What to watch on Netflix Canada in January 2021

Our critics pick the best movies and television shows coming to the streaming platform

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      Some big titles hitting Netflix Canada in January 2021 include Season 3 of Cobra Kai, an infotainment show about swear words, the buzzy film Pieces Of A Woman, and documentaries about the serial killer Richard Ramirez and the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

      What we can’t wait to watch

      History Of Swear Words

      Ring in the new year with some good old-fashioned cursing, as Funny Or Die and Netflix celebrate the greatest profanities in the English language—the F-word, the S-word, the B-word, the D-word, the P-word, and another, less contentious D-word (damn). This six-part series mixes chatty asides from comedians with serious etymological investigation by literary professionals, kind of like those old Comedy Central shows that remembered the 90s. But this show is hosted by Nicolas Cage, in the role he was born to play: a thoughtful pop-culture personality who has more than a passing familiarity with, and enthusiasm for, swearing at high volume. January 5

      Cobra Kai (Season 3)

      “Wax on. Wax off.” The shine hasn’t completely worn off The Karate Kid. The '80s franchise has new life in the new series, which finds old rivals Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) opening up their own dojos and teaching new kids how to chop it up. The new season finds Johnny and Daniel joining forces and growing some self-awareness about their contributions towards intergenerational violence. Coming soon

      Snowpiercer (Season 2)

      Set aboard a train carrying what’s left of the human race on an endless journey around a frozen Earth, where the only thing that matters is your economic standing—and one exhausted train detective (Daveed Diggs) keeps finding new layers of corruption and decadence keeping him from the truth—the TV adaptation of Snowpiercer, filmed in Vancouver, proved surprisingly resourceful at wringing mystery and plot from the seemingly limited premise of the French graphic novel, telling an entirely different story from Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 feature-film adaptation. For this second season, showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) continues to spin out the narrative, adding Sean Bean to the cast as someone who seems determined to make life even harder for Diggs’s noble hero. January 26 


      Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

      Seasoned documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who has made quintessential films about the murder of Emmett Till and the Black Panthers, turns his attention to the crack epidemic of the 1980s and its devastating effects on Black communities. In this series, expect Nelson to look at how the economic conditions, policing and the politics of the day connect with events happening in the present. January 11

      Pretend It’s A City

      If you, like our senior film writer Norm Wilner, believe New York City is the greatest place in the world, you likely also believe the writer and humourist Fran Lebowitz to be the person who most ferociously represents the city’s irritable, indefatigable soul. In this limited series, Lebowitz and Martin Scorsese—who previously collaborated on the charming 2010 documentary Public Speaking—take to the five boroughs for a walking tour of the happiest place on Earth. January 8

      The Minimalists

      If, even after watching Marie Kondo’s show, those Home Edit women, and Hoarders, you still have too much stuff, this documentary might make you finally donate it all to Value Village. Friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus examine how throwing out material possessions and embracing the minimalist life can make you finally achieve peace of mind. January 1

      Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

      Serial killer movies are pretty obsolete now that the long-form true crime genre is capitalizing on our hunger for these dark and sordid stories. The genre can oscillate from riveting but tasteless, like the Luka Magnotta series Don’t Fuck With Cats, to haunting and empathetic, like I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, which takes a victims-first approach to the Golden State Killer case. We’ll see where Night Stalker lands on that spectrum. The four-part look back at Richard Ramirez, the brutal serial rapist and murderer who terrorized L.A. in the mid-'80s and influenced Michael Mann’s classic serial killer movie ManhunterJanuary 13


      Gentleman thief Arsène Lupin is as iconic in French pop culture, as, say, James Bond is to the British or Batman is to Americans. But despite multiple adaptations and one Studio Ghibli animated romp, the character remains obscure in the larger world. This new series, directed by Now You See Me’s Louis Leterrier, is set in the present day and stars the impossibly charming Omar Sy as a French criminal who uses Lupin’s adventures as inspiration for an elaborate revenge scheme of his own. The trailer promises heists, stunts, twists, and a major role for Ludivine Sagnier. We’re on board. January 8

      Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons (Season 5)

      If you think 10 months of quarantine has been difficult, try being incarcerated in some of the world’s roughest, toughest prisons. Journalist Raphael Rowe, who was himself imprisoned for a crime he was later acquitted of, hosts the new series, and everyone’s wondering whether any penal institution will match last year’s shocking finale set in a Lesotho prison populated mostly by rapists. January 8

      Netflix Afterparty

      Ever since that Hills recap show with Dan Levy, Talking Dead (about The Walking Dead), and those Real Housewives gabfests, shows about shows have made great watching for fans wanting more content. Now comes the appropriately named Netflix Afterparty, in which hosts David Spade, Fortune Feimster, and London Hughes chat weekly with other comics, casts, and creators of popular shows and movies. Expect lots of promotion for Netflix’s own comedy specials; each week, a different comic with a Netflix special will join the group. Coming soon

      Solid bets

      Pieces Of A Woman

      Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s English-language debut is an uneven but thought-provoking melodrama about grief. Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) gives an Oscar buzzy performance as a woman who’s way of grieving confuses her Holocaust survivor mother (Ellen Burstyn) and blue-collar husband (Shia LeBeouf). A hit on the festival circuit in 2020, Pieces Of A Woman’s stylistic flourishes often undermine the meatier themes in Kata Wéber’s screenplay but Burstyn, Kirby, and Molly Parker (playing a midwife) all have great moments. January 7

      Here a list of new titles available on Netflix Canada in January 2021 by date:


      Coming soon


      Bonding (season 2)

      Cobra Kai (season 3)

      The Netflix Afterparty

      January 1

      Dream Home Makeover (season 2)

      Headspace Guide To Meditation

      Monarca (season 2)

      January 5

      Gabby’s Dollhouse

      History Of Swear Words

      LA’s Finest (season 1)

      ¡Nailed It! México (season 3)

      January 6

      Surviving Death

      January 8

      The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2

      Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons (season 5)


      Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival

      January 11

      Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

      Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

      January 15

      Bling Empire

      Carmen Sandiego (season 4)

      Disenchantment: Part 3

      Kuroko’s Basketball (season 1)

      Pinkfong & Baby Shark’s Space Adventure

      January 16

      Outlander (season 5)

      January 19

      Hello Ninja (season 4)

      January 20

      Daughter From Another Mother


      January 21

      Call My Agent! (season 4)

      Gigantosaurus (season 1)

      Riverdale (season 5)

      January 22

      Blown Away (season 2)

      Busted! (season 3)

      Fate: The Winx Saga

      Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (season 2)

      January 23

      Love (ft. Marriage And Divorce)

      January 26

      Go Dog Go

      Snowpiercer (season 2)

      January 29

      We Are: The Brooklyn Saints


      Coming soon

      June & Kopi

      January 1

      The Aviator


      The Creative Brain

      Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

      Daddy Day Care

      First Man

      Godzilla (2014)

      Hostel: Part III

      In The Cut

      Jason And The Argonauts

      John Wick

      John Wick: Chapter 2

      The Minimalists: Less Is Now

      One Direction: This Is Us

      Richie Rich

      Robin Hood (2018)

      Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

      Terminator Salvation

      What Happened To Mr. Cha?

      January 2

      Asphalt Burning

      January 4


      January 5


      January 6

      The Blues Brothers

      The Mummy

      The Mummy Returns

      The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

      The Scorpion King


      Ted 2

      Tony Parker: The Final


      January 7

      Escape Room

      Pieces Of A Woman

      January 8


      Pretend It’s A City

      Stuck Apart

      The Tax Collector

      January 15

      Double Dad

      Miss Bala

      Outside The Wire

      January 22

      So My Grandma’s A Lesbian!

      The White Tiger

      January 27

      Penguin Bloom

      January 29

      Below Zero

      The Dig

      Finding Ohana

      Last call

      Here are the TV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada in January 2021:

      January 5

      Crazy Rich Asians

      The Nun

      January 8

      Mary Poppins Returns

      January 15

      Waco: Limited Series

      January 24

      Captain America: The First Avenger

      January 31

      Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix

      Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince 

      Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

      Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2