Top five Netflix releases to watch in July 2024
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Top five Netflix releases to watch in July 2024

After a spring of surprise hit shows and a raft of new action movies to start the summer with, Netflix is spoiling us with some old favourites and new season premieres in July.

In between beach time and other holiday activities, come rain or shine, it might be difficult to squeeze everything the platform has to offer. So, let’s keep it simple.

Here are the five TV series and films we think are essential viewing for this month. There should be something for everybody, from slashing satire to holiday romance, from historical and disaster epics to eighties throwbacks.

These are streaming releases exclusive to Netflix, only available from the 1st of this month. Some of them might not be around for all that long, either. So whether it’s a rainy day or a mild summer evening, it’s time to make the most of summertime streaming.

The 5 most essential Netflix releases this month:

American Psycho (Netflix) – July 1st

This classic, blood-soaked satire of Wall Street based on the landmark novel by Brett Easton-Ellis is now available on Netflix worldwide for the first time. For a dash of dark humour or a merciless send-up of capitalism gone mad, it doesn’t get better than American Psycho.

Fans of Christian Bale will want to check out the role that made him if they haven’t already. Bale may have had to fight off stiff competition for the lead role of psychopathic investment banker Patrick Bateman, but it’s now impossible to imagine the part being played by anyone else.

Call Me By Your Name (Netflix) – July 1st

The stunningly sensual final part of director Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Desire’ trilogy has been available before on Netflix. But they’ve brought it back as a summer treat for those who might have missed it.

Call Me by Your Name launched Timothée Chalamet’s career seven years ago, yet it’s hard to pinpoint any performance the actor has given since that tops his beautiful depiction of lovestruck teenager Elio Perlman. Guadagnino’s film is sensitive and astute in its treatment of erotic themes, making for an ideal summer evening watch.

Lost, Seasons 1-6 (Netflix) – July 1st

The world’s biggest streaming platform has landed the syndication rights to the show that arguably set the blueprint for big-budget TV epics in the age of streaming. Must-watch series Lost spans 121 episodes and preceded the first major Netflix productions by a decade. But its myriad twists and turns, interwoven narrative arcs and in-depth character development prefigure the plotting and pacing of today’s online TV thrillers.

Those new to the show will soon get the sense that its title feels apt for the viewing experience at times. It’s all part of the fun, though, as threads tail off and return while some are left open for fan theories to proliferate. It’ll be interesting to see how the show’s format fares in bingeable doses, too.

Vikings: Valhalla, Season 3 (Netflix) – July 11th

The acclaimed historical epic series in which Danes rule the day returns to Netflix, placing real-life kings and queens in a realm of castle-coveting warfare and sword-swishing romance that gives Game of Thrones a run for its money. The dangerous King Olaf II of Norway is now out of the way, Earl Godwin’s son set to inherit the English throne, while Harald Sigurdsson and Leif Erikson have reached Constantinople.

This third season of Vikings: Valhalla has been confirmed as the show’s finale, setting the scene for the future King Harald’s historic challenges for the Danish and English thrones. Harald is destined to be the last hero of the Vikings, and the show’s other protagonists, explorer siblings Leif Eriksen and Freydís Eiríksdóttir will likely play an important role in his ascension to the Norwegian throne.

Cobra Kai, Season 6: Part 1 (Netflix) – July 18th

Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai has proved such a hit that it’s spawned an upcoming movie starring Jackie Chan. But Ralph Macchio and co have some serious business to attend to, with the villainous John Kreese on the loose and the Cobra Kai dojo currently shut down.

In part one of the show’s final season, expect to see Macchio’s character Daniel LaRusso find a way around not having a place to train their students. There’s a big tournament coming up, they’re “gonna fight the best in the world”, and they have to be ready.