Netflix is kicking off 2023 with a packed lineup of new arrivals this January. Subscribers will be able to dig into fresh Netflix original series like the experimental heist drama Kaleidoscope led by Giancarlo Esposito, the Danish noir-thriller Copenhagen Cowboy created by Nicolas Winding Refn, and Lockwood & Co. which is based on the popular supernatural young adult novels of the same name by British author Jonathan Stroud. Of course, all eyes will also be on Netflix’s That ’90s Show in January 2023. The streaming revival of That ’70s Show has quite the legacy to live up to, seeing as that beloved series ran on network television for 8 years from 1998-2006. Luckily, most of the original cast is coming back for whatever new hijinks Netflix has in store.
Moving on to films, The Pale Blue Eye is the hottest Netflix drop of January 2023. Starring Christian Bale and the impeccable Harry Melling, the noir-thriller follows a veteran detective who must solve a case of grisly murders in 1803 New York with the help of a young Edgar Allen Poe. Netflix is gaining tons of must-see classics in its revolving film library as well. In honor of The Fabelmans, subscribers can have a Steven Spielberg double feature with The Aviator and Minority Report. Speaking of double features, Tony Scott’sTop Gun is back on the streaming service and there’s no better time to watch the 80s staple back-to-back with Top Gun: Maverick. In the mood for more 80s nostalgia? The first five Rocky films are now available to stream again too. Finally, Minions: The Rise of Gru is sure to be a major Netflix debut for families in January 2023.
Discover more on our monthly recs and check out the list of everything coming to and leaving Netflix in January 2023 below! You can also find what’s new and about to expire from HBO Max and Disney+ right here on DiscussingFilm.
Kaleidoscope brings in the new year on Netflix with this streaming platform’s latest gimmick-based original series. Created by author Eric Carcia (Matchstick Men), the premise of Kaleidoscope is easy enough to follow on the surface. A master thief assembles a crew to pull off a heist worth $7 billion and must ensure that past grievances and greed won’t get in the way of what is easily the job of a lifetime. Giancarlo Esposito stars as this master chief and is joined by Paz Vega, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney, Tati Gabrielle, and Peter Mark Kendall.
The real appeal to Kaleidoscope comes with its non-linear episode order. All 8 episodes take place at different times leading up to the heist and some even take place after. These time settings range from 6 weeks before to 7 years before to 6 months after the heist, to give more precise examples. This non-linear order means that people can start the Kaleidoscope at any point they desire, however, the final episode is the heist itself and is intended to be viewed as the grand finale. Netflix has received praise for radically experimenting with the streaming format before (like the decision-based viewing experience of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch). Could this non-linear approach prove to be as popular? Tune in to find out.
Kaleidoscope is now streaming only on Netflix!
Copenhagen Cowboy marks the first Danish-language work from Nicolas Winding Refn since Pusher 3 in 2005, the end to his Pusher Trilogy which first established his name as a modern force in Danish cinema. Since then, Refn’s name has become much more popularized in Hollywood with cult hits like Drive and The Neon Demon. Some people might even recognize him through his friendship with the prolific Japanese video game Hideo Kojima, as he had a supporting role in his last best-selling title Death Stranding. After creating and directing the neo-noir miniseries Too Old to Die Young for Amazon in 2019, Refn is now placing his bets with Netflix on his next long-form project, Copenhagen Cowboy.
Just like Too Old to Die Young, the main playground of Copenhagen Cowboy is a vast, mysterious, and colorful criminal underworld. Nicolas Winding Refn’s new series follows a renegade named Miu (Angela Bundalovic) out for revenge in Copenhagen’s dirty underbelly. Peculiar crime syndicates and themes of existentialism are Refn’s well-known trademarks by now, but Copenhagen Cowboy promises to deliver a story in 6 episodes that will even keep this filmmaker’s most dedicated fans on their toes. This show’s success could very well determine what path Refn takes soon after, whether that be in Hollywood or back in his home country of Denmark.
Copenhagen Cowboy premieres on Netflix January 5, 2023!
The Pale Blue Eye
Coming off last year’s underrated horror flick Antlers, filmmaker Scott Cooper is striking back with an adaptation of Louis Bayard’s 2003 historical fiction novel The Pale Blue Eye. Christian Bale plays ace detective Augustus Landor as he’s called in to investigate a series of gruesome murders at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in 1830. Landor just so happens to arrive during the short-lived six months that aspiring poet Edgar Allen Poe attended the academy. In real life, the iconic American figure was court-martialed for gross neglect of duty and dismissed from West Point’s ranks.
In this story, Landor enlists Poe as a young military cadet to solve this case. Harry Melling, who first rose to fame in the Harry Potter franchise and has since left a strong impression in films like The Devil All the Time and The Tragedy of Macbeth, continues his impressive career streak in this unique portrayal of Poe. In piecing each ghastly murder together, the duo soon finds themselves down a rabbit hole that leads to practices of black magic. Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall round up the supporting cast.
The Pale Blue Eye debuts on Netflix January 6, 2023!
That ’90s Show
Netflix’s continuation of That ’70s Show takes place two decades later in 1995 and will focus on Leia Foreman, the teenage daughter of original series leads Eric Foreman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), as she comes to say with her grandparents Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) for the summer. Through the eyes of Leia, played by newcomer Callie Haverda, fans will be introduced to the latest generation of young delinquents of Point Place, Wisconsin, including her love interest in Jay Kelso (Mace Coronel), the son of Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) from the returning cast.
Aside from all the recognizable names already mentioned, Wilmer Valderrama, Tommy Chong, and Don Stark will also be receiving special guest star appearances. That ’70s Show fans should know right off the bat that, just like any legacy sequel project, the next generation of youth will take the lead here with old faces popping in and out as supporting roles. Discovering the adult fates of favored characters like Fez and Michael Kelso should be hilarious to watch, but that’s not what That ’90s Show will mainly be about. It is unknown if this revival will acknowledge the absence of Danny Masterson’s original character Steven Hyde at all, as the actor was not asked to return on the account of his ongoing sexual assault trial.
That ’90s Show hits Netflix January 19, 2023!
Netflix Arrivals for January 2023
Coming January 1
Kaleidoscope – Netflix Series
Lady Voyeur – Netflix Series
The Way of the Househusband, Season 2 – Netflix Anime
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Daddy Day Care
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
I Know What You Did Last Summer
New Amsterdam, Season 1
The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Old Enough!, Season 2
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Road to Perdition
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Survivor, Season 18
The Taking of Pelham 123
This Is 40
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Coming January 4
How I Became a Gangster – Netflix Film
The Kings of the World – Netflix Film
The Lying Life of Adults – Netflix Series
MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street – Netflix Documentary
Coming January 5
Copenhagen Cowboy – Netflix Series
Ginny & Georgia, Season 2 – Netflix Series
Woman of the Dead – Netflix Series
Coming January 6
Love Island USA, Season 2
Mumbai Mafia: Police vs the Underworld – Netflix Documentary
The Pale Blue Eye – Netflix Film
Pressure Cooker – Netflix Series
The Ultimatum: France, Season 1, Part 2 – Netflix Series
The Walking Dead, Season 11
Coming January 9
VINLAND SAGA, Season 2
Coming January 10
Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger – Netflix Comedy
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker – Netflix Documentary
Coming January 11
Noise – Netflix Film
Sexify, Season 2 – Netflix Series
Coming January 12
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, Season 2 – Netflix Family
The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House – Netflix Series
Vikings: Valhalla, Season 2 – Netflix Series
Coming January 13
Break Point – Netflix Documentary
Dog Gone – Netflix Film
Sky Rojo, Season 3 – Netflix Series
Suzan & Freek – Netflix Documentary
Trial by Fire – Netflix Series
Coming January 17
The Devil to Pay
Coming January 19
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre – Netflix Anime
Khallat+ – Netflix Film
The Pez Outlaw
That ’90s Show – Netflix Series
Women at War – Netflix Series
Coming January 20
Bake Squad, Season 2 – Netflix Series
Bling Empire: New York – Netflix Series
Fauda, Season 4 – Netflix Series
Mission Majnu – Netflix Film
The Real World, Season 28
Represent – Netflix Series
Şahmaran – Netflix Series
Shanty Town – Netflix Series
Coming January 23
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Narvik – Netflix Film
Coming January 24
Little Angel: Volume 2
Coming January 25
Against the Ropes – Netflix Series
Coming January 26
Daniel Spellbound, Season 2 – Netflix Family
Record of Ragnarok, Season 2, Episodes 1-10 – Netflix Anime
Coming January 27
Kings of Jo’Burg, Season 2 – Netflix Series
Lockwood & Co. – Netflix Series
The Snow Girl – Netflix Series
You People – Netflix Film
Coming January 30
Princess Power – Netflix Family
Coming January 31
Cunk On Earth – Netflix Series
Pamela, a love story – Netflix Documentary
Leaving Netflix In January 2023
Netflix has a few expiring titles to be mindful of in January 2023. Firstly, those who’ve recently become Addams Family fans because of Wednesday or who want to dive into more stories with the famed group should watch Addams Family Values before it leaves Netflix on January 31. Barry Sonnenfeld’s sequel to the 1991 film lives up to the Addams Family legacy and holds up on its own. The critically acclaimed biopic Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogen is a film not to be missed as well. Netflix subscribers should lastly be aware of departing shows like L.A.’s Finest, Z Nation, and The Borgias. Check out what’s leaving Netflix in January 2023 below.
Leaving January 6
Leaving January 8
L.A.’s Finest, Seasons 1-2
Leaving January 12
Leaving January 15
Leaving January 17
Yummy Mummies, Season 1
Leaving January 26
Z Nation, Seasons 1-5
Leaving January 29
She’s Funny That Way
Leaving January 31
Addams Family Values
Battle: Los Angeles
Rambo: Last Blood
The Borgias: Seasons 1-3