October brings changing leaves, pumpkin spice and, gladly, new content on Netflix. As we all ease out of summer and into the slow grind of regular routines, the network is giving TV lovers what they crave. The second season of Stranger Things, its most popular series to date, premieres this month. Additional programs include a docuseries that chronicles Kate del Castillo’s story of meeting drug lord El Chapo, along with some psychological and political series to boot.
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Returning Favorites: Stranger Things & Voltron: Legendary Defenders
Two of the most popular TV shows released this month happen to belong to vastly different genres. Netflix will release season two of its most successful series, Stranger Things. Most details are under wraps but we do know it’s 1984 in Indiana and the citizens of Hawkins will face an even bigger threat than the Demogorgon. Drops Oct. 27.
The popular animated series Voltron: Legendary Defenders heads into season 4, just months after the previous season was released. Drops Oct. 13.
True Life: The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story & One of Us
Netflix has become known for its programming in the niche genre of true crime docuseries. This month it will release The Day I Met El Chapo, the untold story of popular Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and the moment she met the world’s most notorious drug lord. On the same day, Netflix will release One of Us, a documentary that follows three former Hasidic Jews as they try to transition into the secular world despite facing ostracism, danger and the threat of losing family. Both drop Oct. 20.
Mind Games: Suburra & Mindhunter
Suburra is the Italian answer to House of Cards. The series chronicles the events in a seaside town in Italy plagued with powerful families, the mafia and corrupt politicians. Drops Oct. 6.
Shifting gears to a different kind of mind game, mid-month will see the release of Mindhunter. The series focuses on two FBI agents who have developed profiling techniques in an attempt to get into the minds of serial killers. Think Criminal Minds, but darker. Drops Oct. 13.
Laugh Out Loud: The Meyerowitz Stories & Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
The Meyerowitz Stories was the last film in Adam Sandler’s Netflix deal, but it has since been extended. Little is known about the plot besides that an estranged family meets up in New York to celebrate the artistic work of their father. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson also star, and reviewers hail it Sandler’s best film on the platform yet. Drops Oct. 13.
In Annihilation his newest stand-up special with Netflix, Patton Oswalt entertains a Chicago audience with stories about social media angst, politics and even how he used humor to work through personal grief. Drops Oct. 17.
Movie Night: 1922 & Wheelman
Stephen King fans may want to consider a Netflix subscription as the network has started what seems to be a promising relationship with the author and his work. Some regions outside the U.S. picked up the first season of The Mist last month, and more projects are in the works. This month sees the release of 1922, a movie adapted from King’s book of the same name. A murderer tells the story of killing his wife—and how she came back to haunt him. Wheelman, a thriller about a getaway driver who flees after a botched robbery, will premiere the same day. Both drop Oct. 20.