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16 exciting Netflix releases coming soon you don’t want to miss

Published Jun 18th, 2024 9:19PM EDT
Black Doves on Netflix
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From star-studded new movies like Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore sequel to the return of hit series like Arcane, Cobra Kai, and Squid Game, there are tons of exciting new Netflix releases on deck that will dominate the streamer in short order.

A look at just some of these Netflix titles below — 16, in all — should be enough to remind anyone why the nearly 30-year-old streaming giant remains the player to beat, never mind that rivals like Disney+ and Prime Video continue to nip at its heels (but are still far behind, in terms of paid subscribers).

Recently announced Netflix releases include the highly anticipated Happy Gilmore 2, as well as the new 10-episode comedy Golf starring Will Ferrell and executive produced by Ramy Youseff. The latter, a scripted series in which Ferrell will play a fictional golf legend, is the funnyman’s first TV comedy.

Other big projects on the horizon include The Waterfront, a new family drama from Kevin Williamson (the creator of Dawson’s Creek and The Vampire Diaries). Inspired by true events, Williamson’s new show explores the story of a flawed family as their attempts to retain control of their crumbling North Carolina fishing empire drive them to take increasingly dangerous actions.

And then there’s The Woman in Cabin 10, a film starring Keira Knightley and based on the bestselling novel by Ruth Ware. “While on a luxury cruise for a travel assignment,” Netflix explains about this release, “a journalist witnesses a passenger tossed overboard late one night, only to be told that she must have dreamed it, as all passengers are accounted for. Despite not being believed by anyone onboard, she continues to look for answers, putting her own life in danger.”

Let’s take a closer look now at several returning series to put on your watch list — as well as a few new shows worth highlighting, plus big movie releases among Netflix’s upcoming slate.

Returning Netflix shows

  • Arcane Season 2 (coming in November) — Netflix’s award-winning animated series is set in the world of League of Legends.
  • Cobra Kai Season 6 (Part 1 coming on July 18) — Season six will mark the end of Netflix’s extension of the Karate Kid universe.
  • The Diplomat Season 2 (coming later this year) — This Keri Russell-led political drama can’t get here fast enough after that “explosive” finale at the end of Season 1.
  • Squid Game Season 2 (rumored to be coming in December) — The biggest Netflix release of all time, this is the highly anticipated sequel to the Korean blockbuster from 2021.
  • Vikings Valhalla Season 3 (coming soon) — Set in the 11th century, this Netflix historical drama chronicles the heroics of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived.

New series

  • American Primeval (coming soon) — A dramatization about the birth of the American West, from Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg.
  • Black Doves (coming soon): A spy drama, set in London, starring Keira Knightley and Ben Whishaw as a spook and an assassin, respectively.
  • A Classic Spy (coming soon): From creator Mike Schur, this comedy starring Ted Danson is based on the 2020 documentary The Mole Agent.

Netflix movie releases

  • Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (coming on July 3)– Eddie Murphy returns to the iconic franchise, after almost 30 years.
  • Carry-On (coming soon) — Taron Egerton and Jason Bateman star in this action thriller. Egerton plays a TSA agent who’s blackmailed by a mysterious traveler into letting a dangerous package slip onto a Christmas Eve flight.
  • The Piano Lesson (coming later this year) — This Netflix film is an adaptation of the award-winning play starring Samuel L. Jackson and produced by Denzel Washington
  • Woman of the Hour (coming soon) — Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut is drawn from the true story of a real-life serial killer’s appearance on The Dating Game in 1970s Los Angeles. 
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