A seasonal lull, plus Hollywood strikes, but there are still plenty of new choices
Between the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike and the post-summer, pre-holiday content lull, platforms may be sparse on new titles in September. But viewers can still work through a hoard of intriguing international titles, documentaries, and stage performances as streamers get creative to keep the clicks coming. September offers sumptuous period epics like South Korean series Song of the Bandits and The Wheel of Time Season 2, while British shows like Mrs. Sidhu Investigates and Dreaming Whilst Black show off the isle’s dark humor and compelling storytelling.
A Million Miles Away is an inspiring tale of the first Mexican American astronaut in space, while the highly anticipated series The Other Black Girl is a cautionary tale about workplace dynamics and mental health. Michelle Wolf sparks laughter in her latest outrageous standup special, and Daryl from The Walking Dead wanders post-apocalyptic France in a new spinoff series. Whether your niche is zombies, political exposés, or animation, Book and Film Globe’s comprehensive list has all the toppiest titles streaming in September.
Song of the Bandits Season 1 (Sept 22) – A fantastical spin on Korean history reimagines the country’s struggle for independence in a wild new Western series about a band of outlaws who will stop at nothing to protect their homeland. The gun-slinging adventure is set in the 1920s during the Japanese occupation, where a group of Korean exiles have forged new lives far from home in the lawless deserts of Gando. The thieves join forces and embark on a life-or-death sortie to return home and rescue their people from colonization. The highly stylized series features assassins, bandits, migrants, Japanese soldiers and rebels battling for a piece of Korea’s future as the country is torn between an ancient native dynasty and bloody international ambitions–much like the birth pains of the American West.
Michelle Wolf: It’s Great to be Here (Sept 12)– Rhinal-voiced comedian Michelle Wolf is firing off a new three-part standup special, aiming her taboo-busting wit at topics like beauty standards, race, expatriation, and gay beaches. Wolf’s background in late night, news parody and political comedy lends a topical edge to otherwise blunt-force zingers about issues like sexual harassment and identity politics, camouflaged in a self-deprecating grin. “I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of comedians have been using their time on stage to talk about their struggles, and how they identify. And I think that’s good for comedy,” she deadpans. “So tonight, I’d like to come out as insufferable.” Broken into three half-hour episodes filmed during performances in Wisconsin and her home state of Pennsylvania, the special marks Wolf’s return to Netflix after Joke Show in 2019.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (September 10) – Following the critical success of Asteroid City, Wes Anderson is stepping out of his symmetrical pastel box to adapt the magick-drenched Roald Dahl tale about a wealthy grifter (Benedict Cumberbatch) who masters supernatural gifts through eastern mysticism. The first of several short films based on Dahl’s broody not-quite-for-kids story series, the 37-minute Henry Sugar incorporates a darker, trippier aesthetic that’s more Matrix than Moonrise Kingdom as the titular character finds himself at a moral crossroads, pursued around the world by the sinister forces he’s stirred. Anderson, who visualized another Dahl tale in 2009’s stop-motion masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox, is bringing along Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Rupert Friend (The French Dispatch), joined by Dev Patel (The Green Knight), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), and the brilliant Richard Ayoade (Ender’s Game, The IT Crowd).
Scout’s Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America (Sept 6) – A blood-curdling exposé reveals the devastation of child sexual abuse within the BSA and just how far the organization went to cover it up, as told by survivors, whistleblowers and insiders. The Boy Scouts leadership was long aware of its systemic abuse problem but failed to prevent ongoing molestation and concealed predators within its ranks, their crimes buried in a secret file. The BSA filed for bankruptcy in 2020 in the wake of tens of thousands of child sexual abuse lawsuits, for which it’s expected to pay out $2.4 billion. Former BSA Youth Protection Director Michael Johnson, an ex-child crimes detective who says they hired him as window dressing, doesn’t mince words: “The organization is still not safe for boys and girls.”
Tahir’s House (Sept 6)
Virgin River Season 5 Part 1 (Sept 7)
Band of Brothers/The Pacific (Sept 15)
The Saint of Second Chances (Sept 19)
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The Other Black Girl Season 1 (Sept 13) – Buckle up for a mind-bending psychological thrill ride that confronts workplace inequality, performative corporate diversity, and racism in the publishing world– with a horror-driven twist that highlights the office’s impact on Black women’s mental health. Editorial assistant Nella (Sinclair Daniel) is giddy when fellow Black woman Hazel (Ashleigh Murray) is hired into her mostly white publishing office. But as Hazel’s star begins to rise and strange events haunt Nella, she starts to question Hazel’s motives— and doubt her own sanity. When she uncovers the disappearance of a successful Black editor who worked at the company in the 80’s, Nella realizes something sinister is going on at a corporate level. In her words, “This is some Get Out s**t!” The 10-episode horror-thriller, an adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ bestselling novel, is executive produced by Rashida Jones and also stars Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Garcelle Beauvais (Coming 2 America), and Bellamy Young (Scandal).
Theater Camp (Sept 14) – The earnest mockumentary about the trials and triumphs of an upstate New York theater camp carries the same creative energy and unsinkable charm of one of its amateur productions. After camp founder Joan (Amy Sedaris) falls into a coma, her tech bro son Troy (Jimmy Tatro) teams up with former campers-turned-counselors Amos (Ben Platt) and Rebecca-Diane (Molly Gordon) to save the Adirond-ACTS from foreclosure—and keep the rich kids’ camp next door from expanding onto the land. Theater Camp is an acerbically funny and uplifting Waiting for Guffman-esque tribute to the glorious young weirdos of the stage. “We’re theater people,” says Amos. “We know how to turn cardboard into gold.”
Krapopolis Season 1 (Sept 24) – After producing the TV adaptation of Nathan Pyle’s affable alien comic Strange Planet, Dan Harmon steers back toward brash, flawed characters in the adult animated comedy Krapopolis, a mythical Greek origin story that follows a dysfunctional family of humans, gods and monsters attempting to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. Renewed by a confident Fox network for three seasons sight unseen, the show features Harmon alums Richard Ayoade (Community) and MattBerry (Disenchantment), with guest stars including Susan Sarandon, Will Forte, Jane Lynch, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dave Franco, Daveed Diggs, Joel McHale, and Ben Stiller.
Never Let Him Go: Complete Docuseries (Sept 6)
iHeartRadio Music Festival: Livestream (Sept 23)
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Gen V (September 4) – The Boys universe is expanding with the premiere of the college-bound spinoff Gen V, where hormonal, angsty superheroes stretch their moral and physical boundaries to the limit through a slew of battle-hardening challenges at an elite crimefighting school. The new series borrows the gore, sleaze and chaos that popularized its parent show, introducing crossover storylines with familiar characters and featuring new faces like Jaz Sinclair, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Patrick Schwarzenegger. The events of the series will take place concurrently with the fourth season of The Boys.
A Million Miles Away (Sept 15) – Take an inspiring journey to the stars with the first migrant farmworker to travel to space. Michael Peña is Jose Hernandez, a boy from the fields of central California with a childhood dream of being an astronaut. Hernandez persevered to earn engineering degrees despite being rejected by NASA eleven times, and was ultimately accepted into the astronaut corps. The persistent dreamer went on to become the first Mexican American in space, serving as the mission specialist on a Discovery shuttle flight to the International Space Station in 2009. The unsinkable spaceman says his uplifting message is simple: tenacity, community and hard work can accomplish an impossible dream. “I’m hoping it becomes an instant inspirational classic,” Hernández told a Stockton news station at a recent screening. “I think we’re going to empower not thousands, not hundreds of thousands, but millions of kids, even adults, to reach their maximum potential.”
The Wheel of Time Season 2 (Sept 1) – The sweeping fantasy saga based on Robert Jordan’s bestselling novels returns for a second season of worldbuilding, globetrotting magic and intense action as the clouds gather for a distinctly darker season. Sorceress Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) finds herself cut off from her source of power while the prophesied Dragon Reborn, an enigmatic figure with supernatural abilities, struggles with his sanity and his moral destiny. Now metaphysically crippled, Moiraine must rally her troops for a climactic battle with the Dark One as forces of light and darkness collide. Pike is also credited as a producer and executive producer on the series, which they filmed in the Czech Republic, Morocco, and Italy.
Inside (Sept 12)
Wilderness (Sept 15)
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Donyale Luna: Supermodel (Sept 13) – “Donyale Luna was the first Black woman to be on the cover of Vogue. Why don’t we know more about her?” asks fashion journalist Constance C.R. White in a probing documentary that explores the lost story of the iconoclastic supermodel. Luna revolutionized the 1960s fashion scene as one of the first Black supermodels to hit major magazine covers and catwalks, rubbing elbows with Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, The Rolling Stones and Richard Avedon. Luna grappled with the wounds inflicted by a painful childhood and the racism of the fashion industry, but while her story ended abruptly, her legacy did not: Luna is increasingly recognized as a seminal figure in fashion who broke barriers to forge editorial space for women of color.
The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart (Sept 2)– When popular Adult Swim show The Venture Bros. was cancelled in 2018 after four seasons, creator Jackson Publick promised a feature movie to wrap up the series. In what is perhaps the most metal animated title since Metalocalypse, Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart centers on a nationwide manhunt for Hank Venture, which leads to a mysterious woman from his past who threatens to destroy the Venture Family, the Guild, and the Monarch marriage. The film, which serves as a bittersweet series finale and a fond farewell to its fans, features voice work from Jane Lynch and Jay Pharaoh, with returning roles voiced by Patrick Warburton, J.K. Simmons and James Urbaniak.
Young Love (Sept 21) – A young Chicago family shuffles parenthood, jobs, marriage, and cross-generational dynamics in a warm-hearted comedy series that expands on the hit animated short Hair Love. The 2019 Oscar-winning tale chronicled a Black father styling his daughter Zuri’s hair for the first time; in their larger story, Zuri and her millennial parents played by Issa Rae and Kid Cudi navigate social issues and build their lives together with all its ups and downs. The 12-episode show also features voice work by Loretta Devine, Harry Lennix, Tamar Braxton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Debra Wilson, and Brooke Monroe Conaway.
Megan Thee Stallion Vs Tory Lanez: Five Shots (Sept 4)
Ambient Swim Season 2 (Sept 9)
Starstruck Season 3 (Sept 28)
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Bin Laden’s Hard Drive (Sept 8) – Nearly ten years after the death of the al-Qaida founder, newly declassified hard drives taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal a groundbreaking look at his personal life, as experts sift through 470,000 digital files to piece together a roadmap into the mind of a mass murderer. The trove of documents, home videos, photos and audio files examine bin Laden’s contradictory personal psychology, family relationships, and religious beliefs as well as his legacy of violence and destruction. New York Times best-selling author and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen leads the effort to profile the complex figure, interviewing former mujahadeen and terrorism experts along the way. “Exploring these hard drives, it’s clear that digital information can say a lot. Understanding him is vital in order to combat other potential bin Ladens in the future,” says Bergen.
I Am Groot Season 2 (Sept 6) – The troublemaking twig voiced by Vin Diesel returns to mischief in the second season of I Am Groot, with five brand-new shorts chronicling the lil’ sapling’s solo adventures in space. This time, Baby Groot explores the Marvel universe aboard the Guardians’ spaceships, encountering colorful new creatures, creating an attack snowman with laser eyes, and chasing down an intergalactic ice cream ship. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn (The Suicide Squad) isn’t attached to the project after contention with Disney over his old tweets. Season 1 director Kirsten Lepore now writes and leads the show.
Launchpad Season 2 (Sept 29) – A new pack of underrepresented writers and directors will get a chance to showcase their skills by bringing six unique stories to Disney, thanks to the Launchpad pipeline program. Several creators from underserved groups pair with Disney studio executive mentors to help elevate their craft and move from independent filmmaking to studio production. Season 2’s lineup includes groundbreaking tales about a martial arts-practicing Compton family, estranged sisters reuniting to stop a terrorizing ghost, and a gearhead teen who must fix the family RV to share her abuela’s special ice cream at a competition.
The Little Mermaid (Sept 6)
Selected vintage Walt Disney shorts (Sept 5 & 8)
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The Morning Show Season 3 (Sept 13) – Tune in for a fresh cycle of newsroom drama as the morning show crew recovers from the pandemic, Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) faces a steamy love triangle, and Alex (Jennifer Aniston) reevaluates her priorities after a heartbreaking death. With season two climaxing in Alex’s firing and a supposed cyber attack causing chaos, an enigmatic media mogul (Jon Hamm) steps in to save the network– but will his proposed changes destroy it instead? With professional dynamics, power hunger and personal secrets at play, it’s no surprise that Apple has already renewed the splashy story for a fourth installment. Natalie Morales and Nicole Behari will also join this season’s cast, while Julianna Margulies, Mark Duplass, Karen Pittman, Tig Notaro and Greta Lee reprise their roles.
The Changeling (Sept 8) – A gripping new horror show based on the Victor LaValle novel asks a chilling question: “Would you even know if you crossed into a fairytale?” Apollo’s (LaKeith Stanfield) world is upended when his wife Emma (Clark Backo) and their baby vanish— is their disappearance the price of her forbidden paranormal encounter in Brazil? “There are portals in this world that we may never know we’ve trespassed through,” answers one character ominously. As Apollo embarks on a dangerous odyssey through a New York City immersed in the supernatural, he discovers terrifying realities and legendary occult tales in the search for his family. The adult fairytale also features performances by Adina Porter, Samuel T. Herring, Jared Abramson, Alexis Louder and Malcolm Barrett.
Still Up (Sept 22) – This red-eye British comedy series follows the secret world of insomniacs, as Lisa and Danny (Antonia Thomas and Craig Roberts) form a deepening bond through candid telephone conversations and midnight adventures while the world sleeps— despite never meeting in person. Lisa, a free-spirited writer whose questions over her daughter’s future start keeping her up at night, and the socially anxious yet gifted journalist Danny spill their guts like drunk Uber passengers while hiding their feelings for each other, British-style. As Lisa’s husband (Blake Harrison) starts feeling more and more shut out, will this late-night connection lead to heartache or breakthrough? The show explores modern anxieties and the surprising depth of remote companionship with creative empathy, humor and warmth.
The Super Models (Sept 20)
Flora and Son (Sept 22)
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Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 4 (Sept 7) – The space franchise’s dark horse series embarks on a fourth interstellar flight as the crew of the USS Cerritos faces aliens, holodeck adventures and new workplace dynamics in a fresh slate of chaotic-good adventures. The plucky Starfleet ensigns drink margs, trip on alien spores, and meet challenges with humor, heart and honesty. The show has captured Trekkies by carrying forward classic moral tropes and embedding deep-cut Star Trek references (like Shatner’s cheeseball two-handed punch) while expanding the franchise universe in new and unique ways.
Dreaming Whilst Black (Sept 8) – Adjani Salmon is Kwabena, an aspiring filmmaker from a Jamaican family who navigates casual racism in a drab office while dreaming of one day making it as a writer and director. Job security, not-so-microaggressions, family pressure and creative sacrifice are all in play as Kwabena navigates low-level internships and funding schemes in pursuit of his goal while trying to earn a living, date, and pay rent.The creators behind this hilarious and engaging series offer Black joy as a pragmatic answer to the performative pressure of Black excellence, allowing Black innovators to thrive within the ordinary and take pride in their creative journey.
The Gold (Sept 17) – A new British heist series takes the long view of financial crime: the brazen robbery is just the beginning of the story. When six armed men steal $32 million in gold from a security depot, they must protect and dispose of three tons of bullion, with detectives and money-hungry criminals hot on their heels. The record-setting robbery leads to years of investigation, corruption and murder as the police try to identify the criminals and recover the loot, now a burden and a foil for the selfish humans trying to get a piece of it. “Gold like that, you can’t control it,” a voiceover whispers. “And if you can’t handle it then it will find its way to someone who can.”
Reno 911! Season 7 (Sept 6)
Superpower (Sept 18)
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The Continental Season 1 (Sept 22) – John Wick fans get a glimpse into the history of the notorious hotel chain-slash-safehouse for hitmen through the eyes of young hotel manager Winston (Colin Woodell). The prequel spin-off is set in the John Wick universe of 1970s New York, setting the hotel’s sumptuous elegance against the city’s grimy underworld as Winston confronts his past and forms a heavy-gunning team to take over the Continental from its director Cormac (Mel Gibson). The show will uncover Winston’s role in setting up a network of international assassins, along with his relationship with The High Table, a powerful criminal council.
Fast X (Sept 15) – One of the summer’s hottest movies is Tokyo-drifting onto the Peacock platform: the eleventh installment of the bloated automotive action franchise that’s kept Hollywood stunt drivers in paychecks for nearly a quarter of a century is finally kicking off its final chapter. With his good guy car gang in danger of becoming obsolete, Dom (Vin Diesel) locks wheels with a lethal new enemy: bitter mercenary Dante (Jason Momoa), out for blood for his father’s death and the loss of his family’s fortune. The original cast is once again joined by Dame Helen Mirren, John Cena, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron, along with series newcomers Brie Larson and Rita Moreno. Filmed in London, Rome, Turin, Libon and Los Angeles on an estimated $340 million budget, Fast X ranks as the eighth most expensive film ever made.
Fan-favorite classic horror, thriller and suspense films (Sept 15)
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Power Book IV: Force Season 2 (Sept 1) – Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) is ready to do what it takes in service of his criminal ambitions, embarking on a mission to avenge his lieutenant’s death and take over the Chicago drug world as the Flynn organization weakens. Tommy takes control of a local gang by strategically fueling rivalries and capitalizing on warring factions, setting off a chain of violent events while trying to stay ahead of the fractured CBI, the Cartel, the Serbs, the feds, corrupt politicians, and his own personal demons. Torn by the promise of a second chance with his blood family, Tommy must decide what he is willing to sacrifice to finally claim the throne of a drug kingpin.
Heels Season 2 finale (Sept 15) – Three new episodes of the raucous wrestling drama will culminate in a showstopping season finale to determine which league will dominate the sport. While the plucky DWL aims for a programming spot on a new streaming service, Ace begins to lose himself in the growing fame of the Condamned, and DWL owner wife Staci grapples with decades of secrets that threaten to expose the league’s past crimes. The action will culminate in a huge crossover event that pits DWL against Dystopia, putting everyone’s future and hard work on the line. Can Jack and Ace put their differences aside and stick to the script, or will everything fall apart in the ring?
Conan the Barbarian (Sept 15)
Joh Wick: Chapter 4 (Sept 26)
Minx Season 2 continuing episodes (Sept 1 & 8)
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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (Sept 7) – Norman Reedus, the breakout fan favorite from The Walking Dead, is headlining his own spinoff series as taciturn biker Daryl Dixon. Dixon washes ashore in France with no memory, struggling to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a devastated but resilient France as he tries to find a way back home, but his plans get complicated when he must transport a boy to safety who’s prophesied to lead the revival of humanity. Daryl fans can also catch the same-day companion release of Ride with Norman Reedus Season 6: the real-life motorcycle enthusiast takes epic road trips around the world with a riding companion, exploring local culture and encountering adventure on the road. Guests this season include Keanu Reeves, Josh Holloway and Johnny Knoxville.
Mrs. Sidhu Investigates Season 1 (Sept 18) – Mrs. Sidhu (Meera Syal) is a high-end caterer with a taste for crime who solves ghastly murders amongst the affluent residents of Berkshire in the new adaptation of the hit BBC radio show. As an invisible “Indian Aunty” to the elite, she’s honed her investigative skills with an instinct for truth, a way with people and a persistent sense of nosiness. The recent widow juggles her new food business with wrangling her rebellious son Tez (Gurjeet Singh), stirring the pot of English elitism and serving up justice to those who believe they are above the law. Through her amateur sleuthing, Mrs. Sidhu forms an unofficial partnership with grouchy Detective Burton, who reluctantly joins her in an unbeatable crime-fighting duo.
Broken Trail (Sept 1)
The Terror Season 1 (Sept 25)
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