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If you love binge-watching, then you’re in luck as the new year (and decade) arrive. This month, to kick off the new era, Netflix is stockpiling a slew of movies and TV shows that might just keep you glued to your couch for hours (though you should be sure not to veg out too much as winter reaches its coldest temperatures). The streaming service is adding so many items, in fact, that you might feel overwhelmed trying to dig through it all, so to keep things simple, here are the four best Netflix January 2020 arrivals.
1. Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2
Given Netflix’s modern-day status as a one-stop-shop for exciting original TV series, it can be easy to forget that the company started as a service for renting DVDs, mostly of classic movies. That’s why the arrival of Quentin Tarantino’s beloved Kill Bill movies to the streaming platform feels like such a big deal, as these are exactly the kinds of films that Netflix’s very first users likely wanted to see.
On the other hand, the two Kill Bill films have become inextricably linked to the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, whose company Miramax distributed the films. Lead actress Uma Thurman is among the myriad women who have accused Weinstein of assault, and she has also claimed that Tarantino failed to properly look after her during Kill Bill’s most dangerous stunts.
2. Sex Education: Season 2
The first season of the Netflix original teen comedy-drama Sex Education was a sleeper hit, impressing critics and developing a cult following without becoming as omnipresent as other Netflix originals such as Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black. The second season, which arrives January 17, will pick up in the aftermath of protagonist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) overcoming a major hurdle in banishing his sexual repression. If fans get lucky, the show will continue to provide one of the most poignant, realistic looks at the challenges that face teenagers as they navigate sexuality in a world that represses it.
3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3
In late 2018, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s adaptation of the Archie comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina became a bona fide hit (though perhaps not yet as much so as the ‘90s and early ‘00s TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, inspired by a different Archie comic book series about the same protagonist). In her first starring role as an adult, Kiernan Shipka (best known as Sally Draper in Mad Men) plays Sabrina Spellman with resolve, a sprinkle of sass, and just enough traditional rom-com cheesiness to endear all manner of viewers.
4. BoJack Horseman: Season 6, Part 2
At the end of the month, one of Netflix’s most acclaimed original series will return for the second half of its final season. The eight-episode first part of BoJack Horseman aired in October 2019 and prepared fans for the titular antihero to potentially crumble yet again just as he seemed to finally, for the first time in the series’ long run, be doing well. The show began reckoning with the #MeToo movement in its fifth season, and if the first half of the sixth season was any indication, this second half will focus on how someone who seems to be improving himself may still owe a great debt for the harm he’s inflicted in the past (and, according to some, showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg intended to have more time to explore this issue).
What are you most excited to watch on Netflix this month? Sound off in the comments!