January Previews: Netflix and Amazon

What’s new to the world of streaming? ASFF highlights new shows on Netflix and Amazon, including the second season of ‘Sex Education’ and an Amazon documentary about Ted Bundy, seen from the viewpoint of the females around him.

Sex Education Season 2 (Netflix)

One of Netflix’s best-loved shows of 2018, Sex Education traced the adventures of virgin teenager Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), who against the odds becomes a sex advisor to his school mates largely thanks to having a mother (Gillian Anderson) who works as a sex therapist. According to showrunner Laurie Nunn, Season 2 promises to carry on exploring that relationship, alongside Otis’ friendship with bestie Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), while also switching focus to the other female characters. We can’t wait.

Grace and Frankie Season 6 (Netflix)

A monster hit in Netflix terms, Grace and Frankie returns for its sixth and penultimate season (which, by the end of S7, will be the longest-running show for the streaming giant). For fans, it’s offered the perfect chance to watch two acting legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin – playing two women who discover their husbands are gay – really stretch their wings in a way that the entertainment industry rarely affords to older actors. This time, Frankie is forced to adjust to Grace’s new marriage to Peter Gallagher’s Nick.

Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer: Season 1 (Amazon Prime)

After last year’s Netflix doc Conversations with a Killer, plus the feature film starring Zac Efron, the thirst for all things Ted Bundy shows no sign of abating. Here, the American serial killer’s crimes are reframed from a female perspective for this Amazon doc series as his long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, her daughter Molly, and other survivors come forward after forty years of silence. Seen in the context of the rise of the 1970s feminist movement, it’s liable to add another fascinating angle on the Bundy killings.

Troop Zero (Amazon Prime)

Directed by the brilliantly-named team Bert & Bertie, Troop Zero is a 1970s-set comedy-drama about a group of elementary-school misfits led by outcast Christmas Flint (rising star Mckenna Grace, who features in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife). With a juicy support cast including Allison Janney, Viola Davis and Jim Gaffigan, the film comes from the mind of Lucy Alibar, who co-wrote Beasts of the Southern Wild, here adapting her 2010 play Christmas and Jubilee Behold The Meteor Shower.

All shows available from January 2020 onwards.

James Mottram