January is prime time “Netflix and Chill” Season. Luckily for us, Netflix has blessed us with a hefty number of new releases including movies, TV shows, and Netflix originals that are sure to make your date or chill Saturday night even more enjoyable and entertaining. Check out our top picks for January:
If you’re a Gossip Girl fan, then this show is basically Dan Humphries character but 10 times crazier. You stars Pen Badley as Joe Goldberg, a book store manager who begins to stalk Geneviere Beck (affectionately known as just Beck), a broke college student and aspiring writer, after she enters the bookstore. Joe’s immediate analysis of Beck is both equally impressive and scary. Within the first 10 minutes of the first episode, Joe’s creepy attachment to Beck instantly locks you in. Yes, it’s quite entertaining, but it’s also a reminder to pay attention to your surroundings and make sure that guy you just met at the book store isn’t standing outside your window masturbating – Yes, this show is THAT weird.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
This TV adaption of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events puts a comedic spin to the 13 novel saga. On its third season, the show stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf a failed actor who is determined to claim the Baudelaire fortune for himself. The three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, are left to fend for their lives as they are left as orphans after their parents are seemingly killed in a house fire. As the children are shuffled from several foster homes, they learn their parents are connected to a secret society, which may have been the cause fo their parents’ “death.”
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Hoarders Beware. Cleaning enthusiasts rejoice! Finally, a show that allows us to take a break from Pinterest cleaning suggestings! Tidying Up is a documentary TV show that follows organizing consulting Marie Kondo as she travels to different homes and helps families clean out their homes and maximize their space. Since the release of the show, Goodwill across the nation have reported a great increase in donations.
Good Girls is a hilarious crime comedy-drama that follows three women from Detroit who struggle to make ends meet. Tired of their current situation, they decide to rob a supermarket. During the successful robbery, the store manager recognizes one of the women, complicating the situation even more. Season two of Good Girls is set to premiere on NBC in March, so make sure you catch up now!
The classic horror movie, The Strangers follows a family who thought they were going to have a relaxing weekend but are met by three mask intruders in their family vacation home. Even creepier, this film is inspired by the Manson- Tate Family murders and the Keddie Cabin Murders, making this all too realistic. Yikes. Originally released in 2008, this movie still leaves a daunting feeling after viewing.
It seems like British television is always one step ahead, and it doesn’t differ with Netflix’s Sex Education. The Show stars Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, an awkward high school virgin, whose mother is a sex therapist. He joins up with known school badass Maeve and they decide to start a sex education “practice” of their own. Follow the students as they hilariously explore the meaning of sex to high schoolers in regards to friendships, relationships, and puberty.
This show starring Debbie Ryan is definitely not what it seems. Starting off at what may appear as another sweet high school coming of age story, Insatiable quickly takes you on a ride of emotions, mostly including laughter and confusion. Once a bullied, overweight outcast, Patty’s body transformation post a freak accident, causes her to be one of the new It Girl’s in school. Adding to her insanely competitive nature, Patty becomes a pageant girl, bringing out a lot of her horrible flaws. Along her journey, Patty gets herself and several situations that seem impossible. Guaranteed to have you crying laughing, Insatiable receives a 10/10 from us!
The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story – 1/17
FX’s second season of its true crime anthology, The Assassination of Gianni Versace definitely doesn’t disappoint. Beginning from the end of Gianni Versace’s life, Versace is shot and killed by wanted spree killer Andrew Cunanan. The show then rewinds and follows the details of his life to his tragic death, where Versace and Cunanan first met at a gay club 7 years prior. The show received such great reception that is received the most nominations at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards and took home three of the nominated awards.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – 1/17
Run the Jewels Rapper Killer Mike is known for his bold comments and relentless activism. In his funny and provocative new series, he puts his revolutionary ideas in motion to promote social change.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes – 1/24
Though the brutal Ted Bundy sex- crime killings occurred over 40 years ago, the gruesome details of the murders and juxtaposing Bundy’scharming attitude still hold a widespread fascination by the nation. In this four-episode series, it shares never heard before audio interviews with Bundy on death row. Releasing 30 years after his execution in Florida, the docuseries will leave a chilling effect.
Medici: The Magnificent- 1/25
Medici: The Magnificent is a time-period series lover’s joy. Following the first season, season two dives deeper into one of Italy’s most infamous families. Unlike season one, which explored the life of Cosimo de’ Medici, season two will take place 20 years after the last episode, featuring the rise of Lorenzo de’Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Great.