Netflix is kicking off July with a bang thanks to the eagerly awaited second volume of Stranger Things' fourth season, but that's just one of several buzzy titles set to hit the streamer, with the likes of Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Dakota Johnson headlining another banner month for Big Red. Here are the new releases and returning series we're most looking forward to this July on Netflix:
Two monster-sized episodes of Stranger Things arrive today, and not a moment too soon. The connection between the show's latest Big Bad and Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) past has been revealed, but can the intrepid teens defeat Vecna with the aid of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”? Makeshift weapons, a lot of heart, and Eleven’s powers will all come in handy as they face whatever the Upside Down can throw at them.
Available July 1
With high school graduation around the corner, senior Erika Vu (Lana Condor) decides to shed her wallflower status and seize the day in this supernatural comedy series. Unfortunately, the moment Erika throws caution to the wind, she dies. Not everything is as terrible as it seems though, as Erika is given a second chance as a ghost. The catch? She has to become more popular in death than she was in life.
Available July 8
Myths of sea creatures are brought to life in this animated feature that teams a legendary monster hunter up with a young stowaway looking for adventure. Karl Urban (doing a slightly toned-down version of his The Boys accent) voices the fabled hero Jacob Holland, who reluctantly takes Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator) under his wing as they sail into the unknown.
Available July 8
The streamer continues to expand its home improvement portfolio with a title that immediately grabs attention and curiosity. Luxury interior designer Melanie Rose is here to help bring a fantasy room to life for several couples looking to spice up their sex life and maybe give viewers at home some decor tips.
Available July 8
In 1971, a man hijacked a passenger plane and made off with $200,000 in ransom money. This man was never seen again, and the legend of D.B. Cooper was born. At one point, Mad Men fans theorized that Don Draper was destined to take on the real-life antihero’s name in the hit AMC series. This four-part documentary sets out to explore what happened to the elusive figure.
Available July 13
The Resident Evil horror franchise expands with a new eight-part series set 14 years after the nefarious Umbrella Corporation introduced the antidepressant called Joy. The drug was developed from illegal T-virus data and had an earthshattering impact on the world. Now Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) is fighting for survival against blood-thirsty infected creatures. Not only that, but she's haunted by her father’s connection to the Umbrella Academy and what happened to her sister.
Available July 14
The Regency era continues to experience its pop culture moment as Netflix adds this irreverent adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion to its roster. Dakota Johnson stars as heroine Anne Elliot, juggling a snobby family on the verge of bankruptcy and the return of a former love.
Available July 15
Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) has a lot on her plate at the start of Virgin River's fourth season. She's excited about her pregnancy, but not knowing whether the father is her deceased ex-husband Mark or Jack (Martin Henderson) has complicated matters. Meanwhile Brie (Zibby Allen) is intent on proving that the man she loves is innocent, and Hope (Annette O’Toole) is healing from a car accident that left lingering psychological effects from her life-threatening brain injury.
Available July 20
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are looking to fill the hole left by the Jason Bourne franchise as Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) goes from being a key operative to a hunted man after he accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets. Psychopath Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) is tasked with taking him out. The star-packed spy thriller also stars Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Regé-Jean Page, and Alfre Woodard.
Available July 22
Neil Patrick Harris stars as Michael, whose seemingly perfect life implodes when his husband of 17 years walks out on him. Instead of leaning into the heartbreak, Michael decides to embrace the New York City dating scene and all it has to offer a a single gay man in his mid-forties. Darren Starr is looking to have another Emily in Paris-sized success with this comedy series.
Available July 29
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.