TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
Movie fans have plenty to look forward to from Netflix in September, too. Sam Raimi's undersung 1998 thriller "A Simple Plan" hits the streaming service September 1, with plenty of other recommended titles following suit. Nineties Disney comedies "Cool Runnings" and "Flubber" make their debuts, while '80s classic "Crocodile Dundee" says g'day mate to your instant queue. Oh, and it should noted that Jack Black's "School of Rock" needs to be seen again, so it's a good thing subscribers will get access to the Richard Linklater comedy later in the month.
"But what about more current titles?" you ask. Well, Oscar contender "All Is Lost," dirty cop drama "Filth," touching drama "Beginners," and eight-time Oscar nominee "Silver Linings Playbook" will be streaming to a device near you, and this year's overlooked Kevin Costner thriller "3 Days to Kill" makes its Netflix debut as well.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix.
Available September 1, 2014
"A Simple Plan" (1998)
When brothers Hank and Jacob discover a dead body and millions of dollars in cash in a downed plane, they plot to hide the loot and split it later. It's a simple plan -- until things go murderously awry amid suspicion and mistrust.
"Californication": Seasons 1-7
Best-selling novelist Hank Moody battles writer's block and a weakness for drugs, booze and one-night stands while he struggles to make things work with his on-and-off girlfriend and their teenage daughter.
"Chasing UFOs": Season 1
Investigators set out to uncover the truth about UFOs, and Season 1 finds them unveiling a possible alien farm, a reported UFO landing pad and more.
"Cool Runnings" (1993)
A fictionalized account of the unlikely story of Jamaica's first bobsled team, Cool Runnings follows their journey to the 1988 Olympics. When Derice Bannock's (Leon) chances of qualifying for Jamaica's track team are dashed, he looks for another sport. Derice persuades U.S. bobsledding gold medalist Irv Blitzer (John Candy), who now lives in Jamaica, to coach him and his friends as they attempt to become a world-class bobsled team.
"Crocodile Dundee" (1986)
When a New York reporter (Linda Kozlowski) plucks crocodile hunter Dundee (Paul Hogan) from the Australian Outback for a visit to the Big Apple, it's a clash of cultures and a recipe for good-natured comedy as naïve Dundee negotiates the concrete jungle. Dundee proves that his instincts are quite useful in the city and adeptly handles everything from wily muggers to high-society snoots without breaking a sweat. Hogan's script earned an Oscar nod.
In this genre-bending slasher flick, a high schooler gets slapped with detention on the same night as senior prom. But plenty of other kids will also be missing the big event when a past-her-prime prom queen shows up to slay them.
"Doomsday Preppers": Seasons 1-3
The first season of this documentary series profiles survivalists preparing for economic collapse, food instability and other forms of global chaos.
On the verge of losing his girlfriend and his job, a scatterbrained college professor accidentally invents a bouncy material called Flubber. The substance stands to save the day -- if the professor can defeat the many rivals who try to sabotage him.
"Girl Rising" (2013)
Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century. From a 7-year-old Haitian earthquake survivor to an Afghani child bride, these stories inspire and captivate.
First-time director Karyn Kusama's powerful film tells the story of Diana (Michelle Rodriguez), a Brooklyn high-schooler who gets little support from her dismissive single father and takes her frustrations out on her classmates. But when she wanders into a local boxing gym, she's instantly drawn to the action. And though it's a male-dominated world, boxing provides her a newfound discipline and sense of purpose, as well as a positive male role model.
"Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987)
When his manic radio show proves a huge morale-booster, Armed Forces Radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer gets sent to Vietnam, where his monkeyshines -- lampooning any and all sacred cows -- tickle the troops but land him in trouble with his superiors.
"Guess Who" (2005)
Ashton Kutcher stars in this remake of the 1967 classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? But the tables are turned this time around, as he plays the fiancé of an African American woman who's met with skepticism and suspicion from her father.
"Hinterland": Season 1
BBC police detective drama series set in Aberystwyth against the backdrop of mountainous terrain, close-knit villages, and windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland. Starring Richard Harrington as DCI Tom Mathias.
In this nod to "Little Red Riding Hood," investigators uncover a tangled web of events when they're called to Granny's cottage to look into a domestic disturbance involving a sardonic wolf, an axe and a crimson-caped girl.
"Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" (2013)
After hitting the lottery jackpot, Jay and Silent Bob use their newfound cash to become crime-fighting superheroes Bluntman and Chronic.
"Lords of Dogtown" (2005)
A group of outcasts from California's Venice Beach change the face of skateboarding forever in this 1970s tale based on a true story, written by "Skateboard Godfather" Stacy Peralta, one of the competitive skaters portrayed in the film. Known as the Z-Boys, the radical riders invent a brazen style of skating and deal with heartache when the sport they live for turns into big business. Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch and Rebecca De Mornay co-star.
"Mirage Men" (2012)
Fascination and controversy regarding UFO sightings have been with us for centuries, but this absorbing documentary offers a disturbing new thesis: that the U.S. military has been distributing false information about them for decades.
"School of Rock" (2003)
Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll.
"Small Apartments" (2012)
Franklin Franklin has a dead landlord on the kitchen floor and an investigator (Billy Crystal) questioning him. But none of this fazes Franklin. He waits each day for a letter from his brother (James Marsden) who has the secret that can set him free.
"Swiss Family Robinson" (1960)
After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.
"The Believers" (1987)
Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.
"The Blue Lagoon" (1980)
Set in the lush environs of a deserted tropical island, this coming-of-age tale follows two shipwrecked children -- Emmeline and Richard -- who are stranded for years. As the cute kids turn into beautiful teenagers, nature takes its course.
"The Unbelievers" (2013)
Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss -- the dynamic duo of science -- travel the globe seeking to promote a scientific worldview and the rational questioning of religious belief, with celebrities, professors and ordinary folks supporting their work.
"Unsealed: Alien Files": Season 1
The debut season investigates Area 51, Vatican cover-ups, Nazi-alien collaboration, presidential encounters, ancient visitations and more.
"Zero Hour": Seasons 1-3
This documentary-style series dramatizes the moments leading up to some of the most memorable historical events that unfolded in less than an hour.
Available September 2
"The League": Season 5
Fantasy football tackles reality in this semi-scripted look at a group of longtime friends whose annual hobby gives them an excuse to get together and escape their everyday lives in a blitz of trash-talking, deceit and ruthless extortion.
Available September 5
"All Is Lost" (2013)
In this harrowing drama -- which has no dialogue -- Robert Redford portrays a man stranded alone at sea, courageously battling a ferocious storm as he struggles to survive with just a sextant and maritime maps to guide him.
"Trailer Park Boys": Season 8
This wickedly funny mockumentary series follows the booze-fueled misadventures of Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith), longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park -- when they aren't in jail, that is. But kudos to the lads for their persistence, even if their harebrained get-rich schemes involve growing pot right under the nose of ex-cop Jim (John Dunsworth).
Available September 6
"Kid Cannabis" (2014)
Teaming with his best friend and a ragtag group of potheads, enterprising teen Nate Norman sets up a lucrative operation smuggling large amounts of marijuana from Canada to Idaho. But the young drug traffickers soon sow the seeds of their downfall.
"Le Week-End" (2014)
Returning to Paris long after their honeymoon there, a British couple hopes to rediscover the magical feelings of their early years together. There, they meet an old friend whose perspectives on love and marriage help them recover what was lost.
After Amy's parents abandon her two younger siblings -- one of them brain-damaged -- she's obliged to leave college to take care of them. While struggling to accept her dreary new existence, Amy meets a man who may change everything.
"Your Sister's Sister" (2011)
Jack, who is mourning the death of his brother, has a complicated relationship with his best friend, Iris, who used to date his brother. Their chaotic situation becomes even more tangled when Jack has a drunken tryst with Iris's flighty sister.
Available September 7
"The Blacklist": Season 1 (2013)
After turning himself in to the FBI, brilliant fugitive Raymond Reddington offers to help capture other criminals, but only if the bureau plays by his rules -- which include teaming with rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen.
Available September 9
"Who Is Dayani Cristal?" (2013)
In the oppressive desert heat, Arizona authorities find a man's decomposing body with only one clue to his identity: a tattoo reading "Dayani Cristal." Gael García Bernal portrays the unknown man in dramatic segments of this intriguing documentary.
Available September 10
"Crash & Bernstein": Season 2
Wyatt Bernstein, the only boy in his otherwise all-female family, creates a puppet named Crash who comes to life as the brother he always wanted. Now, the new siblings learn from each other as they face life's adventures together.
"Deadly Code" (2013)
Friends Kolyma and Gagarin come of age in a Siberian crime family where Kolyma's iron-fisted grandfather enforces rules that keep the young men at odds. Their relationship is further tested when they both fall for the same beautiful woman.
Available September 11
"A Single Man" (2009)
Set in 1962 Los Angeles, this stream-of-consciousness drama centers on a day in the life of George Falconer, a gay college professor who plans to commit suicide in the wake of his longtime lover's recent death.
"Dennis Miller: America 180" (2014)
Five-time Emmy winner Dennis Miller takes a look at the state of the nation in a stand-up routine that touches on health care and climate change.
An arrogant, corrupt cop who believes he's the only competent person in his department sees a recent murder case as a path to promotion. But the investigation brings the deluded officer into a rendezvous with reality that he's wholly unprepared for.
"The Moment" (2013)
After her lover vanishes, a photojournalist winds up in a psychiatric hospital, where she tries to make sense of her fragmented memories -- and begins to uncover some unexpected and disturbing truths.
Available September 12
"Grace Unplugged" (2013)
Every Sunday, 18-year-old Grace performs at church with her ex-rock star father, but she longs to share her talent with the rest of the world. Heading for the bright lights of Los Angeles, she soon must choose between stardom and faith.
Available September 13
"Justin and the Knights of Valor" (2013)
In this animated saga set in medieval times, a young boy slips away from his family home and begins a long journey to pursue his dream of becoming a knight. Seeking instruction from three wise monks, he makes his way to their remote abbey.
Available September 14
"About a Boy": Season 1
Will Freeman loves being immature, carefree and single, until his new neighbors -- ditzy single mom Fiona and eccentric 11-year-old Marcus -- invade his life, and Will finds his scheme to exploit them foiled by unexpected feelings of responsibility.
"Arrow": Season 2
This adaptation of the story of DC Comics' Green Arrow stars Stephen Amell as the titular character, an affluent playboy who becomes an archer superhero at night, saving the city from villains armed with just a bow and arrows.
Available September 16
Oliver, a graphic artist, is coming to grips with the imminent death of his father, who, at 75, has one last secret: He's gay. Inspired and confused by his father's determination to find true love at last, Oliver tentatively pursues his own romance.
"Bones": Season 9
Socially awkward forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan teams up with intuitive FBI agent Seeley Booth to investigate crimes that have left scant evidence behind: namely, the bones of the deceased.
"New Girl": Season 3
This smart sitcom revolves around Jessica Day, a socially awkward schoolteacher who's still trying to rebound from a recent breakup when she moves in with three single guys, all ready to help her understand the ways of the world.
"One Day" (2011)
After a romantic tryst on college graduation night, Emma and Dexter pursue separate dreams. This romantic drama based on a novel of the same name checks in with them each year on the same date, tracking their personal and professional progress.
"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012)
After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, bipolar Pat has no choice but to move back in with his football-obsessed parents. While he tries in vain to reconcile with his wife, Pat meets a woman who's as unstable as he is -- and she changes his life.
Available September 17
"3 Days to Kill" (2014)
After a terminally ill secret agent retires to spend his remaining time with his family, he's asked to complete a dangerous last mission in exchange for an experimental drug that might save him -- if he can survive its hallucinatory side effects.
"The Fosters": Season 2
Executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez, this offbeat drama follows an interracial lesbian couple -- one a police officer, the other a school vice principal -- and their multiethnic brood of biological, adopted and foster children.
Available September 22
"Revolution": Season 2
Fifteen years after electricity stopped working and the world was sent back into the dark ages -- with small agrarian communities of families working together -- three companions go on a quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious blackout.
Available September 25
"The Double" (2013)
Jesse Eisenberg plays the dual roles of a timid office worker and his charismatic doppelganger in this cinematic adaptation of a Dostoevsky tale. First spotted on the bus, then at work, Simon's double may share his looks, but he's no carbon copy.
Available September 26
"How I Met Your Mother": Season 9
This sitcom details desperate bachelor Ted's epic search for his soul mate, told through flashbacks as an adult Ted recounts to his kids how he met their mom. As Ted bounces from one red herring to another, his best friends help keep him grounded.
"Parks and Recreation": Season 6
This droll comedy focuses on Leslie Knope, a public employee with the Parks and Recreation department in rural Pawnee, Ind. Although Leslie is full of energy and good ideas for community improvements, she finds herself bogged down by bureaucracy.
Available September 27
"Bad Grandpa" (2013)
In-character encounters with real folks provide comic fodder in this franchise featuring Johnny Knoxville in lecherous-gramps disguise. With hidden cameras in tow, Irving Zisman (Knoxville) takes his grandson on an offbeat cross-country tour.
Available September 28
"Comic Book Men": Season 3
Set in Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash comic book emporium, this unscripted series unveils the fanboy culture thriving in a neighborhood comics store. As employees vend various collectibles, customers reveal what makes fans of comic books tick.
"The Walking Dead": Season 4
In the wake of a zombie apocalypse that desolates the world as we know it, a group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes holds on to the hope of humanity by banding together to wage a never-ending fight for their own survival.
Available September 29
Long after breaking ties with his family, Jonathan learns that his long-ill father has elected to take himself off of life support in two days. Drawn in by the dire news, Jonathan returns to face his kin in an intense emotional encounter.
Available September 30
"Killing Them Softly" (2012)
When a couple low-level crooks make a dumb move by robbing a Mob-protected poker game and unwittingly bringing a recession to the area's criminal economy, a slick enforcer is hired to track down the offenders and take care of business.