What to watch on Netflix in January From ‘That ’70s Show’ to a non-linear heist drama

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, making them is a piece of cake but actually keeping them is a difficult feat. Sometimes the goal is too vague or too unrealistic, which makes it even more difficult to achieve. Fortunately, Netflix is ​​here to help in this area, especially if one of your resolutions for 2023 is to binge on more good shows, movies, and documentaries.

This month, the international reality television broadcasting giant is releasing exciting documentaries, family-friendly shows, and plenty of literary adaptations. For fans of the self-proclaimed real-life social experience series “The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On,” be sure to check out the second part of the French show, which comes out on January 6. Of tea, you won’t want to skip “The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker,” a documentary about Kai the Hatchet-Wilding Hitchhiker’s 2013 conviction. Of course, there’s also more fun entertainment, including the second season of “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight” and the 2010 rom-com “Leap of the Year”.

Here are some of the new must-see entertainment coming to Netflix in January:

This isn’t your typical heist drama – like “Money Heist”, “Lupine” or “The Great Heist” – where a linear narrative is provided from assembling the team to the heist and then thereafter. Instead, “Kaleidoscope” is a non-linear series that randomizes episodes for each viewer, meaning that they may watch them in a different order than their friends. No matter what sequence the series is watched in, every viewer should be able to piece together the heist’s timeline – leading up to the finale.

Spanning 25 years, the series follows a group of ingenious burglars trying to open a seemingly unbreakable vault. However, things soon become murky again, as another complex mystery of corruption, greed, and betrayal is added to the mix. Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabriel, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosalynn Elpay, Jai Courtney, Nyosha Noor, Jordan Mendoza, Sojung Son and Himki Madeira all star in this eight-part series. – Joy Saha

Tatsuo, a former yakuza boss turned house husband, is back for the second season of Chores and Home Living. Despite his sinister appearance and intimidating personality, Tatsuo takes his job seriously so that he can provide for his wife Miko, the breadwinner for her family.

The Way of the House Husband is called “Gokushufudo” in Japanese, and it is based on the manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Kosuke Ono.– Joy Saha

The four-part series explores Bernie Madoff’s infamous $64.8 billion global Ponzi scheme, in which he defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars over nearly 17 years. Madoff, who was the former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, was charged with money laundering, securities fraud, and several other felonies and was sentenced to 150 years in prison on June 29, 2009. – Joy Saha

Based on Elena Ferrante’s 2019 novel of the same name, the six-episode Italian-language series follows a sheltered teen named Giovanna who befriends her estranged aunt in an effort to learn more about herself and the ramifications of her family. Set in Naples in the 1990s, the series stars Giordana Marengo as Giovanna, Valeria Golino as her Aunt Vittoria, Alessandro Preziosi and Pina Turco as Giovanna’s father and mother. – Joy Saha

Tie the peach! Jenny and Georgia, the dysfunctional mother-daughter duo, are back for more drama in the idyllic town of Wellsbury. Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger, as Jenny — along with her little brother Austin — ran away from home after learning her mother had killed her ex-husband with poison from her beloved wolf plant. Georgia’s plant was also burnt to smithereens, making her more angry than sad about the disappearance of her children. Antonia Gentry and Brian Howe reprise their titular roles alongside Scott Porter, Felix Mallard, Raymond Black, Katie Douglas and Sarah Weisglass. – Joy Saha

The mystery thriller, based on Louis Bayard’s 2003 novel of the same name, follows veteran detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who investigates a gruesome murder at the United States Military Academy with the help of a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). Set in 1830 West Point, New York, the film also stars Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, and Robert Duvall.– Joy Saha

Director Hirokazu Kore Ida of award-winning Cannes “Shoplifters” fame and the recently acclaimed “Broker” is making his transition to television with this live-action adaptation of Aiko Koyama’s award-winning manga series “Kiyo in Kyoto”. It’s a perfect fit as Kore Ida can bring his contemplative style and unhurried pace to tell the story of Kyo (Nana Mori), a young woman who moves with her childhood friend Sumire (Natsuki Deguchi) to Kyoto to become a maiko, a geishas-in-training. However, Kiyo soon realizes that her skills lie not with the art but with cooking delicious, soul-warming meals for her friend and the other maiko. Have comfort foods like omurice or curry on hand because you’ll be hungry watching this charming series. – Hanh Nguyen

From the creators of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” comes “Break Point,” a 10-episode docu-series focused on one thing and one thing only: tennis. It follows a new generation of tennis players, on and off the court, as they fight to fill the top spots left by retired legendary athletes. Being a young, professional tennis player is no easy profession, and the series proves just that with intimate footage of players competing on tours, recovering from injuries, dealing with emotional heartbreak and celebrating personal victories. – Joy Saha

Set in Point Place, Wisconsin in 1976, “That ’70 Show” introduced viewers to a group of likable teens, who all gather in Eric Forman’s (Topher Grace) basement to smoke weed and talk about Star Wars, wrestling and other pop culture obsessions. . Among his friends were tomboy/love interest Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), handsome pilot Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), self-absorbed princess Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), foreign exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) and conspiracy theorist Hyde (Danny Masterson). ) ).

With a Netflix show, the next generation of the gang’s offspring takes us back to Wisconsin, but this time to 1995. Eric and Donna’s daughter’s name — what else? – Leah (Kali Haverda) spends the summer at Point Place with her grandparents Reed and Katie Foreman (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles) where she befriends Jay Kelso (Miss Coronel), son of Jackie and Michael, among other teens.

While the series will undoubtedly be steeped in ’90s nostalgia, that means the majority of the original “That ’70s Show” cast members will appear (sans Masterson, of course) as guest stars. Also joining in the fun will be Don Stark, who played Donna Pope’s father, and original sweetheart Tommy Chong, who is back as Leo.– Hanh Nguyen

Season two of Netflix’s “Bake Squad” will see the return of four bakers: cake designer Ashley Holt, pastry chefs Christophe Roll and Maya-Kamel Brossard and chocolatier Gonzo Jimenez, hosted by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi. The group will take part in some snack contests, which means there are no prizes or elimination rounds, to see who gets to pick out the elaborate dessert for a customer’s special day, be it a celebration, wedding or birthday.– Joy Saha

The buddy comedy “examines modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations, and generational differences,” as described by Netflix. Directed by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Paris and co-written with Jonah Hill, the film stars Eddie Murphy, Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren London, Sam Jay, Molly Gordon, Mike Epps, Nia Long, Dionne Cole, Rhea Perlman and David Duchovny.– Joy Saha

Do you miss Charlie Brooker and “Black Mirror”? Too bad because that’s not it. However, Brooker is back in familiar territory to his British fans with Philomena Cunk, the silly, somewhat obscure investigative journalist played enthusiastically by Diane Morgan in several of Brooker’s UK projects. In this BBC fantasy, she travels the world exploring the wonders of the pyramids, which she calls “the bricks in a triangle” and asking tricky questions such as whether or not China also had a roof to fit into its wall. Similar to Sacha Baron Cohen’s fake interviewer Ali G, Cunk will sit down with many celebrities like Hugh Grant and Tracey Ullman, along with academics who may or may not be in on the joke. – Hanh Nguyen

The highly anticipated documentary, released in conjunction with her memoir, finally sets the record straight on Pamela Anderson’s story. In the Netflix recap, “Pamela Anderson is ready to tell her story in a new documentary. In her own words, through videos and personal diaries, Pamela Anderson shares the story of her rise to fame, rocky romance, and infamous sex tape scandal.”

The documentary follows Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” which encouraged Anderson to break her silence and finally come forward with her own story. Regarding whether Anderson would see her show, she told The Hollywood Reporter, “The documentary I haven’t seen, and I have no intention of watching. I’ve given full access to my archives and diaries, and I’m hoping that through full transparency, it makes sense to someone.”

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