Netflix is preparing for the day when content creators severely limit what content they will licence to the streaming video giant. Already, with the launch of DC Universe in the US and the upcoming start of Disney’s own service later this year, we’re seeing content disappear from Netflix. And let’s not forget competition from the likes of Stan, which snagged the rights of a huge slice of Disney’s catalogue recently.
But don’t despair: all this third-party content is set to be replaced by Netflix’s own productions with over 60 confirmed Originals slated to appear in 2019. Here’s what Netflix has in store for us this year.
Documentaries, comedy and comic-inspired stories dominate the 2019 lineup as other streaming services and studios fight back against Netflix’s dominance.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 3 is the final instalment of Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket books. It arrived earlier this year and is a bundle of fun.
COMEDIANS of the World is a series featuring funny people from across the globe. While there are some great comedians in the US, it’s good to see other parts of the world showcased.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo shows us everything about tidying and decluttering but getting rid of stuff that doesn’t inspire happiness and joy.
The Jessica Jones story will conclude, at least on Netflix, as the titular hero faces off against the worst New York can throw up.
Pinky Malinky is a kids show that features a hot dog as the central character.
And Breathe Normally is the story of an Icelandic single mother who teams up with an asylum seeker.
The third season of Call My Agent! sees the team of Parisian talent agents continue to try to keep their clients happy.
El Potro: Unstoppable is a biopic about Rodrigo Bueno’s life in the Tropical music scene
Lionheart is about a Nigerian woman who steps up to run the family bus business after her father’s illness.
GODZILLA The Planet Eater – sci-fi and giant monsters. What could possibly go wrong?
When Heroes Fly Season 1 is a Hebrew-language drama about four friends that reunite to find the former lover of one man and sister of another.
Friends from College (Season 2) continues the story of a group 40-something friends who get together to explore old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium is a documentary that investigates the death of Victor Jara, a Chilean singer whose death was blamed on a member of Pinochet’s army.
Sex Education Season 1. What could possibly go wrong when the son of a sex therapist decides to set up a clinic for all his high school friends?
Solo tells the story of an injured surfer fighting for his life after falling from a cliff in the Canary Islands.
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry: They say the best comedy comes from real life. This Chicago comedian uses his life story as the backdrop for a look at the challenges of life.
Revenger: While the title makes me think of a line from Thor: Ragnarok, this is a action movie about a man on a deadly mission to get revenge for his family on a remote island for dangerous criminals.
Carmen Sandiego (Season 1): I loved this game and it’s many sequels (I really enjoyed “Where in space is Carmen San Diego”) and this animated series follows Carmen as she tracks an international jewellery thief.
Close tells the story of real-life female bodyguard Jacquie Davis who has to team up with others to to hunt down a kidnapper.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened: The Fyre festival will go down as one of the most spectacular cock-ups ever. And here’s the story.
GIRL is a Belgian film about a 15-year-old who pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina. Note that there has been some controversy about its inclusion of underage nudity.
Grace and Frankie (Season 5) tells the story of the jilted ex-wives of two men who’ve decided to make their affair official. Now, the ladies (played by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) are working on a way to get their old lives back.
IO Season 1The Earth is screwed and its last hope is a teen who’s racing to save the dying planet before the last shuttle to the sanctuary of another planet takes off.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Season 1)Social expectations and all-things-taboo are in the firing line as this rapper pushes the boundaries.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 5) keeps the fun coming for the kids as the Trolls have more fun around the Foundation of Glitter.
World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (Season 2 Part B): We can all dream about some of this incredible homes around the world.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes; This four-part documentary series looks into the mind of the serial killer using audio evidence and exclusive interviews. Harrowing and fascinating.
Animas blends reality with harrow as a woman descends into her own private hell.
Black Earth Rising follows a Rwandan woman who was orphaned during the genocide. She returns to her roots after being raised in London.
Club of Crows (Season 4) The continuing story of how much fun it isn’t for a brother and system team who inherit a soccer team.
Kingdom (Season 1); The dead rise and threaten a populace suffering from famine. A crown prince fights the monsters to save his people and reputation.
Medici: The Magnificent is a follow up to Medici: Masters of Florence. Set two decades later, it follows Lorenzo de Medici’s takeover of the family bank ahead of the infamous Pazzi conspiracy.
Polar A former assassin gets back into the business as the hitman becomes the target.
The final chapter of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 4 Part 2) is all about whether Kimmy should focus on her friends or herself first.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All: Stories about Snoop Dogg, his son and fans get the laughs.
Marvel’s The Punisher (Season 2) is a violent story and the penultimate chapter in Marvel and Netflix’s partnership. Frank Castle goes totally nuts fighting Russians, protecting the girl and fighting his arch nemesis.
Russian Doll (Season 1) – think action thriller meets Groundhog Day as as a woman is stuck in a time loop where she attends a party and dies every night.
Velvet Buzzsaw is a thriller about a supernatural force that sets out to exact revenge against art profiteers attempting to exploit a series of paintings by an unknown artist.
Always a Witch is about a witch who travels through time to avoid being burnt at the stake. Adjusting to modern life might be her toughest trick.
One Day at a Time is a sitcom about the Alvarez family. It follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.
The Umbrella Academy (Season 1). The end of the world is coming in eight days and a band of misfit superheroes raised by a total nutter are our only hope.
Paddleton tells the story of two misfit neighbours who come together after one is diagnosed with cancer.
The Boy Who Harnessed the World recounts the true story of William Kamkwamba, a boy who creates a windmill to save his Malawi village.
Turn Up Charlie (Season 1): Idris Elba stars as a failed DJ who takes a job nannying his best friend’s 11-year-old daughter.
The Dirt: This Mötley Crüe biopic covers the band’s rise to fame and features four new original songs from the band.
Ultraman (Season 1): This new anime revives the iconic Japanese series by picking up with Shinjiro, who learns that he has a connection to the old hero and must suit up to fight aliens himself.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 2). The second chapter in the dark look at the teenage witch. This does to the 90s series Sabrina: The Teenage Witch what Riverdale does to The Archies.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru (Season 1). Ever think your room mate was like a lazy teddy bear? What if he/she really was?
Stranger Things (Season 3): Where will series 3 takes us? I don’t have a clue but we should know on July 4 when this is expected to drop.
13 Reasons Why Season 3 Hitting tough topics like self-harm and bullying, it’s hard to guess where this will go next. But it’s sure to get tongues wagging.
After Life (Season 1) stars Ricky Gervais as a widower who decides to stop minding his Ps and Qs and act however he wants. I’m not sure he’ll actually be acting when he does that.
Bard of Blood (Season 1) is based on an Indian spy novel that centres on a retired spy who must return to the business to face his old enemies.
Black Mirror (Season 5): I love a good dystopian sci-fi thriller and the fifth season promises to be a cracker.
Chambers (Season 1) is a supernatural series that follows the mother of a heart transplant recipient who becomes obsessed with the details of her donor’s life.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to the famous 80s flick that will feature amazingly animated puppets and a bustling line-up of vocal talents.
Daybreak (Season 1): Teen angst meets zombies as Josh Wheeler navigates the post-apocalyptic world of zombies as he searches for his lost love.
Dead to Me (Season 1): This dark comedy series focusses on an uptight widow and a more free-spirited woman.
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series centring on the backstories of Dolly Parton’s most famous songs.
Eli tells the story of a house-bound boy with an autoimmune disorder whose parents put his treatment in the hands of an unusual doctor.
Green Eggs and Ham (Season 1). Another Dr Seuss classic is brought to the screen in this animated story about Guy and Sam as they venture out on a cross-country journey with some curiously-hued foodstuffs.
Hache (Season 1) is a Spanish thriller series about Helena – a woman who is thrust into the heroin-trafficking business of 1960s Barcelona.
Klaus is another look at the origin story of the legend of Santa Claus. There’s no firm release date but figure on it arriving in around November or December.
No Good Nick (Season 1) is a comedy series about a teen con artist who moves in with a couple that she claims are her family.
October Faction is another comic-inspired series. It centres on a family that includes retired a monster-hunter, a witch and a warlock.
Our Planet (Season 1) will document some of nature’s most amazing habitats.
The Last Laugh brings a long-retired comedian and his old manager together for one more tour.
Raising Dion (Season 1): Based on a comic book and short film, a single mother must protect her supernaturally talented son from exploitation by outside forces.
Rhythm + Flow (Season 1) is a hip-hop competition series features Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. as judges. Think of Austrlaia’s Got Talent or any other recent talent show but add a focus on hip-hop.
Twelve Forever (Season 1) This new animated kids series, based on a mini-episode from Cartoon Network, centres on a pre-teen girl named Reggie who never wants to grow up and creates her own little fantasy world to stay young as long as she can.
What/If (Season 1): This anthology series will start out by featuring Renee Zellweger and a newlywed couple who accept a pile of money from a mystery woman, but sacrifice their integrity and morals in the process.