5 new shows streaming in January 2023 from Netflix to HBO

The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie on HBO
The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie on HBO /

A new year is approaching, which means it’s time for new television shows. If you’re all caught up from the new shows list that was released back in December 2022, here are five more you can kick your year off with.

Kaleidoscope – Netflix (January 1st)

Netflix is starting out the brand-new year with a thriller. This heist series is being produced by Ridley Scott and stars Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame and Jai Courtney, along with a fairly large ensemble cast.

The series is eight episodes long, and like most Netflix shows, all episodes will be dropping on the same day. However, the big hook for this series is that, except for the last episode, you can watch the series in any order you want.

The narrative is told in a non-linear fashion, where each episode can be considered the first episode of the series, with all of the episodes tying into the final episode of the season. It will be interesting to compare your viewing experience with a friend.

Perhaps they watched the series in a different order then you. You can go through the whole show a few times and see how the different episode order might affect the show overall.

The Last of Us – HBO (January 15th)

The Last of Us has been one of the most critically acclaimed video games released in the last 10 years. Having won several “video game of the year” awards upon release, The Last of Us has gone on to become a high watermark example of what video games can achieve in the realm of storytelling.

Almost since the first day of the game’s release, there have been rumors of a possible adaptation. For years a possible film adaptation was in development, but it never came together and now, almost a decade after the game’s release, an adaptation is being released.

The series stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, both of whom rose to prominence for their work on Game of Thrones. With the actors Game of Thrones connection, as well as the fact that this adaptation will be airing on HBO, it looks like the production is going all out to make this show the next big genre hit.

The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world with Pascal playing Joel, a smuggler who has been tasked with escorting a teenage girl across the dangerous wasteland that used to be the United States.

That 90s Show – Netflix (January 19th)

The first episode of That 70s Show took place in the year 1976, twenty-two years before the day that the first episode aired on television. Given that we’re twenty-two years into the new century, we’re well past time for a 90s show.

The reboot show brings back Red and Kitty Forman (played by Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp), as well as the familiar basement setting. But the show is focused on a new group of characters, the daughter of Eric and Donna and her group of friends hanging out at her grandparents’ house.

While the series is largely focused on a new group of characters, most of the original cast is returning to play minor roles at some point in the season, with one obvious notable exception.

Poker Face – Peacock (January 26th)

Rian Johnson must love mysteries. After creating the best successor to Agatha Christie, detectives with movies like Knives Out and Glass Onion, Johnson is developing a new mystery/comedy series for Peacock which will focus on a different character driven mystery each week. This “case-of-the-week” formula feels like a deliberate throwback to an earlier era of television where each episode focused more on its own contained story, rather than the long overarching narrative.

Natasha Lyonne stars as the detective for the series and serves as an executive producer as well. The rest of the cast is impressively stacked with names such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Benjamin Bratt, Adrien Brody, Jameela Jamil, Tim Meadows, Nick Nolte, Ron Perlman, Tim Black Nelson, as well as plenty more, all slated to make appearance at some point in the series first season.

While Rian Johnson isn’t the showrunner of the series, he is credited with writing and directing the first episode.

Shrinking – Apple TV+ (January 27th)

Bill Lawrence has a whole host of television success stories on his resume, having created the hit medical comedy Scrubs and being credited a co-creator of other comedy series including Spin City, Cougar Town, and Ted Lasso. With his latest show turning into one of Apple TV+’s biggest hits, it’s no surprise they’re eager for him to develop another show for the platform.

Especially since Ted Lasso likely only has one more season. The new series called Shrinking, co-created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Segel who stars in the show as well.

(Interestingly, Ted Lasso actor Brett Goldstein is credited as a creator of the series as well, though he doesn’t appear to be in the cast). Segel stars as a therapist who, in the process of dealing with his own grief, begins to tell his patient exactly what he thinks, causing reactions that upend both his life and the lives of his patients.

Besides Segel, the cast of the show is stacked including Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, Michael Urie, and Harrison Ford.

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Which of the TV shows we listed above will you be watching? Share your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to read them!