As the Holiday season passes seemingly without a moment’s notice, things will return to normal sooner than someone can renege on their New Year’s Resolutions. So while your intentions to read more, run more, go to the gym, start a podcast, or learn a new language are more than admirable, there’s a high likelihood that if you’re one to get home from work and simply binge something on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, then chances are you’re going to find yourself back in that cycle before Martin Luther King Day (January 16th, for your reference).
That being said, you would be so lucky to lose out to your weaker impulses, because 2017 is looking to be the biggest year to date for binge watching on any and all streaming platforms. Just take a look at Netflix, who in 2016 raised over $800 million in debt to allocate toward new programming the following couple of years, bringing the streaming giant’s overall total long-term debt to a whopping $3 billion. While that sounds concerning, Netflix will undoubtedly make up such debts – their debt-to-equity ratio is one of the best in all of business – with new programming from original series like Series of Unfortunate Events and Voltron, as well as an upstream exclusive deal with Disney, which will make Netflix the exclusive streaming distributor for all things Disney (Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars).
While Netflix has been the most aggressive in the pursuit of original content and exclusive distribution rights, they’re not the only streaming giant looking to start 2017 off right with new programming, as Amazon will have direct upstream claims to PBS’ Sherlock to go with their recent hit original post-WWII dystopian drama, The Man In High Castle, and a fresh new deal with premium channels HBO and Showtime to have same-day premieres for Prime customers. Also, three words: Amazon video Chromecast, which lets you stream Amazon Prime easily through Google Chromecast.
So with all that in mind, here is everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu/Hulu Plus in the first month of 2017, for all of your resolution dodging wants and needs.
Sherlock (Season Four) – Amazon (PBS)
The presumed final installment of the borderline Asperger’s inspector and his hard nosed cohort Watson, played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, respectively. It’s likely this will be the last season due to both Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Freeman (Black Panther) playing considerable roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One Day at a Time – Netflix
Netflix reboot series of beloved Norman Lear series. Not much is known outside of the show’s basic premise – an homage to Lear through a Cuban-American family’s every day pursuit of life, love, and happiness.
Taboo – Amazon (FX)
The purported reason that Tom Hardy dropped out of Suicide Squad (thank goodness he did) – a mystery horror drama from Hardy, Ridley Scott, and Steven Knight that takes place in 1810s England, after Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney returns from Africa a “changed man.”
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season One) – Netflix
A much maligned property ever since its failed film adaptation back in the early 2000s that tried to squeeze three books into one film – a la the “anti-Hobbit” approach – Netflix is going all in on a series version of the Series of Unfortunate Events. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the antagonistically beguiling Count Olaf, and Patrick Warburton stars as narrator/series author Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler).
The Young Pope – Amazon (HBO)
As has been the case as of late with other once A-list Brits Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant, there’s a resurgence on the horizon for one Mr. Jude Law. Playing a somewhat debauched Young Pope Pius XIII, the former Archbishop of New York, who goes on a rather plunderous foray into life as the world’s “Most Holy” (the show is on HBO after, so of course there has to be ridiculous sex plot lines).
Baskets (Season Two) – Amazon (FX)
The acclaimed second season of Zach Galifinakis’ Emmy nominated series that snagged comedian Louie Anderson an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy as Galifinakis’ mother.
Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season Two) – Netflix
Another classic bit of intellectual property from the past that Netflix has rebooted to moderate success amongst the nostalgia/teenage viewer set.
The Path (Season Two) – Hulu
One of the few Hulu original series that isn’t a one off run or hasn’t been cancelled, The Path stars Aaron Paul as he navigates life in a conspicuous cult that follows the teachings of Meyerism.
Z: The Beginning of Everything – Amazon
Another Amazon original, that follows the life and times of Zelda Fitzgerald, long time lover/wife of famed author F. Scottt Fitzgerald. Set in the Roaring 20s, the Fitzgerald’s were America’s first A-list couple, but had more than their fair share of unsettling struggles that would make for a great television series.
Chelsea – Netflix
Chelsea Handler’s “late night” talk show. New episodes air on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.