Netflix unveils 2017 release dates, first looks, and new trailers for upcoming original shows

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There’s hardly any question that Netflix is the clear leader when it comes to original streaming content that can be viewed by subscribers regardless of what country they live in. The company held an event today at the Hudson Mercantile in New York and provided the first look at some of the new original content coming to the streaming service this year.

“The beautiful thing about the internet is that it has ushered in a new era of television centered on delivering the best possible experience to millions of people around the world — with the singular goal of connecting people with stories they’ll love,” said Todd Yellin, Vice President of Product.  “Human beings have incredibly diverse and unique tastes — each person is more than the demographic group they belong to. At Netflix, we not only have a catalogue that meets the needs of these tastes and moods, but we use our technology to ensure we surface the right story to the right person at the right moment.”

Netflix recognizes that not everyone likes the same things and are offering up more than 1,000 hours of new series, films, stand-up specials, documentaries, and more for subscribers in 2017.

“We aren’t in the business of creating ‘one size fits all’ programming, or building slates to fill a finite number of hours of a programming grid,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “We’re catering to a dynamic world full of people with different tastes – and as a result, no two Netflix experiences are alike – we want to have something for everyone to enjoy.”

Netflix is already off to a great start with shows like Santa Clarita Diet and A Series of Unfortunate Events, so let’s check out what they have in store for the rest of the year!

Bill Nye Saves the World

Bill Nye – science guy, educator, mechanical engineer, and curator of curiosity – returns with a new show. Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World tackles a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging correspondent reports from a crackerjack team, and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and sly personality.

Bill Nye Saves The World arrives April 21, only on Netflix.

Orange is the New Black

Things will never be the same for the women of Litchfield Penitentiary.

Orange is the New Black Season 5 premieres exclusively on Netflix, June 9, 2017.

Marvel’s Iron Fist

With Marvel’s Iron Fist coming soon, Netflix teased us with a kick ass first look at Colleen Wing (played by Jessica Henwick).

Marvel’s Iron Fist debuts on March 17th, 2017.

Chef’s Table

A new world of culinary traditions awaits when Chef’s Table returns February 17th with six new episodes that span the globe and take you to the heart of what it means to create.


A new television series based on the 1908 Anne of Green Gables is coming to Netflix in May.

Anne premieres May 12th.

Dear White People

Dear White People is yet another new Netflix Original coming later this year. The series is based on the 2014 movie of the same thing and is about a group of students at the fictional Ivy League Winchester University.

Dear White People will premiere April 28, 2017.

Buddy Thunderstruck

Buddy Thunderstruck is the coolest semi-truck racing dog who lives down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place full of larger-than-life characters and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tire-squealing, fish-tailing good times.

Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere March 10, 2017.


Girlboss is inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 28, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.

Girlboss will premiere April 21, 2017.

Casting JonBenét

Casting JonBenét is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. After twenty years of media speculation and public hysteria that cast JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, of killing their own child, Casting JonBenét presents audiences with a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking that examines the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.

Coming to Netflix April 28.

Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie return for a third season on Netflix. NOTE: the date announcement trailer may be NSFW for some.

Grace and Frankie will premiere March 24, 2017.

Julie’s Greenroom

The legendary Julie Andrews together with special guests stars teaches her new students, the greenies, all about the performing arts in her new show Julie’s Greenroom.

Other tidbits announced by Netflix include:

  • The OA Part II has been picked up
  • Love Season 3 has been picked up
  • Project MC2 has been picked up for seasons 4 and 5
  • Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017
  • Free Rein is coming Soon to Netflix
  • Travelers picked up for Season 2
  • Kate McKinnon will voice Ms. Frizzle in Magic School Bus Rides Again
  • Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott join House of Cards Season 5

What do you think about the upcoming original content on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.


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