Netflix Instant Streaming and DVD Release Dates
Here you have it! 2018 Netflix Instant Streaming and DVD release dates as they become available (you can find 2011 here, 2012 here, 2013 here, 2014 here, 2015 here, 2016 here, and 2017 here). I’ll add to it every week as information becomes available. One Stop Shopping for Netflix Release Dates. Gotta love it.
You can tell at a glance which content is available to you, depending on your subscription plan. Red Subheadings tell you if the titles are DVD or Instant Streaming, U.S. or Canada. Green Subheadings are for Amazon Prime Instant Streaming titles. You’ll find some TV series on Hulu, AcornTV, Networks, and other platforms information in Pink. I can only include selected Canadian Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu titles – TV series and hot new movies. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to put in more! If you’re wondering about something, leave a comment and I’ll try to dig it up. Here’s how you can tell which content is available on your plan:
DVD Only = Available to rent only for those with a DVD subscription. This is going to be most new movies. Quite a bit of TV starts out this way and streams later (and some movies).
Instant Streaming Only = Available only for those with an Instant Streaming subscription. Netflix Exclusives tend to start out here and maybe become available on DVD later.
Instant Streaming Available = Available for all subscription types! This is content that you can rent on a DVD or stream instantly. The Holy Grail of Netflix content.
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2018 Netflix Releases
Is Friends leaving Netflix at the end of the month? NO! It will be streaming through 2019, according to Netflix.
Coming in December
(all DVD titles are subject to inexplicable change)
The Doctor Blake Mysteries – Season 5 (DVD – Pushed back to January)
Greenleaf – Season 3 (Streaming 12/21)
Last Hope – Part 2 (Streaming 12/21)
Vanity Fair – Season 1 (Amazon Prime Video 12/21)
Tales By Light – Season 3 (Streaming 12/23)
The Magicians – Season 3 (Streaming 12/24 – Sorry Canada)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Season 11 (Streaming 12/25 – Also not in Canada)
Avenger’s: Infinity War (Streaming 12/25)
Alexa and Katie – Season 2 (Streaming 12/26)
Niko and the Sword of Light – Season 2 (Amazon Prime Video 12/28)
Watership Down – Limited Series (Streaming TBD)
Baki – Season 1 (foreign TV action, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Takayuki Sugo) – Japanese language series about a martial arts champion who has to fight off a bunch of death row inmates in Tokyo. Yeah, I don’t know. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (comedy special) – This is Ellen’s first stand-up since 2003! I will absolutely watch this. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
A Simple Favor (thriller, Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively) – I’ve been waiting for this ever since I saw the teasers on Blake Lively’s Instagram! Don’t judge me…DVD Only
Little Women (drama, Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings) – New telling of an old tale. DVD Only
Active Measures (documentary) Trump/Russia doc. I’ll be surprised if this actually releases. DVD Only
Venom (action, Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams) – This superhero movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which apparently is endless. DVD Only
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (family mystery, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett) – Based on the book about a boy going to live with his uncle in a mysterious house, located in a mysterious town. DVD Only
The Predator (action, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn) – Soldiers go looking for other soldiers. That is not what they find. DVD Only
Fahrenheit 11/9 (documentary, Michael Moore) – I guess if you still like Michael Moore, give this a shot. DVD Only
Assassination Nation (thriller, Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse) – Comedy thriller about a data hack causing anarchy in a community. DVD Only
Air Strike (action, Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody) – WWII period piece based on the true story of an American pilot training Chinese pilots. DVD Only
The Super (thriller, Val Kilmer, Patrick John Flueger) – Building super in Manhattan thinks he has it made until tenants start disappearing. DVD Only
In a Relationship (comedy, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano) – Rom/com about two couples at very different points in their relationships. DVD Only
Five Fingers For Marseilles (foreign western, Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini) – This South African movie (Xhosa language) is about a freedom fighter in the Eastern Cape province, coming back from exile post-apartheid. DVD Only
Scarred Hearts (foreign drama, Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic) – Romanian language period piece about a young man with tuberculosis and his confinement to a sanatorium. DVD Only
Springsteen on Broadway (music, Brice Springsteen) – This is unusual for Netflix, but I like it! Springsteen’s one man acoustic show. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Cuckoo – Season 4 (TV comedy, Taylor Lautner, Greg Davies) – This series about a woman returning to England with her weird American boyfriend changed in season two when Andy Samberg left as said boyfriend. Taylor Lautner now plays his love child. Or something. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable.
Fuller House- Season 4 (TV comedy, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin) – Yep, it’s still going. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Travelers – Season 3 (TV drama, Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter) – Yay! I can’t wait to see what our time travelers get up to this season. I really liked Season 1 and Season 2. Canada, you are getting seasons 2 & 3 at the same time! Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale (TV drama, Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch) – I’ve been enjoying this remarkably dark Archie comics adaptation. Now we get a holiday special! Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Inside the Real Narcos – Season 1 (TV reality, Jason Fox) – Ex-Special Forces guy interviews drug traffickers and cartel members. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons – Season 3 (TV reality) – Journalists voluntarily go into reputationally difficult prisons. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Sunderland Til I Die – Season 1 (docuseries) – About a British soccer club. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Fix – Season 1 (TV comedy, D.L. Hughly, Katherine Ryan) – Panel of comedians and one expert talk about the issues of the day. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Innocent Man – Season 1 (docuseries, John Grisham) – Adaptation of Grisham’s only non-fiction book about 1980s Oklahoma murder cases. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Protector – Season 1 (foregn TV thriller, Cagatay Ulusoy, Ayca Aysin Turan) – Turkish language series about ancient orders and immortal enemies in modern Istanbul. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Tidelands – Season 1 (TV drama, Charlotte Best, Elsa Pataky) – Australian series about an ex-con returning to her home town to let loose with a few secrets. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Voltron: Legendary Defender – Season 8 (kids’ animated TV, Jeremy Shada, Tyler Labine) – I have no idea what this is about, it’s kids fighting some mighty villain. But it’s obviously popular enough to warrant 8 seasons. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Roma (foreign drama, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira) – Spanish language film from director Alfonso Cuaran about Mexican politics in the 1970s. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle (children’s comedy, Gavin Lewis, Theodore Barnes) – Will the Christmas moose save the day when everyone is snowed in at the bowling alley? That’s not a sentence I anticipated writing today. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Dance and Sing With True: Songs (kids’ animation, Michela Luci, Jamie Watson) – New songs for this sing-along kids’ show. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Amazon Prime Video
LOL: Last One Laughing (TV reality, Liliana Arriaga, Carlos Ballarta) – Some sort of Spanish language comedy competition. Amazon Prime Video Only
Wanted – Season 3 (TV drama, Rebecca Gibney, Geraldine Hakewill) – Witnesses to a murder become odd fellows on the run. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Backstreet Girls: Gokudols – Season 1 (anime TV comedy, Daisuke Ono, Satoshi Hino) – Japanese language series about Yakuza brothers who become girls. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Out of Many, One: The Immigrant’s Story (documentary) – Documentary short about a group of people preparing for their citizenship tests. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Vir Das: Losing It (comedy special) – Netflix original stand-up special. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Sinner – Season 2 (TV drama, Bill Pullman, Carrie Coon) – The second season carries forward only the Bill Pullman character. Which is a shame, since that character irritates me. But Carrie Coon is great. No word yet about a third season. The first season did stream on Netflix, but season 2 is DVD Only for now.
The Orville – Season 1 (TV dramedy, Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki) – This Star Trek spoof/homage is actually not too bad. But it’s not too good either. Best taken in small doses. The series has been renewed for a second season which will premiere on Dec. 30th on Fox. I have no idea if this will stream, it’s DVD Only on Netflix for now. It is streaming on Hulu.
Top of the Lake – Season 2 (TV drama, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan) – I liked the first season of this New Zealand set show, I’ll definitely watch Season 2. It’s written and directed by Jane Campion. No indication of a season 3. This is not a streamer at the moment, so DVD Only on Netflix, but both seasons are available on Hulu.
The Equalizer 2 (action, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal) – This is the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s career. Huh. DVD Only
Smallfoot (family animation, Channing Tatum, James Corden) – What if Bigfoot didn’t know humans existed? Hilarity would ensue! DVD Only
Peppermint (action, Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr.) – I love Jennifer Garner, so I’ll definitely be seeing this mom turned ninja warrior actioner. DVD Only
Unbroken: Path to Redemption (drama, Caleb Hunt, Merritt Patterson) – Telling more of the story from Unbroken, in which Louis Zamperini’s wife finds God through Billy Graham. DVD Only
Colette (drama, Keira Knightley, Dominic West) – Biopic about Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a French author and pioneer in the fight for gender equality. DVD Only
The Captain (foreign drama, Max Hubacher, Frederick Lau) – German language story about an accidental, albeit enthusiastic, Nazi. Set at the end of WWII. DVD Only
Lizzie (thriller, Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart) – A new take on the story of Lizzie Borden. DVD Only
Sin senos sí hay paraíso – Season 3 (foreign TV drama, Majida Issa, Carmen Villalobos) – Colombian show about the mafia, imprisonment and revenge. Spanish language. U.S Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Bad Blood – Season 1 (TV drama, Anthony LaPaglia, Kim Coates) – True story of the Rizzutos, a crime family in Montreal. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Dogs of Berlin – Season 1 (German TV drama, Felix Kramer, Anna Maria Mühe) – German language series about the investigation of the murder of a soccer player. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Nailed It! Holiday (TV reality) – This mean spirited cooking show that sets people up to fail spectacularly now has holiday episodes. I know lots of people love it, but I sort of hate it. This is the third season. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Ranch – Part 6 (TV comedy, Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott) – Ashton is still trying to run the family ranch after failing at pro athletics. This has been renewed for another season. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Pine Gap – Season 1 (TV drama, Parker Sawyers, Jacqueline McKenzie) – Australian show about troubles at a spy facility. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Neo Yokio – Pink Christmas (anime, Jaden Smith, Jude Law) – Neo Yokio is a city, in which a young man searches for love, fashion, and the supernatural. There is a full season already and it is not clear if this is just a Christmas special or a new season. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Hook Up Plan (French TV romance, Marc Ruchmann, Zita Hanrot) – French language series about friends hiring an escort for their heartbroken friend. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (family action, Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis) – Amazing cast for this CGI/live action re-imagining of the Rudyard Kipling novel, including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Instant Streaming Only, and I believe comes to theaters the same day.
Dumplin’ (dramedy, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush) – Texas teen enters beauty contest run by her mom. I think this actually opens theatrically the same day. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
5 Star Christmas – I don’t know much about this Christmas movie other than it involves the Italian Prime Minister and his mistress, which doesn’t sound very Christmasy at all. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The American Meme (documentary) – Three social media personalities do their thing. Yuck. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Super Monsters and the Wish Star (family animation, Elyse Maloway, Vincent Tong) – Christmas wishes for Lobo and Glorb! Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? (documentary) – A look at the still unsolved murder of the Run DMC DJ. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas (family TV drama) – This is a Christmas special for the horse themed series Free Rein. It has one of the worst names of all time. The pun, it hurts. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Happy! – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt) – Ex-cop hitman begins seeing a tiny blue horse. This is unexpected. I’ve been waiting for this one! U.S. Instant Streaming Only, maybe downloadable?
Wentworth – Season 6 (TV drama, Danielle Cormack, Nicole Da Silva) – Life in an Australian women’s prison. There will be a seventh season. This has been available in the U.S. since September, now it’s Available on Netflix Canada!
Amazon Prime Video
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2 (TV dramedy, Matilda Szydagis, Rachel Brosnahan) – This period series about a housewife becoming a stand up comic in the 1950s has won all sorts of awards, but I watched a single episode and couldn’t get into it. I’m in the minority. It has already been renewed for a third season. Amazon Prime Video Only
Handmaid’s Tale – Season 2 (TV drama, Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes) – No Hulu? You can watch Handmaids as a Netflix DVD subscriber! DVD Only
Sharp Objects – Season 1 (TV drama, Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson) – Based on the Gillian Flynn novel, I’ve heard mixed reviews. But I loved the book so I’ll definitely see it. You can stream it on HBO. DVD Only
Westworld – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden) – I really liked the first season of this one, so I’m looking forward to this. Stream on HBO or DVD Only on Netflix.
Vera – Series 8 (TV drama, Brenda Blethyn, David Leon) – This crime series is based on the Vera Stanhope novels by Ann Cleeves. And Blethyn is great, so I should probably watch this. This is not a streamer, so DVD Only
Incredibles 2 (family animation, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter) – This sequel took so, so many years to arrive! I have no idea if it’s any good – anyone else seen it who can tell me? DVD Only
Christopher Robin (family drama, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell) – Grown up Christopher Robin needs help finding his imagination. I will definitely be seeing this! DVD Only
Mission Impossible: Fallout (action, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson) – By all rights this franchise should be completely played out, but this got really good reviews. DVD Only
Operation Finale (thriller, Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley) – Nazi hunters after Adolph Eichmann, set 15 years after the and of WWII. DVD Only
God Bless the Broken Road (family drama, Lindsay Pulsipher, Makenzie Moss) – Religious drama about a single mother trying to make ends meet. DVD Only
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (documentary) – The Pope talks about social justice and the environment. DVD Only
The Happytime Murders (comedy, Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks) – Melissa McCarthy is a private eye looking for a serial killer with her partner…a muppet. Oh, yes I will see this. DVD Only
Pick of the Litter (documentary) – Follow along as guide dogs are trained from puppyhood. AWWWWWW DVD Only
McQueen (documentary, Alexander McQueen) – Biodoc of the fashion designer. DVD Only
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (drama, Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr.) – Teenager sent to conversions therapy instead forms a bond with two of her fellow captives. DVD Only
Great British Baking: Holidays (TV reality, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith) – GBB is back for a two episode Christmas special! Bakers from past seasons compete in single weekend contests with traditional British holiday fare. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Blue Planet II – Season 1 (nature documentary, David Attenborough, Peter Drost) – A look at the amazing creatures of the ocean. There is a second season. Instant Streaming Only, maybe downloadable? (Canada, you will get this one on December 4th)
Hero Mask – Season 1 (Japanese anime, Yasuyuki Kase, Yuhko Kaida) – A Japanese language animated crime drama series about a new invention – bio masks. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Sound of the Heart Reboot – Season 2 (Korean TV drama, Sung Hoon, Kwon Yuri) – Korean language series about the shenanigans of a webtoonist (I did not know that was a word). Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Little Mermaid (family sci-fi, Poppy Drayton, William Moseley) – New telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story, set in Mississippi. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
The Great British Baking Show Masterclass – Season 5 (reality, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry) – I’m a little confused because there are only three seasons currently available, so I don’t know if we’ve skipped a season or if these are episodes from season 5 of the show, or what. Whatever it is, it will certainly be delicious. U.S. Instant Streaming Only, maybe downloadable?
Memories of the Alhambra (foreign TV drama, Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye) – Korean language series about a businessman meeting a mysterious woman in Spain. This will air one episode per week. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Crossroads: One Two Jaga (foreign drama, Zahiril Adzim, Ario Bayu) – Malay language story of an abused young worker in Kuala Lampur trying to return home to Indonesia. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable
Battle (foreign drama, Lisa Teige, Fabian Svegaard Tapia) – Norwegian language story about a teenage ballerina facing her father’s bankruptcy. Instant Streaming Only, downloadable