Netflix is making history, with more Emmy nominations than HBO, and cementing itself as the future of home entertainment streaming video. It took home a total of 23 Emmys at the last awards ceremony.
The entertainment platform is upping its game and enticing glimpses of their 2019 lineup look pretty exciting. Toward that end, 2019 is slated to be an epic year of programs you need to binge watch on Netflix.
For The Laughs
Some of the network’s staple programs are ending their runs this season, including the beloved Emmy-nominated comedy series favourite, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The second half of the fourth and final season of this adored and critically acclaimed feel-good series aired on January 5th, when the title character Ellie Kemper heads out on her last seven adventures.
Kimmy, her best pal-slash-roommate Titus, her eccentric landlord Lillian, and her boss-turned-friend will take off in new directions in the concluding episodes, and Kimmy will finally embrace having been kidnapped and trapped in a bunker for 15 years. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4B will definitely be as quirky as ever.
The latest season in the uniquely-genuine French comedy series, Call My Agent (Dix Pour Cent), about high-profile celebrity agents and their drama-filled careers will also be back on Netflix in 2019.
The concept is based on famous French actors playing themselves in a charmingly self-mocking manner, where four eclectic agents struggle to get the best contracts for their clients–often overstepping boundaries by wading into private matters–in the Parisian talent agency ASK. This year, French stars Isabelle Huppert, Jean Dujardin, and others join the lineup.
Season 1 of the dramedy Sex Education, is set to premiere in 2019. The teen show, slated to become a favourite, follows an awkward high-school teen virgin named Otis who has the idea to start an underground sex therapy clinic in his high school.
Teaming up with school rebel Maeve, he draws on his experience of being the son of his successful sex-therapist mother–who is very open with her son–to run his burgeoning business.
Derry Girls, an Irish teen comedy, features a zany group of five high-school friends as they come of age in 1992 Northern Ireland. Set against the backdrop of a pop-culture era and political turmoil, the working class retro vibes of the show amount to a very funny offering.
It’s So Strange
Netflix’s sci-fi hit Stranger Things’ third season premieres July 4, 2019, with the show’s scope extending. The third season’s eight episodes will feature the Hawkins gang tackling new “forces of evil.” The series will also feature another time jump to the summer, a shift from past seasons.
Although details are sparse on the show’s upcoming plot, we know we’ll be seeing more of season two fan-favorite Erica and probably another appearance from Kali, who provides insight on the mystery surrounding Eleven’s past. New cast members include Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, and Maya Thurman-Hawke.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be back with its second season on April 5, 2019. After a lauded debut season in late October 2018, when the title character, Sabrina (who, at the end of season 1) pledged to serve the Dark Lord in order to protect her friends and her town.
Embracing her half-witch, half-mortal identity, season 2 hints of her taking advantage of her upgraded powers to outsmart the Dark Lord and recover her boyfriend Harvey and friends, Rosalind and Susie. The second season certainly has a different spin on Sabrina’s character’s growth than the first.
Tell It Like It Is
In the ’90s, one name mattered in basketball: Michael Jordan. As the Chicago Bulls’ top-shooting guard, athletic legend Michael Jordan became a pop-culture icon during his career. His athletic prowess–defensive plays and long-distance dunks–filled stadiums and brought the crowds to their feet. In The Last Dance, Netflix teams up with ESPN to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at the sports world of the early ’90s that facilitated Jordan’s rise to stardom.
The documentary series combines interviews with Jordan and his former teammates along with footage from the archives of the Bulls’ final championship bid in 1998. Split into ten episodes scheduled for release in 2019, the mini-series should be a captivating and special experience for sports fans.
The landmark docuseries, Planet Earth transported nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between. Created in collaboration with the BBC, Silverback Films, Blue Planet Series and–the world’s leading conservation organisation–WWF, Netflix is launching the sequel to Planet Earth on April 5th, 2019 entitled, Our Planet.
The 8-part series narrated by naturalist David Attenborough “will showcase the planet’s most precious species as they’ve never been seen,” giving extraordinary glimpses of planet earth. The project filmed in 50 countries using 600 crew members, spans all the continents and highlights the diversity of habitats around the world.
In an attempt to expand their selection, diversify, and bring little-seen projects to a wider audience, Netflix has been investing resources into acquiring international movies and TV shows.
This challenging project is slated to launch its most ambitious acquisition in 2019 with a supernatural thriller that marks the first Arabic original series on Netflix. According to the Netflix description, “Jinn is about a supernatural being who’s summoned to Earth as a teenage boy. Once there, he’ll have to team up with a human girl to save the world.” The premise is filled with potential, and we will have to wait to find out where it leads. Jinn will premiere with six episodes sometime in 2019.
An Intriguing Thought
Slated for release in February 2019, Russian Doll features Nadia, the title character and “guest of honour at an apparently inescapable New York City party.” Netflix’s intriguing official account states: “A woman gets caught in a mysterious loop, repeatedly attending the same party and dying at the end of the night, only to awake the next day unharmed.” That concept combined with an all-female writing and directing team makes this series unique and one worth checking out.
The Umbrella Academy tells the tale of a dysfunctional family of super-powered 30-somethings who must work together to save the world and unearth the mystery of their adoptive father’s death. The Umbrella Academy was originally a graphic novel (comic book series), penned by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.
There are so many options to make your next binge-worthy session memorable with 2019’s top Netflix programs, so check out the full list of the new season’s offerings, get some takeaway grub, and get comfortable on the nearest couch.