Best TV shows and movies to stream in January

Here’s what you’ll be checking out on Netflix and beyond over the next month

Best TV shows and movies to stream in January


‘Frontier’ - Jason Momoa will soon be known to millions as everyone’s favourite deep-sea do-gooder Aquaman in the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie - but first, he’ll take on the lead of this Netflix period drama, playing a half-Irish/half-Native American 18th century trapper. The renegade is looking to challenge the Hudson Bay Company and their stranglehold on Canada’s fur trade; surprisingly, they do not take too kindly to fresh competition on the block. You can guess what happens next. It’s a natural companion to FX’s ‘Taboo’ series starring Tom Hardy; fans of hunky shirtless dudes causing problems for historical monopolising corporations, you’re in for a very good month indeed.

Jackass: The Movie’ - stupid, puerile, disgusting, sophomoric, brilliant - watching Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of masochistic idiots staple their testicles together may kill brain cells, but the endorphin rush you get watching them is totally worth it. An electrifying sense of anarchy runs through this film and its magnificent sequel, with every life-threatening stunt unfolding on a much grander scale than their TV series could afford. Knoxville, Steve-o, Bam Margera, Wee-Man and the rest of the gang jam their dicks in mousetraps, ride shopping carts into oblivion and display a reckless physicality that would make Buster Keaton wince. Their films are, in a nutshell, moronic modern triumphs.

Jen Kirkman: Just Keep on Livin’?’ - she’s a Massachusetts native who cut her teeth as a regular panellist on Chelsea Lately and utility performer with the Drunk History Players; her memoir I Can Barely Take Care of Myself became a surprise bestseller. But at her core, Jen Kirkman is stand-up comic, and this new special brings her "dysfunctional life of the party" persona to viewers uncut and unfiltered. Her set touches on menstruation aggravations, spiteful meditation, and the proper way to catcall a woman; there’s a despairing world-weariness to Kirkman’s delivery of lines like "I didn’t ask to be born and I’m afraid to die, so that’s the shit I live with every day."

‘Just Add Magic, Season 2’ - finally, the perfect way to nurture your child’s nascent interests in both cooking and black magic. A trio of preteen girls discover an ancient recipe book with instructions for whipping up "Shut ‘Em Up Shortcake" and "Mind-Peering Peppermints." Why yes, their delicious treats do have peculiar side effects, why do you ask? The finale of the widely-enjoyed first season saw the burgeoning chefs attempting to put a stopper in death, and the upcoming sophomore outing will pit them against one of their former enemies, who’s returned stronger and angrier. Even the parents who wouldn’t let their kids near Harry Potter have to admit this is a squeaky-good time for youngsters.

Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events’ - thrill to the adventures of quick-witted orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, as they battle with Neil Patrick Harris’ dastardly Count Olaf for possession of their substantial inheritance. The generation of kids raised on Daniel Handler’s verbose, blackly comic novels have been waiting for a decent adaptation ever since that less-than-stellar 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey stopped the franchise dead in its tracks. Their yelping pleas have apparently not gone unheard, dear reader - judging from the trailer and the casting, this series seems to have nailed the giddy gallows humour and Gothic-lite tone of the books to a tee.

‘The Lethal Weapon Movies’ - why wouldn’t viewers want to spend a day bombing around Los Angeles with world-weary senior cop Roger Murtaugh and rookie narc Martin Riggs? With smokin’ barrels and even hotter one-liners, this seminal buddy-cop franchise follows the partners taking down a heroin operation, getting tangled up in a South African smuggling ring, landing themselves in a phony Internal Affairs investigation and cutting a swath through the Chinese criminal underground. Nobody’s too old for this shit.

‘One Day at a Time’ - one of the gajillion socially-conscious sitcoms developed by Norman Lear in the Seventies, the original One Day at a Time focused on divorced mother Ann Romano and the trials of raising her two teenage daughters. This remake retains the basic setup and adds another layer of timely relevance: Ann is now a Cuban-American mother who left her life as a military wife to raise her daughter and tween-aged son. Thankfully, she’s got her Cuban-born mom around to pick up a little slack and provide insights from the old country. We’ll take a ready-made show for first-generation Americans in search of a little representation over cheap nostalgia reboots any day of the week. ‘The Path, Season 2’ - things were looking up for Eddie at the conclusion of the first season of Hulu’s psychological thriller.