Sophie Wilde as Mia Polanco in the new Netflix series Everything Now. Photo by: Netflix
Although Fall 2023 doesn’t officially arrive until September 23rd, it’s already feeling like autumn with new series premiering, our favorite series returning with new seasons, and horror movies hitting the theaters. But it can be overwhelming to keep up with what is coming out when and where given the amount of streaming services currently available. I highlight 12 new series and films that are releasing throughout October 2023 on just one streaming platform – Netflix. You’ll find a mix of genres from horror, to anime, musicals, coming-of-age, drama, and crime.

12 New Netflix Series and Movies To Watch in October 2023

Everything Now (Season 1) (Otober 5)

Genre: Dramedy

Cast: Sophie Wilde, Lauryn Ajufo, Harry Cadby, Noah Thomas, Stephen Fry, Niamh McCormack, Sam Reuben, Vivienne Acheampong, Alex Hassell

Synopsis: “When 16-year old Mia returns home after a lengthy recovery from an eating disorder, she is thrust back into the chaotic world of sixth form only to find that her friends have moved on with teen life without her. Along with an ever-evolving bucket list, three best mates and a major new crush, Mia throws herself headfirst into a world of dating, parties and first kisses, soon discovering that not everything in life can be planned for.”

A Deadly Invitation/Invitación a un asesinato (October 6)

Genre: Comedy/Mystery

Cast: Regina Blandón, Maribel Verdú, Helena Rojo, Manolo Cardona, Stephanie Cayo, Pedro Damián, Aarón Díaz, Juan Pablo de Santiago, José María de Tavira, Mariana Cabrera, Julio Casado

Synopsis: “Eccentric millionaire Olivia sends her half sister Agatha, and a group of old acquaintances, a mysterious invitation for a weekend on her yacht, where they will discover the true motive behind this invitation: the celebration of… a murder? Caught off-guard by an unexpected death, and with the help of a rookie policeman, Agatha will try to figure out if this is merely an accident or an elaborate plan for revenge.”

A Deadly Invitation. Photo by: Netflix

Fair Play (October 6)

Genre: Erotic Thriller

Cast: Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Eddie Marsan, Rich Sommer, Sebastian De Souza, Sia Alipour

Synopsis: “An unexpected promotion at a cutthroat hedge fund pushes a young couple’s relationship to the brink, threatening to unravel far more than their recent engagement.”

Pact of Silence/Pacto de Silencio (Season 1) (October 11)

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Cast: Camila Valero, Kika Edgar, Adriana Louvier, Marimar Vega, José Manuel Rincón, Javier Valenzuela, Jaime Sanz de Bremond

Synopsis: “A young and successful influencer infiltrates the lives of four women to discover which of them is the mother who abandoned her at birth. With an enormous thirst for revenge, after living a difficult childhood, she will discover the truth, while she finds love and unearths secrets that will endanger her life.”

The Fall of the House of Usher (Limited Seres) (October 12)

Genre: Gothic Horror/Drama

Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Carla Gugino, Carl Lumbly, Mary McDonnell, Mark Hamill, Michael Trucco, T’Nia Miller, Paola Núñez, Henry Thomas, Kyliegh Curran, Samantha Sloyan, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Zach Gilford, Willa Fitzgerald, Sauriyan Sapkota, Malcolm Goodwin, Aya Furukawa, Matt Biedel, Ruth Codd, Annabeth Gish, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney

Synopsis: “From Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, a wicked horror series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.”

The Conference (October 13)

Genre: Slasher Comedy

Cast: Eva Melander, Katia Winter, Adam Lundgren, Lola Zackow, Christoffer Nordenrot, Maria Sid, Margareta Pettersson, Amed Bozan

Synopsis:The Conference is a comedy slasher film about a teambuilding conference attended by municipal employees that spirals into a nightmare when accusations of corruption begin to circulate and plague the work environment. Simultaneously, a mysterious figure begins stalking and murdering the participants, one-by-one in this Swedish comedy slasher with warm, humoristic characters.”

Bodies (Limited Series) (October 19)

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Cast: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Stephen Graham, Shira Haas, Amaka Okafor, Kyle Soller, Will Merrick, Synnove Karlsen, Derek Riddell

Synopsis: “Four detectives, living in four different eras, find the body of the same murder victim in London’s Whitechapel. They soon come to realise their investigations have them central to a mysterious conspiracy spanning over a 150 years.”

Neon (Season 1) (October 19)

Genre: Musical/Comedy

Cast: Tyler Dean Flores, Emma Ferreira, Jordan Mendoza, Courtney Taylor, Jordana Brewster, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Santiago Cabrera, Genesis Rodriguez

Synopsis: “From small-town Florida to the bustling beaches and bright lights of Miami, Neon follows three friends as they hustle their way to making it big in the world of reggaeton. The eight-episode comedy captures not only the three besties’ larger-than-life dreams, but also the harsh realities and funny mishaps of surviving the music industry.”

Pluto (Season 1) (October 26)

Genre: Anime/Sci-Fi

Cast: Shinshu Fuji, Yoko Hikasa, Minori Suzuki, Hiroki Yasumoto, Koichi Yamadera, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Rikiya Koyama, Mamoru Miyano, Toshihiko Seki, Toshio Furukawa, Eizou Tsuda, Romi Park, Michio Hazama, Hideyuki Tanaka

Synopsis: “The suspense drama takes place in a neo-futuristic world where humans and high-functioning robots live in complete harmony. The globally acclaimed manga has won numerous awards, including the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The 2015 stage adaptation of PLUTO returned in 2018 by popular demand and toured Japan and Europe.”

Pain Hustlers (October 27)

Genre: Crime/Drama

Cast: Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Andy Garcia, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, Chloe Coleman

Synopsis: “Upon losing her job, a blue-collar woman struggling to raise her daughter takes a job at a failing pharmaceutical start-up, only to get involved in a dangerous racketeering scheme.”

Sister Death/Hermana Muerte (Prequel to the 2017 film Veronica) (October 27)

Genre: Horror

Cast: Aria Bedmar, Almudena Amor, Maru Valdivielso, Luisa Merelas, Chelo Vivares, Consuelo Trujillo, Sara Roch, Olimpia Roch

Synopsis: “In post-war Spain, Narcisa (Aria Bedmar), a young novice with supernatural powers, arrives at a former convent, now a school for girls, to become a teacher. As the days go by, the strange events and increasingly disturbing situations that torment her will eventually lead her to unravel the terrible skein of secrets that surround the convent and haunt its inhabitants.”

Aria Bedmar as Narcisa in Sister Death. Photo by: Netflix

TORE (Season 1) (October 27)

Genre: Dramedy

Cast: William Spetz, Sanna Sundqvist, Hannes Fohlin, Peter Haber, Karin Bertling, Per Svensson, Lotta Tejle

Synopsis:TORE centers around 27-year-old Tore. When the most important person in his life is run over by a garbage truck and dies, Tore does everything he can to suppress his grief.”

William Spetz as Tore in TORE. Photo by: Netflix


Helen Roumeliotis is the Editor-in-Chief at Popternative and currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University. She enjoys writing and learning about how pop culture can be used as tools for education. You can follow her on Instagram @helenroum.

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