A great week of Netflix releases kicks off on July 31 with “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” the prequel to the hilarious 2001 film. Featuring an incredible cast including Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and literally dozens of others, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” may be the comedy event of the summer.
“Wet Hot” isn’t the only Netflix original arriving on July 31. The second season of the animated series “Turbo FAST” arrives as well, with Turbo and his Fast Action Stunt Team embarking on another series of adventures.
The first of the month always brings a slew of great releases. August 1 brings the 2008 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow’s intense portrayal of a bomb defuser during the Iraq War which led to Jeremy Renner’s well-deserved Best Actor nomination. View the list below to view the terrific slate of August 1 releases.
The week continues with some fascinating releases, including “Kill Me Three Times,” Simon Pegg’s ill-advised 2014 turn as a hitman. The week ends with an additional look at the Netflix original series “Sense8.” Does this mean the show will be renewed? For now, no one knows.
Also arriving August 1 is season 1 of the new “Reading Rainbow,” the beloved children’s show which won a reprieve thanks to a Kickstarter created by host LeVar Burton. Much like many other releases this week, it’s another example of Netflix’s commitment to wide-ranging original programming
View the rest of this week’s fantastic Netflix releases below.
Wet Hot American Summer: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It’s the first day of camp in this outrageous prequel to the hilarious 2001 cult classic movie. And
at Camp Firewood, anything can happen.
Turbo FAST: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Join Turbo and his posse, the Fast Action Stunt Team. Filled with comedy, action and fun, this series amps it up to the extreme.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)
Frank Welker, Janice Karman, Michael Bell
At a movie-studio theme park, Alvin, Simon and Theodore make their way to the Frankenstein’s Castle attraction — where they meet the famous monster!
Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen, Marton Csokas
A psychiatrist’s neglected wife encounters a convicted murderer at a maximum-security asylum and finds herself curiously drawn to him.
Beneath the Helmet (2014)
Five Israeli high school graduates drafted into military training for eight months discover their core values and find their lives changed forever.
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Martin Henderson, Nadira Babbar
The Bakshis celebrate the arrival of a man who may be perfect husband material for one of the family’s four unmarried daughters.
Casting By (2012)
This illuminating documentary profiles legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, who filled roles in such films as Batman and Midnight Cowboy.
Dancing on the Edge: Season 1
This miniseries follows the Louis Lester Band, a group of black jazz musicians who became darlings of English society in the 1930s.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2
Continuing the revered traditions of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” this animated show for preschoolers is based on the adventures of young Daniel Tiger.
Dear Frankie (2004)
Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler
After years of lying to her son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea, a protective mom must find a man willing to pose as the boy’s dad.
Dogs on the Inside (2014)
This documentary spotlights a program that teaches prisoners to care for and train stray dogs as a way to develop skills needed to rejoin society.
Electric Slide (2014)
Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny
Straight from 1980s police files, this drama follows Eddie Dodson and his notorious crime spree, earning him the name “Gentleman Bank Robber.”
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz
This suspenseful drama follows a battle of wits and wills between renowned Russian sharpshooter Vassili Zaitsev and top German sniper Maj. König.
Flex is Kings (2013)
This dance-fueled documentary immerses audiences in the art of “flexing,” a gritty style of movement born on the streets of East New York.
Masha and the Bear: Season 1
Lively little Masha lives in the forest with her grandfather and has many wonderful adventures with her neighbor, a bear who used to be in the circus.
November Rule (2015)
DJ Qualls, Maria Conchita Alonso, Tatyana Ali
Up-and-coming sports shoe entrepreneur Steve, who is still reeling from the death of his dad, has made a “November rule” in order to keep his distance from the women who seem to be getting too serious about their relationship. Every November 1st, Steve makes up a whopping lie in order to break up with his current girlfriend. However, this year, when he gives the beautiful Leah her walking papers, he realizes his immature and arbitrary rule has just lost him the woman of his dreams. But whether he can win Leah back seems increasingly doubtful, especially after she starts dating pro sports star, James Avedon.
Odd Squad: Season 1
When bizarre things happen around town, young agents Olive, Otto and the rest of the Odd Squad use their wits and math skills to solve the case.
Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage, Yifei Liu
Hunted by their ruthless older brother, heir to the Imperial throne, Zhao and sister Lian seek the
protection of a reluctant, war-weary crusader.
Pants on Fire (2014)
Bradley Steven Perry, Joshua J. Ballard, Tyrel Jackson Williams
Jealous girlfriends and aliens are just some of the things Jack lied about to become popular. Now the lies are coming to life and ruining everything.
Reading Rainbow: Volume 1
New worlds of imagination unfold in this widely acclaimed series, which features guest celebrities reading selections from children’s literature.
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (2014)
The ex-addict comedian joins police on a series of raids, talks to users and visits legal drug dens before addressing the UN about decriminalization.
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (2012)
Drawing on his own desperate journey through heroin addiction, Brand defies conventional theories and social policies about drug use and treatment.
Sorority Row (2009)
Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis
After the accidental death of a Theta Pi sister, the sorority keeps the crime under wraps. But a masked killer begins stalking the girls responsible.
The Code: Season 1
In this three-part documentary series, host Marcus du Sautoy examines the mathematical code
underlying all of life on Earth and the universe itself.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Kathryn Bigelow directs this gripping drama that follows a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal team operating in Iraq.
The Living (2014)
Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue, Kenny Wormald
When a woman is beaten by her alcoholic husband, her protective brother hires an ex-con to kill the offender, unleashing a cascade of shocking events.
The Mind of a Chef: Season 3
Producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain explores the creative processes of international celebrity chefs to learn what fuels their culinary artistry.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008)
Angela Bassett, Sofia Vergara, Tyler Perry
When a struggling single mom learns that the father she never knew has died, she heads to Georgia with her kids and meets her dad’s raucous family.
Vehicle 19 (2013)
Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers
Recent parolee Michael Woods unsuspectingly rents a car that ends up entangling him in a dangerous web of corruption involving the local police.
Vexed: Season 1-2
After they’re matched up as partners on the London police force, charming slacker DI Jack Armstrong and driven professional DI Kate Bishop try to solve crimes together without driving each other crazy.
Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone
When his partner is killed and all clues point to a notorious assassin, FBI agent Jack Crawford sets out for revenge in this taut action-thriller.
Wing Commander (1999)
Freddie Prinze Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard
Earth’s only hope against the vicious Kilrathi Empire are two young fighter pilots, who must stop the enemy and warn Earth of an impending attack.
Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope (2015)
In response to Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” pot-smoking comic Doug Benson films his take on San Diego’s famous convention.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)
Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradley, Leon Burchill
A man in the Outback must rescue his sister from a mad scientist conducting experiments on survivors of a plague that is turning humans into zombies.
Dakota Fanning, Seth Green, Christine Baranski
An orphaned bird tags along with a flock on their long migration to Africa and becomes a hero when his newfound “family” runs into trouble.
Kill Me Three Times (2014)
Simon Pegg, Steve Le Marquand, Alice Braga
An assassin hunts down his mark in a small coastal town, but the simple job proves not so simple as he becomes entangled in a dark tale of revenge.
The Look of Love (2013)
Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton
This bittersweet biopic chronicles the over-the-top life of Paul Raymond, England’s Hugh Hefner, from nightclub mind reader to burlesque impresario.
Transformers: Rescue Bots: Season 3
Follow the adventure of four young transformers, Heatwave, Chase, Blades and Boulder, and their human counterparts: a family of emergency responders.
Welcome to Me (2014)
Kristen Wig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini
When a woman with psychiatric problems wins the lottery, she uses her money to create and star in her own nutty talk show — and becomes a sensation.
Club de Cuervos: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A brother and sister battle high expectations and each other after inheriting a soccer team. A series from the creators of “Nosotros los Nobles.”
Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Season 1
A television show comprised of contributions from the hitRECord community, a collaborative production company founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his brother “Burning Dan.”
Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story (2015)
After rising from humble beginnings to world fame, pro skateboarder Chris Cole returns to his hometown to give kids the chance that he never had.
Project Mc2 (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Four brilliant tween girls become secret agents who use science, technology — and sometimes even Instagram — to catch bad guys.
Transporter: The Series: Season 2
This action series picks up where the “Transporter” films left off, following driver-for-hire Frank Martin on his dangerous missions around the world.
Sense8: Creating theWorld
Go behind the scenes and around the world with the “Sense8” cast and crew in this in-depth look at how the hit series is made.