The most underrated dystopian YA film series is coming to Netflix in June 2024

USA - "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" World Premiere In New York
USA - "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" World Premiere In New York / Lars Niki/GettyImages

Just in time for all four of The Hunger Games movies to leave Netflix (again!) on May 31, there's another dystopian YA film series headed for the streaming service in June 2024. All three movies in The Divergent Series will begin streaming on Netflix on Saturday, June 1. If you're a fan of the movies and don't want to miss them on Netflix, you can set your reminders now.

What's on Netflix was the first to flag the imminent arrival of the underrated film trilogy, which comes to Netflix on the heels of the release of star Theo James' hit Netflix original series The Gentlemen earlier this spring. It's the perfect time to revisit Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, especially if you're in a need of a bit of dystopian action and romance post-Hunger Games.

Based on the trilogy of books of the same name by Veronica Roth, Divergent first made its premiere in theaters back in March 2014, which means 2024 somehow marks the 10th anniversary of the movie's debut. Can you believe it has been a whole decade since Shailene Woodley and Theo James brought Tris and Four to life on the big screen? Time flies when the last movie is canceled. (I'm not bitter!)

Divergent takes place in a dystopian version of Chicago in the future, where the population has been separated into factions centered around specific virtues: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. When children turn 16, they undergo testing to discover which faction they best match with, though they are able to choose their own faction. After Abnegation-raised Tris tests as Divergent, meaning she's powerfully immune to categorization, she keeps her truth hidden while choosing to turn Dauntless.

Thus begins the journey of Tris becoming a key piece of the puzzle that leads the charge against the discrimination of Divergent people and dismantling the faction system. Insurgent and Allegiant followed in 2015 and 2016 and continued Tris' winding road of rebellion in the fact of oppressive leadership. The movies also starred Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, and Jeff Daniels.

The movies arrived in theaters in the shadow of The Hunger Games phenomenon and were able to capitalize on the mid-2010s pop culture fixation on young adult dystopian stories. Divergent posted impressive box office figures, though Insurgent didn't build much on its predecessor's gross and Allegiant stalled altogether amid a heightened budget. The disappointment led Lionsgate to cancel the fourth movie, to be called Ascendant, and then later scrap a planned spinoff TV series.

But don't let the flatlined box office numbers and the mixed to negative reviews (they have an awfully rude 42%, 28%, and 11% on Rotten Tomatoes respectively) of all three of the movies fool you. They are good! Well, not the kind of good that gets you nominated for Oscars, but the kind of good that entertains an audience and tells a compelling story. I loved the Divergent movies, still do, will be rewatching them when they come to Netflix, and highly recommend you do, too.

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