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

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Looking for some new binge-worthy TV? Stylist has rounded-up all the best TV, documentaries and films which arrived on Netflix in September 2019, so you know exactly what’s on offer.

As September comes to a close, we’re reflecting on a great month in the Netflix universe. 

From the hard-hitting reality of true crime drama Unbelievable to the terrifying scenes of American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the transition into autumn has been made just that little bit easier by the fantastic array of entertainment on offer.

And the last week on Netflix has been no different. On the 27 September two extremely exciting series - Netflix original comedy The Politician and the final season of The Good Place - landed on the platform, so you’ll probably want to get watching if you want to keep up with that water-cooler chat on Monday.

This handy guide to all the new content which has already arrived and is still yet to come to Netflix this September is your streaming companion for the month ahead: whether you want a new TV show to binge watch, a Friday evening film or a thought-provoking documentary, we (and Netflix) have got you covered.

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So grab the snacks, blankets and a couple of mates and get ready to wave goodbye to September in style – nestled-up in front of the TV.

Best new TV coming to Netflix this month

Elite Season Two

Cast: Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Jaime Lorente, Álvaro Rico, Ester Expósito

Spanish language drama Elite is back for season two, and its set to be just as jam-packed with action, romance and mystery as the first season.

Set at the fictional Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study, Elite season one saw three working class teenagers join the school, and explored the aftermath of a murder which shook the whole student body to its core.

After the first season ended with Nano being wrongly charged of murder, season two will explore what happens next as the students of Las Encinas deal with what has happened, as the real killer remains at large.

Release Date: 6 September 2019 on Netflix

The I-Land 

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez, Sibylla Deen, Kota Eberhardt

Sci-fi fans, rejoice - The I-Land is coming to Netflix is September, and it looks seriously dramatic.

Following a group of 10 strangers who find themselves trapped on an island without any clue of how they got there, The I-Land portrays a world in which morals are everything – and those who fail to change will die their worst selves. 

It’s a show full of psychological and physical challenges which will explore the best and worst of humanity: just don’t watch it before bed.

Release Date: 12 September 2019 on Netflix

Top Boy Season Three

Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Micheal Ward, Shone Romulus, Ashley Thomas

Gritty London drama Top Boy will make its return to Netflix with its third season, after rapper Drake bought the rights to the show back in 2017. 

The new season will pick up after long-term character Dushane (Ashley Walters) returns to London to reclaim his place at the top of the highly-lucrative drug market, teaming up with his longtime partner Sully (Kane Robinson) who has returned to the streets after time in prison. However, new character Jamie (Micheal Ward), a ruthless and powerful gang-leader, is set to get in the way of those plans.

The first two seasons of the hit drama are now available to watch on Netflix (the original series’ were broadcast on UK TV before their conclusion in 2013), so you can catch up on the plot before season three drops later this month. 

Release Date: 13 September 2019 on Netflix


Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, Merrit Wever, Danielle Macdonald

Unbelievable follows the true story of teenager Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever), who faced doubt, suspicion and scepticism when she files a police report claiming that she was raped by a masked intruder in her home. The authorities then deem her story “unbelievable”, and Marie recants her report.

Meanwhile, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist. 

While the personal identities of those involved in the case have been fictionalised for the series, the show closely mirrors the real-life events of the investigation, which have also been chronicled in the book Unbelievable. It’s a harrowing and heartbreaking story, previously chronicled in the Pulitzer prize- winning article ‘An Unbelievable Story Of Rape,’ and, if the trailer is anything to go by, the show will be deeply moving. 

Release Date: 13 September 2019 on Netflix


Cast: Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah, Tiphaine Daviot, Mireille Herbstmeyer

If you’re looking to disturb yourself this weekend, look no further than Netflix’s latest horror masterpiece, Marianne. The French-language series, which spans across eight episodes, has won over the likes of both audiences and critics alike, achieving an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The plot revolves around successful horror novelist Emma (Victoire Du Bois), who has just turned her back on the book series that made her rich.  However, it quickly becomes apparent that Emma has more than a crazed fan to deal with: the characters she writes into her horror novels also exist in the real world, and they’re not that happy about being brushed to the side.

It’s not long before Emma is lured home to the broken-down coastal town she grew up in, but things don’t go according to plan. 

Release date: 13 September 2019 on Netflix


Cast: Katherine Kelly, Lee Ingleby, Nicholas Pinnock, Mark Stanley, Rochenda Sandall, Shubham Saraf, David Tennant (guest star), Hayley Atwell (guest star)

Criminal is an intense, stripped-back drama which is set entirely within the confines of a police interview suite. The cat-and-mouse style series will focus entirely on the mental conflict between the police-officer and the suspect they are questioning.

Netflix has confirmed that the revolutionary procedural is made up of 12 unique stories, taking place in four different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK.

There will be a total of 12 45-minute-long episodes, with three set in each country (and in the local language, too).

Release Date: 20 September 2019 on Netflix

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (Season Eight)

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga 

Anyone who’s followed American Horror Story since Season One will know they’re in for another uniquely horrific treat with American Horror Story: Apocalypse. 

The latest instalment in the horror series, directed by Ryan Murphy, focuses on the “end of the world,” as a group of survivors hide underground in a bunker shut off from the outside. Featuring a crossover with previous American Horror Story seasons Murder House and Coven, we can’t wait to see what the eight series will bring to the show.

Release Date: 24 September 2019

The Politician

Cast: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bette Midler, Jessica Lange

The Politician is set to be one of the biggest shows of 2019, and not just because of it’s incredible star-studded cast. 

For one thing, Netflix seems to be feeling pretty confident about the show – the streaming platform reportedly forked out $300 million for Ryan Murphy (the man who created Glee, American Crime Story and Feud) for the eight-part series.

There’s also the fact that the trailer looks fantastic – but you can judge that one for yourself. The comedy follows the story of Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) as he works his way through the school political system in his bid to become Student Body President, and tackles timely topics including gun control, mental health and privilege.

Release Date: 27 September 2019 on Netflix

The Good Place Season Four

Cast: Jameela Jamil, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto

Get ready motherforkers, because The Good Place is returning to Netflix this September for it’s final season. 

We haven’t got an official trailer yet, but we’re still just as excited: at the end of Season Three, we saw Eleanor forced to pretend to be The Architect after Michael had a mini breakdown, and Chidi had had his memory wiped, so it’s set to be a drama-packed season. 

But what we’re really looking forward to is having the gang back on our screens again. The Good Place is a unique and funny series full of twists and turns – and we can’t wait to see what happens next. 

Release Date: 27 September 2019 on Netflix

Best new documentaries coming to Netflix this month

The Mind, Explained

Cast: Emma Stone (as narrator)

Emma Stone narrates this informative journey through the human brain, looking at the science behind everything from why and how we dream to the evolution of anxiety. 

Release Date: 12 September 2019 on Netflix

Surviving R Kelly

Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly will make its Netflix debut this month, detailing the stories behind a number of allegations of abuse against the singer dating back to 1994. 

The series explores the allegations made against R Kelly – which include child pornography, marrying a minor and trapping six women in a sex “cult” – and includes interviews with numerous women who recount their experiences, which R Kelly denies.

Release Date: 15 September 2019 on Netflix

Best new films coming to Netflix this month

Tall Girl

Cast: Ava Michelle, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc, Griffin Gluck, Luke Eisner, Angela Kinsey

Netflix’s newest original film Tall Girl follows the story of Jodi, a teenage girl who, at 6’1”, towers over the other girls at school – and isn’t allowed to forget it. But when handsome foreign exchange student Stig joins her class, Jodi comes to realise she’s so much more than her insecurities about her height, and fights to overcome them.

It’s also director Nzingha Stewart’s directorial debut, so it’s a great one to watch if you’re looking to support female directors.

Release date: 13 September 2019 on Netflix

Call Me by Your Name

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Call Me by Your Name won an Oscar following it’s cinematic release in 2017, so it’s appearance on Netflix is pretty exciting. 

Based on the book of the same name, Call Me by Your Name follows a romantic relationship between 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) a 24-year-old graduate-student assistant to Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), who is an archaeology professor.

Release Date: September 2019 on Netflix

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.

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