17 Movies & Shows On Netflix You Need To Watch This Fall, From 'Stranger Things' To 'Mulan'


The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and fall is officially on the horizon, which means there are plenty of new fall movies and shows to get excited about on Netflix. Every month, the streaming site updates its offerings with new movies and television shows — both original and non-original content — and this fall is no different. Netflix has plenty of original content hitting the Interwebs in the coming months, including their Magic School Bus reboot, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, and the highly anticipated Season 2 of Stranger Things, but the site is also bringing on some classic pre-released content, including a few highly coveted Disney animated classics.

Looking for something new to marathon? Need a good TV show to put you in a back-to-school mood? Netflix's fall arrivals have something for that. Obviously, you could spend the entire season trying to get through all the new content Netflix is adding this fall and you'd still be watching movies and TV shows well into winter. So, if you're looking for a bit of guidance on where to start your fall streaming journey, these 17 movies and shows on Netflix this fall are a good place to start.


'The Magic School Bus Rides Again' — Sept. 29

It doesn't matter if you're young, old, in school, or not — The Magic School Bus Rides Again is bringing not one, but two Ms. Frizzles to the small screen, and that is nothing but glorious.


'Stranger Things' Season 2 — Oct. 27

The adorable troublemakers and supernatural sleuths are back with Stranger Things Season 2, hitting Netflix just before Halloween. Hopefully, our dear Dustin survives the season.


'Mulan' — Sept. 1

Perfect for a pick-me-up or a motivational viewing, Mulan is coming back to Netflix, and not a minute too soon.


'Strong Island' — Sept. 15

Filmmaker Yance Ford explores the death of William Ford Jr., his brother who was killed in 1992 by a white man who, according to Ford, got away with murder thanks to a corrupt justice system and racial discrimination. Get ready to cry.


'Carol' — Sept. 20

Carol's is the perfectly manicured lesbian drama Netflix has been waiting for.


'Godless' Season 1 — Nov. 22

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Netflix's Godless is poised to be one of the most talked about shows of the fall. The show is about an 1880s outlaw, Roy Goode, who finds himself taking refuge in a small town in New Mexico populated solely by women — correction, badass women.


'Mindhunter' — Oct. 13

Take a break from true crime and watch Mindhunter, another Netflix original series about an FBI agent obsessed with understanding and hunting serial killers.


'Beauty And The Beast' — Sept. 19

Beauty and the Beast is pretty much the perfect back-to-school escape. It will both entertain you and make you want to read a book.


'Little Evil' — Sept. 1

Get a jump start on Halloween entertainment with the Netflix original movie Little Evil, a spoof on the classic haunted child horror flick.


'Newsies: The Broadway Musical' — Sept. 5

Probably one of the most exciting things coming to Netflix this fall: the Newsies musical. The idea of bringing Broadway shows to homes across the country isn't new, but it is pretty new to Netflix, and that's pretty cool. Fingers crossed for Hamilton next.


'Our Souls At Night' — Sept. 29

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in the Netflix original film Our Souls at Night. I repeat: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.


'First They Killed My Father' — Sept. 15

Angelina Jolie's movie about the life of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung is bound to cause a bit of controversy, so it's a must-watch for those Hollywood-obsessed fans out there.


'Bachelorette' — Sept. 26

Women run a little too wild while enjoying a night out pre-bridesmaids duty in this wacky comedy. You'll never think of Kristen Dunst the same way again.


'Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two' — Sept. 22

Little Monsters gather 'round, the new Lady Gaga documentary, Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two, is hitting Netflix this fall, and it promises fans a brand new look at the pop star.


'Love, Sweat & Tears' — Sept. 19

Love, Sweat and Tears is a documentary all about normalizing menopause. It's educational and entertaining, plus a pretty good feminist statement doc.


'The Squid And The Whale' — Sept. 1

Noah Baumbach's classic The Squid and the Whale is a great choice for a fall movie night, especially if you want to feel the whole spectrum of human emotion in a short, two-hour span.


'The Punisher' Season 1 — TBD

Netflix has yet to officially announce the release date of The Punisher, Marvel's newest Netflix original series, but rumor has it it will hit before 2018. Is putting it in a fall Netflix list optimistic? Maybe, but why not?

And, there you have it. If you watch nothing else this fall but these 17 movies and TV shows, you should be well caught up going into the winter months.