October’s Top Streaming Originals Hitting Netflix, Prime Video, More

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This month holds no shortage of appointment viewing opportunities, the October original release calendars of major video streaming services suggest. 

Take a look at Netflix, which expectedly has the biggest pipeline of originals for October. An original title to keep an eye out for this month includes “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Oct. 16), a historical drama directed by Aaron Sorkin and featuring a big-name cast counting Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film’s already doing well critically and is shaping up to be a surefire Oscar contender.

Other Netflix original titles to keep an eye out for include Volume 2 of Unsolved Mysteries (Oct. 19) and S3 of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” (Oct. 21). The true-crime series was one of Netflix’s most popular originals overall when it debuted in July, one third-party streaming data firm estimated, while Letterman likely has some lifelong fans waiting to see who he interviews next (upcoming guests include Kim Kardashian West and Lizzo).

If none of those catch your eye, you should still be able to find something on Netflix to fill out your streaming schedule. Netflix’s October originals span the gamut of genres, from star-driven scripted drama (“The Queen’s Gambit,” featuring Anya Taylor-Joy, Oct. 23) and foreign-language (“La Révolution,” Oct. 16) to children’s (“The Magic School Bus” special, Oct. 20) and documentaries (“BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky,” Oct. 14).

Prime Video is heavy on film originals in October, with many of those being in the horror genre (“The Lie,” “Nocturne” and “Evil Eye”). “The Lie,” which stars Joey King, may be one of the more popular, or at least sampled, new Prime original films of October simply because of King’s star power.

Another Prime original title likely set to benefit from star power is Volume 2 of the “Savage x Fenty Show,” the unveiling of the fall 2020 collection for Rihanna’s lingerie brand. The show, which drops on Prime Video tomorrow, features performances by the likes of Travis Scott, Miguel and Bad Bunny.

Hulu’s October originals calendar is split between TV and film. While any one could end up being a sleeper hit, the anthology series “Monsterland” seems best positioned to find an audience quickly. Of the YouTube trailers for Hulu’s four slated October originals, it by far had the most views. The trailer for “Monsterland” currently sits at over 5 million views, while none of the rest cracked 200,000.

Disney+ has several series premieres as well as a debuting original film in October, but really it’s S2 of “The Mandalorian” that is the crown jewel of the release schedule. By October 30, it will have been nearly a year since S1 of Disney+’s flagship show debuted and stopped the internet with Baby Yoda. Media industry observers will be closely watching to see if Disney+ can duplicate some of that magic with S2.

Apple TV+’s October 2020 slate, at the time of this writing, features some kids series, a nature/wildlife-focused series and a feature film. The film, directed by Sofia Coppola and featuring Bill Murray/Rashida Jones, could end up being the star of Apple’s October lineup.

HBO Max has several original specials planned for this month. “Chelsea Handler: Evolution” is Handler’s first standup special in six years, and that suggests the title may be one of HBO Max’s more buzzy originals this month.