After a tumultuous 2023 marked by a widely-criticized (but ultimately lucrative) crackdown on password sharing and the twin SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, Netflix is entering 2024 with a bang. On February 1, the ubiquitous streamer released a sizzle reel for the year ahead, which highlighted its upcoming films but also its slate of original TV programming. Serialized TV was the key to Netflix’s transition into original programming, with shows like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things helping shift the narrative around the former DVD-mailing company.
Netflix has been in something of an existential crisis these last few years, and some major shows have not quite recouped their investment by capturing the zeitgeist. But the 2024 slate is promising, featuring the debuts of star-studded new releases like 3 Body Problem, Ripley, and No Good Deed, as well as the return of reality hits (Formula One: Drive to Survive, Love is Blind) and established mainstays (Bridgerton, Squid Game). You can watch the sizzle reel right here; after the jump, we're running down what stuck out to GQ from a fairly massive download of Netflix series-programming updates.
All release dates are TBD 2024 unless otherwise noted.
Ambitious new adaptations including 3 Body Problem and Ripley.
Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s anxiously awaited (in every sense of both those words) return to screens adapts Liu Cixin’s existential sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem. The trailer, released in January, showcases the grandiose exploration of humanity’s discovery of alien life and its impact on global society. The series begins airing on March 21, and features Eiza González, Benedict Wong, and Rosalind Chao, among others in an eclectic cast.
Other debuting adaptations are Dead Boy Detectives, based on the humorous supernatural mystery comic by Sandman’s Neil Gaiman and artist Matt Wagner, and Ripley (April 4). Steve Zallian’s take on the Talented Mr. Ripley universe will be an origin series based on Patricia Highsmith’s novels and starring Andrew Scott as the titular con artist. Death By Lightning, adapts Candace Millard’s novel Destiny of the Republic; Michael Shannon and Succession’s Matthew McFayden will play, respectively, U.S. President James Garfield and his assassin, Charles Guiteau.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s beloved One Hundred Years of Solitude is receiving its first-ever adaptation via Netflix, though there’s still minimal specifics on the figures involved. The streamer continues its dive into the F1 world with Senna, a six-episode biographical miniseries about the late Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, starring Gabriel Leone (who played another race driver Fon de Potago in Michael Mann’s Ferrari) in the title role.
The financially successful but creatively uninspired Guy Ritchie movie The Gentlemen is receiving a series adaptation, featuring a brand new cast anchored by Theo James, Kaya Scodelario, and Giancarlo Esposito’s return to the world of televised drug-dealing.
Will Squid Game reclaim its spot as the most popular show in the world?
Squid Game was the most successful show on Netflix upon its release, a genuine global phenomenon that even got turned into a reality-competition show. But now Hwang Dong-hyuk’s dystopian series returns after nearly three years, with a largely new crew of characters accompanying Lee Jung-jae’s everyman protagonist Seong Gi-hun as he attempts to take down the cabal behind the fatalistic challenge.
The third season of Bridgerton will come in two installments, the first of which debuts May 16. This time around, the period romance drama focuses on the fallout between key characters and close friends Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Eloise (Claudia Jessie). "Bridgerton is about love in its many forms, and that includes friendship,” showrunner Jess Brownell told Entertainment Weekly.
Other noteworthy returners include top tier guilty pleasures like Outer Banks and Emily in Paris, Keri Russell reprising her Emmy-nominated role on season 2 of The Diplomat, a third season of the YA hit Heartstopper, the final seasons of Cobra Kai and Umbrella Academy, and a second season of the massively popular action drama The Night Agent, which debuted last March to colossal viewership numbers.
Drive to Survive and Love is Blind headline the unscripted slate.
With the seismic news that Lewis Hamilton will be leaving Mercedes for Ferrari in 2025, plenty of eyes will be on the Formula One docuseries Drive to Survive for clues about what led to Hamilton’s shocking move. The acclaimed series is set to return on February 23, and while the F1 season it’s covering wasn’t an exciting one, the Drive to Survive producers have always managed to find affecting drama in the travails of up-and-coming drivers. The streamer is also further investing in live sports with The Netflix Slam, a Las Vegas exhibition match between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. Netflix is also partnering with HYBE, the largest corporation in K-pop, for a series documenting their creation of Katseye, a U.S.-based girl group.
On the more conventional reality show side, we have everyone’s favorite cringe-inducing dating show Love is Blind back in weekly installments beginning February 14, as well as mainstays like Selling Sunset, Unsolved Mysteries, and The Ultimatum. Nearly five years after its inaugural season, the rap reality competition show Rhythm + Flow is back with Ludacris, DJ Khaled, and Latto serving as the celebrity judges. The series has also spawned the first Italian adaptation of a Netflix original, Rhythm + Flow Italy, premiering February 19th, with MCs from Rome, Milan and Naples battling and freestyling their way to a 100,000-Euro prize.
After a lackluster year, Netflix’s comedy programming finally seems promising.
Netlix’s TV division has always had more success with drama and genre projects than comedies, and with Dead to Me and Grace and Frankie both concluding in 2022, there was a hole in the lineup that even Tim Robinson couldn’t fill. Fortunately, the rest of this year seems promising, with several intriguing new projects and the return of a few beloved series.
The cult music industry comedy Girls5eva will have its first season on Netflix following its move from Peacock. Starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps, the show is one of the most consistently gut-busting programs on TV, and it’ll hopefully find the wider audience it deserves. Mo Amer’s timely, autobiographical show Mo is back for a second and final season, following its title character’s life as a Palestinian refugee in Texas.
Netflix is further diving into the Liz Feldman business: The Dead to Me creator brings together sitcom vets Ray Romano and Lisa Kudrow for No Good Deed, a show about middle-aged financial insecurity that Feldman told Variety was “inspired by my many late nights during the early pandemic maniacally searching Zillow listings for a way out of my house.” The eagerly anticipated reunion of Mike Schur and Ted Danson is also due for release this year, with Danson’s character as a mole hired by a private investigator to investigate a nursing home, based on the Oscar-nominated Chilean documentary The Mole Agent. Kristen Bell and Adam Brody are an inspired pairing in Erin Foster’s presently untitled comedy about religion.
Rapper and deadpan humor master Vince Staples is throwing his hat into the semi-autobiographical TV comedy ring with The Vince Staples Show. If the Vince-on-the-street promo video and Staples’ supporting turn on Abbott Elementary are any indication, the show should be one of the funniest new projects of 2024.
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