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All the show coming to your screens in October!
All the show coming to your screens in October!

Pop CultureOctober 1, 2022

What’s new to Netflix NZ, Neon and other streaming services in October

All the show coming to your screens in October!
All the show coming to your screens in October!

What are you going to be watching in October? We round up everything coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

The White Lotus: Sicily (season two coming to Neon weekly from October 31)

Hell, yes. The buzziest mini-series of 2021 returns for another season, this time trading a Hawaiian resort for a Sicilian one. The first season of the show won raves for its perfect blend of commentary and satire, skewering how wealth, class and race smash against each other in a place that forces the haves to interact with the have-nots. The second season is a completely new cast (with the exception of the divine Jennifer Coolidge, who returns) including Aubrey Plaza, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander and Michael Imperioli. Bring on the pipe music! / Sam Brooks

Derry Girls (season three coming to Netflix on October 7)

If you don’t read Derry Girls in your head in that distinctive Irish accent, are you even really a fan? For those of you who aren’t, Derry Girls is a sitcom based in Ireland during the 90s, following four high school girls (and their token British lad mate) through the trials and tribulations that any high schooler living in… well, Ireland in the 90s, went through. It’s deeply funny, with just a little bit of pointed social commentary. If you’ve watched Bridgerton, you will recognise Nicola Coughlan aka Penelope Bridgerton, and she’s equally as delightful here. / SB

Shantaram (coming to AppleTV+ from October 14)

It feels like people have been trying to bring Shantaram, the hit novel from Australian author Gregory David Roberts, for decades (and they actually have been!). The 2003 novel, loosely based on Roberts’ own life, is about a heroin-addicted bank robber who flees Australia to make his way in India. This adaptation stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as that bank robber, supported by Richard Roxburgh, Radhika Apte and Alexander Siddig. If you were a fan of the book that seems to have been on the Whitcoulls Top 50 list forever, then you’ll probably love this! / SB

FBoy Island NZ (on TVNZ+ from October 12)

No franchise represents the bizarre mutation of the dating show genre quite like FBOY Island, where three women are presented with a group of 20 men – half are “nice guys” and half are “fuckboys”, but nobody knows which is which. Think The Masked Singer, but instead of a celebrity being revealed, the only reveal is what a bad judge of character you are and how terrible the world is. On October 12, we are getting our own local version in FBOY Island NZ on TVNZ+. Hosted by Shavaughn Ruakere (This is Serial Stuff) and featuring three women named Kiera, Kita and Coco (that’s not going to be a problem at all), I suggest you get acquainted with our potential F Boys as fast as you F-ing can./ Alex Casey

The notables

Avenue 5 (season two on Neon from October 10)

The first season of Avenue 5 unfortunately went by with nary a peep, but I want to personally advocate for it. The show from Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep), which premiered just before the pandemic, was a sci-fi satire about a group of passengers going on a space cruise for a few weeks. However, a very slight mistake ends up turning that blissful cruise into a nightmarish years-long quarantine. It’s hilarious, dark, and a very bleak insight into what happens when society loses its comforts. Plus, Hugh Laurie gets to make fun of his terrible accent on House, which is always welcome. / SB

The Black Ferns: Wāhine Toa (limited docuseries series on Neon from October 7)

This two-part docuseries follows the Black Ferns, our reigning world champion women’s rugby team, on their journey to defend the Rugby World Cup (in just a few weeks’ time!). It promises to take a look behind the scenes, at the jobs and roles these women hold down – teacher, student, nurse, farmer, mother, policewoman while they also strive to hold onto their title as the best women’s rugby team in the world. / SB

The Mole (series on Netflix from October 7)

If you’re a reality TV fanatic, and I mean a real one, The Mole is one of the holy grail shows. Based on a Belgium concept, the show gathers twelve players to complete various challenges. However, as the title suggests, there’s a twist: one of the players is a “Mole”, whose job is to sabotage the challenges and make sure the group earns as little as possible. Every few days, a player is eliminated as they try to earn the most money and figure out who the mole is. It’s a great concept, and perfect for a quick turnaround, two-week season, on Netflix. Expect to see this all over your feeds. / SB

Friend of the Family (limited series on TVNZ+ from October 6)

Another month, another buzzy true crime story. If you watched the Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, you’ll already be familiar with the details: it follows the true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times in the 1970s by a family friend, Robert Berchtold, who was obsessed with her. It’s more complicated than that, somehow, as the Brobergs were devout Christians, devoted to their commuity, and ultimately completely unprepared for the tactics used to kidnap their daughter from under their noses. Anna Paquin and Colin Hanks star as the Broberg parents, while Jack Lacy (terrifying in the aforementioned White Lotus) plays Berchtold. / SB

The movies

Catherine Called Birdy (on Amazon Prime Video from October 7)

As a child, I read the 1994 children’s novel Catherine, Called Birdy over and over again. The diary of a minor young medieval noblewoman who does NOT want to get married or learn embroidery, the story is charming and hilarious: there are village goats, drunken lords and privy humour. Everything about the new movie adaption, available on Amazon Prime on October 7, promises more of the same. Directed by Lena Dunham (of Girls controversy/fame) and with Game of Thrones Bella Ramsey starring as Catherine and her father played by Andrew Scott (Fleabag’s Hot Priest) and uncle played by Joe Alwyn (Taylor Swift’s boyfriend) this YA adaption looks like it’s captured the warmth of the novel I loved as a child. / Shanti Mathias

Werewolf by Night (on Disney+ from October 7)

You didn’t think we’d have a Marvel-free month, did you? Werewolf by Night (directed by legendary composer Michael Giacchino) is the first full-on horror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows a secret group of monster hunters gather at Bloodstone Manor following the death of their leader, and engage in a deadly competition for a powerful relic. Business as usual for the MCU, I guess. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as the punnily named Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night. / SB

King Richard (on Neon from October 9)

The slap heard ’round the world was also, unfortunately, the slap that drowned out any buzz or praise for King Richard, the film that would win Will Smith his Oscar. It’s a biopic about Richard Williams, the father of Serena and Venus Williams, and his troubled relationship to not only his success, but the success of his daughter. It’s worth a watch if you’ve any interest in the Williams sisters, and it’s really too good to be ignored in favour of an awards show mishap. / SB

The rest



October 1

Annabelle: Creation

Paranormal Activity 3

Friday the 13th

Corpse Bride

Mars Attacks!

October 2

Forever Queens

World War Z

October 3

Chip and Potato: Season 4

October 4

Hasan Minhaj: The King’d sJester

October 5

The Fight for Justice: Paolo Guerrero

Bling Empire: Season 3

Nailed It!: Season 7

High Water


Jumping from High Places

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone

The Trapped 13: How We Survived the Thai Cave

October 6

Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake

The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo

October 7

Derry Girls: Season 3


The Midnight Club

The Mole

Man on Pause

Old People

Luckiest Girl Alive

Doll House

Kev Adams: The Real Me

Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes

The Redeem Team


October 10

Spirit Rangers

October 11

The Cage

Someone Borrowed

Iliza Shlesinger: Hot Forever

DEAW#13 Udom Taephanich Stand Up Comedy Show

Island of the Sea Wolves

October 12

Belascoarin, PI

Easy-Bake Battle

Wild Croc Territory

The Nutty Boy

October 13

Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal

The Playlist

Dead End: Paranormal Park: Season 2


October 14

Everything Calls for Salvation

Holy Family

Mismatched: Season 2

Black Butterflies

Take 1

The Curse of Bridge Hollow

October 15

Under the Queen’s Umbrella

October 17

Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant

October 18

Somebody Feed Phil: Season 6

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 3

The Stranger

Gabriel Iglesias: Stadium Fluffy

LiSA Another Great Day

October 19

Love is Blind: Season 3


The Green Glove Gang

The School for Good and Evil

October 21

28 Days Haunted

Barbarians II

From Scratch


ONI: Thunder God’s Tale

October 23

Franco Escamilla: Eavesdropping

October 24

The Chalk Line

October 25

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Fortune Feimster: Good Fortune

October 26


The Good Nurse

Robbing Mussolini

Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn

October 27

Dubai Bling



Family Reunion: Part 5

Daniel Spellbound

Romantic Killer

October 28

The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself

Big Mouth: Season 6

If Only

Drink Masters

Wendell and Wild

All Quiet on the Western Front

Wild is the Wind

My Encounter with Evil


October 29

Deadwind: Season 3


October 1

George Carlin’s American Dream

Edge of the Earth

Beanie Mania

I Am Greta

We Met in Virtual Reality

October 2


October 3


October 4


October 5

The Good Doctor: Season 6

On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries

October 6

Red Rocket

October 7

The Black Ferns: Wāhine Toa

Louis Theroux: Behind Bars

Louis Theroux: Beware of the Tiger

Louis Theroux: Savile

Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America

Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars

Sanditon: Season 2

October 8

Katrina Babes

The 355

October 9

King Richard

October 10

Let the Right One In

Brene Brown: Atlas of the Heart

Mean Streets

October 11

It’s Complicated

October 12

Avenue 5: Season 2

Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life

October 13

The Pelican Brief

October 14

The Winchesters

Nathan for You: Seasons 1-4

October 15


October 16


October 17

Deepwater Horizon

October 18

Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 2

Return of the Taliban

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

October 19

The Vow: Season 2

The Fugitive

The Rookie

October 20

Gangs of London: Season 2

Eyes in the Sky

October 21

One Perfect Shot

Mr. Robot: Season 1-4

October 22


October 23


Here Today

October 24



October 25

Open Secrets

October 26


October 27

Dog Day Afternoon

October 28

Persona; The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests

Meet the Fockers

Meet the Parents

Little Parents

October 29

The Bad Guys

October 30

The Wolfman

October 31

The White Lotus: Season 2


October 3

A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special

October 5

Shipwreck Hunters Australia

Hamster & Gretel: Season 1

The Incredible Dr. Pol Seasons 18-19

King of the Hill: Seasons 1-13

Motherland Fort Salem: Seasons 2-3

Motogp Unlimited: Season 1

The Captain: Season 1

Cesar Milan: Better Human Better Dog – Season 1

Camo Sharks

Counting Jaws

Explorer: The Deepest Cave

Pink Lie: Season 1

Kral Sakir – Geri Donusum – Season 1

October 7

Werewolf by Night

Spider-Man: Homecoming


The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

October 10


October 12

Big Shot

Everything’s Trash: Season 1

Mormon No More: Season 1

The Simpsons: Season 34

Broken Karaoke: Season 2

Primal Survivor: Mighty Mekong: Season 1

October 14


Into the Woods: Sing-a-long Version

October 17

The Palomi Show! Halloween Special

October 19

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 19

Children of the Underground: Season 1

Les Amateurs: Season 1

Station 19: Season 6

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 4

The Good Doctor: Seasons 1-4

Cesar Milan: Better Human Better Dog: Season 2

Wild Crime: Season 1

Bear in the Big Blue House: Seasons 1-4

PB&J Otter: Seasons 1-3

The Spectacular Spider-Man: Season 1

October 26

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Season 2

Big Sky: Season 3

Chefs Vs Wild – Season 1

Boris: Season 1-4

El Encargado

Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t S1

Shadow Detective

Hitler’s Last Stand

October 28

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi


October 1

Ghislaine: Partner in Crime

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Season 8

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: Season 2

Metalocalypse: Season 4

Samurai Jack: Season 2

I Miss You

End of the Century

Between Black and Blue

Happy Valley

Lords of Water

Seeds of Profit

I Won’t Let You Go

Secret Lives of Housewives

Murder in Mexico

Stalked by a Prince

Sasquatch Mountain Man

Rogue River Man: Season 2

Camp Wannakiki

Being Bebe

Two Brothers

March for Dignity

Roller Dreams

That Click

No Distinguishing Features

We are Conjola

October 4


October 6

A Friend of the Family

Kung Fu: Season 3

October 9


October 11

All American

October 12

FBoy Island NZ



Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights

The Devil’s Own



I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

October 15

Mastermind of Murder

October 18

The Last Weekend

October 19

The United States of Tara

October 20

Texas 6: Season 1-2

October 22

Mark of a Killer

October 25

No Activity

October 29

The Murderer and Me

October 31

You, Me and the Apocalypse

Amazon Prime Video

October 1

Top Gun

Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life

October 2

Veronica Mars: Season 4

October 3

Second Act

October 5

Don’t Breathe

Reginald the Vampire

October 6

Red Rocket

The 365

October 7


Catherine Called Birdy

October 8

The Duke (2020)

October 10

Call Me By Your Name

October 11

Supernatural: Season 15

October 12

Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

October 13

Mystic River

October 21

The Peripheral

October 22


October 27

2 Broke Girls: Season 1-6

October 28

The Devil’s Hour

October 29

The Bad Guys

Apple TV+

October 9

Hello Jack! The Kindness Show: Season 2

October 14


October 21

Ghost Writer: Season 3

Acapulco: Season 2

Raymond and Ray

October 28

Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blue


October 3

Five Days to Midnight

October 10

Karen Pirie

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Movies 9-11

October 17

Maria Kallio

Midsomer Murders: Season 22

October 24

Arthur Hailey’s Detective

October 31

The Fixer


October 1

Mad God Ghoul Log

October 4

The Collingswood Story


October 6


October 11

John and the Hole

October 12

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Season 1

October 13

Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses

She Will

October 18

The Night

October 20


October 25

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titan

October 28


Keep going!