All the movies and TV shows hitting Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in October 2020

Family-friendly Halloween movies and frightening horror films highlight the streaming choices for October.

Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."
Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Trial of the Chicago 7." Niko Tavernise / Netflix

The start of fall was supposed to mark the restart of movie season, with delayed blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls hitting theaters that had been largely closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. While some titles like Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” have arrived in cinemas, Disney announced that it is pushing the majority of its major films until 2021, including “West Side Story” and “Black Widow,” meaning 2020 will be the first year since 2007 there hasn’t been a Marvel movie in theaters.

All of that is a roundabout way of saying that October is shaping up to be another month of entertainment dominated by streaming.


Luckily, streaming giants like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime still have plenty of new releases coming up, as well as some old favorites.

Here’s the full list of new movies and TV shows arriving on the three platforms in October, as well as our must-watch picks from each company.



Top Pick: “Spaceballs”

Even as the Star Wars franchise continues to evolve and expand 40+ years after “A New Hope,” it’s hard to imagine a more incisive parody of the sci-fi behemoth than “Spaceballs.” The 1987 satire from Mel Brooks hilariously lampoons individual characters (Yogurt, Pizza the Hut, Dark Helmet) and pointedly skewers the relentless commercialization of the Star Wars franchise, with criticisms that ring even more true today.

Oct. 1
“31” (2016)
“A Beautiful Mind” (2001)
“Across The Line” (2015)
“After Life” (2010)
“Anti-Trust” (2001)
“Blade” (1998)
“Blade 2” (2002)
“Blade: Trinity” (2004)
“Blood Ties” (2014)
“Blue City” (1986)
“The Curse Of Downers Grove” (2015)
“Deep Blue Sea” (1999)
“The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” (2011)
“Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” (1993)
“Drugstore Cowboy” (1989)
“The Executioners” (2018)
“The Express” (2008)
“The Eye” (2008)
“Fallen” (1998)
“Girls Against Boys” (2013)
“Good Hair” (2009)
“Guess Who” (2005)
“Hostel” (2006)
“Hostel: Part II” (2007)
“House Of 1000 Corpses” (2003)
“The Hurt Locker” (2009)
“Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006)
“Interview With the Vampire” (1994)
“Joe” (2014)
“Judy & Punch” (2019)
“Kicking & Screaming” (2005)
“Killers” (2010)
“Lady in a Cage” (1964)
“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985)
“Martyrs” (2016)
“Mud” (2013)
“Nurse 3D” (2014)
“The Pirates! Band Of Misfits” (2012)
“The Portrait of a Lady” (1996)
“The Quiet Ones” (2014)
“Raging Bull” (1980)
“The Sandman” (2018)
“Senorita Justice” (2004)
“Sk8 Dawg” (2018)
“The Skull” (1965)
“Snakes On A Plane” (2006)
“Spaceballs” (1987)
“Species” (1995)
“Superbad” (2007)
“Thanks for Sharing” (2013)
“Tooth Fairy” (2008)
“Triumph of the Spirit” (1989)
“Vampire” (2011)
“Wayne’s World 2” (1993)
“When A Stranger Calls” (2006)
“William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” (1996)
“Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard” (2015)


Oct. 3
“Ma Ma” (2015)

Oct. 8
“Scream 4” (2011)

Oct. 9
“Terminator: Dark Fate” (2020)

Oct. 11
“Infamous” (2020)
“Savage Youth” (2018)
“Scotch: A Golden Dream” (2018)

Oct. 12
“The Swing Of Things” (2020)

Oct. 15
“Bad Roomies” (2015)
“High Strung” (2016)
“It Came from the Desert” (2017)
“Playing with Fire” (2019)
“The Escort” (2016)

Oct. 16
“The Painted Bird” (2019)

Oct. 18
“Friend Request” (2016)

Oct. 21
“Cyrano, My Love” (2019)

Oct. 23
“Bad Hair”: Film Premiere (Hulu Original)

Oct. 26
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012)

Oct. 29
“Bad Therapy” (2020)

TV Shows/Specials

Top TV pick: “Saturday Night Live”

Season 45 of the timeless variety show is shaping up to be an interesting one, with Jim Carrey confirmed to be playing presidential hopeful Joe Biden and “SNL” creator Lorne Michael promising new shows every week until the election, which breaks with the show’s traditional scheduling. With every cast member from last year returning plus three new not-ready-for-primetime players joining the show, the Oct. 4 season premiere promises to be an interesting one.

Oct. 1
“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days”: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
“90 Day Fiancé”: Complete Season 7 (TLC)
“All-Star Halloween Spectacular”: Special (Food Network)
“Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern”: Complete Seasons 9 & 10 (Travel Channel)
“Bride Killa”: Complete Season 1 (ID)
“Cutthroat Kitchen”: Complete Season 13 (Food Network)
“Dr. Pimple Popper”: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
“Going for Sold”: Complete Season 1 (HGTV)
“Guy’s Grocery Games”: Complete Seasons 18 – 20 (Food Network)
“Halloween Baking Championship”: Complete Seasons 1 – 4 (Food Network)
“Halloween Wars”: Complete Seasons 3 – 8 (Food Network)
“Hell’s Kitchen”: Complete Season 18 (ITV)
“Homicide City: Charlotte”: Complete Season 1 (ID)
“Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda”: Complete Season 9 (ID)
“Man with a Van”: Complete Season 1 (ID)
“Moonshiners: Master Distiller”: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
“Murder Comes Home”: Complete Season 1 (ID)
“My 600-lb Life”: Complete Season 8 (TLC)
“My Feet Are Killing Me”: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
“Property Virgins”: Complete Season 18 (HGTV)
“Supermarket Stakeout”: Complete Season 1 Food Network)
“Sweet 15: Quinceañera”: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
“The Flay List”: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
“Twisted Love”: Complete Season 1 (ID)


Oct. 2
“Monsterland”: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
“Connecting”: Series Premiere (NBC)

Oct. 4
“Saturday Night Live”: Season 46 Premiere (NBC)

Oct. 5
“Dragon Ball Super”: New Episodes 1 – 131 (Toei)

Oct. 7
“Books of Blood”: Film Premiere (Hulu Original)
“Ellen’s Game of Games”: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)
“Next”: Series Premiere (FOX)

Oct. 14
“The Bachelorette”: Season 16 Premiere (ABC)

Oct. 15
“The Purge”: Complete Season 2 (USA)
“Treadstone”: Complete Season 1 (USA)

Oct. 16
“Helstrom”: Complete Season 1(Hulu Original)
“The Painted Bird” (2019)

Oct. 17
“Shark Tank”: Season 12 Premiere (ABC)
“Momma Named Me Sheriff”: Complete Season 1(Adult Swim)
“Mr. Pickles”: Finale Episode (Adult Swim)

Oct. 19
“America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 31 Premiere (ABC)
“Card Sharks: Series Premiere (ABC)
“Supermarket Sweep: Series Premiere (ABC)
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

Oct. 20
“The Voice”: Season 19 Premiere (NBC)
“F*ck That’s Delicious”: Complete Season 4 (Vice)

Oct. 22
“Black-ish”: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)
“The Conners”: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
“The Goldbergs”: Season 8 Premiere (ABC)

Oct. 23
“Superstore”: Season 6 Premiere (NBC)

Oct. 26
“Homeland”: Complete Season 8 (Showtime)

Oct. 29
“American Housewife”: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)



Top pick: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The first of Netflix’s Oscar hopefuls is “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a legal drama based on a true story written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”). The film centers around a protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turns violent and puts a group of activists on trial. Featuring a deep ensemble cast including Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat”), Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Boston native Jeremy Strong (“Succession”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception”), Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”), “Chicago 7” will hit Netflix on Oct. 16.


Oct. 1
“Pasal Kau” / “All Because of You” — Netflix Film
“Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”
“Along Came a Spider”
“Basic Instinct”
“Black ‘47”
“Cape Fear”
“The Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)
“Employee of the Month”
“Enemy at the Gates”
“Free State of Jones”
“Ghost Rider”
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”
“Gran Torino”
“House of 1,000 Corpses”
“Human Nature”
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
“I’m Leaving Now”
“The Longest Yard” (1974)
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“The Prince & Me”
“Poseidon” (2006)
“The Outpost”
“Stranger than Fiction”
“Superman Returns”
“We Have Always Lived in the Castle”
“Yogi Bear”

Oct. 2
“Ahí te encargo / You’ve Got This” — Netflix Film
“The Binding” — Netflix Film
“Dick Johnson Is Dead” — Netflix Documentary
“Òlòtūré” — Netflix Film
“Serious Men” — Netflix Film
“Vampires vs. the Bronx” — Netflix Film

Oct. 4

Oct. 6
“Dolly Parton: Here I Am”
“Saturday Church”
“Walk Away from Love”

Oct. 7
“Hubie Halloween” — Netflix Film

Oct. 9
The Forty-Year-Old Version — Netflix Film
Ginny Weds Sunny — Netflix Film

Oct. 14
“Alice Junior”
“BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky” — Netflix Documentary

Oct. 15
“A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting — Netflix Film
“Batman: The Killing Joke”
“Love Like the Falling Rain” — Netflix Film
“Rooting for Roona” — Netflix Documentary

Oct. 16
“In a Valley of Violence”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” — Netflix Film

Oct. 18

Oct. 20

Oct. 21
“Rebecca” — Netflix Film

Oct. 22
“Bending the Arc”
“Cadaver” — Netflix Film
“The Hummingbird Project”
“Yes, God, Yes”

Oct. 23
“Over the Moon” — Netflix Film

Oct. 27
“Vilas: Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada” / “Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score” — Netflix Documentary


Oct. 28
“Holidate” — Netflix Film
“Metallica Through The Never”
“Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight” — Netflix Film
“Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb” — Netflix Documentary

Oct. 30
“Bronx” — Netflix Film
“The Day of the Lord” — Netflix Film
“His House” — Netflix Film

Oct. 31
“The 12th Man”

TV Shows/Specials

Top pick: “Schitt’s Creek: Season 6”

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have a long history together, with the comedic actors first joining forces in the 1970s as members of the Second City improv troupe and playing an on-screen couple in movies like “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” So it makes sense that after 40-plus years of performing side by side, the duo hit gold with “Schitt’s Creek,” a Canadian comedy that follows a wealthy family starting over in a rural town they purchased as a joke before their money disappeared. The show recently set an Emmys record with nine wins in the comedy categories, and Netflix is adding the sixth and final season to its streaming library.

Oct. 1
“Bakugan: Armored Alliance”: Season 2
“Bom Dia, Verônica” / “Good Morning, Verônica” — Netflix Original
“Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire”
“Carmen Sandiego”: Season 3 — Netflix Family
“Code Lyoko”: Seasons 1-4
“Evil”: Season 1
“Familiar Wife”: Season 1
“Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate”
“Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood” — Netflix Original
“The Parkers”: Seasons 1-5
“Sword Art Online: Alicization”
“The Unicorn”: Season 1
“The Worst Witch”: Season 4 — Netflix Family
“You Cannot Hide”: Season 1

Oct. 2
“A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween” — Netflix Family
“Emily in Paris” — Netflix Original
“Song Exploder” — Netflix Original

Oct. 4
“David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” — Netflix Documentary


Oct. 6
“StarBeam: Halloween Hero” — Netflix Family

Oct. 7
“Schitt’s Creek”: Season 6
“To the Lake” — Netflix Original

Oct. 9
“Deaf U” — Netflix Original
“Fast & Furious Spy Racers”: Season 2: Rio — Netflix Family
“The Haunting of Bly Manor” — Netflix Original
“Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters” — Netflix Family

Oct. 12
“Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”: Season 3 — Netflix Family

Oct. 13
“The Cabin with Bert Kreischer” — Netflix Comedy Special
“Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef” — Netflix Family

Oct. 15
“Half & Half”: Seasons 1-4
“One on One”: Seasons 1-5
“Power Rangers Beast Morphers”: Season 2, Part 1
“Social Distance” — Netflix Original

Oct. 16
“Alguien tiene que morir / Someone Has to Die” — Netflix Original
“Dream Home Makeover” — Netflix Original
“Grand Army” — Netflix Original
“La Révolution” — Netflix Original
“The Last Kids on Earth: Book 3” — Netflix Family

Oct. 19
“Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2” — Netflix Documentary

Oct. 20
“The Magic School Bus Rides Again The Frizz Connection” — Netflix Family

Oct. 21
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”: Season 3 — Netflix Original

Oct. 23
“Barbarians” — Netflix Original
“Move” — Netflix Original
“Perdida” — Netflix Original
“The Queen’s Gambit” — Netflix Original

Oct. 27
“Blood of Zeus” — Netflix Anime
“Chico Bon Bon”: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 4 — Netflix Family

Oct. 30
“Somebody Feed Phil”: Season 4 — Netflix Original
“Suburra”: Season 3 — Netflix Original

Amazon Prime


Top Pick: “The Cabin in the Woods”

Like “Scream” before it, “The Cabin the Woods” offers a humorous, incisive take on the horror genre. A group of college kids hanging out together in a remote cabin, including “Avengers” star Chris Hemsworth, seems like a recipe for a run-of-the-mill slasher flick, but writer/director Drew Goddard (“The Martian”) takes the story in interesting, new directions that we won’t spoil here.


Oct. 1
“30 Days Of Night” (2007)
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)
“Blood Ties” (2014)
“Drugstore Cowboy” (1989)
“Eight Millimeter” (1999)
“Funny Girl” (1968)
“Girl, Interrupted” (1999)
“Guess Who” (2005)
“Joe” (2014)
“John Carpenter’s Vampires” (1998)
“Killers” (2010)
“Kindred Spirits” (2020)
“La Sucursal” (2019)
“Madea’s Big Happy Family” (2011)
“Mud” (2013)
“National Security” (2003)
“Next Level” (2019)
“Noose For A Gunman” (1960)
“Nurse” (2014)
“Quantum Of Solace” (2008)
“Raging Bull” (1980)
“Señorita Justice” (2004)
“Southside With You” (2016)
“Spaceballs (1987)
“Species” (1995)
“Thanks For Sharing” (2013)
“The Big Hit” (1998)
“The Departed” (2006)
“The Gambler Wore A Gun” (1961)
“The Grudge 3” (2009)
“The Mask Of Zorro” (1998)
“The Mothman Prophecies” (2002)
“The Pianist” (2003)
“The Wedding Planner” (2001)
“Triumph Of The Spirit” (1989)

Oct. 6
“Black Box” – Amazon Original Movie (2020)
“The Lie” – Amazon Original Movie (2020)
“The Transporter Refueled” (2015)

Oct. 8
“Archive” (2020)

Oct. 10
“Jack And Jill” (2011)

Oct. 13
“Evil Eye” – Amazon Original Movie (2020)
“Nocturne” – Amazon Original Movie (2020)

Oct. 14
“A Most Beautiful Thing” (2020)

Oct. 15
“Halal Love Story” (2020)
“Playing With Fire” (2019)

Oct. 16
“Time” – Amazon Original Movie (2020)

Oct. 21
“Cyrano, My Love” (2019)

Oct. 26
“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012)

Oct. 27
“Battle Los Angeles” (2011)

Oct. 29
“Soorarai Pottru” (2020)

Oct. 31
“I’ll See You In My Dreams” (2015)

TV Shows/Specials

Top pick: “Truth Seekers”

The comic team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are responsible for some of the funniest genre riffs of the past 20 years, including “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead.” This time, the duo will play paranormal investigators in “Truth Seekers,” an eight-part series that reaches Amazon on Oct. 30.  As their brushes with the supernatural suddenly increase in frequency and deadliness, they begin to unravel a wide-ranging conspiracy.

Oct. 1
“1992: Berlusconi Rising”: Season 1 (Topic)
“40 & Single”: Season 1 (Urban Movie Channel)
“America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”: Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)
“Cisco Kid”: Season 1 (Best Westerns Ever)
“Cities of the Underworld”: Season 1 (HISTORY Vault)
“Cold Case Files Classic”: Season 1 (A&E Crime Central)
“Get Shorty”: Seasons 1-3 (Epix)
“Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” (Shudder)
“Liar”: Season 1 (Sundance Now)
“Mrs. Wilson”: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)
“Mystery Road”: Season 1 (Acorn TV)
“PBS Kids: Spooky Stories!”: Season 1 (PBS Kids)
“Tales of Tomorrow”: Season 1 (Best TV Ever)
“The Great British Baking Show”: Season 1 (PBS Living)
“The Loudest Voice”: Season 1 (Showtime)
“Thou Shalt Not Kill”: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)


Oct. 2
“Bug Diaries Halloween Special” – Amazon Original Special

Oct. 9
“Chasing the Crown: Dreamers to Streamers” – Amazon Original Series

Oct. 16
“What the Constitution Means to Me” – Amazon Original Special

Oct. 23
“Mirzapur”: Season 2 – Amazon Original Series

Oct. 30
“Truth Seekers” – Amazon Prime Original

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