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Ten New Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix in September 2021

Sex Education returns, Dear White People comes to an end, and Mike Flanagan brings new scares.
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    (Photos: Netflix)

    A new fall TV season is here, and although Netflix rolls out new shows and movies throughout the year, the streamer's lineup is particularly packed this September, offering up a strong mix of highly anticipated returning series and new offerings to keep us entertained as the temperatures begin to cool. Here are the new releases and returning series we're most looking forward to this month:

    Q-Force (NEW series)

    Sean Hayes and Michael Schur created this new animated series about team of LGBTQ+ superspies who are given their first mission by the American Intelligence Agency (AIA) after years languishing in West Hollywood. Hayes provides the voice for Steve Maryweather (aka Agent Mary) who was once a rising AIA star before he came out as gay. Rather than quit the spy game, he assembled his own squad including an expert mechanic Deb (Wanda Sykes), hacker Stat (Patti Harrison), and master of drag and disguise Twink (Matt Rogers). For them to become active agents in the field, they must add the straight Agent Buck (David Harbour) to the team. Stephanie Beatriz, Niecy Nash, and Laurie Metcalf are among those on the long list of comedy all-stars lending their vocal talents to the crime-fighting crusade.

    Available September 2

    Worth (NEW film)

    How much is a life worth? That's the question lawyer Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) is forced to answer when he's put in charge of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Keaton stars alongside Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan in this biographical drama which is set to premiere in theaters and on Netflix concurrently. The 20th anniversary of the attacks means an influx of shows and movies — including the new Netflix docuseries Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror — and Worth explores the intersection between bureaucratic debate and the acute loss felt by loved ones.

    Available September 3

    Money Heist (La Casa de Papel), Season 5 Vol 1

    It's been over 100 hours since the Money Heist gang was shut in the Bank of Spain. Now the Salvador Dalí-mask-wearing robbers face their greatest challenge yet: the army. This simple heist has sprawled out of control and could lead to a full-blown war. The show's fifth and final season is being released in two parts.

    Available September 3

    Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space (NEW series)

    Four civilians are climbing aboard the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission and Netflix is taking viewers along for the ride. From the team behind the documentary sensation The Last Dance, this five-part limited series is being released in three batches, with four episodes dropping ahead of the rocket's live launch set on September 15, followed by a feature-length episode chronicling the crew's three-day journey later in the month..

    Premieres September 6

    Kate (NEW feature)

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins the ever-growing list of TV and movie assassins as the titular Kate, who was at the top of her game and set to take on a big job before being poisoned. Now she has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on those who've put her on this collision course toward death. As her body breaks down and she loses her finely-tuned skills, she forms a bond with the adolescent daughter of one of her victims. Miku Martineau and Woody Harrelson also star.

    Available September 10

    Nailed It!, Season 6

    The twice Emmy-nominated Nicole Byer returns alongside French master pastry chef Jacques Torres and a new crew of contestants vying to win $10,000 for making the least messy creation. For the first time, they will be making pies, and 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer is taking on the baking challenge. Guest judges include June Diane Raphael, Reggie Watts, and Sam Richardson.

    Available September 15

    Sex Education, Season 3

    A new school year brings a range of new challenges for the pupils at Moordale, including uniforms that look very Elite and a headteacher (played by Jemima Kirke) who hopes to return the school to its former glory. Otis (Asa Butterfield) has had varying levels of success with the sex advice clinic he originally set up with Maeve (Emma Mackey), but Season 3 is set to bring the drama with Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and Adam (Connor Swindells) an official couple, Jean’s (Gillian Anderson) pregnancy, and the looming deleted voicemail.

    Available September 17

    Chicago Party Aunt (NEW series)

    Netflix expands its adult animation roster with a new half-hour series born out of the Twitter account of the same name . Superstore's Lauren Ash plays Diane Dunbrowski (aka the Chicago Party Aunt) who lives by the mantra “If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.” Diane has a love of all things Chicago and will keep the party going even after everyone else has gone home. Rory O’Malley, RuPaul Charles, Jill Talley, Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph round out the show's voice cast.

    Available September 17

    Dear White People, Volume 4

    The final ten episodes of Justin Simien’s Dear White People find the students at Winchester looking back at their senior year. Told from the perspective of the not-so-distant post-pandemic future, the idea of living in a ‘90s musical is baked into this farewell season thanks to a Varsity Show that everyone wants to be part of.

    Available September 22

    Midnight Mass (NEW series)

    Mike Flanagan previously scared Netflix viewers with The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor; now he's back with the new limited series Midnight Mass. When a disgraced young man (played by Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford) returns home, and a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater) inserts himself into a small, isolated island community, existing divisions are amplified. Unexplained and miraculous events drive the renewed religious mood on Crockett Island, but at what cost? The cast also includes Flanagan regulars Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, and Rahul Kohli.

    Available September 24

    Emma Fraser has wanted to write about TV since she first watched My So-Called Life in the mid-90s, finally getting her wish over a decade later. Follow her on Twitter at @frazbelina

    TOPICS: Netflix, Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space, Dear White People, La Casa de Papel, Midnight Mass, Nailed It!, Q-Force, Sex Education