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'A Series of Unfortunate Events,' 'E.T.,' 'It Follows' and more coming to Netflix in January

A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix follows the Baudelaire orphans fighting their evil guardian Count Olaf, who seeks their inheritance.


A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix follows the Baudelaire orphans fighting their evil guardian Count Olaf, who seeks their inheritance.



Netflix starts the new year off right with a bounty of new seasons, movies and originals like A Series of Unfortunate Events and a fresh adaptation of the Norman Lear classic, One Day at a Time.

My top picks for what's coming to the streaming service giant in January:


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jan. 1: Will simultaneously freak you out because aliens and make you cry because adorable alien friendship. The touching story of a young boy who befriends a kind alien and goes above and beyond to keep him safe from prying eyes.

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The Shining, Jan. 1: You will have an irrational fear of secluded hotel hallways after this movie. Jack Nicholson plays a writer and devoted father who goes mad after becoming a winter caretaker of the ominous Overlook Hotel. Story by Stephen King, directed by Stanley Kubrick. A chilling classic horror flick.

V for Vendetta, Jan. 1: London post-world war is a police state with a fascist government. Vigilante V uses terrorism to fight the oppressors, and finds an ally when he rescues a woman from the secret police. The 2006 film maintains a cult following and is often seen as an allegory for oppression by the government.


A Series of Unfortunate Events, season 1, Jan. 13: The 2004 film adaptation of the amazing kid novels from Lemony Snicket was meh. Here's hoping Netflix can give the 13-book series a proper screen debut. The three Baudelaire orphans have terribly sad lives after their parents are killed. Through more than a dozen books they have to outsmart and evil man named Count Olaf, who seeks to kill them and claim their inherited fortune. Come for the literary nostalgia, stay for Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf.

It Follows, Jan. 13: One of the most talked about horror films of 2015 tells the stories of young adults passing along an evil entity through sexual contact. The only way to avoid being killed by the entity is to pass it along to someone else. Many have interpreted the film as symbolic of the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

And the rest ...

Jan. 1
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
After Innocence (2005)
Bee Movie (2007)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Braveheart (1995)
Caddyshack (1980)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
El Dorado (1966)
HALO Legends (2009)
Hugo (2011)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
License to Drive (1988)
Nancy Drew (2007)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Real Detective: Season 1 (2016)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Perfect Physique (2015)
The Rat Race (2012)
To Be A Miss (2016)
Trudell (2005)
Vanilla Sky (2001)

Jan. 3
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11 (2016)
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin'?

Jan. 6
Coin Heist
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3
Growing Up Coy (2016)
Mar de Plastico: Season 1
One Day at a Time: Season 1
Tarzan and Jane: Season 1

Jan. 7
Alpha and Omega 7 (2016)
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
Under the Shadow (2016)

Jan. 9
Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)
Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Jan. 10
As I Open My Eyes (2015)
Best Friends Whenever: Season 2 (2016)
Happily Married (2015)
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco
We're Lalaloopsy: Season 1

Jan. 11
Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Jan. 13
Aquarius (2015)
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
Historia de un clan:
Season 1
The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 1

Jan. 14
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Cardboard Boxer (2016)
Estar O No Estar

Jan. 15
A Beautiful Now (2015)
Hostage to the Devil (2016)
Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)
Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body (2015)
Wartime Portraits: Season 1 (2014)

Jan. 16
Flash of Genius (2008)
Halloweed (2016)
Rezort (2016)

Jan. 17
Fatima (2015)
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics
Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (2016)

Jan. 19
Good Kids (2016)

Jan. 20
Frontier: Season 1
Papa (2015)
Take the 10
Voltron: Legendary Defender:
Season 2

Jan. 21
Bates Motel: Season 4 (2016)
Grami's Circus Show: Season 2 (2016)

Jan. 24
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy
Gad Gone Wild
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil
Kill Command (2016)
Terrace House: Aloha State: Season 1: Part 1

Jan. 25
Era el cielo

Jan. 27
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 2
Season 2
Shadows of Truth (2016)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)

Jan. 28
Ripper Street: Season 4

Jan. 30
Antibirth (2016)
Swing State (2016)

Jan. 31
Bill Burr Stand Up Special


[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:14pm]


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