June 2, 2022
Netflix is celebrating Pride Month with a slew of offerings shining a spotlight on LGBTQ+ stories, identities and self-expression with the collection “Shine With Pride.”
With more than 460 titles, the collection features documentaries, dramas and comedies, including “Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness,” “Heartstopper” (just renewed for two more seasons), “She-Ra and The Princess of Power,” “Elite” and more.
Inspired by the range of color and symbolism present in the Pride flag, illustrator Ben Nichols created the collection artwork. Throughout the year Netflix will be unveiling new collections in collaboration with new artists.
New series and other upcoming content include:
- “Stand Out,” due June 9, is the largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics hosted by Billy Eichner. Highlights included icon Ani DiFranco introducing Margaret Cho, Sarah Paulson introducing Tig Notaro, Lily Tomlin introducing Sandra Bernhard, Lena Waithe introducing Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell closing the night and inviting the rest of the performers joining her on stage for a new rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “GAYS Just Want to Have Fun.” Other featured talent included Bob the Drag Queen, Eddie Izzard, Solomon Georgio, Sam Jay, River Butcher, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Marsha Warfield, Mae Martin, Judy Gold, Joel Kim Booster, James Adomian, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere, Trixie Mattel, Scott Thompson, and Todd Glass.
- “First Kill,” available June 10, is about teenage vampire Juliette, who when it’s time to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope. But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter, from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for.
- Halftime, due June 14, is an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is. The documentary focuses on Lopez in the second half of her career.
- “Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend,” available June 15, is the legendary “Iron Chef” series reborn with a supersized approach to the culinary competition. Five new Iron Chefs welcome Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they’ll face off. The competition’s most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first-ever “Iron Legend.” Hosts are Alton Brown and Kristen Kish, and the Iron Chefs are Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelson, Ming Tsai and Gabriela Camara.
- Season one of “Dead End: Paranormal Park,” due June 16, is based on creator and executive producer Hamish Steele’s horror-comedy graphic novels “DeadEndia” and web short “Dead End.” It follows the adventures of Barney, Norma and magical-talking-dog Pugsley, as they balance their summer jobs at the local theme park haunted house while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within it. Together with their guide to the underworld multiplane, a sardonic thousand-year-old demon named Courtney, they’ll face zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleep-sucking witches and the scariest thing of all — their first crushes.
- “Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual,” available June 21, is Joel Kim Booster’s Netflix comedy special debut.
- Season three of “The Umbrella Academy,” due June 22, follows the group after putting a stop to 1963’s doomsday. The Umbrella Academy returns home to the present, convinced they prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly how they left them. Enter the Sparrow Academy. Smart, stylish, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately clash with the Umbrellas in a violent face-off that turns out to be the least of everyone’s concerns. Navigating challenges, losses, and surprises of their own — and dealing with an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc in the universe (something they may have caused) — now all they need to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them put right what their arrival made wrong.
- “QUEEN,” releasing June 23, follows Sylwester, a retired tailor who now moonlights as a drag queen. He left Poland fifty years ago and has been living in Paris ever since. One day he gets a letter, asking him to donate a kidney to his ill daughter, who he left behind all these years ago and has never seen. Reluctantly, he embarks on a journey back to his motherland, to the coal mining town to which he swore never to return. The journey takes an unexpected turn, forcing Sylwester to confront the past and use his artistic skills to mount a stage production to save this small coal mine town.
- “The Upshaws” (season two, part one) debuts June 29. The multi-camera comedy centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana. It follows Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps), the head of a Black working class family in Indianapolis, a charming, well-intentioned mechanic and lifelong mess just trying his best to step up and care for his family — wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters (Khali Spraggins, Journey Christine) and firstborn son (Jermelle Simon), and the teenage son (Diamond Lyons) he fathered with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) — and tolerate his sardonic sister-in-law (Wanda Sykes).
- “Uncoupled,” due July 29, follows Michael (Neil Patrick Harris), who thought his life was perfect until his husband blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City.