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The holidays are drawing to a close, but Netflix still has some gifts up its sleeve. Which one of their January shows will be the next 'Queen's Gambit'?

Love ‘The Queen’s Gambit’? Here’s what’s coming to Netflix in January

Just when everyone was tired of the same old TV shows & movies on Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit revealed itself to humor us. Released in the latter half of 2020, The Queen’s Gambit quickly stole the hearts of its viewers with its witty & exciting coming-of-age storyline.

Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, the period drama revolves around the life of orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon. The viewers get to see Harmon’s struggles with addiction & loneliness in pursuit of becoming the world’s greatest chess player. 

Brilliant The Queen’s Gambit surprised us with its compelling story, dark turns, and touching against-all-odds success. It even surprised the creators with how well it did – according to Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit is their “[. . .] biggest limited scripted series ever”.

So, is this it? Will our luck with Netflix end here? We hope not! Here are all the old & new content offerings coming to Netflix in January, including Originals and tried and true favorites. Who knows? We might strike gold yet again!

Monarca season 2

Season 1 of the Mexican drama, Monarca, released in 2019 with ten suspenseful episodes. After a long wait, season 2 of the series is yet to be released in the first week of January 2021. According to audience reviews, Monarca is a “modern take [on] classic soap operas”.

The Haunted Hallways 

Already available in some countries, The Haunted Hallways is making its way to Netflix U.S. this January. Both seasons 1 & 2 are bound to release at once for viewers to bingewatch. This classic sitcom is about a single mother and her daughters moving to a new place haunted by the ghosts of a single father and his sons. 

The Haunted Hallways, already aired on Nickelodeon originally, is a mix of fantasy, family, and humor. Starting the new year with some laughs from the sitcom sounds like a great idea!

Asphalt Burning

Netflix has been venturing into international content for quite some time now. The array of content from different countries adds to our palette for sure. Asphalt Burning is a Norwegian film coming to Netflix this month – an adventure comedy in the likes of Herbie: The Love Bug film series.

Asphalt Burning is the third installment in the originally named Børning films. Racecar driver Roy takes on a foe in the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany to win back his runaway bride.

History of Swear Words

Hosted by Nicolas Cage, History of Swear Words is a new docuseries set to break down the most colorful language and its implications in this “proudly profane, funny and engagingly educational series.” F*#k does that sound like an interesting watch!

History of Swear Words is to be released on January 5th, 2021.


Premiering on January 8th, Lupin is the most-awaited series this season, a recounting of an infamous French gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin, and his adventures. 

Proclaimed as a master of disguise, protagonist Assane Diop sets out to “avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family”, according to IMDb. Jurassic World’s Omar Sy plays the lead role, while director of Now You See Me Louis Leterrier takes on this underground French classic to present us with a gritty crime drama full of wit.

Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

Another Netflix docuseries toeing the line of brazenness, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy tackles the graphic history of crack in the 1980s. Is the series in classically clinical documentary style, or filled with stories of crackhouses? We’ll find out on January 11th.

Which Netflix show or movie do you think might have a chance to stand against The Queen’s Gambit? Let us know below.

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