5. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (available January 5)
Why Should I Watch It? For the simplicity of it all, really. Jerry Seinfeld’s Crackle original series is making the move to Netflix, and it’s exactly as advertised: The “Seinfeld” star picks up various comedians in fancy old automobiles and takes them to grab a sumptuous cup of Joe. Individual episodes have their specific charms, usually thanks to the guests, but the series overall is comfort
food coffee that goes down easy.
Best Episode: No screeners, no episode list, so no pick for best episode. All we know is Steve Harvey rides shotgun for an episode, but we’re not about to declare that the best entry, sight unseen.
6. “Episodes” Seasons 1 – 5 (available January 6)
Why Should I Watch It? “Episodes” is the best Showtime comedy… ever? It’s certainly the most consistent overall, and since all five seasons are hitting Netflix at the same time, now is certainly the time to try this meta Hollywood satire. Matt LeBlanc stars as a slightly altered version of Matt LeBlanc, the former “Friends” star who works his way into a new project from across the pond. To say the adaptation goes less than smoothly would be an understatement, but how LeBlanc bonds with writers Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig) proves as surprising as it is funny. Plus, the insider jabs at the industry cannot be topped. Don’t miss this one.
Best Episode: To pick a best episode from all five seasons would be impossible, so we’ll choose the highlight of the final season: “Episode 4” and “Episode 5.” One has a bit with a pig that’s next-level hysterical, while the very next episode defines its star in such an honest manner it’s hard to believe both moments come from the same show — and both fit it so perfectly.
7. “Disjointed” Season 1, Part 2 (available January 12)
Why Should I Watch It? Like most of Netflix’s programming, “Disjointed” is here to fill a few gaps: Anyone missing a high yearly dose of Kathy Bates can get their fix, and any subscriber wanting more weed jokes for their money should be pleased. That’s about it, in terms of encouragement, but you should know within minutes if this prescription is getting you where you need to be.
Best Episode: Similar to Netflix’s other multi-camera sitcom “The Ranch,” there’s one storyline in “Disjointed” that rises above the rest: Carter’s. While not as profound (or depressing) as Beau Bennett’s (Sam Elliott), the ongoing struggle of a soldier suffering from PTSD and exploring alternative medicines (of the green variety) is one of “Disjointed’s” better elements. Tone Bell plays the comedy and drama well, making for a distinctly human character in a show filled with goofy caricatures. So we’re guessing whichever elements tackles Carter’s troubles the most will also be the new “part’s” best.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Eastsiders” Season 3 (available January 1)
“Glace” Season 1 (available January 1)
“DEVILMAN Crybaby” Season 1 (available January 5)
“Colony” Season 2 (available January 12)
“Somebody Feed Phil” (available January 12)
“Rita” Season 4 (available January 16)
“Friday Night Tykes” Season 4 (available January 17)
“Tiempos de guerra” Season 1 (available January 18)
“Drug Lords” Season 1 (available January 19)
“Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” Season 1 (available January 19)
“Llama Llama” Season 1 (available January 26)
“El Ministerio del Tiempo” Seasons 1 – 3 (available January 28)
“Babylon Berlin” Seasons 1 – 2 (available January 30)
“Retribution” Season 1 (available January 30)