New on Netflix October 2019: The best new films and TV coming to the platform this month

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October 2019 on Netflix is shaping up to be a big month, so if you’re looking for a new binge-worthy TV show or thought-provoking documentary, you’ve landed in the right place. Stylist has rounded-up all the best content arriving over the next 31 days: all you have to do is watch.

As Hurricane Lorenzo edges closer and closer towards us across the Atlantic Ocean, there is simply no better time to cancel all your plans and make use of your evenings by catching all the brand-new content coming to Netflix this month.

We’ve already established that autumn truly is the best month for Netflix watching (you can snuggle under blankets on the sofa without the pressure of a festive social calendar), and now it’s safe to say the season is well and truly underway.

Last month, we saw the likes of hit true crime drama Unbelievable and Netflix original comedy The Politician hit the platform, but October is still shaping up to be just as good. Ahead of us we’ve got the arrival of new Breaking Bad content in the form of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the film adaptation of Stephen King novella In The Tall Grass, and the premiere of documentary series Living Undocumented, which is being executive produced by Selena Gomez.

This useful guide to all the best new content arriving on the platform this month is sure to get you excited for the beginning of October 2019: whether you want a new TV show to binge watch, a suitably scary film for Halloween or a one-off special to capture your imagination, you’ll find it here. 

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We’ll be updating this guide throughout the month as new projects are announced and release dates are confirmed, so watch this space.

Netflix October 2019: The best new TV shows

Rhythm + Flow

Cast: Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Tip “T.I.” Harris

Rhythm + Flow is Netflix’s first music competition show, and we can’t wait to see how it plays out.

Lead by global superstars Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris, Rhythm + Flow will follow the trio as they search for the next hip hop sensation across Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, giving a platform to previously undiscovered talent.

Release Date: 9 October 2019

Riverdale Season Four

Cast: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton

After actor Luke Perry passed away in March 2019, we’ve been waiting to see how Riverdale’s producers will deal with the character of Fred Andrews in season four, and by the looks of episode one’s title (“In Memoriam”) they’ll be tackling the subject head on.

Alongside this moving tribute, we can also expect a whole host of new content from the show’s fourth season. At Comic Con 2019, the cast revealed a ton of new details about the upcoming season, sharing the news that season four will feature a Halloween special as well as musical and flashback themed episodes. Plus, we’ll also be meeting some new characters.

Release Date: 10 October 2019

Living With Yourself

Cast: Paul Rudd (x2), Aisling Bea

Living With Yourself is the existential comedy set to cheer up the dark autumnal nights this October.

Starring Paul Rudd as the protagonist Miles, the series explores his experience of becoming a “better” person through a novel spa treatment which replaces the original Miles with a new and improved version of himself. With two Paul Rudd’s battling on the screen, Miles must deal with the consequences of his actions.

Release Date: 18 October 2019


Cast: Matthew Broderick, Krysta Rodriguez, Colin Ford, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cody Kearsley

If you think the Daybreak trailer looks absolutely bonkers, you’re not alone: this post-apocalyptic high-school drama is set to be as unpredictable as it sounds.

Set in the city of Glendale, California, Daybreak follows an eclectic group of apocalypse survivors as they navigate the strange world full of gangs of jocks, gamers and other fearsome tribes who are all competing in a fight to survive. Fun stuff.

Release Date: 24 October 2019

The Kominsky Method Season Two

Cast: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Paul Reiser, Jane Seymour, Nancy Travis, Sarah Baker

The award-winning first season of The Kominsky Method took audiences by storm, so we can’t wait to see what happens in season two.

The series, which follows the story of aging actor/acting coach Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Normal Newlander, will show the two friends continuing on their journey and tackling the “inevitable curveballs” of later life in Los Angeles.

Release Date: 25 October 2019

Netflix October 2019: The best new one-off specials

Jenny Slate: Stage Fright

Cast: Jenny Slate (and family)

Jenny Slate’s first Netflix original special blends some iconic live stand-up with a more documentary style look at her personal life and family, giving us an intimate look at her life.

Throughout the special we’ll see Jenny overcome her stage fright, tell stories about the ghosts that haunted her childhood home and speak candidly about her childhood.

Release Date: 22 October 2019

Netflix October 2019: The best new documentaries

Living Undocumented

Selena Gomez is executive producing this docuseries which will follow the lives of eight undocumented immigrant families living in the United States.

Living Undocumented looks to “illuminate and humanise the complex U.S. immigration system” during an era in which immigration has become an increasingly tense issue in America. In an Instagram post announcing the documentary, Gomez explained that the documentary would reveal the complexities of the immigration debate that so often perpetuates crude stereotypes, so it’s set to be an extremely eye-opening and powerful watch.

Release Date: 2 October

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
New on Netflix October 2019: David Chang in Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cast: David Chang, celebrity guests

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner will feature celebrity chef and restaurateur David Chang accompanied by a different celebrity guest as he explores a single city through its culture and cuisine.

We don’t know much about which cities Chang will be exploring yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear more.

Release Date: 23 October 2019

Netflix October 2019: The best new films

Sex And The City The Movie

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Kristin Davis, Willie Garson, Evan Handler

Need we say more? Soon you’ll be able to binge this iconic film about four best friends navigating life in New York City to your heart’s content. Set four years after the original series, this is one to watch if you haven’t got around to it yet.

Release Date: 1 October 2019

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Cast: Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Charles Baker

This hotly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off movie will reunite fans of the series with Jesse Pinkman. After a dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to term with his past in this incredibly gripping thriller. 

Release Date: 11 October 2019

The Laundromat

Cast: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone, David Schwimmer

This biographical comedy-drama stars the incredible Meryl Streep as Ellen Martin, whose dream holiday takes an unexpected turn and leads her down a rabbit hole to investigate shady dealings, leading her to discover a Panama City law firm which helps the world’s wealthiest citizens to amass even bigger fortunes.

But as she gets deeper into this world of corruption and dodgy deals, she comes to realise her predicament is only a drop in the ocean compared to the day-to-day business of the rich and powerful.

Release Date: 18 October 2019

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.

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