New On Netflix in January 2021

Hi. It’s been a while. Haven’t seen you since last year.

Ha.

Welcome to 2021 – the year we’re all watching closely to find out if it’s just 2020s evil twin. For most, it’s a beacon of hope. It’s the year Pheobe Waller-Bridge & Harry Styles dance together for the good of our souls. The one where Donald Trump decamps the Whitehouse and opens a Wahlburgers because that’s the job he deserves. The glorious stretch of 12 months where we vaccinate COVID-19 into the abyss and finally cure the Mumps.

For other’s, it’s just going to be more of the same, and there’s merit to that perspective too – we don’t know how this year is going to play out. But one thing is for sure; Netflix is still going strong, babbbyyyyyyy. Queens Gambit was a triumph! Bridgerton is the sexy hot Downton Abbey we didn’t know we needed! Bring on 30 more years of Stranger Things! We don’t care if the little toothless kid looks like an old methhead by the end, just keep pumping out that sweet sci-fi content.

Speaking of content, here’s the best of what’s New On Netflix in January 2021, courtesy of Many of Many.

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Best New Netflix Series

Headspace Guide to Meditation

First an app, now a Netflix series, Headspace takes a friendly, animated look at helpful meditation practices and the research on their effects. For those wound up tighter than Adrian Brodie’s mouth in ‘Homeland’, a guided meditation closes out each episode, very likely followed by a ‘Download Now’ prompt.

Release date: 1st January 2021

Disenchantment: Part 3

Man, is this show still going? Disenchantment best describes this writer’s relationship with the pale shade of the quality that the Simpson’s once held. But for the fans, Bean must now step up her princess game amid royal plots, deepening mysteries, King Zøg’s increasing instability and concerns about who will rule Dreamland.

Release date: 15th January 2021

Cobra Kai: Season 3

Hiiiiiyaah! Set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Cobra Kai the series continues of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). And we’ve got to admit, Macchio has still got it, man. He still kicks ass. It must also be nice to get out of the shopping mall appearances too. Season 3 finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos and while Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.

Release date: January

Bonding Season 2

Slap on season 2 of Bonding to watch two totally broke besties try and earn their way back into every sex dungeon in New York City – and once again be accepted by the bondage community.

Release date: January

Riverdale: Season 5

Honestly, at this stage, there’s not much to say. Archie and the gang are back for another season of abs, boobs, hair, drama and more drama.

Release date: 21st January 2021

Best New Netflix Film

Pieces of a Woman

Again, Netflix bringing the goods as the studio’s flounder with cheap B-grade flicks, while delaying their decent releases in sadistic tandem. Pieces of a Woman is one of those very human films that somehow captures what makes us as a species, special. It’s in our moments of falling down that our complexity becomes truly visible – something that Director Kornél Mundruczó understands inherently. Starring Shia Lebouf (who’s proven time again that he can act rings around more than half of Hollywood’s A-list) and Best Actress Winner, Venice Film Festival 2020’s Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman will leave you in pieces.

Release date: 7th November 2021

Outside The Wire

Loved Extraction and The Old Guard? Well, you’re going to love Outside The Wire. The completely pointless, but totally entertaining romp sees Anthony Mackie kicking and punching his way through life until he no longer has the energy to peel off his spandex suits. Set in the future, Outside The Wire follows Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. But none of that matters, only the A-grade boom, boom.

Release date: 15th January 2021

The White Tiger

Holy sh*t, this looks good. A film out of India, The White Tiger begins as an ambitious driver for a rich Indian family who uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and become an ‘entrepreneur’ – and racks up a few bodies along the way. Based on the bestselling novel, the trailer is tingle inducing and uses a famous Queen track in a dark, but delicious way.

Release date: 22nd January 2021

The Dig

Whilst we’re not quite sure what genre this film is, The Dig does appear to have more than enough substance beneath the surface. As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future – a.k.a he killed someone and found the body. Probably.

Release date: 29th January 2021

Best New Netflix Documentary Series

The Minimalists: Less Is Now

Having built a movement out of minimalism, longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less.

Release date: 1st January 2021

Surviving Death

An objective look at what happens after we die, this docuseries explores personal stories and research on near-death experiences, reincarnation and paranormal phenomena.

Release date: 6th January 2021

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

Our obsession with serial killers continues as Netflix banks on yet another murderous doco. Which we’re pretty keen for, tbh. Beneath the sunlit glamour of 1985 L.A. lurked a relentless serial killer, a willing acolyte of evil. Two detectives didn’t rest until they caught him.

Release date: 13th January 2021

CRACK: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

Have you ever wanted to explore the complex history of crack in the 1980s? Perhaps you’ve done a bit of booger sugar in the past and gone ‘hang on a tic, this is crack!!’. Either way, this cheap, powerful drug emerged during a recession, igniting a moral panic fueled by racism – this is one to watch.

Release date: 11th January 2021

Best New Netflix Anime

The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2

A boy suddenly orphaned fights his parents’ killer to save a planet, and discovers a new world of danger – and wonder. That’s the best breakdown we’ve got, the trailer makes zero sense.

Release date: 8th January 2021

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