Netflix release dates 2021 – top picks for next year and what’s coming up

From new Riverdale, Sex Education to The Dig, here's everything you need to know about the titles coming to Netflix in 2021.


With the car crash that has been 2020 finally coming to an end, it’s time to look towards next year and what Netflix has in store for us as we prepare for some winter binge-watching.


From upcoming drama Pieces of a Woman starring The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby and season three of Cobra Kai, to Ralph Fiennes’s period drama The Dig and brand new series Inventing Anna, there’s so much to look forward to in the new year.

While many of 2021’s titles don’t yet have confirmed release dates, we’re expecting to see a number of familiar shows return next year, from comedy hit Sex Education to horror thriller You.

Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s 2021 titles and their release dates.


1st January

Cobra Kai season 3 Season three of the Karate Kid spin-off lands on Netflix, following Johnny Lawrence 34 years after the events of the first film (pulled forward from original 8th January release date)

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 A brand-new line-up of wannabe drag superstars vie for the title (episodes weekly)

RuPaul's Drag Race (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Netflix)

We Can Be Heroes Directed by Spy Kids’ Robert Rodriguez, We Can Be Heroes follows the children of superheroes, who are whisked into protection by the government after alien invaders kidnap their parents. With Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christian Slater and Adriana Barraza

7th January

Pieces of a Woman Starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf, this film follows a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy

15th January

Disenchantment Part 3 Matt Groening’s medieval adventure story returns for a third run

21st January

Riverdale season 5 While the upcoming series opens with Archie and friends attending prom, we’re then expecting to jump seven years into the future to see where the Riverdale High students ended up

22nd January

Fate: the Winx Saga Based on popular animated series Winx Club, this Netflix original drama follows five fairies at a magical boarding school where they must learn to master their powers

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2 The animated spin-off from the mega film franchise gets a second outing as the adventures continue for the central group of friends

The White Tiger Based on the Aravind Adiga New York Times bestseller, this film starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas follows Balram Halwai’s (Adarsh Gourav) darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur

26th January

Snowpiercer season 2 Second run of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series (episodes weekly)

Snowpiercer - Netflix
The cast of Snowpiercer (Netflix)

29th January

The Dig This period drama starring Ralph Fiennes, Lily James and Cary Mulligan follows a wealthy widow, who hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate as the Second World War looms

12th February

To All the Boys: Always and Forever Third title in the romantic film franchise, also based on a book by Jenny Han

Also expected to arrive in 2021…

Angry Birds: Summer Madness A new series based on the world of Angry Birds arrives in 2021, following much-loved birds Red, Bomb and Chuck

Apollo 10 1/2: a Space Age Adventure From Richard Linklater, this animated film starring Jack Black tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from the perspectives of the astronaut and an excited kid living near NASA

Army of the Dead Directed by Zack Snyder, this zombie action heist stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick and Tig Notaro as a group of mercenaries trying to pull off their greatest mission yet in zombie-infested Las Vegas

Behind Her Eyes Based on Sarah Pinborough’s novel of the same name, Simona Brown stars as a single mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss (Tom Bateman) before befriending his wife Adele (Eve Hewson)

Diana: a New Musical Expected to premiere in early 2021, a filmed version of this Broadway musical about the life of Princess Diana is arriving on Netflix

Elite season 4 The fourth series of Netflix’s Spanish teen thriller is predicted to arrive next year after being renewed back in May.

Gone for Good Based on the Harlan Coben book, this Netflix adaptation follows Guillaume Lucchesi (Finnegan Oldfield) as he tries to find his missing partner Judith 10 years after a tragedy involving the death of his first love and his brother

Inventing Anna Based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine feature on real-life con-artist Anna Delvey, this Netflix series stars Julia Garner as the apparent German heiress who convinced New York high society she was rich as she stole from them

Love Is Blind season 2 Netflix renewed this experimental dating show for two more series back in March, with the second series predicted to arrive at some point in 2021.

The Netflix Afterparty A new weekly comedy show hosted by London Hughes, Fortune Feimster and David Spade will focus on one of the latest Netflix films or TV shows of the moment, featuring interviews, pop culture discussions and sketches

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Based on the best-selling game series, this original CG anime series is set to focus on two popular characters – Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield


Sex Education season 3 Following COVID-related filming delays, Sex Education’s third season is now finally in production, with Otis and the gang set to return at some point next year.

You season 3 The creepy Joe Goldberg, played by Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley, will be back for a third outing next year, this time with murderous girlfriend Love (Victoria Pedretti)
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