Daredevil Season 2 + 16 more movies and shows hitting Netflix this month

Contributed by
Mar 1, 2016

Every month, Netflix makes changes to its always-popular streaming service, and that means that while some movies and shows have to go, others come in to take their places. So, every month, we like to round up the new genre offerings and give you all a little heads-up.

This month, it's all about Daredevil's second season and the arrival of The Punisher in New York City, but we don't get that until the middle of the month, so we're also talking about the return of a couple of Star Trek classics, lots of animation, Bill Murray in his prime, and more.

Check out the latest genre movies and shows hitting Netflix below.


Groundhog Day (1993)


It feels a little strange that this film is returning to Netflix in March instead of February, but that doesn't make it any less watchable. This Bill Murray classic about a man forced to live the same day over and over is still one of the great comedies of the 1990s, and an essential film for both Murray and the late, great Harold Ramis, who directed it brilliantly.


Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)


Though few would argue that it's the absolute worst Trek film, the return of the Enterprise crew years after their TV lives ended remains one of the most divisive entries in the entire Star Trek canon. It's full of Gene Roddenberry's lofty ideas, and it has an amusing '70s vibe that particularly comes through in the costume design, but it also often slows to a crawl. Still, if you think of it in the context of what it was at the time -- the Star Trek reunion fans had been waiting years to see -- it can be quite fun.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Perhaps the best thing about Star Trek: The Motion Picture is that it forced creative changes that ultimately gave us Wrath of Khan, arguably the best Star Trek film ever made. Sure, it's not as philosophically ambitious as its predecessor, but it makes up for it with action, suspense, a terrific villain and one of the most memorable endings the franchise has to offer.


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)


This isn't technically a genre film, but it is a winningly goofy period piece, and I'm including it because it features the late, great Alan Rickman doing some of his very best scenery chewing.


Hell and Back (2015), Available March 5


If you like animation for grown-ups, consider this goofy stop-motion comedy about a down-on-his-luck carnival promoter who accidentally summons the Devil himself, featuring the voices of Nick Swardson, Rob Riggle, Mila Kunis, and Bob Odenkirk.


Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015), Available March 7


If you just can't get enough Halo, and you somehow missed it the first time around, this month you'll be able to stream this animated miniseries that recounts one of the most important moments in the video game mythos: The origin of Master Chief.


The Returned, Season 1 (2015), Available March 9


If you missed Carlton Cuse's (Lost) adaptation of the French series about a town in which people are mysteriously returning from the dead, you'll be able to catch its intriguing first (and only) season later this month.


Daredevil, Season 2 (2016), Available March 18


And now, we come to the centerpiece of Netflix's March releases, the second season of the acclaimed original series from Marvel Studios that finally gave us a live-action Matt Murdock we could get behind. After taking on The Kingpin last season, this time around Murdock is struggling with the arrival of both Elektra and a terrifying new vigilante called The Punisher. It promises to bring all of the brutality of Season 1 back to our screens, but with even more comic book goodness. Plus, you never know what Defenders-centric Easter eggs might be embedded in every episode.


Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013), Available March 31


This sequel to the Fright Night remake isn't so much a sequel as it...well, another remake. We don't get any of the cast back, the location is moved to Romania, and the villain is just a gender-swapped version of the original vampire (with a little bit more of a twisty backstory). That said, if you just really like vampire stories, you'll be able to try this one out at the end of the month.


Children's Programming

If you like animation, or you just like being able to park your kids in front of the TV for a calming marathon of stuff they like, Netflix certainly has you covered this month. On the animated front, we've got LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship and LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One arriving March 4,  Season 2 of Digimon Fusion arriving March 8, Season 2 of Dinotrux arriving March 11, Season 1 Part 2 of Power Rangers Dino Charge arriving March 15, Season 2 of The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show arriving March 18, and Season1 and 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time arriving March 31.

(Via Vulture)

Make Your Inbox Important

Like Comic-Con. Except every week in your inbox.

Sign-up breaker
Sign out: