Summer is fast approaching, and that means one thing: staying inside and watching an obscene amount of TV.
While some of you might be kicking off summer this Memorial Day weekend by, say, spending time relaxing with friends and family, the rest of us will gladly end up sitting at home, salivating over the newest content beaming into our eyeballs from one of our precious, precious screens.
As always, Netflix has a whole bunch of new shows and movies ready to drop this coming June, and a whole crop of stuff that is going away. Mark your calendars for the hottest Netflix releases of the summer season, and stream these favorites before they disappear into the ether.
Three New Arrivals to Get Excited About
Jurassic Park I, II, & III
Nothing says summer blockbuster like Jurassic Park, and we’re happy to say that the classic doomed trek into an amusement park full of cloned dinosaurs is coming to Netflix on June 1. Also arriving are the series’ two less acclaimed sequels, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, but hey, at least Jeff Goldblum is in one of ‘em. 2015’s Jurassic World hasn’t yet migrated to a streaming platform, but it seems like only a matter of time until the smash hit joins its dino film brethren.
In case you haven’t seen this movie, here’s some nuanced advice: Watch it. Now. Available on Netflix June 22, Spotlight follows The Boston Globe’s investigative “Spotlight” team as they follow the trail of widespread child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Boston. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s an intense film that every American should see ASAP.
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
I haven’t been able to track down exactly whether this 1990 film is a documentary, drama, or compilation of the late, great TV painter’s work, but dammit: it’s Bob freaking Ross. What could be more relaxing on a summer’s day than watching the permed wonder man paint idyllic nature scenes and spout gentle wisdom?
Three to Catch Before They Leave
The Station Agent
Before Peter Dinklage played his signature role as Game of Thrones’ charismatic Tyrion Lannister, he was Finbar McBride, a lonely man with a love of railroads, in The Station Agent. Also starring Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale, the film maintains a 95% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes and has a nice quirky, summery vibe for a hot afternoon.
Paris Is Burning
With anti-trans bigotry in the news yet again, this 1990 documentary chronicling the golden age of drag ball culture in New York City is more relevant than ever. Meticulously made and excellently shot, Paris Is Burning not only offers in-depth exploration of race, class, gender and sexuality in America, but continues to give a voice to black and Hispanic gay and transgender communities.
Perhaps the last (and best?) movie of the “Disney Renaissance,” I really don’t think I need to sell you on Mulan. Here are just the highlights: A badass female warrior princess voiced by Ming-Na Wen; Eddie Murphy as a feisty dragon sidekick; a scary-as-hell Hun bad guy; breathtaking visuals; incredible songs. What more do I need to say?
What's New to Netflix This Month
7 Chinese Brothers72 Cutest Animals: Season 172 Dangerous Places: Season 1A Walk to RememberBig Stone GapBob Ross: Beauty is EverywhereBreaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally RevealedCold in JulyConspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon?Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About LiesEl Libro de PiedraElizabeth: The Golden AgeExtraordinary TalesThe Fear of 13Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García MárquezGentlemen and Gangsters: Season 1The Good Witch: Season 1The Great AloneHadwin’s JudgementJ. EdgarJacoJanis: Little Girl BlueJurassic ParkJurassic Park IIILion Heart The Lost World: Jurassic ParkMeadowlandThe Odd Couple IIOff Camera: Season 1Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of AgesPokémon: XY: Kalos Quest: Season 2Portrait of a Serial MonogamistThe Resurrection of Jake the SnakeRock the KasbahSam Klemke’s Time MachineSecond ComingTab Hunter ConfidentialUFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape)UnderdogsWhat Our Fathers Did: A Nazi LegacyWildlike
Beauty & the Beast: Season 3Hibana: SparkPretty Little Liars: Season 6
Bo Burnham: Make Happy
Every Thing Will Be FineJarhead 3: The Siege
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship: Season 2
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 1
Me Him HerScandal: Season 5
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
The League: Season 7
After The SpillBoom Bust BoomThe GiverIn the Shadow of the MoonNaz & MaalikNight OwlsPoverty, Inc.Top SpinTransFatty Lives
Being Mary Jane: Season 3Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3The Unborn
All Hail King Julien: Season 3Orange is the New Black: Season 4
Cedar Cove: Season 3Grey’s Anatomy: Season 12
Bunk’d: Season 1I Am Thor
Life Story: Series 1The Making of Life Story
Best Friends Whenever: Season 1
Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForSpotlight
Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 3The Fundamentals of CaringJustin Time GO!
A Very Secret Service: Season 1Palio(T)ERROR
What’s Leaving Netflix This Month
A Wrinkle in TimeAbout a BoyBounceBridget Jones’s DiaryThe Chronicles of Riddick: Dark FuryClear and Present DangerClickDarkmanDisney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the WillowsDude, Where’s My Car?DuplexElias: Rescue Team Adventures: Season 1The FacultyFar from Home: The Adventures of Yellow DogGhostGroundhog DayHamletHerculesIn the BedroomJersey GirlKinky BootsLassieLosing IsaiahMadonna: Truth or DareMarvin’s RoomMusic of the HeartMy Boss’s DaughterNine MonthsThe OthersParis Is BurningPrivate PartsProofSchoolhouse Rock!: EarthThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsThe Station AgentThe Stepford WivesStir of EchoesStir of Echoes 2: The HomecomingThe Super Hero Squad Show: Seasons 1-2Velvet GoldmineView from the TopWayne’s WorldThe Yards
Eureka Seven: Seasons 1-2
HawthoRNe: Seasons 1-3
The Bank Job (2008)
A Late QuartetThe Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Season 1
Mixology: Season 1
Elaine Stritch: Shoot MeThe Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame IIMarvel’s Avengers Assemble: Season 1MulanWho Framed Roger Rabbit