“Tribes of Europa” (Netflix Original)
Premise: In this dark science fiction show from Germany, a catastrophic event wipes out the energy grid in 2029. About four decades later, different tribes have established small communities across Europe and must fight for militarist domination. When a mysterious cube comes into possession of one of these tribal families, a new war breaks out over who will control the cube.
The show is in German and originates from the same production company behind the Netflix show “Dark”.
Netflix descriptors: “Dystopian”, “dark” and “exciting”
How it starts: Explanatory text appears in paragraph segments:
In 2029, a mysterious global blackout led to decades of chaos and lawlessness.
The old nations are gone. Countless micro-states have emerged, developing their own cultural beliefs and identities.
These are the tribes.
The show ends with a close-up of the face of a young woman and she begins to recount in German the existential struggles of her family. The camera withdraws to show her standing in the hollowed-out shell of a building with an elegant, metallic design reminiscent of the 2010s.
Duration: Six episodes of approximately 45 minutes
Premium: Here’s an alternate version of the trailer to get a better idea of what this show is like.
Shows at the beginning of the month:
“Nadiya Bakes” (Netflix Original)
Premise: British chef Nadiya Hussain hosts this pastry show that features gorgeous shots of opulent desserts.
Hussain rose to fame when she won the 2015 series of “The Great British Bake Off”. This show doesn’t feature the competitive elements of “Bake Off,” but certainly continues the happy escape genre. My favorite happy escape show on Netflix is the same British “The Big Flower Fight”, but until that comes back I applaud any well-crafted pandemic distraction content.
Netflix descriptor: “Feel good”
How it starts: Sparkling music plays over a photo of a butterfly. The show then switches to Hussain standing in a kitchen talking to the camera.
“We all know life can be tough,” says Hussain. The show runs through close-ups of decadent desserts. “But when I cook, I feel a little better.”
Duration: Eight episodes of approximately 30 minutes
Premium: Hussain appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” and shared a story of baking the Queen of England’s birthday cake.
“Tiffany Haddish Presents: They’re Ready” (Season 2, Netflix Comedy Series)
Premise: Tiffany Haddish hosts this showcase of experienced comedians who have yet to achieve A-list fame. The first season featured all the actresses; this season features all black comics.
The episodes balance the comedians’ stories with comedy as the focal point. This second season was filmed during the pandemic, so some sets focus on that.
Featured comedians this season include Godfrey and Dean Edwards.
Netflix descriptors: “Raunchy”, “witty” and “irreverent”
How it starts: Tiffany Haddish sits alone in a room talking about how Godfrey is one of her “personal favorites”. The whole of Godfrey is the focus of the season premiere.
“Godfrey, I consider family.”
Duration: Seven episodes of approximately 20 minutes
Premium: Here is the trailer for the first season.
All the shows that have joined Netflix this month so far:
- “Love Daily” (Season 1)
- “My Dead Ex” (Season 1)
- “The Unsetting” (Season 1)
- “Zac and Mia” (seasons 1-2)
- “Mighty Express” (Season 2, Netflix Family)
- “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They’re Ready” (Season 2, Netflix Comedy Series)
- “Firefly Lane” (Netflix Original)
- “Ax” (Season 2, Netflix Original)
- “Invisible City” (Netflix Original)
- “ICarly” (seasons 1-2)
- “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” (Netflix Documentary)
- “Capitani” (Netflix Original)
- “Buried by Bernards” (Netflix Original)
- “Nadiya Bakes” (Netflix Original)
- “The Crew” (Netflix Original)
- “Good Girls” (season 3)
- “Behind His Eyes” (Netflix Original)
- “Hello me!” (Netflix Original)
- “MeatEater” (Season 9, Part 2, Netflix Original)
- “So Spoke Kishibe Rohan” (Netflix Anime)
- “Tribes of Europa” (Netflix Original)