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With more and more streaming services, it seems like there's always more and more stuff to stream — and 2021 looks to start off with a ton of new shows and movies for genre fans. From dinosaurs to karate, and Marvel heroes to Howard the Duck, let's dig in.
Netflix, the granddaddy of them all, has Season 3 of its extremely-hyped new original series Cobra Kai (recently acquired from YouTube). The service is also rolling out a new season of its Jurassic World animated series Camp Cretaceous. As far as big library additions, the final season of SYFY's acclaimed fantasy drama The Magicians comes to streaming. Disney+ arguably has the biggest debut this month, with its new MCU TV series WandaVision making its long-awaited premiere. It'll be dropping new episodes weekly, so stay plugged in.
Hulu is fairly movie-heavy this month, with highlights such as Blade Runner: The Final Cut and the Austin Powers trilogy. Peacock has the Jurassic Park trilogy, Howard the Duck (yep, that one), the Sam Raimi horror flick Drag Me to Hell, and The Office (no, it's not genre, but still worth noting). HBO Max is adding a ton of stuff, including a bunch of material from sister-service DC Universe.
Amazon Prime has a few fresh movies in its catalog; CBS All Access has new episodes of Star Trek Discovery and The Stand; Shudder has fresh horror stuff (surprise!); Tubi has a few fun freebies; and Quibi ... doesn't exist anymore (sorry).
Let's dig in!
Cobra Kai Season 3: In a welcome surprise crane kick to the binge schedule, Netflix is dropping the third season of Cobra Kai on New Year's Day — a week earlier than originally planned. The new season finds the former Karate Kid foes as unlikely allies as they try to put the pieces back together after that wild, school-wide fight that left Miguel paralyzed and Robbie in legal trouble at the end of Season 2.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 (Netflix Original): The animated extension of the Jurassic World universe ended with one major surprise cliffhanger, but thankfully it's one that'll get fully explored in Season 2. The second season picks up with the young survivors now essentially abandoned on Isla Nublar and trying to find a way to stay alive as the dinosaurs fully take over the island.
The Magicians: Season 5: The acclaimed SYFY series came to an end earlier this year, and now you can revisit the final season in binge form to laugh, cry and cry some more as the tale of young magicians unravels with everything from a fantasy world to the real world at stake. The full series run is a gorgeous, surprising journey. Think of it as Harry Potter for adults in all the good ways.
Cobra Kai: Season 3
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Charming (Netflix Film)
The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2 (Netflix Anime)
Carmen Sandiego: Season 4 (Netflix Family)
Disenchantment: Part 3 (Netflix Original)
Henry Danger: Seasons 1-3
The Magicians: Season 5
Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (2014)
Pinkfong & Baby Shark's Space Adventure (2019)
A Monster Calls (2016)
Hello Ninja: Season 4 (Netflix Family)
Spycraft (Netflix Original)
Fate: The Winx Saga (Netflix Original)
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Go Dog Go (Netflix Family)
Penguin Bloom (Netflix Film)
WandaVision: It's the beginning of a brand new era for the MCU as the first new Marvel show hits Disney+. This series picks up with big screen heroes Scarlet Witch and Vision as they're somehow living a suburban life in a TV sitcom-esque world of Wanda's creation. This looks like a wild, fantastical chapter to kick off the first slate of next-level MCU shows and should definitely help Disney+ stay in the water cooler (Zoom cooler?) conversation with The Mandalorian off the schedule for a while.
Marvel Studios: Legends: Need a primer on your MCU history and character rundowns? This new series should help. It's basically a docu-series digging into different Marvel heroes and characters, so you don't forget the high points in Marvel and MCU history. The first two characters up? Scarlet Witch and Vision, just in time for WandaVision.
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
The Wolverine (2013)
Earth to Ned: Episodes 11-20
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume 1
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume 2
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume 3
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume 4
Toy Story That Time Forgot
Marvel Studios: Legends: Episodes 1 and 2
WandaVision: Series Premiere
Pixar Popcorn: Premiere
WandaVision: Episode 2
Dinosaurs: Seasons 1-4
WandaVision: Episode 3
Blade Runner: The Final Cut: It's never a bad time to revisit this timeless sci-fi classic, and now with the definitive director's cut from Ridley Scott — this is the only cut of the film where Scott retained complete creative control. It took decades for him to finally get a chance to show off his exact take on this story, but it was well worth the wait.
Austin Powers (Trilogy): We still have a while to wait until the real-life 007 returns in No Time to Die later in 2021, but until then, Austin Powers can help fill the void. The full trilogy of spy comedy films starring Mike Myers is hitting HBO Max. Come for the laughs, stay for Beyonce and all those insane cameos.
The Arrival (1996)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
The Core (2003)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
The Haunting (1999)
Lost in Space (1998)
Night at the Museum (2006)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Relic (1997)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Stephen King's Graveyard Shift (1990)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Boruto: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Viz)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)
Gretel & Hansel (2020)
A Certain Scientific Railgun Part 2: Complete Season 3 (DUBBED) (Funimation)
Lights Out (2016)
Endlings: Complete Season 2 (Hulu Original)
Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Complete Season 3 (SUBBED) (Infinite Frontiers)
Jurassic Park (Trilogy): Between Camp Cretaceous on Netflix and the new Jurassic World sequel on the horizon, it's not a bad time to be a dinosaur fan. But if you're looking to revisit the classics, the original Jurassic Park trilogy is roaring onto Peacock.
Drag Me to Hell: It might not get mentioned in the same breath as some of his other horror classics, but this 2009 horror flick from Sam Raimi is one heck of a great time. The story picks up with a young woman who is cursed — and goes fantastically off the rails from there. It was a modest critical and box office hit at the time, but if you missed it, it's well worth a watch.
Howard the Duck: Sure, it's awful — but it's the good kind of awful. He's since made a formal return to the MCU in cameo form thanks to James Gunn, but never forget Howard's infamous first foray to the big screen. The 1986 film was a box office and critical disaster but has since gained some love as a cult classic. Lea Thompson is still great, some of the jokes still land, and yeah... that's about all you can say.
The Office (Complete Series): No, it's not a genre series — but it's worth a mention anyway, thanks to the crossover appeal (mostly due to Dwight's love of BSG, and the creation of Recyclops). The beloved NBC sitcom, a longtime streaming staple of Netflix, is shifting over to Peacock this month. One cool perk? They'll be rolling out "super-fan" episodes, that have been beefed up with deleted scenes and never-before-seen goodies that should keep the show fresh for longtime fans who have already binged it a few thousand times.
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Cabin Fever (2003)
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Dragon Blade (2015)
Howard the Duck (1986)
The Island (2006)
Johnny English (2003)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Land of the Dead (2006)
Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983)
Peter Pan (2003)
Psycho II (1982)
Psycho III (1986)
Seed of Chucky (2004)
The Strangers (2008)
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Wolfman (2010)
They Live (1988)
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
Wishmaster 3: Sword of Justice (2001)
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)
The Office, Seasons 1-9 (NBC)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Season 2 begins streaming (NBC)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Season 1
A bunch of DC Universe stuff: The migration is well underway now, with HBO Max absorbing most of the back catalog that made sister-service DC Universe so handy in the first place. HBO Max is adding the full series runs of shows like Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated Series, along with several Batman animated films, Hellboy animated films, and more.
Babylon 5: If you've been jonesing to revisit this acclaimed sci-fi series, it'll never be easier than now. The early-to-mid 1990s sci-fi space series was one of the most ambitious ever made at the time, and help pioneer the concept of serialized television storytelling. It also created a huge, sprawling sci-fi world all its own. It helped create the genre as we know it, and it's well worth a watch.
The Mummy & The Mummy Returns: Despite efforts to recapture the magic, few monster movies are as good as the originals — and by that we mean the 1999-2001 Mummy film series, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. They were bright, fun, scary, funny, and an absolute blast. Plus, thanks to the period setting, they still stand up surprisingly well and don't feel all that dated. Double plus — that era of Brendan Fraser has never been more awesome.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Beyond (Series)
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker (2000)
Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
Batman: Death in the Family (2020)
Batman: Hush (2019)
Batman: The Animated Series
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Conjuring (2013)
Courage the Cowardly Dog
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Escape from New York (1981)
The Exorcist (1973)
Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Happily N'Ever After (2007)
Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White, (2009)
Happy Feet (2006)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Ready Player One (2018)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise (1987)
Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds In Love (2005)
Snowpiercer, Season 1
Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
Superman Returns (2006)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Ben 10, Season 4A
Miracle Workers, Season 2
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006)
Hellboy: The Dark Below (2010)
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015)
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade (2014)
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team (2014)
Leapfrog: Numberland (2012)
A Mermaid's Tale (2017)
Stephen King's It (1990)
Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World - Director's Cut, Season 1 dubbed (Crunchyroll Collection)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Looney Tunes Cartoons, Season 1C
Person of Interest
Babylon 5 (SEries)
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Pushing Daisies (Series)
The Scorpion King (2002)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)
Ancient Civilizations of North America: Season 1 (The Great Courses)
Baby Looney Tunes: Season 1 (Boomerang)
I Survived ... Beyond and Back: Season 1 (A&E Crime Central)
The Universe: Season 1 (History Vault)
Gretel & Hansel (2020)
Pandora: Season 2
CBS ALL ACCESS
Star Trek: Discovery: "Outside"
The Stand: "The House of the Dead"
The Stand: "Suspicious Minds"
The Stand: "The Vigil"
The Stand: "The Walk"
Super Dark Times
A Discovery of Witches: Episode 201
Before the Fire
A Discovery of Witches: Episode 202
And Now the Screaming Stars
The Beast Must Die
The Flesh and the Fiends
The Wolf House
The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season 1
A Discovery of Witches: Episode 203
The Untold Story
The Queen of Black Magic
A Discovery of Witches: Episode 204
Angels & Demons (2009)
Deja Vu (2009)
Jonah Hex (2010)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Stuart Little 2 (2002)
Stuart Little 3 (2005)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)