With the amount of entertainment and streaming services at our disposable, there’s no shortage of things to watch in 2019. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. How do you narrow down and prioritize which shows and films to watch out of the thousands competing for your time and binge watching dedication? In my case, watching trailers help me gauge what’s an absolute must-watch out of the ones that are lukewarm interest at best. Here are some of what will be on my Netflix queue.
1. Sex Education
Starring Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, Sex Education seems it’ll be a show that has a mixture of comedy and heartwarming moments. The story follows Otis (Butterfield), as he navigates the growing pains (and raging hormones) of being a high school teenager. Add on the fact that Otis has a mother (Anderson) whose occupation is a sex therapist, then it just makes exploring his own sexual awakening painfully awkward and embarrassing. While it may be mortifying for any teenager to have a sex therapist for a mom, it later proves particularly useful when fellow classmate and school rebel Maeve (Emma Mackey) enlists a reluctant Otis to act as teenage sex therapist to his peers, while she handles the payment side of their underground business. I’m always on the lookout for a really good teen show or movie that has the spirit and essence of John Hughes’ own teen films, and this may tick everything off my list. It’s currently streaming now on Netflix.
Based on the comic series Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, this Netflix film stars Mads Mikkelsen as Duncan Vizla, a retired assassin who can’t seem to enjoy his retirement in peace when other assassins come knocking on his door, looking to see him dead. Polar appears to have John Wick vibes, especially with another premise about a former assassin who can’t catch a break. But with Mads Mikkelsen in the lead and looking all sorts of badass in the film, I think Polar will be an entertaining escape for an hour or two. Polar will be available on Netflix on January 25.
3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 2)
Netflix’s latest hit show from 2018 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina instantly got greenlit for a second season with a cast and crew already hard at work shooting the next episodes to be ready in time for a 2019 release date. Based on the Archie Comics series, Chilling Adventures is a much darker and sexier take on the teenage witch Sabrina, who is toeing the line between her mortal life and her magical one. Played by Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Spellman in Chilling Adventures is worlds away from the Sabrina Melissa Joan Hart famously portrayed in the 1996 sitcom. Shipka’s Sabrina may seem sweet, innocent, and doe-eyed but don’t let that face fool you. Sabrina is willing to go to darker places with her magic if it means it’ll help those she loves or settle a score with a trio of mean girl witches wreaking havoc on innocent mortals. Being a massive fan of Melissa Joan Hart’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I couldn’t resist tuning in for this new take on Sabrina. From the very first episode to the final episode of the first season (including a special Christmas episode), you can say Chilling Adventures had me bewitched, bothered, and bewildered. While the first season wrapped up everything nicely, even in the event the show didn’t get renewed for another season, I’m looking forward to seeing how Season 2 handles the aftermath of Sabrina pledging full loyalty to Satan, her relationships with her mortal friends, and what other magical mischief and mayhem the young witch gets herself into. Season 2 will be available on Netflix on April 5.
4. Black Mirror (Season 5)
Creator Charlie Brooker’s Twilight Zone inspired series Black Mirror is even darker and more unsettling than Chilling Adventures. Black Mirror explores the pitfalls of new technology and our relationship to it, framing them as cautionary tales for the modern era. With 4 complete seasons and the recently released Black Mirror movie entitled Bandersnatch, an interactive film that puts viewers in control of how the narrative unfolds, Black Mirror is a series that will often leave you contemplating the themes and ideas each standalone episode presents. Technology that lets you record your memories and play them back like a home video? Vicious robot dogs that take over the world and hunts and kills whichever humans are left remaining? These are all nightmarish scenarios to think about, but that’s what makes each new season more compelling than the last. It’s also what sparks Internet discussions about which Black Mirror is arguably the best of the series. And the announcement of a Season 5 due to come out later this year is what’s fueling my anticipation to see how else Brooker and his team will scare the living daylights out of you.
This rounds out my list of highly anticipated shows or films on Netflix. What are some of yours?