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Everything new you need to watch on Netflix in January

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January is quite possibly the most miserable month of the year. In these dark cold nights, there really is no other option than to getting snuggly on the sofa.

Luckily for us, Netflix is kicking off the year with a new line-up featuring plenty of hot new original content and many much-loved classic films. 

From Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring documentary He Named Me Malala, to Jennifer Lawrence’s award-winning performance in Joy, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. We suggest you don’t think about leaving the sofa until February – just to be on the safe side. 

The original series that you can watch in one big binge session:

Grace and Frankie: Season 4

Grace and Frankie

Netflix original Grace and Frankie is in its fourth season and as full of laughter, calamity and teary moments as ever before. If you’ve not had a chance to catch it yet, the storyline follows two women who find out that both of their husbands are gay, and leaving them for each other.

Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) form a close bond, and support each other, becoming quite the duo as together they redefine what ‘family’ means. 

We love that two women, both older than your average Hollywood-approved age, star in this brilliant series (and that Friends favourite Lisa Kudrow also makes an appearance). 

Launch date: 19 January 

One Day at a Time: Season 2

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time is back for a second series, following a recently separated, former military mum (Justina Machado) as she juggles single life, raising her (badass) teenage daughter (Isabella Gomez) and young son (Marcel Ruiz). 

Again, we’re enjoying the strong female leads that steal the show in this US sitcom, particularly the no-bullshit grandma (Rita Moreno), who helps her family adapt to their new situation. 

Launch date: 26 January 

Disjointed: Season 2

Disjointed

Acting heavy-weight Kathy Bates (think Titanic, Annie, P.S. I Love You) takes centre stage in this wacky comedy where she plays a  life-long supporter of the legalisation of cannabis. Yeah, stay with us. 

Bates is finally able to live her dream as the owner of a California cannabis dispensary and works there with her three ‘budtenders’ and her son. 

This unconventional gang have lots of laughs, smoke lots of the green stuff, which inevitably leads to lots of giggles - as you can imagine. Essentially, it’s the story of a woman on a mission to make her passion become reality – something we can all get behind. 

Launch date: 12 January 

The weekly episodes you won’t want to wait for: 

Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1

Star Trek: Discovery

This thirteen-part prequel set roughly a decade before the original Star Trek series – but there’s a twist.

This time around, the story of the crew’s voyages and search for new life is not told from the perspective of the ship’s captain, but from that of Rainsford (Sonequa Martin-Green), aka the badass lieutenant commander of the USS Discovery. Expect plenty of intrigue as she navigates her role upon the starship, experiences dynamic relationships with her crew, learns about new civilisations and, of course, uncovers the darkest corners of the universe. 

Launch date: 8 January 

Riverdale: Season 2

Riverdale

If Jason Blossom’s (Trevor Stines) murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface back in season one, we have a feeling that the shooting of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) in Season 2 is going to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.

Launch date: 18 January 

Dynasty: Season 1

Dynasty

After a 30 year break, the iconic eighties TV show is back. The reboot will be told primarily from the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) – daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington who is poised to take over her father’s global energy empire and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley) – a Hispanic woman marrying into the WASP family.

Launch date: 18 January 

Awesome films you can now watch on Netflix:

A Royal Night Out 

A Royal Night Out 

Based on a true story, A Royal Night Out shows our current monarch (played by Sarah Gadon) as a young woman, who on VE Day in 1945 asks to leave the palace to revel in the merriment sweeping London with her younger sister Margaret (Bel Powley). The pair are begrudgingly granted access to a formal party at The Ritz by their parents (the King and Queen), but quickly realise it’s not quite what they had in mind. 

After breaking free from their royal escorts they discover the real London, dabbling in romance, pubs and even what it’s like to ride public transport. If you’re looking for something feel-good, this is it.

Launch date: 1 January 

The Patriot

The Patriot

An oldie, but most certainly a goodie. Mel Gibson stars alongside a particularly dreamy Heath Ledger in this 2000 American war epic, as a father and son who are forced to join the American Revolutionary War after their home and family life is threatened. It’s an emotion-packed film that will give you all the feels, with some rallying battle scenes in there too.

Launch date: 1 January 

He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala

The film we’re most looking forward to is this fascinating documentary which gives an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai. As a Pakistani teenager Malala was targeted by Taliban gunmen and shot in the head for speaking out about improving girl’s access to education and women’s rights. Somehow, this inspirational young woman not only survived, but used it to give her a platform to continue her work.

Launch date: 1 January 

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia is based on two real women, who never met but lives became entwined through their love of cooking. Julia Child was an Amercian chef and TV personality, who was responsible for bringing some of the staples of French cuisine to America. Here, her interesting and varied life is captured on film and put alongside that of Julie Powell, an American blogger who found fame recreating 524 of Child’s recipes in a year. 

The fabulous cast which includes Meryl Streep and Amy Adams is enough reason to put it on your must-watch list, as is the journey of two women’s successful careers in cooking. 

Launch date: 5 January 

The BFG

The BFG

The 2016 version of this Roald Dahl classic has made it to Netflix, and we couldn’t be happier. Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, it follows the same story as Dahl’s eponymous book, in which ten-year-old Sophie discovers a world of giants and magic after being taken from her orphanage by the Big Friendly Giant. Together the pair attempt to save London from the ‘man-eating’ giants that the BFG shares his country with, enlisting the help from Her Royal Highness, of course. 

Launch date: 8 January 

The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

When six Jane Austen fans come together to form a book club dedicated to the nineteenth-century author, they soon realise that the courses of their lives reflect those of the characters in Austen’s books much more than they anticipated. Starring Kathy Baker and Emily Blunt, this is an introspective look at relationships and female friendship. 

Launch date: 12 January 

Joy

Joy

Joy is loosely based on self-made millionaire, Joy Mangano, who created her own business empire with the invention of a self-wringing mop. We see a divorced, mother-of-two stuck in a dead-end job with little support from her family, until she sees a gap in the market and does everything she can to make her new idea a success. 

This inspirational story has plenty of drama with the odd twist and turn along the way. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy herself, with a performance that was recognised with a Golden Globe.

Launch date: 25 January 

Happy watching!

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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