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What's new on Netflix Australia for January 2021

Cobra Kai season 3
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As the number of shows and movies available to stream in Australia continues to grow at an impressive rate, it can be tough to keep up with all the new additions to each streaming service each month. 

We've all come to anticipate a new stable of Netflix Originals releases each month, but figuring out which shows they are and when exactly they become available isn't so easy. And what about the large number licensed shows and films that are made available to stream, if only for a limited time?

In an effort to keep you informed of the best shows and movies that are in the process of being added to Netflix, we'll be bringing you an updated list of what you can expect on the service on a monthly basis. 

Not only that, we'll also be singling out the biggest releases, as well as a number of quality TV shows and films which we believe deserve your Netflixing time. 

A fairly decent month in terms of Originals, Netflix has a number of great new TV shows, specials and movies on offer – here's what's new on Netflix in January 2021. Check out Netflix's newest offerings below!

TV shows highlights for January 2021

Cobra Kai: Season 3 (01/01/2021)

The highly anticipated, Netflix-produced third season of Cobra Kai has finally Karate-chopped its way onto the service, and does it ever deliver! Picking up right after the second season's huge cliffhanger finale, the students of Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do are more divided than ever, with tensions boiling over thanks to the villainous John Kreese (Martin Kove), who seems intent on causing anarchy within the Valley. Will Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) be able to put aside their differences in order to take Kreese down?

History of Swear Words (05/01/2021)

Join host and noted obscenity-screaming enthusiast Nicolas Cage in this brand new Netflix Original series which aims to dive deep into the origins of our favourite swear words. It probably goes without saying that this is a strictly 'adults only' affair – check out the trailer above to find out what the show has in store.

Riverdale: Season 5 (21/01/2021) 

Last season was unceremoniously cut short thanks to the arrival of Covid-19, but fear not – Riverdale: Season 5 is almost upon us, and will spend its first episodes tying up last season's loose ends. After that, all bets are off as the show will change things up in a massive way – a huge time jump will see the show's story pick up seven years later, so don't expect this season to delve into the gang's college years.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (13/01/2021) 

If last month's true crime docuseries The Ripper wasn't enough for all you self-described 'murderinos', Netflix has you covered – Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer follows the gruesome exploits of Richard Ramirez, a notorious Satan-worshiping serial killer who terrorised Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. 

Movie highlights for January 2021

Outside the Wire (15/01/2021) 

Now here's a Netflix Original sci-fi film that's slipped right under the radar – Outside the Wire stars Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon, Avengers: Endgame) as a drone pilot who takes on a secret mission alongside an android officer in an attempt to prevent a nuclear attack.

Pieces of a Woman (07/01/2021) 

This heart-wrenching drama finds a young couple (Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf) struggling to move on following the death of their newborn. There's a lot of awards buzz around this one, particularly for Kirby's searing performance. 

...and the rest for January 2021


Headspace Guide to Meditation (01/01/2021)

Dream Home Makeover: Season 2 (01/01/2021)

¡Nailed It! México: Season 3 (05/01/2021)

Lupin (08/01/2021)

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 5 (08/01/2021)

Bling Empire (15/01/2021)

Disenchantment: Part 3 (15/01/2021)

Spycraft (20/01/2021)

Daughter From Another Mother (Madre solo hay dos) (20/01/2021)

Call My Agent!: Season 4 (21/01/2021)

Fate: The Winx Saga (22/01/2021)

Busted!: Season 3 (22/01/2021)

Blown Away: Season 2 (22/01/2021)

Bonding: Season 2 (Coming in January)

50M2 (Coming in January)


Stuck Apart (Azizler) (08/01/2021)

Double Dad (Pai Em Dobro) (15/01/2021)

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (Salir del ropero) (22/01/2021)

The White Tiger (22/01/2021)

The Dig (29/01/2021)

Finding 'Ohana (29/01/2021)


The Minimalists: Less Is Now (01/01/2021)

Tony Parker: The Final Shot (06/01/2021)

Surviving Death (06/01/2021)

Pretend It’s a City (08/01/2021)

CRACK: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy (11/01/2021)

We Are: The Brooklyn Saints (29/01/2021)


Carmen Sandiego: Season 4 (15/01/2021)

Hello Ninja: Season 4 (19/01/2021)

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 (22/01/2021)


The Idhun Chronicles: Part 2 (08/01/2021)


The Office (U.S.): Season 1 - 9 (Coming Soon)

Batman Forever (01/01/2021)

The Dead Pool (01/01/2021)

Beneath Clouds (10/01/2021)

Pet Sematary (10/01/2021)

The Ugly Truth (15/01/2021)

Sesame Street: Selections from Season 49 (15/01/2021)

American Hustle (22/01/2021)

What's coming next month and beyond?

Netflix has has big plans for 2021, with a number of high-profile shows and movies confirmed for release on the service. Keep coming back to this page each month to find out when they'll be available to stream!