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Everything Coming to Netflix in October (But Mostly Stranger Things)

Hard to believe that September’s already winding down and we’re headed towards the height of fall—I’m anticipating pumpkin beer, cozy scarves, Halloween madness, and maybe picking an apple or two before going to the corn maze. But when we’re inside, here’s the new offerings Netflix will have to keep you entertained.

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While there’s plenty of titles that I expect y’all are into—like season 4 of Voltron: Legendary Defender, which drops on October 13th, plus a ton of horror and slasher flicks for the Halloween holiday season—most of the media’s attention will be firmly fixed on Stranger Things‘ season 2 debut on October 27th.

This savvy choice is the Friday before Halloween, which means you can spend that spooky weekend binging the show. (The 27th, as Polygon notes, is also a huge day this year for new videogame and movie releases). Stranger Things Halloween watch parties are going to be a thing.

I have to admit that my overwhelming feeling where Stranger Things v.2.0 is concerned is cautious curiosity. I watched the first season in one night and enjoyed it—like many, I was tickled by the ’80s nostalgia and the freaky mystery—but I didn’t love Stranger Things with the obsessive adoration so many of my fellow critics and fans seemed to lavish on it.

I often wonder how much they truly adored the plot, dialogue, and characters and how much they were swept away and charmed by images of their own childhood and references to other beloved properties.

Stranger Things was just fine, but I’ll be waiting to see whether the creatives can pull off a compelling second go-round or whether we’ll see a sophomore slump here.

If I’m being honest, the thing I’m most excited to spot on Netflix’s October list is Donnie Darko, which used to be one of my favorite movies but I haven’t seen in years. I’d love to see if it still stands the test of time.

OK, let’s do this:

Available to Watch 10/1

88 Minutes

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

Before Midnight

Blood Diamond

Boogie Nights

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cleverman: Season 2

Death Sentence

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Eagle vs. Shark

Eyes Wide Shut

Generation Iron 2

Ghost Patrol

I Love You, Man

Ice Guardians

Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1

Made of Honor

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Must Love Dogs

Never Let Me Go

No Reservations


PJ Masks: Season 1

Set Up

The Reaping

Tokyo Idols

Tommy Boy



Available to Watch 10/2

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Sleeping with Other People

Available to Watch 10/3

13 Demons

Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth

Cult of Chucky

The Survivalist

Available to Watch 10/4


Available to Watch 10/5

Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1

Schitt’s Creek: Season 3

The Fosters: Season 5

Available to Watch 10/6

ID-0: Season 1

Skylanders Academy: Season 2

Suburra: Season 1

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Word Party: Season 3

Available to Watch 10/7

Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life

Middle Man

Available to Watch 10/10

Christina P: Mother Inferior

The Skyjacker’s Tale

Available to Watch 10/11

Donnie Darko

Available to Watch 10/12

Fe de etarras

Available to Watch 10/13

El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial

Kingdom of Us


Super Monsters: Season 1

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Babysitter

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4

Available to Watch 10/15

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

LEGO: City: Season 1



She Makes Comics

West Coast Customs: Season 6

Available to Watch 10/17

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation

Slasher: Guilty Party

Available to Watch 10/19

Wedding Unplanned

Available to Watch 10/20


Haters Back Off: Season 2

One of Us

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story


Available to Watch 10/23

Meet the Robinsons

While We’re Young

Available to Watch 10/24

Wanted: Season 1

Wanted: Season 2

The Mist: Season 1

Available to Watch 10/25

The Hateful Eight

The Final Master

La Querida del Centauro: Season 2

Available to Watch 10/26

Strange Weather

Available to Watch 10/27

Stranger Things 2

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Available to Watch 10/28

Pup Star: Better 2Gether

Available to Watch 10/30

Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States

Available to Watch 10/31

Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 1

What are you psyched to see here?

(via Teen Vogue, image: Netflix)

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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