Summer days in Dubai are lengthy and scorching hot – not the ideal combination to say the least. They are, however, perfect for when you want to curl up in bed and binge-watch your way through the weekend. Enter: Netflix. The streaming service boasts literally millions of hours worth of TV shows, movies, comedy specials, documentaries, and more. To help you sift through all that wonderful chaos, Savoir Flair has rounded up the best of the new releases on Netflix from this weekend all the way until the end of June.
Brad Pitt on Netflix may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s just a sign of how the entertainment industry is evolving before our very eyes. This highly anticipated Netflix original film depicts the Oscar-nominated actor as a general who is tasked with winning an unpopular war. Tackling heady themes such as the ambition of men and the absurdity of war, this broad satire is based on The Operators, a book about the controversial US army general Stanley McChrystal and happens to be the biggest budget feature at Netflix to date.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust
If a mix of political manipulation and sinister ambition doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, look to Emmy winner and SNL alumna Sarah Silverman as she follows the footsteps of Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle by heading to Netflix. Her new comedy special will see her tackling subjects that range from health scares and laser removal to sibling rivalry. And if her past stand-up specials are any indication, the hilarious and unapologetic comedian will not hesitate to go all the way to make her point.
May 26 to June 30 – And Beyond
Fans of the brash comedian have been watching season two for a while now, and the good news is that it continues into June and beyond. Streaming every Friday, the hour-long episodes will feature more in-depth interviews, extensive field pieces, and dinner conversations – alongside even more of her beloved dog Chunk. It will also see Chelsea Handler exploring places like India and Europe and delving deeper into all things politics.
The dramedy Flaked returns for a second season with six episodes, centering once again on Chip, a self-appointed “guru” who can’t manage to get his own life together. Played by five-time Emmy nominee Will Arnett, the character falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination but soon gets caught in a web of lies that cause him to fall off the wagon. You’re guaranteed to feel like less of a slacker with this one.
Nineties kids are sure to get behind The Ranch, which returns to Netflix with a second season on June 17th. Starring Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson of That ‘70s Show fame, the family comedy picks up where season one ended: Colt is forced to tackle his love triangle with Heather and Abby, while Maggie and Beau adjust to life as divorced friends. Despite the laugh track, which gets a little much at times, The Ranch is probably the most popular comedy series on Netflix at the moment.
Big hair and body slams unite in this Netflix original that is set in the 1980s and follows an out-of-work actress, played by Alison Brie, who chases her one last chance at stardom by portraying a female wrestler. Inspired by the real GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a women’s professional wrestling TV series that ran from 1986 to 1990, the new comedy show is executive produced by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan – which is reason enough to give it a go.
“I will always provide a safe and trusting haven for my patients. I will remain objective in my relationships. I will not violate the physical boundaries of the patient. And will always do no harm.” These are the words ominously uttered by Naomi Watts’ character in the first teaser for psychological thriller Gypsy. Watts plays Jean Holloway, a Manhattan therapist with a seemingly perfect life – a successful career, a loving husband (played by Billy Crudup), and a lofty home in the Connecticut suburbs. But it’s clearly not enough as the ten-part series depicts the dangerously intimate relationships developed by the lead character with the people in her patients’ lives.