Whatever your other New Year’s resolutions are, you should definitely be seeing more well TV. Netflix is doing its part to help fill your queue, starting 2022 with a series of exciting shows. Recent Fall includes a murder documentary set in filthy NYC in the ’70s, the latest season of Karate Kid TV sequel and a remake of a Mexican telenovela that became a big part of teenage culture. Read on to find out what other new shows you should watch on Netflix this first weekend of the new year.
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ONE Real world for the TikTok generation, Netflix’s new reality series Hype house follows a group of Gen-Z stars on social media who live, work, hang out and quarrel. Based in LA, the house launched the careers of some of the biggest stars on the platform – names your kids would definitely know even if you did not.
If you were a teenager growing up in Mexico or Argentina in the early 00’s, then you were probably a fan of both countries’ version of the musical telenovela Rebel. The Mexican version even launched a real, successful band with the stars. Today comes a new reboot (which also comes from Mexico) for Netflix, which brings the soapy teen drama and some fresh songs to another generation.
Mystery fans already know: lots of works by popular thriller writer Harlan Coben has been adapted for original Netflix miniseries. The latest is Stay close, about a suburban wife and mother (Cush Jumbo), who disappears after an obsessed admirer from his past life (Rod hunting) reappears, leaving behind his photographer girlfriend (Richard Armitage) to find out what happened to her – and how her stalker ended up dying.
Netflix’s hit series Cobra Kai, a continuation of Karate Kid film franchise, fighting on in season 4, which has just dropped. This season starts when Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) joins forces to run one dojo, and in its review, Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times says it’s all pretty ridiculous and always entertaining. ‘ It also features a big country star in a surprising cameo, but we will not spoil who.
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The sixth edition of Netflix’s life makeover reality show takes place in Austin, Texas, and it does not ignore how the lives of its heroes (that’s what Fab Five call their subjects) were all turned upside down in different ways by COVID. In this season of Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni porowski, and Tan France Look in to help a baker, a line dancer, a rapper / producer, a crawler hut owner and more, with typical tears-inducing results.
A new chapter in the streaming service’s anthology documents, Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer focuses on the hunt for the serial killer who persecuted New York City in the 70s and 80s. The Daily Beast review of the series notes that “with almost no physical evidence of value, police had to rely on the burgeoning field of criminal profiling to come up with ideas about their suspects,” and the series summarizes not only that investigation, but the systemic problems in the city that enabled the killer Richard Cottingham to make so many women and girls victims.
If you only stick to English language content on Netflix, then you’re missing out on its bottomless treasure trove of international offerings. Take Sweden, for example anxious people, a comic crime miniseries about two bubbly local cops trying to deal with a hostage situation – a fugitive bank robber accidentally stumbles into an open house and keeps all the potential buyers there – all on his own. It is based on a popular, funny novel and has been compared to Fargo.
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