What to watch on Netflix: January 2018

One Day At A Time trailer image via Netflix

Whether you’ve got time to kill, or need to wind down from the stress of work or exams: here are some must-watch shows on Netflix this month.

One Day at a Time (Season 2) – Coming January 26th

One Day at a Time is a Netflix original written by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.

The first season of the sitcom was released in January 2017 and stars Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno and Marcel Ruiz.

It follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house – a divorced former military mother, her two teenage children and old-fashioned mother.

One Day at a Time tackles societal issues including feminism, sexuality and religion in its poignant, coming-of-age storytelling.

Pride (2014) – Available Now

Pride (2014) is a British LGBT+ historical related comedy-drama written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus.

Based on a true story, the film follows the lives of LGBT+ activists who raise money to aid the families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984 – prompting the campaign eventually known as Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM).

The film won the Queer Palm award at the prestigious 2014 Cannes Film Festival, as well as being nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA award.

It is a tale of acceptance, friendship and solidarity – you will laugh and cry with its inspiring theme throughout that makes it one of the best LGBT+ films ever released thus far.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 4) – Available Now

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom that follows the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct – specifically Detective Peralta who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

The comedy stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyles and Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti.

Despite being a comedy, the show manages to discuss societal issues such as homophobia, bisexuality/biphobia, racial profiling, transphobia etc. in a unique, light-hearted yet incredibly honest way.

Seasons 1-4 are now available to stream on Netflix, with season 5 currently airing.

Black Mirror (Season 4) – Available Now

Despite being released late-december, Black Mirror is a must-watch for this month.

Black Mirror is an anthology series exploring themes of ‘contemporary techno-paranoia’, with a different tale in each stand-alone episode.

Created by Charlie Brooker, the series aims to reflect our 21st cntury existence back at us through tales surroudning technology.

With no episode like the other, this hit series is subjectively mind-blowing and takes you on adventures that will make you fall in love, sympathise, hate etc. the characters subjected to the Black Mirror-sphere.

All 4 seasons are available to stream on Netflix now.

Other noteable titles available this month