Netflix has more great programming than anyone could possibly consume in their lifetime, and in these days of self-quarantining and social distancing, we need it more than ever. So how do you find the best movies and TV shows on Netflix? Here's TODAY's list of Netflix 2021 recommendations for what to watch today — from new releases to classics to binge watch. So settle back in the sofa and start bingeing!
What to watch on Netflix for Valentine's Day 2021
Netflix wants to make sure everyone's set for their best romantic movie choices this Valentine's Day, and is sharing a bunch of amazing goodies. First, this is the streaming service's "approval matrix," a helpful grid to assist in choosing which movie or series you want to cozy up to, based on sweet, steamy, true love and red flag categories:
Next, the service has embedded secret codes for those who watch via their computers! Just type "http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXXX" and substitute one of the codes below for the XXXXX to get a special curated selection of the types of romantic movies or shows you're seeking.
Or just click on the links below:
Feel-good Romantic Movies - 35714
Gal Pal TV Shows - 1143288
Love and Dating Reality TV - 81233168
Love Hurts - 2708690
LGBTQ+ Romance - 3329
Movies for Hopeless Romantics - 81495
Quirky Romance - 36103
Romantic Favorites - 502675
Romantic Love Triangle Movies - 76385
Romantic Tearjerkers - 9257
Romantic Teen Comedies - 3186
Steamy Romance - 29281
Twisted Romance - 81236278
Finally, there's a special treat for fans of "Bridgerton" — now you can change your Netflix login icon to represent one of several characters from the show!
Just click on "Manage Profiles" and choose your favorite "Bridgerton" face. (And if you're like some of us who haven't changed our icon since they first started handing them out, scroll down: there are lots of other great images to choose from!)
Happy Valentine's Day!
What to watch on Netflix in February 2021
"Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready: Season 2"
Haddish returns with six of her favorite comedians to introduce them to viewers with an all-new edition of the stand-up comedy series. This season features: Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live"), Kimberly Clark ("Last Comic Standing"), Tony Woods ("Comedy Central Presents"), Barbara Carlyle ("Def Comedy Jam 25"), Godfrey ("Our Cartoon President"), and Erin Jackson ("Late Night with Seth Meyers"). (Feb. 2)
Get out your tissue boxes as we follow the story of Tully and Kate, who meet as young girls on Firefly Lane and become BFFs through 30 years of ups and downs. (Feb. 2)
"Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel"
In this unique documentary from director Joe Berlinger ("Paradise Lost"), the mythology and mystery surrounding infamous locations in contemporary crime gets a deconstruction, starting with the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, which has been linked to serial killers and untimely deaths. (Feb. 10)
A perfectly nice hiking trip in the wilderness for a troubled couple turns into a race for their lives, thanks to an unknown shooter. Why does anyone go into the woods any more? (Feb. 11)
"Buried by the Bernards"
Ryan Bernard and his family offer affordable funeral packages to his community, which is definitely a good deed. But the series focuses more on the family dramedy at the center of the business, too. (Feb. 12)
"To All the Boys: Always and Forever"
It started with an old love letter and turned into a new romance. So what will the future hold for Lara Jean and Peter? (Feb. 12)
"Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Movie"
A protective fencing enclosing a South African animal sanctuary loses power, which means Bear Grylls has to come to the rescue. But he'll need your help in this interactive family special.
Also add to the Netflix queue:
"All my Friends Are Dead"
"Tribes of Europa"
"I Care a Lot"
"Eat Pray Love" (2010)
Julia Roberts travels the world after a bad breakup, learning about food, romance, spirituality and herself. (Feb. 1)
Life, and this movie, is but a dream within a dream within a dream. (Feb. 1)
"My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997)
More Julia for you fans, as she can't quite get over that the man of her dreams is marrying someone else. This is only believable because the other bride is Cameron Diaz. (Feb. 1)
Also add to the Netflix queue:
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
"The Patriot" (2000)
"War Dogs" (2016)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"The Other Guys" (2010)
"Tresspass Against Us" (2016)
"A Walk to Remember" (2002)
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
"Saving Mr. Banks" (2013)
What to watch on Netflix in January 2021
"Cobra Kai: Season 3"
The original Karate Kid (Ralph Macchio) looks for answers to his past and his onetime rival Johnny (William Zabka) looks for redemption this season. (Coming Soon)
"History of Swear Words"
D---! This looks like a lot of fun. Hosted by Nicolas Cage, this loud and profane six-episode series will explore the uses in pop culture, science and elsewhere of vulgarity. (Jan. 5)
"Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer"
During 1985, Los Angeles is terrorized by a relentless murderer, and two detectives wont rest until he's found. (Jan. 13)
Bean has to step up her princess game amid royal plots, deepening mysteries and concerns over who'll rule Dreamland. (Jan. 15)
"Blown Away: Season 2"
Get ready for some hot glass action with the next season of experts battling one another over 10 dynamic challenges. (Jan. 22)
A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hired an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate burial mounds on her estate, and together they discover treasure of many kinds. (Jan. 29)
Also add to the Netflix queue:
"The Netflix Afterparty"
"Fate: The Winx Saga"
"Cool Hand Luke" (1967)
How many eggs can a man eat in a sitting? Rebel Luke (Paul Newman) will take that bet. (Jan. 1)
Martin Scorsese didn't win a directing Oscar for this particular gangster film, but it's probably his best. Go ahead, fight us on this. (Jan. 1)
"Mystic Pizza" (1988)
Julia Roberts broke through in this first major feature role, and she's all that and a slice of pepperoni in this rom-dramedy. (Jan. 1)
Also add to the Netflix queue:
"Catch Me If You Can" (2002)
"Good Hair" (2010)
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993)
"Into the Wild" (2007)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"Mary Poppins Returns" (2018)
"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)
"Mr. Deeds" (2002)
"Pineapple Express" (2008)
What to watch on Netflix in December 2020
These are films, series and specials specifically geared to December, but Netflix has already released a whole blizzard of films for the holiday season. Check that list out here!
"The Holiday Movies That Made Us"
Tired of just watching the films? Get the inside scoop with this look at iconic Christmas films, featuring insider interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks. (Dec. 1)
"The Great British Baking Show: Holidays" (season three)
Favorite contestants from past seasons and the cast of "Derry Girls" will bring Yuletide joy, from cake pops to canapes, to the tent. (Dec. 4)
Oscar-nominated director David Fincher revists old Hollywood in his new film "MANK," about the challenges of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankeiwicz, who's trying to finish "Citizen Kane." (Dec. 4)
From Ryan Murphy, the adaptation of the Broadway show that features Broadway stars shaking up life in small-town Indiana while rallying behind a teen fighting to bring her girlfriend to the prom. (Dec. 11)
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Based on the August Wilson play, this final film with Chadwick Boseman looks at the tensions that arise when the Mother of the Blues and her band gather in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. (Dec. 18)
"The Midnight Sky"
This post-apocalyptic tale sees a lonely Arctic-based scientist (played by George Clooney and his massive beard) as he races to stop a returning rocket ship from coming home thanks to a mysterious global catastrophe. (Dec. 23)
A love story in Regency London following members of the powerful Bridgerton family, inspired by Julia Quinn's novels. (Dec. 25)
Also add to the queue: "Just Another Christmas (Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem)" (Dec. 3); "The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas)" (Dec. 11); "Song Exploder: Volume 2" (Dec. 15); "Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special" (Dec. 16); "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4) (Dec. 31)
"50 First Dates" (2004)
Some dates are memorable, some are forgettable. What if the woman you love couldn't remember any of your dates? (Dec. 1)
"Runway Bride" (1999)
Julia Roberts has a commitment problem, even when her suitors are Richard Gere and "Law & Order: SVU's" Christopher Meloni. Girl needs help. (Dec. 1)
"Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" (2011)
The latest entry in the franchise in which Madea brings her fractious family together for a dinner to discuss her niece Shirley's health. (Dec. 1)
Also add to the queue: "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate" (1996); "The Da Vinci Code" (2006); "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997); Chef (2014)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"The West Wing" (seasons 1-7) (Dec. 24); "Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018) (Dec. 25); "Airplane!" (1980) (Dec. 31); "Being John Malkovich" (1999) (Dec. 31); "Gossip Girl" (seasons 1-6) (Dec. 31); "The Office" (seasons 1-9) (Dec. 31); "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) (Dec. 31); "The Witches" (1990) (Dec. 31)
What to watch on Netflix in November 2020
"Country Ever After"
Country singer Coffee Anderson and his hip-hop dancer wife Crisilla have very different ideas about life and parenting, but with 50 million people watching them on social media, they show how two opposites can co-exist, with humor and heart in Los Angeles (Nov. 6)
"Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun"
Australian comedy group Aunty Donna invites viewers into their Big O' House of Fun with a six-part sketch series that features satire, parody, wordplay, musical numbers and more. (Nov. 11)
"What We Wanted"
A couple facing fertility issues tests their marriage during a vacation to a Sardinian resort, with their neighbors only adding to the tension. (Nov. 11)
"The Crown" (season four)
We're now into the 1980s with the royal family, which means lots of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, both of whom shake up the U.K. in unexpected ways (Nov. 15)
"We Are the Champions"
Examining the quirkiest, most charming and oddly inspirational competitions you never knew existed, this Rainn Wilson-executive produced series provides a window into a world of determined, passionate, skilled competitors who do whatever it takes to become heroes in their own worlds. (Nov. 17)
Oscar season means we're being treated to some of the best performances of the year … on our TV! Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, the film explores the modern American dream among three generations of an Appalachian family, and stars Glenn Close and Amy Adams. (Nov. 24)
Also add to the queue: "Ludo" (Nov. 12); "If Anything Happens, I Love You" (Nov. 20); "Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated" (Nov. 26); "The Call" (Nov. 27)
"Dawson's Creek" (Seasons 1-6)
No, the 1990s teen drama won't be coming with its original theme song, but everything else should be in place for you to re-live the angst of Pacey, Dawson, Joey and Jen. (Nov. 1)
"A Clockwork Orange" (1972)
Viddy this, my droogs: This film will set off all your trigger warnings and probably ruin both "Singing in the Rain" and Beethoven's music all at once — but is still an iconic piece of filmmaking from Stanley Kubrick. (Nov. 1)
In the 1980s, portraying the Vietnam War in a sensitive, yet realistic way was still relatively new, and Oliver Stone's film does a hell of a job portraying the lives of several grunts sent to fight the conflict. (Nov. 1)
"Fruitvale Station" (2013)
Before Ryan Coogler (director) and Michael B. Jordan (star) hit it big with "Black Panther," they told the true story of a young man who was killed in 2009 at a BART station in Oakland, California, by a police officer. (Nov. 11)
Also add to the queue: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (2013); "V for Vendetta" (2006); "Dawson's Creek" (season one–six); "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009); "Mile 22" (2018)
What to watch on Netflix in October 2020
Halloween 2020 Spotlight
Get ready to "stream, scream" and "repeat," Netflix tells us as they roll out a whole bag of tricks and treats geared to the Halloween season. Here are just a few of the chills coming your way:
While visiting her fiancé's mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse that threatens to claim her daughter. (Oct. 2)
"Vampires vs. The Bronx"
Friends from the Bronx are not having it when vampires threaten to take over the neighborhood. (Oct. 2)
Hubie (Adam Sandler) makes sure his neighbors play by the rules on Halloween, but this year an escaped criminal and mysterious new neighbor have him extra-cautious. When people start disappearing, he has to convince everyone that yes, monsters are real. An all-star cast includes Kevin James, Kenan Thompson, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi and Maya Rudolph. (Oct. 7)
"The Haunting of Bly Manor"
After an au pair dies tragically, a new nanny is hired to care for a man's niece and nephew. But centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling romance. (Oct. 9)
"A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting"
Not to be confused with the "Killer Queen" babysitter, child-watcher Kelly agrees to sit for Jacob on Halloween, but she never expects to be recruited into a secret society of sitters who protect kids with powers from monsters. (Oct. 14)
"Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2"
With six new episodes, "Unsolved Mysteries" lays out the crime, the mysterious unsolved ending, and asks the audience to weigh in with clues. (Oct. 19)
Newlyweds Rebecca and Maxim return to his spooky home of Manderley, where she has to battle the shadow of his first wife, whose legacy is kept alive by the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. The new adaptation is based on Daphne du Maurier's 1938 Gothic novel. (Oct. 21)
Post-nuclear disaster, a small family eke by until they're invited by a local hotel to attend a theater play as an act of charity to help those in need. Things taken an eerie turn when audience members begin to vanish, and reality and theater become blurred. (Oct. 22)
"Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight"
Tech-addicted teens go to rehab camp in the forest, but there are things lurking there that have no interest in being online friends. (Oct. 28)
A refugee couple escapes South Sudan and tries to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface. (Oct. 30)
"The Day of the Lord"
Retired priest Menéndez has turned his back on the world, haunted by nightmares. When a friend asks him to help with his daughter, who's been possessed, the priest has a hard time saying no. But will she save or doom him? (Oct. 30)
"Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood"
In 1900, a rich newcomer with a shady past arrives in Munich preparing to crash the local Oktoberfest with his own brewery. But after his daughter falls for his rival's heir, violence erupts. (Oct. 1)
"Dick Johnson is Dead"
A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced Kirsten about true stories, but she's planning to use every escapist moviemaking trick in the book to help her father elude death. (Oct. 2)
"David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet"
The legendary nature documentarian recounts his life and the evolutionary history of life on Earth while grieving lost wild places and offering a vision for the future. (Oct. 4)
In 1787 France, Joseph Guillotin — the future inventor of the guillotine — discovers a new virus, which spreads among the French aristocracy and causes them to murder people. What if the French Revolution happened for a different reason than the history books suggest? (Oct. 16)
"The Queen's Gambit" A period piece about a female chess whiz might not seem a likely hit, but this beautifully-shot, superbly-acted, crisp, funny and warm story with plenty of "you go girl" power is sheer royalty. (Oct. 23)
"Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine"
The TikTok comedian shares single-camera vignettes dealing with politics, race, gender and other subjects. (Oct. 27)
Also add to the queue: "Start-Up" (Coming Soon); "Carmen Sandiego: Season 3" (Oct. 1); "Song Exploder" (Oct. 2); "To the Lake" (Oct. 7); "The Cabin with Bert Kreischer" (Oct. 13); "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Season 3" (Oct. 21)
Oh, ya, this's a right puzzler here: A pregnant cop must untangle a strange kidnapping and killing, while a car salesman sweats out whether he'll be discovered. Gory and hilarious. (Oct. 1)
A man falls for the AI operating system and finds out what it's like to love, and lose. (Oct. 1)
Do you want to play a game? Here's what happens when you try to play chess with a computer designed to handle the US nuclear war arsenal. (Oct. 1)
Also add to the queue: "Basic Instinct" (1992) (Oct. 1); "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" (2016) (Oct. 1); "The Longest Yard" (1974) (Oct. 1)
What to watch on Netflix in September 2020
"Chef's Table: BBQ" and "American Barbecue Showdown"
Emmy-nominated "Table" returns to slather itself in smoky sauce while exploring the delicious world of barbecue around the world. It's an excellent companion for "Showdown," an eight-episode food competition series that follows the U.S.'s best backyard smokers and competitive barbecuers. ("Table": Sept. 2; "Showdown": Sept. 18)
"Criminal: UK" (Season 2)
"Criminal" is a Netflix original series that spends each episode almost entirely in the interrogation box, and now returns with four more British-based episodes. (Season one also included episode quartets in Spain, Germany and France with virtually the same sets.) (Sept. 16)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's" Tituss Burgess hosts the eight-episode series that's a karaoke lover's dream. Six contestants sing the biggest hits from a particular musical genre, and are analyzed based on how they compare to the originals. The more in tune they are, the more money they might win. (Sept. 16)
"Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous"
Dinosaur fans will delight to this story of six teens who, while camping on the opposite side of Isla Nublar must survive a prehistoric attack. (Sept. 18)
One of the most memorable villains in movie history, Nurse Ratched of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), shows up in a dramatic prequel to the main story. (Sept. 18)
Also add to the queue: "Freaks — You're One of Us" (Sept. 2); "Love, Guaranteed" (Sept. 3); "Young Wallander" (Sept. 3); "Julie and the Phantoms" (Sept. 10)
"Back to the Future" (1985); "Back to the Future II" (1989), "Back to the Future III" (1990)
The classic DeLorean/time-travel saga that goes all the way to 88 with us returns to Netflix – with all three parts of the franchise dropping at once. Tune in and rock out to the past! (Sept. 1)
Ice-T and Anthony Anderson snip and shape the laughs in this raucous comedy about life in and around, well, a barbershop. (Sept. 1)
"Magic Mike" (2012)
Hey, it's hot outside, so let's strip down and watch Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum lose some clothing and shake some hips. (Sept. 1)
Also add to the queue: "The Muppets" (2011) (Sept. 1); "Red Dragon" (2002) (Sept. 1); "Zathrua" (2005) (Sept. 1); "Coneheads" (1993) (Sept. 1)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"The Witch" (2016); "A Knight's Tale" (2001); "Jurassic Park" (1993); "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997); "Jurassic Park III" (2001); "Schindler's List" (1994); "Starship Troopers" (1997)