The best new Netflix UK series, films, and documentaries to binge in February 2019, courtesy of Secret London.
New year, new you – maybe not for your TV habits, though. Here’s the best of what to watch on Netflix UK this February, as well as some winners available now. Plus, a tantalising glimpse at what lies in store further into 2019.
New to Netflix UK in February 2019:
Russian Doll (February 1)
A twisty headfuck of a comedy produced by Amy Poehler, Russian Doll revolves around New Yorker Natasha Lyonne. She’s destined to repeat the same party, which always seems to end with her untimely death. I guess it’ll make you thankful that your parties usually end with a shambolic trip to Infernos, at least.
Velvet Buzzsaw (February 1)
Well this looks pretty bonkers, doesn’t it? Jake Gyllenhaal & co are thrilled to uncover brilliant, twisted artworks by an unknown artist, but the whole thing turns sour when the art starts to exact revenge. Not going to lie, I’m half-expecting this bloody thing to appear at some point.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (February 1)
Having tackled the saga of OJ Simpson with aplomb, the American Crime Story team looks at the killing of celebrated designer Gianni Versace, with Penelope Cruz and Darren Criss amongst the cast.
The Umbrella Academy (February 15)
You thought your family was dysfunctional? Spare a thought for this lot, as six adopted superheroes reunite after the man who raised them dies mysteriously. There’s also the threat of a global apocalypse, just to, you know, raise the stakes.
Get Out (February 24)
Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed horror parlayed its success into an Oscar and a raft of think pieces – and now, a Netflix berth awaits for those who missed it in cinemas.
Isn’t It Romantic (February 28)
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: it’s a romantic comedy about a cynical woman who doesn’t believe in love. Still, this film sees said cynic (Rebel Wilson) get trapped in a cheesy romantic comedy which mocks every sagging cliche in the book, so maybe it’ll be a deftly-observed send-up?
The best of the rest – coming to Netflix UK in February 2019
Speaking of self-aware romantic comedies, the highly-divisive-but-actually-surprisingly-alright I Feel Pretty arrives on Netflix on February 27th. There’s classic comedy from Liar Liar (February 15), sequel work from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (February 1) and American Pie: The Wedding (February 15), and space drama in Apollo 13 (February 28). You’ll get the opportunity to return to Middle Earth when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey drops on the 8th, or you can opt for the idyllic island of Kalokairi with Mamma Mia (February 26). Just don’t let Pierce Brosnan’s singing put you off…
Classic British comedy finds a new home on Netflix, for Blackadder 1 & 2 arrive on the streaming service on the 15th. Aside from that, it’s a fairly quiet month TV-wise, with anthology Dirty John (February 14) and sci-fi romp Nightflyers (February 1) the only new arrivals of note.
Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (February 8) leads the documentaries arriving in February, taking a look into the untimely death of the soul legend. There’s deliciousness on offer in Chef’s Table: Volume 6 from the 22nd, and former Seinfeld writer Larry Charles takes a look at the risks facing comedians in Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (February 15).
Now streaming – new to Netflix UK in January 2019:
They’re already here, so check ’em out!
Unfortunate Series of Events, Season 3
Neil Patrick Harris mixes dastardly deeds and outlandish costumes, as the compendium of misery reaches its final chapter – but not before the Baudelaire children careen through a few more dreadful situations.
Having a world-renowned sex therapist (a scene-stealing Gillian Anderson) as your mother could be a drag – unless you use your knowledge to climb the social ladder at your high school, of course…
Grace and Frankie, Season 5
An all-star cast is reason enough to catch this hugely entertaining series, but if you’ve not given it a go, there’s time to get into it ahead of the season five premiere.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
The mind of a serial killer is a dark place to be, but it sure is a fascinating one. Using Ted Bundy’s own words, this documentary pieces together the motivations and musings of one of history’s most notorious murderers.
Mads Mikkelsen plays The Black Kaiser, the world’s greatest assassin happily settling into retirement – until he’s marked for death by his former employers. Bloody revenge ensues in this film, based on the stylish noir webcomic.
Fifty Shades Darker
More naughtiness ensues in the second instalment of the highly divisive Fifty Shades series – maybe don’t watch it with your parents…
The best of the rest for January 2019
Start the year with a warm fuzzy feeling, as a whole host of feel-good films and romcoms are here – Hitch, The Blind Side, and Valentine’s Day amongst them. Big-budget drama comes from X-Men: Days of Future Past, Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending Inception and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. The Last Laugh sees Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss on the road as a retired comedian and his manager, out for one last tour. If you’re looking to shed a few tears, you could opt for the moving Lion, or catch star-crossed teen lovers in The Fault in Our Stars.
It’s the end of the road for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as final episodes arrived this month. Meanwhile, there’s more trekking across the universe in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, and a sophomore season of Friends From College. You can also take a world tour of comedy in Comedians of the World, which features 47 comedians performing sets in eight different languages, and surely drumming up a fair few laughs.
It’s the documentary you never knew you needed, and it’s already making waves. FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened charts the rise and spectacular fall of the ill-fated island music festival, and I cannot wait to see how it all fell apart. Massacre at the Stadium tells a hidden story from the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and Trigger Warning with Killer Mike sees the rapper/activist taking a wry look at pressing issues.
Coming to Netflix UK in 2019
We’ve sifted through the rumours, hearsay, and snippets of information to take a look forward to the rest of 2019. They don’t have streaming dates yet, but keep your eyes peeled for this lot.
Further series of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, Orange Is The New Black, Glow, and Ozark will all arrive on Netflix next year. That’s a lot of TV to look forward to, even before you see the likes of Turn Up Charlie – which will have Sexiest Man Alive Idris Elba working as a nanny/DJ (sign us up for that one).
The big news on the film front is that Martin Scorsese will release a Netflix original film. He’s not straying too far from what he knows; The Irishman is billed as a mob epic, with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel set to tell the tale of murdered union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Six Underground, meanwhile, has upsides and downsides. On the upside, it’ll star Ryan Reynolds, and the writers of Deadpool are on board. On the downside, it’s got Michael Bay directing. Honestly, it could go either way. Meanwhile, Beats will see Black-ish star Anthony Anderson unwillingly mentoring an upcoming hip-hop star.
Finally, 2019 is already set to get a couple of barnstorming documentaries. Central Park Five, directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay, will explore the false conviction in 1990 of five young men for a sexual assault in New York. On the nature front, Our Planet is the next offering from the Planet Earth team – expect incredible footage and breathtaking stories, though there’s no word yet on whether David Attenborough will narrate.