WHAT'S COMING TO NETFLIX THIS JANUARY
Another month, another opportunity to look ahead at the new shows and films coming to the most popular streaming platform this month. (Reminder, this only includes scripted series and stand-up comedy. If you want to hear more about non-fiction programming, you have to sign up for the Premium version of Inside Streaming here.)
DEVILMAN CRYBABY: An original Netflix anime series, this is based on the manga "Devilman" by Go Nagai. It's about a man who bonds his soul with a demon, thus allowing him to fight other demons. It premieres on January 5.
DISJOINTED: This critically panned pot comedy from producer Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory") returns to Netflix on January 12. Technically, the platform had ordered 20 original episodes, and broke them into two parts, so this isn't so much a second season as the back half of Season 1's episodes.
THE POLKA KING: Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish-American band leader convicted of running a Ponzi scheme in 2004, in this dark comedy that's based on 2009 documentary. It debuts on January 12. (That documentary, "The Man Who Would be Polka King," is also debuting on Netflix on the same day.)
TOM SEGURA: DISGRACEFUL: Stand-up Segura's second Netflix special, filmed at Denver's Paramount Theater, hits Netflix on January 12 as well. (His previous special, "Mostly Stories," can be found here.)
RITA: Season 4 of this Danish comedy series, about an unconventional single mother and teacher, arrives on January 16. (The show is so popular in Denmark, it already has a spin-off series, "Hjørdis," about students putting on a play.)
BAD DAY FOR THE CUT: This thriller follows a middle-aged Irish farmer who goes on a mission of revenge after his mother is murdered. The film debuted at the 2017 Sundance festival, and hits Netflix on January 18.
GRACE AND FRANKIE: Season 4 of Netflix's breakout hit sitcom, about the close friendship between two women whose husbands left them for one another, debuts on January 19. "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow joins the cast for the new season.
THE OPEN HOUSE: Dylan Minnette ("13 Reasons Why") stars in this original thriller, about a teen and his mother who face "threatening forces" after moving into an empty house in the mountains. It arrives on January 19.
TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!: This original animated series, inspired by the 2016 film "Trolls," lands on Netflix on January 19. Only Ron Funches, as Cooper, reprises his role from the film.
TODD GLASS: ACT HAPPY!: The high-energy comedian returns with a new special on January 23. Topics include the show "House Hunters" and the 2010 heart attack Glass suffered backstage at the Largo theater in Los Angeles.
ACTS OF VENGEANCE: This thriller stars Antonio Banderas as a man who takes a vow of silence until he can avenge the murder of his family. It lands on January 25.
A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE: David Wain's unconventional biopic stars Will Forte as National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney. After debuting at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, "Stupid Gesture" arrives on Netflix on January 26.
KAVIN JAY: EVERYBODY CALM DOWN!: The Malaysian comedian's first Netflix special debuts on January 26 as well.
LLAMA LLAMA: This new Netflix animated series is based on the popular children's book series of the same name by Anna Dewdney. Jennifer Garner provides the voice of Mama Llama. Season 1 drops on January 26.
ONE DAY AT A TIME: The second season of the Normal Lear reboot series, following the ups and downs of the Cuban-American Alvarez family, arrives on January 26.
THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS: A sixth season of this animated series, spun off from the "Shrek" films, hits Netflix on January 26 as well.
BABYLON BERLIN: This German-language crime drama from co-director Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") is the most expensive non-English language series ever produced. The show is based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher, and is set in Berlin in the 1920s. The first two seasons hit Netflix on January 30.
DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY: The fourth film in the rebooted "Death Race" franchise speeds on to Netflix on January 30. Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, and Danny Trejo star.