Can you imagine a year without Netflix?
Okay, you can stop crying now. The giant video streaming platform has a number of exciting shows coming up in 2019. We pick out the ones that you should definitely check out. You can even set a Remind Me notification through the Netflix app so you’d remember to tune it.
When: Jan 18
Three words: Fyre Festival fiasco
Remember the Fyre Festival fiasco that was a viral topic on social media? A music festival for the elite that was supposed to take place on a private island in the Bahamas? It was promoted by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski? Then it turned out to be a poorly-organised event where nothing that was promised actually materialised? If you want to know what really happened at Fyre Festival, don’t miss out on this revealing documentary. Also tune in because you get to laugh at rich people getting scammed.
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When: Jan 11
Three words: More growing pains
Otis is a socially-awkward teenager with a mom who works as a sex therapist. Thanks to mom’s tendency to overshare, Otis seems to have gained a lot of knowledge about love, intimacy and relationships. One day, he decides to team up with a friend in school to open a secret clinic to help their peers answer questions about… sex. Hilarity definitely ensues. This show stars Asa Butterfield and wait for it, Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame.
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When: Jan 25
Three words: Korean zombie thriller
If you’re a fan of zombie-themed shows like Train To Busan or The Walking Dead, then make a date with Kingdom. This period series tells the story of a prince who has to find out why the dead won’t stop walking, moving and eating other people. Based on the teaser trailer, we’re looking forward to a dark and mysterious show with plenty of gore. Starring Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona and Ryu Seung-ryong.
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When: Feb 1
Three words: Art world thriller
Set in the contemporary art scene of Los Angeles, some people would do anything to get their hands on a priceless piece. The question is, what would it take to stop them doing the unthinkable? This thriller sees Jake Gyllenhaal reuniting with Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Basically, an indication that Velvet Buzzsaw will find a way to get under your skin and make you think about the depravity of the human race. It also stars Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Rene Russo.
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Three words: Rock music mayhem
How did Motley Crue came to be a rock band that sold over 100 million records worldwide? This biopic will tell the story of how Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars made Motley Crue the band that epitomise sex, drugs and rock & roll in popular music history. Expect some epic hell-raising drama to go down. Starring Iwan Rheon (that guy who played Ramsay Bolton in Game Of Thrones), Machine Gun Kelly (yes, the rapper) and Douglas Booth (who played Boy George in a BBC Two television drama).
When: April 1
Three words: A childhood classic
Oh boy. Some of us may be familiar with Ultraman, a hero from a classic Japanese TV series. Whenever the town is under attack by giant monsters, Ultraman will come in to save the day. This guy never gives up even when his beeping life is telling him to go home and chill. I can’t remember if Ultraman ever stays behind to help reconstruct wrecked cities or revive dead people. Anyway, Netflix promises an all-new Ultraman series! It’s animated and based on the trailer, it seems that Ultraman has even got a whole new human foe? Say what? Tune in to find out.
When: April 5
Three words: David Attenborough’s voice
Nature documentaries are better with presenter David Attenborough who is a broadcasting icon and living legend. He turns 93 next year and he will doing something new… which is to narrate a show for Netflix. Previously, Attenborough has always been linked to BBC documentaries like the popular Blue Planet II and most recently, Dynasties. How will Netflix take on a nature documentary series with Attenborough on board? One thing’s for sure: you’re going to cry. Get some tissues ready and tell your friends you don’t want to see them for some time.
Rilakkuma And Kaoru
When: April 19
Three words: Cute stop motion
What will you do if a bear shows up to live with you? For office lady Kaoru, she just decided to bear with it (GET IT!). This adorable stop motion series will explore the daily life of Kaoru and her new housemate Rilakkuma. Together, they spend time making food, going on picnics and even make new friends. It seems that Kaoru has a lot to learn about taking a more relaxed approach to life from her new friend. What life lessons can a bear offer to humans?
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Writer l JEM
I like Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain. Not into yoga. Wait, how does that song go again?