Netflix has some fresh releases that you can enjoy this weekend. The new shows on Netflix this week are a variety as always, we’ll travel to Great Britain for a peek at one of the most anticipated series this week and then go all the way to Asia for some anime and romantic comedy fun. And there’s more from stars like Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage.
Let’s get into the new shows on Netflix you should check out
I Care A lot
In I Care a Lot, Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a competent legal guardian and a total scammer. Marla, with the aid of her girlfriend Fran (Eiza González), takes charge of elderly clients, forces them into a home, and eventually drains their life savings into her own pockets. This dumb scheme hits a snag when the apparently innocent elderly lady Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest) winds up in Marla’s “care.”
Unknown to Marla, making Jennifer as a mark put her squarely in the sights of Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage, one of his first major post-Thrones roles), the opioid kingpin. Mindy Project’s dreamboat—and Birds of Prey’s nightmare—Chris Messina also appears.
Behind Her Eyes
Adele (famous daughter Eve Hewson) and David Ferguson (Tom Bateman), a bad couple. When Behind Her Eyes begins, the Fergusons look like a knock-off to any miserable married duo in an old school thriller: the depressed husband has a wandering eye, while the wife is unexplained, unblinking. You don’t know what’s wrong with Adele, exactly—just that someone is most likely a friend. Still, Fergusons can’t stop having sex with her. Unfortunately, Louise, a single black woman and mother, is dragged into the orbit of Adele and David.
The more Louise is pulled into Ferguson’s web of deceit, the more the spectator knows that this isn’t your mill mystery story of infidelity and violence. The first few episodes are quite slow but it gets more interesting as the final episodes unveil a huge reveal.
Amend: The Fight For America (Season 1)
The 14th amendment. Will Smith hosts (and executive produces) a six-part documentary, which documents all the aspects in which the Fourteenth Amendment stands as the cornerstone of The American Dream(TM). The amendment sets the requirements of citizenship in America and guarantees “equal protection under the law” for those who hold that nationality.
Amend shows all the ways in which “citizenship” has developed since the 1800s, bringing viewers from the antebellum period to the so-called “debates” on immigration under the white nationalist Trump administration. Academics and celebrities appear in Amed, including Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, Yara Shahidi, and Orange Is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero. Something great to watch if you are interested in Black Americans’ history.
Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Interactive Movie
Place yourself in the shoes of Bear Grylls, the explorer. This is a frightening proposition. Animals on the Loose, drops you off in a South African wildlife sanctuary, where the security fencing is suspiciously on the fritz (this entire narrative is fiction for the movie). To worsen this dilemma, a baboon and a lion fled, putting the animals—and the unsuspecting humans around them at risk. It’s your responsibility to guide Grylls down the right direction to rescue everyone and get the sanctuary back under proper protocols.
In this situation, that means you have to determine the right course of action to fight a snake in a pit of dirty water or to eat a leech. Highly recommended if you have nerves of iron otherwise you’ll be anxious all through the movie.
Hello, Me! (Season 1)
Hello, Me is a Korean-language sitcom, airing two episodes a week. Bahn Ha-ni (Choi Kang-hee), a 37-year-old woman who has stumbled across life. When Hello, Me starts, Ha-ni’s life couldn’t be more embarrassing: she’s working as a trained mascot squid in a convenience store, and when a kid has a near-deadly allergic reaction under her watch, she’s convicted and jailed… in the neon orange squid outfit. Ha-life ni’s is abruptly rocked as her 17-year-old self—a mega-popular Ha-ni, admired by all and full of promise—appears in the present.
To complicate things even further, Ha-ni keeps running into Han Yoo-hyun (Kim Young-kwang) a dreamy, selfish heir. Between the meddling of Young Ha-ni and Yoo-hyun, Ha-ni may just right her life and remember how to love. This series is goofy and romantic so it sounds like something you should give a try.
Tribes of Europa (Season 1)
Europe in the year 1974. After a major technological catastrophe, the planet is in anarchy, leaving the continent that we knew has been devastated. In its position is a series of warring, sometimes brutal nation states known as “tribes.” A group of brothers and sisters of the pacifist Origin tribe—Kiano (Emilio Sakraya), Liv (Henriette Confurius) and Elja (David Ali Rashed)—are plunged into the bloodshed after a strange cube ends up in their village.
Against the tribes of Europe, the brothers and sisters must fight their own individual battles in the expectation of reuniting with their families—and of protecting Europe from a much greater threat. If you have watched The 100 and Vikings then this is the show for you.
Pitta Kathalu (Season 1)
The darker aspects of intimate relationships and the complexities of control therein. Like the previous Netflix anthology series, Pitta Kathalu’s four episodes are stand-alone dramas. In these episodes, the Indian-made series discusses love in a futuristic technology-led world, the consequences of domestic violence, and envy.
Pitta Kathalu can be rough—one episode is marital rape. You should skip if you’re not in the right headspace for such disturbing storytelling in our still desperate times.
A Taiwanese friendship drama about a collective middle-life crisis. Classmates Minus finds four 40-something-year-old friends at very different stages of their lives as they confront lost dreams and personal woes over a conversation at a bubble tea shop.
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Season 1)
A Japanese-language anime about Kishibe Rohan, a grandly outfitted manga artist. Kishibe has the power to read other people’s thoughts and rewrite them thanks to his Heaven’s Door ability (just go with the show on this one). Over Kishibe Rohan’s four episodes, viewers learn about the horror movie adjacent escapades that plague its titular character. These stories take Kishibe from a cursed confessional in Italy to a competitive Tokyo gym.