The Netflix hot list: From Titans to Stranger Things, what to watch in January 2019 and coming soon

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Netflix and available through your BT TV box in January 2019 and beyond.

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Netflix is home to thousands of TV shows and movies, including award-winning dramas like The Crown, binge-worthy documentaries like Making a Murderer, and original movies like Bird Box.

But if you're up to date with your Netflix watchlist, the New Year is the perfect time to get your teeth into something new.

From brand new superhero series Titans (pictured above) to season 3 of pop culture classic Stranger Things, we round up the best new films and TV shows available in January 2019 and coming soon to Netflix customers.

And don’t forget, if you’re a BT TV customer, you can add Netflix to your BT package, so you’re paying for everything through one simple bill.

Available in January 2019

A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3

Unfortunate Events

When is it on?

The final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available to stream on Netflix from Tuesday, January 1.

What’s it about?

Based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket, the extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets.

Why watch it?

Neil Patrick Harris is practically unrecognisable as as Count Olaf (above), while many critics believe the TV series is a better adaptation of the book than the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey.

Sex Education

Sex Education

When is it on?

TV series Sex Education will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, January 11.

What’s it about?

Set in the UK, sexually inexperienced teenager Otis (Asa Butterfield) channels his sex therapist mum (Gillian Anderson) and sets up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

Why watch it?

Sex Education is a perfect coming-of-age TV show for fans of Big Mouth or the cult classic Freaks and Geeks, according to PopSugar.co.uk.

Titans season 1

Titans

When is it on?

TV series Titans will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, January 11.

What’s it about?

Led by Batman's former protégé Robin, a group of teen heroes from the DC Universe form to fight crime while wrestling with their inner demons.

Why watch it?

A second series of Titans, featuring superheroes Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy, has already been confirmed, as has a spin-off TV series called Doom Patrol.

Watch the trailer below:

Star Trek: Discovery season 2

Star Trek Discovery

When is it on?

TV series Star Trek: Discovery returns to Netflix on Friday, January 18, with new episodes released weekly.

What’s it about?

After a century of silence, war erupts between the Federation and Klingon Empire, with a disgraced Starfleet officer at the center of the conflict.

Why watch it?

Discovery is the first Star Trek TV series since Star Trek: Enterprise, which concluded in 2005. It's also separate from the timeline of the movies starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, so there’s less to catch up on. 

Grace and Frankie season 5

Grace and Frankie

When is it on?

The Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie season 5 will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, January 18. The first four seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Elegant Grace (Jane Fonda) and eccentric Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are a pair of frenemies whose lives are turned upside down and permanently intertwined when they find out that their husbands are not just colleagues, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years.

Why watch it?

Grace and Frankie was co-created by Marta Kauffman - one half of the team that created Friends.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Ted Bundy

When is it on?

The true crime documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will be available to stream on Netflix from Thursday, January 24.

What’s it about?

Get a unique look inside the mind of an infamous serial killer with this cinematic self-portrait crafted from statements made by Ted Bundy.

Why watch it?

Acclaimed director Joe Berlinger is behind the documentary, which features audio recordings of interviews with Bundy as he awaited his sentence on death row - never seen or heard before.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4 part 2

Kimmy Schmidt

When is it on?

The second part of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4 hits Netflix on Friday, January 25. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed this is the final season. The first three seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Ellie Kemper stars as a woman rescued from a doomsday cult. She lands in New York City, navigating a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.

Why watch it?

One word: Titus (pictured above). As special as Kimmy is in our hearts, her flamboyantly gay roommate is one of the best things about the show - as are his witty one-liners.

Confirmed for 2019

Russian Doll

Russian Doll

When is it on?

TV series Russian Doll will be streaming on Netflix from Friday, February 1.

What’s it about?

A woman gets caught in a mysterious loop, repeatedly attending the same party and dying at the end of the night, only to awake the next day unharmed.

Why watch it?

The existential comedy series was co-created by Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) & Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People).

Check out the first look images and teaser clip below:

The Umbrella Academy

Umbrella Academy

When is it on?

TV series The Umbrella Academy will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, February 15.

What’s it about?

Ellen Page (Juno, pictured above) stars in this original series about a dysfunctional family of superheroes who come together to solve the mystery of their father's death, the threat of the apocalypse and more.

Why watch it?

The Umbrella Academy is the TV adaptation of the comic book series of the same name, written by Gerard Way - of My Chemical Romance fame.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2

COAS

When is it on?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2, consisting of nine new episodes, will launch on Netflix on April 5, 2019. 

What’s it about?

On her 16th birthday, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) has to make a choice between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.

With her aunties (Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis), her cat Salem, and her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), Sabrina will face horrors and new adventures in the mysterious town of Greendale.

Why watch it?

From the makers of Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a darker take on the teen comic book tale. It's described as a dark, coming-of-age story that’s in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, trafficking in horror and witchcraft.

Watch the first look teaser trailer for season 2 below:

 

Our Planet

Our Planet

When is it on?

Our Planet will launch globally on Netflix on April 5, 2019.

What’s it about?

Sir David Attenborough and Netflix are teaming up tp create one of the TV events of 2019 – Our Planet.

The legendary broadcaster will voice the documentary series, which will reunite Attenborough with director Alastair Fothergill, the creator of the original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series.

Our Planet will explore everything from Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Why watch it?

Aside from the fact that it’s Sir David Attenborough, this ground-breaking series - a four-year project filmed in 50 countries and every continent of the world - will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, looking at Earth in ways we’ve never seen before.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Our Planet on Netflix]

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 5

Brooklyn 99

When is it on?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to Netflix for its highly-anticipated fifth season in “early 2019”, the Netflix UK Twitter account confirmed:

The first four seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker (Saturday Night Live alum and B99 scene-stealer, Andy Samberg) who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss - the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher).

Why watch it?

The show was cancelled by US network Fox after five seasons, but it was picked up by NBC - the home of iconic comedies such as The Office and Parks and Recreation - after uproar from fans.

Stranger Things season 3

Stranger Things

When is it on?

Stranger Things season 3 is returning to Netflix on Thursday, July 4, and it will be set in 1985.

The season 3 titles were confirmed in a tweet from the show’s Twitter account in December 2018:

The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Why watch it?

Where do we start? A one-of-a-kind TV show, Stranger Things has pierced pop culture with its homage to the 1980s, as well as the stellar acting by its young cast including breakout star Millie Bobby Brown.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal

When is it on?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TV series will be streaming in 2019, Netflix confirms on its official website.

What’s it about?

A prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance will explore the world of Thra created for the original movie.

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, previously said in a statement.

“I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Why watch it?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has an all-star voice cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe and Taron Egerton.

Santa Clarita Diet season 3  

Santa Clarita Diet

When is it on?

Santa Clarita Diet was renewed for a third series in May 2018, with Netflix confirming on its website that a third series will land in 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Sheila and Joel are married estate agents living in Santa Clarita, California...  until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way.

Why watch it?

Drew Barrymore stars in this binge-worthy horror-comedy (yes, that’s a genre) that fans are calling “hilarious” and “darkly funny”, with a recurring theme from reviews being “how has it taken me so long to watch Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix?”

Orange Is the New Black season 7

OITNB

When is it on?

Orange Is the New Black’s final season will be streaming in 2019, although a release date has yet to be confirmed by Netflix. The first six seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Privileged New Yorker Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) ends up in a women's prison when a past crime catches up with her.

Why watch it?

One for fans of dark humour and flawed characters, OITNB is one of Netflix’s most popular original TV shows and has garnered a whole heap of awards since its 2013 inception.

The Crown season 3

The Crown

When is it on?

Series three of The Crown started filming in July 2018 and it is expected to be released on Netflix in early 2019, although a release date has not been confirmed. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Award-winning drama that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Why watch it?

Season three brings in a whole new set of actors, including Olivia Colman in the title role and Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about The Crown season 3]

Rumoured for 2019

Queer Eye season 3

Queer Eye

When is it on?

The Fab Five started filming series 3 in Kansas City, Missouri, in July 2018, moving away from their Georgia pad for the first time. A release date has yet to be confirmed, but the first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A reboot of the Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, featuring an all-new Fab Five who serve up hip tips, emotionally charged makeovers and heartfelt reveals.

Why watch it?

Jonathan Van Ness single-handedly revived the phrase of 2018: “yassss queen.” Oh, and the show’s totally feel-good and inspiring and the perfect lazy binge-watch.

GLOW season 3

GLOW

When is it on?

Season 3 was officially renewed on August 2018, and judging by the fact the previous two seasons landed on Netflix in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively, we can expect to see season 3 land in June 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits - including struggling actress Ruth 'Zoya the Destroya' Wilde, played by Alison Brie - reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Why watch it?

GLOW is an Emmy-winning comedy by the team behind fellow Netflix Original series, Orange Is the New Black.

Lucifer season 4

Lucifer

When is it on?

Filming for season 4 started in August 2018, and although a release date has yet to be confirmed, it’s heavily rumoured to be sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels - where he teams up with a police detective to solve crimes.

Why watch it?

Lucifer was cancelled by Fox after three seasons, before Netflix picked it up for a fourth. Just search #LuciferOnNetflix on Twitter to see how excited the fans are for its return!

Arrested Development season 5 part 2

Arrested Development

When is it on?

Arrested Development season 5 was split in half, with the first half of the series launching on Netflix in May 2018 and available to stream now. There’s no confirmed release date for the second part of the series, but it’s likely that it will be 2019 as the episodes are already filmed. Catch up on all the Arrested Development episodes so far on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Arrested Development is a US sitcom that revolves around the dysfunctional Bluth family that originally aired on Fox in the early 2000s, before being revived by Netflix.

Why watch it?

Season 5 of the sitcom was praised for bringing the family back together, after they all filmed separate episodes in season 4 due to scheduling difficulties.

Jessica Jones season 3

Jessica Jones

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed a third season of Jessica Jones, with DenOfGeek.com predicting an early-to-mid 2019 release. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Why watch it?

Jessica Jones is one of the many Marvel TV shows on Netflix, including Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Punisher, but according to Vanity Fair it’s one of the most popular Marvel ventures.

13 Reasons Why season 3

13 reasons why

When is it on?

A third series of 13 Reasons Why has been confirmed and is thought to be premiering on Netflix in 2019. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, and her decision to end her life.

Why watch it?

The original run of the Netflix original was one of the most talked-about series of 2017, according to Forbes.com.

Black Mirror season 5

Black Mirror

When is it on?

Black Mirror season 5 is thought to be coming to Netflix in 2019. Seasons 1-4 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Why watch it?

Black Mirror was created by Charlie Brooker, who developed the series to highlight topics related to humanity's relationship with technology. He told the Guardian: “[The episodes] are all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy.”

Ozark season 3

Ozark

When is it on?

The show’s star, director and executive producer Jason Bateman confirmed Ozark had been renewed for a third series in a tweet he shared in October 2018, below:

There’s no word on a release date yet, but DigitalSpy.com predicts it could land towards the end of summer/September 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Why watch it?

You might know Jason Bateman largely as a comedy actor (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), but his ‘gripping’ dramatic performance has been praised by critics. The show also has a 92% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Spinning Out

Spinning Out

When is it on?

TV drama series Spinning Out, starring Skins’ Kaya Scodelario and The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, is thought be streaming in 2019.

What’s it about?

After a disastrous fall during an important performance, a competitive ice skater dealing with family issues and her own inner demons struggles to revive her career.

Why watch it?

The series was created by Samantha Stratton - a former competitive figure skater herself.

The Witcher

The Witcher

When is it on?

TV series The Witcher is thought to be on Netflix in 2019/2020.

What’s it about?

Based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher tells the story of Geralt, a mutated monster hunter played by Henry Cavill, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Why watch it?

Netflix shared a first look at Cavill in The Witcher and it was a far cry from his famous role as the Man of Steel:

Looking further ahead

Narcos: Mexico season 2

Narcos Mexico

When is it on?

Narcos: Mexico season 2 has just started filming in Mexico, so we expect it to be streaming in 2019/2020. Season 1 of Narcos: Mexico is available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, starting at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganised group of independent growers and dealers. The plot for season 2 has not yet been announced.

Why watch it?

It features an entirely new cast and separate storyline from the original Narcos series of the same name, so you can get stuck into Narcos: Mexico straight away without having to catch up.

Roald Dahl animated TV series

Roald Dahl

When is it on?

Netflix has confirmed production of an animated series will start in 2019, which makes the likely release date at some point in 2020. Find out everything you need to know about the series so far.

What’s it about?

Roald Dahl's classic children’s books, including the Twits, the BFG, and Matilda, are being adapted for a new animated TV series exclusive to Netflix.

"Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” said Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company.

“There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

Why watch it?

Roald Dahl's unique work has inspired award-winning films and smash hit stage musicals, so it will be wonderful to see how the streaming service adapts the famous novels into animation.

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