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Here's TODAY's special list of June recommendations you won't want to miss.

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By Randee Dawn

Netflix has more great programming than anyone could possibly consume in their lifetime, and in these days of self-quarantining and social distancing, we need it more than ever. So how do you know where to start? Here's TODAY's special list of June recommendations you won't want to miss — from new releases to classics. Plus, keep scrolling to find other options from previous months. Time to settle into your sofa and start bingeing!

All New

"The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story"Erik Pendzich / Shutterstock

"The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story"

Years after the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury, "American Idol" winner Adam Lambert helped the rest of the members of Queen take the show on the road again, and they continue to rock the house. This documentary shows how they made it work. (Coming Soon)

"Fuller House"Michael Yarish / Netflix

"Fuller House: The Farewell Season" (season five, second half)

As the "Full House" reboot begins to wrap things up, the She-Wolf pack is walking down the aisle together for a triple wedding. (June 2)

"13 Reasons Why"David Moir / Netflix

"13 Reasons Why" (season four)

The last season of the popular series features Liberty High School's senior class preparing for graduation. But our key crew of friends have a dangerous secret still buried, and have to make peace with the past four years of ups and downs. (June 5)

"Hannibal"(C)NBC / Courtesy Everett Collection

"Hannibal" (seasons one-three)

Get ready for all three tasty seasons as notorious serial killer/culinary expert Hannibal Lecter faces off with his greatest nemesis: Will Graham. Maybe you'll want to pair some of these episodes with a screening of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), which will also run on Netflix this month. (June 5)

"Queer Eye"Ryan Collerd / Netflix

"Queer Eye" (season five)

The Fab Five are going to Philadelphia to make over their latest subjects, who include a DJ and a dog groomer. (June 5)

"Patriot Act"Cara Howe / Netflix

"Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" (volume six)

New episodes will drop weekly as the topical comedy show explores cultural and political landscapes worldwide. (June 7)

"Lenox Hill"Stephanie Keit / Netflix

"Lenox Hill"

A documentary look at the lives of four doctors – two brain surgeons, an ER physician and a chief resident OBGYN as they face highs and lows while working at New York City's Lenox Hill hospital. (June 10)

"George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half"David Moir / Netflix

"George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half"

Standup from George Lopez is always a good time, and for this Netflix special he returns to his roots by exploring race, politics and life lessons from the Latino community. (June 30)

Also add to the queue: "Spelling the Dream" (June 3); "The Last Days of American Crime" (June 5); "Curon" (June 10); "Reality Z" (June 10); "Da 5 Bloods" (June 12); "The Woods" (June 12); "Nobody Knows I'm Here" (June 24)

Certified Classics

"E.T."Getty Images

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)

The aliens have arrived, and they're kind of sweet! And love Reese's pieces! And do not want to be dissected! Steven Spielberg's heartwarming film stands up, and it's always fun to see Drew Barrymore as a wee little girl. (June 1)

"The Silence of the Lambs"(C)Orion Pictures Corp / Courtesy Everett Collection

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

Make yourself some liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti and enjoy the Oscar-winning suspenseful film that captured everyone's attention. (And then check out the three seasons of "Hannibal," which are also available on Netflix this month. (June 1)

"West Side Story"Courtesy Everett Collection

"West Side Story" (1961)

Gang warfare and hopeless romance were never this full of great Broadway tunes! Sing along as the Jets and the Sharks get their rumble on. (June 1)

Also add to the queue: "Starship Troopers" (1997) (June 1); "V for Vendetta" (2005) (June 1); "Lady Bird" (2017) (June 3); "Frost/Nixon" (2009) (June 16)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"Tremors"(C)Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

"The King's Speech" (2010) (June 1); "Mad Men" (seasons one-seven) (June 9); "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) (June 24); "Cheers" (seasons one-11) (June 30); "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) (June 30); "Julie & Julia" (2009) (June 30); "Tremors," "Tremors 2: Aftershocks," "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection," "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins"; "Tremors 5: Bloodline" (1990-2015) (June 30)

May 2020

All New



A new limited series from "Glee" creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, this is an alternate universe version of Tinseltown where actors and filmmakers of all races and sexual orientations are finding ways to make it in the post-WWII filmmaking business. (May 1)

"Into the Night"Netflix

"Into the Night"

What happens if the sun stops being a life-giver — and starts killing everything? Passengers on an overnight flight from Brussels must survive by any means necessary. (May 1)

"Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill"Netflix

"Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill"

With a new hourlong special, the "Seinfeld" and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" star takes to the stage for more observational yuks. (May 5)

"Dead to Me"Netflix

"Dead to Me" season two

Jen and Judy now each have a dark secret to hide, which may be tough after a new visitor arrives in town and Detective Perez begins sniffing around. (May 8)

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt vs. The Reverend"Netflix

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend"

Kimmy and her friends are heading out on an interactive adventure! (May 12)

"Patton Oswald: I Love Everything"Netflix

"Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything"

Actor and comedian Oswalt shares existential anecdotes about sliding into his 50s, including attending his daughter's second-grade art show, and the costs of being a parent, in this hilarious stand-up special. (May 19)

"Hannah Gadsby: Douglas"Netflix

"Hannah Gadsby: Douglas"

Gadsby's not for everyone, but we can guarantee she's the funniest Tasmanian (as in, from Australia!) most Americans will ever see do dry, personal, hilarious stand-up. (May 26)

"Space Force"Netflix

"Space Force"

Steve Carell stars in this hilarious new comedy about the not-always-competent folks ordered to create Space Force, the newest branch of the U.S. military. (May 29)

Also add to the queue: "Blood & Water" (May 1); "Kenny Sebastian: The Most Interesting Person in the Room" (May 1); "Trial by Media" (May 11); "Magic for Humans: Season 3" (May 15); "Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall" (May 20); "Selling Sunset: Season 2" (May 22)

Certified Classics

"Back to the Future"Everett Collection

"Back to the Future" (1985), "Back to the Future Part II" (1989)

Two shots to fix the past (which we may all be wishing we could do right now) starring Michael J. Fox and an amazing DeLorean vehicle. (May 1)


"The Patriot" (2000)

Yeah, it's classic over-the-top Mel Gibson, but whether you enjoy it for Heath Ledger, the semi-accurate historical nature, Jason Isaacs or the scene where a cannonball actually takes somebody's head off (spoiler alert), there's lots to love and hate here. (May 1)

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"Netflix

"Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" (1971), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005)

Time to settle all arguments with battling Willy Wonkas: Gene Wilder ('71) and Johnny Depp ('05) star as the classic chocolatier in these two very different takes on the same Roald Dahl classic. Watch 'em back to back while snacking on your favorite sweets! (May 1)

Also add to the queue: "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994) (May 1); "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) (May 1); "Uncut Gems" (2019) (May 25); "The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) (May 27)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"The First Wives Club"Alamy

"The First Wives Club" (1996) (May 19); "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1994) (May 19); "My Girl" (1991) (May 31); "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991) (May 31); "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) (May 31)

April 2020

All New

"Nailed It!"Netflix

"Nailed It" (season four)

Watch amateurs and total rookies take on pro baking challenges, and laugh along with the rest of us at the not-ready-for-prime-time results. (April 1)

"The Innocence Files"Netflix

"The Innocence Files"

Focusing on eight cases of wrongful conviction taken on by The Innocence Project, this documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney gives us all a peek into the darker side of our legal system. (April 15)

"After Life"Netflix

"After Life" (season two)

The dramedy follows Tony (Ricky Gervais), a newspaper writer whose life changes irreparably after his wife's death from cancer. (April 24)



Black market mercenary Tyler (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord, but this may prove to be a truly impossible mission. (April 24)

"Never Have I Ever"Netflix

"Never Have I Ever"

A coming-of-age comedy series about a first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by "The Mindy Project's" Mindy Kaling and her childhood memories. (April 27)

Also add to the queue: "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (April 1); "Coffee & Kareem" (April 3); "The Big Show Show" (April 6); "Love Wedding Repeat" (April 10); "The Main Event" (April 10); "Middleditch & Schwartz" (April 21)

Certified Classics

"Lethal Weapon II"Alamy

"Lethal Weapon" (1-4) (1987-98)

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play Detectives Ruggs and Murtagh through four classic action films that virtually defined the genre of "buddy cop" movies. Binge away! (April 1)

"The Matrix"Alamy

"The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions" (1999-03)

Red pill or blue pill? Take both, now that all three of the "Matrix" films are coming together to show you why Keanu Reeves really does both save the universe, and ruin it for the rest of us at the same time. (Plus, you'll be all set for the May 2021 release of "The Matrix 4." (April 1)

"The Hangover"Alamy

"The Hangover" (2009)

A bunch of friends in Las Vegas for a bachelor party … and a baby? What could go wrong? Everything, and that's what makes it so hilarious. And warning: It's only here until April 30. (April 1)

"Django Unchained"AP

"Django Unchained" (2012)

A revenge fantasy that takes on slavery and stars Jaime Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio — and is directed by Quentin Tarantino. (You have been warned about the violence.) (April 25)

Also add to the queue: "Cadillac Records" (2008); "Road to Perdition" (2002); "Taxi Driver" (1976); "The Social Network" (2010); "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967); "The Artist" (2012)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"The Shawshank Redemption"Alamy / Alamy Stock Photo

"Police Academy" (1-7) (1984-94); "The Longest Yard" (2005); "National Treasure" (2004); "A Little Princess" (1995); "Rosemary's Baby" (1968); "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)