11 Netflix originals to binge in October

Photo: Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Jason Ritter.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix
Photo: Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Jason Ritter.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix /
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The Hook Up Plan: Season 2 – October 11

The Hook Up Plan is a French romantic comedy in which two women secretly hire a male escort, Jules, to boost the morale of their unlucky-in-love friend, Elsa. Predictably, the plan begins to backfire when Elsa starts to fall in love with the male escort. The good news is that Jules also falls in love with her, but things are never that easy. Her friends are afraid she’ll find out about their plan, plus there’s another guy in the mix that comes back into her life at just the wrong time.

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There’s plenty of more relationship complications to go around. Season one ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jules knocking on Elsa’s door and the audience wondering what he has to say and what her reaction will be. The Hook Up Plan was created by British writer Chris Lang and French writer Noémie Saglio, so the series has a delightful blend of British and French humor that makes it especially funny and unique.

Living With Yourself: Season 1 – October 18

Who doesn’t need more Paul Rudd in their lives? Well good news, because this new Netflix series has double the Paul Rudd as he plays a depressed man who finds his life has been taken over by a double after he undergoes a mysterious spa treatment. Things get complicated as the two Paul Rudds battle it out to decide who gets to keep the life they both want. Original Paul Rudd is jealous of the new and improved Paul Rudd, who is better at everything and has a lust for life that the original lost long ago.

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The series begs some pretty existential questions, like what exactly makes Paul Rudd so sure he’s Paul Rudd anyway? Maybe Paul Rudd is actually Paul Rudd. While the series looks wonderfully funny and heartfelt, it’s also dark and twisted around the edges and confoundingly strange. Living With Yourself comes from the former executive producer of The Daily Show Timothy Greenberg, and co-stars Aisling Bea (The Fall) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development).