New Netflix January 2020 Movies & TV Shows Include A ‘Chilling’ Return

Liz Minch

Watching a ball drop in Times Square to celebrate the New Year is so 2019. Why do that when you could be curled up on your couch watching Netflix? Even if you've streamed everything there is to stream in 2019, Netflix's new movies and TV shows coming in January are sure to keep you busy throughout the first night of the year — and beyond. On January 1, Netflix is adding a lot of new content, including their new Big Brother-esque reality show The Circle and a handful of nostalgic content, like A Cinderella Story and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, you'll definitely need to start 2020 off right.

The new year will also bring plenty of original content to Netflix, specifically new seasons of original shows including Season 6 of Grace and Frankie, the final season of Anne with an E, and more Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix is also rolling out a few original documentaries, including the truly terrifying sounding Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, a docuseries about "the ways influenza evolves and how prepared humans are — or aren't — for the next devastating global outbreak." Sounds like a great way to kick off the new year!

You can see the entire list of what's coming below, but here are some major highlights to look out for:

'The Circle' — Coming Jan. 1

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With a logline like "Be Whoever It Takes To Win," this series is clearly the answer to your Big Brother prayers. Using a unique social media platform, contestants compete to gain influence among their competitors and avoid getting voted out, all for the chance of winning that 100k prize.

'A Cinderella Story' — Coming Jan. 1

Warner Bros.

This modern-day take on the classic fairytale stars Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray as Sam and Austin, respectively, who fall in love under truly unique circumstances. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll marvel at Austin's inability to recognize Sam just because she's wearing a very pretty (but very, very small) mask.

'Catch Me If You Can' — Coming Jan. 1

Dreamworks Pictures

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist who is so good at his job that FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) eventually enlists him to help catch other criminals just like him. Talk about poetic justice.

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' — Coming Jan. 1

Paramount Pictures

Ferris is in desperate need of a day off, if only school would stop getting in the way. So he does what any self-respecting high school would do — he calls in sick and a day of tomfoolery and shenanigans ensues. And to think most of us just spent our sick days watching Bob Barker on The Price is Right.

'Spinning Out' — Coming Jan. 1

Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

Netflix's new original series Spinning Out is the figure skating drama you need to get through the winter. Kaya Scodelario stars as a skater who's down on her luck, and trying to reclaim her spot on the ice, while, of course, dealing with immense pressure from her family, intense competition, and a social life.

'Free Willy' — Coming Jan. 1

Warner Bros.

Dogs may be considered man's best friend, but thanks to Free Willy, orcas rank pretty high up there as well. The friendship that develops between Jesse and Willy is nothing short of magical and proves that love can be found from even the most unexpected places, whether it be on land or sea.

'Hitch' — Coming Jan. 1

Columbia Pictures

Will Smith stars as Hitch, who's made a career out of helping his fellow man understand women. However, his skills prove to be no help to his own love life when he starts to fall for a gossip columnist (Eva Mendes), changing everything he thought he knew about dating.

'Kate & Leopold' — Coming Jan. 1

Miramax Films

Leopold (Hugh Jackman) is an English Duke from 1876. Grace (Meg Ryan) is a modern-day advertising executive in New York. Separately, the two couldn't seem more different, yet when they're together, sparks fly. There's just one problem — they don't live in the same century, taking the term "long distance relationship" to a whole new level.

'Kiss The Girls' — Coming Jan. 1

Paramount Pictures

Dr. Alex Cross is on the hunt for a serial kidnapper and his only hope rests on the memory of the only woman (Ashley Judd) who managed to escape. As far as psychological thrillers go, this one is full of twists and turns that'll leave you on the edge of your seat until the very last second.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie' — Coming Jan. 1

New Line Cinema

When the Shredder and his following known as The Foot attempt to turn New York City into their own personal criminal playground, a team of four highly trained teenage ninja turtles must step up and save the day — while eating plenty of pizza along the way.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze' — Coming Jan. 1

New Line Cinema

Though it's always hard to top the original, the second TMNT installment proved to be just as enjoyable with the return of Shredder and a deep dive into the ooze that helped create these lovable turtles in the first place.

'New York Minute' — Coming Jan. 1

Warner Bros.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may never appear on Fuller House, but fans can relive their acting glory days with this iconic classic, New York Minute, which will hit Netflix on New Year's Day. It even includes a Bob Saget cameo, which is as close to a Danny and Michelle Tanner reunion as we're probably ever going to get.

'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' — Coming Jan. 1

Paramount Pictures

A golden ticket can change you life, especially if it's sent by Willy Wonka, the owner of a mysterious chocolate factory who welcomes five lucky winners to explore the inner-workings of his enterprise. Get ready to be taken on a world of pure imagination.

'Yes Man' — Coming Jan. 1

Warner Bros.

Imagine saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way. That's what Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) decides to start doing, thanks to a self-help program that encourages him to say yes to everything and anything, which leads Carl to some pretty surprising experiences.

'The Ring' — Coming Jan. 1

Paramount Pictures

Terrifying doesn't even begin to describe the premise of this horror film, which centers around a tape that, upon watching it, causes the viewer to die within seven days. It'll change the way you think about wells. And children. And the number seven.

'Up In The Air' — Coming Jan. 1

Paramount Pictures

George Clooney plays a lonely business man in Up in the Air. The film earned six Oscar nominations in 2010, including Best Actor for Clooney, and a Best Director nod for Jason Reitman. Anna Kendrick was also nominated for her work playing a type-A younger hire who is partnered with Clooney's character as they jet across the country.

'Pan's Labyrinth' — Jan. 1

Warner Bros. Pictures

Guillermo del Toro's dark fairy tale, Pan's Labyrinth is perfect if you want to watch something fantastically beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The Mexican-Spanish film will definitely fuel your imagination while giving you nightmares, but it's totally worth it.

'Sex, Explained: Limited Series' — Coming Jan. 2

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Allow Janelle Monáe to teach you about sex. The singer and actor and trailblazer will narrate Sex, Explained for Netflix, a limited series that will cover everything from attraction, physical acts, and fertility. Informative and fun.

'Sex Education' Season 2 — Coming Jan. 17

Sam Taylor

Speaking of sex, Sex Education is back for another season. Fans can expect more awkward sex talks and lessons to come from both Otis and his mother. Meanwhile, Otis' school will have to deal with the fallout of a Chlamydia outbreak while love and sex continue to be top of the students' minds.

'The Bling Ring' — Coming Jan. 18


Based on the true story of a string of celebrity burglaries that took Hollywood by storm in the late 2000s, The Bling Ring marked Emma Watson's first major break from the Harry Potter franchise that made her famous. Needless to say, Hermione would not approve of the shenanigans Watson gets up to in this Sofia Coppola film.

'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina' Part 3 — Coming Jan. 24

Diyah Pera/Netflix

Sabrina is off to hell in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3, which premieres on Netflix Jan. 24. As fans will remember, Part 2 ended with the titular teenage witch declaring her next move after her boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch, was taken to Hell. With any luck, Sabrina will be able to rescue her boyfriend and pass her finals this season.

'Next In Fashion' — Coming Jan. 29

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Tan France is one step closer to taking over Netflix with his new fashion competition show, Next In Fashion. France, who is best known as the fashion guru on Queer Eye, is teaming up with Alexa Chung to co-host the show, which is searching for the next big designer.

'The Stranger' — Coming Jan. 30


The Stranger, a new Netflix series, is perfect for action movie fans. The show follows Adam Price, a happily married man with two children who finds himself in a devastating reality after a meeting with a stranger.

'BoJack Horseman' Season 6 Part B — Coming Jan. 31


BoJack Horseman will return for one last batch of episodes in 2020. And, while it may be sad to say goodbye to this animated comedy, just remember it's true what they say, all good shows about animated horse-men must come to an end eventually.

January will also bring a few devastating losses to Netflix, starting with the beloved Friends. Here are a few titles fans should try to stream before the year is up:

'Friends' — Leaving Jan. 1


The time has finally come: Friends is leaving Netflix on Jan. 1. Yes, it's been a long time coming, but it's finally time to say goodbye to Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey — at least until they pop up at HBO Max next year.

'Short Term 12' — Leaving Jan. 17


Fair warning: Short Term 12 should be watched with a big box of tissues at the ready. The film follows Grace (Brie Larson) a young social worker who supervises a group home for teenagers. The film was released in 2013, and it's basically a who's who of stars, starting with Larson and including John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Lakeith Stanfield, and Stephanie Beatriz, among others.

'Grease' — Leaving Jan. 31

Paramount Pictures

Summer Lovin' may have been a blast, but it's officially winter now, and the time for Sandy and Dany is over — at least on Netflix. Grease, the iconic 1978 movie, is sadly leaving Instant Watch in January, so you might want to plan one last sing-along.

'Something's Gotta Give' — Leaving Jan. 31

Warner Bros.; Sony Pictures

The movie that sent mothers everywhere on the hunt for the *perfect* white turtleneck, Something's Gotta Give, is leaving Netflix. The Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson starring rom-com is perhaps one of the most iconic Nancy Meyers movies, and the set decor alone is enough to entertain your dreams for years.

'Zombieland' — Leaving Jan. 31

Sony Pictures Releasing

Zombies have taken over, and the only way to survive is with a stock pile of weapons, a few good allies, and, of course, a set of extensive rules to live by, thus ensuring your safety at (almost) all times. Yep, that's Zombieland.

'Panic Room' — Leaving Jan. 31

Columbia Pictures

Kristen Stewart broke through playing Jodie Foster's daughter in this home invasion thriller. The 2002 nail-biter is about a recently divorced mom and her 11-year-old who lock themselves in a panic room when men break into their home. The intensity is put off slightly by the sight of a baby Kristen Stewart, which only makes the movie more endearing than ever.

Here's a full list of everything leaving and coming to Netflix in January 2020:

What's Coming

Jan. 1

  • Ghost Stories
  • Good Girls — Season 2
  • Messiah
  • Nisman: Death of a Prosecutor
  • Spinning Out
  • The Circle
  • 21
  • A Cinderella Story
  • American Beauty
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Chasing Amy
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Chloe
  • City of God
  • Dinner for Scmucks
  • Dragonheart
  • Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer
  • Dragonheart: A New Beginning
  • Drugs, Inc — Season 6
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Free Willy
  • Ghost Rider
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Hitch
  • Inception
  • Instructions Not Included
  • Julie & Julia
  • Kate & Leopold
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
  • Kingpin
  • Kiss the Girls
  • Monster-in-Law
  • New York Minute
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Patriot Games
  • Saint Seiya — Season 4-5
  • Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • The Original Kings of Comedy
  • The Ring
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Tremors
  • True Grit
  • Up in the Air
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Wild Wild West
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Wyatt Earp
  • Yes Man

Jan. 2

  • Sex, Explained: Limited Series
  • Thieves of the Wood

Jan. 3

  • Anne with an E: The Final Season
  • All the Freckles in the World

Jan. 4

  • Go! Go! Cory Carson

Jan. 8

  • Cheer

Jan. 10

  • AJ and the Queen
  • The Evil Dead
  • Girl / Haji
  • Harvey Girls Forever! — Season 4
  • The Inbestigators — Season 2
  • Medical Police
  • Scissor Seven
  • Until Dawn
  • Zumbo's Just Desserts — Season 2

Jan. 12

  • Betty White: First Lady of Television

Jan. 13

  • The Healing Powers of Dude

Jan. 14

  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • The Master

Jan. 15

  • Big Fat Liar
  • Quien a hierro mata
  • Grace and Frankie — Season 6

Jan. 16

  • NiNoKuni
  • Steve Jobs

Jan. 17

  • Ares
  • Hip-Hop Evolution — Season 4
  • Sex Education — Season 2
  • Tiny House Nation: Volume 2
  • Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace
  • Vivir dos veces
  • Wer kann, der kann!

Jan. 18

  • The Bling Ring

Jan. 20

  • Family Reunion: Part 2

Jan. 21

  • Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty
  • Word Party — Season 4

Jan. 22

  • Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
  • Playing with Fire — Season 1

Jan. 23

  • The Ghost bride
  • October Faction
  • The Queen
  • Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac — Season 1, Part 2

Jan. 24

  • A Sun
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3
  • The Ranch: The Final Season
  • Rise of Empires: Ottoman

Jan. 26

  • Vir Das: For India

Jan. 27

  • Country Strong
  • We Are Your Friends

Jan. 28

  • Alex Fernández: El mejor comediante del mundo

Jan. 29

  • Frères Ennemis
  • Next In Fashion
  • Night on Earth
  • Omniscient

Jan. 30

  • Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey
  • Nighthawks
  • Raising Cain
  • The Stranger

Jan. 31

  • 37 Seconds
  • American Assassin
  • Bojack Horseman — Season 6 (Part B)
  • Diablero — Season 2
  • I AM A KILLER — Season 2
  • Luna Nera
  • Ragnarok

What's Leaving

Jan. 11

  • Becoming Jane

Jan. 12

  • The Fighter
  • Maron — Season 1-4

Jan. 15

  • Forks Over Knives
  • The Rezort

Jan. 17

  • Short Term 12

Jan. 31

  • AEon Flux
  • American Psycho
  • Good Luck Chuck
  • Grease
  • La Reina del Sur — Season 1
  • Panic Room
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Something's Gotta Give
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
  • Spartacus: Vengeance
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned
  • Zombieland

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