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The Netflix Releases to Watch in October 2020

By Geneve Anderson, Copywriter

Ok, it’s happening…The days are becoming shorter, the temperatures are getting colder and Halloween is just around the corner (wait, what?). That being said, nothing sounds better than sitting on the sofa feeling nice and cosy in front of the telly. Like, who (really) wants to be outdoors during gloomy weather anyway, am I right? For your viewing pleasure, we’re here with inspo on what to watch on Netflix this October. Don’t want to wait? We’ve also got a round-up of September releases that are out now for you to enjoy. Either way, cue the popcorn and comfy nightwear or loungewear

1. Emily in Paris - October 2nd

If you’re looking for something with a bit of a French flair, then this could be a good Netflix series in October for you. Starring Lilly Collins, Emily In Paris follows the story of Emily Cooper, a young, fashionable marketing genius from Chicago who relocates to the City of Love for her job. From pesky office politics to the complicated but oh-so-dreamy Parisian men, she finds herself navigating through the highs and lows of expat living. Not to mention love-interest Gabriel, played by Lucas Bravo, is a handsome beau we wouldn’t mind sharing a croissant (or two) with. ‘Bonjour monsieur’…

2. The Haunting of Bly Manor - October 9th

Perfect if you’re looking for what to watch on Netflix for October fright night, this chilling horror series is not for the faint hearted. The Haunting of Bly Manor is the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House. The second season from The Haunting anthology will have a different setting along with some new and familiar characters. Set in a blissful English countryside in 1987, young American woman Dani takes on a nanny job at Bly Manor. Played by Victoria Pedretti, who was Nell in Hill House, her new character Dani encounters a series of spooky events and is certain that the lonesome estate is haunted. We’re getting goosebumps already.

3. Grand Army - October 16th

Calling all teen drama fans: this might be the best series on Netflix in October. The story follows the lives of five young adults who attend Army Grad High School, a large public high school in Brooklyn, New York. They deal with various coming-of-age struggles that include protesting racial injustice, taking shelter in a school lockdown, forming relationships and self-discovery. During the final scene of the official teaser, student Dominique ‘Dom’ Pierre, played by Odley Jean, says “I don't have all the answers, but to be honest, it matters who you talk to. It matters who you're comfortable with. It matters who hears you, who says, ‘I understand.’ We need someone to hear us." Don’t worry Dom, we’ll be listening and watching…

4. The Trial of the Chicago 7 - October 16th

Set to be one of the top Netflix movies in October, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an upcoming legal drama based on real-life events surrounding the Chicago Seven case. During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests were staged and organised by a group of people who were subsequently charged by the federal government. Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this a storyline from the past that’s still very relevant to this day. Gripping, eye-opening and insightful, this is definitely going to be a must-see film.

5. Rebecca - October 21st

Rebecca is the perfect choice for what to watch on Netflix this October if you’re into romantic thrillers. With Armie Hammer and Lilly James as the leading couple, the story is an adaptation of the 1938 graphic novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Newlyweds Maxim de Winter and Mrs de Winter move into an old manor located on a lush, windswept English coast. It turns out that Mrs de Winter has a lot to learn about her new husband especially regarding his first wife Rebecca, whose legacy lives long after her death. A messy relationship drama with Instagram-worthy backdrops? Count us in for this release.

6. Over the Moon - October 23rd

Looking for feel-good films on Netflix this October? We are too. Over the Moon is an animated musical directed by iconic Disney animator Glen Keane. The story follows the journey of a young girl called Fei Fei, who builds a rocket ship in order to find a legendary moon goddess. She is accompanied by her adorable rabbit sidekick Bungee, as the two embark on magical adventures together along the way. The film also explores an Asian family dynamic in a positive and heart-felt manner. Famous cast names include Sandra Oh, Kevin Jeong and newcomer Cathy Ang, who provides the voice of lead character Fei Fei.

7. The Queens Gambit - October 23rd

Are you a pawn or a queen? Orphan-turned-chess-prodigy Beth Harmon is on a personal quest to become the ultimate chess champion. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the leading role of Beth, the mini-series follows her life from child to adulthood during her triumphs at various tournaments. Despite her wins, addiction issues get the better of her. Will she overcome them, or will she spiral out of control? Oh, we (totally) want to find out for sure. Checkmate for your next period drama obsession…