Netflix Picks: January 2016

Since I haven’t written a Weekender column since May 2015, and with Oscar season winding down, I figured I’d start something new. So here is my guide to what will drop on Netflix each month. It won’t be comprehensive: I’ll only focus on shows being added, Netflix originals and include a top pick. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003) – 1/1
Arguably the Coen Brothers’ most underrated movie, this is a loving throwback to fast-talking screwball comedies of the 1940s. George Clooney plays a divorce lawyer trying his best not to get entangled with his client’s soon-to-be ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). As expected, this doesn’t go according to plan. Not everything works here, but Clooney and Zeta-Jones have sizzling chemistry and there are few pleasures as grand as watching great actors speak the Coens’ dialogue.

Parks and Recreation (Season 7) – 1/13
The final season of one of the best sitcoms of the ’00s makes its way to Netflix. It was one of my top 10 shows of the year, because it gracefully hit all of the notes it needed to as it reached the finish line. It never coasted, leading to some very powerful emotional payoff.

Chelsea Does (Season 1) – 1/23
Degrassi: Next Class (Season 1) – 1/15

30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo – 1/2
From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 2) – 1/25
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 10) – 1/5
New Girl (Season 4) – 1/5
Z Nation (Season 2) – 1/17

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