To make the decision on what to watch even more challenging the streamer also has several fan favorites returning, including Money Heist: Part 5 Volume 1 and Lucifer: The Sixth and Final Season.
Perhaps you’re looking for something brand new to binge? Netflix definitely has you covered. Here are five standouts that should keep you very busy binge-watching and the month starts out with a documentary series that has been at the top of the news headlines recently.
Turning Point: 9/11 And The War On Terror (September 1, Five Episodes) – Tragic news recently broke that several U.S. service members had been killed and more than a dozen had been injured in an attack by a suicide bomber outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul. This attack was followed by another bombing nearby where more innocent people were killed. This comes as President Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw nears and as many feel the devastation of what’s currently happening, it’s important to understand the catalyst for these events. The attacks on September 11, 2001 forever changed the world and the fallout continues in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Here we are, 20 years later, following the longest war in American history and with Afghanistan once again under Taliban control. This new doc series efforts to answer some very tough questions: Who attacked the U.S. and why? What breakdowns in intelligence allowed it to happen? How did decisions at the highest levels of three administrations in the war on terror bring us to this moment? Director Brian Knappenberger features a wide range of interviews with officials from multiple U.S. presidential administrations, former CIA members, U.S. military veterans, Afghanistan National Army soldiers, Taliban commanders, members of the Afghan government, Afghan warlords and Afghan civilians. Many of those who participated had never spoken on camera before. The series also spotlights the voices of survivors of the attacks.
On The Verge (September 7, Twelve Episodes) – We are living in heavy times and this series provides a bit of relief. Go back in time to a pre-pandemic Los Angeles and follow the struggles of four women: a chef, a single mom, an heiress and a job seeker as they juggle the stresses of work and love. Julie Delpy (Two Days in Paris, Before Sunrise) writes, directs and stars in this new dramedy series. This is a perfect escape-binge that will help you forget about the chaos of our current reality. Delpy stars alongside Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Jones, Alexia Landeau, Daphne Albert, Timm Sharp, Mathieu Demy, Giovanni Ribisi and Dhruv Uday Singh.
Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (September 22, Four Episodes) – In 1977 a serial rapist struck Ohio State University and the evidence led investigators to Billy Milligan, a young man with a traumatic childhood and a criminal record. Yet upon his arrest Billy had no memory of the assaults and his mannerisms seemed to change on the spot. Several psychiatrists diagnosed him with multiple personality disorder, which is now known as dissociative identity disorder. They discovered that as many as 24 distinct “multiples” existed within his mind and the case would go on to captivate the nation. This analysis would lead to a first-of-its-kind legal defense strategy and Billy was found innocent by reason of insanity. This doc series is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and he interviews the Milligan family as well as friends, doctors and the law enforcement professionals who tried to untangle the truth. Over 40 years since the landmark verdict, nearly everyone is still asking questions: Were Billy’s multiple personalities indeed controlling his actions, or were they a convenient cover for a brilliant narcissistic sociopath? To what extent should charismatic criminals benefit from their notoriety? And were Billy’s most violent crimes still to come?
Midnight Mass (September 24, Seven Episodes) – This new horror series from creator Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) is set in a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest, Father Paul (Hamish Linklater). When he comes to Crockett Island miraculous and unexplained events occur and a renewed religious fervor takes hold of the community and many are left wondering if these miracles come at a price. Flanagan directs this limited series with an ensemble cast that includes Kate Siegel, Rahul Abburi, Crystal Balint, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Annarah Cymone, Annabeth Gish, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas and Michael Trucco. The series is executive produced by Flanagan and Trevor Macy for Intrepid Pictures.
The Chestnut Man (September 29, Six Episodes) – This new Danish psychological thriller comes from the creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup, and is based on his debut novel which has been translated into 33 languages and published in 50 countries. This Nordic noir tale is set in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen where the police make a terrible discovery one October morning when they find the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. In a bizarre twist, she is found near a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man that connects it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead.