Encounters: Everything we know about Netflix’s alien docuseries

Encounters. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Encounters. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /
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Over the decades, there have been countless moments where people have supposedly witnessed UFOs in the sky or other forms of rumored extraterrestrial phenomena, but how much of it is real? For a long time, skeptics scoffed at what they deemed “conspiracy theorists.” Then came the whistleblowers, and the declassification of clandestine operations within the Pentagon, seemingly confirming the truth: that humans are not alone in this vast universe.

Netflix’s new landmark documentary series Encounters, executive produced by Amblin Television and the Emmy Award-winning Boardwalk Pictures and Vice Studios, takes viewers across the globe to explore four true stories of encounters with otherworldly phenomena.

Director Yon Motskin (Generation Hustle) takes us around the world to places like Zimbabwe, Japan, and more to investigate these mysterious incidences. With Halloween around the corner, this upcoming series is the perfect way for fans to get into the spooky spirit.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Encounters, including the release date, what to expect from each episode, the official trailer, and more.

Encounters on Netflix release date?

UFO aficionados won’t have to wait long to watch Encounters. The docuseries is coming to Netflix on Wednesday, September 27.

What time will Encounters be on Netflix?

New content is released on Netflix at midnight PT or 3:00 a.m. ET, so you’ll have to stay up late that Wednesday to watch the new series as soon as it premieres.

Encounters on Netflix episode guide

Encounters is a four-part documentary, with each episode focusing on a different case of alien phenomenon. According to the press release shared by Netflix, the episodes are deeply researched and designed with a cinematic experience in mind.

For now, Netflix has only provided a brief description of the episodes. One will focus on an instance of strange lights hovering in the sky above a Texas town, while another is about a nuclear power plant in Japan that might be receiving interference from non-human intelligence. Another centers on submersible space crafts haunting a coastal Welsh village and the last takes place in a schoolyard in Zimbabwe.

Encounters. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Encounters. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

Encounters plot synopsis

According to the press information, Encounters will feature firsthand testimony from people involved in the various cases and information from the congressional hearings on UFOs, along with explosive revelations from military whistleblowers.

Based on the description, it sounds like the doc will focus less on the scientific evidence and more on the emotional impact of these revelations.

Here’s the official docuseries synopsis from Netflix:

"As told from the perspective of firsthand experiencers – in the places where the sightings occurred – and guided by cutting-edge scientists and military personnel, the series goes beyond the science to highlight the profoundly human impact of these encounters on lives, families, and communities. A timely and timeless cosmic detective story, what will be revealed from this puzzle of seemingly unrelated encounters across different places, times, and cultures is a set of uncanny similarities, and one astonishing truth: extraterrestrial encounters are global, awe-inspiring, and unlike anything we’ve ever imagined."

Is there an Encounters trailer?

Netflix has released the official trailer for Encounters and you can watch it for yourself below.

All four episodes of Encounters premiere on September 27, only on Netflix.

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