The Best of What’s New on Netflix: June 2021

Only three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Netflix putting out an enormous amount of new content every month. June 2021 is yet another month with some highly promising new shows and movies on the streaming service. If you’d like some advance information about what’s coming to Netflix so you can make an informed decision about what to watch when it’s time to press play, we’ve rounded up the six most exciting new titles coming to Netflix this month.

If you don’t want to watch new stuff, there’s some great old stuff coming to Netflix too. Of particular note is Happy Endings, the hilarious, Friends-esque cult classic sitcom that ran for three seasons on ABC from 2011-2013 and should have been as popular as HIMYM or New Girl or any other great ensemble comedy about a group of friends. It’s also available to stream on Hulu and HBO Max, but this is the first time it’s ever been available on Netflix. It arrives on June 1.

Here are this month’s picks for the best new Netflix Originals. If you’re looking for June’s new streaming content specifically on Netflix, here’s our guide.

Photo courtesy Netflix © 2021

Kim’s Convenience Season 5

June 2 | Trailer

The final season of this delightful Canadian sitcom already aired north of the border, but American fans have had to wait a little longer until it hits Netflix early next month. This season of the warm and funny series about a Korean-Canadian family that owns a small grocery store in Toronto will find the Kims and their friends having their usual little misadventures–this season has an episode where a straitlaced character (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee’s Appa) accidentally eats a weed-infused baked good, which is either a classic comedy bit or a cliche one, depending on how well it’s executed–with the added bittersweetness of it being the last time. The show launched the career of Simu Liu, who will soon become a big star with Shang-Chi and the  Legend of the Ten Rings, and he filmed some of this season’s scenes remotely from Australia, where he was quarantined while waiting to resume filming the Marvel movie. He did make it back to Canada to film some of the season in-person, thankfully.

For more on why the show’s cancelation wasn’t just disappointing to fans but a huge loss for TV culture, read our take on it here.

Photo courtesy Kirsty Griffin/Netflix © 2021

Sweet Tooth

June 4 | Trailer

This comic adaptation series from executive producer Robert Downey Jr. and writer-director Jim Mickle hearkens back to ‘80s fantasy adventure movies. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic America where a deadly virus has caused society to crumble, and babies started being born as “hybrids” of human and animal, for reasons no one knows. One hybrid, a deer-boy named Gus (Christian Convery), has lived his entire 10 years in the wilderness with his father (Will Forte), protected from the outside world. But after an upheaval of his life, he meets a big, tough man named Jepperd (Game of Thrones’ Nonso Anozie). Together they set out on a quest to find a place where there are other people like Gus, who Jepperd nicknames “Sweet Tooth.” It’s a well-made, entertaining show, but the real reason to watch it is Gus’ extremely cute deer ears. Every time they move you’ll go “awww.”

Photo courtesy Netflix © 2021

Lupin Part 2

June 11 | Trailer

The French heist drama Lupin became an international sensation early this year, snagging the largest audience ever for a Netflix series not in English, according to Netflix itself. It became such a hit because of the cool star Omar Sy exudes as the gentleman thief Assane Diop, who comes up with an elaborate scheme to rob a wealthy business tycoon. His motive is personal—he’s out to get revenge on the evil Hubert Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre), who framed his father for stealing a diamond necklace 25 years before. The next batch of five episodes will find Assane trying to rescue his son from Pellegrini, whose henchman kidnapped him at the end of Part 1, while dealing with the fact that detective Youssef Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab) knows he’s Lupin. If it’s anything like the first half of the season–and there’s no reason to suspect it won’t be–it will be fun, slick, and extremely well made.

Read our recommendation to see what we thought of Part 1 when it came out last year.

Photo courtesy © 2021

Silver Skates

June 16 | Trailer

This epic historical romance has the distinction of being the first Russian film released as a Netflix Original. It was a hit in Russia last year, where it got a limited theatrical release due to the pandemic, and now it’s going worldwide. Set in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1899, it tells a classic story of a poor boy and a rich girl falling in love in spite of the whole world conspiring against them. She’s the repressed daughter of a dignitary, and he’s a charming but rough-around-the-edges messenger who makes his deliveries by zipping around the city’s frozen rivers and canals on his ice skates, his most valuable possession. The film is loosely based on the classic 1865 American novel Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, as well as Romeo & Juliet. It’s a grand and opulent period piece, and will be interesting even just as a curiosity to see what contemporary Russian blockbuster filmmaking is like.

Photo courtesy Netflix © 2021

Black Summer Season 2

June 17 | Trailer

The first season of this action-horror series came out way back in the spring of 2019, but Covid couldn’t stop the zombie virus from spreading. In Season 2, the “black summer” of the early days of the zombie apocalypse have given way to a “black winter,” with the show’s group of survivors–led by Rose (Jaime King)–trying to survive the chomping undead, the assault rifle-shooting living, and the freezing temperatures. They take refuge in a house in the woods and try to fight off a group of bandits trying to take their stuff. Black Summer is notable for how much it feels like a first-person shooter video game, which makes for an interesting viewing experience.

Photo courtesy Netflix © 2021

The Ice Road

June 25 | Trailer

Liam Neeson brings his particular set of skills to Netflix. It’s his first action movie to premiere on the streamer, which seems like a match made in heaven. People love ridiculous Liam Neeson action movies, and people love ridiculous action movies on Netflix. It’s honestly a surprise it took this long. Anyway, in this one, the 68-year-old action star plays an ice road trucker on a mission to rescue diamond miners trapped in a collapse in extremely rural northern Canada. He and his fellow truckers have to drive 300 miles over the ice in under 30 hours, otherwise the miners will run out of air. And suits who run the mining company don’t want them to make it, because they don’t want the world to know what happened. So it’s a race against time, evil businessmen, and Mother Nature.

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