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The Best Movies and TV Shows New on Netflix Canada in October


‘Big Mouth’: Season 3

Starts streaming: Oct. 4

Netflix has made news recently for its habit of canceling series abruptly for algorithmic reasons, but it has extended “Big Mouth,” a delightfully raunchy animated series about the horrors of the young and hormonal, for a full six seasons. Doing the math, that should take its cast of characters from seventh grade, when the series started, all the way through high school, covering all the excruciating phases of their sexual development. The comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney lend their voices to many of the characters, including the best friends at the center of the show. But there’s talent up and down the cast, like Jason Mantzoukas as a macho hothead who has recently become bicurious, Jordan Peele as the ghost of Duke Ellington and Maya Rudolph as The Hormone Monstress, an imaginary adviser and bubble bath enthusiast.

‘Raising Dion’

Starts streaming: Oct. 4

Superhero movies have saturated the market to such an extent that even the premise for a straight-up drama gets steered in that direction. Based on Dennis Liu’s comic book, “Raising Dion” is about a young mother (Alisha Wainwright) who has to raise her son (Ja’Siah Young) after his father (Michael B. Jordan) dies under mysterious circumstances. So is this a show about grief and single parenthood? Not really. It’s a show about a boy who develops special powers during a lightning storm and has to harness them as hostile figures seek to contain him. How much it balances the domestic drama between mother and son with special effects sequences remains to be seen.

‘Rhythm + Flow’

Starts streaming: Oct. 9

Given the runaway popularity of vocal talent shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice,” it’s hard to believe that a reality competition show built around unknown hip-hop talents hasn’t been produced until now. With the musical heavyweights Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and T.I. serving as hosts, “Rhythm + Flow” will unfold over three weeks, starting with a four-episode batch of auditions and continuing with the competition itself, also released in batches, over the two subsequent weeks. Drawing from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, the show looks to anoint the next big talent, and its presence on Netflix ensures that saltier lyrics won’t be subject to the bleep button.

‘Living With Yourself’

Starts streaming: Oct. 18

It’s a dilemma for many people who have drifted into middle age: How do you rediscover the energy and lust for life that the years have whittled away from you? Some guys would buy a sports car, but in Timothy Greenberg’s promising new series, “Living With Yourself,” Paul Rudd goes to a mysterious strip-mall spa that promises to rebuild his DNA and create a better version of himself. The procedure is a success, but it turns out the old version of himself still exists and feels as if he still has a claim on his life. Over eight episodes, the first season cross-pollinates science fiction, comedy and suspense as the two Rudds enter into a hostile yet delicate relationship with the highest of metaphysical stakes.

‘Jenny Slate: Stage Fright’

Starts streaming: Oct. 22

Not many comedians would have survived what happened to Jenny Slate on her one and only season on “Saturday Night Live”: In her debut sketch, Slate accidentally dropped an expletive on live TV, and while she finished out the 2009-10 run, she wasn’t asked back on the show. Slate has since thrived as a humorist, a voice artist on “Big Mouth” and an actress in films like “Obvious Child” and “Zootopia,” but she never got over her fear of the spotlight. Her first Netflix comedy special, “Jenny Slate: Stage Fright,” addresses those anxieties head-on, along with anecdotes about her upbringing and other observations.

‘Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner’

Starts streaming: Oct. 23

The affable chef, restaurateur and professional foodie David Chang follows up “Ugly Delicious” with another collaboration with the documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), which promises a little personal intimacy along with delectable cuisine. Each episode of “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” pairs Chang with a different celebrity guest, and the two explore the food and culture of a single city while getting to know each other better. The guests have yet to be announced, but Chang was able to attract Jimmy Kimmel, Aziz Ansari and Ali Wong for the first season of “Ugly Delicious,” so it’s likely some familiar faces will appear on the new show, too.

‘Daybreak’

Start streaming: Oct. 24

“The Breakfast Club” meets “The Warriors” meets “Mad Max” in this postapocalyptic comedy-drama series, which imagines what the cliques at a California high school would be like when the end of the world is nigh. Colin Ford stars as a 17-year-old outcast who enlists a 12-year-old pyromaniac (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and a former bully (Austin Crute) to help him find his missing girlfriend, but they are confronted by a series of roving jock gangs and undead monsters called Ghoulies. The one recognizable star in the cast is Matthew Broderick, whose role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” three decades ago lends “Daybreak” some teen-comedy credibility.

Also of interest: “Contagion” (Oct. 1), “Girls Trip” (Oct. 1), “Seven” (Oct. 1), “Pride & Prejudice” (Oct. 2), “Peaky Blinders”: Season 5 (Oct. 3), “Insatiable”: Season 2 (Oct. 11), “The Awakenings of Motti Wolkenbruch” (Oct. 11), “Citizen Kane” (Oct. 15), “Eli” (Oct. 18), “Ant-Man” (Oct. 23), “The Kominsky Method”: Season 2 (Oct. 25), “Rattlesnake” (Oct. 25).


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