streaming calendar what to watch in january 2020 on netflix amazon prime video

These days it feels like a real challenge to keep up with what’s dropping when on which platform, with new show announcements popping up all the time. That said, January promises to be an exciting start to the year in the world of streaming with a wide range of stories. From a whole bunch of new stand-up specials to Kabir Khan’s war epic to more Sex Education, here are our picks of what’s releasing this month across platforms.

Netflix

Messiah

When:  January 1st

The latest Netflix original series sees the CIA  investigate a charismatic spiritual leader whose followers believe that he is the world’s saviour. Is he a divine entity or a violent extremist? Sounds majorly binge-worthy to us.

Vir Das: For India

When: January 26th 

India’s most popular comedy export returns with his third Netflix stand up special, making him one of the few global comics to have three on the streaming platform. His new special For India promises to take you on a celebratory journey through the history of India, from its people and traditions to modern culture and famous films.

Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega

When: January 10th

The first Indian original of the new year follows the true story of a group of young men scamming people across the country until things take a turn for the worst. The trailer certainly looks promising and we can only hope this can turn around Netflix’s luck with their original content in India.

What The Love! With Karan Johar

When: TBC

The streaming giant takes a turn towards reality shows with What The Love which sees Karan Johar mentoring six singletons through their personal struggles as they look for love. Sounds like it has all the makings of the next big guilty pleasure and we’re certainly intrigued.

Sex Education Season 2

When: January 17th

The hit British comedy-drama series which focuses on a group of young people trying to navigate sex and relationships returns for Season 2. Expect more quirky characters, awkward yet illuminating sex talk and turbulent teen relationships.

Amazon Prime Video

The Forgotten Army

When: 24th January 

In what looks to be Prime Video’s most ambitious Indian original yet, Kabir Khan’s long-awaited war epic is finally here. The lavishly mounted show follows the story of Subhas Chandra Bose’s attempts to liberate India with an army of former British Indian soldiers

Afsos

When: 17th January 

A suicidal man and a psychopath encounter the world of immortality. If that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing will. The latest Prime Video show is a black comedy which stars Gulshan Devaiah, Heeba Shah and Anjali Patil and sounds like it could be just the kind of curiously offbeat story designed for the web.

Russell Peters: Deported 

When: 17th January 

After being the first comic to have a Netflix special Russell Peters moves to Amazon Prime for his latest comedy special Deported. Shot in Mumbai, his new show promises to be his most personal yet, taking a step away from the racial stereotype humour he’s known for.

Treadstone 

When: 10th January 

A spin-off of the Bourne movies focusing on the shady spy organisation and their various operatives around the world could well make for a great show. Add to that Shruti Hassan in a supporting role and this one certainly has our attention.

Wake N Bake (Stand Up Special By Rohan Joshi)

When: 10th January 

AIB’s Rohan Joshi becomes the latest comic to jump on the Prime Video comedy special bandwagon with his new show which covers everything from growing older, the education system, parenting, home renovation, ghosts in Mumbai and beyond.

Hotstar

Avenue 5

When: 20th January 

Set 40 years in the future, Avenue 5 follows the captain and crew of a luxury space cruise ship as they navigate disgruntled passengers and unexpected events. The show comes from the mind of Veep creator Armando Iannucci and stars Hugh Laurie, so just get on board. Pun totally intended. 

The Outsider

When: 13th January 

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, The Outsider begins with a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when an insidious supernatural force comes into play, it has the investigators question everything they believe in. 

Outmatched

When: 24th January 

American Pie’s Jason Biggs stars in a family sitcom about parents who have a set of genius kids. All the makings of a new comfort watch, wouldn’t you say?

TVF

Mr. And Mrs. Season 3

TVF constants Biswapati Sarkar and Nidhi Bisht return for Season 3 of the show based on a married couple in their 30s looking to navigate love and life and all the weird, annoying and occasionally maddening moments, along the way.

Engineering Girls Season 2

When: TBC

After a well-received first season, our favourite girls from an engineering college are back with a new set of stories with relatable experiences, now dealing with the unique hassle of campus placements.

The Girls

When: TBC

The latest addition to the TVF roster is the story of three friends Viveka, Lilly and Ana and how they adjust to various developments in the roller coaster of their lives.

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Apple TV

Little America

When: January 17th 

Created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Onboard yet? Along the lines of Modern Love, the new series is inspired by true stories featured in Epic Magazine, with a series of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.

ZEE5

Code M

When: January 16th

Code M is a military courtroom drama starring Jennifer Winget and Inside Edge‘s Tanuj Virwani in the lead. The show will also be available on ALTBalaji.

Never Kiss Your Best Friend

When: January 20th

That title says it all. ZEE5’s latest is a London-set rom-com starring Nakuul Mehta and Anya Singh.

Anaganaga

When: January 23rd

ZEE5’s continues its commendable regional focus with Telugu series Anaganaga. The show follows the interconnected lives of 11 people in search of love.

State Of Seige 26/11

When: January 24th

Based on Sandip Unnithan’s book Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11, the show follows the events of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks from the perspective’s of the commandos tasked with taking control of the situation.

 

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