It seems like just as quickly as a new series is released through a streaming service, you’ve already binged the entire thing (Cobra Kai, anyone?) That leaves the door open for watching something new. But what can you watch? In addition to brand new TV series debuting this week, like Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer and Losing Alice, there are also some great shows returning with new seasons, like Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and library title series now available to stream through new services, like The New Adventures of Old Christine.
There’s something available in every genre and to suit every mood, whether you want to binge five seasons of a library title show or just want something short and sweet.
We’ve gone through the latest and greatest from every major streaming service to bring you the best of what’s new to watch this week.
Looking for something new to watch with preschoolers? This animated series, based on the N.D. Wilson book of the same name, has released its fourth season. At the heart of the series is a young ninja named Wesley, his best friend, Georgie, and orange cat, Pretzel. As Wesley deals with everyday challenges, his very wise grandma Baa teaches him valuable life lessons for any “ninja,” i.e., child.
Call My Agent!
Check out the fourth season of this French series, originally called Dix pour cent (translated to “10%”) starting January 21. Follow the lives of four talent agency agents dealing with everyday challenges, both in their professional and personal lives, and how the two intertwine. It’s a fictional and funny look into the behind-the-scenes of celebrity culture.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
This popular and educational animated science fiction adventure series for kids returns for its second season on January 22. Based on the Michael Crichton novel Jurassic Park and part of the overall franchise, it takes place before, during, and after the events of the original movie. The central characters are six teenagers who are stranded on an island where dinosaurs are trying to escape their habitats.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
The story of serial killer Richard Ramirez and the police hunt to identify and track him down is chilling but also fascinating. The troubled man terrorized citizens across Los Angeles through the ’70s and ’80s, murdering, attacking, and sexually assaulting a variety of people, from children to couples and elderly men and women. The limited docuseries contains just four episodes and focuses not only on the crimes and victims but also on how the investigation took a toll on the police officers working the case. They recount the journey as they slowly uncovered clue after clue that led to Ramirez’s eventual identification and capture. It’s a mystifying story that you’ll easily watch in one sitting.
Last Tango in Halifax
This highly praised British comedy-drama is about a pair of widowers in their 70s who secretly had feelings for one another decades prior. They reconnect through Facebook, and their late-in-life romance begins. But while it should be smooth sailing, they still run into drama. It’s largely due to their two grown daughters who couldn’t be more different from one another and are dealing with their own issues. The fourth season of the story, which is loosely based on screenwriter Sally Wainwright’s own life and her mother’s second marriage, is now streaming.
Kids of the ’90s will recall the PBS kids game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Netflix brought back the Canadian-American treasure in 2019 in an animated series that is based on the original vigilante thief character, focusing on her backstory. Dubbed a modern-day Robin Hood, Sandiego travels around the world, stealing from an organization known as V.I.L.E. in order to give back to its victims. Watch season 4 now.
In this superhero sitcom, Henry is a 13-year-old boy from a town called Swellview who gets hired by the resident superhero Captain Man to work as his part-time sidekick, Kid Danger. But there’s a catch: He has to keep his superhero identity a secret. The idea is that Captain Man will need someone to take over once he can no longer do the job, and he believes Henry has what it takes. The series aired for five seasons on Nickelodeon, but you can stream the first three seasons now.
Check out the first season of this Canadian CGI-animated kids’ series about the title character, a 7-year-old girl who befriends creatures called Fuzzlies that live in her family’s hotel. She joins them on their various misadventures, using her quick detective skills to help them solve mysteries. Any time her wrist-worn Fuzzly Spotter gadget rings, she knows a Fuzzly needs her help, and she comes to the rescue. There have been two seasons to date of the series, which originally debuted north of the border in December 2018. Season 1 is now available to stream.
Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union star in this short-lived television spinoff of the Bad Boys movie franchise about a pair of detectives from very different backgrounds who are partnered up on the force, much to their chagrin. Union’s character is the sister of Martin Lawrence’s character from the movies, Marcus Burnett, while Alba is a former career criminal. The series lasted two seasons before getting canceled in October 2020 following poor reviews. Critics aside, if you’re in the mood for an unconventional buddy-cop drama, the 13 episodes in season 1 that are streaming now might be just what the doctor ordered.
Love cars? This Discovery series, which will be available to stream on January 20, takes you deep into the history of cars, including custom models. Follow along with Galpin Auto Sports, dubbed the number-on custom auto shop in the U.S., and learn about historic restorations and other compelling automobile projects.
A British psychological thriller adapted from the Neil Cross novel Burial, the story is about a married man named Nathan who receives a visit from a face from his past. The meeting and shocking news leads to a series of decisions that take Nathan down a frightening path. Check out the first season, delivered in four parts, starting January 22.
Now streaming is the dubbed second season of this Japanese anime series about a lethal superhero named Saitama who, as the series’ name implies, can take out any opponent with just a single punch. Being the best, however, can get pretty boring. So Saitama sets out on a journey to find a worthy opponent who can finally challenge him and his incredible strength. Will he ever meet his match?
Everyone is Doing Great
Check out the inaugural season of this comedy that was created by James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti, both of One Tree Hill fame. Following a crowdfunded release of the first two episodes, Hulu picked up the show for the eight-episode first season. It follows the two men as actors who used to star in a hit TV series about vampires called Eternal. Now, five years after the show has ended, they are trying to figure out their lives and love while dealing with coming of age much later in life than usual.
Watch the second season of this Canadian sci-fi series, which is et 20 years in the future where four young children live on a farm with their foster father. Life is anything but simple, however, when a spaceship crashes there and an extraterrestrial alien is found on the property. The kids begin to work with the alien, helping it save its endangered species. It’s a lovely story about acceptance and working together as the kids combine their unique talents to help, while the alien proves that it’s not an enemy.
At Home with Amy Sedaris
The comedian entertains and welcomes different guests each episode in this surreal comedy that premiered back in 2019. Focusing on her love for things like entertaining, crafts, and cooking, Sedaris plays herself and several other characters. There are a variety of recurring characters as well, played by actors like Justin Theroux, Michael Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer. The guest stars to date include names like Paul Giamatti, Stephen Colbert, and Neil Patrick Harris. Check out the third season of the series, which was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Program, starting January 20.
Also known as just Strike, this British crime drama is based on the J.K. Rowling detective novels Cormoran Strike, which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Tom Burke is Cornoram Strike, a war veteran who starts working as a private detective, solving cases the police can’t. Holliday Grainger stars as his assistant then business partner Robin. There have been four seasons to date and while you can stream all of season 1 starting January 20, keep in mind that there are only three episodes. (Seasons two and three include two episodes each and season 4 has four episodes.)
Roberto Saviano turned his book of the same name into a crime drama for the small screen with this series, originally offered in Italian. A play on the name of the known crime syndicate Camorra, it follows various high-ranking members of the criminal world and their dirty dealings. Starting January 21, you can stream season 3 in addition to the first two seasons. Four seasons of the series have aired so far on Sky Atlantic in Italy, with a fifth and final season scheduled to premiere there later this year.Watch on HBO Max
The New Adventures of Old Christine
After Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus found another successful home as the lead in this sitcom about a divorced and neurotic mother trying to navigate life as a single woman and owner of a women’s gym. The series, which aired for five seasons on CBS from 2006 to 2010, earned Louis-Dreyfus one of her many Emmy Awards. The series also starred Clark Gregg as her ex-husband and Wanda Sykes as her best friend. Check out all five seasons starting January 22.
Painting With John
Starting January 22, stream this unscripted series that is written, directed by, and stars musician, actor, director, and painter John Lurie. The six episodes are described as “part meditative tutorial, part fireside chat” as Lurie works on creating watercolors and waxes poetic about life. Can Lurie be this generation’s Bob Ross, and is he even trying to be? It certainly appears as though he’s aiming to provide the same calming effect with the twist of also encouraging viewers to reflect on life, learnings, and spending more time doing the things we love.
Person of Interest
Imagine if someone were smart enough to build a machine that could scan everyone in the world, everywhere, and determine that a crime was about to be committed before it even happened. The one drawback is that while the machine can identify the two main people involved by their social security numbers, it can’t distinguish between who will be the victim and who the perpetrator. That’s the premise of this gripping science-fiction drama, which sees Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a reclusive billionaire and genius-level computer programmer who created The Machine, team up with John Reese, a Green Beret CIA agent to secretly fight crime. With both presumed dead and unlimited financial resources, they easily fly under the radar. But there are still organizations, governments, and individuals who know The Machine exists and desperately want to get their hands on it. Check out all five seasons starting January 23.
The second season of this anthology comedy is now streaming. Each season is based on a different work by humorist Simon Rich, with season 1 based on What in God’s Name and season 2 on a short story called Revolution. With a cast headed up by Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, season 2 is set in the Dark Ages and follows the humorous story of Prince Chauncley (Radcliffe) and Eddie Shitshoveler (Buscemi). Season 2 also adds guest stars like Fred Armisen and Peter Serafinowicz.
After a group of friends in New York City set on a journey to locate a missing woman, they end up in the midst of drama, both related and unrelated to the search. Each season takes the story further as new murders — and drama — emerge. Dubbed a satirical dark comedy thriller, the fourth season of the series, which originally debuted on TBS, is now streaming. Alia Shawkat stars as Dory, who lives an unfulfilled life until she decides to search for her old college friend, and John Reynolds as Drew, her sweet but sheltered boyfriend.
Director Bong Joon-ho originally brought this concept to the big screen in 2013, based on the 1982 graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. In May 2020, TNT re-imagined the post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller for the small screen, continuing the story of a group of passengers aboard a massive perpetually moving train housing the only survivors after Earth became a frozen human wasteland. Examining issues of class warfare, social injustice, and survival, the first season is now streaming in time to binge before season 2 is released on January 25, 2021.
How I Met Your Mother
Stream all nine seasons of this long-running sitcom that followed the lives of a group of friends in their late 20s and early 30s living in New York, navigating their careers and love lives. Ted is the central character, who is telling his kids in the year 2030 the story of how he met their mother. Except every episode focuses on everything but, including the many women Ted dated before meeting the mysterious mom and the various hijinks he got up to with his close-knit group of friends. While the final season and the season finale was disappointing to some, the series’ first eight seasons are Friends for a new generation and it’s worth the ride.
There have been two seasons so far of this British dramedy and you can stream the first season starting January 22. Anna Paquin returns to the small screen for the show about an American PR executive trying to navigate a different world and difficult situations while working in London. At the heart of her job is trying to get her often selfish clients out of crazy messes. But while she has a pretty good handle on her job, she doesn’t seem to have the same level of control over her personal life.
Pulling back the curtain on Indian politics, this drama/thriller is set in the capital city of New Delhi and looks at power and manipulation and how it plays into that political world. The first season features an ensemble cast and nine episodes. While not much is yet known about the series, it is filmmaker Al Abbas Zafar’s first project to be made available in the digital domain. “As you watch,” he told The Hindu, “you’ll realize there is no right or wrong, there is no black or white; [the] world of power is about the world of grays.”
Watch all eight seasons of this thrilling Showtime series about a vigilante serial killer who has learned to control his dark urges by only killing criminals he has vetted and determined to be deserving of it. His moonlighting job is made easier given the access afforded to him by his day job as a blood-spatter analyst for the police department. Michael C. Hall is wonderfully convincing as the title character, a man struggling to interact with “normal” people during the day while constantly being consumed by his “dark passenger” and sociopathic lack of empathy or interest in mundane daily niceties.
Despite the lackluster ending that led to the upcoming limited series revival to give the show the ending it deserves, all eight seasons of Dexter are captivating and will keep you at the edge of your seat. Watch it again in preparation for the revival, or check it out for the first time before the 10-episode limited series premieres in late 2021.
Delve into the thrilling world of Alice starting January 22, a 48-year-old film director who becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old femme fatale and screenwriter. The series switches among flashbacks, flash-forwards, and present day to present a complex story that promises to keep viewers at the edge of their seats. The series touches on several topical issues, including aging, guilt, jealousy, and the lengths people will go to for power, success, and relevance. But at its heart, it’s described as a love letter for the “still-too-rare” female director.
Typical of M. Night Shyamalan’s body of work, this psychological horror series had viewers puzzled, shocked, and terrified through its first season. A woman hires a nanny to help care for her baby as she heads back to work, but it’s quickly revealed that there’s something off about the child: It’s just a lifelike doll. Following the arrival of a shy, young nanny who cares for the “baby” as though it were real, strange things keep happening. While season 1 ended shockingly, it will be interesting to see where the story goes in season 2, which will premiere on January 15. The series has already been renewed for a third season as well.
Check out the second season of this historical comedy-drama starring Hailee Steinfeld as a fictional version of the title character. With a third season already ordered as well, the coming-of-age series takes a humorous look into the world of a rebellious young teenage girl who despises societal conventions and traditional expectations about gender identity. All the while, she yearns to be a writer, constantly trying to keep up with her own vivid imagination.
This might just become your new latest obsession to watch with the kids. The animated series, which is suitable for kids 7 and up, is about three siblings, Karl, Addy, and Michael, who live next door to a wise panda named Stillwater. Despite their differences, the kids learn a lot from Stillwater, who regales them with stories that teach them new perspectives on life, love, and each other. It’s heartwarming and sweet, with a lesson in every episode that will teach kids to have faith in themselves, work harder, and be confident that they can achieve anything to which they set their minds.
The latest project set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively, in this miniseries that is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Now that Thanos is no longer a threat, the pair are just your average couple living a boring suburban life, Leave It to Beaver-style, in Westview while trying to conceal their powers from others. They enter different decades, deal with typical television tropes, and bring a new level of humor to the characters, but something strange is going on. The series marks the first project in the MCU’s Phase Four strategy, which will include a variety of movies and TV series released between 2021 and 2023. WandaVision began streaming its first two episodes on January 15, with episode three set for release on January 22.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny
Lucasfilm Animation is behind this series of 2D shorts, which were initially released through Disney’s YouTube channel back in 2017. Now, the first four volumes are streaming on Disney+. Each two- to three-minute episode focuses on a specific female character from the Star Wars franchise and situations from their perspective. Popular characters featured through the episodes include Rey, Princess Leia Organa, Ahsoka Tano, Padme Amidala, and others.
Earth to Ned
Check out 10 new episodes of this PG-rated talk show hosted by aliens. The series, which is produced by The Jim Henson Company and Marwar Junction Productions, originally premiered with its first season in September 2020 and was met with positive reviews. The premise is that the host, Ned, was supposed to invade Earth, but he became obsessed with pop culture and decided to launch his own talk show instead. Together with his lieutenant Cornelius, he interviews celebrity guests in each half-hour episode. While there’s strong language and innuendo, it’s a show that parents can watch with older kids. Guests in season two include Ginnifer Goodwin, Aisha Tyler, Penn & Teller, Mayim Bialik, Molly Ringwald, and others.
The Mandalorian (2019)
The second season of this Star Wars franchise space Western commenced on October 30, 2020, and came to an end on December 18. Not surprisingly, season 3 is also already in the works. The series, which took home an impressive seven Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, is set five years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) who is trying to locate someone known as “The Child,” now known as Grogu (and affectionately called “Baby Yoda”), followed by his adventures with the adorable creature. This will be one to savor since the third season won’t arrive until the end of 2021, though there are a few spinoffs in the works to whet your appetites while you anxiously await the next 12 months to come and go.
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