Hilary Swank, Away | Photo Credits: Netflix

Six months of pandemic is no match for Netflix’s unstoppable content juggernaut, and the streaming service has no shortage of new stuff coming online in September 2020. Some of these titles are highly promising shows and movies that have the potential to be big Netflix hits. 

Highlights include two movies are exactly the kind of mid-budget, indie-style literary adaptations I personally want to see Netflix make all the time, I’m Thinking of Ending Things and The Devil All the Time, as well as splashy TV series Away and Ratched and a mouthwatering new installment in the Chef’s Table series.

Our list of suggestions is below, but here’s the full list of what’s new on Netflix in September. We also have a list of everything coming to all the major streaming services in September. If you’re looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, click over to our Watch This Now! page.

The Best Shows and Movies on Netflix This Month

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Chef’s Table: BBQ

Available Sept. 2
This delicious docuseries will make you want to die and go to pig heaven. The acclaimed Chef’s Table franchise focuses its food-romancing lens on notable barbecue chefs, including Tootsie Tomantez, an 85-year-old grandmother who still shovels the coals at her Texas restaurant; Lennox Hastie, a remarkable Australian chef who sources all of his ingredients from the Outback; Rodney Scott of South Carolina, who is known for his whole hog barbecue; and Rosalia Chay Chuc, a traditional Mayan chef who serves cochinita pibil out of her home in Mexico. I’ve only watched the trailer and I’m already planning a trip down south to worship at these meat temples. Netflix has BBQ on the brain in a big way in September; there’s also a cooking competition show called American Barbecue Showdown coming to the service on Sept. 18.

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Available Sept. 4
Jason Katims, the executive producer of emotionally complex tearjerker series like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, has his name on Away, a big-budget sci-fi drama series about the personal struggles of astronauts in space and their families at home. Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars as Emma Green, who leaves her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) behind as she commands a three-year mission to Mars alongside an international crew. The series has the signature Katims themes of family, hope, and reliance on others, in a setting we’ve never seen him work in before.               

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