The 10 best things to watch on Netflix Canada in September

Sep 1 2017, 11:52 am

It’s September so that means it’s time for school, and guess what? Class is in session as I assign Netflix homework that is far more appealing than studying.

Your homework is to binge watch the films and series below because they are some of the best that will be coming to the streaming giant this month.

In August we had some fantastic releases with the likes of the sports documentary Icarus, and of course Netflix’s newest Marvel series The Defenders. But September really puts the focus on new seasons for popular television shows including introducing us to the debut season of an Emmy nominated series.

So have it, take a look at my choices below and make sure to check out our complete list of what’s coming to Netflix this month and feel free to give us some of your recommendations.

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Hidden Figures

Release Date: September 1
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast:   Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Kimberly Quinn, Kirsten Dunst

This Oscar nominated film is a true story about three African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA. It was their groundbreaking calculations that enabled the USA to catch up in the “Space Race.”

This is such a powerful film about brilliant women who defied expectations and crossed both gender and race lines. I highly recommend this one if you haven’t seen it yet.


Release Date: September 1
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Yosuke Kubozuka, Yoshi Oida, Shinya Tsukamoto, Issey Ogata, Nana Komatsu, Ryo Kase

Give yourself a lot of time to watch this Oscar nominated epic because it’s 3 hours long. This is Martin Scorsese’s passion project about two Jesuit priests played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and of course spread the word of God.

Problem is, Japan doesn’t take too kindly to the Christian religion and kills anyone who is associated with it. This is a gorgeously shot period drama with some excellent acting but definitely not for everyone.

BoJack Horseman: Season 4

Release Date: September 8
Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Cast:  Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul

If you haven’t watched this adult animated series on Netflix yet, what the hell are you waiting for? It has both humor and heartbreak along with a couple of classy blokes doing voice work in Will Arnett and Aaron Paul. Expect season four to take a strong political turn, without making any direct references to that orange President. Who knew a talking horse could lead the resistance?

Son of Zorn: Season 1 

Release Date: September 11
Creator: Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné
Cast:  Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani

Now is your chance to catch-up on one of the best comedies that a lot of people missed out on. Zorn is the defender of Agon and the overlord of pain from an island in the Pacific Ocean where everyone is animated. One day he decides to come back home to middle-class America and the suburbs of Orange County, California to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife and the son he never knew.

This has a lot of laughs and I highly recommend it for late night viewing along with something for the munchies.

First They Killed My Father

Release Date: September 15
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast:  Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata

This Netflix original film is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. This will no doubt be hard to watch but it’s an important film that premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival before it hits Netflix on September 15th.

The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion to Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

American Vandal: Season 1 

Release Date: September 15
Director: Tony Yacenda
Cast:  Jimmy Tatro, Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, G. Hannelius, Calum Worthy

You may have seen the trailer for this already; it’s a new series on Netflix that parodies those true-crime shows. This satire takes a look at the aftermath of a high school prank that left 27 faculty members cars vandalized. Who spray painted dicks on the teacher’s cars and why?

Dylan Maxwell is accused of the heinous crime and is expelled, but did he do it? An aspiring sophomore documentarian takes it upon himself to investigate. #WhoDrewTheDicks

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Release Date: September 19
Director: Bill Condon
Cast:   Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Nathan Mack

This was a massive hit on the big screen this year, so you can fully expect it to be watched ad nauseam once it lands on Netflix. The tale is as old as time and is a live adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated classic. So be my guest, throw it on, because although some of us weren’t huge fans of the remake, it was clearly loved by many so there must be something there.

Jerry Before Seinfeld

Release Date: September 19
Cast:  Jerry Seinfeld

For the last couple of years, Netflix has been doing an amazing job with their comedy specials. There have been a lot of big names that have put their comedy stylings on the giant streaming site, but is there anyone bigger than Jerry Seinfeld?

This will not be your ordinary stand-up comedy feature that we have become accustomed to on Netflix. This special actually combines some of his older standup along with a more autobiographical approach to his life and career.

It’s Seinfeld doing standup about him doing standup – it couldn’t get any more Seinfeld’esque than that. This is the first of two Seinfeld specials that will be coming to Netflix.

This is Us: Season 1 

Release Date: September 20
Creator: Dan Fogelman
Cast:  Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley

This show has been getting a ton of buzz including a plethora of Emmy nominations this year. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen it, but the reviews have been excellent and Kleenex has been shed. Now’s our chance to see what all the fuss is about because season 1 is coming to Netflix in all its 18 episode glory!

I’ll grab the bag of peanut M&Ms and give this a go. What’s truly great is after we binge watch season one, we can jump right onto NBC and watch season two which drops on September 26th. I’ll see you on the other side.

Planet Earth II 

Release Date: September 26

This looks amazing. If you’re a huge fan of the 2006  award winning BBC Documentary Planet Earth, then knowing part two will be available with one click of a button is great news.

Part two is going to be all about amazing creatures but the docu-series will be going all out with new tech like ultra high definition (4K), improved camera stabilization, and some amazing drone shots. Of course all that will be secondary to the smooth voice of Sir David Attenborough’s narration and a musical score composed by the great Hans Zimmer.

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