Now that the Year That Must Not Be Named is finally over and Tiger King is but a distant memory, it’s time to start afresh with a brand new batch of fresh movies, TV shows and documentaries.
Thankfully, if this January’s streaming schedule is anything to go by, 2021 is looking bright.
In January, Disney Plus subscribers get the brand new Marvel series WandaVision, the entire Harry Potter film series finally finds itself a home on Binge, and a whole bunch of cross-Atlantic RuPaul’s Drag Race fun arrives on Stan.
Harry Potter film series (Binge)
Want to feel old?
Here’s a scary fact: Harry, Hermione and Ron first graced theatres almost 20 years ago.
Yes, we know, it’s hard to believe.
And now, after years of jumping from streaming service to streaming service, missing movies and interrupted binges, the Harry Potter film series is finally getting a home.
From the 21st of January onwards, you’ll be able to catch all eight instalments of the iconic magical franchise (from “Yer a wizard, Harry!” to the Battle of Hogwarts) on Binge.
So You Think You’d Survive? (7plus)
We’ve all got that one mate who reckons they could take on a bear, survive being struck by lightning or live through an avalanche.
Featuring experts on all things wildlife, natural disasters and weather phenomena, this series offers practical advice on what to do if ever you find yourself in the path of a superstorm, flood, snake and tons more sticky situations.
Riverdale, season five (Netflix)
Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead are returning to our screens from the 21st of January on Netflix, kicking off season five with a drama-filled Senior Prom and bittersweet graduation before the gang part ways and head off to college.
The majority of the season will be set seven years later, when relationships are bound to have been shaken up as the foursome make their way through early adulthood.
Riverdale not your thing?
Check out our guide to the best TV shows on Netflix Australia.
WandaVision (Disney Plus)
Relatively little is known about Marvel’s upcoming Disney Plus series WandaVision, but from the trailer alone, we can be sure of one thing – it’s going to be absolutely wild.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their Avengers roles as the Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and Vision, respectively, but this time, they’re a happy, stereotypical sitcom couple with no memory of how or why they’re there.
Soon, however, they begin to suspect that things aren’t quite what they appear to be…
Hungry for more? Take a look at everything else arriving on Disney Plus this month.
Kelly’s Hollywood (7plus)
Kelly’s Hollywood is one of those documentaries that’ll stick with you well beyond the credits.
Written and directed by voice actor Brian Donovan, this 7plus doco follows his close relationship with his sister Kelly (who has Down Syndrome) and his attempts to make her dream of becoming a Hollywood star come true.
At the same time, Brian’s fiancee begins questioning if she can go through with the marriage, or if she’ll remain playing second fiddle to the increasingly jealous Kelly forever.
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Stan)
Start your engines, because the RuPaul’s Drag Race drought is officially over, with a veritable feast of fierce looks and death drops making its way to Stan this month.
Gather your boas, wigs and chicken cutlets, because not only has season 13 kicked off, but it’s accompanied by RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked and, as of January 15th, it’ll be joined by season two of its UK counterpart.
Gossip Girl (Binge)
Spotted: All six seasons of Gossip Girl on Binge, right now.
That’s right, Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan and Nate are here to suck you into the ultimate, drama-filled marathon – and the timing couldn’t be better.
Rumour has it that a reboot is in the works, bringing all the drama of the Upper East Side elite to a whole new generation.
Will it be any good? Only time will tell, but for now, there’s always the original.
Xoxo, Gossip Girl.
When you’re done with Gossip Girl, here’s a round-up of all the best shows on Binge.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (Netflix)
The ‘80s were a great time for iconic movies, catchy music and over-the-top fashion, but unfortunately, it was also one of the worst decades for serial killings.
The Golden State Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer and BTK were terrorising the US with brutal murders and horrific assaults, and for one gruesome year, they were joined by Richard Ramirez (a.k.a. The Night Stalker).
This Netflix docuseries, dropping on January 13, takes us inside the investigation, featuring survivor interviews, archival footage and more.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, season two (Stan)
Imagine being able to tell exactly how someone was feeling or what they were feeling just by looking at them.
Now, imagine being able to tell because every time you looked at them, you could hear their innermost thoughts in the form of popular songs.
Yeah, it’s a pretty weird premise, but Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is so damn charming and enjoyable, it’s impossible not to love.
Season two premieres on Stan on January 6.