If you’re looking for something to fill that empty void in your life after bingeing Bandersnatch, Black Mirror, and You over the holidays, we’ve got your back. A new year brings a new slew of movies and shows added to the Netflix treasure chest. From a show all about the life-changing powers of tidying up, to a Korean medieval drama about zombies, here are our picks of the best shows and films arriving on the streaming service this January.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
If you’re all about that “new year, new me” mantra, then Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is the show for you. The series follows world-renowned Japanese organising consultant and author Marie Kondo, as she helps Americans clear out everyday clutter in their homes using her KonMari method. If it doesn’t “spark joy” then let it go, she advises her clients, as she transforms lives by helping people tackle the clutter. Here’s hoping we can maybe absorb an idea or two for making our homes a tidier place.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3
The gothic tale of the Baudelaire siblings returns to Netflix for one final round, and as expected, our favourite ill-fated orphans continue to face trials and tribulations in their quest to unlock long-held family secrets. The third and final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events takes the children even further afield than before – to the top of a mountain, to the bottom of the sea, and to an absurd island cult, as they finally discover the truth about their parents’ mysterious death, while unravelling the layers of a clandestine organisation.
Coming to Netflix on January 11, Netflix’s inaugural show Titans brings viewers a dark and gritty take on the long-running Teen Titans comic book series. The 11-episode live-action drama series follows a group of young and soon-to-be superheroes Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and others. While the Cartoon Network’s adaption of the comic books, Teen Titans Go, is as hyper and brightly coloured as a bowl of sugary kids cereal, Titans takes a marked departure from the cartoon by bringing its audience into more mature waters. Bloody and lethal mayhem ensues as the teen heroes struggle with their inner demons. In one of the trailers more shocking moments, Batman’s long-standing sidekick Robin responds to a jittery mugger who says Batman doesn’t kill criminals by saying “F— Batman.”
Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, Netflix’s South Korean horror series Kingdom follows the crown prince’s journey as he investigates strange rumours about his ill father, the King, and a mysterious plague that’s spreading across the country. The truth threatens the kingdom, and the prince becomes the country’s only hope when he discovers that the plague is an atrocious zombie epidemic. Coming to Netflix on January 25, Kingdom is a must-watch for any zombie, K-drama, or Train To Busan fan.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
The 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace is at the centre of the second season of American Crime Story – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Debuting on Netflix on January 17, the nine-episode show starts with a bang – the shooting of Versace on the doorsteps of his Miami beach house, and unfurls slowly, moving backwards through an intricate, convoluted murder-mystery tale of serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s murder spree. Gripping stuff.
Black Earth Rising
Netflix’s original conspiracy thriller Black Earth Rising weaves an intricate tale of intrigue, uncertainty, and confusion that addresses the personal, legal, and political turmoil ignited by the prosecution of international war crimes. The show follows legal investigator Kate Ashby, who was born in Rwanda and orphaned by genocide, as she takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader with her adoptive mother. As Kate investigates the case, she starts to uncover secrets about her birth family, adoptive family, as well as a conspiracy involving the US State Department.
Among the crop of original series debuting this January on Netflix is Sex Education, a contemporary British take on classic American high school films that takes a look at the universally relatable coming-of-age experience. The quirky, distinctively honest, and refreshing series follows the socially awkward teen, Otis Milburn, who knows everything when it comes to sex advice, thanks to living with his no-filter sex therapist mum. When his background is revealed at school, Otis uses it to his advantage by teaming up with bad-girl rebel Maeve to set up a school sex therapy clinic.