Best Netflix documentaries for September 2018

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On the list of shows that were tragically cut down before their prime, Number 1 is Firefly. While splitting the family up for most of the season meant some of the spark had disappeared - this was done to fit in with the actors' busy schedules - the fourth season proved that there was still a lot to like about the dysfunctional Bluth family. We have guides for those, too! Which is such a shame as the rest of Netflix's Marvel series have been hard-hitting, explosive delights. The film is perfect for a popcorn and beer night with the gals and guys.

The best documentaries on Netflix

The 50 best documentaries on Netflix

Over its 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach's murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing and possibly planted evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved.

Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won't be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you've started. Master of None takes Ansari out of Amy Poehler's shadow and brings him into his own, showing audiences a side of the comedian that anyone in their mids or early 30s can relate to.

Like Louie, Master of None covers the oddities of everyday life, incorporating all the heartfelt moments and awkward situations that come with the territory.

David Fincher is no stranger to Netflix, he's heavily involved in House of Cards as producer and directed the first episode, but Mindhunter is Fincher going It's based on John Douglas' book of the same name and charts the life of an FBI profiler whose job it is to track serial killers.

It's set in the '70s and all 10 episodes of the show ooze appeal. Fincher directs four episodes and the whole thing has been written by Joe Penhall who wrote the screenplay for The Road. What if, instead of having David Letterman host a late night talk show, he sits down with some of the most prominent people in entertainment and politics and just talks to them, person-to-person.

There's no big band to play him off, no goofy segments to fill time, and no commercial breaks. It's just Letterman and his guests for 50 minutes at a time. The inaugural episode stars former US President Barrack Obama, which in and of itself makes it worth watching. Narcos is that wonderful thing: Based on the exploits of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the show examines the criminal's rise to the top of one of the biggest drug rings the world has seen, while constantly trying to avoid the clutches of the DEA.

Uncompromising, uncomfortable but completely unforgettable, Narcos is exactly the sort of thing that Netflix should be commissioning. It's also the sort of thing that HBO would have snapped up just a few years ago - which is very telling as to where television is today. Netflix's latest TV drama has been tipped as the next Breaking Bad, but it doesn't quite deserve that accolade. One of the main reason is that Jason Bateman's Marty Byrde has already broke bad, helping a Mexican cartel to fudge their figures.

This means the descent that was so brilliant in Walter White isn't really seen here. But that doesn't mean that show isn't worth a stream - it's a tense, occasionally terrifying watch that mashes stereotypes and cultures as the Byrde family leave their home in Chicago for the Ozarks in Missouri. Also, let's be honest, whatever Bateman is in is always worth a watch, even when he isn't winking at the camera Arrested Development style.

Here's the crazy part. He's not even the best part of the show. The real scene stealer is the ever-brilliant Laura Linney. She acts, directs and produces in this series, proving she's the real star of the show. Zooey Deschanel is adorkable - a word that we hate to use but describes her character of Jess perfectly. The plot lines are thin here but the comedy is sheer gold as Jess lives with a gaggle of guys who just can't seem to get their lives together.

Now going into its last season, Jess has a man-crush and while we don't want to ruin the surprise here, the long journey from single life to nearly married is one well worth taking. We always knew Amy Poehler was funny. Sketch after sketch on Saturday Night Live proved she had the comedic timing of a professional stand-up mixed with the creative capacity of an executive producer.

Each episode of Parks and Rec is a chance to see Poehler do what she does best, with an excellent supporting cast of Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza and Rashida Jones behind her every step of the way. While we were sad to see the show come to a heart-wrenching conclusion this year, the finale in February was the perfect excuse to go back and binge-watch the entire series from start to finish.

Nature buffs will have likely already watched this breath-taking documentary series when it first premiered on the BBC back in , but you can rewatch it all again - now in 4K - as the entire second series has landed on Netflix.

Following on from the superbly produced Planet Earth, this beautiful, breath-taking and at times brutal look at our planet and the plants, animals and people that thrive on it is made even more compelling because it's narrated by David Attenborough and the main music is composed by Hans Zimmer.

Need a dose of feel-good TV to help cope with today's rocky political landscape? Check out Queer Eye, a show about being the best you with help from five of the coolest dudes on the planet. The show just entered its second season and we're still loving the premise of taking people stuck in a rut and hoisting them to the self-respecting, self-loving person we all want to be. It stars Drew Barrymore as the stereotypical TV mom, with one simple, but quite interesting difference: This brand-new show on Netflix is a great send up of the family sitcom, taking all the tropes that make Modern Family and the like so successful, then turning them on their head, and then eating their head.

That said, it's probably best to put the kids to bed first. The second season of Santa Clarita Diet came to Netflix in March , and proves this high-concept show isn't a one-season blow-out. It shouldn't work but it really really does. This modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories is as good as it gets.

Benedict Cumberbatch is everything you want in a Holmes - someone that wallows in wit, weirdness and warmth. While Martin Freeman plays Dr Watson as he plays all his characters - he's the everyman that has to learn how to deal with his extraordinary colleague.

Episodes are scarce but each one is feature length, which gives them time to breath. Let's just hope these two superstars can find time in their busy schedules to keep doing the show. There's very good reason Sons of Anarchy is the highest rated show on FX ever - its Shakespeare-esque plot think Hamlet on bikes , following the tumultuous lives of a motorcycle gang, has everyone who watches it gripped.

The show ended in after seven glorious seasons - although later seasons could never quite reach the glory days of one to three - and is perfect fodder for those looking for another Breaking Bad-style fix.

Now celebrating its 50th year anniversary, Star Trek is a movie and TV phenomenon that has no signs of slowing down. The original series, The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine have all landed on Netflix but, if we're being honest, it's really just the first two series that are the best.

Watching it now, the original Star Trek maybe full of creaky sets and suspect acting but the show was bold, colourful and slathered in '60s sci-fi innovation. The first series is superb, with perhaps the greatest-ever TV double act: Kirk is all bluster and pomp, Spock is cool, calm and authoritative.

Unlike the original series, the Next Generation took a few seasons to get things right but it still fantastic viewing. When it comes to TV and movies, the '80s is the nostalgia decade of the moment. Whether it's Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special that plays like a Steven Spielberg film, if Spielberg still made films like he did in the Eighties, or The Goldbergs and Red Oaks mining the decade for laughs, filmmakers can't get enough of the shell suits and Sony Walkmans. Stranger Things is another brilliant homage to this era.

Leaning heavily on Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King the story revolves around a small town, a group of friends, a missing person and a dodgy science lab.

Writing anything else would give away the myriad twists in a show that is full of brilliant creepy fun. Is The Crown Netflix's crowning glory? Not quite, but it is a sumptuous look at one of the world's most famous families: Which means there's enough pomp and ceremony to keep those pining for a Downton Abbey replacement happy.

The second season continues to chart the queen's life, tracing major events from to We're ready for season 3, in which Olivia Colman takes over the lead role. Hosted by the infectiously upbeat Nicole Byer and suave French pastry chef Jaques Torres, this show is guaranteed to make you smile. August wasn't the most exciting month for Netflix, but it's heading back to school with a slew of teen dramas lined up for release in September, including the second season of American Vandal and the third season of Riverdale, plus season five of Bojack Horseman.

We have guides for those, too! Then this is your in-depth guide Want to know the worst movies on Netflix? You know what they say about the Spanish temperament? Imagine how much she probably hated herself the following morning, after having spent the night with this gel-haired Andalusian? This is fortunate for Rafa, who has decided he has fallen in love with the cute but seemingly humorless Amaia.

This film—which literally translates to Eight Basque Last Names , a common reality to people born in the Basque Country—is filled with typical stereotypes about the Andalusians and the Basques and their conflicting mentalities. I Give It a Year Year: The Incredible Jessica James Year: Williams is hilarious, which we all know from her time on The Daily Show.

The film is perfect for a popcorn and beer night with the gals and guys. Win It All Year: This is especially true when it does work out for the best, as it does in Win it All.

The story hangs off of him, off of his work, his emoting, the physical quality to his self-presentation before a lens. It means a lot that Swanberg and Johnson both care on a profoundly human level for Eddie.

You probably have an Eddie figure in your life, whether you know it or not: The people in his life care about him, his creators care about him, and so of course we care about him, too, even at his worst, even as he invites troubles and hazards into his life against all fair warnings given him by his support system.

Juliette Binoche plays a single mother opening up a chocolate shop in a tiny French village. Nomadic chocolatier Vianne causes a scandalous stir in the conservative village when she opens her shop during lent, making an enemy of the village mayor Alfred Molina.

None of that is unique, though having it all come together as well as it does in Beautiful Girls is certainly unusual. What is uncommon, however—and pretty much absent from Hollywood—is its portrait of attraction between an older man and a young, barely teenaged girl. Watching the chemistry between Marty and Willie develop and watching the two wrestle with what to do about it is refreshing and romantic, even as its ultimate resolution rings true and a bit bittersweet.

Meet the Patels Year: Patel Part home movie, and part romantic comedy, Meet the Patels is a documentary crafted by brother-sister team Ravi V. Patel and Geeta V. Ravi wants to find love, pronto, so he and his sister Geeta document his search, touching upon universal themes of family and cultural appropriation despite the specifically personal nature of their narrative. During the India trip, and in meeting with his extended family, Ravi decides to do whatever it takes to find a wife.

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