You Have 13 New Netflix Treats To Binge This Weekend — Here’s What’s Worth Watching

This week is made for Netflix to break Twitter. The most obvious candidate for social media chaos creation is The Goop Lab, which takes Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamously, exclusively woo-y lifestyle brand and makes it television. Just the first promotional photo for Goop Lab threw the internet into a tailspin

But, the streaming service will have something for everyone come Friday, January 24. That day will also see the return of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which has been off the air since April 2019. This season is peppered with the kind of tongue-in-cheek sexy lines that are made for No Context Twitter accounts. Then there’s docuseries Pandemic to raise your most paranoid concerns (and hopefully quell them), a pair a standup specials, lots of international content, and even the very final episodes of controversial blue collar comedy The Ranch

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You better get your favorite snacks, because it's time to buckle in for a binge session. 

These are all the new Netflix offerings broken down by plot, genre, and whether you should watch something immediately or skip for now. Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix treats, including their trailers.

The Goop Lab (Season 1) 


What is it?: A show that comes with a warning. 

What is it about?: Entertaining and informing, rather than doling out serious medical advice — at least according to Goop Lab’s opening statement. After over a decade of goop, Lab takes us inside what Gwyenth Paltrow and her team find most fascinating. That can mean anything from orgasm coaching sessions to “fast-mimicking” eating plans and energy reading. 

Expect to go deep on each of these topics in easy-to-digest 30-minute installments. 

See or skip?: A lot of Goop does feel like an infomercial. Some feels painfully oblivious, particularly when the series ignores the inherent privilege of whatever pricey item it’s peddling at the moment. 

But everyone should watch its third episode “The Pleasure Is Ours,” about the female orgasm. The episode shows multiple close-up shots of vulvas in a truly boundary-pushing moment of television. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3) 


What is it?: Horny. Then, kind of melancholy. 

What is it about?: The true rise of Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka). Now that Sabrina knows she is the daughter of Lucifer (Luke Cook), she has a lot of decisions to make about her future — both magical and mortal. This is an especially big problem since the teen witch has trapped her primordially evil father inside the body of her hunky boyfriend Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). And that boyfriend/father mash-up is trapped in hell with the newly crowned queen of hell (for now?), Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez)

Sabrina also has to juggle her friendships, family duties, a surprise interest in cheerleading, and a group of pesky, terrifying pagans in part 3. No wonder her hair has gone white. 

See or skip?: See! After a year-and-a-half on Netflix, CAOS is at the height of its powers.

Just know that the show’s purposefully delicate treatment of Nick’s post-possession storyline may be triggering to sexual assault survivors.

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty


Premiere date: Tuesday, January 21

What is it?: A thoughtful stand-up special. 

What is it about?: Fortune Feimster’s origin story. The Mindy Project alum takes her audience through her admittedly awkward youth in North Carolina all the way up until the moment Feimster realized she was queer. It’s a coming out story that is both hilarious and emotional. 

See or skip?: If you enjoy Netflix’s stand-up stable, see. This is a delightful hour of comedy.  

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Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (Season 1) 


Premiere date: Wednesday, January 22

What is it?: Grounded nightmare feul. 

What is it about?: The doctors around the world who are trying to beat the next pandemic before it happens. Pandemic will take you from New York City to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Goma to understand what is at stake and how we may save the human species from the very worst “special pathogen.”  

Yes, Pandemic takes on anti-vaxxers. 

See or skip?: See if you will not be absolutely incapacitated by panic.

What Did Jack Do? 


Premiere date: Monday, January 20

What is it?: Absurdity distilled into 17 minutes of film. 

What is it about?: A detective (Twin Peaks creator David Lynch) interrogating a talking monkey in a suit who is suspected of murder. The short film — which initially debuted in November 2017 — was released on Netflix on David Lynch’s 74th birthday. 

See or skip?: If you love the Twin Peaks universe, see. If you enjoyed bizarro special Frankenstein’s Monster's Monster Frankenstein, see. If you want to feel confused and slightly unsettled, see. 

Otherwise, you should skip.

Rise of Empires: Ottoman (Season 1) 


What is it?: The visuals of a Game of Thrones battle with historical backing — and explanation. 

What is it about?: The 15th century siege of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmet II. The battle would eventually be the final blow against the Holy Roman Empire.

Ottoman offers viewers an expensive reenactment of the very Thrones-y conflict — the man playing Mehmet, Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, even dons a very Jon Snow (Kit Harington) black coat —  while also supplying expert academic commentary on the action. 

See or skip?: See if you miss Thrones or love to have history explained to you in the slickest of manners.

Airplane Mode


Premiere date: Thursday, January 23

What is it?: A Portuguese-language YA flick. 

What is it about?: Ana (Larissa Manoela), a young influencer who cannot stop getting into car accidents due to her digital addiction. Ana's family finally sends her to the cell service-free countryside once she nearly dies in an especially dangerous vehicular incident. 

Once separated from social media, Ana finally learns who she is — and maybe falls in love. 

See or skip?: You can skip and watch To All The Boys again in preparation for P.S. I Still Love You.

October Faction (Season 1) 


Premiere date: Thursday, January 23

What is it?: A YA graphic novel adaptation. 

What is it about?: Realizing your parents are much cooler than you expect (and that you definitely have supernatural powers). Teen twins Viv (Aurora Burghart) and Geoff Allen (Gabriel Darku) think their parents Deloris (Bones’ Tamara Taylor) and Fred (J.C. MacKenzie) are boring normies who are dragging them to the suburbs. 

Viv and Geoff could not be more incorrect, since Deloris and Fred are actually highly trained monster assassins. October Faction follows the Allen family as the older half deals with their dangerous vocation and the younger half comes into their own as members of this supernaturally inclined clan. 

See or skip?: See if you like Greenhouse Academy or The Order. October Faction falls into that class of lower-budget teen Netflix fare that doesn’t get the glitzy publicity of series like Sabrina or The Society, but is still quite fun.

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The Ghost Bride (Volume 1) 


Premiere date: Thursday, January 23

What is it?: A Mandarin-language murder mystery, supernatural drama, and rom-com combo. 

What is it about?: Li Lan (Peijia Huang), a Malaysian woman who finds herself trapped in an otherworldly conspiracy after her father becomes deathly ill. Li Lan — who simply wants to marry the handsome son of a wealthy family — makes a pact with a murdered spirit to save her father. 

The only problem is, Li Lan may just fall in love with someone new before her mission is done. Oh, and she basically has to go to hell — that’s bad, too.  

See or skip?: See after Sabrina for a netherworld-traversing double whammy.

A Sun 


What is it?: A Mandarin-language family drama. 

What is it about?: The way a family shatters — and heals — after their youngest son is incarcerated. 

See or skip?: You can skip unless you’re in the mood for big This is Us-y feelings. 

Vir Das: For India


Premiere date: Sunday, January 26

What is it?: Honest stand-up about India's quirks, from an Indian man. 

What is it about?: Giving Indian comic and superstar Vir Das an hour to share his most honest opinions about his home. Also, making you wonder what Das uses to get his hair so perfect. 

See or skip?: See if you enjoyed Das’ previous Netflix projects, Abroad Understanding and Losing It

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (Part II) 


Premiere date: Thursday, January 23

What is it?: A very beautifully done anime. 

What is it about?: The continued battle to save the reincarnation of Athena and therefore the fate of the world. 

See or skip?: You can skip unless you’ve already binged Saint Seiya part 1.

The Ranch (Part 8) 


What is it?: The official close of The Ranch

What is it about?: How to deal with endings — and the possibility of new beginnings. The Ranch part 8 has to grapple with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and Abby’s (Elisha Cuthbert) newfound parenthood and the selling of The Ranch. Considering this is a comedy, don’t expect things to get too dark (even if there is inexplicably a murder to solve). 

See or skip?: Ranch! 

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