‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 And True Crime Documentaries Top Our Netflix Pick For January
by Erik Amaya
The new year is just a few short weeks away. And that means it’s time to look at what will be good to watch on Netflix as the year starts. Obviously, the most important show joining the service next month is the third season of Cobra Kai. As seen in that recent trailer, Johnny (William Zabka) will do his best to help Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) after the dojo tumble at the end of Season 2 while Daniel (Ralph Macchio) makes a pilgrimage back to Okinawa to recenter his belief in the martial arts. It is a journey which will bring him into contact with characters from The Karate Kid Part II. Netflix has not yet set a specific release date for the series, but it is scheduled for release sometime in January.
Meanwhile, our Netflix tastes generally take us from genre shows to true crime documentaries and January will not disappoint. On January 11th, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy debuts. The film will take a hard look at how crack cocaine ravaged the inner cities in the late 20th Century and, we suspect, also look into the ways the U.S. government facilitated the epidemic. If you watch Black Lightning, this is the story which inspired Greenlight and the ASA. It may not be an easy watch, but it will definitely be illuminating.
On a similar front, we doubt Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer — available January 13th — will be much of a laugh either. Nevertheless, a deeper look at the efforts made to track down convicted Night Stalker Richard Ramirez will likely be worth your time. Then again, I have vivid memories of how his kill spree gripped Los Angeles, so I may be more interested in this than most. Nevertheless, it is the sort of content I crave when not watching things based on comic books.
For something lighter, there’s always the second season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Sure, the main characters may face perils in the form of Jurassic Park dinosaurs, but it is a family show. It debuts on January 22nd.
Of course, these are just our picks for the upcoming month. Take a look at everything coming to the service and leaving in January to find your own must-watch content.
50M2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After betraying his bosses, a hitman hides out in a vacant tailor shop, where he’s mistaken for the late owner’s son, an identity he decides to embrace.
Bonding: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Totally broke and banned from every dungeon in New York City, best friends Tiff and Pete work to rebuild their reputations in the bondage community.
Cobra Kai: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. Season Three finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.
June & Kopi — NETFLIX FILM
After being rescued by a loving couple, a stray dog must learn how to trust and accept her new family.
The Netflix Afterparty — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Netflix Afterparty is a first-of-its-kind weekly comedy panel show where comedians, casts, and creators come to chat about the buzziest shows and films. Hosts David Spade, Fortune Feimster, and London Hughes will also be joined by a different Netflix comedian to round out the panel.
Dream Home Makeover: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shea and Syd McGee keep the dream alive for families in search of stylish spaces, whether it’s a comfy cabin or a manor sporting NBA-worthy hoops.
Headspace Guide to Meditation — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Take a deep breath and start the new year by being kind to your mind with the new Netflix original series Headspace Guide to Meditation. Over the course of eight animated episodes, Andy Puddicombe — former Buddhist monk and co-founder of the globally beloved Headspace meditation app — takes viewers through the benefits and science behind meditation. Each 20-minute episode showcases a different mindfulness technique that aids in the practice of meditation — focusing on subjects such as stress, sleep, and letting go — and ends with a guided meditation at the finale of every chapter. Headspace Guide to Meditation provides a moment of stillness and illustrates that practicing meditation is easy and accessible for everyone. Headspace Guide to Meditation is the first of three series with Headspace and Vox Media Studios, with subsequent series to include Headspace Guide to Sleep and an interactive experience.
The Minimalists: Less Is Now — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
They’ve built a movement out of minimalism. Longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less.
Monarca: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Carranza siblings face a new enemy in their cousin Sofía, as past actions threaten to dismantle the future of the Monarca empire.
What Happened to Mr. Cha? — NETFLIX FILM
With the peak of his career long behind him, an actor clings to his past glory — until a sudden wake-up call forces him to face who he’s become.
Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) — NETFLIX FILM
When the brakes slam on his wedding, Roy accepts a challenge from a new foe to race for his runaway bride at the iconic Nürburgring track in Germany.
Gabby’s Dollhouse — NETFLIX FAMILY
Cute cats, quirky crafts and colorful magic! Join kitty enthusiast Gabby and her sidekick Pandy Paws as they team up for a series of animated adventures.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
History of Swear Words — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An education in expletives: the history lesson you didn’t know you needed. History of Swear Words, hosted by Nicolas Cage, is a loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words. Through interviews with experts in etymology, pop culture, historians and entertainers, the six-episode series dives into the origins of “F**k”, “Sh*t”, “B*tch”, “D**k”, “Pu**y”, and “Damn”.
Experts include Benjamin Bergen (PhD, Cognitive Scientist, Author of What The F), Anne Charity Hudley (PhD, Linguist and Educator), Mireille Miller-Young (PhD, Professor of Feminist Studies), Elvis Mitchell (Film Critic/Host of The Treatment on KCRW), Melissa Mohr (PhD, Author of Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing), and Kory Stamper (Lexicographer, Author of Word By Word).
LA’s Finest: Season 1
¡Nailed It! México: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Crooked cakes, deflated bakes and hapless takes on Pancho Villa and Einstein put the pressure on amateur pastry chefs hoping to win a sweet cash prize.
Ratones Paranoicos: The Band that Rocked Argentina — NETFLIX FILM
This documentary traces the history of the iconic band “Los ratones paranoicos” through interviews and archival images of members on stage and behind the scenes.
Surviving Death — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
From director and executive producer, Ricki Stern (Reversing Roe, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), and based on best-selling author and journalist Leslie Kean’s book, Surviving Death is an in-depth investigative series exploring the possibility of an afterlife. Over six episodes, Surviving Death explores questions that have been contemplated throughout time: What does it mean to die, and is death the end of our existence? Weaving together innovative new research with firsthand accounts from those who’ve been close to — and even experienced — death, the series takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into a world beyond human existence as we know it.
Tony Parker: The Final Shot — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This documentary examines the background and career of Tony Parker, whose determination led him to become one of the greatest French basketball players.
Pieces of a Woman — NETFLIX FILM
A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.
Charming — NETFLIX FILM
On the eve of his 21st birthday, an adored prince must find his one, true soulmate before a spell takes away all love from his kingdom.
The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2 — NETFLIX ANIME
In part two of this fantasy trilogy, Jack, Victoria and Kirtash have grown and so have their problems. Are they still destined to change Idhún’s fate?
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Raphael Rowe, who spent years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, volunteers to go behind bars in the Philippines, Greenland and South Africa.
Lupin — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival — NETFLIX FAMILY
An innocent toddler’s boundless curiosity– and extraordinary might –lead to mischief and adventure in his small Indian town.
Pretend It’s a City — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Writer Fran Lebowitz discusses life in New York City as a reader, walker and incisive observer of the changes in contemporary culture and the city.
Stuck Apart (Azizler) — NETFLIX FILM
Knee-deep in a midlife crisis, Aziz seeks solace from his mundane job, lonesome friends and rowdy family as he puts on an act of sanity.
Spring Breakers (2012)
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. Decades later, the destructive effects on people’s lives, families and communities are still deeply felt. From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy examines not only the personal devastation caused by the drug, but also the shadowy origins of the crisis and the resultant, ongoing marginalization of Black and Brown people trapped by the U.S. prison and healthcare systems.
The Intouchables (2011)
Last Tango in Halifax: Season 4
An Imperfect Murder
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Beneath the sunlit glamor of 1985 L.A. lurks a relentless serial killer, a willing acolyte of evil. Two detectives won’t rest until they catch him.
Bling Empire — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bling Empire follows a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends (and frenemies) in Los Angeles. While their days and nights are filled with fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, don’t let the glitz and glamour fool you. Between running multi-billion dollar businesses and traveling the world, these friends are as good at keeping secrets as they are at spilling them. And there is certainly no shortage of secrets.
Carmen Sandiego: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
From the snowy Himalayas to the pyramids of Egypt, Carmen and friends race to stay one step ahead of V.I.L.E. on their latest adventures.
Disenchantment: Part 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bean must step up her princess game amid royal plots, deepening mysteries, King Zøg’s increasing instability and concerns about who will rule Dreamland.
Double Dad (Pai Em Dobro) — NETFLIX FILM
While her mother is abroad, an 18-year-old who’s lived in a hippie commune all her life sneaks out into the real world to find her biological father.
Henry Danger: Seasons 1-3
Kuroko’s Basketball: Season 1
The Magicians: Season 5
Outside the Wire — NETFLIX FILM
Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. Outside the Wire is directed by Mikael Håfström.
Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (2014)
Pinkfong & Baby Shark’s Space Adventure (2019)
A Monster Calls (2016)
Radium Girls (2020)
Hello Ninja: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
In their fourth season, Wesley, Georgie and Pretzel go on more fun-filled adventures, solve mysteries and learn important life lessons along the way.
Daughter From Another Mother (Madre solo hay dos) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Two very different women form a peculiar family when they discover that their 6-month-old children were erroneously exchanged at birth.
Spycraft — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This is a look at the gadgetry behind some of history’s greatest stories of espionage, the minds that invented them and the agents that used them.
Call My Agent!: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The agents at top Paris talent firm ASK are back for a fourth season with Andrea in charge and the agency in a precarious state.
Blown Away: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The hot shop is open! A new batch of glass-blowing artists from around the world battle the heat, the clock and each other in 10 dynamic challenges.
Busted!: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the third season of this hybrid reality-scripted variety show, celebrity sleuths take a stab at solving smaller crimes that lead to a larger mystery.
Fate: The Winx Saga — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fate: The Winx Saga follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence. From creator Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries), Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action re-imagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
The teen campers still on the run from dinosaurs find hope of a rescue with a small group of eco-tourists. But things aren’t what they seem.
So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (Salir del ropero) — NETFLIX FILM
When Eva’s grandmother decides to marry her best friend, Celia, Eva worries what her conservative fiancé and his family will think.
The White Tiger — NETFLIX FILM
The ambitious driver for a rich Indian family uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and become an entrepreneur. Based on the bestselling novel.
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Everything comes unraveling for three successful women who work on a radio show as twists, turns and troubles plague their seemingly happy marriages.
Go Dog Go — NETFLIX FAMILY
Handy and inventive pup Tag chases adventure with her best pal, Scooch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.
Penguin Bloom — NETFLIX FILM
Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award nominated Naomi Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk.
Below Zero (Bajocero) — NETFLIX FILM
When a prisoner transfer van is attacked, the cop in charge must fight those inside and outside while dealing with a silent foe: the icy temperatures.
The Dig — NETFLIX FILM
When a wealthy widow hires an amateur archeologist to excavate burial mounds on her estate, they uncover history-changing treasure.
Finding ‘Ohana — NETFLIX FILM
A summer in rural Oahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
We Are: The Brooklyn Saints — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
From Emmy-award winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez (The Sentence), Imagine Documentaries, and Disarming Films comes We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, a four-part documentary series following a youth football program in the heart of inner city East NY, Brooklyn. Geared towards boys 7-13 years old, the Brooklyn Saints program is more than a sport – it’s a family, and a vehicle for opportunity. Through intimate verité footage, the series immerses us in the world of Brooklyn Saints football and their community, chronicling the personal stories of the driven young athletes, as well as the support system and challenges of coaches and parents rallying behind them. Over the course of a season, we witness the Saints’ power on and off the field, as they celebrate victories and overcome losses, both personal and athletic. Raw and authentic, the pressures of adolescence unfolds in real time as the boys work to propel themselves to a brighter future.
QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 2
The Monster (2016)
The Tudors: Seasons 1-4
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Haven: Seasons 1-5
The Master (2012)
A Serious Man (2009)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Waco: Limited Series (2018)
Friday Night Tykes: Seasons 1-4
Fireplace 4K: Classic Crackling Fireplace from Fireplace for Your Home
Fireplace 4K: Crackling Birchwood from Fireplace for Your Home
Fireplace for Your Home: Season
When Calls the Heart: Seasons 1-5
We Are Your Friends (2015)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)
Braxton Family Values: Seasons 1-2
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Employee of the Month (2006)
For Colored Girls (2010)
Mr. Deeds (2002)
Pineapple Express (2008)