When you sign up for Netflix, you open yourself up to a whole new world of entertainment. For the modest sum of under $9 a month, lifetime movies and television are at your fingertips. You’ll find classic movies, modern blockbusters, nostalgic television favorites, and bold, original content. Television networks also offer their formerly exclusive specials including Disney Channel animation, CW superhero dramas, and Lifetime movies. So where to begin? That depends on what you want to watch first – television or movies? Netflix Update is here to help you navigate your brave new world of original content.
Netflix – A New Way to Enjoy Movies
Watching movies on Netflix couldn’t be easier. Your computer, tablet, or smartphone is now your own personal movie theater. Just open Netflix, search in the movies tab, and browse until you find something you like. If you have a specific movie in mind, type it into the search bar. The chances are Netflix has it available! Some movies may only be available through Netflix’s supplemental DVD service, but a wealth of movies are available through the basic service. Then, click play – and you’re done! Sit back, enjoy your movie with the snack of your choice in the privacy of your own home.
Get an important phone call, or the kids need your attention? No more ducking out into the hallway to take a call and missing key scenes. Just click on the screen to pause and come back when you’re ready. With Netflix ramping up their original film content and importing new films from around the world every week, you’ll never run out of content. Enjoy unlimited lifetime movies in every genre and subject!
How to Prepare for a Binge
Lifetime movies with new ones every week are great but don’t forget about Netflix’s wide array of television content. From old favorites to Emmy-winning originals, Netflix’s massive TV library is growing every week. The one area where TV on Netflix is the most different is that just like with movies, you set your own schedule. That means you can watch as many episodes of your favorite show as you want every day. And that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite part of Netflix – the Binge. Your favorite show’s new season just dropped? Strap in and get ready to binge, but first, you should make sure you’re prepared.
Before your next Netflix binge, make sure you have the essentials:
- Clear your schedule of all other obligations for the next few (or many) hours.
- Stock up on your favorite snacks.
- Invite any friends who will enhance your experience.
- Wear comfortable clothes you can sit around in.
- Find a comfortable spot.
- Pick a time with few distractions and competing events.
10 Movies and TV Shows to Lookout For
Netflix is ramping up productions and is expected to drop over $10 billion worth of new content over the next two years. When Lifetime movies, Hollywood blockbusters, and old TV favorites run out, there’ll always be something new and exciting just around the corner. Below, we’ll profile ten of the biggest up-and-coming Netflix original TV and movies coming to your Netflix account in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
The Dragon Prince (Series, September 2018)
Netflix has been using the power of animation to tell epic original stories which are appealing for all ages. From the producers of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the director of Green Lantern: The Animated series comes this fantasy adventure. Set in a world filled with fantastical beings and magical conflict, The Dragon Prince follows two princes, Callum and Ezran, who are targeted for assassination by a mysterious young elf named Rayla. After stopping her and learning about the ancient conflict that has defined their kingdom, they form an uneasy alliance to try to bring peace between their people. The first season is dropping on Netflix in under a month.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Series, October 2018)
Remember Sabrina, the Teenage Witch? This is not the old TGIF fan favorite. In this darker reboot, teenage Sabrina Spellman (kiernan Shipka) learns to balance her life as a high school student with her secret powers as a half-witch with the help of her aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto). But as she digs deeper into her family history, she uncovers dark secrets that threaten to unleash an ancient evil on her hometown. Based on the popular Archie Comics horror series, this should be a must-view for fans of Riverdale.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Movie, December 2018)
A Christmas Prince was considered by its avid fanbase to be the best Lifetime movie that wasn’t actually one of the official Lifetime movies. The 2017 modern fairy tale about a journalist whose ruse leads her to a deep connection with the Crown Prince of the fictional nation of Aldovia is getting a sequel. And as the title makes clear, wedding bells are in the air for the lead characters.
Sure to be the romantic event of the 2018 Christmas season, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding stars Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, and Tahirah Sharif. Lifetime movies specialize in romance and fantasy, but this romantic fantasy can’t be found on cable – only on Netflix.
3 Below: Tales of Arcadia (Series, 2018)
Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro made his mark on Netflix with the 2016 animated fantasy Trollhunters. The story of an ordinary teenager who gets pulled into a millennia-old war between competing factions of rock trolls became one of the platform’s most acclaimed all-ages originals, and the final season introduced a new group of players – a pair of alien teenagers undercover as high school students in the central town of Arcadia.
Now in their own spinoff, the alien siblings attempt to adjust to life on Earth and fix their spaceship so they can return home and liberate their planet from a brutal conqueror. 3 Below and Trollhunters will eventually crossover in the 2019 sequel Wizards.
The Final Table (Series, 2019)
Netflix has made a name for itself with its slate of cooking shows, playing host to international sensation The Great British Bake-Off and debuting original baking/comedy hit Nailed It! Now they’re rolling out a high-level original in The Final Table, a global cooking competition hosted by Bon Appetit editor Andrew Knowlton.
Twelve teams of two chefs will compete to master the national dishes of nations including Brazil, England, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Each episode will feature a guest judge considered that country’s greatest chef, including Grant Achatz for the United States. The Final Table is brought to you by the producers of the hit cooking competition Masterchef.
Green Eggs and Ham (Series, 2018)
The original Dr. Seuss book is one of the all-time classics of children’s entertainment, but did you ever wonder what happened to Sam-I-Am and his squeamish friend after the book ended? Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Jared Stern, Green Eggs and Ham follows the two friends as they go on a cross-country adventure trying new things. Featuring songs and comedy alongside timeless lessons about getting out of your comfort zone, Green Eggs and Ham is one of the most high-profile animated series produced by Netflix and is expected to become a new favorite for parents and kids alike.
Ratched (Series, 2018)
Nurse Ratched from the classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the most terrifying villains in all of the film, but how did she go from healer to sadistic jailer? Produced by American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and acclaimed actor Michael Douglas, Ratched stars Emmy winner Sarah Paulson is a story beginning in 1947. Over the decades, audiences will see a young nurse evolve into a monster. Murphy’s pedigree as a producer means this series – the first under his new Netflix deal – will likely be one of the most disturbing shows of the year.
Mowgli (Movie, 2019)
Andy Serkis’ live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book was originally slated for a theatrical release but became the latest major motion picture to get a deal to go exclusively to Netflix. Boasting a darker take on the classic legend, it will focus on the young boy torn between two worlds – the world of man, where he is seen as a savage who needs to be civilized, and the world of animals where he feels at home but faces great danger. Starring Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, and Frieda Pinto, along with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, and Christian Bale as the famous animals.
Central Park 5 (Miniseries, 2019)
Centered around one of the most famous criminal cases in New York history, Central Park 5 begins in 1989 when a woman is brutally assaulted while jogging in Central Park. Five Harlem teenagers are quickly convicted amid a massive public outrage and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Over the next three decades, doubts begin to arise about the convictions, and new investigations uncover a shocking truth. Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring an ensemble cast including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Niecy Nash, and Felicity Huffman, Central Park 5 shines a new light on an open wound in New York’s history.
Carmen Sandiego (Series, 2019)
90s kids will remember spending countless hours trying to catch the titular thief in her educational computer games, and the PBS game show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” was a fan favorite. Now, for the first time, the mistress of landmark heists takes the lead in an animated series focusing on her origin. Combining globe-trotting adventure with an intimate look into Carmen Sandiego’s youth, this original Netflix series features the voices of Gina Rodriguez as Carmen and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things as “Player.”
Netflix Lifetime Movies – Conclusion
Whether you’re looking for drama, fantasy, animation, romance, or horror, Netflix’s original content is reaching levels never before seen. Top creators like Guillermo Del Toro, Ryan Murphy, and Ava DuVernay are dropping originals, and classic franchises are getting new reinventions. So sign up today, and for under $9 a month, you’ll enjoy lifetime movies, TV, and the boldest original content anywhere.