Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
Available Jan. 1
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
The final season promises to answer some lingering questions — and for longtime fans, the answers are satisfying. If you’re totally unfamiliar, but might consider catching up before the premiere: Unfortunate Events is based on the hit children’s book series, orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire must thwart the nefarious Count Olaf, while discovering the secret organization their parents were once part of.
Across the Universe
Black Hawk Down
City of God
COMEDIANS of the world (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This global, first-of-its-kind, series will showcase 47 comedians from 13 regions in 8 languages in an unprecedented stand-up comedy experience. The groundbreaking series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity. Get ready to start the new year off with a laugh!
This charming rom-com starring pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds and post-Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin takes on a sort of reverse-Mamma Mia situation: the dad tells the daughter of the three greatest love stories of his life and she must guess which is one is her mother.
Hell or High Water
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
All the Indiana Jones movies (yes, including the alien one) are coming to Netflix. Get ready for some tomb-raiding with Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), as he takes on Nazis, booby traps, death cults and more! Just keep the snakes away, please.
It Takes Two
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Mona Lisa Smile
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Guillermo del Toro’s award-winning and absolutely haunting dark fantasy juxtaposes fairytale elements with the fallout of the Spanish Civil War.
Pinky Malinky (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Pinky Malinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a hot dog. With his BFFs in tow, this little wiener takes a bite out of life.
Tears of the Sun
The Addams Family
The spoopy family classic stares the characters of Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons — they’re creepy and they’re kooky, but dealing with family problems, just like you!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Dark Knight
Earlier this year, we looked back at how the second installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy impacted blockbuster history and the greater cultural landscape. Now you can watch right on Netflix.
The Mummy Returns
Both (good) Mummy movies AND Indiana Jones? Buckle in for two more archaeological romps. Bookish librarian Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) and her older brother embark on a journey to the city of the dead, accompanied by dashing Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser, at peak hotness).
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix Original)
Before the 2019 HBO show comes out, watch Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of the dark comic book series.
XXX: State of the Union
Available Jan. 2
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Available Jan. 4
And Breathe Normally (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: An Icelandic single mom struggling with poverty and a Guinea-Bissauan asylum seeker facing deportation find their lives intertwined in unexpected ways.
Call My Agent!: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Rising tensions prompt two agents to hatch a secret plot in a new season of showbiz antics with Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci and Jean Dujardin.
El Potro: Unstoppable (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A singer makes a splash in the Tropical music scene thanks to his good looks and magnetism, but must navigate tragedy and the trappings of fame to survive.
Lionheart (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business — alongside her uncle — and prove herself in a male-dominated world.
Available Jan. 9
GODZILLA The Planet Eater (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: With the earth alliance weakened, Haruo weighs siding with the Exif, whose death cult is summoning a monster that can destroy the world.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
If you didn’t want to shell out money to see this in theaters, you can catch Alden Ehrenreich’s take on Han Solo before the Star Wars spin-off very likely moves to Disney Plus.
Available Jan. 10
When Heroes Fly (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Years after a bitter falling out, four Israeli military veterans reunite and travel to Colombia in search of a loved one they’d presumed to be dead.
Available Jan. 11
Friends from College: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Mistakes were made. Feelings were hurt. Life goes on. Now, with a wedding on the horizon, the gang tries to put the past behind them.
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: For years, the murder of Chilean protest singer Victor Jara was blamed on an official in Pinochet’s army. Now in exile, he tries to exonerate himself.
Sex Education (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Meet Otis Milburn – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes he may need some therapy of his own.
Solo (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In a remote area of the Canary Islands, young surfer Alvaro Vizcaino accidentally falls from a cliff. Seriously injured, he must fight to survive.
The Last Laugh (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Retired talent manager Al reconnects with former client Buddy, a comedian who gave up performing decades ago, and urges him to go back out on the road.
Available Jan. 15
Revenger (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A former detective hell-bent on revenge infiltrates a remote island serving as a prison for dangerous death row criminals in search of a brutal fiend.
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Sebastian Maniscalco takes on life’s many annoyances with his singularly expressive approach in a live special based on his memoir of the same name.
Available Jan. 16
Available Jan. 17
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Fresh off its Golden Globe victories — for Best Limited Series and Best Actor in a Limited Series for Glee and A Very Potter Musical alumnus Darren Criss — the latest season of American Crime Story explores the events leading up to the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Available Jan. 18
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix Original)
Close (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: To protect an heiress from highly trained kidnappers, a lone security expert must unravel a sinister plot — while striving to stay alive.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience full of social media influencers on a posh island, but the reality was far from the promises.
GIRL (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In this award-winning drama inspired by a true story, 15-year-old Lara trains to become a ballerina as she transitions from her assigned gender.
Grace and Frankie: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In the return of this Emmy winning comedy, two friends launch a scheme to get their old lives back.
IO (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: One of the last survivors on Earth, a teen races to cure her poisoned planet before the final shuttle to a distant space colony leaves her stranded.
Soni (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: While fighting crimes against women in Delhi, a short-fused policewoman and her level-headed female boss grapple with gender issues in their own lives.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin continue to travel the globe touring striking homes.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this subversive comedy documentary series, rapper and activist Killer Mike and a team of funny correspondents explore socially relevant topics.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This season, the trolls get lost in wormholes, journey to the Fountain of Glitter, go for a ride in a submarine, play in the snow and more.
Available Jan. 21
Justice (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Instead of joining her father’s law firm as her family expects, Farah strikes out on her own as a defense attorney after returning home to Abu Dhabi.
Available Jan. 24
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Get a unique look inside the mind of an infamous serial killer with this cinematic self-portrait crafted from statements made by Ted Bundy.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Available Jan. 25
Animas (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When her best friend starts acting odd after a strange accident, a young woman descends into a living hell where nightmare and reality are blurred.
Black Earth Rising (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A contemporary thriller that follows the difficult journey of a woman, a Rwandan orphaned by the genocide, raised in London by an adopted mother, trying to discover the truth of her past. The series examines the West’s relationship with Africa, set in a world of prosecution of war crimes.
Club de Cuervos: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Chava and Isabel come to terms with their futures and the future of the Cuervos in an all-new season of surprises.
Kingdom (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumour of the king’s death spreads as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil behind it all and save his people.
Medici: The Magnificent (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: He already sacrificed his dreams of being an artist and marrying his true love. Will building and protecting the Medici legacy cost him his soul too?
Polar (Netflix Film)
Starring Mads Mikkelsen as an assassin formerly known as “Black Kaiser,” the upcoming film adapts a webcomic and graphic novel of the same name. With a flashy set of young assassins on his tail, the Black Kaiser takes them on with some pretty outrageous weapons.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Part 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As the series comes to a hilarious and moving close, Kimmy has to choose between helping her friends, Titus (Tituss Burgess), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane), and helping someone she’s never put first before: herself. This final season includes a double-sized “Sliding Doors” episode exploring how the main characters’ lives might have been different if Kimmy had never been kidnapped.
Available Jan. 27
Z Nation: Season 5
Available Jan. 29
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In a new comedy special for 2019, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias discusses his teenage son, encounters with Snoop Dogg and an overzealous fan, and more.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp
The funny and smart Ant-Man and the Wasp brings a little pre-Infinity War levity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Catch up on just what the hell happened to Scott Lang and why he might be the key to defeating Thanos.
Available Jan. 31
Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2
The superhero family deals with the fallout of the first movie, balancing Mom’s new job, and navigating a world that both idolizes and fears them. In our own superhero-saturated world, The Incredibles 2 is a refreshing take on the genre.
Available in January
Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
One of the two remaining Netflix Marvel shows gets a second season — and it might be the final season.