18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June

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Chris Sayer

Ah, summer. It's finally here.

Now's the time to get outside, hit up that festival, run to the beach, drink beers in the pub garden, BBQ until you're sick at the sight of a sausage... or just stay indoors and work your way through these amazing new additions to Netflix.

With a handful of classic must-watch movies, some jaw-dropping documentaries and re-ups of some of their finest original series', the streaming giants have absolutely outdone themselves this month. 

Check out our pick of the latest releases for June 2016 below, and make sure your eyes don't get too square...

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June

    Orange Is The New Black

    What? Been holding your breath since season three’s monster cliffhanger, in which Alex’s face-off with one of Kubra’s assassins had us asking if she’d be back for round four? Visiting hours are back open, meaning we can re-join Piper and co in the original Netflix Original and you can finally breathe easy again.

    Who? Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, and maybe Ruby Rose – mysteriously, her name seems to have been removed from the IMDB page… cryptic.

    Why? If only for Crazy Eyes, the slightly unstable but brilliant inmate played by Uzo Aduba.

    When? 17 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 1

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    What? Chris Pratt, a tree thing, a green lady and a racoon save the universe.

    Who? Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Big Dave Bautista in the flesh, and Bradley Cooper and Big Vin Diesel on the voices.

    Why? What, wasn’t readingChris Pratt, a tree thing, a green lady and a racoon save the universe’ enough for you?

    When? 20 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 2


    What? Essentially, one giant lesson in how having sex, taking drugs, or saying ‘I’ll be right back” as a sexy US teen will make you dead. Season two of the classic horror franchise drags itself into 2016 with a healthy dose of cyber bullying in the plot.

    Who? A bunch of people we’ve never heard of, but that doesn’t matter because they’ll all turn into human knife racks pretty soon anyway.

    Why? Anticipate plenty of hat tipping to classic horror devices, that, when spotted, will make you feel like a smug(ger) Mark Kermode.

    When? Now

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 3

    Dazed And Confused

    What? The coming-of-age film of all coming-of-age films. You’ve not truly grown up until you’ve seen this early nineties teenage flick about students on their last day of high school in 1976.

    Who? A leading cast that didn’t really go on to do much (aside from Milla Jovovich). And then, further down the bill, one Matthew McConaughey, and one Ben Affleck.

    Why? You’ll finally learn where McConaughey’s ‘Alright, alright, alright’ catchphrase came from. 

    When? 8 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 4

    Requiem for a Dream

    What? The opposite of a feel-good chick flick. The exact opposite. A really depressing look inside terrifying manifestations of addiction, and the really gross garden path it can lead you down. Spoiler: no happy endings here.

    Who? Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, and Ellen Burstyn as the heart-wrenching, armchair-dwelling Sara.

    Why? You’ll get a really uneasy feeling in your stomach the next time you settle down to binge on your latest TV box set.  

    When? Now

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 5

    The Fighter

    What?  Film adaptation of the life of Massachsuetts-born junior welterweight champ Micky Ward, and his off-the-rails brother who guides him to victory. You’ll be practising your left hooks into your sofa cushions after this.

    Who? A sweaty Marky Mark Wahlberg, a skinny Christian Bale. Both are absolutely excellent in this.

    Why? Directed by David O. Russell, who did American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and the must-see Three Kings.

    When? Now

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 6


    What? “Not another comic book movie” we hear you sigh. Hold your horses, though. Zack Snyder’s screen adaptation of this sacred text still has the caped crusaders and masked vigilantes you’d expect, but it feels somewhat grittier and, actually realer than your Captain Americas and your Iron Mans (yeah, even with that big blue glowing dude).

    Who? Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, and a guy that you’ll be SO SURE is Javier Bardem but is actually Negan from The Walking Dead.

    Why? It’s a comic book movie for people who hate comic book movies. And probably for those that love them, too.  You’re one of those, surely.

    When? 7 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 7

    Northern Soul

    What? A hip-thrusting, high-kicking, pirouetting journey back to the sixties and seventies, opening the door on the infectious effect Northern Soul music had on the working-class youth of Lancashire.

    Who? Previously unknown actors Elliot James Langridge and Josh Whitehouse, with big cameos from Ricky Tomlinson Lisa Stansfield and Steve Coogan.

    Why? ‘Cos it ‘ent that grim oop Norf, reeeeeeleh.

    When? 20 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 8

    A Million Ways To Die In The West

    What? A million ways to die laughing: two hours and fifteen minutes of people being really silly in cowboy hats and fake moustaches.

    Who? Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson being Liam Neeson.

    Why? You probably shouldn’t, really. It’s not very good, unless you just want to switch your brain off and dribble down yourself for 135 minutes. In which case, it’s five-outta-five.

    When? 6 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 9

    Bad Education

    What? A programme about “the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system”. Nope, it’s not a serious Panorama investigation, it’s a light-hearted chucklefest! Dick gags ahoy! First two seasons only!

    Who? Jack Whitehall, Matthew Horne and Harry Enfield every now and again.

    Why? Er, because it’s easier than watching it on iPlayer?

    When? 1 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 10

    Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine

    What? An Emmy-nominated documentary about a University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten because of his sexuality. The murder went on to become one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history.

    Who? Those who were closest to Matt, all giving an intimate portrait of their friend and family member.

    Why? Because these days, when you see the words ‘Netflix’ next to ‘murder mystery’, you automatically go for it. 

    When? 14 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 11


    What? The second instalment of this intensely awesome Emmy-nominated Netflix Original. We’re knee-deep in the dark history of the ‘perfect’ Rayburn family once again, and boy does it feel good.

    Who? Kyle ‘Friday Night Lights’ Chandler, Linda ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Cardellini and on-screen legend Sissy Spacek.

    Why? Okay, technically it came out at the very end of last month, but it’s the most underrated series on Netflix right now, so get in there before everyone else does.

    When? Now

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 12

    Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    What? Combining original music and self-depreciating humour to tackle hard-hitting issues, such as how difficult it is to get Pringles out of a Pringles tube, so-hot-right-now and genuinely really funny comedian Bo Burnham brings his latest tour to your screen.

    Who? Well, Bo Burnham. He’s funny. Did we mention the Pringles tube thing he does? He’s funny.

    Why? For some psychotic, swear-filled and really shouty comebacks that he’s now renowned for.

    When? 3 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 13

    Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

    What? Sorta like Art Attack, but instead of Neil Buchanan with a man sporting some incredible eighties hair and the wisest of words.

    Who? Bob Ross, who once told viewers to “just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it.”

    Why? Bob Ross, who once told viewers that they “gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come. I’m waiting on the good times now.”

    When? 1 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 14

    (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

    (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

    What? A behavioural expert uses brainy research to explain why we’re all such big fat fibbers, tellers of porkies, and dirty liars.

    Who? Nerdlinger science man Dan Ariely.

    Why? For the relationship-saving knowledge you can use when your girlfriend finally realises you’ve been lying about where the last Dairylea Dunker went from the fridge. 

    When? Now.

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 15

    Boom Boom Bust

    What? A non-boring and actually entertaining look at why banks and the economic sector f*ck up. Expect puppets. And monkeys.

    Who? Monty Python team member Terry Jones as director and presenter. He’s ace, he his.

    Why? Talking finance will never be this fun again.  

    When? 15 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 16

    A Perfect Getaway

    What? Ah, Hawaii. What a nice place to kick back in. All those sandy beaches, relaxing ukuleles, lovely hula girls, and murderous psychopaths killing off tourists. What, what?

    Who? Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant and Chris Hemsworth.

    Why? Just in time to give you the willies before heading away on that relaxing summer break. You’re very welcome.

    When? 1 June

  • 18 unmissable new additions to Netflix this June 17

    Paranormal Activity

    What? Fear. Pure ghostly fear. All captured on a guy’s home security videos, making it creepy as hell.

    Who?  The same people that have been in at least three of the 146 Paranormal Activity movies released since. 

    Why? Because it’s the only film that’s ever made us weep in the cinema. Yeah, sure, we’ll admit it. We don’t care.

    When? 8 June


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Chris Sayer

Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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