Although movies and television shows not associated with Netflix remain available on the streaming platform, many Netflix Originals are also set to be released. Here is a list of seven Netflix Originals you can expect to see in the coming months.
This limited series is set to follow the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the form of a docuseries. The series is split into three parts, and “perfectly encapsulates the essence of the athlete, actor and politician in the five decades he’s been a household name,” according to Netflix. We can expect the three parts to be split into three so-called lifetimes of Schwarzenegger, which will be an interesting watch as it dives deep into the lifestyle, mantras and reinventions of the actor, athlete and American leader.
“Arnold” is coming to Netflix on June 7. You can watch the trailer here
2.“Take Care of Maya”
“Take Care of Maya” is a documentary that tells the story of 9-year-old Maya Kowalski as she is taken into the emergency room in 2016 for extreme pain from a neurological condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Kowalski’s father, Jack, brings her to the hospital seeking help, but days later she is admitted against her will for suspected child abuse from her mother, Beata. The suspicion caused months of minimal contact with their sick daughter suffering from her serious illness, as they had no choice but to comply with the orders of state custody that Kowalski was under. The story is heartbreaking as it shows the trauma and reality of the child welfare system.
“Take Care of Maya” is coming to Netflix on June 19. There is currently no trailer, but you can learn more about the documentary and story here.
Marco Meija (Miss Benny) is a gender non-conforming queer man that secures a job with makeup connoisseur Madolyn Addison (Kim Cattrall) after being in a deadlock of existentialism. He isn’t sure what he wants to do in life, but landing this job may open the door to self-discovery. The LGBTQ+ series “Glamorous” shows the journey of Meija as he figures out what it means to be queer, as well as where he belongs in the world. This show was set to release in 2019, so now we are excited to finally get to see its potential and glamour almost four years later.
“Glamorous” is coming to Netflix on June 22. There is currently no trailer.
4. “Run Rabbit Run”
Directed by Diana Reid of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” this horror movie seems to be an unsettling one. Sarah (Sarah Snook) is set to celebrate her daughter Mia’s (Lily LaTorre) seventh birthday. An unexpected guest and birthday gift for Mia shows up at their front door: a rabbit. As time goes on since the rabbit’s arrival, Mia begins to become distant, ominous and prone to tantrums, making Sarah concerned about her. She asks mysterious questions, such as if humans can return after death. As the distance between the mother and daughter becomes unbearable, Mia randomly asks questions about Sarah’s sister, Alice, who went missing when she was also 7 years old. The questioning and odd similarities between Mia and Alice cause Sarah to spiral and be even more concerned about her daughter’s creepy behavior. Eventually, it’s realized that Alice’s ghost is back to haunt her through Mia, creating the rekindling of her and her daughter even more difficult as Mia slowly slips away.
“Run Rabbit Run” is coming to Netflix on June 28, 2023. You can watch the trailer here.
This documentary follows the duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, known as the music group WHAM! from the beginning to the end of their career. “WHAM!” starts in 1982, when the pair of friends are still only teenagers and shows their rise to fame, then ends with their last performance in 1986 at Wembley Stadium. The documentary has a lot to offer, from unreleased footage to unheard interviews involving the duo. This is the very first time their story will be told through their words from this unreleased content, a short yet impactful tale of being in the spotlight for four years as they conquer charts with songs that are still heard today.
“WHAM!” is coming to Netflix on July 5. There is currently no trailer.
6. “Painkiller” Season 1
This limited series will be giving us an in-depth look at the origins and effects of the opioid crisis in America. The series is based on the book, “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic” by Barry Meier, and the show is a fictionalized telling of events that possibly occur due to the crisis. It unpacks the levels of government accountability, the effects of the crisis on multiple systems and the aftermath of these systems failing Americans. The scripted show stars familiar faces such as Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick and Taylor Kitsch as they act out the repercussions of the crisis impacting America and its citizens that roots in the late 70s.
Season 1 of “Painkiller” is coming to Netflix on Aug. 10.. There is currently no trailer.
7. “You are SO Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah!”
Adam Sandler is joined by his wife and kids in this Netflix Original, which is also his latest film for Happy Madison Productions. “You are SO Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah!” follows 13-year-old Stacey Friedman (Sunny Sandler) as she plans and prepares for the most perfect bat mitzvah ever. Her plans and guest list have to change entirely, though, when she catches her friend Lydia Katz (Samantha Lorraine), kissing her long-term crush, Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman). This film is based on Fiona Rosenbloom’s 2007 book of the same name. It is set to be a comedic disaster full of laughs and drama as she and her family try to save Friedman’s party instead of it going up in flames.
“You are SO Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah!” is coming to Netflix on Aug. 25. There is currently no trailer.
By Amena Ahmed