February is the year’s shortest month (although not by much this year) so you don’t have as much time to get all your content viewing in. The new Netflix content coming up is a little darker because you’ve been eased into the year and now it’s time to get serious. Some lighter, easy movies and shows will be available for the perfect antidote.
First published on January 2020, updated monthly.
Scroll to the end for the January releases.
After his son’s tragic death, a Louisiana-based Pharmacist – Dan Schneider – goes to great lengths to find the person responsible. Months later, the ripple effects of his son’s addiction and ultimate death continue to present themselves in the form of young people with troublingly high prescriptions for OxyContin. A look at America’s dire Opiod epidemic through one man’s fight to save the lives of the young people in his community. From the people who brought you Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, this documentary season is must-see tv.
After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.
Based on the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez.
Lana Condor and Noah Centino are back as Lara-Jean and Peter in the sequel to last year’s guiltiest pleasure To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. No longer putting on a show, they’re a for-real couple this time around. As she navigates a year of firsts with Peter, she explores life in a new relationship and balancing that with being her own person. They wouldn’t have made another if the first wasn’t such a hit so line it up for a prime-time spot or maybe a lazy Sunday morning when you just can’t face getting out of bed.
Season 2 continues the story of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, now the Godfather of the first Mexican cartel – the Guadalajara cartel – as he struggles to maintain control, grow his empire, and reconcile the betrayals and sacrifices he had to make on his way to becoming El Padrino. As friction between the different “plazas” of his cartel rises, Félix’s control over the situation slips. Meanwhile, the death of DEA agent Kiki Camarena at the hands of the cartel and corrupt politicians brings a hailstorm of retribution to Mexico. “Operation Leyenda” led by the dogged DEA agent Walt Breslin, whose methods aren’t always by-the-book, targets Félix Gallardo and his chief lieutenants, adding to the instability and volatility of the cartel.
Created by two Chicano first-gen writers, Gentefied is a half-hour dramatic comedy adapted from the 2017 Sundance digital darling of the same name. In this badass bilingual series about family, community, brown love, and the displacement that disrupts it all, three Mexican-American cousins struggle to chase the American Dream, even while that same dream threatens the things they hold most dear: their neighbourhood, their immigrant grandfather, and the family taco shop. Set in a rapidly changing Los Angeles, the Spanglish dramedy will navigate important themes like identity, class, and balancing Insta-fame with translating memes for their parents. But most importantly, Gentefied will settle once and for all how to pronounce ‘Latinx’.
A famous and successful fashion photographer Limi Nara (Miki Nakatani) has built a career capturing the evolving people and city of present-day Tokyo. She lives her life confidently and showcases her independence in both her career and relationships. Conversely, a young, aspiring actress Natsume Hyakuta (Elaiza Ikeda) struggles to find her identity and self-confidence which impacts her personal relationships and career as an actress.
FOLLOWERS is the first drama series directed by Mika Ninagawa (Diner, No Longer Human) and highlights her unique approach to filming with dreamlike vivid colours, along with distinct and vibrant aesthetic.
Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. This compelling drama provides a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness, its impact on relationships, as well as the beauty and lasting impact of young love.
After the assassination of her mother, Queen Sono grows up to become a kick-ass and unconventional spy devoted to protecting the people of Africa. During a dangerous field assignment, Queen unknowingly uncovers shocking details about her mother’s death, sparking her own truth-finding mission.
Hibernation/ cuffing season/ dry January; whatever you want to call it, we all like to start the year with more duvet days than usual. And when we’re not hunkering down with a book, we’ll be settling into the couch with the remote and some good content. So here’s an extensive (and living) list of Netflix 2020. Starting with January: Let’s buckle up.
A new thriller on a Christ-like figure who quickly gains a cult following when he performs what appear to be miracles. Staring True Detective’s Michelle Monaghan and Mehdi Bedhi this spooky series has 30-min episodes so you’ll find it easy to justify burning through more than one episode a night.
Skins’ Kaya Scodelario plays up-and-coming elite skater Kat Baker who is facing early retirement after a disastrous fall. When she’s presented a second chance competing as a duo with resident bad boy Justin (Evan Roderick) she, er, jumps at the chance. But, naturally, it’s not smooth skating and she may end up derailed after all. Look out for Mad Men’s January Jones and Queer Eye’s (and skating super fan) Jonathan Van Ness.
A very grown-up look at the birds and the bess. Everything from attraction to fantasy, to contraception to fertility. You thought you were clued up but there’s always more to learn…
From the team behind Last Chance U, Netflix’s documentary series Cheer is a gritty insight into the fierce competition facing the cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. Led by Monica Aldama, the stakes on the mat are high, but what is more brutal and exceptional than the performances, is the stories of adversity and triumph of the athletes themselves. Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline-pumping final competition at the National Championship.
The hotly anticipated return of one of 2019’s best series, season 2 shows more armchair (or bathroom) therapy from Otis and we watch with bated breath as his friendship with Maeva develops. Adam is still at military school and has a lot of time to think about last season’s events with Eric. It’s all kicking off over (only) eight episodes so binge or pace it out as necessary.
As a gifted young football player from Bristol, Connecticut, Aaron Hernandez played for a top tier college program before being drafted into the NFL at age 20. But in 2013, fresh off of a newly inked five-year, $40 million contract with the New England Patriots, Hernandez would become a household name for the most infamous murder case involving an American athlete since OJ Simpson. Hernandez’s trials for the brutal killing of Odin Lloyd and two Boston-area men yielded a Pandora’s box of secrets: a tumultuous and often abusive upbringing, a growing fascination with gang life, and other discoveries that painted a maelstrom of motivations behind his violent behaviour.
A three-part documentary series featuring exclusive courtroom footage, Hernandez’s phone calls from prison, and interviews with those who knew Hernandez and Lloyd.
The popular dive-bar show is back with its 14th season. Following the lives of five selfish and dysfunctional pals who co-own an Irish pub, the group continue to plot against each other and carry-on with their general hijinks. Nothing like a long-running sit-com.
Ru-Paul teams up with Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) to bring us new comedy series about drag queen Ruby Red who is travelling across the states with a smaller-than-usual companion in the form of AJ, a scrappy and wise-beyond-their-years 11-year-old orphan who unknowingly hitched a ride on the tour bus. Expect cameos from your favourite Queens.
Need a fix of Alexa or Tan? Fashion favourites Alexa Chung and Tan France team up to present a high-stakes competition that sees fashion designers compete to become the next big thing. With prize money of $250,000 and a chance to debut a collection on Net-A-Porter, it’s nail-biting and inspiring and will be serving some serious looks that could shape the future seasons of fashion.
Christopher Nolan’s WW2 epic brings to life the tale of soldiers from Britain, Belgium, and France as they try to evacuate the town of Dunkirk during a battle with German forces. Nail-biting, heroic, and heart-wrenching; you’ve probably already seen it but you’ll inevitably want to watch it again. Starring everyone from Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance to Harry styles and Tom Hardy.
The final season, eight episodes, of the animated adult comedy that has been gaining fans since 2014. Starring Will Arnett as a failed star of ’90s TV, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as his human sidekick, and comedy Queen Amy Sedaris as his feline agent, the trio is on a mission for a celebrity comeback.
From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
check back at the end of the month for what’s coming up in March