Netflix is poised to have a monster year.
The company has said it plans to roughly double its output of original shows to 31 in 2016. Netflix also has the following in the pipeline: 10 feature films, 30 kids shows, 12 documentaries, and 10 stand-up comedy specials.
Netflix has repeatedly said that original content is its future, and this year will show whether Netflix can maintain the high quality of its shows as it scales production up.
But what is Netflix actually putting out this year?
We put together a list of shows and movies that Netflix has either explicitly confirmed will be released in 2016 or are already deep in production — we excluded kids shows. On each you’ll see a release date (if available), a description, who is starring, and previous ratings on Metacritic if the show is one that’s been renewed.
Here are the 28 original shows and movies you can look forward to on Netflix next year (the ones with firm release dates are listed first):
Netflix description: In her new documentary film series, Chelsea Handler delves into four topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs.
Star power: Chelsea Handler.
Netflix description: 'In this sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' four Martial World heroes must keep the legendary Green Destiny sword from villainous Hades Dai.
Star power: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh.
Netflix description:Is it true that absolute power corrupts absolutely? Congressman Frank Underwood absolutely intends to find out.
Star power: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright.
Average critic score (25 critics): 76/100
Audience score: 9.0/10
Netflix description: 'A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.'
Star power: Paul Reubens.
Netflix description: 'After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them.'
Star power: Jennette McCurdy.
Average critic score (10 critics): 47/100
Audience score: 4.7/10
Netflix description: 'The Rayburns seem to have the perfect life in their lovely Florida town. But nobody's perfect -- especially the Rayburns.'
Star power: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini.
Average critic score (31 critics): 75/100
Audience score: 8.3/10
Netflix description: He's a half-horse, half-man, has-been TV star who drinks a bit too much. He's really got a lot going on right now.
Star power: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul.
Average critic score (13 critics): 59/100
Audience score: 8.6/10
Description: 'What I am doing for Netflix is vastly different from what I did on E!, and I am very happy with my work,' Handler told People. 'I am using my brain and working with great directors and producers. I am not being outrageous. I am going to give viewers a younger, cooler 60 Minutes.'
Star power: Chelsea Handler.
Netflix description: 'This story reveals the political rivalries and romance behind Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the 2nd half of the 20th century.'
Star power: John Lithgow, Claire Foy, and Matt Smith.
Netflix description: 'Set in the insular world of Venice, California, Flaked is the serio-comic story of a self-appointed 'guru' who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.'
Star power: Will Arnett.
Netflix description: 'The Full House adventures continue as D.J. Tanner-Fuller calls upon her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy to move in and help raise her three boys.'
Star power: Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin.
Netflix description: 'Told through the lives and music of a ragtag crew of South Bronx teens, The Get Down is a mythic saga of the transformation of 1970s New York City.'
Star power: Jimmy Smits, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, T.J. Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Giancarlo Esposito.
Netflix description: 'Grace and Frankie think their lives in retirement are all set. Then their husbands declare their love for each other.'
Star power: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker.
Average critic score (27 critics): 58/100
Audience score: 8.1/10
Netflix description: 'Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love ... Love follows Gus (Paul Rust from I Love You, Beth Cooper and Inglorious Basterds) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs)
as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.'
Star power: Judd Apatow, Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust.
Netflix description:'A boyhood accident blinded him. But now he can 'see' even better. And he doesn't like what's going on in Hell's Kitchen.'
Star power: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D'Onofrio.
Average critic score (22 critics): 75/100
Audience score: 8.7/10
Netflix description: 'In this Marvel live action series, a street-fighting ex-con battles crime on the streets of New York as the superhero, Luke Cage.'
Star power: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard.
Netflix description:'An empire divided. A family torn apart by civil war. A legend who disrupts the balance of power.'
Star power: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Rick Yune
Average critic score (21 critics): 48/100
Audience score: 8.3/10
Netflix description: 'A group of 'unusual' big-headed and furry-suited men and women compete to be crowned Best Mascot in the World in this new Christopher Guest movie.'
Star power: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard.
Netflix description: 'Robert Taro has been the mayor of Marseille for 25 years. Now he faces a merciless election against his young, ambitious former protégé.'
Star power: Gerard Depardieu.
Netflix is being tight-lipped about what 'The OA' will actually be about, but they have confirmed it is a drama series, and rumours are that it is of the thriller or mystery variety.
Star power: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij.
Netflix description: 'Piper Chapman doesn't deserve her prison sentence. Of course, every one of her fellow inmates thinks the same thing.'
Star power: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon.
Average critic score (32 critics): 79/100
Audience score: 8.5/10
Netflix description: 'A murderous English street gang. A veteran Irish lawman called in to bring them down. Blood will be shed.'
Star power: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory.
Netflix description: 'Ricky Gervais's hilarious comedy follows a struggling radio journalist and his hapless technician faking frontline war reports from an NYC hideout.'
Star power: Eric Bana, Ricky Gervais, Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera.
Netflix description: 'When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.'
Star power: Winona Ryder, David Harbour.
Netflix description: 'Follow the booze-fuelled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.'
Star power: Mike Clattenburg.
Netflix description: 'What's a Midwest girl to do after she's spent the last 15 years trapped underground? Move to New York City, of course.'
Star power: Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski
Average critic score (29 critics): 78/100
Audience score: 8.0/10
Netflix description: ' Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, 'rock star' general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Determined to win the 'impossible' war once and for all with a radical new approach, the general and his motley staff of commanders and press advisers race across the globe navigating delicate international alliances and troop requests, the charged battlefield of Washington politics, the voracious appetite of the media, and the day-to-day management of the war itself – all the while struggling to stay connected to the lives of men and women out in the field.
Star power: Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace.
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