The Netflix hot list: From The Umbrella Academy to Russian Doll, what to stream in February 2019 and coming soon

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in February and the rest of 2019.

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Netflix is home to thousands of TV shows and movies, including award-winning dramas like The Crown, binge-worthy documentaries like Making a Murderer, and original movies like Bird Box.

But if you're up to date with your Netflix watchlist, now’s the perfect time to get your teeth into something new.

From brand new TV shows including The Umbrella Academy and Russian Doll, to the adaptation of hit podcast Dirty John and the highly-anticipated return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we round up the best new films and TV shows coming soon to Netflix customers.

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Keep reading for our must-watch Netflix TV guide for the month ahead, and what’s coming to the streaming service later this year.

Available in February 2019

Russian Doll

Russian Doll

When is it on?

TV series Russian Doll will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, February 1.

What’s it about?

A woman gets caught in a mysterious loop, repeatedly attending the same party and dying at the end of the night, only to awake the next day unharmed.

Why watch it?

The existential comedy series was co-created by Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) & Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People).

Check out the teaser clip:

Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw

When is it on?

Original film Velvet Buzzsaw will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, February 1.

What’s it about?

Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Why watch it?

The A-list cast for Velvet Buzzsaw includes Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Toni Collette (Wanderlust), Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat).

Watch the trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw below:

Nightflyers

Nightflyers

When is it on?

Sci-fi thriller TV series Nightflyers is streaming on Netflix from Friday, February 1.

What’s it about?

Set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival.

As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship's artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Why watch it?

Nightflyers is based on George R. R. Martin's novella. He's best known for his series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which were adapted into the epic TV series, Game of Thrones.

Watch the trailer for Nightflyers:

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

American Crime Story

When is it on?

Anthology drama series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, February 1. The first season of American Crime Story is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

The second season of American Crime Story centers around the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Why watch it?

The Assassination of Gianni Versace has dominated the limited series category throughout the 2019 awards season, with Darren Criss’ portrayal of the serial killer earning him a SAG, Emmy and Golden Globe award (pictured above).

High Flying Bird

High flying bird

When is it on?

Original film High Flying Bird will be available to stream from Friday, February 1.

What’s it about?

In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players.

His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever.

The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.

Why watch it?

High Flying Bird is directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh - director of Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike - from a script by fellow Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).

Dirty John

Dirty John

When is it on?

TV series Dirty John will be streaming on Netflix from Thursday, February 14.

What’s it about?

Dirty John tells the story of how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan (played by Eric Bana, pictured) spiraled into secrets, denial, manipulation and, ultimately, survival – with horrific consequences for an entire family, including mother Debra Newell (played Connie Britton).

Why watch it?

Dirty John is based on the acclaimed Wondery true crime podcast, which was downloaded over 10 million times within six weeks of release in 2017.

Watch the trailer for Dirty John:

The Umbrella Academy

Umbrella Academy

When is it on?

TV series The Umbrella Academy will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, February 15.

What’s it about?

Ellen Page (Juno, pictured above) stars in this original series about a dysfunctional family of superheroes who come together to solve the mystery of their father's death, the threat of the apocalypse and more.

Why watch it?

The Umbrella Academy is the TV adaptation of the comic book series of the same name, written by Gerard Way - of My Chemical Romance fame.

Confirmed for 2019

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 5

Brooklyn 99

When is it on?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to Netflix for its highly-anticipated fifth season on Friday, March 8.

A release date for season 6 on Netflix has not been confirmed, as Netflix tweeted below, but the first four seasons are available to stream now.

What’s it about?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker (Saturday Night Live alum and B99 scene-stealer, Andy Samberg) who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss - the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher).

Why watch it?

The show was cancelled by US network Fox after five seasons, but it was picked up by NBC - the home of iconic comedies such as The Office and Parks and Recreation - after uproar from fans.

After Life

After Life

When is it on?

TV series After Life will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, March 8.

What’s it about?

Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes.

After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.

He thinks it’s like a Super Power - not caring about himself or anyone else- but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.

Why watch it?

The show’s creator/executive producer/director/star Ricky Gervais called it “the best thing” he’s ever done. So no pressure!

Turn Up Charlie

Turn Up Charlie

When is it on?

New comedy TV series Turn Up Charlie will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, March 15.

What’s it about?

Turn Up Charlie centers on the titular Charlie (Idris Elba, pictured), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey).

Why watch it?

Luther star Idris Elba co-created Turn Up Charlie and also worked as an executive producer on the show.

Triple Frontier

Triple Frontier

When is it on?

Original film Triple Frontier will premiere on Netflix on Friday, March 15.

What’s it about?

A group of former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America.

For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country.

But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.

Why watch it?

Have you seen the cast? Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam all star.

Watch the trailer for Triple Frontier:

Queer Eye season 3

Queer Eye

When is it on?

The Fab Five started filming series 3 in Kansas City, Missouri, in July 2018, moving away from their Georgia pad for the first time. 

Season 3 premieres globally on Netflix on Friday, March 15.

Netflix also confirmed in early 2019 that the Fab Five will film four special episodes called Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! which will debut globally on Netflix in 2019.

What’s it about?

A reboot of the Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, featuring an all-new Fab Five who serve up hip tips, emotionally charged makeovers and heartfelt reveals.

Why watch it?

Jonathan Van Ness single-handedly revived the phrase of 2018: “yassss queen.” Oh, and the show’s totally feel-good and inspiring and the perfect lazy binge-watch.

Delhi Crime

Delhi Crime

When is it on?

Indian TV drama series Delhi Crime will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, March 22.

What’s it about?

According to Deadline.com, the first season of Delhi Crime is inspired by and follows the notorious December 2012 investigation by the Delhi Police into the horrific gang rape of a young woman, which reverberated across India and the world.

It captures the complexities of the scrutiny, the emotional toll on the investigating team, and their determination to bring the perpetrators to justice in a fraught environment.

Why watch it?

More than six years of research went into the making of the series, which was shot on location in New Delhi, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2

COAS

When is it on?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2, consisting of nine new episodes, will launch on Netflix on April 5, 2019. 

What’s it about?

On her 16th birthday, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) has to make a choice between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.

With her aunties (Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis), her cat Salem, and her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), Sabrina will face horrors and new adventures in the mysterious town of Greendale.

Why watch it?

From the makers of Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a darker take on the teen comic book tale. It's described as a dark, coming-of-age story that’s in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, trafficking in horror and witchcraft.

Watch the first look teaser trailer for season 2:

Our Planet

Our Planet

When is it on?

Our Planet will launch globally on Netflix on April 5, 2019.

What’s it about?

Sir David Attenborough and Netflix are teaming up tp create one of the TV events of 2019 – Our Planet.

The legendary broadcaster will voice the documentary series, which will reunite Attenborough with director Alastair Fothergill, the creator of the original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series.

Our Planet will explore everything from Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Why watch it?

Aside from the fact that it’s Sir David Attenborough, this ground-breaking series - a four-year project filmed in 50 countries and every continent of the world - will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, looking at Earth in ways we’ve never seen before.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Our Planet on Netflix]

Stranger Things season 3

Stranger Things

When is it on?

Stranger Things season 3 is returning to Netflix on Thursday, July 4, and it will be set in 1985.

The season 3 titles were confirmed in a tweet from the show’s Twitter account in December 2018:

The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Why watch it?

Where do we start? A one-of-a-kind TV show, Stranger Things has pierced pop culture with its homage to the 1980s, as well as the stellar acting by its young cast including breakout star Millie Bobby Brown.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal

When is it on?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TV series will be streaming in 2019, Netflix confirms on its official website.

What’s it about?

A prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance will explore the world of Thra created for the original movie.

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, previously said in a statement.

“I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Why watch it?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has an all-star voice cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe and Taron Egerton.

Santa Clarita Diet season 3  

Santa Clarita Diet

When is it on?

Santa Clarita Diet was renewed for a third series in May 2018, with Netflix confirming on its website that a third series will land in 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Sheila and Joel are married estate agents living in Santa Clarita, California...  until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way.

Why watch it?

Drew Barrymore stars in this binge-worthy horror-comedy (yes, that’s a genre) that fans are calling “hilarious” and “darkly funny”, with a recurring theme from reviews being “how has it taken me so long to watch Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix?”

Orange Is the New Black season 7

OITNB

When is it on?

Orange Is the New Black’s final season will be streaming in 2019, although a release date has yet to be confirmed by Netflix. The first six seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Privileged New Yorker Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) ends up in a women's prison when a past crime catches up with her.

Why watch it?

One for fans of dark humour and flawed characters, OITNB is one of Netflix’s most popular original TV shows and has garnered a whole heap of awards since its 2013 inception.

The Crown season 3

The Crown

When is it on?

Series three of The Crown started filming in July 2018 and it is expected to be released on Netflix in early 2019, although a release date has not been confirmed. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Award-winning drama that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Why watch it?

Season three brings in a whole new set of actors, including Olivia Colman in the title role and Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about The Crown season 3]

Rumoured for 2019

GLOW season 3

GLOW

When is it on?

Season 3 was officially renewed on August 2018, and judging by the fact the previous two seasons landed on Netflix in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively, we can expect to see season 3 land in June 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits - including struggling actress Ruth 'Zoya the Destroya' Wilde, played by Alison Brie - reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Why watch it?

GLOW is an Emmy-winning comedy by the team behind fellow Netflix Original series, Orange Is the New Black.

Lucifer season 4

Lucifer

When is it on?

Filming for season 4 started in August 2018, and although a release date has yet to be confirmed, it’s heavily rumoured to be sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels - where he teams up with a police detective to solve crimes.

Why watch it?

Lucifer was cancelled by Fox after three seasons, before Netflix picked it up for a fourth. Just search #LuciferOnNetflix on Twitter to see how excited the fans are for its return!

Arrested Development season 5 part 2

Arrested Development

When is it on?

Arrested Development season 5 was split in half, with the first half of the series launching on Netflix in May 2018 and available to stream now. There’s no confirmed release date for the second part of the series, but it’s likely that it will be 2019 as the episodes are already filmed. Catch up on all the Arrested Development episodes so far on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Arrested Development is a US sitcom that revolves around the dysfunctional Bluth family that originally aired on Fox in the early 2000s, before being revived by Netflix.

Why watch it?

Season 5 of the sitcom was praised for bringing the family back together, after they all filmed separate episodes in season 4 due to scheduling difficulties.

Jessica Jones season 3

Jessica Jones

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed a third season of Jessica Jones, with DenOfGeek.com predicting an early-to-mid 2019 release. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Why watch it?

Jessica Jones is one of the many Marvel TV shows on Netflix, including Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Punisher, but according to Vanity Fair it’s one of the most popular Marvel ventures.

13 Reasons Why season 3

13 reasons why

When is it on?

A third series of 13 Reasons Why has been confirmed and is thought to be premiering on Netflix in 2019. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, and her decision to end her life.

Why watch it?

The original run of the Netflix original was one of the most talked-about series of 2017, according to Forbes.com.

Black Mirror season 5

Black Mirror

When is it on?

Black Mirror season 5 is thought to be coming to Netflix in 2019. Seasons 1-4 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Why watch it?

Black Mirror was created by Charlie Brooker, who developed the series to highlight topics related to humanity's relationship with technology. He told the Guardian: “[The episodes] are all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy.”

Ozark season 3

Ozark

When is it on?

The show’s star, director and executive producer Jason Bateman confirmed Ozark had been renewed for a third series in a tweet he shared in October 2018, below:

There’s no word on a release date yet, but DigitalSpy.com predicts it could land towards the end of summer/September 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Why watch it?

You might know Jason Bateman largely as a comedy actor (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), but his ‘gripping’ dramatic performance has been praised by critics. The show also has a 92% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Spinning Out

Spinning Out

When is it on?

TV drama series Spinning Out, starring Skins’ Kaya Scodelario and The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, is thought be streaming in 2019.

What’s it about?

After a disastrous fall during an important performance, a competitive ice skater dealing with family issues and her own inner demons struggles to revive her career.

Why watch it?

The series was created by Samantha Stratton - a former competitive figure skater herself.

The Witcher

The Witcher

When is it on?

TV series The Witcher is thought to be on Netflix in 2019/2020.

What’s it about?

Based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher tells the story of Geralt, a mutated monster hunter played by Henry Cavill, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Why watch it?

Netflix shared a first look at Cavill in The Witcher and it was a far cry from his famous role as the Man of Steel:

The Politician

The Politician

When is it on?

TV comedy series The Politician is rumoured for a 2019 release date on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The plot is currently under wraps, but The Politician is set to revolve around a wealthy young man from Santa Barbara with political aspirations, according to IMDB.

Why watch it?

The Politician is created by Ryan Murphy (pictured above), Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan - known respectively for their work on creating/co-creating/producing shows including Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

Looking further ahead

Narcos: Mexico season 2

Narcos Mexico

When is it on?

Narcos: Mexico season 2 has just started filming in Mexico, so we expect it to be streaming in 2019/2020. Season 1 of Narcos: Mexico is available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, starting at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganised group of independent growers and dealers. The plot for season 2 has not yet been announced.

Why watch it?

It features an entirely new cast and separate storyline from the original Narcos series of the same name, so you can get stuck into Narcos: Mexico straight away without having to catch up.

Roald Dahl animated TV series

Roald Dahl

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed production of an animated series will start in 2019, which makes the likely release date at some point in 2020. Find out everything you need to know about the series so far.

What’s it about?

Roald Dahl's classic children’s books, including the Twits, the BFG, and Matilda, are being adapted for a new animated TV series exclusive to Netflix.

"Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” said Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company.

“There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

Why watch it?

Roald Dahl's unique work has inspired award-winning films and smash hit stage musicals, so it will be wonderful to see how the streaming service adapts the famous novels into animation.

Space Force

Space Force

When is it on?

TV series Space Force was announced in January 2019, and Netflix doesn’t have a release date although the trailer says “coming soon”.

What’s it about?

In June 2018, the US government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces - Space Force.

This brand new comedy is the brainchild of Greg Daniels and Steve Carell (The Office), telling the fictional story of the men and women who have to figure out how to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Why watch it?

Despite rumours of a potential reunion, Steve Carell has always ruled out a return to NBC’s The Office - so this is the next best thing for Michael Scott fans!

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

When is it on?

Shadow and Bone was only announced in January 2019, and a release date has not yet been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone is a fantasy series about sinister forces plotting against a young soldier when she reveals a magical power that might unite her world.

Why watch it?

The TV series will hail from Bird Box and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (pictured), who will also serve as head writer and showrunner.

Ratched

Ratched

When is it on?

TV drama series Ratched was announced in 2017, but a release date on Netflix has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Based on the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ratched is an origin story following her evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster.

Why watch it?

Sarah Paulson (pictured above) has been cast as the murderous nurse, in a series created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story).

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