Back To School Netflix Viewing Guide


Pocahontas, Dead Poets Society, Jerry Before Seinfeld, The Walking Dead

September is an exciting month for Netflix movie lovers. Even though Disney will be starting its own streaming service in 2019, there are several Disney movies making their way to the Netflix queue this month. On September 1, Hercules and Mulan will be added. Pocahontas arrives on September 14 and Disney’s 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast arrives September 19. Nostalgic viewers will also be excited to see Nickelodeon’s The Rugrats Movie on September 1. Revisit your childhood and join the fun with Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica and the rest of the Rugrats crew. If you’re looking for more animation, Hoodwinked! will be available to stream starting September 1. 

Foreign film lovers will be happy to see some great new additions starting September 1. The 2002 Brazilian crime film, City of God, is a riveting story of the slum gangs in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The other foreign film is Alejandro Iñárritu’s Amores Perros. Iñárritu is the brilliant mind behind Biutiful, Birdman and The Revenant. Amores Perros is one of the most astonishing films of the 2000s. It’s an anthology film that contains three stories woven together by a car accident in Mexico City. 

Several movies will be returning to Netflix this fall. Director Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction returns to Netflix on September 1 and the traumatizing Requiem for a Dream will return the same day. If you’re in the mood for an intense movie marathon day, then September 1 is your day. Start with the adventures and dark humor of Tarantino’s finest and end with the disturbing psychological thriller Requiem for a Dream.

Though Netflix tends to be more popular for its television selection, its September film additions prove it great for movie-binging as well. Besides the films already mentioned, Netflix is adding Dead Poets Society, Gangs of New York, the Jaws series and Gone Baby Gone. Dead Poets Society is a beautiful and sad movie that tells the story of a class of boarding school boys and their professor (Robin Williams) who inspires them through poetry. Gangs of New York, a Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis, is a period piece on gangs in New York in the 1860s. Jaws is the original shark movie that is both frightening and thrilling. The movie conjures up that fear of sharks in most of us. Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck’s 2007 directorial debut. The story is compelling, suspenseful and a great mystery-drama film. All of these movies will be available starting on the first of the month. 

September is great for TV lovers, too. On September 7, season four of The Blacklist will be available. Check out James Spader’s latest crime-filled world in this exciting and entertaining show. On September 8, you’ll be able to start both season four of BoJack Horseman and season seven of The Walking Dead. If you’re looking for some quirky comedy that will have you laughing all this fall, then check out Portlandia season seven on September 9. Follow Fred and Carrie as they create some of the funniest comedy sketches on TV. 

Once you’re done watching movies and binge-watching TV shows, check out Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix stand-up special called Jerry Before Seinfeld on September 19. This Netflix exclusive will be an hour-long feature that showcases Seinfeld at a comedy club called The Comic Strip. Seinfeld will perform and show unreleased material, childhood videos, a glimpse into his joke writing and the jokes that helped him start his career. Hopefully this is the first step toward getting Seinfeld on Netflix. 

This list is just some of the new material airing on Netflix this September. As you get into your back to school routine, rest easy knowing that you will have plenty of new Netflix material to watch in your free time. Enjoy whatever you end up watching and have a happy month of streaming!

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