How’s your 2018 going so far? Off to a good start? I’d love to hear in the comments if the first month was everything you hoped it would be. And if things aren’t quite going as planned, what can I do to help? If I told you what’s new on Netflix, would that work? Just kidding! Netflix isn’t the answer to all of life’s problems, but it sure provides some great entertainment to unwind at the end of a long day. Or something fun to look forward to on the weekend that doesn’t involve too much fanfare. (Or am I the only one who seems to be in hibernation mode?).

In my home, January-March are crazy months for my husband’s business which means that things feel a bit off-balance. So the weekends are absolutely precious family time and cuddle time. Netflix is definitely a part of that! To keep things fresh, it’s always good to check in on what’s new on Netflix; so far this year, there is something new for everyone in your home. Here’s what I mean:

New On Netflix In 2018 So Far…

Trolls: The Beat Goes On has been a hit with my 4-year old! It premiered on January 9 and picks up right where the movie left off, following the adventures of Poppy, Branch and all their Troll friends.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events is perfect for your tween – and mine – who wants to test the waters of scarier movies. The dark comedy series following the ill-fated Baudelaire siblings returns on March 30 for a second suspense-filled season with Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as the cunning Count Olaf.

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One Day At A Time released its second season on January 26. If, like me, you haven’t checked it out yet, it came highly recommended by my friend Jamie and sounds perfect for teens and older. While do-it-all single mom Penelope keeps her family going, it’s the fresh perspectives of her children Elena and Alex that make the show relevant in today’s cultural landscape. I love representational television and Jamie knows this about me, so I take her recommendations to heart.

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Altered Carbon is just for you sci-fi loving adults! It’s described as a fast-paced cyberpunk series where death isn’t permanent and human consciousness can be digitized and downloaded from body to body. This dark murder mystery came out on Netflix on February 2. Have you caught an episode yet?

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Santa Clarita Diet is another one I heard a lot about and now the second season is coming out later this year!  But first, can someone explain to me why she’s eating raw meat? Is this part of the show? Tell me in the comments!

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But it doesn’t stop there: This February, Queer Eye returns after 15 years with a brand new Fab Five and the Regina King-starring crime drama Seven Seconds goes beyond the headlines of race relations and law enforcement. The standard coming-of-age story is turned on its head with a set of dueling A/V and drama clubs set in 1990s Oregon in Everything Sucks! to four bright and savvy friends growing up and navigating their way through life in South Central LA in On My Block .

And later this year, mark your calendars for family blockbuster nights with new takes on classic stories: First, get ready to welcome back the most lovable dog in Hollywood with Benji coming to Netflix in March (I LOVED Benji!), and then blast off into the galaxy with Lost in Space, a reboot of the 1960s classic which is set to launch in mid-2018.

Which of these excites you most? I can’t wait to introduce my kids to Benji; I know my dog-lover daughter will fall in love with him like I did such a long time ago!

P.S. Don’t forget: if you’re escaping the winter blues for some vitamin sea somewhere, Netflix now has a downloadable feature you’ll want to take advantage of for your flight!

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