Your Ultimate Fall Netflix Guide

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Oh, fall. The magical time of year when the motivation to go outside drops proportionately with the temperature.

There’s never been a better time to pour a glass of wine, snag yourself some halloween candy and retreat to the sweet, sweet comfort of your couch with a netflix queue to keep you company. 

Here are our top Netflix picks for Fall 2015:

If you need a series to get addicted to:

Watch Madam Secretary on Netflix

While I take issue with Netflix’s description of this show, which describes the protagonist as a “highly capable woman” struggling to balance work and home, the show is so much more than a narrative about a woman “trying to have it all.” Madam Secretary follows an ex-CIA operative who unexpectedly becomes a major player in world politics as Secretary of State.

If you want to learn something new:

Watch What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix

Nina Simone rose to fame in the 1950’s and 1960’s, but the singer also played a major role in the civil rights movement. This Netflix original documentary uses never-heard recordings and archival footage to look into the turbulent but inspirational life of a woman who wanted to change the world. 

If you want to laugh:

Watch Angelah Johnson: Not Fancy on Netflix

Anjelah Johnson wants you to know that even though she’s famous now, she’s not fancy. Known for her role as Bon Qui Qui on MadTV and her other stand-up specials That’s How We Do It and Homecoming Show, Anjelah brings a newer, more grown-up humor to her latest special. 

If you want to cry:

Watch Robin Williams, Remembered on Netflix

We all suffered after the unexpected loss of Robin Williams in 2014. This PBS special documentary explores the actor and comedian’s greatest TV moments. 

If you need a dose of whimsy:

Watch Moonrise Kingdom on Netflix

Amy Poehler once joked at the Golden Globes that Wes Anderson, as per usual, “arrived on a bicycle made of antique tuba parts.”  Wes Anderson’s films are famous for their distinctive visuals, tuba parts and all, and Moonrise Kingdom is the epitome of the film style that inspires instagrammers everywhere. 

If you’re feeling nostalgic:

Watch Take Me Out to the Ball Game on Netflix

Some rainy days are practically begging for a cup of tea and an old movie. Made in 1949, this instant classic features movie-musical veterans Gene Kelly AND Fred Astaire. In other words, jackpot. 

If you’re craving those #Halloween feelings:

Watch American Horror Story: Freakshow on Netflix

American Horror Story has all of the supernatural scares you need to get you in the October spirit. The best part? It was just added by Netflix this week, which means now’s the time to curl up with a warm blanket (and maybe a significant other) and enjoy the terror.

If our picks above weren’t enough for you, here are some brand new releases headed to Netflix this month:

Winter on Fire (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.

August: Osage County (2013)

When their father disappears, three strong-willed women return to their childhood home and to their equally strong-willed mother.

Beasts of No Nation (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn’t prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life.

The Great Food Truck Race Collection: Collection 1

In this reality competition series, specialty food trucks visit a new city each week and compete against each other for a shot at $50,000 and more.

Legends: Season 1

Shedding his skin as easily as a snake, CIA operative Martin Odum — played by Sean Bean — becomes whoever he needs to be in this gripping spy drama.

American Heist (2014)

James (Hayden Christensen) owes his life to his older brother, Frankie (Adrien Brody) after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. Now, Frankie is released and back on the street with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job would be the solution to change both their lives.

Jane the Virgin: Season 1

Having vowed to not have sex until she’s married, Jane Villanueva is stunned to find she’s become pregnant anyway thanks to a medical slipup. Along with breaking the news to her amazed boyfriend, Jane must start making plans for a whole new life.

For me, every season is TV season, but there’s something extra special about a relaxing night in once the air gets cooler and the leaves start to change. Better get watching!

We want to hear from you? What Netflix releases are you most excited for?