Netflix release dates 2021 – what’s coming up this year

From new Money Heist, Sex Education to All the Boys 3, here's everything you need to know about the titles coming to Netflix in 2021.

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With the car crash that was 2020 a distant memory and a more hopeful 2021 already whizzing by, there are more Netflix exclusives on the horizon.

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It’s been a cracking year to date – we’ve enjoyed another helping of the smash-hit Cobra Kai after its move from YouTube to Netflix; new series Fate: the Winx Saga and Shadow and Bone have been thrilling fantasy fans; and popular Spanish crime drama Money Heist has returned, with another helping due in December. Meanwhile, on the movie front, we have been treated to gentle archaeology film The Dig and Zack Snyder’s latest zombie flick Army of the Dead.

But we can still look forward to the return of familiar fan-favourites, including horror-thriller You, comedy hit Sex Education and the long-awaited second series of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.

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

15th October

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

22nd October

Locke & Key season 2 The next instalment of the coming-of-age mystery series

29th October

Colin in Black and White Drama series about NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick’s adolescence

3rd November

The Harder They Fall Gunning for revenge, outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) saddles up with his gang to take down enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), a ruthless crime boss who just got sprung from prison

5th November

Big Mouth season 5 Ayo Edebiri takes over from Jenny Slate as Missy in the fifth run of the animated comedy

Narcos: Mexico season 3 Guest star Puerto Rican musician Bad Bunny will join Diego Luna in the third and final run of the Narcos spin-off

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Diego Luna in Narcos: Mexico season 2 (Netflix)
Carlos Somonte/Netflix

12th November

Red Notice Dwayne Johnson make his debut on the streaming service in this action thriller, with Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds co-starring

17th November

Tiger King season 2 There’s more to come from Joe Exotic in a new run of the hit documentary series

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Tiger King’s Joe Exotic (Netflix)

19th November

Cowboy Bebop Get ready for a sci-fi western genre mash-up – and lots of introspective jazz…

Tick, Tick… Boom! Autobiographical musical directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and starring Andrew Garfield about one man’s race against time to create something extraordinary

24th November

Robin Robin Christmas movie from Aardman, featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant

1st December

The Power of the Dog Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss both star in an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 Western novel

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss (Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss (Getty Images)

3rd December

Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) season 5 vol 2 The second instalment arrives in the last month of the year

17th December

The Witcher season 2 The much delayed second series of the fantasy favourite starring Henry Cavill will drop just before Christmas

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Henry Cavill in The Witcher (Netflix)

22nd December

Emily in Paris season 2 Ooh, la la! The romantic comedy about the social media-obsessed American in the French capital returns

31st December

Cobra Kai season 4 The Karate Kid spin-off will be back before the year is out

Stay Close The team behind hit series The Stranger have reunited for another complex and searing drama starring Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage

Also expected to arrive in 2021…

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

Apollo 10 1/2: a Space Age Childhood 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

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

Lost in Space season 3 The third and final season of this underrated sci-fi gem was announced some time ago and filming has now completed. Expect this to land before the year is out

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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

2021’s significant releases so far…

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)

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 First batch of episodes before the remainder of the drama airs later in the year

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)

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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

10th February

News of the World Tom Hanks stars in this western about a Civil War veteran who undertakes a dangerous journey across Texas to deliver an orphaned girl to a new home

12th February

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

17th February

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)

23rd February

Pele Documentary delving into the retired Brazilian footballer’s stellar career – and the turbulent political background against which it was carved

24th February

Ginny & Georgia Drama series following a single mother and her daughter, whom she had when she was 15 years old

3rd March

Moxie Amy Poehler co-stars in and directs this coming-of-age comedy

4th March

Pacific Rim: the Black season 1 Anime cartoon series based on the Pacific Rim movies

5th March

Nevanke: Breaking the Silence Crime documentary about Nevenka Fernandez and the severe backlash she faced for speaking out about sexual assault in 2000

10th March

Last Chance U: Basketball Docuseries following the East Los Angeles College Huskies basketball team

Marriage or Mortgage “A real estate agent and a wedding planner go head to head to win the hearts, minds, and budgets of spouses to be”

12th March

The One A new science-fiction series about a company that can find your perfect partner through your DNA

Paradise PD Season 3 The town of Paradise PD recovers from Fitz’s schemes as the adult animated comedy makes a return

Yes Day Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez star in this film about two parents who commit to saying yes to every request their children have – a spiritual sequel to Yes Man then

15th March

The Lost Pirate Kingdom A documentary series about the real-life Pirates of the Caribbean? Count us in!

Zero Chill Teen ice skating drama series

16th March

Waffles + Mochi A cooking show with none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama!

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Michelle Obama’s new Netflix series Waffles + Mochi
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17th March

Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case A docuseries focusing on the case of a Belgian politician accused of killing his wife

19th March

Country Comfort A new comedy drama about an aspiring country singer who becomes a nanny for the five children of a cowboy

Formula One: Drive to Survive season 3 Another helping of the behind-the-scenes motoring documentary series

Sky Rojo New thriller from the creator of Money Heist and White Lines

26th March

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 7 The seventh run of the smash-hit cop comedy reaches the streamer

The Irregulars Sherlock’s street sidekicks take centre stage in this new supernatural series

1st April

Worn Stories Series adapted from Emily Spivack’s New York Times bestselling book that offers new ways to think about our clothes, our selves and our shared human experiences

2nd April

Concrete Cowboy A troubled teen (Caleb McLaughlin) who reunites with his estranged father (Idris Elba) — only to discover a community of black urban cowboys

Run Psychological horror thriller starring Ratched’s Sarah Paulson

9th April

Thunder Force Superhero comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as childhood friends reuniting after one of them develops a treatment that imbues superhero powers

22nd April

Stowaway Sci-fi thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette, following the crew of a Mars mission who discover an accidental stowaway

23rd April

Shadow and Bone Fantasy drama based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels, starring newcomer Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov

30th April

The Innocent Brand-new mystery series from Harlan Coben (Safe, The Stranger, The Woods)

7th May

Jupiter’s Legacy Superhero drama based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely

Monster Adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’s 1999 novel from executive producers John Legend and Nas, and starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright and A$AP Rocky

14th May

Halston season 1 Limited drama series starring Ewan McGregor as an American fashion icon

Love, Death + Robots Volume 2 Another helping of anthology animated stories

Selena: the Series The second part of the biopic about Selena Quintanilla is on the way in May

The Woman in the Window Thriller starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman based on AJ Finn’s 2018 bestseller of the same name

21st May

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

23rd May

Master of None season 3 The Aziz Ansari comedy returns with Naomi Ackie joining the cast as Alicia

26th May

Baggio: the Divine Ponytail Sports documentary on Italian footballer Roberto Baggio

28th May

Lucifer season 5, part 2 The first part introduced Lucifer’s brother and rival Michael and ended on a cliffhanger…

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Tom Ellis in Lucifer season 5B (Netflix)
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4th June

Breaking Boundaries: the Science of Our Planet David Attenborough narrates a new Netflix documentary on how humanity’s actions are threatening the stability of our planet

Feel Good seasons 1-2 Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie and Lisa Kudrow are back

Sweet Tooth Post-apocalyptic fairy tale based on the DC comic about a hybrid deer-boy who goes on an extraordinary adventure, executive-produced by Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr

11th June

Lupin Part 2 Omar Sy returns for the second part of the popular Netflix crime drama

18th June

Elite season 4 More from the Spanish-language teen thriller, with some fresh faces joining the cast

Fatherhood Kevin Hart stars in a true story of a father who must raise his daughter on his own

23rd June

Too Hot to Handle season 2 More singletons try their hardest to keep their hands off each other in a bid to win some money. Final episodes land on 30th June

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Too Hot to Handle (Netflix)
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24th June

Godzilla Singular Point Anime series about enormous sea monster Godzilla

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 6 Episodes will arrive weekly on a Thursday afternoon, the same day as their US release

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
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2nd July

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 Bloody three-part adaptation of RL Stine’s novels, released over a three-week period

8th July

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Based on the bestselling game series, this original CG anime series focuses on two popular characters – Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield

9th July

Atypical season 4 The inclusive coming-of-age series returns for its fourth and final season

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 Second part of the trilogy

The Water Man David Oyelowo makes his directorial debut with this film about a young boy on a quest to save his ill mother by tracking down a mythical figure who can cheat death

14th July

Heist Documentary series chronicling three of the biggest heists in modern US history, as explained by the people who pulled them off

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Film conclusion to the Arcadia saga from Guillermo del Toro

15th July

Never Have I Ever season 2 Return of the Mindy Kaling-created coming-of-age comedy starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

16th July

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 Third part of the trilogy

23th July

Sky Rojo season 2 Second helping of the Spanish drama, hot on the heels of the first earlier this year

30th July

Outer Banks season 2 The North Carolina-based teen series returns for a new run

11th August

The Kissing Booth 3 The final film in the franchise will see Joel Courtney, Joey King and Jacob Elordi reprising their much-loved roles for one last snogging session

12th August

Riverdale season 5 Archie and the gang return in the latest round of episodes

13th August

Beckett Political thriller from director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino starring John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps, and Alicia Vikander

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 ten years after a tragedy involving the death of his first love and his brother

20th August

The Chair Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh teams up with the Game of Thrones showrunners for a new Netflix comedy drama

Sweet Girl Action film starring Jason Mamoa and Isabela Merced

23rd August

Nightmare of the Wolf Netflix anime film, a new addition to the Witcher universe

27th August

He’s All That Re-imagined romcom from Mean Girls director Mark Waters

3rd September

Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) season 5 vol 1 The hit Spanish crime returns for the first part of the final season

Worth 9/11 drama starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Laura Benanti and Amy Ryan

10th September

Lucifer season 6 Deckerstar are heading towards their final chapter…

Lucifer season 5B – Tom Ellis as Michael Demiurgos
Lucifer season 5B – Tom Ellis as Michael Demiurgos
Netflix/YouTube

14th September

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: the Final Journey The last leg of the tour, and the boys come home to the UK

15th September

Schumacher An insight into the life of the seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher

17th September

Sex Education season 3 Following COVID-related filming delays, we return to Moordale with Otis and the gang for a third run of the comedy drama

24th September

Blood & Water season 2 Second outing for the South African drama, featuring some new faces

Midnight Mass New supernatural horror series from the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Starling Tearjerker starring Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd

1st October

Diana: a New Musical A filmed version of the Broadway musical about the life of Princess Diana, starring Kinky Boots and American Idiot star Jeanna De Waal

11th October

The Baby-Sitters Club season 2 The series based on the lengthy children’s book series by Ann M Martin returns for a new run

 

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