The Labor Day weekend kicks off with a pair of new streaming releases arriving today: “Jim Jeffries: Bare,” a Netflix original comedy starring the popular Australian comic, as well as the third season of ABC’s fairy tale drama “Once Upon a Time.” It’s just the start of a Labor Day weekend filled with titles new to Netflix.
August 31 brings “Space Warriors,” an updated version of the 80s film “Space Camp” starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino.
This year, Labor Day falls on the first of the month, which means you can spend your day watching a plethora of films, from the great comedy “School of Rock” starring Jack Black, to the utterly bizarre 2011 film “Detention.” Also arriving are the 1993 John Candy-starring “Cool Runnings,” as well as Sam Raimi’s underrated film noir “A Simple Plan.”
September 1 also brings seasons 1-7 of the Showtime comedy “Californication,” starring David Duchovny as a womanizing writer. (Seven seasons?! Incredible.) Also arriving are the first 3 seasons of “Doomsday Preppers,” the reality show centered around survivalism, as well as the first season of the BBC police drama “Hinterland.”
On a poignant note, Labor Day also heralds the arrival of one of Robin Williams finest performances in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” directed by the legendary Barry Levinson.
The day after Labor Day brings the fifth season of “The League,” and the week wraps up on September 5 with season 8 of “Trailer Park Boys.”
For full information on this week’s Netflix streaming releases, the list is below:
Jim Jefferies: Bare – A Netflix Original Comedy
Nothing is sacred in this show from Australian comic Jim Jefferies, whether it's the mother of his child, auditioning disabled actors, or gun control.
Once Upon a Time: Season 3
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Carlyle star in this fantastical series that follows the travails of a young woman who is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it's filled with the mystical elements of the fairy tale world.
Space Warriors (2013)
Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino, Josh Lucas, Booboo Stewart, Danny Glover, Thomas Horn
Six brilliant teenagers compete against each other at a demanding summer space camp held by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. But when a crisis arises on the International Space Station, they join forces to save the astronauts on board.
A Simple Plan (1998)
Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe, Jack Walsh, Chelcie Ross
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)
John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, Raymond J. Barry, Peter Outerbridge
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)
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil, Ritchie Singer, Terry Gilliam, Mark Blum
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.
Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Spencer Locke, Aaron David Johnson, Jan Anderson
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
Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Clancy Brown
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)
Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Grace Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington
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.
Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas, Ray Santiago, Víctor Sierra
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)
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl
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)
Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart
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.
Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, James Belushi, Patrick Warburton, Anthony Anderson, David Ogden Stiers
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)
Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Eliza Dushku, Tara Strong, Ralph Garman, Neil Gaiman, Ben Gleib
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)
Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger
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)
Jack Black, Adam Pascal, Lucas Papaelias, Chris Stack, Sarah Silverman, Mike White, Lucas Babin
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)
Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, James Caan, Peter Stormare, David Koechner
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)
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa, Tommy Kirk
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)
Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Harley Cross, Robert Loggia, Elizabeth Wilson, Harris Yulin, Lee Richardson
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)
Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Elva Josephson, Glenn Kohan
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, Lawrence Krauss, Stephen Hawking, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz
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.
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.
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).