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The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in July

Never have we ever been so excited to stay inside

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Kelly Connolly
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Never Have I Ever

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Netflix is so flush with content that it has no problem adding shows to the release calendar in the middle of the month, if it so chooses to. That's the case with the docuseries Naomi Osaka, which takes an intimate look at one of sports' most cherished (and private) figures. It joins a busy month for Netflix, which is also premiering the second seasons of Mindy Kaling's high school-set comedy Never Have I Ever and the Tim Robinson's sketch series I Think You Should Leave, as well as the final season of the heartwarming coming-of-age comedy Atypical and Season 3 of the romantic drama Virgin River

On the movies side, horror fans can get their fix with Fear Street, a movie trilogy based on R.L. Stine's books. There's also the action flick Gunpowder Milkshake and a new documentary about Maryland School for the Deaf's football team.

Our list of suggestions for the best shows and moves on Netflix in July is below, but here's the full list of what's new on Netflix in July. If you'd like even more hand-picked suggestions, click over to our full list of recommendations.

The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in July

Audible
Available July 1
Scratch your Friday Night Lights itch with this documentary about football players at Maryland School for the Deaf. Audible follows high school athlete Amaree Mckenstry-Hall through his senior season as he and his teammates balance personal struggles with their goals on the field. With a list of executive producers that includes Friday Night Lights EP Peter Berg and Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, it'll have you looking at the gridiron in a new light. 

Fear Street
Part 1 available July 2, Part 2 available July 9, Part 3 available July 16
Enjoy being scared and nostalgic at the same time with Fear Street, a trilogy of horror movies inspired by R.L. Stine's book series. The movies dig into the bloody history of the fictional town of Shadyside, which has earned a reputation as the killer capital of the United States. The first is set in 1994, while the second is a summer camp throwback set in 1978, and the final film jumps all the way back to 1666, VVitch-style. The lesson? This town is seriously cursed.

We the People
Available July 4
Like a modern Schoolhouse Rock!, We the People is a cool civics remix that serves up educational songs set to colorful animation. And yes, it is produced by the Obamas. The animated shorts feature Janelle Monáe, Lin-Manuel Miranda, H.E.R., Adam Lambert, Brandi Carlile, and more singing about American rights, citizenship, and government. You haven't lived until you've heard Daveed Diggs rap about checks and balances.

I Think You Should Leave
Season 2 available July 6
Our long national meme shortage is over. Over two years after the premiere of the cult hit first season, Tim Robinson's I Think You Should Leave is finally back for another round. The absurdist sketch comedy series has already done more for the internet in six episodes than some shows do in six years. What will Season 2 do with all that power? Get even weirder, hopefully. 

Atypical
Season 4 available July 9
If there's one thing Netflix loves as much as a third and final season, it's a fourth and final season. The sweet coming-of-age dramedy Atypical is wrapping up with Season 4, which finds Sam (Kier Gilchrist) and Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) both preparing to leave the nest. It's the end of an era for the Gardner family.

Virgin River
Season 3 available July 9
"Who shot Jack?" is the new "Who shot J.R.?" for fans of Virgin River. Hopefully the soapy Netflix drama will dish out some answers in Season 3, which finds Jack (Martin Henderson) skittish about committing to Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) while there's a target on his back. When will these two crazy kids work it out already? Head here for everything we know about Virgin River Season 3.

Gunpowder Milkshake
Available July 14
As Saoirse Ronan said in Little Women, "Women!" Action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake stars Lena Headey and Karen Gillan as estranged mother-daughter hitwomen who team up to save a young girl, get revenge on the people who've wronged them, and do cool stunts with their friends. Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino also star. Women!

Never Have I Ever
Season 2 available July 15
Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and friends are back for more high school hijinks. Season 2 finds Devi feeling insecure about a new classmate as she tries to choose between Ben (Jaren Lewison) and Paxton (Darren Barnet)... unless she can find a way to date both at once. Never have we ever missed John McEnroe's narration so much.

Naomi Osaka
Available July 16
Former No. 1 tennis player in the world Naomi Osaka hasn't hidden her issues with celebrity and the demands of being a professional athlete in today's media-heavy world. One of sports' most intriguing figures, Osaka gets to tell her story on her terms in this docuseries profiling her life as a biracial athlete from Japan who dominates her sport and makes headlines off the court. 

Sexy Beasts
Available July 21
Don't even look directly at this trailer. Is this bizarre reality show, which is basically The Masked Singer but for dating, actually going to be one of the best things on Netflix in July? Maybe not. But it's already one of the buzziest. We get the dating shows we deserve.

Outer Banks
Season 2 available July 30
Suit up for another hot Pogue summer as the Outer Banks gang gets back in the gold game. Season 1 of this trashy teen soap took escapism to its most deliciously ridiculous limits; here's hoping Season 2 leans into that "let's just do it and be legends" attitude. 

Want to know what else is coming to Netflix? Here's everything new on Netflix in Julyhere's what came out on Netflix in June, and here are our picks for what came out on Netflix in June.