Seeing as it’s January, we thought you could probably do with something to look forward to. That’s why we’ve rounded up all the most promising new releases and the best returning series to hit Netflix in 2018.
Whether you’re looking for something new to sink your teeth into, or just can’t wait to watch the second season of an old fave, the new year is suddenly starting to look pretty, damn good.
The brand new Netflix Original Series to watch out for
Everything Sucks!: Season 1
Described as “quirky” and “funny”, Everything Sucks! is the newest coming of age story to hit Netflix, treating viewers with a host of talented pre-teen actors and 90s nostalgia. Set in Oregon, USA in 1996, the first season follows two groups of high school misfits who collide with hilarious and thought-provoking results.
The series stars Peyton Kennedy (American Fable, The Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents.
No release date has been announced as of yet.
Maniac: Season 1
Maniac is the star-studded remake of a Norwegian dark comedy series which follows an institutionalised man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams. Acadamy Award-winning actor Emma Stone (La La Land, The Help) acts alongside Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, 21 Jump Street) in what has already been predicted to be a huge hit – it’s even rumoured that Justin Theroux will make an appearance.
No release date has been confirmed as yet.
Altered Carbon: Season 1
Imagine a world where death, is no longer a threat. Well, in new Netflix Original series Altered Carbon set 300 years in the future, nothing is permanent – not even meeting your maker. Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, we watch what happens to this digitally transformed society when consciousness is digitised and human bodies are interchangeable. Strap yourselves in for a tale of murder, love, sex, and betrayal.
Release date: 2 February
The popular series making a comeback this year
13 Reasons Why: Season 2
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll be familiar with (and probably hooked on) this hugely popular series. Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the 13 hour-long episodes from the first season gradually explain the tragic story of high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) and why she committed suicide.
The first season deeply affected viewers and has already gathered a cult following, so although not much is known about the second season yet, we don’t doubt it will be as impactful as the first.
A release date is yet to be confirmed, but as the show was introduced to the platform in March last year, fans could guess for a similar release date this time around.
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2
Sheila (Drew Barrymore) is not your average all-American ‘soccer mom’. In fact, she’s a flesh-eating zombie. After suffering a brush with death, Sheila may have been miraculously brought back to life, but with her new-found immortality comes with a hunger for humans.
The first season of this dark comedy showed what a family will do to protect someone they love (even if means finding them body parts to snack on) and ended on a cliff-hanger which saw Sheila and her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) coming close to finding a cure, which we imagine will be picked up in season two.
A release date is yet to be confirmed, but fans could guess it will follow last year’s February launch.
GLOW: Season 2
GLOW is a comedy drama which flings us into the world of female wrestling in 1980s Los Angeles. Starring the wonderful Alison Brie, the first season introduced us to her character Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work, struggling actress, who joined the wrestling cohort in one last chance for stardom. Having spent the first season actually learning how to wrestle, only stepping into the ring for real in the final episode, the second season promises to show off what four weeks of training has taught the Gorgeous Women Of Wrestling.
There is no official release date but the show is expected to make a return in summer.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Season 2
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket, season two of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Recounting the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance, you’ll be enthralled from the first episode.
Netflix has assured fans that season two will commence in spring.
Love: Season 3
After a long, complicated, and somewhat messy journey, Gus (Paul Rust)and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) enter season three in a place we’ve never seen them before: a fully committed relationship. If you’ve been following Love from it’s inception, you’re bound to have some mixed feelings on this. For some, it might sound like the beginning of the end for this up-and-down couple, but according to Netflix, these unconventional lovers are about to show us that, “love, for all it’s weird ups, downs and hilarious in-betweens, is both incredibly complicated and wonderfully simple.” Aww.
Release date: 9 March
Those January blues don’t seem too bad now, eh?
Images: Netflix / Rex