Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

By Charlotte Whyatt - Fri 9th Mar 2018 Features

What are the top five new movies and TV shows streaming this week?

Krysten Ritter Jessica Jones Season Two

Jessica Jones season 2

The enjoyably snarky, super-strong PI (Krysten Ritter) returns for a highly-anticipated second season which, while not quite living up to the total amazingness of its first, still succeeds thanks to a fantastically complex lead character and the clever, sensitive way it deals with the unusual central theme of trauma.

Most of the complaints are directed towards the show’s main plot which is always far more interesting when it focuses on exploring how the lonely Jessica isn’t coping with what taking revenge on a mind-controlling Kilgrave (a terrifyingly great David Tennant) did to her, rather than her investigation into shady corporation IGH.

Ritter is still the best thing about Jessica Jones, brilliantly charismatic and tough but also sadly vulnerable. The show’s best supporting players, Trish (Rachael Taylor) and Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Ann Moss), are also happily given more to do this time around so you never feel bored by any side-plots.

Love season 3

The third and final 10-episode season of Judd Apatow’s clever and refreshingly chaotic romantic-comedy series arrives on Netflix this month for one last look at the sweet but dysfunctional relationship between kind, nerdy tutor Gus (Paul Rust) and quirky wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs).

Love’s plot has always thankfully been more concerned with examining the smaller, but infinitely more relatable day-to-day goings-on in a relationship and this season is no different, exploring if Gus and Mickey can still work now they’ve grown-up a bit and reached a surprisingly happy, stable point in their relationship.

A sharply witty but also incredibly emotional script which isn’t afraid to show the ugly sides of both its leads is expertly brought to life by the superb Rust and Jacobs who’s easy, sparkling chemistry makes their relationship feel intensely believable.


The acclaimed director of 2015’s brilliantly engaging Ex-Machina Alex Garland’s brand-new film is that rare example of a very intelligent and visually stunning big budget sci-fi thriller which isn’t afraid to explore some wonderfully strange and challenging themes.

Biologist Lena (Natalie Portman) decides to mount a potentially fatal expedition into the Shimmer, a mysterious lushly swamped area quarantined by the US government, in order to discover exactly what happened to her soldier husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) the only person to ever come back alive.

Lead by the fiercely compelling Portman, the nicely diverse and mostly female led cast (which includes Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez) are all able to skillfully create hugely likeable characters you actually want to survive Annihilation’s gorier, more Cronenberg like body-horror elements.

Santa Clarita Diet season 2

The third Netflix original on the list is back for a second 10-episode season bringing with it the same delightfully bizarre mash-up of gory horror-comedy and sunny suburban sitcom which made the first such a success.  

Zombie estate-agent Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and her loyal husband (Timothy Olyphant) continue to stack up the bodies in an effort to satiate her overwhelming desire for human flesh while dodging the increasingly suspicious Santa Clarita police force and helping their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) search for a cure.  

Both Barrymore and Olyphant are oddly likeable and charming in their roles, enthusiastically throwing themselves into whatever strange situation the smart and hilariously deadpan script presents, so always find yourself rooting for them.

A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2

Although it’s based on Lemony Snicket’s (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler) acclaimed series of children’s books, there’s plenty for adults to enjoy in Netflix’s deliciously dark and beautifully shot adaptation. 

Season 2 is set to cover the plot of books five to nine as the plucky Baudelaire orphans, Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hyne) and baby Sunny (Presley Smith), continue to thwart evil Count Olaf’s (Neil Patrick Harris) plans and try to unravel the conspiracy surrounding their parents deaths. 

The talented cast of young actors do an excellent job in the three main roles, able to remain admirably plucky in even the most dire of situations, while Harris is simultaneously entertainingly camp and frighteningly sinister in his flamboyant villain role.

How much is Netflix?

There’s three tiered Netflix packages available, Basic, Standard and Premium, all of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

The Basic package is just £5.99 a month but only allows you to watch on one screen (whether that be a laptop, TV, phone or tablet) at a time and doesn’t give you access to HD or 4K Ultra HD. With the Standard package at £7.49 a month, you’re able to watch on two screens at a time in (providing your bandwidth is adequate) HD or 4K Ultra HD.

For £8.99 a month, the top Premium package, you’re able to enjoy content on up to 4 screens at the same time (a perfect option for families) in both HD or 4K Ultra HD.

How can I watch Netflix?

You can either access Netflix on a browser on a standard desktop or laptop computer or through the reliable Netflix app which is available across a whole range of devices including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Netflix have recently introduced the offline viewing feature which allows you to download a TV show or film to watch when you’re offline. Unfortunately, not everything is available to watch in this way but it’s easy to check what is by selecting the “Available for Download” option from the dropdown menu.

What else is on Netflix?

Netflix is home to an absolutely staggering range of content across every genre from riotously funny comedy to to your children’s favourite cartoons and a fantastic mix of both American and British TV shows.

It’s own selection of original programming is constantly growing, buoyed by the success of shows like House Of Cards, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black

How often is new content added?

There’s no real time schedule for when new content is added to Netflix, but it doesn't usually go longer than three days without adding anything new.