Netflix has just revealed which new TV shows and movies are coming to the platform next month, and January is shaping up to be a solid few weeks of binge-watching.
Here’s a look at some of the best specials, classics and reboots headed to Netflix starting next week.
The film that has inspired approximately 10 million sermon illustrations is finally coming to Netflix. Sidenote: The original trailer, which essentially spoils the entire movie, has not aged well:
Criminally under-seen upon its release, Hugo is Martin Scorsese’s children’s movie masterpiece (it was nominated for 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture) that features one of culture’s great filmmakers exploring a new style. The results are visually stunning and totally compelling.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, January is the time to revisit it. The film captures everything we love about the filmmaker’s legacy: Childlike innocence, humor, adventure, cool aliens. Seriously, it’s considered one of the great American films for a reason.
Superman 1- 4
Before superheroes basically took over Hollywood, Christopher Reeve’s Superman franchise proved that comic books could translate to the big screen. After being spoiled by $100-million epics from the MCU, it’s easy to get hung up on the primitive special effects, but the early Superman movies capture what we love about comics: heroism, hope and fun. That is, except for Superman 4; that one should only be watched for the unintentional comedic qualities.
Degrassi: Next Class Season 3
If the Gilmore Girls recent reboot taught us anything, it’s that revisiting shows we once loved can totally work if they’re done right. Now, if they can only get Drake involved.
Miss Sharon Jones!
Sharon Jones—who sadly passed away last month—is one of modern music’s great inspirational personalities. Her story is one of deep faith, perseverance, passion and unceasing hope. The film is a look at her electric personality and unmatched talent.
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco
Jim Gaffigan returns with a brand new hour in Cinco. Sure, his TV Land sitcom was great, but Cinco finds the comedian and writer doing what he does best: standing in front of a live audience telling really, really funny jokes.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1
The beloved children’s novels are finally getting the Hollywood treatment they deserve: A big-budget, highly stylized Netflix series. Even if you didn’t read the books, Neil Patrick Harris is great in everything he’s in, so there’s still something for everyone.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.