Look, there’s a lot of things that we at Screen Rant love about life. A nice walk through fresh snow, a cozy dinner with friends or family, curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book. But – let’s be honest – there’s no better moment in a day than sitting in front of your television or laptop and finally seeing that red and black Netflix logo pop up. Anything bad about our day fades away and all we’re left with is the excitement of endless streaming entertainment.
Last month – despite January generally being a horribly depressing month – was full of exciting new Netflix content that literally filled our lives with joy. And we say literally because we’ve been watching a lot of A Series of Unfortunate Events lately and the dialogue has both literally and figuratively caused us to change the way we speak. But since those eight episodes went by too quickly, and we’ve already binged our way through every movie and special that Netflix has released, we can’t wait to get streaming on everything that Netflix has to offer this February.
February is going to be a huge month for Netflix. With new movies and some very flashy series debuting this month, we can’t wait to blow off all of our responsibilities and watch everything we can as soon as it’s all available. As we do every month, we are sorting through the best things coming to Netflix this month and telling you what you need to watch.
So here we go, Ranking the 15 Best New Additions to Netflix this January!
15. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Feb 1
Somewhere in the world at any given time an eternal debate rages regarding The Nightmare Before Christmas. Is it a Halloween film? Is it a Christmas film? If this is truly a Tim Burton film, then where in the hell is Johnny Depp? Regardless of your answers to any of the above answers, the fact remains that The Nightmare Before Christmas is a great film that you can never see too many times.
Sure, the film may be best viewed around the holidays (Halloween, Christmas, whatever), but watching it in February doesn’t diminish it in any way. The songs are still as magical as ever, and the animation is pure nostalgic goodness. To throw this film up on Netflix is to get a good dose of childhood cheer, and you could do much worse than starting off the month by watching something that feels like hot chicken soup thawing your winter-ravaged veins.
14. The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Feb 1
Something about the cold, desolate months of January and February are perfect for horror – a fact that movie studios have caught onto in recent years with the release of horror classics often coming in the winter. So there’s perhaps no better way to spend a dreary February day then holed up inside with one of the best horror movies of the last two decades. Wrap a blanket around you, hide from any type of forest that may be near you, and start streaming The Blair Witch Project.
Although found footage horror has exploded since Paranormal Activity, it was really The Blair Witch Project that proved the merits of the horror subgenre. Famously, many viewers had no idea if what they were watching was real when it debuted in theaters, and the film still holds up today as being shockingly realistic. While we now know that this is simply a scripted micro-budget film, seeing the shaky-camera and hearing the behind-the-scene screaming of the main characters still sends chills down our spine that no horror movie has been able to match since.
13. Babe (1995) – Feb 1
Out of context, Babe is a headscratcher of a movie and an even more confusing footnote in history. It’s a kid’s film about a talking pig that grossed $254 million at the box office against a $30 million budget. It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. And, this bears repeating once again, it’s a kid’s film about a talking pig.
But, look, Babe is a f***ing delight! Everything about this film is handcrafted to be one of the most enjoyable experiences you’ll ever have with a family film. Regardless of your age or your experience with talking pigs, there’s nothing but joy to be had within the confines of Babe’s running-time. The perfect film to click play on no matter who’s in the room watching with you, Babe is everything you remember it being and more. They just don’t make movies like this anymore.
12. Chef’s Table (Season 3, Netflix Original) – Feb 17
Food has never looked better than when it’s front and center on Netflix’s beautiful Chef’s Table. Now entering its third season, the series that gives food porn a new definition is as good as ever, and it’s ready to keep making you unhealthily hungry this winter.
Focusing on a different chef each episode and the fantastical and delicious dishes that they specialize in, Chef’s Table is different from other food shows in that it’s not interested in teaching you how to cook the food. Rather, it seems to delight in showing you just how good the food is; despite that you’ll most likely never be able to eat it. By focusing on how the ingredients are sourced and just what kinds of magical methods are employed in bringing the food to your plate, Chef’s Table is a delight to the senses and the exact type of show that you need to be watching; entertaining, good-looking, innovative, and satisfying as hell.
11. David Brent: Life on the Road (2016, Netflix Original) – Feb 10
There’s a lot of strong opinions floating around the world regarding the original British Office versus the American Office. There are also strong opinions regarding Ricky Gervais, his comedic sensibilities, and his overall personality. It therefore goes without saying that a spinoff of the original British Office starring only Ricky Gervais and his brand of irritating cringe-humor is going to be met with strong opinions.
If your opinion is that the American Office is the superior Office, then you may still enjoy David Brent: Life on the Road, a film that follows Gervais’ character living his rock star dream. With the same type of mockumentary style that made both versions of The Office famous, there’s still much to enjoy in this deeply personal – and inherently ridiculous – spin-off. However, on the other side of the coin are people who simply hate Ricky Gervais, and unfortunately if that’s the case with you there’s just nothing enjoyable in Life on the Road. Look elsewhere, and perhaps keep your fingers crossed for a Michael Scott spinoff in a few decades.
10. I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017, Netflix Original) – Feb 24
Netflix has gained a reputation as of late for being home to some of the most critically acclaimed indie films around. While theatrical releases for low-budget films continue to disappear amidst big budget monstrosities, we’re thankful that Netflix has emerged as a streaming home for the weird little films we wouldn’t get to see elsewhere.
Continuing the Netflix trend of picking up films at Sundance to debut on their platform, Netflix is bringing us an intriguing crime drama in the form of I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood, the film focuses on a shy nursing assistant who teams up with a neighborhood loner to track down the criminals that broke into her house. With two great actors in the spotlight and an exciting first-time director at the helm, we have no doubts that this film will be worth watching. Add to that the rave reviews have already greeted the film at Sundance this year, and we can’t wait to watch it from the comfort of our own home.
9. Sausage Party (2016) – Feb 23
When the Academy Award nominations were announced late in January many were surprised to see that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Sausage Party was left out of the Best Animated Feature race. Perhaps the Academy just didn’t think that the filthy, R-Rated film belonged in the same place as family films like Moana and Zootopia. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that Sausage Party featured some gorgeous CGI animation overtop of an over-the-top, ridiculous, hilarious, and downright daring film.
It’s exciting to see a new release such as Sausage Party find a home on Netflix so soon after its theatrical debut. While Sausage Party was in no way a commercial failure, a film as original as this could always use a wider audience and Netflix is set to give it just that. With such amazing talent in front of and behind the camera giving the film an authentic and hilarious voice – and strangely meaningful message – you can be sure that any Sausage Party will be immensely improved by watching this film.
8. Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special (2017, Netflix Original) – Feb 7
If you’re not part of the middle-aged-women-that-love-Michael-Bolton demographic then it’s easy to dismiss something with Michael Bolton in the title as not being for you. But boy, you could not be more wrong. Coming to Netflix on February 7th, Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special looks to be the most absurdly wonderful comedic delight so far in 2017.
Directed by The Lonely Islands Akiva Schaffer and Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, we can only imagine what type of nonsense shenanigans Michael Bolton will be getting into in the name of comedy and/or romance. As is often the case with Aukerman’s work, amazing celebrity cameos abound, and we can count on stars such as Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Casey Wilson, Chris Parnell, Eric Andre, Michael Sheen, and Randal Park to make an appearance on the special. If that’s not enough to sell you on the celebration of love right there, then maybe you have no heart. Or maybe you just need a big heaping dose of Michael Bolton to serenade you this Valentine’s Day and teach you the true meaning of the word love comedy.
7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (2016) – Feb 11
With La La Land sweeping the world there’s bound to be a whole new group of people searching for great musicals. As it turns out, they don’t need to look very far. Debuting last year to rave reviews and a cult following, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the TV musical that everyone needs in their life, and luckily we can have two seasons of it starting February 11th.
Packed with clever sight-gags and one-liners that even La La Land wasn’t brave enough to pull off, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is so charming that we defy anyone to watch it and not fall crazily in love. Even if musicals aren’t your thing, even if comedy is somehow not a big deal to you, even if you hate all television ever created, you will love Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Each episode is so densely packed with delight and filled with love that you’ll be singing its praises before the first episode is through.
6. Finding Dory (2016) – Feb 1
We waited an insanely long time for a sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, and by the time it finally came in 2016 hopes and expectations were sky high. Or at least, sea level high. How could Pixar satisfyingly follow up what had since been considered one of the greatest animated films of all time? The answer, as it turned out, was with a pair of big eyes.
Everyone who’s seen Finding Dory can agree that the most adorable thing ever put on screen are the two giant eyes of little baby Dory. That right there makes everything else in the film worthwhile; and as an added bonus everything else in the film is quite good too. Heart, humor, and H20 fill this family film up to the top of the tank with unrivaled joy, and to get the chance to see it endless times in Netflix HD is something that we cannot wait for.
5. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016) – Feb 2
Netflix may be home to some of the best, most captivating original series on television (or streaming), but in a close second would be cable channel FX. And at the tip top of FX programming is American Crime Story, which premiered last year with the deeply addictive and explosive first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson.
In tackling such a well-known story Ryan Murphy and co. dug themselves a deep hole when the series was announce – but by the first 10 minutes of episode one they had clearly climbed out of it. By focusing on the details of the O.J. Simpson case that none of us know American Crime Story managed to be the most captivating thing on TV week in and week out. Coupled with career-defining performances and chilling social commentary, the entire first season is the definition of must-watch television, and now that it’s on Netflix it must be watched all episodes at once, consecutively, with no room for bathroom breaks.
4. Girlfriend’s Day (2017, Netflix Original) – Feb 14
We all know that Netflix has an algorithm for figuring out what we’re obsessed with and what kinds of content we’d love to watch. It’s how they figured that David Fincher + Kevin Spacey + Political Thriller = Amazing Show. So when Netflix has a new original movie coming out, we better take notice, because chances are it was made just for us. And based on everything we know about Girlfriend’s Day, that’s just the case.
Taking the TV nerd’s favorite star in Bob Odenkirk and throwing him into a comedic-drama murder plot with tinges of film noir is a delightful recipe sure to result in a rewarding film. Following Odenkirk as a failing romance-card writer who gets wrapped up in a murder plot, Girlfriend’s Day seems like the perfect anecdote to a Valentine’s Day filled with schmaltzy rom-coms. Set to be funny and dark in all the right places, entertainment like this – especially entertainment that comes free with our Netflix subscription – doesn’t come along very often. When it does, it’s all of our responsibilities to sit back and press play.
3. Superbad (2007) – Feb 4
Let’s put aside for a second the fact that Superbad came out ten years ago. Yes, we’re all old and on an endless march to obscurity, but we’re putting that aside! We’re instead focusing on the fact that Superbad – one of the best comedies of the 21st century – is now available on Netflix for us to watch endlessly. Finally, we can study every single line and pull off our ultimate goal of memorizing the entire movie word for word.
With the film set to hit Netflix on February 4th, take the time out of your month to show the Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera comedy to everyone you possibly can. Show them that the reputation some have given to the film – that it’s a crude bro-film – is entirely wrong. Show them the heart, warmth, and humor in this insanely quotable movie. Show them that there’s more to this pitch-perfect coming of age movie than the throwaway line “I am McLovin.” Show them that loving Superbad is right… And then quickly ignore the fact that it came out ten years ago.
2. Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017, Netflix Original) – Feb 28
Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to Netflix. With his previous two specials/concert films/regular-film-hybrids on the streaming service – Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend – everyone that’s seen his work knows how deeply funny and simultaneously heartfelt it is. But the problem is, not a lot of people have seen these specials. So while Mike Birbiglia may not be a stranger to Netflix, it seems that the larger Netflix community are strangers to Mike Birbiglia. We’re here to tell you that needs to change.
With Birbiglia’s newest special hitting Netflix at the end of the month, we’re sure that Thank God for Jokes is going to give the comedian the place he deserves among our top ranked comedians. As laugh out loud funny as Bill Burr, as deeply intelligent as Louis CK, as full of energy as Kevin Hart, Mike Birbiglia has been giving audiences stand-up comedy gold for a long time. Now, focusing solely on jokes and paring back his storytelling delivery style, Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes is finally everything for everyone; assuming everyone is a lover of genuinely perfect comedy.
1. Santa Clarita Diet (Season 1, Netflix Original) – Feb 3
There was a time – just a few short weeks ago – that people thought Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant’s new Netflix show Santa Clarita Diet was just another standard comedy starring rich people in the suburbs. But then promotional art and trailers started coming out, and something was off – most notably the blood coming from Drew Barrymore’s mouth. And that’s when everyone figured it out; Santa Clarita Diet is a comedy about cannibalism.
This is the first Netflix Original comedy in a long time that has remained shrouded in mystery as long as it has, and we’re all the more thankful for it. Looking delightfully weird and shamelessly gory, we can’t remember the last time we were this excited for a new TV series. Simply put, this looks like the type of series that would not – could not – debut anywhere but Netflix, and that makes us proud to be card-carrying (figuratively) Netflix members. Anywhere that a show about rich suburban cannibals can thrive is a place that we want to be; and a show that we can’t wait to be watching!
What are you most excited to watch this month? Do you ever feel bad dodging all of your responsibilities in order to binge everything on Netflix? Are all of your relationships deteriorating while your entertainment quotient goes through the roof? Let us know in the comments!
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