Call it "chillus maximus," if you will: With the arrival of January comes the inevitable tendency to hibernate in sweatpants from Bar Mitzvahs past and order Seamless as many times as you can muster without getting creeped out by the realization that your delivery man sees you in a robe more than any stranger ever has or will. (Not that I know any of this from personal experience, but I might sort of know what I'm talking about in this arena.) After the last of your Seamless order has been consumed, and you've maybe even managed to make it to the fridge to pour yourself a glass of vino, the question then becomes: What do I do now that I've just eaten myself into a coma? I'll tell you what you do (even though you already know it): You take march those elasticized sweatpants over to the couch, and let your eyes glaze over. Thankfully, if you're bored with television's current offerings (although, honestly, that phrase has never left my mouth in my entire life), Netflix's new series premiering in 2016 have you covered.
The streaming platform plans on premiering five original movies and 23 original shows this year. Of the new 11 programs that aren't aimed at children, release dates have been announced for just three: Degrassi: Next Class, which premieres Jan. 15; Chelsea Does, which is set to debut Jan. 23; and Fuller House, which you can marathon starting Feb. 26. Of course, 23 is a big number, so I've whittled it down to the most exciting newbies of 2016.
Here are the nine shows that'll bring your Netflix and chill game to the next level. Or, you know, maybe just your Netflix game...
1. Degrassi: Next Class
In case you tuned out of the original show from the time Jimmy Brooks (aka Aubrey Graham, aka Drake) was wheelchair-bound, now's your chance to jump back into all of the show's dramatic goodness.
2. Chelsea Does
Chelsea Handler's four-part documentary series promises to tackle huge topics (like marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs) with the trademark candor we've all come to expect from the comedian on Chelsea Lately (which I think it's safe to assume we all still miss immensely).
3. Fuller House
Based on the preview above, I have no idea what to expect, but what we actually do know of the series is this: Like the original, the show is set in San Francisco and will feature the same actresses who played D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy as grown-up versions of their characters. While the majority of the rest of Full House's main cast signed on to make recurring appearances, unfortunately you won't being seeing either Olsen twin play Michelle.
4. The Crown
The series, which follows Queen Elizabeth in her younger years, stars Claire Foy as QE2, Doctor Who's Matt Smith as Prince Philip, and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
Will Arnett stars as Chip, a self-appointed guru doing his “honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies" after falling for his best friend's crush. The eight-episode comedy will be the actor's third Netflix original, following BoJack Horseman and Arrested Development.
6. The Get Down
This Baz Luhrmann-directed musical set in 1970s New York City oozes with promise: After all, does Baz ever do anything that isn't big? To add fuel to the fire, Jaden Smith will appear in a recurring role.
Community's Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust (the guy who played opposite Hayden Panettiere in 2009's I Love You, Beth Cooper) will star in this Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin-created show about modern dating. Netflix is so confident you'll love it they've already ordered a second season, to debut in 2017.
Gerard Depardieu (whom every French teacher I had in grade school deemed "the French Tom Hanks") will star in Netflix's first French-language series, which follows the mayor of a French town in a corrupt battle for political power.
9. The Ranch
This series about two brothers attempting to run a business from their Colorado ranch will reunite That '70s Show's Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson with Kutcher's showrunners from Two and a Half Men for two ten-episode batches that will be released simultaneously. The other actors attached to the project are equally amazing: Elisha Cuthbert, Debra Winger, and did I mention Elisha Cuthbert?
I know I can't be the only one relieved that all of these shows aren't all being released in the same day.
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