Netflix Canada in January 2021: What’s new this month

Jaime Weinman’s rundown of all the new shows and movies worth checking out in the New Year on Netflix in Canada
The Dig (L-R): Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty, Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown.( Larry Horricks/Netflix) 

What You Should Watch

History of Swear Words (January 2): Nicolas Cage comes to Netflix in a typically quirky way, as the host of a six-part documentary series about the origins and history of six words, only one of which—“Damn”—we can print in a family publication. Guests include both academic experts who can discourse on the origin of the words, as well as people like Sarah Silverman who are intimately familiar with using them.

Pretend it’s a City (January 8): In 2011, Martin Scorsese released Public Speaking, a documentary about Fran Lebowitz, the snarky writer who has become one of New York City’s most famous humorists and sought-after public speakers, even though she has writer’s block and hasn’t published a book in decades. After giving her a small part in The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese is back with this documentary series, where he sits down with Lebowitz to get her views on various subjects, but particularly the city they both love the most. Though as the title implies, Lebowitz may give New York some tough love.

Fate: The Winx Saga (January 22): “Animaniacs” isn’t the only recent show that’s aimed at adult viewers of a children’s cartoon, and “Riverdale” isn’t the only gritty reboot of a not-so-gritty franchise. The Italian cartoon series “Winx Club,” created by Iginio Straffi, ran from 2004 to 2019 in two different incarnations, becoming a major hit in both Italy and America with its Harry Potter-esque story of the students at a school for magical fairies. After the animated series ran its course, Straffi moved into live action with a show that he described as “edgier and darker” than the original, aiming to appeal to grown-ups who watched the original incarnation when they were kids, though the basic setup is the same: a novice fairy, Bloom (Abigail Cowen), arrives at the school and has adventures with her new magically-powered roommates.

The Dig (January 29): “The Crown” may be on hiatus, but Netflix will never run out of British period pieces with well-regarded actors. This film takes place in the England of 1939, where Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) asks archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to find out if there is anything interesting on a plot of land she owns, and their lives are changed forever when it leads to the discovery of a gigantic ship that served as a medieval burial site. The film (originally announced with Nicole Kidman in the role of Edith) is based on John Preston’s 2007 novel of the same name, which (like “The Crown”) uses real people and events but feels free to make things up if it makes for a better story.

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Bonding: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Zoe Levin and Brendan Scannell play two down-on-their-luck friends trying to make a living in the S&M business.


Indonesian filmmaker Noviandra Santosa directed this movie about a stray dog adjusting to her new home.

The Netflix Afterparty NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Netflix has something in every genre, including the genre of self-promotion: a panel of comedians, including David Spade, London Hughes and Fortune Feimster, convenes to chat about the shows and movies we should be watching on Netflix.

Coming to Netflix on January 1, 2021

Dream Home Makeover: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Hosts Shea and Syd McGee, who run an interior design company based in Utah, show their guests how to get homes that are perfectly suited to their needs.

Headspace Guide to Meditation NETFLIX ORIGINAL

This animated series is the first of three shows that Netflix is producing with the creators of Headspace, the meditation app. In eight episodes, the co-creator of the app gives us an illustrated lecture on how to make our lives calmer through a few minutes of meditation per day.

The Minimalists: Less Is Now  NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, creators of the book Minimalism and the Netflix documentary of the same name, return to advise us to own as little stuff as possible.

Monarca: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

In this drama about a group of siblings vying to take over their father’s business empire in Mexico, the characters have new competition in the form of their cousin Sofia (Fernanda Castillo).

What Happened to Mr. Cha? NETFLIX FILM

Cha In‑pyo Cho Dalhwan plays a washed-up movie star whose attempts to revive his career are complicated when he gets stuck in a crumbling building.

Licensed content:

  • The Aviator
  • Blended
  • The Creative Brain
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Daddy Day Care
  • First Man
  • Godzilla (2014)
  • Hostel: Part III
  • In the Cut
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • John Wick
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • One Direction: This Is Us
  • Richie Rich
  • Robin Hood (2018)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Terminator Salvation

Coming to Netflix on January 2, 2021

Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) NETFLIX FILM

Another entry in Norway’s answer to the Fast & Furious franchise, in which Roy (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) enters a car race in Germany after being jilted by the woman he loves.

Coming to Netflix on January 4, 2021


Coming to Netflix on January 5, 2021

Gabby’s Dollhouse NETFLIX FAMILY

Animated/live action hybrid series from DreamWorks, based on the preschooler book “The Little Dollhouse” by Jan Lebeyka, about Gabby (Laila Lockhart Kraner) and the talking animals that live in her dollhouse.

History of Swear Words NETFLIX ORIGINAL

See introduction for details

¡Nailed It! México: Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Mexican edition of Netflix’s baking series, where amateur chefs get to be humiliated by trying to bake cakes from hard-to-follow recipes.

Licensed content:

LA’s Finest: Season 1


Leaving Netflix on January 5, 2021

Crazy Rich Asians

The Nun

Coming to Netflix on January 6, 2021


Documentary series, based on a book by Leslie Kean, which tries to examine the mystery of what happens after death by talking to people who were declared dead and then revived.

Tony Parker: The Final Shot NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Biography of San Antonio Spurs basketball star Tony Parker, a French citizen born in Belgium to an American father and Dutch mother.

Licensed content:

The Blues Brothers

The Mummy

The Mummy Returns

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Scorpion King


Ted 2


Coming to Netflix on January 7, 2021

Pieces of a Woman NETFLIX FILM

Martin Scorsese executive-produced this film adaptation of the stage play by Kornél Mundruczó (who directed the film, in his first English-language effort) and Kata Wéber (who wrote the screenplay), starring Vanessa Kirby as a woman trying to deal with the aftermath of losing a baby in childbirth.

Licensed content:

Escape Room

Coming to Netflix on January 8, 2021


A Canadian take on the animated fairy-tale musical, with the voice of Wilmer Valderrama as Prince Charming, who is cursed to lose his charm unless he finds his true love.

The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2 NETFLIX ANIME

The adaptation of Laura Gallego’s “The Idhún’s Memories” reaches the second of three parts, where the young wizards have grown up a bit but are still learning more of their connection to the magical world of Idhún.

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 5 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

British journalist Raphael Rowe was once wrongfully convicted and sent to prison; now, in this reality series, he gets paid to spend time in high-security prisons around the world.


The ‘80s nostalgia boom is going strong with this continuation of The Karate Kid, with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their film roles and leading rival groups of Karat Kids.


Assane (Omar Sy) finds himself following in the footsteps of the classic French gentleman-thief character of Arsène Lupin, and uses his Lupin-like thievery skills to rob from a rich family that killed his father.

Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival — NETFLIX FAMILY

A special edition of the Indian animated children’s series, which follows the character of Bheem (from the series “Chhota Bheem”) as a baby.


See introduction for details

Stuck Apart (Azizler) NETFLIX FILM

Engin Günaydin plays Aziz, a man trying to navigate a midlife crisis, in this comedy film from Turkey.

Licensed content:

The Tax Collector

Leaving Netflix on January 8, 2021

Mary Poppins Returns

Coming to Netflix on January 11, 2021

CRACK: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders) directed this documentary about the 1980s crack epidemic and the devastating impact on Black and Brown communities, both from the epidemic itself and the government response to it.

Coming to Netflix on January 13, 2021

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Documentary about Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles in 1984-5, and the detectives who were on his trail.

Coming to Netflix on January 15, 2021


Reality show about a group of Asian and Asian-American millionaires in Los Angles, and the secrets and conflicts beneath their carefree and expensively-dressed façade.

Carmen Sandiego: Season 4 NETFLIX FAMILY

Another batch of episodes from the reboot of the edutainment franchise, where Carmen continues to travel the world and teach us about landmarks, but this time the stories are slightly more serialized.

Disenchantment: Part 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Ten more episodes from Matt Groening’s animated series about Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), who deals with the comedic complications of being a princess in a fairy-tale kingdom.

Double Dad (Pai Em Dobro) NETFLIX FILM

Maisa Silva plays a teenager, raised in a hippie commune, who takes advantage of her mother’s absence to sneak out into the outside world in search of the father she never knew.

Outside the Wire NETFLIX FILM

Mikael Håfström directed this science-fiction drama, starring Anthony Mackie as a robotic military officer in a futuristic world that’s in danger of being blown up.

Licensed content:

Kuroko’s Basketball

Miss Bala

Pinkfong & Baby Shark’s Space Adventure

Leaving Netflix on January 15, 2021

Waco: Limited Series

Coming to Netflix on January 16, 2021

Outlander: Season 5

Coming to Netflix on January 19, 2021

Hello Ninja: Season 4 NETFLIX FAMILY

Animated series about kids who can turn into ninjas and have family-friendly, educational ninja adventures.

Coming to Netflix on January 20, 2021

Daughter From Another Mother (Madre solo hay dos)NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Ludwika Paleta and Paulina Goto star in this comedy series about two women from different social worlds who discover they have accidentally been raising each other’s babies.


Documentary about the real-life espionage gadgets made by real-world equivalents of Q from the James Bond films.

Coming to Netflix on January 21, 2021

Call My Agent!: Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The final six episodes of the series about the adventures of four agents at a major talent agency in Paris.

Riverdale: Season 5 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Weekly re-broadcasts of the CW series that has managed to make an edgy, dark version of Archie Comics more famous than the squeaky-clean originals.

Licensed content:

Gigantosaurus: Season 1

Leaving Netflix on January 24, 2021

Captain America: The First Avenger

Coming to Netflix on January 22, 2021

Blown Away: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Is it possible to find new topics for a reality competition show? Canada proved it was, by giving the world this show where contestants compete in the art of glass-blowing.

Busted!: Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

In this mix of reality and scripted TV (to the extent they can be separated), a group of South Korean celebrities are asked to solve mysteries in every episode, leading up to a big season-ending episode where a bigger mystery is solved.


See introduction for details

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 NETFLIX FAMILY

Last season on the serialized animated Jurassic Park spinoff, a dinosaur park turned out not to be as safe for humans as advertised. This season, the characters continue running from dinosaurs.

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (Salir del ropero) NETFLIX FILM

Spanish director Ángeles Reiné helmed this film about an elderly woman who comes out as a lesbian and schedules a wedding with the woman she loves.

The White Tiger NETFLIX FILM

Adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga, about a young man (Adarsh Gourav) who will do just about anything to work his way up from poverty to wealth.

Coming to Netflix on January 23, 2021

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Series about the career and relationship problems of three women who work on a successful South Korean radio show. Starring Sung Hoon, Lee Tae Gon, and Park Joo Mi.

Coming to Netflix on January 26, 2021


Animated series based on the classic children’s book by P. D. Eastman, about dogs who drive cars.

Snowpiercer: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Even before the pandemic, Netflix sure had a lot of series about humans who go through apocalyptic events. This series, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, is about a group of apocalypse survivors who are confined to a train that perpetually circles the Earth.

Coming to Netflix on January 27, 2021


A former hitman (Frank Gerrish) masquerades as a tailor in order to hide from his ex-bosses in this eight-episode series from Turkey.

Penguin Bloom NETFLIX FILM

Naomi Watts stars in this film, based on a true story, about a woman left paralyzed after an accident and the little magpie (the title character) who helps her and her family appreciate life again. Directed by Glendyn Ivin.

Coming to Netflix on January 29, 2021

Below Zero (Bajocero) NETFLIX FILM

Lluís Quílez directs this thriller, set against an icy landscape, where a cop does battle with criminals who want to stop him from taking one of their own to prison.


See introduction for details

Finding ‘Ohana NETFLIX FILM

Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono play two Hawaiian-American teenagers who spend a summer in Oahu and find it more exciting than they anticipated. Directed by Jude Weng and written by Christina Strain.

We Are: The Brooklyn Saints NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Rudy Valdez, who won an Emmy award for producing the documentary “The Sentence,” directed this four-episode series about a football program for young boys in inner-city Brooklyn.

Leaving Netflix on January 31, 2021

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2