What’s New (and Good) on Netflix this Spring?
By Franki Hanke
Finding the right show can cut into your screen time as you sift through so many options from everything available across all the different streaming services, but tonight, save time by finding just the thing to watch from the best of what’s new on Netflix in spring 2023.
What do you want to watch?
-TV Series: Reality Television
The one drawback of missing commercials is it’s easy to miss when a new Netflix show is on the horizon. Here are some of the Netflix series coming out this spring across genres so you don’t miss any of the new shows.
Firefly Lane: Season Two
Returning for part two of season two, Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl are back as best friends Kate and Tully in Firefly Lane. This will be the show’s final season. If you’re not a fan yet, Firefly Lane is based on the book by Kristin Hannah. The release date isn’t until the end of April, so there’s time to catch on the first season before it airs.
If you’re after a drama that’s more action than drama, The Night Agent is getting a second season too, and with its FBI agent lead, it’ll be more your speed.
Sweet Tooth: Season Two
Following where season one left off, a second season of this fantastical drama is coming out on April 27. The story is drawn from a dark comic by Jeff Lemire of the same name. The story centers on a deer-hybrid child in an apocalyptic setting. Compared to the comic, the on-screen story is a bit softer and lighter without losing the original story.
If you haven’t watched season one yet, there’s time to catch up!
Historic & Period
Set in the early stage of World War II, Transatlantic is a limited series that tells the story of one attempt to help refugees in Nazi-occupied France. It draws from a true story featured in the book The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer. According to Decider, it’s worth a watch for an adventurous feeling despite a serious reverence for the subject matter.
If you’re waiting on Bridgerton season 3, you’ll have to keep waiting. That release date hasn’t been published yet. For more WWII content, watch the Norwegian Limited Series War Sailor too.
Featuring comedian Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, Beef kickstarts with two strangers’ lives intersecting over a road rage incident. Our two main characters, a struggling contractor and an unsatisfied entrepreneur, find an outlet in their darkest impulses in the name of revenge. With high ratings from critics and audiences (98%) alike on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s worth a watch!
Borrowing a title from infamous news articles about the happenings in Florida, Florida Man follows a former police officer who returns to Florida to complete one last job. But it doesn’t go so smoothly.
If you’re a fan of the long-running Workin’ Moms, another season of that is coming too!
Love is Blind: Live Reunion
For diehard fans of Love is Blind, the reunion’s live airtime was marred by technical difficulties, but now they’d taped the reunion so anyone can watch and catch up with couples from the prior seasons.
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If you can’t get enough of reality television, there’s a new season of Indian Matchmaking coming too!
A joint project between Netflix and Belgian public broadcaster Eén, Rough Diamonds is a classic crime story with a family at the epicenter. It follows a prodigal son’s mistake and an estranged son’s attempts to clean it all up.
American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing
Prepare yourself, this docuseries isn’t a light story. It uses archive footage and interviews to share more about the Boston Marathon Bombing in three, hour-long episodes.
Originally released in 2013, this star-studded drama appeared on Netflix’s streaming options this April. Its original run garnered favorable reviews, so if you missed it on release, it’s time to watch! Featuring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence, this superstar cast draws inspiration from a real-life 1970s Abscam case about an FBI sting that led to the convictions of seven Congress members.
A Turkish film, Chokehold follows a couple starting over in a coastal town to escape a scandal. Instead, they find the locals are trying to get rid of them.
This film is in Turkish.
Historic & Period
The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die
Set in historic England, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die fits into an existing storyline first from Bernard Cornwell’s novels and then an existing TV show. While New York Times’s review is less than favorable, most audience members enjoyed the finale of the storyline.
Murder Mystery 2
Red carpet favorites, Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler pair up again for Murder Mystery 2, a second comedy with the same pairing (Nick and Audrey) as the first Murder Mystery now with their own detective agency.
Queens on the Run
Four long-time friends who share little besides a feeling of discontentedness with their current lives come together to take the road trip they used to talk about in high school. The movie follows down their bucket lists and calamities. Early reviews are mixed, so don’t think too hard while watching and see what you think.
This film is in Spanish.
A Tourist’s Guide to Love
Starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Lý in this Netflix original, A Tourist’s Guide to Love is your classic romantic comedy with a change of scenery. An American executive visits Vietnam where she meets a free-spired tour guide who changes how she goes through her days.
If you need some more comedy issues, we’ve rounded up 15 of the funniest comedies. They aren’t new, but they are hilarious!
Longest Third Date
While seeing COVID-19 appear in media for the last year has grown tiring, this time it’s essential to the story. Longest Third Date tells the real story of Khani and Matt who took a spontaneous trip to Costa Rica for their third date… and then were stuck there when COVID-19 closed down all travel. It features footage from their time together.
Last but not least, if you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, there are a few, new specials to stream.
-John Mulaney: Baby J
–Celeste Barber: Fine, Thanks
-Leanne Morgan: I’m Every Woman
Now, if you didn’t find a movie or show to tickle your fancy in this list, there’s still HBO and Disney+ to scroll through. I wish you luck finding your new favorite!
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