The Netflix hot list: From Stranger Things to Orange Is the New Black - what to watch in July 2019 and coming soon

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in July 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, films and documentaries including Point Blank and The Politician, to the highly-anticipated return of Stranger Things and the final season of Orange Is the New Black this month, we round up the best of what’s coming soon to Netflix customers.

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

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Available in July 2019

Stranger Things season 3

Stranger Things

When is it on?

After a wait of almost two years, 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.

Watch the trailer for Stranger Things season 3

[Read more: 7 Questions With... Stranger Things' prequel book author, Adam Chistopher]

Point Blank

Point Blank

When is it on?

Original film Point Blank premieres on Netflix on Friday, July 12.

What’s it about?

To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse teams up with an injured murder suspect in a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops.

Why watch it?

Described as a “gritty, action-packed thriller”, Point Blank reunites Avengers: Endgame stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo.

Queer Eye season 4

Queer Eye

When is it on?

The fourth season of Queer Eye premieres Friday, July 19 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The Fab Five are back in Kansas City, Missouri, so join Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan for a new group of inspirational heroes and jaw-dropping makeovers.

Why watch it?

The first three seasons of the Emmy-winning unscripted series have averaged a 91% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s also been picked up for a fifth season, set in Philadelphia, which will debut on Netflix in 2020.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed

comedians in cars

When is it on?

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns to Netflix on Friday, July 19.

What’s it about?

Jerry Seinfeld's roving talk show combines coffee, laughs and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-fueled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy.

Why watch it?

World-famous comedians Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen and Ricky Gervais all star - or should that be stir? - in the upcoming 11th season.

Orange Is the New Black season 7

OITNB

When is it on?

Orange Is the New Black’s final season will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, July 26. 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.

Confirmed for 2019

GLOW season 3

GLOW

When is it on?

GLOW returns to Netflix for series 3 on Friday, August 9.

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 (GLOW).

Why watch it?

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

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal

When is it on?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TV series is streaming on Netflix from Friday, August 30.

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.

The Politician

The Politician key art

When is it on?

TV series The Politician will launch globally on Netflix on Friday, September 27.

What’s it about?

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States.

But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.

Why watch it?

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

[The Politician: When is it released? Who is in the cast? Everything you need to know]

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 at some point in 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 as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip.

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

The Irishman

the irishman

When is it on?

Original film The Irishman will be streaming on Netflix later this year.

What’s it about?

According to IndieWire.com, The Irishman is based on the 2003 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which recounts the years Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran spent as a mob hitman.

Brandt interviewed Sheeran over a five-year period, during which the mobster confessed to being involved in more than 25 hits for the mob.

Sheeran was allegedly involved in the death of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who went missing in July 1975 and was never found.

Why watch it?

Directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas), Robert De Niro is taking on the role of Sheeran, while Al Pacino is playing Hoffa. Both actors are playing the characters across several decades, and so Scorsese is using special technology to de-age the actors.

Green Eggs & Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

When is it on?

Netflix’s TV adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story is coming to the streaming service this autumn.

What’s it about?

Friends Guy and Sam go on a cross-country road trip to save an endangered animal, learning to try new things like hope, friendship, and a certain delectable dish.

Why watch it?

The adaptation has a voice cast including Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Eddie Izzard and Adam DeVine.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Green Eggs and Ham on Netflix]

Next In Fashion

next in fashion

When is it on?

Next In Fashion doesn’t have a release date on Netflix yet, but the streaming service says it’s “coming soon”.

What’s it about?

Next In Fashion is a high-stakes competition series featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

Why watch it?

Tan France (Queer Eye) and Alexa Chung will host the brand new fashion competition series with special guest judges that include celeb stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram’s fashion guru Eva Chen.

Criminal

criminal

When is it on?

Criminal launches on Netflix this autumn.

What’s it about?

This revolutionary procedural comprises 12 unique stories set across four different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. It takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects.

The episodes are in local language, written and directed by talent from their respective countries.

Why watch it?

David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Katherine Kelly star in the UK-based episodes.

Rumoured for 2019

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.

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:

Mindhunter season 2

mindhunter

When is it on?

The second season of Mindhunter will be released in the first half of 2019, predicts RadioTimes.com.

What’s it about?

In season 1 of Mindhunter, two FBI agents expanded criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.

The second season is set to cover the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81.

Why watch it?

Mindhunter is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network).

Goop docuseries

Goop

When is it on?

Goop’s as-yet-untitled streaming series will hit Netflix in autumn 2019, according to Variety.

What’s it about?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness brand is expanding its original content efforts with a new Netflix docuseries, with the Goop editorial team working with experts, doctors, and researchers to examine issues relating to physical and spiritual wellness.

Why watch it?

Goop’s chief content officer Elise Loehnen hopes the docuseries will “dial up the quality of storytelling surrounding issues like mental, physical and sexual health”.

Looking further ahead

After Life series 2

after life

When is it on?

The second series of After Life is coming to Netflix in 2020. Season 1 is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras) stars as a features writer for a local newspaper who adopts a gruff new persona after struggling to come to terms with his wife's death, in an effort to push away those trying to help him.

Why watch it?

After Life was praised by critics for its portrayal of grief, with Brian Lowry from CNN writing that Gervais’ mix of comedy and grief in the script makes for a "bittersweet and melancholy series".

Sex Education series 2

Sex Ed

When is it on?

A second series of Sex Education was announced in early 2019, with filming starting in May 2019:

The first series was released in January 2019, so we predict a January 2020 release for series two.

What’s it about?

In season 1 of Sex Education, we met Otis Milburn - an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist (Gillian Anderson).

Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status.

He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realises he may need some therapy of his own.

The plot for season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.

Why watch it?

Sex Education has been described as the best British teen drama since Skins”.

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.

Altered Carbon season 2

altered carbon

When is it on?

The second series of Altered Carbon went into production in early 2019, so the earliest we could expect it is late 2019.

What’s it about?

Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.

Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder… that of Bancroft himself.

Why watch it?

Altered Carbon is based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan.

You season 2

You season 2

When is it on?

The second series of You went into production in early 2019, so the earliest we could expect it is late 2019.

What’s it about?

Series 1 introduced us to Joe (Penn Badgley), a brilliant bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring writer. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

Series 2 is about Joe moving to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York.

Why watch it?

You is based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, with the sequel being based on its follow-up; Hidden Bodies. It’s described as “a lot darker” than the first book.

Dead To Me season 2

dead to me

When is it on?

Dead To Me has officially been renewed by Netflix for a second series. The first series premiered on May 3, 2019 so if there is going to be a follow up, we would expect it to stream in 2020, probably late spring or early summer.

What’s it about?

Recently bereaved Jen (Christina Applegate) is determined to solve her husband’s hit-and-run murder, but her quest takes an unexpected turn when she joins the Friends of Heaven support group.

There, she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini), who is suffering her own grief over losing a partner, but is also hiding a pretty huge secret.

Why watch it?

Dead To Me marked Anchorman star Applegate’s first TV work 'in seven years, revealing that the show’s ‘unique presence’ was what took her out of ‘semi-retirement’.

Lucifer season 5

lucifer

When is it on?

Lucifer has been renewed for a fifth and final season on Netflix, although a release date has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) 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 to see how excited the fans are for its return.

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).

The Haunting of Bly Manor

haunting

When is it on?

The Haunting of Bly Manor is landing on Netflix on 2020.

What’s it about?

Following on from The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season in The Haunting anthology series on Netflix.

Bly Manor is an adaptation of classic gothic literature novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, according to whats-on-netflix.com.

Why watch it?

The Haunting of Hill House was the Netflix sleeper hit of 2018, reinvigorating the TV horror genre.

Merry Happy Whatever

dennis quaid

When is it on?

A release date for the eight-part comedy series hasn’t been announced, but as it’s Christmas-themed, we’d predict a December 2019 release.

What’s it about?

Merry Happy Whatever follows Don Quinn, a strong-willed patriarch who has to balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter brings home a new boyfriend, according to HollywoodReporter.com.

Why watch it?

Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Fortitude) plays the lead role - his first appearance in a Netflix Original.

The Devil All The Time

the devil all the time

When is it on?

Original film The Devil All The Time does not currently have a release date on Netflix.

What’s it about?

The film is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel and is set in a fictional town called Knockemstiff, Ohio, where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews, according to Variety.com.

The story, told across two decades, centers on a bullied child who becomes a man who knows when to take action, a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff.

Why watch it?

Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is starring in the lead role after Chris Evans had to depart due to scheduling conflicts.

The Stranger

richard armitage

When is it on?

The new eight-part series doesn’t have a release date on Netflix at present, but it’s going into production in March 2019, according to RadioTimes.com.

What’s it about?

The Stranger is an adaptation of the Harlan Coben novel of the same name. The description reads as follows:

“Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

“Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all.

“Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine's deception, and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them…”

Why watch it?

Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), above, will lead the upcoming psychological thriller from the makers of Safe.

Eurovision

Eurovision

When is it on?

It looks as though Eurovision is some way off yet - Netflix has only just announced that the director will be David Dobkin, who was at the helm of comedy hit Wedding Crashers.

What’s it about?

The plot has not yet been released, but it’s about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is legendary throughout Europe for its eccentric performers, odd songs, passionate fans and tactical voting.

Why watch it?

Will Ferrell is writing, producing, and also starring in the film - as what we don’t yet know, but we’re hoping to see him as one of the song contest performers.

Rebecca

rebecca keeley hawes

When is it on?

A streaming date for Rebecca hasn’t been announced as production only just started in the UK and France in June 2019.

What’s it about?

Rebecca is the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 gothic novel of the same name.

It’s told by the second Mrs de Winter, a 20-something who met a wealthy widower in his 40s on holiday and agreed to marry him after just a couple of weeks, moving with him to an imposing Cornish estate called Manderley.

But their marriage can't escape the 'ghost' of de Winter's first wife, Rebecca, who died in mysterious circumstances. 

Why watch it?

Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), above, and Lily James (Cinderella) are among the confirmed cast.

Untitled Thai cave rescue series

netflix logo

When is it on?

The untitled scripted series does not yet have a release date, but it was announced in March 2019 by the Hollywood Reporter.

What’s it about?

Netflix is is partnering with SK Global to co-produce a miniseries about last summer's sensational cave rescue mission in Northern Thailand.

The original scripted series will tell the story of the 12 Thai boys and football coach who were trapped two miles below the earth for two weeks in 2018.

Why watch it?

The series looks set to focus on its direct access to the boys at the heart of this incredible story.

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