New Year's Day 2017 is here on the back of a quiet December for Netflix Originals, with the highlights being a portrait of a young Barack Obama in Barry, a Mythbusters 2.0 in the form of White Rabbit Project, and a Christmas special for fans of Wachowski siblings’ Sense8. Some popular things, but nothing extraordinary. January seems to echo that on the originals front, with the only stand-out the presence of Neil Patrick Harris in a new family thriller.
Here are our five guaranteed-good picks for January 2017, and the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix India after that.
London Spy: Season 1 / New Year's Day 2017
A five-part drama made by Tom Smith for BBC last year, London Spy takes two men from very different lives – one from the world of clubbing Danny (Ben Whishaw), and the other from the Secret Intelligence Service HQ Alex (Edward Holcroft) – and puts them together. Their love story takes a turn for the sour when Alex is found dead, which prompts Danny to reach beyond his incapabilities.
Autohead / New Year's Day 2017
With Autohead, writer-director Rohit Mittal makes his debut as he follows a documentary crew focusing on one of Mumbai’s rickshaw drivers. The film is presented in a mockumentary format, blending thriller with social critique as the driver Narayan (Deepak Sampat) goes through a dark and disturbing journey.
Carol / New Year's Day 2017
Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network) star in this intimate, thoughtful and gorgeous drama about two lesbians living in polar-opposite worlds in 1950s New York, as they navigate societal customs and their own wants. Todd Haynes directed Carol off a script based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, and it was nominated for six Oscars this past February.
Suits: Season 5 / January 6
Watching the lives and tribulations of natural expert Mike Ross and his uber-confident lawyer boss Harvey Specter has enthralled millions since the show started five years ago. Suits’ sixth season, which airs on Colors Infinity, is currently on winter hiatus, but you can catch up on the first five thanks to Netflix.
A Series of Unfortunate Events / January 13
The film adaptation wasn’t too successful, but that hasn’t stopped Netflix from giving Daniel Handler's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events another go. The first season of eight episodes, which covers the initial four novels, stars Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, who tries his best to keep the Baudelaire kids to himself, in a bid to take over their inheritance.
Here's a full list of all the new content coming to Netflix India in January 2017:
The Principal: Season 1 (2015-16) / New Year's Day 2017
Luther: Season 4 (2010-16) / New Year's Day 2017
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3 (2016 – Present) / January 6
Coin Heist (2017) / January 6
Riverdale (2017) / January 27 – New episodes weekly
Hurricane Bianca (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
Shameless: Season 4-6 (2011 – Present) / New Year's Day 2017
Tales of Halloween (2015) / New Year's Day 2017
Take the 10 (2016) / January 20
An American in Madras (2013) / New Year's Day 2017
Real Detective: Season 1 (2016 – Present) / New Year's Day 2017
The Last Shaman (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
Growing Up Coy (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
Becoming Zlatan (Den unge Zlatan) (2015) / New Year's Day 2017
To Be a Miss (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
The Rat Race (2011) / New Year's Day 2017 The Perfect Physique (2015) / New Year's Day 2017
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015) / January 7
The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 1 (2016 – Present) / January 13
Wartime Portraits: Season 1 (2014) / January 15
The Watcher (2016) / January 9
Clinical (2017) / January 13
Clash of the Titans (2010) / New Year's Day 2017
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016) / January 5
Frontier: Season 1 (2016 – Present) / January 20
Under the Shadow (2016) / January 7
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco (2017) / January 10
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) / January 17
Gad Gone Wild (2017) / January 24
NatGeo: Covershot Mission North East: Season 1 (2014) / January 4
Saheb Bibi Golaam (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
Radiopetti (2015) / New Year's Day 2017
Vakratunda Mahakaaya (2013) / January 15
Caída del Cielo (2016) / January 20
Gato Negro (2014) / January 20
Hazing (Novatos) (2015) / January 24
We Are Pregnant (Embarazados) (2016) / January 24
So Young (2013) / January 13
Estar o no estar (2015) / January 14
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Imprisoned (Presos) (2016) / January 19
Inspector Gadget: Season 1 (2015 – Present) / New Year's Day 2017
Odd Squad: Season 1-2 (2014 – Present) / New Year's Day 2017
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge (2016) / New Year's Day 2017
Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle (2014) / New Year's Day 2017
Tarzan and Jane: Season 1 (2017) / January 6
We’re Lalaloopsy: Season 1 (2017) / January 10
Grami's Circus Show: Season 2 (2014 – Present) / January 21
Kazoops!: Season 2 (2016 – Present) / January 27
Note: In the past, Netflix hasn't always received approvals/ rights on time so the actual release dates mentioned above may vary.
Update (05/01): The Karma Killings (2016), previously mentioned under 'Documentary', has been removed after Netflix contacted us to explain that it is currently "on hold".