show of the same name, this series is set in 2046 and tells the story of the Robinson family, a group of space colonists, who have to deal with a new environment when their spacecraft accidentally crashes into an unexpected planet. Stuck lights years away from where they were heading, the family have to overcome obstacles and personal problems. Sounds... super duper boring? Yeah, I'm not going to be giving this one a chance. I'm all for space stuff, but this just doesn't sound like it will be very good. Not to mention, I've never heard of anyone in the cast list, so I don't think this will be a hit. Watch if you're really into science fiction, but otherwise, avoid!
Originals To Watch
8 Marvel's The Defenders
The Defenders is set to be the final installment in a 5-part Marvel Cinematic Universe mini-series, that includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and this year's Iron Fist. The final installment will showcase the four heroes teaming up. Despite some changes to the original Defenders comic strip, the modern street-smart twist and quirky dialogue make for an entertaining watch. The previous installments were extremely well-received and praised for their originality and special effects. They've all been renewed for second seasons (still waiting to hear if Iron Fist will be renewed, but more than likely, it will be!). All four series have had ratings of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes; we have no doubt that The Defenders will be just as good -- or better -- than its prequels. You might want to add this to your calendar. The Defenders will be available on August 18 and is sure to be a winner.
7 Marvel's The Punisher
Netflix is really working the Marvel Cinematic Universe series these past couple of years! With The Defenders coming out on August 18 and wrapping up the 5-part collection, Marvel fans will need something else to look forward to. Look no further than The Punisher. Frank Castle (played by Jon Bernthal) was originally introduced to fans in Marvel's Daredevil and will now hit the screen in a full first season. His performance was highly acclaimed, and fans are sure to tune in to this newest installment in the Marvel Netflix series. The series was created by Steve Lightfoot, and filming wrapped up in April 2017. Although the concrete release date is not yet confirmed, we're expecting this to be available on Netflix before the end of 2017. Stay tuned -- this should be a good one!
Here's a show that looks super promising! Gypsy is a psychological thriller that's scheduled to air on Netflix as an original series on June 30, 2017. The series, which features an all-star cast (Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup), is expected to become this summer's hit dramatic show. Watts plays the lead role of Jean Holloway, a therapist who enters into inappropriate romantic and physical relationships with her patients. Billy Crudup plays the role of her husband. The 10-episode first season is sure to be an immediate classic. The series has a great plot, fantastic actors, and a talented team of directors and producers. Co-director Coky Giedroyc of Penny Dreadful fame and executive producer Tim Bevan are just some of the creative talents behind this show. We can't wait to tune in to Gypsy and see what is in store.
The idea of watching an entire series revolving around a women's wrestling organization might not seem promising, but I think this might be a hit. With a great cast (Alison Brie plays the lead role of Ruth Wilder, Marc Maron is the wrestling coach) and a hilarious script, this might become an instant hit. Set in the 1980s, the show follows the life and times of Ruth, an aspiring actress who finds her calling when she joins a women's wrestling circuit, aptly named GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). With executive producer Jenji Kohan (of Weeds and Orange is the New Black fame) on board, we're guaranteed to have an entertaining and quirky comedy on our hands. The first season consists of 10 episodes and will be released on June 23, 2017. Fingers crossed that it's as funny and addictive as OITNB!
4 Joshua: Teenager Vs. Superpower
Joshua: Teenager Vs. Superpower is an upcoming Netflix Original Documentary. At the tender age of fourteen, Joshua Wong became a sensational activist in the face of a changing government in his native Hong Kong. When the Chinese Communist Party didn't follow through on promises made to keep Hong Kong an autonomous state, Wong took to the scene and led thousands to protest. As a powerful voice for both the young and the oppressed, Wong quickly garnered a huge support group. The story is inspiring and powerful, proof that speaking out can actually make a difference, no matter your age. This documentary is sure to broaden your interest in Asian politics and shed light on what the political status is in China and Hong Kong. The special is available as of May 26, 2017.
3 Alias Grace
Alias Grace is a 2017 CBC production that will air on Netflix later in the fall as an International miniseries. It's based on the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, which is, in turn, based on the real-life story of Grace Marks, an Irish citizen who immigrated to Canada to work as a housemaid. In 1843, she was convicted of murdering her boss, Thomas Kinnear, and suspected of killing his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. After serving thirty years incarcerated, she was released from prison. She moved to New York and was never heard from again. The screenplay was adapted by famed Canadian Sarah Polley, and the talented cast includes Canadian actresses Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin. The historical mystery is expected to please crowds, especially those who appreciate unsolved crimes.
Not a whole lot of information has been released about the 2018 Netflix series release, Maniac. Having said that, what we do know about it, we like. We like a lot. First of all, it stars two of the best and funniest talents in Hollywood, today, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. It's a dark comedy based on a previously released Norwegian series of the same name. The plot focuses on a patient in a psychiatric ward (Hill). In his delusional mind, he's created a fantasy world where he's a heroic, loved, and respected character. In real life, he spends his days highly medicated, locked up in a facility for the mentally ill. The adventures he takes part in are fabrications of his imagination, but does it really matter when you're enjoying your reality so much? Unfortunately, we have to wait until 2018 for this release, but it's sure to be a total hit. Stay tuned.
Ozark is an upcoming Netflix release featuring directing and acting legend Jason Bateman. The series will include ten one-hour episodes, half of those directed by Bateman. He plays Marty Byrde, a financial planner who moves from Chicago to a community in the Missouri Ozarks, with his wife, played by actress Laura Linney. Byrde has to pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord, a dramatic narrative that's sure to be humorous and intense. We've seen Bateman in predominantly comical roles, so his shift to a dramatic saga will be welcome. The show is being produced by Media Rights Capital and Aggregate Films, and writer/director Bill Dubuque is leading the project. This is definitely on our list of shows to binge watch as soon as Netflix officially releases the series. It's expected to be available by late 2017.