The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in September
Every month, the streaming service adds a new batch of titles to its library. Here are our picks for September.
By Noel MurrayAug. 31, 2021
Every month, Netflix adds movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of September’s most promising new titles. (Note: Streaming services occasionally change schedules without giving notice. For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our Watching newsletter here.)
‘Q-Force’ Season 1
Starts streaming: Sept. 2
Sean Hayes and Michael Schur created this adult animated action-comedy about a team of spies who have been marginalized by the U.S. government because most of them are openly gay. Hayes also voices the team leader, Agent Steve Maryweather, derisively called “Agent Mary” by his straight colleagues — including Agent Rick Buck (David Harbour), who has been assigned by the bosses to “babysit” Steve’s unconventional crew. Wanda Sykes, Matt Rogers and Patti Harrison provide the voices for some of the other agents, in a series that is at once a knowing spoof of L.G.B.T.Q. culture, a wry critique of institutional gender roles and a high-tech adventure, rendered in bright cartoon colors.
‘Money Heist’ Season 5, Part 1
Starts streaming: Sept. 3
One of Netflix’s most popular foreign television series returns for a 10-episode final season, divided into two halves. (The second part will debut in December.) Season 5 picks up the story right after last year’s cliffhanger, which saw the “Money Heist” team of bank robbers — and their ringleader, “the Professor” — facing dire consequences for their crimes. The pleasures of this unpredictable and at times over-the-top action-adventure stem from the intricacy of the plotting, in which every bold move from these antiheroes necessitates a string of responses and counter-responses, making the true cost of a “big score” increasingly difficult to bear.
Starts streaming: Sept. 3
None of the retrospective programming pegged to the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, will be quite like the scripted feature “Worth,” which is based on a memoir by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer who headed up the U.S. government’s 9/11 victim compensation fund. Michael Keaton plays Feinberg, depicted here as a politically ambitious but fundamentally compassionate man trying to mitigate between two factions: the politicians, who want to prevent a flood of lawsuits from bankrupting America, and the victims and their families, who are insulted by the idea that some of them deserve more money than others. Directed by Sara Colangelo from a Max Borenstein screenplay, the fascinating “Worth” is about the lingering cost of 9/11 — in a very literal way.
‘Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali’
Starts streaming: Sept. 9
The boxer Muhammad Ali met the civil rights activist Malcolm X in 1962, and for a few years — until Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam — the men were close friends, praying together and sharing their thoughts on how best to use their time in the spotlight to confront American racism. The documentary “Blood Brothers” (based on a book by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith) tells the story about how these two influential lives intersected throughout the early 1960s. Using electrifying archival footage alongside new interviews with cultural commentators and the subjects’ families, the director Marcus A. Clarke brings back the headiness of those days, when the raging debates over the pursuit of progress sometimes turned allies into enemies.
Starts streaming: Sept. 10
As the title character in “Kate,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an ice-cold, lethal action heroine, just as she has done in films like “Birds of Prey” and “Gemini Man.” Here, she is an assassin who has been groomed since childhood by her handler Varrick (Woody Harrelson) to be ruthless and flawless. When she hesitates on a job because the target is traveling with a teenager (Miku Martineau), Kate decides it’s time for a change — but not before an angry Tokyo crime boss has her dosed with a poison that will kill her in 24 hours. Part revenge thriller and part tale of redemption, “Kate” is primarily a showcase for Winstead, who anchors every scene as a furious woman on a righteous mission, determined to do something meaningful on what could be the last day of her life.
‘Dear White People’ Season 4
Starts streaming: Sept. 22
The fourth and final season of this sharp social satire is arriving two years after Season 3; and its creator, Justin Simien, has apparently taken advantage of the extra time to make this final run extraordinarily ambitious. Simien will wrap up the story and even look into the future of his main characters, a diverse assortment of Black students who have spent their four years at a fictional Ivy League university taking different approaches to the college’s deeply ingrained racism. This last stretch of episodes will also be a musical extravaganza, inspired by 1990s R&B. Simien’s original 2014 indie film version of “Dear White People” earned comparison to Spike Lee’s provocative musical comedy “School Daze.” The TV version seems to be ending with another nod to the Lee classic.
Starts streaming: Sept. 24
The writer-director Mike Flanagan adapted the Stephen King novels “Gerald’s Game” and “Doctor Sleep” into movies; but with the original seven-part mini-series “Midnight Mass,” it’s as if Flanagan were writing his own King-style story, directly for television. Set in the dying fishing community of Crockett Island, the show has Zach Gilford playing Riley Flynn, a guilt-ridden ex-convict who returns home to his small town right as the local Catholic church’s aged priest is replaced by a charming younger man who seems to have the gift for making miracles happen (Hamish Linklater). When a series of strange events shakes the locals up — some seemingly for the better and some for the worse — the supernatural phenomena start spiraling out of control, forcing the islanders to face their darkest fears and deepest regrets.
“How to Be a Cowboy”
“Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror”
“Afterlife of the Party”
“On the Verge”
“Lucifer” Season 6
“Metal Shop Masters”
“The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” Season 2
“You vs. Wild: Out Cold”
“Nailed It!” Season 6
“Too Hot to Handle: Latino”
“Chicago Party Aunt” Season 1
“Sex Education” Season 3
“Confessions of an Invisible Girl”
“My Little Pony: A New Generation”
“Ada Twist, Scientist”
“Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!”
“The Chestnut Man”