Netflix has become more precious to us than ever over the past few years — and with that, many films are going straight to the streaming service, missing out on cinema releases. It's become even bigger and better, and with so many new tv shows and films on the way as we enter spring, we can't see our attachment to the platform waning anytime soon.
We can always rely on the streaming service to offer up a little bit of comfort, escapism and laughter. So, as ever, we're here to pick the crème de la crème from Netflix's flurry of new offerings this June, including the best series and films on Netflix UK.
So, grab the snacks, snuggle up and escape through the magic of the small screen with the best new on Netflix UK series and films to watch this month, including the fourth and final season of Mindy Kaling's Never Have I Ever and the six season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror.
Barracuda Queens will offer a flashback to 90s style and on the film front, there's Run Rabbit Run to look forward to, a new thriller starring Succession's Sarah Snook.
Here's what to watch on Netflix UK this June...
Release date: 5 June
Set in the 90s, and "loosely inspired" by real-life events, Barracuda Queens is a six-episode series that follows a group of young women who break into their rich neighbours' houses.
Synopsis: Netflix says: "Lollo, Klara, Frida and Mia are four privileged girls from Djursholm, who call themselves the 'Barracuda Queens' from their days partying on Barracuda beach. In a moment of desperation, when hit with a huge party bill, the girls hatch a reckless plan to rob their new neighbor Amina’s house. Things don't exactly go as planned, but luckily Amina is more interested in joining the gang than pressing charges..."
Never Have I Ever
Release date: 8 June
This coming of age comedy returns for its fourth and final series, with Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher as executive producers and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi.
Synopsis: Devi, an "overachieving high school student who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations," is back navigating high school, family and boys alongside her BFFs, Fabiola, Eleanor and Aneesa. According to the trailer, which looks back at the past three series, we can expect to see Devi at prom and graduation, plus there could be another potential romance with new character Ethan (played by Michael Cimino).
Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact
Release date: 13 June
Filmed at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, this will be Schumer's third comedy special with Netflix.
Synopsis: Following her previous stand-up specials including 2019's Growing, which saw Schumer explore her marriage and pregnancy, fans can expect to hear plenty more hilarious commentary on her personal life. Netflix has hinted that this show will see Schumer focus on the relationship with her own "emergency contact," her husband Chris Fischer.
Run Rabbit Run
Release date: 28 June
Starring Sarah Snook, best known as Shiv Roy in Succession, and directed by Daina Reid, who's work includes The Handmaid's Tale, Run Rabbit Run is a psychological horror film set and filmed in Australia.
Synopsis: Netflix says: "As a fertility doctor, Sarah has a firm understanding of the cycle of life. However, when she is forced to make sense of the increasingly strange behavior of her young daughter, Sarah must challenge her own beliefs and confront a ghost from her past."
Release date: June - date TBC
Charlie Brooker's satirical Black Mirror is returning with series 6 this June and it is said to be the "most unpredictable season yet". Annie Murphy, Salma Hayek Pinault, Aaron Paul and Josh Hartnett will star across the five episodes.
Synopsis: As in the previous series, each episode will tell a different story with new characters and themes featured in each one. The first episode, titled 'Joan is Awful,' stars Salma Hayek Pinault playing "an average woman" who is is "stunned to discover a global streaming platform has launched a prestige TV drama adaptation of her life."
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Release date: 4 May
Fans of Shonda Rhimes' Bridgerton will love this prequel, starring India Amarteifio as Queen Charlotte and Corey Mylchreest as a young King George.
Synopsis: The official synopsis of this six episode series says: "Centered on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton."
The show is also expected to explore the early lives of much loved Bridgerton characters Lady Danbury and Violet, played by Arsema Thomas and Ruth Gemmell.
Release date: 10 May
Jada Pinkett Smith has produced this documentary series, with Adele James taking on the title role.
Synopsis: The series will explore the lives of prominent and iconic African Queens, with the first episodes focusing on Queen Cleopatra.
Netflix says: "This season will feature Queen Cleopatra, the world’s most famous, powerful, and misunderstood woman - a daring queen whose reputed beauty and romances came to overshadow her real asset: her intellect. Cleopatra has become an icon, endlessly embellished and rewritten through history. Now our series re-assesses her fascinating story, her political brilliance, as well as questions surrounding her heritage, which remains the subject of debate."
Release date: 12 May
Queer Eye is back for its seventh series and this time, the co-hosts will be bringing their sass to New Orleans.
Synopsis: Following their visit to Texas last season, this series will follow Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski and Tan France as they transform the lives of residents in New Orleans, focusing on everything from fashion to food and wine. The new Queen Eye "heroes" include a group of fraternity brothers and a New Orleans Saints super fan. We can't wait to see what's in store. Check out the trailer.
Release date: 12 May
An action-thriller film with a brilliant cast. It stars
Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick and Gael García Bernal.
Synopsis: A mother-daughter relationship is the focus of this gripping movie. Lopez plays a former assassin who left her old life behind to protect her daughter. When the daughter is kidnapped, Lopez’s character does everything she can to save her. Netflix says: "A deadly female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men."
Release date: 19 May
The stars of The Oppenheim Group are back with 11 new episodes and this time, there are some new agents to shake things up.
Synopsis: As to be expected with this reality show, there's no shortage of drama in series 6. Netflix says: "New agents mean new drama. The realtors of The Oppenheim Group return with sleek penthouse listings, personality clashes, and pregnancies — and throw enough shade to cover every cabana in Los Angeles."
Following Christine Quinn and Maya Vander's departure from the show, there are two new faces joining the team. These are Nicole Young, who has previously worked with the agency but has never been on camera, and former model Bre Tiesi. Get a sneak peek here.
Release date: 2 April
Norwegian drama series set as World War Two commences, and follows a merchant ship facing a fight to survive.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, merchant sailor Alfred Garnes is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when World War II breaks out. Unarmed, they try to survive to get home.
He left his wife and three young children in Bergen for work, but as Germany invades Norway, British bombers miss German submarines and instead hit the primary school at Laksevåg and civilian homes at Nøstet. As the news breaks, he wonders if there's anything, or anyone, at home to return to.
Release date: 6 April
A Netflix original comedy drama series, created by Lee Sung, and starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong.
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what happens after a road rage incident? Usually, both parties go their separate ways and forget about it. Done and dusted.
Yet, for some reason, after this incident, it becomes all-consuming for both Danny Cho (Steven Yeun), a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder and Amy Lau (Ali Wong), a self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life. BEEF follows the aftermath between these two total strangers. What ensues leads to their lives unravelling and a darkly comedic and deeply moving series.
Release date: 7 April
Period drama lovers will love getting their teeth into this new series, Transatlantic. It's from Anna Winger, the same creator behind the hit miniseries, Unorthodox that came to our screens back in 2020 about a Hasidic Jewish woman who escapes from Brooklyn and an arranged marriage.
Synopsis: Transatlantic is based on a true story and the novel, The Flight Portfolio written by Julie Orringer in 2019, which follows the valiant work of American journalist Varian Fry and American heiress Mary Jayne Gold helped creatives and artists in occupied France in 1940. They worked with an international group and risked their lives to help more than 200 refugees, some of whom were on the Nazi's most wanted list, escape. It's not only a story of superheroes and mortal danger, but also one of intense love affairs.
Release date: 7 April
Coming of age meets fantasy in ths adventure film.
Synopsis: Alex is a shy teenager, and his visit to Mexico to meet extended family for the first time takes an unexpected twist as he discovers a mythical creature, a chupacabra, hiding in his grandfather's shed who becomes his friend, and nicknames it Chupa.
However, not everyone feels the same way about chupacabras, and Chupa is being hunted. In order to protect Chupa, Alex and his cousins embark on an adventure to keep him safe.
Thicker Than Water
Release date: 7 April
French crime thriller that brings into question the old adage that blood really is thicker than water.
Synopsis: This eight part thriller series is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats. After attempting to protect her brother from the law, up and coming TV journalist, Fara (Nawell Madani) bit off far more than she can chew, and ends up getting tangled up with a drug lord, sending her life into total chaos.
A Tourist's Guide to Love
Release date: 29 April
It's never to late to travel, or to fall in love, as this destination rom-com proves, which is set to be the biggest of the year. Based on the own experiences of screenwriter Eirene Tran Donohue and her own dramatic breakup on the eve of a five-week trip to Vietnam.
Synopsis: Do you travel to Vietnam to find yourself, or to find love? Well, after an unexpected breakup, maybe both as Amanda (Rachael Leigh Cook) does.
Set over the Vietnamese lunar new year, Tết, Amanda's sent undercover to learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. Her Vietnamese expat tour guide (Scott Ly) shows her that adventure, and love, are found off the beaten track.
Release date: 1 January
This is the first non-linear TV programme. Episodes are named by colours, and watchers can begin where they like, where it all culminates in the ‘white’ episode, meaning each watcher will have a different experience of the show.
Synopsis: Spanning an impressive 25 years, this series is loosely based on the real life story of when 70 billion dollars went missing in downtown Manhattan during hurricane Sandy, with 24 years prior to the event, and finishing with the 6 months that come after it.
It follows a group of masterful thieves and their attempt to crack a seemingly unbreakable vault for the biggest payday in history.
MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street
Release date: 4 January
Fans of the likes of catastrophic Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short will love this four-part innovative documentary.
Synopsis: Documenting the fall of Wall Street statesman’s Bernie Madoff’s after his $64 billion-dollar global Ponzi scheme, the largest in history which ruined the lives of countless investors, and ultimately led to his arrest in 2008. It promises to be an edge-of-your-seat financial thriller, with never-before-seen footage of Madoff, along with interviews with former employees, victims and whistleblowers.
It begins with his humble start, founding a penny stock brokerage, and traces his career to becoming one of Wall Street's most influential brokers. Although, it explains how it wasn’t just the plan of this single man, and how the whole financial system was happy to turn a blind eye to his scheming, leaving us with the uncomfortable questions – could it happen again?
Woman Of The Dead
Release date: 4 January
Based on the novel by Bernhard Aichner, this new series is being described as Kill Bill meets Dexter, with a little bit of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo mixed in there, too.
Synopsis: It follows the story of the extreme lengths a woman is able to go to in order to seek revenge after her husband’s death, finely balancing the line between the good and evil that’s in everyone.
Release date: 5 January
It’s Nordic noir, but not as you know it. It’s billed as ‘deeply unsettling’, and so not one for the faint hearted, it seems.
Synopsis: Following the young heroine, Miu, who escapes a lifetime of servitude, she finds herself on a journey through the supernatural, traversing Copenhagen’s criminal netherworld. Here, she encounters her nemesis, Rakel, and the women discover they are not alone.
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