The surfeit of streaming options today can often overwhelm those looking to settle in-front of the TV for an evening, from the casual viewer to the aficionado of the arthouse. So, with time being precious, after all, especially so in an era in which attention spans are being buffeted by the day, we’ve done the bulk of the research for you, focusing specifically on Netflix and creating a tightly considered selection of the best films, TV series and documentaries that will be added to platform in the month ahead…
King Richard (7 February)
Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the larger-than-life father and coach of superstar tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, in this 2021 sports biopic that charts the rise of the sisters. Full of sympathy for Richard yet not afraid to shy away from some of the more uncomfortable aspects of his personality, it’s ultimately a story about family, ambition and perseverance in the face of poverty.
Lover, Stalker, Killer (9 February)
Can’t get enough of true crime docs? This chilling new release from Netflix is guaranteed to be your next obsession. Lover, Stalker, Killer follows the story of single man Dave Kroupa, who tried online dating for the first time only to meet a woman who took things a little too far (the title says it all). If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting back on the apps, this documentary might make you think twice.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die - Season 3 (13 February)
Hit football docuseries Sunderland ‘Til I Die is finally back with its third and final instalment this month. This time around, the three-episode mini-series will focus on Sunderland A.F.C’s emotionally-charged 2022, which involved their journey back to the Championship after their League One play-off final win against Wycombe Wanderers. Fans of the glorious game will be particularly enthralled, but don’t write it off if you’re not a massive football enthusiast.
Players (14 February)
Players is a charming rom-com that’s coming to Netflix just in time for Valentine’s Day. Starring Gina Rodriguez and Tom Ellis, it follows sports writer Mack (Rodriguez) whose clever hookup plan backfires, leading her to reluctantly fall for one of her targets. It’s an easy-watching film to cuddle up in front of with your Valentine.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (15 February)
Having been on screens for over two decades and with over 500 episodes to its name, Law & Order: SVU is undoubtedly the gem in the Law & Order universe’s crown. Now, a slew of SVU seasons is finally coming to Netflix, so you can while away your rainy February evenings in the company of everyone's favourite detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (22 February)
The beloved Nickelodeon cartoon is getting a live-action adaptation in the form of an epic TV series. Avatar: The Last Airbender will follow Aang, the young Avatar, as he learns to master the four elements to restore balance to a world that’s under threat from the frightening Fire Nation. Costing an estimated $15 million an episode, it’s clearly going to be huge. So whether you’re a seasoned Avatar enthusiast or completely new to the world, you’re in for a treat.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive - Season 6 (23 February)
Landing on Netflix just a week before the official start of the 2024 F1 racing season, the sixth season of Formula 1: Drive to Survive is set to serve as the perfect appetiser. The docuseries offers viewers exclusive and intimate access to the drivers, managers and team owners involved in the high-octane sport that is Formula 1.
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