Netflix Continues to Wow Audiences This Spring and Summer

It seems like every day there is something new on Netflix. This trend shows no signs of stopping; Netflix has several promising looking TV series and original content being added throughout the next few months. And we’ve got trailers!

The Alienist, April 19

Tonight marks the appearance of all ten episodes of The Alienist, a TNT series adapted from Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel of the same name, on Netflix. We reviewed the series here on Biff Bam Pop so be sure to read our recaps after you watch the episodes. For those of you who are new to The Alienist, here’s a trailer.

Kodachrome, April 20

“No art worth a damn was ever created out of happiness, I can tell you that much.” So says Ed Harris’s character in this trailer. Besides Harris, the cast of this movie is pretty impressive; it’s got Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen. That said, the plot, in which a man and his estranged, dying photographer father must come to terms on a road trip to process old rolls of Kodakchrome film before the last lab closes, feels awfully predictable. Still, it’s hard to resist this trailer, accompanies by Graham Nash’s incredible 1971 track “Better Days.”

A Little Help with Carol Burnett, May 4

For those of us who grew up watching Carol Burnett on TV, this series will have special meaning. On A Little Help, the inimitable comedienne will be joined by a group of “straight talking, entertaining 5-9 year old kids.” And lest you think this is some take on Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, each episode will include a celebrity contributor who will bring their own dilemma for the kids to discuss. The guest list is fantastic: DJ Khaled, Candace Cameron Bure, Taraji P. Henson, Derek Hough, Julie Bowen, Lisa Kudrow, Brittany Snow, Mark Cuban, Finn Wolfhard, Wanda Sykes, and Billy Eichner. (On the other hand, the show is co-hosted by Russell Peters.)

Luke Cage Season 2, June 22

We’ve already hipped you to the premiere date of the second season of Luke Cage, but just in case you missed that, here’s the trailer again.

Glow Season 2, June 29

Glow was one of the most unexpected delights of last year for me. It’s far more than some ‘80s retread and you don’t spend each episode wondering when they’re going to get the music and fashion right. Season 1 ended on a high, but still open-ended note. Now that Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) have become celebrities, how will they confront all those lingering issues that still fester in the heart of their friendship? And what is going to happen with Sam (Marc Maron) and his new-found daughter? I dig the Xanadu aesthetic of this trailer. By the way, I have never stopped loving “Maniac” from the Flashdance soundtrack and I’ll never get sick of hearing it.

The Innocents, August 24

First of all, Guy Pearce is in this so you know I’ll be watching. Second of all, it’s not based on the 1961 movie of the same name (which was itself based on Henry James’ Turn of the Screw). So what is The Innocents about? A young couple named Harry and June run away from their restrictive families to find freedom only to discover that June is a shape-shifter. There’s a bit of an X-Men/Legion/Heroes vibe to this trailer, one that derives a lot of suspense from a particularly orchestral reworking of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?”

What do you think of these trailers? Will you be tuning in to Netflix to watch?

Stay tuned to Biff Bam Pop for more coverage of Netflix programming over the next few days.

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