Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Glow season 3

Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan’s quirky wrestling drama heads to the bright lights of Las Vegas for its third season as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling take on a nightly show at the Fan-Tan hotel and casino. 

There’s still plenty of brilliant cringe humour, but actual wrestling takes a back seat this time around to focus more on the changing relationships amongst the group. Seeing Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) slowly start to repair their friendship is a particular highlight, mostly due to the pair’s magnetic performances. 

Mindhunter season 2 

The second season of the chilling drama, which counts David Fincher amongst its executive producers, will arrive on Netflix this month as Jonathon Groff’s and Holt McCallany’s determined FBI agents set to interview more infamous serial killers in an effort to understand how they think. 

Set two years after the first, it’s set to focus on a number of grisly cases including the Atlanta Child Murders which took place between 1979-1981, the brutal Manson Family murders and the Son of Sam case which saw post office worker David Berkowitz terrorizing the streets of New York in 1976.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance season 1

In keeping with the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved 1982 cult classic, the team behind this prequel series (which includes his daughter Lisa and Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier) have opted to use state-of-the-art puppetry instead of CGI to render its characters. 

The result is a stunning looking series which manages to create a wonderfully immersive, detailed world. An old-fashioned adventure plot with an undertone of sinister darkness, as three young Gelflings battle against the evil Skesis threatening their world, will appeal to young and old alike.  

Blade Runner 2049 

Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 80s neo-noir classic is a gripping, intelligent blockbuster with a very deliberate pace that won’t be for everybody. Fans of the original though, will find a lot to love in this absolutely stunning, neon-drenched world which boasts the return of original star Harrison Ford.   

K (a typically brooding, intense Ryan Gosling) a blade runner who, like Deckard (Harrison Ford) before him, has been tasked with retiring fellow replicants. Upon discovering that female replicants can biologically reproduce, he’s ordered by steely Lt Joshi (Robin Wright) to hunt the child down.

Dear White People season 3

Dear White People continues to be an witty and insightful series which thoughtfully dissects issues around race and black culture. Boldy, creator Justin Simien has elected to change the entire structure of the show, ditching the Narrator (Giancarlo Esposito) and stepping out to focus on multiple characters per episode rather than framing it around just one.

It’s an interesting decision that’s clearly meant to reflect the period of stagnation that many of the characters, like Sam (an excellent Logan Browning) who’s struggling to find a theme for her short film, find themselves going through. It doesn’t always work, but it’s refreshing to see him try something so different.

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. 

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