Published Dec 13, 2017Ah, the new year — a perfect time for you to make all of the changes you so desperately need to make. Start exercising, eat better, get politically active, involve yourself in the community. These are all nice thoughts that you can have between episodes of your favourite new show while you nurse a hangover and binge Netflix on January 1.
The streaming giant's goal for 2018 is to make its library 50 percent original content, and it's reportedly ballooned its budget to $8 billion USD to make that happen. In other words, all of your other plans and hobbies will be thrown out the window this coming year.
Start the year off right with Season 3 of the endless "will they, won't they" tension of Lovesick, which launches on January 1. While we're still a little miffed that this British comedy is no longer called Scrotal Recall, we're still excited to find out what happens to the characters next.
Jerry Seinfeld's ongoing Netflix partnership continues with the arrival of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Collections on January 5. Other new series launching include Drug Lords (January 19), Black Lightning (January 23) and Retribution (January 30). Then there's the Netflix original anime Devilman Crybaby, which launches its first season on January 5.
There's also Season 2 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on January 5, Disjointed Part 2 on January 12, Grace and Frankie Season 4 on January 19, Van Helsing Season 2 on January 19, One Day at a Time Season 2 on January 26 and Seasons 1 and 2 of Babylon Berlin on January 30. And that's not to forget weekly drops of new episodes from Dynasty and Riverdale.
There are plenty of Netflix exclusive movies hitting the service as well. After debuting at Sundance in early 2017, Jack Black's The Polka King will finally drop on January 12. It'll be joined by The Open House (January 19) and David Wain's National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, which debuts at Sundance on January 24 before hitting Netflix on January 26. As for Netflix documentaries, you can stream Rotten on January 5, Somebody Feed Phil on January 12 and Dirty Money on January 26.
Other "flix" hitting the titular "net" include The Babadook (January 1), Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (January 2), Mustang Island (January 2), 6 Days (January 3), All Eyez on Me (January 5), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (January 5), Killing Ground (January 6), Bad Day for the Cut (January 18) and Cars 3 (January 31). The company is also dropping Season 1 of Anne with an E (January 1), Season 7 of Shameless (January 2) and Season 6 of Suits (January 25).
Of course, to make room for those verbose Pirates of the Caribbean and Twilight titles, Netflix is also clearing house. The following properties will disappear on their highlighted dates: The Patriot (January 1), Seasons 1 to 8 of 24 (January 1), Bridesmaids (January 1), Seasons 14 to 17 of Law & Order: SVU (January 1), Cocaine Cowboys (January 5), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (January 14), 101 Dalmations (January 15), Les Misérables (January 31) and Think Like a Man (January 31).
Make sense of it all below.