The most exciting Netflix exclusives coming soon
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Netflix’s original content has had a meteoric rise in popularity in recent times, thanks to shows like Better Call Saul and Stranger Things

There was a time when Netflix’s original programming was fighting to find its feet, but nowadays every exclusive show the streaming service pumps out seems to hit the spot.

They’ve really stepped up their game when it comes to the production side of things. And these new Netflix original shows, still to come in 2016, look and sound incredible.

Luke Cage

What is it? Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, and following in the footsteps of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Mike Colter stars as the titular ‘[super] hero for hire’. The show runs in parallel with Jessica Jones, and revolves around a super-strong former convict who now fights crime.

Who’s in it? Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games) co-stars as Cornell Stokes, with Alfre Woodard as Black Mariah

When can I watch it? September 30

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

What is it? Charlie Brooker’s twisted psychological sci-fi anthology series, relocated from Channel 4 after a drawn-out sabbatical, is sounding better than ever. Satirical and thought-provoking, each standalone story explores the dark side of a life dependent on technology. We don’t know whether we should be excited or unnerved.

Who’s in it? A plethora of well-known stars, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton and Kelly MacDonald.

When can I watch it? October 21

The Crown

The Crown trailer screen grab

What is it? A dramatic retelling of the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her 1947 wedding to the present day. Fun fact: it’s the most expensive drama ever to be made by a U.S. based streaming company, and the first to be set in the U.K.

Who’s in it? Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, John Lithgow

When can I watch it? November 4

Frontier

Frontier

What is it? An action-packed drama starring Kahl Drogo/Aquaman himself, and revolving around the North American fur trade of the 1800s. You can bet you’ll see some of the American Civil War later on, as well as a whole load of gritty plots and places.

Who’s in it? Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones), Christian McKay, Evan Jonigkeit

When can I watch it? Release date TBC

The OA

What is it? Long story short: we don’t entirely know. The studio has been well and truly tight-lipped on this one, but if indie filmmaker Zal Batmanglij’s record is anything to go by, this could end being one of Netflix’s more adventurous investments.

Who’s in it? Brit Marling, Brandon Perea, Will Brill.

When can I watch it? Release date TBC

Altered Carbon

What is it? Offbeat sci-fi show set in a distant future, where humans have mastered death by storing their consciousness’ in computers. It’s based on a Richard K. Morgan book of the same name, and could be a nice change from all the sword-and-sandals series being commissioned at the moment.

Who’s in it? Joel Kinnaman (Suicide SquadThe Killing)

When can I watch it? Release date TBC

A Series of Unfortunate Events

What is it? A new fantastical adaptation of the weird and woeful book series, this time with less Jim Carrey. The tone is quite dark, as children’s books go, but there’s a strong element of physical comedy that, hopefully, Neil Patrick Harris will complement nicely.

Who’s in it? Neil Patrick Harris, Joan Cusack, Patrick Warburton

When can I watch it? Release date TBC

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