Netflix in January

I get it; we’re all still recovering from the mid-season finales (seriously, who invented this trend?), season finales, or series finales of our favorite shows this holiday season.

Someone (I) should go ahead and dub January the unofficial month-long celebration of just how good it feels to sit in the same position curled up under a blanket on the couch for hours watching TV, because the weather does not want you to do anything else.

So here’s a few of the most recent Netflix originals—just in case your watch list is at a minimum and your need to hibernate is at a maximum.

BEASTS OF NO NATION

(Available to watch now)

  Image VIA Forbes

Image VIA Forbes

Cary Fukunaga, director of the near-pristine first season of True Detective, has graced the world again with his talents in the feature film, Beasts of No Nation. Idris Elba, a warlord, leads a group of guerrilla soldiers, many of them children, through a civil war in Africa. Fair warning: would not recommend for anyone sensitive to violence. If True Detective does not convince you of Fukunaga’s gift as a director, Beasts of No Nation will.

MAKING A MURDERER

(Available to watch now)

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If you’re still sad that you already watched HBO’s The Jinx or just can’t wait for all of season 2 of Serial to air, Making a Murderer should give you your true-crime fix. Making a Murderer profiles Steven Avery, a man imprisoned for 18 years for the rape of a prominent local woman—a crime he did not commit—and then charged with murder two years after his release.

 

F IS FOR FAMILY

(Available to watch now)

  Image VIA IndieWire

Image VIA IndieWire

If you’re all caught up on Archer, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers, this might be a good placeholder for you until some new episodes come out. An animated series helmed by comedian Bill Burr, this show is a crass examination of family life in the 1970s.

 

DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS

(On Netflix January 15)

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Image VIA Hollywood Reporter

Yep, you read that right—the most dramatic, senseless, teen alternative to Lifetime movies is back. Netflix saved this gem from cancellation as part of their push for more original content. Several long-standing cast members return (including Snake; does anyone know if that guy has ever acted in anything else?), but not very many that appeared in the show’s glory days on The N. Even if you didn’t watch any of the show’s previous iterations, look no further for your next teen drama.

CHELSEA DOES

(On Netflix January 22)

  Image VIA Youtube

Image VIA Youtube

Thankfully Chelsea Handler’s very public feud with her former network has not dissuaded her from future serial projects. The comedian returns this January in a new series characterized by her signature abrasive glee. This four-part unscripted film series tracks Handler exploring areas of American life that interest her the most: Silicon Valley, marriage, racism, and drugs.

 

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