After a somewhat quiet January, Netflix is going all-in with original material for the second month of the year. Additions include the long-awaited followup to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as well as a new show from Judd Apatow and a documentary series by foodie Michael Pollan.
Sure, there’s also the Full House sequel series, Fuller House, but we can all agree to pretend that isn’t actually a real thing, right? There are limits to the power of nostalgia, after all. So while you’re doing your best to ignore the lure of the Stamos, here are the highlights of the next month on Netflix, as well as a full listing of what’s coming and going throughout the month.
BETTER CALL SAUL (SEASON 1) (2015)
That the spin-off to Breaking Bad wasn’t a disaster seemed like a fluke; that it was, in its own way, as enjoyable and addictive as its parent series still seems like a miracle. Praise be, then, to co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and especially to Bob Odenkirk, who makes each episode a joy to watch. For those who got hooked on BB through Netflix, here’s your next favorite series.
For those longing for a new voice in crime cinema, this enjoyable comedy-drama about a group of high schoolers caught up in events involving drugs, gangs and Bitcoin — no, really — is probably exactly what you’ve been looking for. And that’s saying nothing about a soundtrack that includes Gil Scott-Heron, Public Enemy and Digable Planets. A gem of a movie, and hopefully something that will get writer-director Rick Famuyiwa an avalanche of work offers.
LOVE (SEASON 1) (2016)
Judd Apatow returns to television — well, Netflix — with this new series starring Community’s Gillian Jacobs and comedian Paul Rust. Love takes an appropriately skewed look at relationships and dating through the eyes of two somewhat hapless losers. Think of it as a downbeat followup to Freaks & Geeks that lets us know that, sure, some things have changed, but we’re all pretty much as adrift as we ever were.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY (2016)
What is the strangest thing about this 16-years-after-the-fact sequel to the original Crouching Tiger? The fact that it comes so late after the original? That it features so little of the original cast? That it has gone through multiple title changes in the production process? No. It’s that one of the stars of this movie is Glee’s Harry Shum, Jr., alongside onetime onscreen Jason Scott Lee. File under “curious oddity,” but one surrounded by high hopes.
COOKED (SEASON 1) (2016) Michael Pollan, writer of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, teams up with documentarian Alex Gibney for this four-part series that explores the way we can improve our diets, with each episode themed around one of the elements used in cooking: fire, water, earth and air. Expect this to be just educational enough to make you regret what’s currently in your fridge.
Benny & Joon
Doctor Who Seasons 1-9
The Hurt Locker
The Naked Gun
Terms of Endearment
Pokemon the Movie: BW Adventures in Unova
Pokemon the Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram
Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice
Pokemon the Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom
Pokemon: Black & White Seasons 1 and 2
Pokemon: Indigo League Season 2
Jack and Diane
Bridezillas Season 10
Stephen King’s Bag of Bones
Were the World Mine
The Fourth Kind
The Pitch Season 2
Violet & Daisy
North Sea Texas
Problem Child: Leslie Jones
Side by Side
Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas Season 1
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Chicagoland Season 1
Death Row Stories Season 1
The Guild Season 1
Sabrina: The Animated Series Seasons 1 and 2
The Sea Inside
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series
Better Call Saul Season 1
The Little Engine that Could
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Season 1
Masha’s Tales Season 1
Pokemon: XY Season 1
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
I Love You Phillip Morris
Gaspar Noe’s Love
Care Bears & Cousins Season 2
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado
Mad Men Season 7, Part 2
Turbo FAST Season 3
Lila & Eve
The Returned Season 2
Cooked Season 1
Love Season 1
Fuerzas Especiales 2
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Fuller House Season 1
Theo Von: No Offense