What’s new on Netflix in September
September has a supernatural theme for Netflix.
UFO “documentaries” and the survivalist reality series “Doomsday Preppers” are among the new series coming to the online streaming service. (At the other end of the scientific spectrum, “The Unbelievers” has Richard Dawkins traveling the globe to promote rational thought.)
Also premiering next month are two Robin Williams movies (“Flubber” and, more notably, “Good Morning, Vietnam”), the Showtime drama “Californication,” the star-studded “Girl Rising” about women and girls making a difference around the world and Jack Black’s ode to the music business, “School of Rock.”
“Jim Jefferies: Bare”
Nothing is sacred in this show from Australian comic Jim Jefferies, whether it’s the mother of his child, auditioning disabled actors or gun control.
“Californication” (Seasons 1-7)
Best-selling novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) battles writer’s block and a weakness for drugs, booze and one-night stands while he struggles to make things work with his on-and-off girlfriend and their teenage daughter.
“Doomsday Preppers” (Seasons 1-3)
The first season of this documentary series profiles survivalists preparing for economic collapse, food instability and other forms of global chaos
“Unsealed: Alien Files” (Season 1)
The debut season investigates Area 51, Vatican cover-ups, Nazi-alien collaboration, presidential encounters, ancient visitations and more.
“Zero Hour” (Seasons 1-3)
This documentary-style series dramatizes the moments leading up to some of the most memorable historical events that unfolded in less than an hour.
9/7: “The Blacklist”
James Spader stars in a spy-turned-FBI informant in this CBS drama.
“Chasing UFOs” (Season 1)
Investigators set out to uncover the truth about UFOs, and Season 1 finds them unveiling a possible alien farm, a reported UFO landing pad and more.
“Once Upon a Time” (Season 3)
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle star in this fantastical series that follows the travails of a young woman who is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it’s filled with the mystical elements of the fairy tale world.
9/2: “The League” (Season 5)
Fantasy football tackles reality in this semi-scripted look at a group of longtime friends whose annual hobby gives them an excuse to get together and escape their everyday lives in a blitz of trash-talking, deceit and ruthless extortion.
9/5: “Trailer Park Boys” (Season 8)
This wickedly funny mockumentary series follows the booze-fueled misadventures of Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith), longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park — when they aren’t in jail, that is. But kudos to the lads for their persistence, even if their harebrained get-rich schemes involve growing pot right under the nose of ex-cop Jim (John Dunsworth).
9/24: “The Walking Dead” (Season 4)
Catch up on AMC’s zombie drama before the series resumes this fall.
James McAvoy plays a corrupt cop on his way to the top whose past catches up with him.
9/16: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, in her Oscar-winning role, star in this offbeat romantic dramedy.
9/25: “The Double”
Earnest Jesse Eisenberg confronts his doppelganger, who has a much darker disposition.
“Space Warriors” (2013)
Six brilliant teenagers compete against each other at a demanding summer space camp held by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. But when a crisis arises on the International Space Station, they join forces to save the astronauts on board.
“A Simple Plan” (1998)
When brothers Hank and Jacob discover a dead body and millions of dollars in cash in a downed plane, they plot to hide the loot and split it later – until things go murderously awry amid suspicion and mistrust.
“Cool Runnings” (1993)
A fictionalized account of the unlikely story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team.
“Crocodile Dundee” (1986)
When a New York reporter (Linda Kozlowski) plucks crocodile hunter Dundee (Paul Hogan) from the Australian Outback for a visit to the Big Apple, it’s a clash of cultures and a recipe for good-natured comedy.
In this genre-bending slasher flick, a high schooler gets slapped with detention on the same night as senior prom. But plenty of other kids will also be missing the big event when a past-her-prime prom queen shows up to slay them.
A scatterbrained college professor (Robin Williams) accidentally invents a bouncy material called Flubber and has to fend off many rivals who try to sabotage him.
“Girl Rising” (2013)
Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century. From a 7-year-old Haitian earthquake survivor to an Afghani child bride, these stories inspire and captivate.
Diana (Michelle Rodriguez), a Brooklyn high-schooler who gets little support from her dismissive single father, takes her frustrations out on her classmates until she gets involved in boxing.
“Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987)
When his manic radio show proves a huge morale-booster, Armed Forces Radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) gets sent to Vietnam, where his jokes tickle the troops but land him in trouble with his superiors.
“Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie” (2013)
After hitting the lottery jackpot, Jay and Silent Bob use their newfound cash to become crime-fighting superheroes Bluntman and Chronic.
“Lords of Dogtown” (2005)
A group of outcasts (including Heath Ledger) from California’s Venice Beach revolutionize skateboarding – and see it turn into big business.
“Mirage Men” (2012)
Fascination and controversy regarding UFO sightings have been with us for centuries, but this absorbing documentary offers a disturbing new thesis: that the U.S. military has been distributing false information about them for decades.
“School of Rock” (2003)
Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) finagles his way into a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll.
“Small Apartments” (2012)
Franklin Franklin has a dead landlord on the kitchen floor and an investigator (Billy Crystal) questioning him. But none of this fazes Franklin. He waits each day for a letter from his brother (James Marsden) who has the secret that can set him free.
“The Believers” (1987)
Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.
“The Blue Lagoon” (1980)
Set in the lush environs of a deserted tropical island, this coming-of-age tale follows two shipwrecked children — Emmeline and Richard — who are stranded for years. As the cute kids turn into beautiful teenagers, nature takes its course.
“The Unbelievers” (2013)
Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss travel the globe seeking to promote a scientific worldview and the rational questioning of religious belief, with celebrities, professors and ordinary folks supporting their work.