High and low, far and wide, have you still not found your movie guide? Here are our top shows and moves to binge-watch this January – you won't be hitting pause anytime soon!
Can’t think of what to watch despite having 101 choices in front of you? Forget the doom scrolling and look to our binge-watch list. From movies that made the headlines to TV shows for crime, mystery and drama, these are the top shows to binge-watch this January.
Top movies and shows to binge-watch in January
1. The Pale Blue Eye
Who doesn’t love a good mystery film that’ll leave you in suspense? Adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name, The Pale Blue Eye is set in 1830 West Point, New York. It tells the story of veteran detective Augustus Landor who’s called to investigate a series of murders at the United States Military Academy. He enlists the help of Edgar Allen Poe, a student of the academy. And they work together to get around the cadets’ code of silence to find out exactly what happened. We see the ever-impressive Christian Bale go through an incredible transformation to turn himself into the world-weary detective Augustus. And he’s accompanied by the likes of Harry Melling, Simon McBurney, and Timothy Spall.
Watch on Netflix
If you’re a fan of Money Heist and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, we highly recommend giving Kaleidoscope a watch. If you haven’t already heard, it’s Netflix’s newest (and highly talked about) original series. It follows the story of Ray Vernon, the ringleader plotting a multi-billion dollar job. The wow factor? The fact that there are 40,000 different ways to watch it. Netflix randomises the order of the episodes for each viewer. This means your experience could be completely different from your friends. If you can’t decide how you want to go about watching it, Netflix has some recommendations on the sequence. Just be sure to leave the episode “White” for last since that covers the heist and has tons of twists! (Or don’t, be a rebel.)
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3. The Way of the Househusband: Season 2
If you need a good laugh, we’d recommend a good ol’ lighthearted anime. This yakuza boss turned househusband is back for a second season of domestic life hijinks. From clipping coupons to planning money-saving meals, he’s taking on his new role very seriously. Watch as he navigates his new househusband life in his own unique way while making frequent run-ins with former underworld associates and rivals.
Watch on Netflix
4. Criminal Minds: Season 16
If you’re like us and have a morbid curiosity about the mindset of serial killers, this show was basically made for you. Follow an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country’s most twisted criminals. Using their expertise in behavioural analysis, discover how they get into the minds of killers to capture them and solve their crimes. This season marks the revival of a series that had previously ended in 2020, and we’re more than happy to welcome it back. We see the return of Joe Mantegna, AJ Cook, Kirstan Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster. Even though we’re missing the very iconic Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays the ever quirky Dr. Spencer Reid), this is still a binge-worthy series.
Watch on Disney+
5. The Menu
The reclusive and ever mysterious Julian Slowik is a globally celebrated chef who has prepared a lavish tasting menu for a slew of special guests. This includes a couple, a renowned restaurant critic, tech bros, and a famous movie star. What seems to be the start of a fancy dinner on an elite, coastal island soon turns into a meal with shocking surprises. This dark comedy covers elements of horror as guests soon realise that they’re now playing pawns to chef Julian’s twisted games. The film doesn’t skimp on the details either. We heard that several figures from the fine dining world were brought on as consultants to cover various aspects of the film.
Premiering 25 January on Disney+
6. Super Junior: The Last Man Standing
Any k-pop fans in the house? This new Disney+ original gives you a glimpse into a never-before-seen side of the members of Super Junior. It follows the band’s inception since 2005 and follows their journey to success as the best-selling k-pop artist for four years in a row. Catch the members as they look back on their careers, and recount personal stories and feelings that’ll give you new insights into the group and the modern k-pop industry.
Premiering 18 January on Disney+
7. Junji Ito Manic: Japanese Tales of the Macabre
If you haven’t heard of Junji Ito, where have you been? The horror manga maestro has come together with Netflix to create a series based on his work. A selection of his masterpieces has been selected and turned into an adaptation for this show. With his iconic art style and storylines, this is the perfect first taste of Junji Ito’s maniacal charm. You’ll catch glimpses of some of his greatest stories including The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel, and Tomie.
Premiering 19 January on Netflix
8. Jamie’s One Pan Wonders
Love to cook, but hate cleaning up the mess in the kitchen? Have no fear because Jamie Oliver is here with his new series on BBC. One Pan Wonders is the ultimate guide to making easy but super tasty meals. And yes, you’ll only need one pan to do everything. You’ll get recipes such as carbonara, fish pies, gnocchi, shakshuka, and so much more. There are even some Christmas recipes so you can get an extra early headstart on this year’s Christmas dinner planning.
Premiering 27 February on BBC