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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in March, and the Best Episodes of Each

Three highly-anticipated sequel seasons, "Love's" end, and a slew of exciting docuseries make March a month to remember on Netflix.

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5. “Rapture” Season 1 (available March 30)

Rapture Season 1 Nas Jungle Netflix

Why Should I Watch It? It’s a music docuseries made for music fans — particularly, hip hop fans, and even more particularly, fans of Nas, Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz, and Just Blaze. Featuring behind-the-scenes looks at their lives in the studio and with their families, as well as plenty of concert footage from various tours, the eight-hour series promises to examine hip hop culture from every angle. Plus, it’s directed by Sacha Jenkins (“Burn Motherfucker, Burn!”), Emmy-winner Geeta Gandbhir, and “Creed II” helmer Steven Caple Jr.

Best Episode: Set to premiere at SXSW on March 17 (just 13 days before its global launch), Netflix hasn’t sent out screeners yet. But IndieWire will be at the fest, so look for more coverage around St. Patrick’s Day. (But probably not on it — come on, we’ve got better things to do.)

6. “Alexa & Katie” Season 1 (available March 23)

Alexa and Katie Season 1 Netflix

Why Should I Watch It? From two veterans of teenage comedies comes Netflix’s latest multi-cam sitcom, “Alexa & Katie.” Created by Heather Wordham (“Hannah Montana”) and with Matthew Carlson (“Malcolm in the Middle”) serving as showrunner, the new show follows two best friends named — you guessed it — Alexa (Paric Berelc) and Katie (Isabel May), the former of which is undergoing cancer treatment and the latter is sticking right by her side throughout. Netflix hopes the duo serve “as role models for modern-day female friendships,” but it’s also got a bit of nostalgia bait for adults watching: “Saved By The Bell” star Tiffani Thiessen plays Alexa’s mom, Lori.

Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until… March 21. That’s cutting it close, Netflix. Jeez.

7. “Santa Clarita Diet” Season 2 (available March 23)

Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 Timothy Olyphant

Why Should I Watch It? For all its flaws, the first season of “Santa Clarita Diet” was certainly unique. Essentially about a family trying to keep their mom-turned-zombie alive (and fed), Victor Fresco’s shockingly bloody comedy used a quaint suburban setting to further unsettle its audience: After all, what’s weirder than seeing Drew Barrymore munching on human flesh than watching her do it in an aggressively neutral, beige-covered McMansion? If the cringe-inducing sight gags and characters’ all-too-knowing reactions matched your sense of humor, then you’re already raring to go; for everyone else, here’s hoping for more of that Timothy Olyphant charm — perhaps matched by his co-star this time.

Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until March 11. Sigh. Netflix is getting stingy with these embargoes, but I think it has more to do with focused publicity pushes than being protective or worried about reactions. Since the streaming giant has so much content, they need to make sure subscribers know when something new drops, and the service itself doesn’t always alert people in a timely fashion. So if reviews drop the week it’s being released, readers are more likely to remember the show and tune in.

The Rest of Incoming TV

“21 Thunder” Season 1 (available March 1)
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” The Eighteenth Year (available March 1)
“B the Beginning” Season 1 (available March 2)
“Flint Town” Season 1 (available March 2)
“Girls Incarcerated” Season 1 (available March 2)
“Voltron: Legendary Defender” Season 5 (available March 2)
“The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” New Episode (available March 2)
“The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” Season 1 (available March 5)
“Borderliner” Season 1 (available March 6)
“Bad Guys: Vile City” Season 1 (available March 8)
“A.I.C.O. Incarnation” Season 1 (available March 9)
“Collateral” Limited Series (available March 9)
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Malala Yousafzai” (available March 9)
“Nailed It” Season 1 (available March 9)
“Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” Season 2 (available March 9)
“Children of the Whales” Season 1 (available March 13)
“Power Rangers Ninja Steel” Season 1 (available March 15)
“Tabula Rasa” Season 1 (available March 15)
“The Hollywood Masters” Season 2 (available March 15)
“Edha” Season 1 (available March 16)
“On My Block” Season 1 (available March 16)
“Spirit Riding Free” Season 4 (available March 16)
“The Standups” Season 2 (available March 20)
“Dinotrux Supercharged” Season 2 (available March 23)
“Requiem” Season 1 (available March 23)
“The Mechanism” Season 1 (available March 23)
“Reboot: The Guardian Code” Season 1 (available March 30)
“Trailer Park Boys” Season 12 (available March 30)
“Trump: An American Dream” Season 1 (available March 30)

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