Flicking through channels? Take note of the very best TV boxsets on Netflix this Autumn.

Your bikinis are stashed away for another year. There isn’t a grain of sand left in your car. Those Negronis you drank in Tuscany are but happy memories. All is not lost, however. For Netflix – the entertainment streaming behemoth with 103.95 million subscribers worldwide – has plenty to offer the discerning chillaxer this autumn. Here, we take a look at what you will be watching as the evenings draw in.


Feted at the Sundance Film Festival last January, Novitiate is a stylish and sexy movie that stars Andie MacDowell’s talented 22-year-old daughter, Margaret Qualley. She plays a young woman training to be a nun in the 1960s – and questioning her faith in the process. Filming took place in Nashville, Tennessee, and the beautifully shot movie has an all-female cast, a female writer, a female producer and a female director.


This brand new Netflix Original series – tagline: normal is overrated – follows the journey of Sam, an 18-year-old boy on the autism spectrum, as he decides to seek independence and find a girlfriend. It’s a touching comedy, with thought provoking themes. Critics say that the show depicts autism sensitively and with accuracy and that the performances of Keir Gilchrist as Sam and Jennifer Jason Leigh as his mother are heart-warming.

Strong Island

Yance Ford’s documentary about the murder of his brother, who was shot dead 20 years ago after a petty argument at a petrol station near their Long Island home, is a raw look at race relations in the US. First screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Strong Island is the only documentary that Netflix has announced for September so far. The Guardian gives it five stars and describes it as “an authentic, painful journey into injustice”.

The Defenders

Another Netflix Original series, The Defenders is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and centres on four superheroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) with a common goal – to save New York City. This super slick miniseries, consisting of eight episodes, was shot in NYC in 2016 and will tick the box for action fans of all ages.

Death Note

Willem Dafoe is typically creepy as the voice of Ryuk, a demonic god of death in this spine-tingling, live-action horror movie. Directed by Adam Wingard, who also did 2016’s Blair Witch, Death Note’s early reviews are positive (even among fans of the Japanese manga series on which it is loosely based).


Imprisoned psychopaths and stressed-out cops are the order of the day in Netflix’s new serial-killer thriller. Produced by Charlize Theron and based on the 1997 novel by John Douglas, Mindhunter is unnerving and entertaining all at once.

August 2017