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Netflix US January 2021: Best new shows and films including Cobra Kai and Pieces of a Woman

Netflix is certainly starting the new year with a bang as several big hitters drop on the streaming service.

Shows like Cobra Kai, Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer and The History of Swear Words are sure to get viewers talking.

While films like Pieces of a Woman, and The White Tiger are also set to thrill.

So here are some of the best new releases coming to the streaming service in January.

Headspace Guide to Meditation (January 1)

The new year starts with a chance to be kinder to your mind thanks to Headspace.

In an eight-episode series highlights ways to use meditation as an aid in your daily life, teaching methods to help tackle stress and show more gratitude.

Each episodes ends with a guided meditation, much like the popular app.

Cobra Kai – Season 3 (January 1)

Cobra Kai is set in the world of The Karate Kid franchise, taking place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament.

It focuses on the characters Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose conflict from the original film still rages on three decades later.

The new series picks up the pieces following the climactic brawl between their dojos, which brought a gripping end to season two. And there’s plenty of surprise cameos in store too.

The History of Swear Words – Season 1 (January 5)

Hollywood star Nic Cage turns TV presenter in the new series based on the History Of Swear Words.

The six episode show will see Cage explore the origins and impact of some of our favourite expletives, including f**k, s**t, damn, b***h, d**k and p***y.

He’ll conduct interviews with historians as well as entertainers about their love of swearing, with Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman and Sarah Silverman making an appearance too.

Pieces of a Woman (January 7)

The film starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf follows Martha and Sean, a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy.

Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court.

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film delves into a searing story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (January 13)

Netflix is back with another addictive docu-series as they focus on the true story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.

Told through harrowing first-person interviews, gripping archival footage, and spectacular original photography, this four-part series is a definitive telling of a famous LA real-life horror story.

Viewers will learn how Richard Ramirez was hunted down and brought to justice.

The White Tiger (January 22)

From acclaimed writer-director, Ramin Bahrani, the film is about the epic journey of a poor Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.

The story is based on the New York Times bestseller nover by Aravind Adiga, which also won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

It stars the likes of Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao.

Fate: The Winx Sage – Season 1 (January 22)

From the co-producer of Vampire Diaries, the show follows teenage ‘fairy warrior’ Bloon and her pals as they enjoy life at magical boarding school, Alfea College.

The wingless fairies learn to harness and master their powers as well as dealing with the usual trials of being a teenager.

The six-part live-action series is actually inspired by one of the longest-running and most popular animated franchises on Nickelodeon, Winx Club.

The Dig (January 29)

The drama follows a wealthy widow who hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate as WWII looms.

When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future‎.

Based on the book of the same name, the films stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James and Johnny Flynn.

New releases coming to Netflix US in January 2021

January 1

Headspace Guide to Meditation

The Minimalists: Less Is Now – film

Dream Home Makeover (Season 2)

Full Out 2: You Got This!

Cobra Kai (Season 3)

Monarca, season 2

What Happened to Mr. Cha?

January 2

The Netflix Aterparty (Cobra Kai Special)

Asphalt Burning (Børning 3)

January 4

Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody (Season 1)

January 5

Nailed It! Mexico (Season 3)

The History of Swear Words (Season 1)

January 6

Surviving Death

Tony Parker: The Final Shot

January 7

Pieces of a woman

January 8


Pretend It’s a City (Season 1)

The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2

January 11

Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy (2021)

January 13

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

January 15

Outside the Wire

Bling Empire (Season 1)

January 22

The White Tiger

Fate: The Winx Sage (Season 1)

January 23

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)

January 27

Penguin Bloom

January 29

We Are: The Brooklyn Saints

Finding ‘Ohana (2021)

The Dig – film


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