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By The Loop HK Staff | July 8th, 2020

This month, Netflix is still bringing the nostalgia with a nod to the 90s that includes a new spin on an old favorite, and the addition of some serious classics. But, the streaming service is going for gold with the addition of series that cover a wide range of topics from sports and immigration to fantasy. Here’s what to watch on Netflix in July 2020.

The Baby-Sitters Club

If you were a girl growing up in the 90s, there’s no way you missed this cult-phenomenon books by Ann M. Martin. Now, Netflix has turned these twee books into an ‘inspired by’ series of five friends who band together to form a babysitting club for their neighbors. It’s fluffy, charming, light-hearted fun – exactly what the doctor ordered right now. P.S. Netflix is also releasing “The Claudia Kishi Club,” which focuses closely on the club’s most whimsical, artsy member.

#Anne Frank – Parallel Stories

Chances are very good that you’ve read “The Diary of Anne Frank” at some point. In this new Netflix limited series, veteran English actress Helen Mirren brings the aspiring writer’s poignant diary to life by narrating alongside several stories of women that survived the holocaust.

Ali

This Will Smith-fronted flick was released in 2001, but his tour de force performance as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is timeless. It’s a compelling story of fighting, politics, celebrity and so much more that’ll have you chanting “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

The Karate Kid Trilogy

Netflix is really doubling down on the nostalgia at the moment. On the cards for July? All three (yes, all of them!) of the Karate Kid movies from the 90s. We dare you to get through it without wanting to apply Mr Miyagi’s life lessons to the current world. Surely the lesson of patients in “wax on, wax off” can apply to having to stay at home during the pandemic, right?

Warrior Nun

Looking for a new series to binge? “Warrior Nun” might be the way to go. It’s a slightly ridiculous premise – an orphaned teen wakes up in a morgue to realize she now has superpowers and is part of a secret sect of demon-hunting nuns – but a rollicking good time.

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

Zac Efron – yes, he of “High School Musical” fame – is jumping on the wellness bandwagon with this new Netflix series. He joins wellness Darin Olien on a journey around the world to track down a whole bunch of healthy, sustainable ways to improve their lives.

The Old Guard

Led by the always compelling Charlize Theron, this action/fantasy flick sees four immortal warriors who’ve protected humanity for centuries targeted for their powers.

Cursed

Part Arthurian legend, part The Witcher wannabe, this new fantasy series is based on the recent book by Thomas Wheeler. In it, Arthurian legend is reimagined from the female perspective – what if Excalibur was pulled from the stone by a woman instead of Arthur?

The Kissing Booth 2

Netflix’s recently found runaway success with teeny-bopper coming of age movies – remember “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?” – so why not ride the wave with sequels? In this sequel to “The Kissing Booth” the female protagonist deals with a long-distance romance with her high-school boyfriend (who’s now at Harvard) while navigating a changing relationship with her male best friend and new feelings for a classmate.

The Last Dance

Okay, so this series was originally done by ESPN. But now, all of us can follow the compelling journey of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls. The 10-part series follows the Bulls as they go for one last winning season in 1997-1998; coach Phil Jackson called it “The Last Dance.” It’s a thoroughly fascinating insight into the championship team and all the characters that made it so good – for everyone who followed basketball back in the day, it’s a nostalgic reminder of just how much of a powerhouse Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman et al were on – and off – the court.

Stateless

This six-episode limited series was created by (and stars) Cate Blanchett, so you know it’ll be good. Four strangers end up at an immigration detention center in the Australian desert, resulting in a nuanced musing on the state of immigration in the 21st century.

 

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