2021 has been a monumental year for television – big new seasons of favorites like Doctor Who and American Horror Story, to new series like Midnight Mass and Loki. Television in 2021 also covered countless genres and topics, from terrifying horror to groundbreaking science fiction.
But a new year brings new shows to discover, to over-watch, or to fall in love with. January is shaping up to be a great month for television, in part thanks to the many inventive and interesting shows scheduled to air during the month. Here are the new upcoming series worth checking out in January.
Earlier this month, this DC character-based teen drama will hit television. Developed and produced by Ava DuVernay and Arrow writer Jill Blankenship, Naomi tells the story of a teenage girl who stretches from her small northwestern town to a multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes the town of Port Oswego, Naomi McDuffie investigates, leading her to discover the world around her and even herself.
This spooky horror comedy anthology has been mostly kept a secret from its creators and Netflix. The House is a three-part series produced in a beautiful stop-motion animation and follows characters who live in the same house through three different realities. With eccentric directors and a starry voice cast, The House looks like an interesting watch.
Another Netflix horror series arrives in January with Archives 81. Based on the podcast of the same name, the series follows archivist Dan Turner, who restores the work of filmmaker Melody Pendras, who investigated a cult more than 25 years ago. As Dan learns more about the story, he becomes convinced that he can save Melody from her dark doom.
Starring actress and singer Bridget Everett, this HBO comedy focuses on Sam, a woman who remains in her hometown after facing a loss in her family. When she starts singing for a choir, she begins to find herself and truly belong regardless. Warm and hilarious, Someone somewhere feels like the perfect vehicle for Everett to get his contribution as a creative force.
This next entry has been hotly debated and overdue for years. How i met your father is a stand-alone sequel to the famous how I Met Your Mother. This new take stars former Disney star Hilary Duff as Sophie, a young woman living in New York City as she navigates life and love with her friends – narrated by Sophie herself. The premise is enough to warrant a watch, but Duff’s performance could make viewers stick around all season.
Downton abbey creator Julian Fellowes returns to the small screen with this HBO series. Golden age is a historical drama with a cast of stacked actors like Carrie Coon and Christine Baranski. While much of the plot is still unclear, the trailers showed an elegant and extravagant setting with enough drama and intrigue among its characters to spare.
Ready for a spy thriller? In Cold follows an American mother whose past is uncovered thanks to a wave of violent crime. Now she must use her skills as a former KGB member to stop a villain or risk losing the new life she has built for herself. The series also contains deep sci-fi elements, perfect for a new spin on the spy genre.
The only entry to Apple’s streaming service, The after party is a crime comedy about murder starring such legends as Dave Franco and Tiffany Haddish. After a murder takes place at the afterparty of a high school reunion, attendants are all questioned to shed light on the case – but no one seems to remember the same night.
To end the month, another crime comedy about the murder seems to be taken from a good book. Kristen Bell stars as Anna, who is stuck in a rut due to grief. Her sulking changes when she thinks she sees a gruesome murder in the house across the street. Mixing well-known thriller elements with absurdity, The woman in the house across the street from the girl in the window It may be worth checking to fully understand his vision.
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