Netflix This Week: Dear White People Debuts to Instant Controversy

Netflix this week will add 14 new TV shows and movies, including a highly-praised documentary about Jon Benet Ramsey and a controversial new series guaranteed to provoke both praise and scorn.


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The new title list for the week includes Casting JonBenet, a documentary about the unsolved 1996 murder of the six-year-old beauty pageant participant in her home in Colorado.

The film, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, has captured a perfect 100 percent score at RottenTomatoes.com, which tracks critical reviews of TV shows and movies.

Steve Pond, one of 15 reviewers in the RottenTomatoes.com survey, calls Casting JonBenet a “fascinating and perplexing piece of storytelling.” Eric Kohn of IndieWire praises Casting JonBenet for steadfastly refusing to try to solve the murder, but instead allowing the viewer to ‘linger’ in the mystery.


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While Casting JonBenet may be well received by most viewers, the new Netflix original series, Dear White People, is sure to find plenty of detractors. The comedy, which satirizes white racism at a mythical university, has been savaged by some conservatives who have called for a boycott of Netflix for producing the show.

However, the nation’s TV critics, who do tend to lean left, have heaped praise on the series (RottenTomatoes.com gives it a score of 91 percent.) Variety calls it “smart and necessary” while Richard Roeper says the screenplay is “tight, funny, smart and insightful.”

Who’s right? You can watch Dear White People this week and make up your own mind.

And here is the complete list of new titles coming to Netflix this week:

Sunday, April 23
Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016)
Phantom (2013)

Monday, April 24 
Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)


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Tuesday, April 25 
Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Wednesday, April 26
Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012)
Trust (2010)

Thursday, April 27 
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Friday, April 28
A Murder in the Park (2014)
Casting JonBenet—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Dear White People: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Rodney King—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Small Crimes—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM


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