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Best TV shows and movies to watch on Netflix in October 2021

Here's TODAY's special list of October recommendations you won't want to miss.
/ Source: TODAY

Netflix has more great programming than anyone could possibly consume in their lifetime, and in these days of social distancing, we need it more than ever. So how do you find the best movies and TV shows on Netflix? Here's TODAY's list of Netflix 2021 recommendations for what to watch today — from new releases to classics to binge watch. So settle back in the sofa and start bingeing!

What to watch on Netflix in October 2021

All New

"Diana: The Musical"Netflix

"Diana: The Musical"

Princess Diana's life takes center stage in this original musical, which was filmed ahead of its official Broadway opening. (Oct. 1)

"Seinfeld"Alamy Stock Photo

"Seinfeld"

All nine seasons of the show about nothing are set to reside on the platform for the next five years, so start your first binge now! (Oct. 1)

"The Guilty"Netflix

"The Guilty"

As a 911 operator, Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggles to save a caller, but there's a lot more to it than one person in peril. (Oct. 1)

"MAID"Netflix

"MAID"

Inspired by a New York Times-bestselling memoir, Alex is a single mother who barely makes ends meet as a housecleaner while trying to overcome homelessness and help her daughter. (Oct. 1)

"Bad Sport"Netflix

"Bad Sport"

Six stories that intersect sports and crime, told by athletes, coaches and law enforcement. (Oct. 6)

"Baking Impossible"Netflix

"Baking Impossible"

This new competition series pairs innovative bakers with engineers to create "Bakineers" to create confections that will boggle the mind. (Oct. 6)

"There's Someone Inside Your House"Netflix

"There's Someone Inside Your House"

Makani moves from Hawaii to Nebraska to live with her grams and finish high school, but her classmates are being stalked by a killer who exposes secrets. The teen and her pals decide to figure out the killer's identity before they turn into victims. (Oct. 6)

"You"Netflix

"You: Season 3"

Joe is married with a baby, but the love of his life and he might not be able to get along without murdering a few people along the way. (Oct. 15)

"Sex, Love and goop"Netflix

"Sex, Love & goop"

Couples try to achieve more intimacy and better sex with help from Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and her team of experts. (Oct. 21)

"Colin in Black and White"Netflix

"Colin in Black & White"

A dramatic series from Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay that explores the football playing activist's high school years and what led him to take a stand while taking a knee. (Oct. 29)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Oct. 1

  • "Paik's Spirit"
  • "Swallow"

Oct. 7

"Sexy Beasts: Season 2"

Oct. 11

"The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 2"

Oct. 12

  • "Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It"
  • "The Movies That Made Us: Season 3"

Oct. 20

  • "Night Teeth"
  • "Stuck Together"

Oct. 22

"Locke & Key: Season 2"

Oct. 26

"Sex: Unzipped"

Certified Classics

"An Inconvenient Truth"Alamy

"An Inconvenient Truth" (2006)

Former Vice president Al Gore walks us through the ways climate change will affect Earth and all its residents, with a plea to find ways to slow it down. (Oct. 1)

"Ghost"Alamy

"Ghost" (1990)

Woman falls for man, man and woman spin clay in a sexy way, woman loses man, woman finds his spirit. (Oct. 1)

"Victoria and Abdul"Alamy

"Victoria & Abdul" (2017)

The story of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and the Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. (Oct. 16)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Oct. 1

  • "Spy Kids" first three films (2001-03)
  • "Titanic" (1997)
  • "Tommy Boy" (1995)

Sept. 20

"Grown Ups"

Going, Going ... Gone!

"Catch Me If You Can"Alamy

Oct. 31

  • "Catch Me If You Can" (2002)
  • "The Da Vinci Code" (2006)
  • "Legally Blonde" (2001)

What to watch on Netflix in September 2021

All New

"How to Be a Cowboy"Courtesy Netflix

"How to Be a Cowboy"

With social media and rodeo skills, Dale Brisby is keeping the Wild West tradition alive and is ready to teach the world how to cowboy right. (Sept. 1)

"Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror"Courtesy of Netflix

"Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror"

As the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks nears, this series documents the origin of the attacks to the response from the U.S. (Sept. 1)

"Sharkdog"Courtesy of Netflix

"Sharkdog"

He's a dog! He's a shark! He loves fish sticks! For kids too young to watch "Sweet Tooth," here's a different kind of furry/scaly hero. (Sept. 3)

"Worth"Monika Lek / Courtesy of Netflix

"Worth"

An attorney must complete an impossible task: deciding how to compensate families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. (Sept. 3)

"Untold: Breaking Point"Courtesy of Netflix

"Untold: Breaking Point"

Mardy Fish became the No. 1 ranked male tennis player, but also had to face mental challenges on and off the court. (Sept. 7)

"Metal Shop Masters"Courtesy of Netflix

"Metal Shop Masters"

A competition series between welding legends who take contestants on a true iron man/woman race against the clock. (Sept. 10)

"Prey"ANKE NEUGEBAUER / Courtesy of Netflix

"Prey"

Five hikers who don't always get along are pursued by an unseen hunter who will not let them alone. (Sept. 10)

"You Vs. Wild"Courtesy of Netflix

"You vs. Wild: Out Cold"

A plane crash leaves Bear with amnesia, and he has to decide how to save the missing pilot and survive in this interactive adventure. (Sept. 14)

"Squid Game"Netflix

"Squid Game"

It's "Hunger Games" meets "Kill Bill," kind of, and it's in Korean (mostly). But this candy-colored horror series about desperate people willing to play children's games for money at all costs is the very definition of a Netflix binge series.

"Chicago Party Aunt"Courtesy Netflix

"Chicago Party Aunt"

Chicago partier Diane is a huge Bears fan and isn't much into adulthood, but she does love her nerdy nephew. (Sept. 17)

"Attack of the Hollywood Cliches"Adam Rose / Netflix

"Attack of the Hollywood Cliches"

Rob Lowe hosts this special that looks at some of the biggest cliches in cinematic history along with A-listers, screenwriters, academics and critics. (Sept. 28)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Sept. 2

  • "Afterlife of the Party"
  • "Q-Force"

Sept. 8

"The Circle: Season 3"

Sept. 15

  • "Nailed It! Season 6"
  • "Nightbooks"

Sept. 17

"The Stronghold"

Sept. 22

  • "Dear White People: Volume 4"
  • "Jaguar"

Certified Classics

"The Blue Lagoon"Alamy Stock Photo

"The Blue Lagoon" (1980)

Brooke Shields and Chris Atkins grow up on an isolated island, find each other, have a child, then find some berries. (Sept. 1)

"Labyrinth"PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

"Labyrinth" (1986)

David Bowie wants that baby, and Jennifer Connelly is going to have to do something a-mazing to get him back. (Sept. 1)

"Jaws"Universal / Getty Images

"Jaws," "Jaws 2," "Jaws 3," "Jaws: The Revenge" (1975-87)

Man meets apex predator, apex predator goes to lunch. Check out all the toothsome entries in the legendary epic, then cancel your beach vacation. (Sept. 16)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Sept. 1

  • "Cold Mountain" (2003)
  • "House Party," "House Party 2," "House Party 3" (1990-94)
  • "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984)

Sept. 20

"Grown Ups"

Going, Going ... Gone!

"The Queen"Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

Sept. 3

"Kicking and Screaming" (1995)

Sept. 11

"Turbo" (2013)

Sept. 30

  • "Air Force One" (1997)
  • "Boogie Nights" (1997)
  • "The Queen" (2006)
  • "Kung Fu Panda," "Kung Fu Panda 2" (2008, 2011)

What to watch on Netflix in August 2021

All New

"Pray Away"Netflix

"Pray Away"

Survivors, former leaders and others who were subjected to "conversion therapy" talk about how it has devastated their lives. (Aug. 3)

"Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified"Netflix

"Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified"

Get out your tinfoil hats! Claims of extraterrestrial encounters are on the rise, and they may actually be more real than delusion. (Aug. 3)

"Cooking with Paris"Kit Karzen / Netflix

"Cooking With Paris"

The former "it" girl and socialite now offers tips on how anyone can learn to cook — even if you're making edible glitter bombs. (Aug. 4)

"The Swarm"Netflix

"The Swarm"

Hungry locusts bred for protein, not angry bees, are the focus of this terrifying film, when their breeder learns she might get eaten herself! (Aug. 6)

"Untold: Caitlyn Jenner"Netflix

"Untold"

A documentary series focusing on epic tales from the wild world of sports, starting with "Malice at the Palace," in which the famous Pacers-Pistons brawl is told from those who were there. Later in the month, "Caitlyn Jenner" explores the former Olympian's transition. (Aug. 10, Aug. 24)

"The Kissing Booth 3"Marcos Cruz / Netflix

"The Kissing Booth 3"

In the summer before Elle heads to college, she has to decide: Move across the country with Noah or attend college with her best friend Lee. (Aug. 11)

"The Chair"Eliza Morse / Netflix

"The Chair"

The first woman of color to become chair at a major university has almost insurmountable challenges to face. (Aug. 20)

"The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf"Netflix

"The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf"

"The Witcher" ventures into 2D anime in a film that explores a new threat on the Continent. (Aug. 23)

"Clickbait"Ben King / Netflix

"Clickbait"

"Rashomon" meets the web in this thriller series, in which eight different POVs try to get to the heart of a gruesome crime. (Aug. 25)

"He's All That"Kevin Estrada / Netflix

"He's All That"

A re-imagining of the 1999 rom-com "She's All That," the story follows an influencer who takes on a challenge to turn a school loner into a prom king. (Aug. 25)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Coming soon

"Comedy Premium League"

Aug. 11

"Bake Squad"

"Misha and the Wolves"

Aug. 13

"Beckett"

"Fast & Furious Spy Racers: South Pacific Season 5"

Aug. 20

"Sweet Girl"

"Everything Will Be Fine"

Aug. 25

"Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed"

Aug. 31

"Sparking Joy"

Certified Classics

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"CBS via Getty Images

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)

Every kid should have a skip day from high school turn out like this one. (Aug. 1)

"Magnolia"Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

"Magnolia" (1999)

A mosaic of interwoven stories among a stellar A-list cast, plus frogs fall from the sky. (Aug. 1)

"Space Cowboys"Alamy Stock

"Space Cowboys" (2000)

Outer space needs more older heroes like these veterans — and fewer billionaires. (Aug. 1)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Aug. 1

"My Girl" and "My Girl 2" (1991, 1994)

"Seabiscuit" (2003)

"The Machinist" (2004)

Aug. 11

"Like Crazy" (2011)

Aug. 25

"The November Man" (2014)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"Casino Royale"Greg Williams / Getty Images

Aug. 9

"Nightcrawler" (2014)

Aug. 12

"Safety Not Guaranteed" (2012)

Aug. 30

  • "Casino Royale" (2006)
  • "Quantum of Solace" (2008)
  • "Stranger than Fiction" (2006)

Aug. 31

  • "Chinatown" (1974)
  • "The Departed" (2006)
  • "The Ring" (2002)

What to watch on Netflix in July 2021

All New

"We the People"Netflix

"We The People"

Take a fun refresher course on the basics of rights and citizenship with songs from artists like Janelle Monáe, H.E.R., Adam Lambert, Brandi Carlile and more. (July 4 )

"I Think You Should Leave"Netflix

"I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson" (season two)

The absurdist sketch comedy series returns with creator/writers Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin bringing their observational humor to poke fun at bizarre and mundane situations. (July 6)

"Resident Evil"Netflix

"Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness"

Years after the horror of Raccoon City, Leon and Claire are consumed by a dark conspiracy when a viral attack ravages the White House. Anime. (July 8)

"Atypical"Netflix

"Atypical: Season 4"

The final season finds Casey and Sam about to leave the nest, but every member of the Gardners is facing big decisions about what comes next. (July 9)

"Gunpowder Milkshake"Netflix

"Gunpowder Milkshake"

Three generations of women stand up to the people trying to take everything from them. Netflix calls this the "mother of all action movies"! (July 14)

"Heist"Netflix

"Heist"

A documentary series chronicling three of the biggest heists in modern American history, told by those who actually made them happen. (July 14)

"Never Have I Ever"Netflix

"Never Have I Ever: Season 2"

There's a new classmate, a new love interest and fresh reasons to argue with her mom, so Devi is keeping busy and finding ways to be courageous. (July 15)

"The Movies That Made Us: 2"Netflix

"The Movies That Made Us: Season 2"

A peek behind the scenes of the blockbusters that defined a generation, featuring actors, directors and insiders taking deep dives. (July 21)

"Sexy Beasts"Netflix

"Sexy Beasts"

Real-life singles wear elaborate makeup and prosthetics to see if anyone can ever truly date blind (while also dating ridiculous at the same time). (July 21)

"Resort to Love"Netflix

"Resort to Love"

Aspiring pop star Erica (Christina Milian) is the entertainment at her ex's wedding while she's in the middle of a career meltdown. So who will sing at Erica's wedding? (July 29)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

Coming soon

"How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast): Season 3"

July 1

"Dynasty Warriors"

"Generation 56k"

"Young Royals"

July 5

"You Are My Spring"

July 7

"Dogs: Season 2"

"Cat People"

July 9

"The Cook of Castamar"

July 23

"Masters of the Universe: Revelation"

Certified Classics

"Boogie Nights"Alamy Stock Photo

"Boogie Nights" (1997)

The story of a young man, his impressive asset, the 1970s blue movie industry and a woman on roller skates. What's not to love? (July 1)

"Midnight Run"Alamy Stock Photo

"Midnight Run" (1988)

An accountant on the run is pursued by bounty hunters, the F.B.I. and the Mafia after he jumps bail. Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro make one of Hollywood's greatest comedic pairings. (July 1)

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day"Alamy Stock Photo

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991)

In which a robot primed for destruction sees the light, but another one ports in from the future to ruin everything. (July 1)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

July 1

"The Karate Kid" trilogy (1984, 1986, 1989)

"Stuart Little" (1999)

July 2

"Snowpiercer" (2013)

July 16

"The Twilight Saga" films: "Twilight" (2008), "New Moon" (2009), "Eclipse" (2010), "Breaking Dawn Part 1" (2011), "Breaking Dawn Part 2" (2012)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"The Iron Lady"Alamy Stock Photo

July 5

"The Iron Lady" (2011)

July 15

"The Princess and the Frog" (2009)

July 31

  • "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
  • "Zombieland" (2009)
  • "Eat Pray Love" (2010)
  • "Mad Max" (1979)

What to watch on Netflix in June 2021

All New

"Dancing Queens"Jan Tove / Netflix

"Dancing Queens"

Dylan is a 23-year-old from Sweden with big dance aspirations. She's hired at the club Queens, but ... she's a girl and this is a club where you dance in drag. But she'll make it work. (June 3 )

"Sweet Tooth"Netflix

"Sweet Tooth"

A sweet boy, who happens to be half-human and half-deer, travels across a post-apocalyptic world with a new protector. (June 4)

"Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats"Netflix

"Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats"

Curl up with your favorite fuzzball and enjoy this documentary that captures the daily lives, routines and adventures of a group of Dutch cats. (June 5)

"Awake"Peter H. Stranks / Netflix

"Awake"

A global event wipes out humanity's ability to get some zzzs, which sends an ex-soldier out to save her family while everything else spirals into chaos. (June 9)

"Lupin: Part 2"Netflix

"Lupin: Part 2"

Now being chased by Hubert and his henchmen, Assane looks for Raoul and finds an unlikely ally. (June 11)

"This Is Pop"Netflix

"THIS IS POP"

A new eight-part docuseries will examine pop history and the behind-the-scenes stories that explain why it's been so impactful on the culture. (June 22)

"Fatherhood"Netflix

"Fatherhood"

After the sudden death of his wife, a new dad played by Kevin Hart takes on single parenthood. (June 18)

"Unwind Your Mind"Netflix

"Unwind Your Mind"

This Netflix interactive experience is a mindfulness experience designed to be accessible anywhere, anytime. Guiding viewers through meditation, relaxation and sleep, viewers can create their own path in this "story." (June 21)

"The Ice Road"Netflix

"The Ice Road"

Big rig ice road driver (Liam Neeson) mounts an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save trapped diamond miners. (June 25)

"America: The Motion Picture"Netflix

"America: The Motion Picture"

Give George Washington a chain saw and his beer-loving bro Sam Adams as a sidekick, and they're ready to take on the British in this tongue-in-cheek riff on the Revolutionary War. (June 30)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

June 4

"Xtreme"

June 9

"Fresh, Fried & Crispy"

June 11

"Skater Girl"

June 16

"Penguin Town"

June 17

"Katla"

Certified Classics

"The Big Lebowski"Alamy Stock Photo

"The Big Lebowski" (1998)

The Dude is out to get revenge for his rug, which really tied the room together, in this absurdist Coen brothers classic. (June 1)

"Stand By Me"Alamy Stock Photo

"Stand by Me" (1986)

Four boys travel to see a dead body, and discover a lot about life in the process, though they never do solve what Goofy is. A Stephen King story that'll make you cry. (June 1)

"What Women Want"Alamy Stock Photo

"What Women Want" (2000)

A Chicago advertising executive learns how to read women's minds after an accident, and the results are ... mixed. (June 1)

Also add to the Netflix queue:

June 16

"Lowriders" (2017)

June 17

"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012)

Going, Going ... Gone!

"The Secret Life of Pets 2"Alamy Stock Photo

June 4

"Hannibal: Seasons 1-3"

June 26

"The Secret Life of Pets 2" (2019)

June 30

  • "Back to the Future" (1985, 1989, 1990)
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971)
  • "Scarface" (1983)
  • "The Twilight Zone" (original series, seasons one-five)