New Year, New Netflix

As you may have noticed soon after the New Years Eve ball dropped, Netflix made some changes. Some additions and some fatal subtractions were made to the most popular screening website known to billions around the world. I'm here to help clear up all the confusion and hopefully ease the pain of losing some of the Netflix regulars. 

 

  1. 1. Gone: Friends

    Friends was once the second most streamed television show on Netflix and now it's disappeared before our eyes. The bad news is that the notorious comedy is not available on any other streaming service. The good news is that it'll be available on HBO Max in five months! Sadly, there'll be an extra charge for the shows that accompany this upgrade. This is an unfortunate side effect in the wake of Netflix’s idea of streaming shows online; now content producers and distributors, like Disney+, want their shows back. The most streamed television series on Netflix, The Office, is projected to leave Netflix by 2021 for these same reasons, so I advise you to binge as much as you can before it's too late!

     

  2. 2. Gone: Grease

    Grease, a classic that you might have forgotten was on Netflix will leave it for good on January 31st. Danny Zuko’s magic hips and Sandy’s darling smile will be dearly missed. 

     

  3. 3. Gone: Black Panther

    Black Panther is still on Netflix! But not for long. The award winning Marvel movie will make its departure in March of 2020. Thankfully, it'll  be available on Disney+ so it may be time to pay a little more every month to keep what we love. Or watch the movie so many times you are sick of seeing Michael B. Jordan shirtless (but let’s be real, that's highly unlikely). 

     

  4. 4. New: The Witcher

    The Witcher was added to Netflix soon before the New Year, but it deserves the attention. For all those still mourning the fatal ending of HBO’s Game of Thrones, this new series is the perfect remedy. The fantasy element combined with the multiple story and timelines is a familiar recipe for greatness. The Game of Thrones resemblance may bring you in, but the characters will make you stay. A powerful witch, actually a few witches, a lost princess with deadly powers, and a sword-wielding brooding blonde make up this captivating ensemble. You may be a little confused in the first few episodes because of the different timelines, since witchers and witches don't age.. But please don't let that discourage you because it'll all make sense soon. 

     

  5. 5. New: You Season 2

    Like The Witcher, this was released in December of 2019 but it needs to be mentioned considering I binged the entire season in two days (and I have a feeling I'm not the only one). Even if you didn't enjoy or finish the first season, I urge you to give the second one a chance because I believe every aspect was better. Joe is now Will, Beck is gone and Love is here (not the emotion, but a love interest named Love), and we've left New York and made it all the way to LA. But the glass box and all of Joe’s deadly stalker attitude remain. A perfect combination of drama, a little humor, and crime make up the new season of You.

     

  6. 6. New: Sex Education Season 2

    Sex Education season 2 is coming to Netflix on January 17th! We've been waiting for what feels like an eternity to continue the story of our beloved high school teenagers and their journey in discovering sex, sexuality and the emotions that accompany it. Personally, I'm rooting for Maeve, the confident outsider, and Otis, the shy virgin, to finally get together but we'll all just have to watch and see!

     

  7. 7. New: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Bueller? Bueller? 

    Here!

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a few decades late of being a new release but it's new to Netflix. The classic is now out our fingertips so we can take a page from Ferris’s book and skip class to binge the film. If you haven't seen this movie I highly encourage it. A high school student skips school and uses his wit and charm to have a day of excitement and spontaneity. I'm warning you that it may make you feel guilty for all those days you skipped class to stay in bed instead of taking over a parade with your dance moves and a microphone. 

     

These are only a few of the New Year's highlights on Netflix. I hope no one is too disappointed by what is missing because they'll be available on new streaming services and if not, there's plenty of new material to binge watch while you stay inside this winter!