The five best series and films to watch on Netflix in October.

If you’re sick of scrolling through your Netflix homepage and finding nothing new, you’ve come to the right place. This is our list of what to stream in October, complete with psychological thrillers, drama, music and a little bit of sex, too.

OCTOBER 1st, featuring Andie MacDowell, Billy Burke and Margaret Qualley


Inspired by the New York Times best-selling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, MAID follows the story of Alex, a single mother who turns to housecleaning to — barely — make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy.

Seen through the emotional yet humorous lens of a desperate but determined woman, this series is a raw and inspiring exploration of a mother’s resilience.

Watch on Netflix from Friday.

The Guilty
OCTOBER 1ST, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal


A troubled police detective demoted to 911 operator duty scrambles to save a distressed caller during a harrowing day of revelations — and reckonings.

This intense watch takes place over a single morning in the 911 dispatch call center where Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain) tries to save a caller in grave danger — but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Watch on Netflix from Friday.

OCTOBER 15th, featuring Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti


This twisted drama is based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, and asks, “What would you do for love?”

In series one, a brilliant bookstore manager — our protagonist, Joe — crosses paths with an aspiring writer and his answer to the above question becomes clear: he would do absolutely anything for love.

Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes an obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle — and person — in his way.

In series two, Joe meets the happy-go-lucky Love, a chef in LA — and his obsession begins again. Except this time, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. With endless twists and turns and psychological drama, this passionate story will keep you guessing until the very last minute.

Without revealing too many spoilers, series three follows Joe and one of his previous “loves” as they attempt to paint a picture-perfect marriage, living in balmy North California, surrounded by privileged tech entrepreneurs, judgemental mummy bloggers and Insta-famous biohackers. Joe is committed to his new role as a husband but fears of his partner’s lethal impulsiveness.

Crime documentary and thriller fans will love this. Catch up on series one and two on Netflix now. Series 3 available from October 15th.

The Four of Us

OCTOBER 15TH, featuring Nilam Farooq, Jonus Nay and Paula Kalenberg


After a four-week partner swap, two couples meet again in a remote beach house and discover that everything has changed. Suddenly, their feelings are put to the test, their life choices and expectations are re-evaluated. In the end, one question remains: who loves who — and is that really enough?

A cryptic, down-to-earth comedy about the many trials and tribulations of modern love and relationships. Watch the film on Netflix from October 15th.

Sex, Love & goop
OCTOBER 21st, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow


Gwyneth Paltrow and the goop team bring us Sex, Love & goop, a follow-on from The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow.

This series focusses on courageous everyday couples who, with the help of experts, learn lessons and methods to enhance their relationships through more pleasurable sex and deeper intimacy

Watch The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow on Netflix now, and prepare for the new series, which is released on October 21st.  

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