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What’s New on Netflix: January 2018

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At the beginning of (and during) each month, Netflix adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our January 2018 recommendations along with a full list of new titles. For more comprehensive coverage of the best movies and TV shows available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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This Month’s Highlights

Available January 1

If you can’t stop staring at your phone: The Truman Show

Not every movie gets to be the namesake for a psychological disorder. But more importantly, Peter Weir’s 1998 satire about an average guy (Jim Carrey, never better) who’s the unknowing star of a reality show anticipated the way our media-rich environments and ubiquitous cameras would turn us all into walking, talking Trumans. The film made prophetic sense in the early aughts, at the height of the reality-TV craze. But in the age of social media, it hints at something more sinister: Most of us secretly want to be Truman, forever broadcasting our every drama to the world. Available January 1.

Available January 26

If you’re a comedy geek: A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Cult comedy director David Wain restages the 1970s heyday of cult comedy magazine National Lampoon, which became the springboard for Animal House, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and pretty much every major comedy property of the next three decades. As you might expect, there was a lot of cocaine, casual misogyny, and Will Forte. Wait, no: Will Forte is only here to play Doug Kenney, the magazine’s first editor-in-chief, while Joel McHale appears as Chevy Chase and a lot of today’s other big-name comics portray big-name comics from the ’70s. Basically, if you don’t watch this movie, they’ll shoot the dog. Available January 26.

Available January 29

For an eye-opening look at the police: The Force

A searing account of the Oakland Police Department in 2014, just as Black Lives Matter was making headlines and the names of black victims of police violence were overflowing from news chyrons, Peter Nicks’s documentary catches its subjects at a moment of supreme reflection. Can they reform their department enough to earn back the trust of their deeply dissatisfied community? Is reform on such a grand scale even possible? The Force offers an invaluable perspective on the changing nature of law enforcement in America. Available January 29.

Full List

Noteworthy selections in bold.

TV Shows

Available January 1

• Chef & My Fridge: 2017
• Eastsiders: Season 3
• Glacé: Season 1
Lovesick: Season 3

Available January 5

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
• DEVILMAN crybaby: Season 1

Available January 6

Episodes: Season 1-5

Available January 12

• Colony: Season 2
• Disjointed: Part 2
• Somebody Feed Phil

Available January 15

• 2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold

Available January 16

Rita: Season 4

Available January 17

• Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show
• Friday Night Tykes: Season 4

Available January 18

Tiempos de guerra: Season 1

Available January 19

• Drug Lords: Season 1
• Grace and Frankie: Season 4
• Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 1

Available January 26

• The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 6
• Dirty Money
• Llama Llama: Season 1
One Day at a Time: Season 2

Available January 28

El Ministerio del Tiempo: Seasons 1-3

Available January 30

Babylon Berlin: Seasons 1-2
• Retribution: Season 1


Available January 1

• 10,000 B.C.
• 30 Days of Night
• Age Of Shadows
• America’s Sweethearts
Apollo 13
• Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
• Batman Forever
• Batman Returns
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Bring It On
• Bring It On Again
• Bring It On: All or Nothing
• Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
• Bring It On: In It to Win It
• Definitely, Maybe
• The Dukes of Hazzard
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
• The First Time
• Furry Vengeance
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III
• How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Italian Job
• Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
King Kong
• Lethal Weapon
• Lethal Weapon 2
• Lethal Weapon 3
• Lethal Weapon 4
• License to Wed
Like Water for Chocolate
Love Actually
• The Lovely Bones
• Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
Marie Antoinette
• Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
• Midnight in Paris
• Monsters vs. Aliens
National Treasure
• Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
The Shawshank Redemption
Strictly Ballroom
Training Day
• Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable
• Troy
The Truman Show
• The Vault
Wedding Crashers
• Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Available January 2

• Mustang Island
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Available January 5

Before I Wake

Available January 8

The Conjuring

Available January 10

• 47 Meters Down (a.k.a. In The Deep)
• Alejandro Riaño: Especial de stand up
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Available January 12

• The Man Who Would Be Polka King
• The Polka King
• Tom Segura: Disgraceful

Available January 14

Wild Hogs

Available January 15


Available January 16

Dallas Buyers Club
• Katt Williams: Great America

Available January 18

Bad Day for the Cut

Available January 19

The Open House

Available January 23

Todd Glass: Act Happy

Available January 24

Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así

Available January 25

Acts of Vengeance

Available January 26

A Futile and Stupid Gesture
• Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich
• Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar

Available January 29

The Force

Available January 30

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

Available January 31

Cars 3

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What’s New on Netflix: January 2018