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 Feb. 1
About a Boy
American Pie 2
As Good as It Gets
Dear Ex (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: When Sanlian’s ex-husband passes away, she discovers he has altered his insurance policy, cutting out their son in favor of a stranger named Jay. Outraged, Sanlian decides that she and her son will confront Jay, but Jay proves equal to her scheme. However, when her son unexpectedly moves in with Jay, she is forced to reassess her relationship with them both.
Free Rein: Valentine’s Day (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Zoe and the gang plan a girls only Galantine’s adventure. But when they set out to find the mysterious Maid’s Stone it soon becomes clear they’re not the only ones on the trail. As they race against Pin and Marcus, Holloway, and a not-to-be-trusted Mia, the girls’ friendships are tested to the limits. And, with the end of the quest in sight, Zoe wonders if some things might be better left buried…
The movie version of the popular Broadway musical tackles civil rights and body positivity, all with a bright, infectious soundtrack and star-studded cast including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Jaws: The Revenge
You’re gonna need a bigger boat for the four Jaws movies hitting Netflix next month.
Pretty in Pink
Russian Doll (Netflix Original)
From creator Leslye Headland, this existential dark comedy follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) as she relives the same night out over and over again à la Groundhog Day.
Siempre bruja (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Siempre bruja follows 18 year old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century who, in a desperate attempt to save her loved one, travels in time to present day Cartagena. Navigating the waters of this exciting new world, Carmen will soon discover that once a witch, always a witch.
The Edge of Seventeen
True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: On this special day, True and her friends share their Happy Hearts and celebrate love in the Rainbow Kingdom ... until Glummy Glooma starts to turn things blue! The title Happy Hearts Day was chosen for this episode because the episode is about the Rainbow Kingdom holiday Happy Hearts Day. The whole village shares in the warm traditions of Happy Hearts Day. It’s a play on Valentine’s Day.
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix Film)
Jake Gyllenhaal takes on another wacky role, playing art critic Morf Vandewalt, who discovers that a collection of paintings by a deceased artist aren’t what they seem.
Available Feb. 2
Bordertown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Past and present collide in dizzying ways for Kari Sorjonen and his colleague Lena as they investigate murders and other crimes with links to Russia.
Romance is a Bonus Book (Streaming Every Saturday) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A gifted writer who’s the youngest editor-in-chief ever at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job.
Available Feb. 3
Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Available Feb. 5
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 23 years after his last stand-up special, comedian, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Romano debuts his first Netflix comedy special, Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner. Performing two sets on the same night — one at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar and the second at the Village Underground, literally around the corner — Romano advises on choosing friends, surviving marriage, and knowing the difference between being old and not being young. The comedy special will launch globally on Netflix February 5th.
Available Feb. 6
Available Feb. 8
¡Nailed It! México (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The fun, fondant and hilarious cake fails head to Mexico, where very amateur bakers compete to re-create elaborate sweet treats for a cash prize.
El árbol de la sangre (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Marc (Álvaro Cervantes) and Rebeca (Úrsula Corberó) are a young couple who goes to an old farmhouse belonging to Marc’s family. There, they write the shared story of their roots, creating a large family tree that harbors 25 years of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and infidelity... and under which lies a deep mystery that marked their lives. Over their days at the farmhouse, each one will reveal secrets from their past to the other, putting their own love story in danger.
High Flying Bird (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game — and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), HIGH FLYING BIRD features an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this 1+ hour comedic special, Kevin Hart plays himself while discussing the fascinating contributions of lesser known individuals from Black history through the lens of various educational reenactments.
One Day at a Time: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Penelope studies to become a nurse practitioner, Elena and Syd grow closer, Alex gets punished, Lydia tackles a bucket list, and Schneider falls in love.
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: REMASTERED: A long form documentary series of high profile, in-depth stories about music’s impact on society, as told by critically acclaimed directors, with each episode revealing surprising insight beyond the expected or commonly known. SAM COOKE: Sam Cooke was the most influential black musician of the Civil Rights Movement and advocated for the rights of black musicians, frustrating the white establishment. An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding his shooting death include theories that he had been robbed and “trick-rolled’ by a woman, later revealed to be a prostitute. But many believe in a larger societal set up; namely that he was targeted by music industry moguls with links to the mob who all wanted him dead for emerging as a totem for black musicians’ rights.
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: George and Harold have to keep their grades up to go to summer camp. But it’s a tall order with Melvin — and a cyborg Melvin — running the school!
Unauthorized Living (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: An influential Galician drug cartel leader must seek out his successor while keeping his degenerative disease a secret.
Available Feb. 9
The Break: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Yoann Peeters finds himself tangled in another disturbing murder case when his former psychiatrist asks for help proving a patient’s innocence.
Available Feb. 10
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (Streaming Every Sunday) (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Hasan Minhaj’s informative and innovative comedy show returns with more deep dives into global politics and culture.
Available Feb. 11
Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Delve into the delectably diverse world of Chinese cuisine and discover its regional variations and unique histories.
Available Feb. 14
Dating Around (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date? Netflix’s first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating.
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Comedian, actor and former physician Ken Jeong returns to his stand-up roots for his first-ever Netflix comedy special, Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho. Filmed at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, where Jeong first got his start in comedy, You Complete Me, Ho reflects on how Jeong went from being a doctor to a comedy superstar and opens up about how his wife’s courageous battle with breast cancer led to him starring in one of the biggest comedy franchises of all time, The Hangover. The special is directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu, who also directed Jeong in the groundbreaking box office phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians. Den of Thieves produced the special with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, and Brett Carducci.
Available Feb. 15
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and dangerous places.
The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels.
The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Journey back to to the world of The Dragon Prince, as Rayla, Callum, and Ezran journey to Xadia with their newly-hatched dragon companion. The first season proved to be a worthy adventure and charmed many fans eager to explore the rest of the world.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix Original)
Based on Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way’s award-winning comic book series, The Umbrella Academy follows five super-powered children (and their lone non-super-powered sibling) and their adoptive father, as they seek out their origins and try to save the world.
Yucatan (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Competing con artists attempt to creatively and ruthlessly swindle a fatherly lottery winner while on a lively cruise from Spain to Mexico.
Available Feb. 16
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Available Feb. 21
The Drug King (Netflix Film)
Available Feb. 22
Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: A renowned Italian butcher, an Indian chef in London and two stars of Southern U.S. cuisine share their culinary journeys.
Firebrand (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: A contemporary story about relationships and the highs and lows people deal with in their lives.
GO! Vive a tu manera (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Fiercely talented Mia receives a scholarship to a prestigious dance academy, where she soon clashes with the owner’s fashionable and popular daughter.
Paddleton (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Paris Is Us (Paris est à nous) (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris.
Rebellion: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As the conflict between the British government and the revolutionary Dáil rages, personal connections cloud allegiances for participants on both sides.
Suburra: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As the fight for land, money and power intensifies, young upstarts Aureliano, Spadino and Lele conspire to seize control of Rome’s criminal underworld.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: The competition continues as 16 more foodie families put their cooking skills to the test to impress new judges Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks.
The Photographer of Mauthausen (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Imprisoned at the concentration camp of Mauthausen during WWII, Catalan photographer Francesc Boix struggles to survive while saving other people and hiding film negatives that will later help incriminate Nazis.
Workin’ Moms (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: WORKIN’ MOMS is an original comedy series created by and starring Catherine Reitman that tests the modern ideal that women really can have it all.
Available Feb. 25
Dolphin Tale 2
Available Feb. 26
Our Idiot Brother
Available Feb. 27
Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie
Available Feb. 28
Jeopardy!: Collection 2