7 Upcoming Netflix Originals That’ll Suck (And 8 That Won’t)

It seems that every time I log in to Netflix, I’m bombarded
with new releases. As one of the biggest online streaming
hosting sites for television shows and movies, Netflix is
offering competitive programming at an affordable monthly cost.
To keep clients interested and to provide a unique
product, they’re continuously releasing Netflix Original
series that are only available to Netflix subscribers. With
over 25 million subscribers in the US alone, Netflix is
steadily attracting a more international clientele, with
streaming media available across North America, most parts of
Europe, and South America. The larger the client base, the
bigger the profits, and subsequently, the programming offered.

One of the biggest downfalls of Netflix is its overwhelmingly
large variety. Sometimes too much choice leads to
indecisiveness! We’ve all struggled through the Netflix blues,
wasting minutes (hours?) scrolling through different options,
only to end up discouraged and dissatisfied, so while we
appreciate more choices, we don’t always have the time to
sort through all the new releases! Good thing we have the
Internet. With dozens of new releases expected to air before
the end of summer, you might want to consult this list before
jumping in. Although we haven’t seen any of these yet, we can
tell you which ones we’re looking forward to and which seem
like flops. Save yourself the trouble of searching through all
these titles yourself and take a look at 7
Upcoming Netflix Shows That Will Suck (And 8 That
Won’t).

Let’s start with the ones to avoid.

15. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years
Later


Admittedly, I didn’t really get into the Wet Hot American
Summer
movie or its subsequent Netflix series prequel. As
much as I love comedies (not to mention almost all of the
actors in the show!), I found it a little too ridiculous to be
funny. The newest installment in the collection will take place
ten years after the film. According to writer Michael
Showalter, the newest series will take place in the camp
setting and also in New York City. Returning cast members
include Elizabeth Banks,
Bradley Cooper,
and Paul Rudd, while
newbies Alyssa Milano and
Mark Feuerstein
will make debuts. Although this franchise has been highly
acclaimed and well-received, it’s not going to make my list
because I didn’t enjoy the previous installments, and quite
frankly, I think this will suck, too!

14. Godless


Godless is a Netflix Original miniseries that’s
scheduled for release in 2017, although a fixed date for the
airing is pending confirmation. The Western miniseries features
a lead role played by Jeff Daniels and
has quite a strange premise. In the American West in the late
1800s, outlaw Frank Griffin (Daniels) is on a manhunt for his
ex-partner turned enemy, Roy Goode. The chase leads him
straight into a town called La Belle in New Mexico. This town
is strangely made up of only women. It’s later revealed that
all of the men were killed in a tragic mining accident.
Although I’m a huge fan of Jeff Daniels, I’m not convinced that
this show will be a hit! The good news? If it does suck as much
as it sounds like it will, we won’t have to worry about a
renewal. This series is being marketed as a limited 6-episode
series.

13. Mindhunter


Mindhunter is a series scheduled for release on
Netflix in October 2017. Based on the book of the same title,
the show will focus on two FBI agents in the 1970s who
interview imprisoned serial killers to try and solve murder
mysteries. While this all sounds promising and very “True
Detective,” I’m feeling like this will be a flop. I hate to be
biased, but I’m not a Charlize Theron
fan, and anything that she’s involved in (she’s executive
producer, along with David Fincher) is
a “nope” in my books. FBI and special agent/detective shows are
a dime a dozen these days, and it’s not always easy to find one
that delivers. Hopefully, lead actor Jonathan Groff (loved him
in Looking) can make this at least somewhat enjoyable,
but I’m not counting on it. I suspect that it will suck.

12. The Magic School Bus: Rides Again


I know that this show is obviously aimed at a younger audience,
but I remember the original, and I really think this is going
to be fit for the pit. Who needs a second round of one of the
most annoying programs that ever aired? I have memories of
turning the channel as soon as I heard the annoying theme song
play. Terrible! Netflix is really pushing the envelope with
some of their choices recently! Set to be released at the end
of this year, The Magic School Bus: Rides Again will
be based on the 1994 kids show but will have a new cast and
touch on more millennial subjects. For anyone that loves 90s
nostalgia, this is for you; otherwise, I would strongly
recommend you skip out on this. The 26-episode first season is
definitely going to suck, unless you’re 8.

11. Disjointed 


I’m not a huge fan of
Chuck Lorre
shows to begin with, so I’m slightly biased
when it comes to any of his projects. Yes, I love
Kathy Bates
, but I do feel like the concept of this
show is a little much. Disjointed is the story of
Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a pro-pot activist who opens up a
cannabis dispensary in L.A. Her son and a security guard are
the secondary characters who spend most of the show high out of
their minds. Although pot comedies can be hit or miss (we loved
Weeds), this Warner Bros. collaboration seems like
more of a marketing project than a quality program. Our
generation is enjoying more and more exposure to cannabis
culture, thanks to the ever-increasing lax attitude and legal
acceptance across many states and provinces. I still think this
will be a terrible show; it’s on the suck list.

10. Free Rein


I like horses quite a lot. I’ve always enjoyed visiting farms
that had horses, and I’ve gone riding a few times. But, there’s
something inherently boring and not engaging about horse TV
shows and movies. Free Rein, an upcoming Netflix
Original series set for release later this year, is no
different. It’s a coming of age story (of course) about Zoe, a
young teenage girl who spends a summer abroad at the Bright
Field Stables in England. As you can imagine, she meets a
horse, Raven, who changes her life forever. This done-before
inspirational drama might as well be condensed into an
hour-and-a-half “made for TV” movie. Do we really need another
full-length series about a girl and her horse friend?
Unfortunately, this isn’t going to make it to my “must watch”
list for upcoming Netflix releases.

9. Lost in Space


I won’t even pretend to be excited about this release, which I
will definitely not be tuning into. It’s a science fiction
series scheduled for release in 2018. A remake of a 1965
television show of the same name, this series is set in 2046
and tells the story of the Robinson family, a group of space
colonists, who have to deal with a new environment when their
spacecraft accidentally crashes into an unexpected planet.
Stuck lights years away from where they were heading, the
family have to overcome obstacles and personal problems.
Sounds… super duper boring? Yeah, I’m not going to be giving
this one a chance. I’m all for space stuff, but this just
doesn’t sound like it will be very good. Not to mention, I’ve
never heard of anyone in the cast list, so I don’t think this
will be a hit. Watch if you’re really into science fiction, but
otherwise, avoid!

Originals To Watch

8. Marvel’s The Defenders


The Defenders is set to be the final installment in a
5-part Marvel Cinematic Universe mini-series, that includes
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and this year’s
Iron Fist. The final installment will showcase the
four heroes teaming up. Despite some changes to the original
Defenders comic strip, the modern street-smart twist
and quirky dialogue make for an entertaining watch. The
previous installments were extremely well-received and praised
for their originality and special effects. They’ve all been
renewed for second seasons (still waiting to hear if Iron
Fist
will be renewed, but more than likely, it will be!).
All four series have had ratings of over 90% on Rotten
Tomatoes; we have no doubt that The Defenders will be
just as good — or better — than its prequels. You might want to
add this to your calendar. The Defenders will be
available on August 18 and is sure to be a winner.

7. Marvel’s The Punisher


Netflix is really working the Marvel Cinematic Universe series
these past couple of years! With The Defenders coming
out on August 18 and wrapping up the 5-part collection, Marvel
fans will need something else to look forward to. Look no
further than The Punisher. Frank Castle (played by
Jon Bernthal) was
originally introduced to fans in Marvel’s Daredevil
and will now hit the screen in a full first season. His
performance was highly acclaimed, and fans are sure to tune in
to this newest installment in the Marvel Netflix series. The
series was created by Steve Lightfoot, and filming wrapped up
in April 2017. Although the concrete release date is not yet
confirmed, we’re expecting this to be available on Netflix
before the end of 2017. Stay tuned — this should be a good
one!

6. Gypsy


Here’s a show that looks super promising! Gypsy is a
psychological thriller that’s scheduled to air on Netflix as an
original series on June 30, 2017. The series, which features an
all-star cast (Naomi Watts and
Billy Crudup),
is expected to become this summer’s hit dramatic
show. Watts plays the lead role of Jean Holloway, a
therapist who enters into inappropriate romantic and physical
relationships with her patients. Billy Crudup plays the role of
her husband. The 10-episode first season is sure to be an
immediate classic. The series has a great plot,
fantastic actors, and a talented team of directors and
producers. Co-director Coky Giedroyc of Penny Dreadful
fame and executive producer Tim Bevan are just some of the
creative talents behind this show. We can’t wait to tune in to
Gypsy and see what is in store.

5. Glow


The idea of watching an entire series revolving around a
women’s wrestling organization might not seem promising, but I
think this might be a hit. With a great cast (Alison Brie plays
the lead role of Ruth Wilder, Marc Maron is the
wrestling coach) and a hilarious script, this might become an
instant hit. Set in the 1980s, the show follows the life and
times of Ruth, an aspiring actress who finds her calling when
she joins a women’s wrestling circuit, aptly named GLOW
(Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). With executive producer
Jenji Kohan (of
Weeds and Orange is the New Black fame) on
board, we’re guaranteed to have an entertaining and quirky
comedy on our hands. The first season consists of 10 episodes
and will be released on June 23, 2017. Fingers crossed that
it’s as funny and addictive as OITNB!

4. Joshua: Teenager Vs. Superpower


Joshua: Teenager Vs. Superpower is an upcoming Netflix
Original Documentary.  At the tender age of fourteen,
Joshua Wong became a sensational activist in the face of a
changing government in his native Hong Kong. When the Chinese
Communist Party didn’t follow through on promises made to keep
Hong Kong an autonomous state, Wong took to the scene
and led thousands to protest. As a powerful voice for both
the young and the oppressed, Wong quickly garnered a huge
support group. The story is inspiring and powerful, proof that
speaking out can actually make a difference, no matter your
age. This documentary is sure to broaden your interest in Asian
politics and shed light on what the political status is in
China and Hong Kong. The special is available as of May 26,
2017.

3. Alias Grace


Alias Grace is a 2017 CBC production that will
air on Netflix later in the fall as an International
miniseries. It’s based on the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel of the
same name, which is, in turn, based on the real-life story of
Grace Marks, an Irish citizen who immigrated to Canada to work
as a housemaid. In 1843, she was convicted of murdering her
boss, Thomas Kinnear, and suspected of killing his housekeeper,
Nancy Montgomery. After serving thirty years incarcerated, she
was released from prison. She moved to New York and was never
heard from again. The screenplay was adapted by famed Canadian
Sarah Polley, and the talented cast includes Canadian
actresses Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin. The
historical mystery is expected to please crowds, especially
those who appreciate unsolved crimes.

2. Maniac


Not a whole lot of information has been released about the 2018
Netflix series release, Maniac. Having said that, what
we do know about it, we like. We like a lot. First of all, it
stars two of the best and funniest talents in Hollywood, today,
Emma Stone and
Jonah Hill. It’s
a dark comedy based on a previously released Norwegian series
of the same name. The plot focuses on a patient in
a psychiatric ward (Hill). In his delusional
mind, he’s created a fantasy world where he’s a heroic,
loved, and respected character. In real life, he spends his
days highly medicated, locked up in a facility for the
mentally ill. The adventures he takes part in are fabrications
of his imagination, but does it really matter when you’re
enjoying your reality so much? Unfortunately, we have to wait
until 2018 for this release, but it’s sure to be a total hit.
Stay tuned.

1. Ozark


Ozark is an upcoming Netflix release featuring
directing and acting legend Jason Bateman.
The series will include ten one-hour episodes, half of those
directed by Bateman. He plays Marty Byrde, a financial planner
who moves from Chicago to a community in the Missouri Ozarks,
with his wife, played by actress Laura Linney.
Byrde has to pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord, a dramatic
narrative that’s sure to be humorous and intense. We’ve seen
Bateman in predominantly comical roles, so his shift to a
dramatic saga will be welcome. The show is being produced by
Media Rights Capital and Aggregate Films, and writer/director
Bill Dubuque is leading the project. This is definitely on our
list of shows to binge watch as soon as Netflix officially
releases the series. It’s expected to be available by late
2017.

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