What to watch on Netflix Canada in March 2021

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform


These are the most anticipated new titles hitting Netflix Canada in March 2021, including a Notorious B.I. G documentary, a British sci-fi crime drama and a sleeper indie comedy from 2020.

What we can’t wait to watch

Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell

This authorized documentary about influential Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace) ditches the usual Biggie vs Tupac narrative in favour of a more intimate “origin story” approach in retelling his life and enduring influence on hip-hop. Directed by Emmett Malloy, I Got A Story To Tell promises to lean heavily on stories from Biggie’s mother Violetta Wallace and his less-famous friends, though Sean “Puffy” Combs and his widow Faith Evans are also interviewed. Given how disappointing the 2009 biopic Notorious was, this doc doesn’t exactly have a high bar to clear. March 1

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The One

The trailer for this British sci-fi crime drama is terrific. The premise is that a bit of DNA can match you with the perfect person, guaranteeing that you’ll both be madly in love. “It works, it really works,” states Hannah Ware, who plays the confident CEO of the company responsible for this breakthrough, MatchDNA. At the end of the teaser trailer, we’re shown signs of violence, hinting that something is obviously wrong with this operation. We’re sold! March 12

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

Usually reenactments in documentaries come across as lazy, unimaginative and cheesy. But when you’re reenacting wealthy celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman – who were both charged with taking part in this scheme to get their kids into good U.S. colleges – the result could be documentary dynamite. Matthew Modine plays Rick Singer, who masterminded the whole operation. But for some reason neither Loughlin nor Huffman – who are both out of jail, after serving light sentences – took part. Wonder why? March 17

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Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American

Like the rest of the world, stand-up comic Bargatze started a podcast during the pandemic. But unlike everyone else, his – called The Nateland Podcast – is actually pretty entertaining, and should bring more fans to his new full-length comedy special. A follow-up to 2019’s The Tennessee Kid, The Greatest Average American shows Bargatze talk about average things like meeting his wife while working at an Applebee’s and funny anecdotes about being a husband and dad. But don’t expect his observations – or jokes – to be average. March 18

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Nailed It!: Double Trouble

There’s a reason why Nailed It! has been so popular during the pandemic. While millions of people around the globe have been struggling with their own baking fails, it’s heartening to watch others do it – on such a grand, and embarrassing, scale. Now the series is back with a twist. This time the bad bakers get to form pairs – everything from BFFs to siblings – to recreate famous desserts. So now we’ll get double the disasters, double the drama… and double the fun. Once again, the hilarious Nicole Byer – who scored a well-deserved Emmy nod last year – hosts. March 26

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The Irregulars

Evidently emboldened by the strong showing of last year’s Enola Holmes, Netflix is doubling down on the Arthur Conan Doyle-adjacent entertainment, commissioning this eight-part series about the team of teens, hiding in plain sight on the streets of London, who help Sherlock and Watson solve their mysteries. This show, created by Tom Bidwell, suggests the Baker Street Irregulars were actually better at sleuthing than their employers – and that things were a lot stranger than Conan Doyle allowed. Thaddea Graham (The Letter For The King) and Harrison Osterfield (Catch-22) lead the youth parade, while Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Royce Pierreson play Holmes and Watson. And the game is afoot. March 26

Solid bets

Yes, God, Yes

As Mike Wheeler’s older sister Nancy on Stranger Things, Natalia Dyer has racked up a lot of experience playing outsized emotions. This tiny little comedy from filmmaker Karen Maine, who co-wrote and co-starred in the short film that became Gillian Robespierre’s delightful breakout Obvious Child, gives Dyer the chance to show a more subtle side of herself as a 00s teen sent to a Catholic summer camp for “help” in managing her normal adolescent curiosity… only to discover everyone else is just as helplessly horny as she is. March 5

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Bill And Ted Face The Music

You’d expect any reunion of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves’s time-traveling BFFs to be goofy fun, and writer/producers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson deliver that easily enough. But what’s really special about Bill And Ted Face The Music is the realization that the good-natured goofiness comes with an underlying message of hope for humanity, and a story that’s ultimately about finding perspective and opening yourself up to new possibilities – while still getting to shred with your best bud. Reeves and Winter have aged into very different people than they were three decades ago, so it’s a joy to see them snap back into character, and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot gives them the movie they both deserve. But really, we all deserve this. It’s 2021. Being excellent to each other has never seemed more necessary. March 28

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Trickster

There may be persistent questions about whether or not Trickster’s co-showrunner and director Michelle Latimer is Indigenous or not. That doubt should not deter people from watching the thrilling, comical and meaningful adaptation of Eden Robinson’s novel Son Of A Trickster. The series is about a molly-peddling BC teen (Joel Oulette) who discovers power and purpose in his ancestry. Oulette is exactly the kind of heartthrob to anchor a show for YA fans. But it’s Crystle Lightning who leaves us awestruck. Her revealing performance as a tender-but-fierce Indigenous mother is bottled up history, trauma, love and strength. March 1

The Guest

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s straight-faced salute to a certain subset of 70s and 80s horror has been shifting back and forth from one streaming service to another for a couple of years now; hopefully Netflix can hold on to it for a while, because it’s an absolute blast. Dan Stevens is both charming and sinister as a mysterious stranger who gains the trust of a fallen comrade’s family, with only the dead man’s sister (Maika Monroe) suspecting he might not be as upstanding as he claims; once she confirms it, their battle of wits levels up into something a lot more explosive. And now that Wingard is about to level up himself with Godzilla Vs. Kong, what better time to revisit his indie roots? March 9

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Pitch Perfect

Will Pitch Perfect be the last of its kind? The crowd-pleasing acapella musical starring Anna Kendrick followed in the footsteps of movies like Step Up, Save The Last Dance, Bring It On and Footloose. They were modest movies about young people using moves or musical notes to fit in. They were rife with cliches and bad acting. But joy and electricity pours out of them, especially when enjoyed with a crowd of like-minded music loves in a theatre, basking in renditions of No Diggity or Cups. Nowadays, an unassuming non-franchise musical or comedy pitched to young adults will likely go straight to streaming instead of theatres. At least they’ll have Pitch Perfect there as good company. March 3

The full list of new titles available on Netflix Canada in March 2021 by date:

Coming soon

Abia Fahita: Drama Queen

ARASHI’s Diary Voyage (episode 24)

The Yin Yang Master

TV shows

March 1

Coroner (seasons 1-2)

Power Rangers Beast Morphers (season 2)

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival

Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow

Trickster (season 1)

When Calls the Heart (season 5)

March 2

Word Party (season 5)

March 3

Murder Among The Mormons

March 4

The Flash (season 7)

Pacific Rim: The Black (season 1)

March 5

City Of Ghosts (season 1)

Nevenka: Breaking The Silence

March 8

Bombay Begums

March 9

The Houseboat

StarBeam (season 3)

March 10

The Dealer

Last Chance U: Basketball

Marriage Or Mortgage

March 12

Love Alarm (season 2)

The One

Paradise PD: Part 3

March 15

The Lost Pirate Kingdom

Zero Chill (season 1)

March 16

RebellComedy: Straight Outta The Zoo

Waffles + Mochi

March 17

Under Suspicion: Uncovering The Wesphael Case

March 18

B: The Beginning Succession

Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American

March 19

Alien TV (season 2)

Country Comfort (season 1)

March 19

Formula 1: Drive To Survive (season 3)

One Small Problem

Sky Rojo

March 22

Navillera

March 23

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

March 24

Who Killed Sara?

March 26

The Irregulars

Magic for Humans By Mago Pop

Nailed It!: Double Trouble

March 29

Rainbow High (season 1)

March 31

Haunted: Latin America

Movies

March 1

10 Years

The American

Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell

Blanche Gardin: Bonne Nuit Blanche

The Bucket List

Diana

Happy Feet Two

Hit & Run

How To Be A Latin Lover

Jonah Hex

Just One Of The Guys

The Karate Kid Part II

The Karate Kid Part III

Mary, Queen Of Scots

The Mask Of Zorro

The Pianist

RocknRolla

Rush Hour

Rush Hour 2

S.W.A.T.

Serendipity

Shazam!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

U.S. Marshals

Welcome To Marwen

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

March 3

Being John Malkovich

Blue Crush

Fletch

Friday Night Lights

How To Build A Girl

Moxie

Oblivian

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect 2

Scarface

Take Me Home Tonight

The Tale Of Despereaux

March 5

Dogwashers

Sentinelle

Vice

Yes, God, Yes

March 6

Ladies in Black

March 8

Bombay Rose

March 9

The Guest

March 11

The Block Island Sound

Coven Of Sisters

March 12

Paper Lives

Yes Day

March 14

The Curse of La Llorona

March 15

A Call To Spy

Bakugan: Armored Alliance

The Last Blockbuster (2020)

Shithouse

March 17

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

The Wedding Guest

March 18

Cabras de Peste

Skylines

March 23

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

March 24

Seaspiracy

March 25

Caught By A Wave

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood

Secret Magic Control Agency

March 26

A Week Away

Bad Trip

Croupier (1998)

Honest Thief

March 28

Bill & Ted Face The Music

March 29

Gods of Egypt

March 30

Octonauts & The Ring Of Fire

Last call

TV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada in March 2021.

March 1

Jaws 

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Ultimatum

March 3

Rectify (seasons 1-4)

March 7

A Star Is Born 

March 30

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 

Madagascar

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 

Spy Kids 

Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams 

Spy Kids 3: Game Over 

Spy Kids: All the Time In The World 

March 31

Peppa Pig (seasons 1-5)

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