Right now, the news cycle is dominated by videos of the anti-racist protests across the country and conversations about the horrors of police brutality — as it should be following the police shooting deaths of innocent Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade.
In between donating to bail funds, supporting Black-owned businesses, and actually protesting, it’s difficult to find a moment to decompress. If you’re planning to tune into Netflix during that free second, you’re going to have a number of momentous new TV series and movies to watch. Unfortunately, not a single one is led by a Black person.
These are all the new Netflix offerings broken down by plot, genre, and whether you should watch something immediately or skip for now. Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix treats, including their trailers.1 of 8
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Queer Eye (Season 5) What is it?:
The soft space you may need right now. What is it about?:
Taking the Queer Eye
crew’s talents to the Philadelphia area. What follows are the emotionally moving inside-and-out makeovers
we've come to expect. Memorable episodes include a trip to a dog groomer’s trailer and the celebration of a Black activist who survived homelessness. See or skip?:
If you need to simply believe there’s good in the world right now, see. However, Queer Eye
can be frustrating due to the simplicity in its approach to issues that are caused by much bigger, systemic ills. If this tendency towards easy answers has irritated you in the past, skip — Queer Eye
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13 Reasons Why (Season 4) What is it?:
The end of Netflix’s most influential — and controversial — series. What is it about?:
Graduating, hopefully past years of nightmarish trauma
. 13 Reasons Why
season 4 follows the final semester of high school for Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) and his friends, a group of teens who have survived covering up a murder
, a near-school shooting, and the grief of a classmate’s death by suicide
. While the final 10 episodes of the teen drama work to wrap up past storylines and dangling relationships, there is also a brand new, graffiti-based mystery to unravel.
Only 13 Reasons Why
. See or skip?:
If you’ve watched for this long, you’re going to see 13 Reasons
to the end. However, there are countless upsetting plot lines ahead of you. Remember to practice self care while tuning in, particularly during this anxiety-ridden era.
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Fuller House (Season 5B)What is it?:
The finale run of the Full House
reboot. What is it about?:
The race to the altar. The last episodes of Fuller House
track the triple wedding plans of leading ladies D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and their best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). See or skip?:
You can skip, unless you’re a diehard Full(er) House
fan. No, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen don’t show up. And neither does Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin of USC Scandal fame
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The Last Days of American CrimeWhat is it?:
A premise that seems particularly alarming at this moment in history. What is it about?:
What would happen if the government could flip a mind-control switch and stop all citizens from doing anything it
considers “illegal.” For career criminal Graham Bricke (American Crime Story’s Edgar Ramírez
) the response is pulling off one more heist — the last great robbery in American history. See or skip?:
If you were one of the many people who watched Extraction
, see. If staring at sex and explosions is your form of self care right now, also see. Otherwise, you can skip.
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Spelling the DreamWhat is it?:
A very cute documentary. What is it about?:
Convincing you that spelling bees might be our greatest youth sport. Spelling the Dream
introduces viewers to four Indian-American children who dedicate their lives to mastering the dictionary — all for a shot at winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee
. The trick of the doc is making you hang on every letter of a spelling bee challenge in the same way you zero in on a Hail Mary throw. See or skip?:
See, when you need some hope.
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Can You Hear Me? (Season 1) What is it?:
A French-language Quebecois dramedy. What is it about?:
Three working-class friends: Ada (creator Florence Longpré), Fabiola (Mélissa Bédard), and Carolanne (Ève Landry). Can You Hear Me?
follows the trio as they attempt to find joy and support each other despite terrible boyfriends, family struggles, and financial constraints. See or skip?:
See, if you wish your international content was a little more grounded than the soapy fantasia of dramas like Control Z
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Choked: Paisa Bolta HaiWhat is it?:
A very different crime thriller from Last Days of American Crime
. What is it about?:
Sarita Pillai (Saiyami Kher), a bank employee who is strapped for cash. All of that changes when Sarita starts finding wads of money flowing out of her kitchen sink. But Sarita's good fortune turns sour when the Indian government begins to demonetize the exact bills she keeps finding in her pipes. See or skip?:
See, if American Crime
feels a little too extreme for you. Unlike that film, Choked
is inspired by real events: the (failed) banknote demonetization drive
enacted by India in 2016.
Baki (Part 3) What is it?:
A bloody anime. What is it about?:
Baki (Nobunaga Shimazaki), a martial artist who must battle in a once-in-a-century tournament against other formidable fighters. This means you can expect to see an astounding number of lovingly animated abs and back muscles over Baki
part 3. See or skip?:
See, if you’ve enjoyed similar pugnacious anime, like Kengan Ashura
. Otherwise, skip.