Jul 4, 2023
A list of Netflix original content to watch, stream, and binge in July
I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone when I scream out how much I wish the writers’ strike would come to an end. Give these writers what they deserve so we can get back to makin’ new content, please! At least Netflix doesn’t seem to be hurting with their influx of new original content streaming in July. We have some pretty cool documentaries, a healthy amount of comedy, an expansion of the 2018 hit movie Bird Box, and we’ll see the final season of Henry Cavill as Geralt in Season 3 Volume 2 of The Witcher, which premieres at the end of the month. I’ve enjoyed the series, but I will say I sure hope Volume 2 is much better than Volume 1. Here’s a full list of (most) everything hitting the streaming giant over the next few weeks.
NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES
UNKNOWN: THE LOST PYRAMID
Two teams race against the clock to see who will make the bigger discovery, and thus make their mark on history, in this archeological documentary following two of the world’s most famous Egyptologists seeking to unearth ancient treasures. In the desert sands of Saqqara, the latest hotspot of Egyptian archeology, Dr. Zahi Hawass hunts for the long-lost pyramid of a forgotten Egyptian king while his protegé, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, searches for an unlooted tomb in an ancient necropolis.
TOM SEGURA: SLEDGEHAMMER
Comedian Tom Segura is back with his fifth Netflix special, Sledgehammer. In front of a sold-out crowd in Phoenix, Arizona, Tom explores his “admiration” for Brad Pitt, what it’s like raising two boys, and the lessons learned from sharing his gummies with his mom.
Most of you Millennials may have never heard of WHAM! but back in the day (1980s), this teenage English pop duo of best friends George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley was one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the decade, selling more than 30 million records worldwide from 1982 to 1986. The documentary tells WHAM’s story, in their own words, of how in four years they came to dominate the charts around the world with their timeless, classic pop songs.
Starring Adam Devine (The Righteous Gemstones), Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), and Pierce Brosnan (Black Adam), this story follows Owen Browning (Devine), a strait-laced bank manager, as he's about to marry the love of his life, Parker (Dobrev). When his bank is held up by the infamous Ghost Bandits during his wedding week, Owen believes his future in-laws (Brosnan and Barkin), who just arrived in town, are the infamous Out-Laws.
UNKNOWN: KILLER ROBOTS
A documentary following the terrifying behind-the-scenes efforts of military-funded scientists racing to build the AI-powered robots changing the face of warfare and the activists on a mission to expose their dangerous potential.
BIRD BOX BARCELONA
From the producers of the hit phenom Bird Box comes Bird Box Barcelona, an expansion of the film that captivated audiences in 2018. After an entity of mysterious origin annihilates the world’s population causing those who observe it to take their lives, Sebastián and his young daughter must navigate their own journey of survival through the desolate streets of Barcelona. As they form an uneasy alliance with other survivors and make their way toward a safe haven, a threat much more sinister than the unseen creature grows.
UNKNOWN: CAVE OF BONES
Man, Unknown is crankin' 'em out! In South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger has found the world’s oldest graveyard—and it’s not human. In an effort to alter everything we know about hominid evolution and the origins of belief, Berger and his team work to prove this ancient, small-brained, ape-like creature practiced complex burial rituals
UNKNOWN: COSMIC TIME MACHINE
With unique access behind the scenes to NASA’s ambitious mission to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, we follow a team of engineers and scientists as they take the next giant leap in our quest to understand the universe.
THEY CLONED TYRONE
Starring Jamie Foxx (Horrible Bosses, which, if you haven’t seen that movie, I highly recommend it; it's a fantastic barrel of laughs), Kiefer Sutherland (24), David Alan Grier (Joe Pickett), and John Boyega (Stars Wars: The Force Awakens). A series of events thrusts an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper from writer/director Juel Taylor (Creed II).
THE DEEPEST BREATH
This A24-produced documentary is about a champion record-setting free diver and an expert safety diver training and attempting to make history with a remarkable feat.
HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS
A romcom starring Yellowstone’s Luke Grimes and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper. When Helen (Kemper) signs up for a wilderness survival course a year after her divorce, she finds herself hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail with her little brother’s best friend (Grimes). She discovers through this experience that sometimes you just have to get really lost in order to find yourself.
THE WITCHER SEASON 3 - VOLUME 2
The final installment of the last season of Henry Cavill as The Witcher, where he’ll be hanging up his wig for good.
Two ex-special forces soldiers must escort a group of civilians along Baghdad’s “Highway of Death” to the safety of the Green Zone in this action comedy from Director Scott Waugh (Need for Speed). Starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour movies), John Cena (Peacemaker), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky movies), and maybe some other recognizable faces.
NEW & RETURNING ORIGINAL SHOWS
The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 – July 6
Hack My Home – July 7
Quarterback Season 1 – July 12
Sugar Rush: The Baking Point Season 1 – July 12
Too Hot to Handle Season 5 – July 14
Sweet Magnolias Season 3 – July 20
Mark Normand: Soup to Nuts, a stand-up comedy special – July 25
The Great British Baking Show: The Professionals Season 7 – July 26
Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case – July 26
How to Become a Cult Leader (a tongue-in-cheek limited series) – July 28
Keeley Brooks is a big ole movies, television, and streaming nerd with a voracious appetite for content and an uncontrollable urge to write about everything she watches. Even if it sucks. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.