Today on Primetimer, we unveil a term that (according to Google, at least) hasn't yet been used to describe the deluge of content that comes at us most weeks at this time: "The Friday Drop." What was once a dead zone for TV — so much so that less than ten years ago there was talk of the broadcast networks abandoning original entertainment on Friday nights altogether — is now the premiere day (pun intended) for prestige television, as Netflix and its growing stable of rivals unfurl their latest and greatest content just in time for weekend binging.
Today is no exception, with the debut of Netflix's eagerly anticipated superhero drama Raising Dion, and the returns of fan favorites Big Mouth, Peaky Blinders, Into the Dark and Goliath. Here the highlights:
SERIES PREMIERE: The Netflix series Raising Dion follows a young single mother who discovers her son has superpowers. The show is co-produced by Michael B. Jordan who plays the boy's deceased father. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix
NEW SEASON: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's Big Mouth, the animated series about a group of friends navigating the minefield of 7th grade, returns for a third season chock full of new celebrity guest voices.. Streaming on Netflix
SEASON PREMIERE: Also returning for Season 3 is Billy Bob Thornton's down and out legal drama Goliath. Dennis Quaid, Beau Bridges, and Amy Brenneman joini the cast this season, as Thornton's Billy McBride takes on a case that makes his past trials look like child's play. Streaming on Amazon
SEASON PREMIERE: After seven seasons, The Blacklist is still going strong. Tonight, Red (James Spader) is kidnapped and dropped in an unfamiliar and dangerous environment, as Liz and the team race to locate him. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
SEASON PREMIERE: British crime drama Peaky Blinders drops its fifth season on Netflix today. Judging from the trailer, the Cillian Murphy-fronted series hasn't missed a step since last we checked in with the Shelby crime family. Streaming on Netflix
SEASON PREMIERE: With its second season premiere episode "Uncanny Annie," Into the Dark is giving fans a nightmarish version of Jumanji. The episode follows a group of college students who play a board game on Halloween, only to find themselves trapped inside the game, where they must battle dark forces and their own internal demons if they hope to get out alive. The series has other holiday themed episodes in the works. Streaming on Hulu
SEASON PREMIERE: Speaking of Halloween games gone awry, the series Light as a Feather follows a group of friends who played the innocent childhood game Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board, only to begin dying off one by one. The series returns for its second season unsettling adventures today. Streaming on Hulu
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.