11 shows coming to Netflix to help you ring in the New Year

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Grace and Frankie: Season 5 – January 18

Who doesn’t love these gals? This is a beautiful and funny Netflix original series about deep, simple, lifelong female friendship.

And in a society that places almost damaging emphasis on romantic relationships — to the extent that a woman’s value is often dependent on whether or not she has found a husband — it is important to remember how valuable and meaningful our female friends are to us.

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For these two, their relationship is just as defining as what they had with their husbands. It is simply beautiful that these women will go together into their old age as loving and caring companions.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – January 18

In April 2017, attendees to what was supposed to be a luxury music festival in the Bahamas were treated instead to an organizational nightmare compared to the likes of the Altamont Free Concert disaster.

Attendees were promised luxury accomodations and celebrity chefs, but what they got was dirty tents with wet bedding, cheese sandwiches, portapotties, and cancelled flights.

The poor planning and mismanagement of funds would bring the organizers a number of civil lawsuits and criminal charges, but the story of how it all happened is a complex web of bad decisions, cut corners, and desperation.

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – January 18

I am super intrigued by the concept of this show and the intention behind it.

Michael Render (aka Killer Mike) travels around the country “examining cultural taboos and giving viewers the space to examine the ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’ that limit how some people move and operate in the world.”

It might be a bit challenging and uncomfortable in some cases, but you can’t grow and learn if you stay inside your comfort zone. Much of what we accept about life and society are simply social constructs that need to be more closely considered.

I think this Netflix original series hitting in January 2019 might be hard to watch in some cases, and the approach may not be gentle, but I think it has great potential to inspire self-discovery and change.