Never needed a Netflix update quite as much as we do right now, amirite? Lockdown 3.0 has me up to date on absolutely everything and even rewatching a couple of classics (I see you The Haunting of Hill House), and we have a really exciting month ahead of us in terms of new content.
There’s new shows, old shows, classic films and exciting new projects too. Lots to look forward to as Spring slowly approaches.
Snowpiercer season 2 – weekly episodes every Tuesday
The second series of this powerhouse adaptation is going to be drip-fed to us on a weekly basis starting at the beginning of this month. Led by Requiem For a Dream star Jennifer Connely playing a cold, flawed Melanie Cavill and Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs playing the ex-police officer Andre Leyton. The series has hundreds of possible story threads to pick up and it promises to be a remarkable sequel.
This cult classic made by Tina Fey needs absolutely no introduction. It is endlessly quotable, completely hilarious, a touchstone of modern cultural capital, endlessly quotable… If you’ve not seen it, you need to. It’s not often that I become a film snob and say terrible things like ‘I can’t believe you’ve never seen XYZ’ but I will say that to you if you don’t watch Mean Girls on February 1st (or October 3rd).
Parks and Recreation – 7 seasons
Another cultural phenomenon, and I couldn’t be happier that it is finally all available on Netflix as of February. The masses need light relief and hilarious town-planning related jokes and finally, they will have them. This is where loads of comedians that are very successful now, like Aziz Ansari, Audrey Plaza and Chris Platt and it is fun and nostalgic to be reminded of where they came from.
In the cosy suburban/rural American tradition of shows like Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias, here is another comforting show about 2 friends and their lifelong and enduring friendship. Visiting the pair at various stages of their lives, this show, based on Kristen Hannah’s wonderful book looks set to be a really gripping comfort watch.
Riverdale season five – weekly episodes every Thursday
The Archie Comics series returns to screens to make you feel thrilled and weird at the same time.
Malcolm and Marie
This film was made in lockdown and picked up by Netflix for a remarkable $30 million. Zendaya and John David Washington play a couple whose relationship is exposed for its true nature over the course of a single evening. The film, which is in black and white, is a shoo-in for nominations, definitely one to look out for at the next set of awards.
Little Big Women
A family deals with the loss of their estranged father and the life he left behind.
News of The World
Five years after the end of the Civil War, a former Confederate soldier finds a child in need of help. Both Tom Hanks and newcomer Helena Zengel look set for awards later in the year, as critics have already heaped praise on their performances.
To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea to a crazy year at high school.
The Girl on the Train
This 2016 thriller, based on the wildly successful Paula Hawkins novel, sees a recovering alcoholic (Emily Blunt) stumble into a missing person’s investigation, and become far too involved than she ever should have been.