All the sci-fi TV and movies hitting Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in January 2018

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Dec 31, 2017

The big story this month is on Amazon Prime, where the streaming service looks to launch its ambitious Philip K. Dick anthology Electric Dreams. But there’s still a whole lot of other stuff worth checking out on Netflix and Hulu, too.

Netflix looks to pick up a ton of new genre movies this month, led by a bevy of Batman flicks. The streaming service also adds Pixar’s Cars 3 and SYFY’S own Sharknado 5. If you’re in the mood for a series binge, Season 2 of USA’s alien occupation drama Colony also goes live this month. Hulu is also adding a few new movies (Bill & Ted FTW) but will also have fresh episodes of The X-Files once the new season drops. The service also nabbed Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead. Amazon’s genre additions are relatively thin this month aside from Electric Dreams, though it is picking up the final season of NBC’s Grimm.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be streaming this month.

Netflix

Highlights

Sharknado 5: Global Warming: The most recent installment in the long-running B-movie franchise swims its way onto Netflix, full of schlocky shark insanity. The core cast of Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return, along with a bevy of wild cameos. If you’re looking for something serious, obviously, steer clear. If you want a goofy good time, you could do far worse.

 

Batman Returns: Tim Burton’s 1992 Batman sequel helped set the tone for how good a comic book movie could be. It’s also a shining light that precedes the epic collapse of the franchise after Burton left. It might be all about Ben Affleck these days, but Michael Keaton’s Batman is the OG Dark Knight.

 

Cars 3: Pixar’s latest sequel wasn’t a critical darling like most of the studio’s releases, but it’s still a big-budget Pixar flick — and still a pretty darn good one. Lightning McQueen’s latest adventure finds the speedster out of the racing game for a while and fighting to get back in. It takes some interesting twists and turns (no pun intended) for a kids' flick and is well worth revisiting on family night.

 

Jan. 1
10,000 B.C.
30 Days of Night
Apollo 13
Batman
Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
Batman Forever
Batman Returns
King Kong
Monsters vs. Aliens
National Treasure
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
Stardust
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Jan. 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jan. 8
The Conjuring

Jan. 10
47 Meters Down
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Jan. 12
Colony: Season 2

Jan. 19
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 1

Jan. 30

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

Jan. 31
Cars 3


Hulu

Highlights

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3: The spinoff series started out a bit sluggish, but got a whole lot better in Season 3. It’s arguably as good as, or better, than the flagship series at this point. The fact that it focuses on new characters in a fresh setting is finally paying off when it comes to storytelling freedom, and Season 3 clears the board and sets up a fresh slate for Season 4. With the full season on Hulu, it’s a great time to catch up.

 

The X-Files: Season 11 premiere: The new revival season of The X-Files kicks off in January, and in case you’ve gone ahead and cut the cord, you can still catch the new run on Hulu. The new season picks up after that bonkers cliffhanger last year, and the creative team has promised more standalone episodes this year — which has almost always been the series’ strength.

 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Both Bill & Ted films hit Hulu this month if you’re jonesing for some “dudes” and “whoas” to help ring in 2018. It’ll make for an excellent double bill to kick off the new year on a good note. It might also help fill that Doctor Who void a little bit. Well, you know, they both at least feature a phone booth, right?

 

Jan. 1
Ancient Impossible: Season 1
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Cube
Cube 2: Hypercube
Cube Zero
Evolution
Ghost Adventures: Season 11
Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College
I Spy
Invaders from Mars
Night of the Living Dead 3D
Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection
Spaceballs
Subspecies
Subspecies 2
Subspecies 3
Subspecies 4
Subspecies 5
Total Recall
Two Family House

Jan. 3
The X-Files: Season 11 premiere

Jan. 5
The Good Place: Season 2 midseason premiere

Jan. 8
Ghosted: Season 1 midseason premiere
The Last Man on Earth: Season 4 midseason premiere
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 5

Jan. 12
Blindspot: Season 3 midseason premiere

Jan. 13
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

Jan. 25
Sword of Vengeance

Jan. 30
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3

Jan. 31
All Dogs Go To Heaven
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2


Amazon Prime

Highlights

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Season 1: Amazon looks to step in and own a relatively lean month with this high-profile sci-fi anthology from Bryan Cranston, which draws inspiration from the sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick. The 10-episode series will feature standalone stories and promises an all-star cast. Basically a bigger-budget Black Mirror, maybe?

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Doctor Who: Season 10: Fresh off the Christmas special that put a period on Peter Capaldi’s tenure in the TARDIS, relive the 12th Doctor’s final season as it hits Amazon Prime. The season featured some excellent stories and the introduction of The Doctor’s latest companion, Bill. Capaldi went out on top, and as the long wait begins for next season, enjoy the comfort food.

 

Grimm: Season 6: This NBC series quietly became one of the most consistently good genre shows of the decade over the past six years. Grimm’s final season drops on Amazon Prime this month, bringing Nick’s monster-hunting story to a thrilling finale. It has shades of Buffy and The X-Files, all wrapped in a dark fairy tale. If you’ve never seen the series, or just need to catch up now that it's over, you could do far worse for a new binge addiction.


Jan. 1
Doctor Who: Season 10
Evolution
Invaders from Mars

Jan. 6
Grimm: Season 6

Jan. 7
A Ghost Story

Jan. 12
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Season 1

Jan. 31
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage