Winter isn't just coming, it's here with a cold-hearted vengeance. Luckily, when the going gets tough, the tough can get cozy in front of the television. Grab the fuzzy blanket, hot chocolate and remote, because January is going to be a big month for new releases and additions to the most popular streaming services around.
HBO: Bring on the Classics
HBO was a household name even before it brought George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones to life, but since then it has ascended to devotionary status. Die-hard HBO users will be happy to know the network is going back to basics for the new year, and brought aboard classics like the eight-movie Harry Potter saga; the three-movie Back to the Future series; holiday mainstay A Christmas Carol; side-splitting comedies Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kids; off-beat rom-com (500) Days of Summer; Arnold Schwarzenegger's Kindergarten Cop and more on Jan. 1. New original programs are also on the way, including David Bowie: The Last Five Years; The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm; Mosaic and May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. Plus, season premieres of Crashing (Season 2); Divorce (Season 2), High Maintenance (Season 2) and Real Time With Bill Maher (Season 16) will be up before the end of the month. Check hbo.com to learn more.
Netflix: A Series of Series
Streaming giant Netflix is heading full-steam into 2018 with more than 50 new movies, including a boatload of multi-film sagas, like five Batman flicks, the full set of Lethal Weapon titles, all five Bring It On movies and The Godfather Parts I-III, while beloved stand-alone flicks like Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Truman Show and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory popped up Jan. 1.
A new season of fan-favorite Black Mirror dropped Dec. 29, and throughout the rest of the January, Netflix will deliver original movies and series, most notably, the premieres of French series Glace: The Frozen Death; animated series Trolls: The Beat Goes On! and Japanese anime series Devilman Crybaby. New seasons of Lovesick (Season 3), Grace and Frankie (Season 4), One Day at a Time (Season 2) and Adventures of Puss in Boots (Season 6) will also be ready for viewing, along with new movies Before I Wake, Rotten, Somebody Feed Phil and The Polka King. Head to netflix.com for more details.
Amazon: Oddball Offerings
The selection of films and shows Amazon Prime TV will deliver in January is quite a motley one. Watch-worthy titles include The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish, Hustle & Flow, Invaders from Mars, Reservoir Dogs, Requiem for a Dream, Babel, Cool World, Thelma & Louise, Zodiac, The Wraith, Revolutionary Road, Capote, Hamlet and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Plus, Amazon has added Season 10 of world-renowned Doctor Who, and will premiere new series Prime Suspect: Tennison, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and period drama series Britannia, along with favorites Grimm, Just Add Magic and Grantchester (Seasons 6, 2 and 3, respectively). Hop onto amazon.com to learn more.
Hulu: Movie Madness
The number of offerings coming to Hulu for the new year is sheer insanity: Well over 100 fresh titles will be up for viewing, ranging from The Karate Kid to Phantom of the Opera and including a bunch of new-season series releases. Longstanding renewals include American Pickers (Season 14); Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Season 22); Duck Dynasty (Seasons 10 and 11); Food Network Star (Season 12) and Ghost Adventures (Season 11). Plus, Season 3 of Hulu original drama The Path, which stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Monaghan as cult members struggling with their commitments to faith and family, premieres Wednesday, Jan. 17. Visit hulu.com for the full (and quite long) list of what's here and on the way.