By: Hope Hefright
A statistic from statista.com claims that “In the fourth quarter of 2018, Netflix had over 148 million streaming subscribers worldwide.” It’s one of the biggest up-and-coming companies in the past ten years. As a result, shows that used to thrive on regular cable networks are being discovered very differently now. For example, anyone who’s heard their friends or family suggest the new-to-Netflix show “You” about a psychotic stalker named Joe who becomes obsessed with a young woman that visits his bookstore, may be surprised to hear the show actually made its debut last fall on Lifetime. Once Netflix obtained rights and started streaming the series the day after Christmas, it gained mass popularity from the millions of twitter-using, binge-watching users subscribed to Netflix. This has been the case for lots of the shows and movies being given a second chance by Netflix, and needless to say, streaming services like Netflix have become the newest generation’s TV. It is just one example of the way we consume media changing drastically in recent years.
In addition, much of Netflix’s popularity also involves its original series. The first popular programs were dramas like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, but Netflix’s creations recently have spanned from Rom Coms, to Marvel shows, to documentaries.
Seeing as you might be one of 148 million, here’s a list of new shows and movies coming in February and March to keep you updated on what to spend your weekends binging (after you do all your homework, of course).
“Only on Netflix” TV Shows and Movies
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy: Season 1
Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected, and dangerous places.
The Breaker Upperers
For the right price, BFFs Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But, when one of them begins to grow a conscience, their friendship begins to unravel.
The Umbrella Academy: Season 1
United by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets– and a looming threat to humanity. This show is based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.
After he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer, middle-aged Michael asks his neighbor friend Andy to help him end his life before the disease does.
Isn’t It Romantic
New York City Architect played by Rebel Wilson has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has transformed into a romantic comedy.
Indian drama produced by Priyanka Chopra following a series of close knit relationships as they deal with the trials of everyday life.
Paris Is Us
This French film is about a young woman who begins to reevaluate her life and relationships when she narrowly escapes death by missing a flight she was supposed to take to visit her boyfriend, which ends up crashing.
The Photographer of Mauthausen
Based on the true events experienced by a Spanish revolutionary who was sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria during WWII, following the Spanish Civil War.
Workin’ Moms: Season 1
This heartfelt comedy is about a group of 30-something mothers juggling the work/life balance of motherhood, love, and keeping sane.
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians: Season 1
As sight part documentary series, Cricket Fever follows the 2018 IPL season of superstar cricket team the Mumbai Indians.
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. A film based on the true story of William Kamkwamba, a boy who builds a wind turbine after reading about it in a library book.
A group of Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi border zone of South America. But, when events take a turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills and morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.
Turn Up Charlie: Season 1
Idris Elba plays a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter, Gabby.
Based on the bestselling autobiography from Motley Crue, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.
Osmosis: Season 1
Osmosis takes place in Paris, in the near future. Digging deep into its user’s brain data, the new dating app “OSMOSIS” can find a perfect match with 100% accuracy, turning the concept of absolute soulmate into a reality. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide who you will love, forever and ever?
This show follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play two former Texas Rangers who must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2
Half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family’s legacy, the Church of Night.
This eight-part documentary series explores the wonders of the natural world, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Also Coming in 2019– Stranger Things: Season 3, Black Mirror: Season 5, Love, Death & Robots, 13 Reasons Why: Season 3, Eli, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: Season 1
We talked to the bubbly EHS junior Ashley Hall about her Netflix habits and what she looks for in some of her favorite Netflix shows, “I definitely look for substance and reality played into it. I’m not really into things that I couldn’t actually see happening in real life- the only exception is the old cartoons.” For those who have similar tastes, some of Ashley’s favorite shows currently on Netflix are Derry Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Stranger Things, and also the movies Mulan and Sierra Burgess is a Loser. In a very productive study hall, Ashley and The Squire’s Hope Hefright discussed the future of services like Netflix. Ashley points out, “I think Netflix is going to go corrupt, because I heard Disney is signing a patent where they’re going to create their own app, for their own movies and shows, so Disney movies are going to be taken off and that’s what I watch on Netflix… I think Netflix is gonna go bankrupt, or turn into something people don’t really use, but then it’ll probably come back.” It is true that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in August of 2017 that the company is looking to pull their content from services like Netflix, in favor of creating their own direct-to-customer internet service. Would you quit Netflix in exchange for Disney’s new app?
Nobody knows right now what these things will mean for Netflix, but for now it seems to be doing okay for itself. If you plan on staying loyal to the service that millions love to “chill” with, then watch out for the brand new content coming this spring.
See the following sources for more information on your favorite Netflix shows and movies: